Reunion of Descendants of Asian Revolutionary Heroes at Pandesal Forum

It was a rare and unique experience for the attendees at the pandesal forum. It was the first ever reunion of descendants of the top leaders behind Asia’s earliest republics and anti-colonial revolutions, who supported each other. President Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898 who sent emissary Mariano Ponce and whose cause received support from China’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen (who also became president after the success of his revolution in 1911).
The site of the pandesal forum is at the historic Kamuning bakery. The bakery still uses  brick oven to bake their pandesal and other pastries.

Asian Revolutionary Heroes

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Dr. Lily Sun Sui-Fong – She is a Hawaii property developer, philanthropist & granddaughter of China’s revolutionary hero and first republican President Dr. Sun Yat Sen, who supported the 1898 Philippine Revolution. The foundation that was named after his grandfather gave about 250 statues of Dr. Sun Yat Sen in different parts of the world.
Mr. Charles Wong – great grandson of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. He is also fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese languages.
Mr. Cesar E.A. Virata together with Mr. Wilson Lee Flores
Mr. Cesar E.A. Virata – He is the Vice Chairman of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), former Prime Minister and Finance Minister; grandson of revolutionary hero General Baldomero Aguinaldo and  grandnephew of revolutionary hero and first President Emilio Aguinaldo.
Ms. Maria Theresa Bautista Valero – great grand daughter of Mariano Ponce.
Dr. Neil Marcial R. Santillan Chairman, History Department, University of the Philippines (U.P.)
Professor Michael Charleston “Xiao” Briones Chua -Filipino historian, academic, and television personality,
Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong President, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII).
Mr. Peter Fung – General manager of Lin Nam Noodle house and Filipino -Cantonese association.
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After the short talk and dialogue, The guest were given pandesal and ensaymada.

Sneak Peek of Master Landscape Artist Yuyung LaO’s Garden

Master Yuyung LaO is a well-known, famous and respected master landscape artist in the country. The group were given a sneak peek at his garden last sunday,despite being a busy person.

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several Buddha statues

One of the few landscape artists which drew his inspiration from mother nature, planting materials, natural contour of the land.

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Despite his stature, Master Yuyung LaO is a respected member of plant societies, a simple down to earth person with a lot of ideas and full of artistry.

Master Landscape Projects

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Mr. Yuyung LaO together with the group

Some of his project includes the Tropical Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle, private garden within Forbes park, well-known personalities, resorts, venue places in many parts of the country. His contemporaries in Southeast Asia is Mr. Wade Wijaya of Bali, An Australian -Indonesian who had several popular resorts projects.

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Another recent landscape project was the recent APEC and ASEAN meet in the country.

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I have seen a lot of variegated plants within the property. The landscape is compact with a lot of beautiful plants. Every nook and cranny of the property is very photogenic.

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According to the master landscaper, It took him over 20 years landscaping in phases within the 1 hectare of property. He harness the natural creek flowing within the property and natural sloping landscape.

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He was able to construct two layers of pond in which giant gouramis and kois lives.  The pond also had a a filter system built on the side of the pond.

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variegated dracena

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concrete staircase with landscape accents

Another nice feature were the tall tree ferns and epiphytes. The key to his success were irrigation, misting system and right media.

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 Buddha statues potteries, owls figurine, turtle figurine are located within the pavilion area

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lunch buffet

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mini greenhouse

There were at least 1,000 known plant species, cultivar varieties, ferns, begonia, bromeliads,water plants, palms which are cultivated.  He also had a small greenhouse in which is cultivates Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids, ferns and other plants.

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Our group had a fun time at his garden, enjoyed the hearty lunch of grilled tilapia, grilled green mussels, lechong manok, tuna, brownies, orange juice and soft drink.

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Yuyung LaO garden, water features and accents

It was a fun filled day of adventure, sight seeing and learning experience. The private garden is located within San Mateo,Rizal province. It is not open to the general public and thus the author cannot reveal the exact location and other contact details.

Note: Maraming Salamat po, for the warm hospitality and sharing your great knowledge

 

Postcrossing PH Meet-up at Museo ng Sining, GSIS Complex in Pasay City

PostcrossingPH FB members and enthusiasts had a memorable eyeball, meet-up that was held at the Luna Room in Museo ng Sining in Pasay City.

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Ms. Arlene Collado

The eyeball and meet-up is much anticipated by the members. There were over 30 members who attended the meeting. These also include PHLPOST Business Line manager Mr. Maximo Santa Maria and some Philatelic section employees.

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A short program was held past 2:00 pm where a short introduction of each members.

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postcards, stamps, postcard holders, key chains, ball pen were some of the items raffled-off to the participants

There was the regular swapping of local postcards, gotochi or shaped postcards, mini-raffle and meet-up autograph signing was held.

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postcards printed on photo paper

There are also some self made PostcrossingPH meet-up postcards made by some individuals.

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There was many familiar faces at the meet-up since some of the members also participate at the local stamp club meeting and auction.

We decided to leave the place past 3:30pm and head for the food review held somewhere in Quezon City.

 

Halo-Halo with Kesong Puti at Sweet Bulakenya

Sweet Bulakenya food had a lot of innovative products to offer, One of their product is their halo-halo with kesong puti as topping.

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Sweet Bulakenya with topped kesong puti

Halo-halo had all the usual ingredients like the minatamis na saba among others, the shave ice is comparable to other commercial halo-halo restaurants in Metro Manila. What makes this special is the ingenious way of adding their kesong puti as topping.

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Ms. Lani Buencamino at the 1st Pista ng San Miguel de Mayumo tiangge ( photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating)

Ms. Lani Buencamino is also a science teacher and proprietor of Sweet Bulakeny Among the well-known products includes their empanada with kesong puti, macaroons, chicharon among others.

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 empanada with kesong puti

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San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan province welcome arch

They also tried to produce Native Pork Sitsaron/ Chicharon which made its best at different class- A restaurants and hotels.

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Ms. Lani Buencamino together with media, bloggers and industry practitioners

Some of their clientele included Chateau (1771 Group of Restaurants) City of Dreams in Parañaque, Macau, Serye, Robinsons Supermarkets (selected outlets like Galleria, Ermita, Eastwood, Metro East, Magnolia ) and True Deli in Quezon City.

When you visit San Miguel, Bulacan, do not forget to visit this place !

Store and Restaurant: Maharlika Hi-way, Sta. Rita,San Miguel, Bulacan

Address: Sampaguita St, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact : 0915 939 3526

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetBulakenyaFoods/

Tita Thess Home Made Delicacies

Tita Thess or Aunt Thess Felix is not your typical house wife, She started her online business at home about 3 years ago selling tibok-tibok, sapin-sapin and other well-loved delicacies thru Facebook and via word of mouth.

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Tita Thess pours freshly made tibok-tibok in plastic containers

She was born in the province of Pampanga and learned the art of making delicious rice based delicacies.

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stylish wooden frame greets visitors

Her loyal band of customers would keep Tita Thess busy for much of the day and sometimes through the night. The group had a privilege to be able to visit her home and see a demonstration of her famous “tibok-tibok” and “sapin-sapin”. But these two “kakanins” are not the only native delicacies that her loyal clients keep coming back for. Aside from these mouthwatering delicacies, she also makes “pichi-pichi”, “palitaw”, “puto flan” (rice cake) with custard, “pansit” (noodles), “kalamay”, “biko”, “maja blanca”, fish “lumpia”. As the holiday season nears, she only accepts an advance order. generous with the quantity and quality of the ingredients, her products are truly worth a repeat order.

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tibok-tibok and sapin-sapin

Customers can also pre-order- her well known tibok-tibok and sapin-sapin in 1 bilao. One can also request that 1 bilao have 50% tibok-tibok and 50% sapin-sapin.

Some of the orders are from the parents and teachers at the nearby school and government offices.

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tibok-tibok

“Tibok-tibok” is also called carabao milk pudding which originated from Pampanga.  It is the Kampampangan’s version of “maja blanca”.

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preparation of tibok-tibok

“Tibok” refers to the heartbeat and as Tita Thess demonstrated to us, we can tell the “tibok-tibok” is cooked when the little bubbles on top start to pulsate slowly and makes little sounds like the beating of the heart.

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Tita Thess showed the group on how she put latik over the tibok-tibok

She purchases about 20 to 30 bottles of fresh carabao milk in the market in the morning to fulfill her orders for the day.

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She would also order 30 to 35 coconuts (niyog ) in order to make toasted coconut meat, toasting the gata as early as 4:00 am and would take about 2 hours to made it reduce consistency called “latik”.

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Tita Thess pours glutinous rice mixture

She uses commercially available glutinous rice powder mixed with non-glutinous in a fix proportion.

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 sapin-sapin in steamer

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sapin-sapin with jackfruit and latik as toppings

“Sapin-sapin” is another native kakanin she demonstrated to us, is a layered glutinous rice ( ube and green)  The colors have corresponding taste and Ate Thess’ version has no red because she doesn’t know what flavor to give it. She also does not have a yellow colored layer which is traditionally a jackfruit flavor.

Tita Thess’ white layer is coconut milk, the blue layer is ube, and the green layer is pandan. Unlike “tibok-tibok”, The sapn-sapin is soft and chewy. Her sapin-sapin version is topped with latik and sweetened jackfruit.

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Tita Thess and Mr. Ervin Garcia together with industry practitioners, bloggers, media

Most of her products can be pre-ordered via their FB page and for pick-up.

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Special mention : Sir Ervin Garcia and Tita Thess Felix for the warm accommodation.

Tita Thess Espesyal Kakanin atpb.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/titathesskakaninatbp/

Contact : 0917 540 3188