Recuerdos de Patay: Memories of Dead Captured on Photos ( Part 2)

Recuerdo de Patay or Memories of Dead people captured on photos were the practice of many families to commemorate their love ones long after death.

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family members pose together with their dead relative ( photo courtesy of Mr. Edgardo Gamo Jr.)

This photo is undated, base on the dress and style of the coffin is between 1900 to 1920. All Soul’s Day is a time to celebrate the life and death of someone who we love and cherish.

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parents together with their infant child

A previous article on Recuerdo de Patay in 2015 and some of the practices long gone.

Recuerdo de Patay

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Doña Teodora Alonzo y Realonda posing together with the bones of Dr. Jose Rizal

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burial urn of Dr. Jose Rizal bones were kept

Some family members would pose together with their dead relatives or love ones for posterity or try to prop them up. Some would even commission painters to paint their dead relatives.

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Dr. Jose Rizal grave site in Paco Park

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Trinkets of memento mori – literally meaning “remember you must die” – took several forms which is widely practiced and existed long before Spanish colonial era.

There included personal belongings from locks of hairs, finger nails were arranged and worn in locks, rings or even kept at home. While taking photograph seem the norm from late 19th century up to the early part of the 20th century.

Although it seems to be a taboo to take photos of dead people ( except relatives). This is out of respect and courtesy at the present time. It seems to be the norm several decades or centuries ago.

Note: Special “Thanks” to Mr. Edgardo Gamo Jr. and NHCP / Fort Santiago for the photos

  • Best , Jonathan – A Philippine Album: American Era Photographs 1900 -1930,  Bookmark , Inc. copyright 1998 page 117
  • Hau , Caroline S. (2015)  Recuerdos de Patay and Other Stories : UP Press

Rare Hauls at Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club Meeting

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club meets every third sunday of the month at the main lobby of the Manila Central Post Office within Philippine Postal Corporation compound.

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Manila Central Post Office with OFW bank ( formerly called Postal Saving Bank )

The club usually host a small bourse or auction. Prices may vary, Most of the items starts with Php 10.00 starting bid, While some have posted prices. The general public together with the members have a chance to browse through the list of items most of which are philatelic items like packets of stamps, first day covers, commemorative issues, stamp from around the world are auction off.

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commercial shoot at the entrance of the post office

Got a chance to visit the meeting after the eyeball of Bottle Collectors of the Philippines  (Mga Lumang Bote)FB group held at the Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum in Escolta.

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Filipinas Stamp Collectors Club Bourse

Some items may also includes banknotes, ephemeras, photos, postcards, books, toys, bottles, phone cards sometimes a host of other curio stuffs like dolls, die cast cars, medals, coin holders.

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University of the Philippines certificate of matriculation

University of the Philippines ( College of Law)  certificate of matriculation is just Php 50.00. This could be e around the late 1950’s. The item starting bid was just Php 50.00 with Mr. Harandi won the bid.

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De La Salle University first day cover block of four ( circa June 16, 1961)

De La Salle University first day cover issued in 1961 ( block of four stamps) starting bid was just Php 50 and did not went up. The item bid won by Mr. Reuben Bala Jr.

BPI 150th anniversary FDC

Bank of the Philippine Islands first day cover 150th anniversary

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Philippine Orchids imperforate sheet circa 1960


Philippine Orchids imperforate sheet start bid at Php 50 but went up to Php 250

Between 450 to 520 items were auctioned off to the general audience. Despite the gloomy weather, more than 40 participants came at the meeting. There was a rare chance of watching over a commercial shooting.

The shooting started during the morning and according to the guards, the commercial team schedule is until past night time.

Most of the items consigned at the bourse are from old and serious collectors, some of which have accumulated tons of stamps and other stuff over the years or decades. There were a couple of participants who came all the way from San Pedro and San Pablo Laguna province, I also saw Mr. Reuben Bala Jr. and Mr. Dionisio Taeza who hails from Cavite province.

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Php 10 emergency banknote from Mindanao issued from 1944 to early 1946

We also managed to meet Mr. Boy Francisco, who sold some excess emergency banknotes from Mindanao and commonwealth era paper bills.

The club’s next meeting will be held on October 20 Third Sunday of the month from 1:00 pm to past 4:00 pm.

Eyeball of Bottle Collectors Philippines at Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum

It was an overcast weather last September 15 when members of Bottle Collectors of the Philippines ( Mga Lumang Bote) FB group have their eyeball and informal meet at the historic Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum within the historic Escolta street in the heart of old downtown Manila.

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part of the collection

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Halili beer bottle and wine bottle collection

The group had about a thousand members who collects different kinds of bottles ranging from soft drink brands, milk, beer, wine, medicine among others.

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Calvo building

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historical marker

Eyeball and Meeting

The assembly started around 12:00 noon time when members arrived at the mezzanine area of Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum. This is a private collection from the Teotico family.

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members Mr. Joel Bernardo Tempongko, Mr. Miguel Delfin, Mr. Lee Delmo and Mr. Mark Claudio

The informal meeting was presided by Mr. Mark Anthony Kyle Gianan aka Krazy Kyle but more popularly known as “Pinoy Picker“.

Unfortunately some members left before having a group photo. It was a wonderful experience meeting fellow bottle collectors.

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photo courtesy of Mga Lumang Bote fb group by Mr. Anthony Kyle Gianan

Note: the author would occasionally conduct heritage tour in this museum as part of the extended postal heritage guided tour.

How to Commute:

1.) via LRT line 1 north bound take off at ( Carriedo station), One can walk toward Escolta street. ( 15 to 20 minute walk)

2.) Blumentritt -Plaza Santa Cruz jeepney

3.) Baclaran to Blumentritt jeepney

4.) Blumentritt to South Pier jeepney route

5.) Malanday, Valenzuela via Avenida Rizal, Plaza Santa Cruz to South Pier jeepney route

6.) San Nicolas to Escolta jeepney route

7.) via Plaza Lawton aka Liwasang Bonifacio – one can take jeep going to Divisoria

Calvo Memorabilia and Bottle Museum ( Mezzanine area)

Address: 266 Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila

Operations: Monday to Saturday

Donation/ Entrance fees: Php 50 general public, Php 30 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s

Vintage Hauls at Greenfield Weekend Market

It was overcast and humid saturday late afternoon when two of my blogger friends, juanderingbulakenyo,pinoyvintagekolektor continued our extended walking tour.  While three other friends decided to spend their time in SM Megamall.

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vintage items like magazines, stamps, stickers, posters, bottles, toys, coin holders, NBA cards, posters among other stuff.

Greenfield Weekend Market Vintage Hauls

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We manage to have a short walking tour of Greenfield district around past 4:00 pm. The district is home to several well-known venue place, restaurants,NAWASA water cement tower, decade old trees, manicured lawn spaces, ornamental flowering trees, statue, mid-century warehouses / buildings turned into commercial spaces and condominium buildings.

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Mr. Jose Yao Campos bust

Greenfield district is a combination of residential, commercial, industrial,education and places of worship are located. Used to work at the nearby One San Miguel building few years ago.

Shopping malls, schools and universities are located within 15 to 20 minutes leisurely walk. But the one which attracts foodies even expat community is the Greenfield Weekend Market. The semi-permanent stalls are there for a while and there are live bands performing on a rotation basis.

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Greenfield Weekend Market entrance

 We were greeted by two friendly sales agent which gave a few insights on the weekend market which according to them were also pet friendly.

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Our group decided to eat light snacks and lemonade. The lemons are neatly arranged on ferris wheel.

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bucheron

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photo booth area

We explored within the stalls at the back portion. Amaze with some of the stalls selling pre-owned books,vintage items, coins, stamps, portrait sketches, magazines, stickers, coin banks, toys and cassette tapes. There is also a tarot card booth where one can pay a small fee for reading one’s fortune.

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My friend also bought 2 pre-owned books, then our group decided to leave the place since it started raining hard and winds blowing off our umbrellas.

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Mr. Eric David sketch artist booth

Being a collector, I was able to buy some vintage stamps and coins in one of the booth.

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framed banknotes, photos, coins and stamps for sale

We were able to ask the security guards on the possibility of other activities within the area like bird watching and guided walk.

Overall, the weather is quite uncooperative but our vintage hauls were the ones that we would cherish.

Our group will surely come back for more exciting food, tree walk, bird watching, chilling down or just walking within the district exploring and admiring mid-century architecture.

Note : Greenfield Weekend Market usually starts from 4:00 pm till 12:00 midnight

Mid-Century Family Heirloom Religious Statue Collection

I have visited a collector friend after spending almost an entire day within FEU campus. My friend lives near the border of Manila and Quezon city. Selling a few mid-century items as part time trader. They are selling their old ancestral house and negotiation is still underway.

The buyer most probably will demolish the ancestral house and built a new one. The area is located on higher ground near University belt, hospital, market places which makes it attractive to prospective buyer.

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a mid-century house with marston mat gate within the neighborhood

The three story house was built during the commonwealth era. It had a lot area of 249 square meters. Its perimeter fence had Marston Mat, properly called pierced (or perforated) steel planking (PSP). This was first manufactured in the United States in the late 1930’s and was used extensively until the early 1960’s in the country.

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marston mat gate within Quezon City

Marston Mat was extensively used during the last world war by army engineers and seabees (construction battalions) to build runways and other readily usable surfaces over all kinds of terrain.

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fern with Dischidia ionantha

It was which was quite popular fencing material after the second world war in the country. Some of the martson mat were also used as gates, partition in large properties, fencing material and even covers in manholes.

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a mid-century old house within F. Blumentritt, Sampaloc, Manila

There were also several mid-century houses and apartments within the street. However most of the houses were not properly maintained.

Family Heirloom Religious Statues

Last supper

last supper

Last Supper in large wood frame- This is a last supper made from several pieces of wood glued together. This use to be commonly sold in the souvenir market from the late 1930’s to the mid-1970’s. The first ones were probably made by prisoners from the Bilibid prison and quickly caught the fancy among art collectors.

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last supper

Last Supper – Another masterpiece tapestry. This became common piece in almost all the Catholic homes all over the country. These are normally hung in dining area or sala.

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 Christ the King seated

 Christ the King seated on his throne while raising his right hand and with the left showing his sacred heart. Made from eskayola/ escayola or plaster of paris.  This was probably made in the late 1970’s or 1980’s which had a customized urna ( religious container) mounted on the wall.

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Christ the King seated

Christ the King seated- This is the larger piece seated Christ from their family collection. Made from eskayola /escayola or plaster of paris.  The hands are made from carved wood. This can probably dates back in the mid 1970’s to early 1980’s.

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Risen Christ

Risen Christ is made from wood and mounted in one corner of the living room. It was bought several decades ago.

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Christ without hands

This is Risen Christ which was rescued from a fire. The hands were lost, the risen Christ was made from iron and zinc. They still have some mid-century statues and other items.