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World Architecture Day Celebrated by United Architects of the Philippines-Makati Chapter with a Walking Tour

World Architecture Day 2017 and World Postcrossing Day 2017 was celebrated by the United Architects of the Philippines-Makati chapter together with stamp , postcard collectors, students and members of the organization.

The walking tour covered the Manila Central Post Office in which started with a short presentation was presented by employees of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST ) and members of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Philippine Philatelic Federation.

The tour was in cooperation with WalkwithChan , Intramuros Administration, Escolta Commercial Association Incorporated with some bloggers and photographers who attended the walking tour despite the heavy rains. The event started with registration around past 8:30 am at the PHLPost main lobby.

Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus -Philippine Philatelic Federation ( president) and Phlpost stamp advisory council representative was also there and provided some insights on stamp collecting.

Historical Building and Postal Sytem

Philippine Postal Corporation   The Philippine postal system has a history spanning over 250 years. The first post office was established in the city of Manila in 1767. It was organized under a new postal district of Spain in 1779, encompassing Manila and the entire Philippine archipelago. In 1783, the postal service was organized in the Philippines-overseas mail from the Philippines was conveyed to Europe by Spanish ships via eastbound routes through Mexico. Later on, the postal district was re-established on December 5, 1837. After a year, Manila became known as a leading center of postal services within Asia. Spain joined the Universal Postal Union in 1875, which was announced in the Philippines two years later.

During the Philippine Revolution, President Emilio Aguinaldo ordered the establishment of a postal service to provide postal services to Filipinos during that time. On September 5, 1902, it was organized as a bureau under the Department of Trade (currently known as Department of Trade and Industry) by virtue of Act No. 426, which was passed by the Philippine Commission. The Philippines finally joined the Universal Postal Union in January 1, 1922 as a sovereign entity.

The Manila Central Post Office Building, the center of the Philippine postal services and the headquarters of then-Bureau of Posts, was completed in 1926. It was destroyed during World War II (1945) but was rebuilt in 1946, after the war.

The Manila Central Post Office located at LiwasangBonifacio is a neo-classical building designed by two American architects and a Filipino namely: Ralph Doane, Tomas Mapua, and Juan Marcos de Guzman Arellano. The Post Office Building was considered as the grandest building during its time, and is now considered as one of the dominating landmarks in Metro Manila.

Ms. Arlene Labao-Project Officer for the Philately Collection & Museum Division

Architect Miko Carandang the chapter president was also present and gave certificate of recognition to the resource persons.

sorting of mails and postcards at the second floor of the Philippine Postal Corporation

The author ,Ms. Arlene Labao-Project Officer for the Philately Collection & Museum Division ,  Sir Rey from the Engineering Dept., and PHILPOST Business Lines Department Manager, Sir Max Sta. Maria III during a courtesy call last October 10, 2017 

The highlight of the tour was the pinpointing the historical parts of the post office , architectural details , sorting of mails and sending of letters and postcards.

The walking tour was successful and the organization is looking forward with some projects in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation.

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Merck Fertility Awareness Week 2017 at EDSA Shangri-La

 

One out of 10 Filipinos suffer from infertility. This is the pressing result of a quantitative and qualitative 2011 patient study conducted by Synovate International commissioned by Merck Serono Philippines, a bio- pharmaceutical company.

While many couples are having problems with having too many babies, there are a few who are having a problem on how to conceive. The latest medical abstract data about infertility in the Philippines was made available .

 Infertility Problems

Infertility is a multi-layered and complex situation.  There are a lot of issues that are involved for the people living with it, as it spans the biological, emotional, physical, social, financial and psychological aspects of lives and relationships.

Some opt not to share their problems even to their close and immediate family members.

 

Merck-Fertility-Awareness

Merck Philippines Awareness Campaign

Since 2013, the local arm of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck Philippines, has been proactive in their fertility awareness campaign.

The campaign is on its fifth year, which is aptly named “Bridging Baby Steps,” aims to continue education on infertility and raise awareness about the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods available in the country through seminars and information dissemination.

“As they say, ‘where there’s life, there’s hope.’ We, at Merck Philippines, understand the heartaches of couples who can’t conceive a child,” said Dess Carta, Sales and Marketing Manager for Fertility for Merck Philippines. “We want to let them know that there are means and ways to combat infertility.”
Learn from the Expert.

World Health Organization 

Infertility is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”

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Dr. Virgilio M. Novero Jr., head of St. Luke’s flagship Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI), said that infertility can be traced to issues affecting both the female and male reproductive systems, and medical conditions that compromises the quality of egg and sperm cells. Other factors that affect a couple’s ability to procreate such as socio-cultural practices, including the marrying age, educational status, professional goals.

The ART of Procreation

Infertility should not be the be-all and end-all for couples, as there are means and ways to this.

One available method for childless couples is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). This treatment procedure enables multiplication of ovarian follicles and facilitates egg cell retrieval. During the process, embryos will be formed outside the body of a female patient and will be transferred once the “cultures” are successfully formed. Patients who are suffering from severe sperm deficits, blocked fallopian tubes, unexplained infertility, mild endometriosis, and ovulation disorders can be candidates for this treatment.

With regards to IVF being risky, Dr. Novero shared that the success rate of such procedure has grown tremendously over the past years. He said that about six million children around the world were born via IVF.

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, visit and register at www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines.

5th Fertility Awareness Week 2017

How can we help friends who have difficulty in conceiving? This is the 5th year that Merck Philippines will be having their ” Fertility Awareness Week”. The best way to seek to advise or information is to seek help from the expert or join formal talk about fertility awareness like the upcoming Merck Philippines Bridging Baby Steps Campaign happening on October 21, 2017 Saturday at the Edsa Shangri-La, Garden Ballroom Hall 3 and 4 , Ortigas ,Metro Manila for FREE.

ASEANPEX 2017 from November 4 to 6, 2017

The Philippine chairmanship on the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will be hosting the ASEAN Invitational Philatelic Exhibit (ASEANPEx) 2017 on November 4 to 6, 2017, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Aseanpex 2017

ASEANPEx is a showcase of stamps and other philatelic products from the 10 ASEAN countries featuring current issuance, as well as rare and collector’s item stamps. The last ASEANPEx held in the country was in 1996 at the SM Mega Trade Hall in Mandaluyong.

This year’s 3 day exhibit will be carrying the theme ‘Exploring the beauty and diversity of ASEAN culture and tradition”

ASEANPEX2017 will showcase a 200-frame display of rare and winning stamp collections from member countries; lectures on philately; and, interactive booths.

According to the local organizing committee, there will be no entrance fees.

 

There will also a commemorative stamps to be issued to highlight the event

The Philippine stamps has featured the Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac), the country’s National flower in the joint commemorative issue.

This strategic collaboration of the member countries postal administration was evident in the ASEAN POST logo displayed on each country’s commemorative stamps which symbolizes peace, friendship and solidarity in the ASEAN community

All stamps shall be released for sale, distribution and exchange by ASEAN member countries. The release of the stamps coincides with the Philippines chairmanship of the ASEAN this year.

PHLPost has printed 80,000 copies of the ASEAN 50th Anniversary stamp featuring the national flower Sampaguita to be sold at P12 each.

Horticulture Oktoberfest 2017 Show

Oktoberfest

Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. in partnership with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration will be having a 4 day show with the focus on cacti, succulents and ornamental from October 12 to 15, 2017 .

The site will be at the Flower Garden of Hardin ng mga Bulaklak area facing East Avenue .

Join the competition on Dish gardens , Cactus and Succulents,Ornamental,Terrariums  and there will also a commercial trade bazaar with different plant sellers.

For inquiries , Please call 0927-5600140 Ms. Angel

 

32nd Annual Kadayawan Festival Schedule of Events

Kadayawan one o the biggest Agro-Industrial and cultural festivities will be held from August 1 to 31, 2017 – Floriculture Exhibit and Bahay Kubo contest will be held from August 4 to 11, 2017 .

Submission of plant entries will be on August 12 and Judging will be held on August 14, 2017 , formal opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held on August 14, 2017.

 

 

Bonsai Innovation Schedule of Events

Bonsai and Suseiki Alliance of the Philippines will be having their ingress from July 19 and 20, 2017.

July 21 7:00am judging , 4:00pm Awarding Ceremony

July 22 to 23 Workshop and Lecture 8:30am to 3:00pm

July 22 to 30 Commercial Area

July 29 and 30 – 2P Workshop / Lecture 8:30am to 3:00pm

July 30 Appreciation Night -7:00pm

10 Interesting Things to Do at Toy Convention 2017

Toy Convention 2017 is also known as The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention. This is the largest toy , pop culture and collectible event in the country and even in Southeast Asian region.

SMX Convention Center

Toy Convention is held at the iconic SMX Convention Center Hall 1 to 4 from June 30 to July 2, 2017

10 Interesting to Do at the Toy Convention 2017 :

Collector’s Hive

10.) Register with Collectors Hive – Collectors Hive is a site where collectors can register, trade and meet with fellow collectors. I have featured this online collecting site in my previous article post.

9.) Meet and Greet Celebrities – There are many pop icon , local celebrities and personalities which one can meet at the convention.

Ms. Carla Perez who portrayed Rita Repulsa  together with  Mr.Marcelle Fabie

Ms. Carla Perez  portrayed Rita Repulsa is a villain of a popular show in 1990’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers . She is a Filipino-American and portrayed the second Rita Repulsa. The first one was also portrayed by a Filipino-Japanese actress.

Ms. Liza Soberano is the next actress to portray the role of Darna , a fictional character created by Mars Ravelo.

8. ) Life -Sized statues – There are dozens and life- sized statues from THOR , Groot, Iron Man among others.

7.) FREEBIES- There are several freebies that are given during the convention.

6.) M.A.C Studios create model building , custom paint, dioramas, scale models.

Mr. Israel Resurrection

5.) Comics Sale – There are hundreds of comics , anime and manga items for sale. Some are limited condition.

4.) Toys and Action figures for Sale – A tour of the convention is incomplete without a visit to the commercial booth section. There are hundreds or even thousands of toys to choose from.

3.) Collectors Gallery – There is not shortage of collectible stuffs at the convention – There were over 50 glass stands with thousands of toys collection owned by hundreds of collectors representing different kinds of themes.

Voltron collection by Ms. Anna Gajudo

2.) Popular merchandise items like Darna t-shirts, bags , mugs and pillow bags are on sale.

1.) Meeting with people having same passion and collection. – I have met several collectors from Coca-Cola Collectors Club members and other collectors.

 

Note : Photos are in collaboration with Mr. J.P. Perena