Native Tree Walk at University of the Philippines-IB EDC Binhi Project

Philippine Native Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI) together with University of the Philippines -Tourism Institute conducted a whole day tour and walking tour at the Institute of Botany-Binhi Tree Park last September 22, 2019 sunday.

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University of the Philippines- Institute of Biology building

The aim of the project is to train tree walk guides on the basics of tree walk and familiarization of the site.

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UP- IB atrium

flora and fauna, historical event, public arts, architecture and historical buildings highlight the Lakad-Gunita walking tour which was initiated by the University.

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Institute of Biology

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However, PNPCSI members are already conducting tours at the University of the Philippines campus as early as 2008 which includes old buildings and in partnership within different organizations and Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

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University of the Philippines-IB EDC-Binhi Arboretum

University of the Philippines- Institute of Biology EDC-Binhi Arboretum

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UP-IB EDC Binhi Arboretum map

University of the Philippines -Institute of Biology Arboretum project was funded by Energy Development Corporation is about 1 hectare site which aims to preserve indigenous, endemic, native trees and plants.

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President Menie Odulio -PNPCSI President

The training started past 8:30 am with short introduction of the mission and vision  and projects of the society.

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University of the Philippines-Tourism student trainers

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creeks are still found within the site

The arboretum is a living repository of more than 100 species of native trees and plants.

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 Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society members and trainers

The group was able to have a mock tour within the arboretum area and finished the short training by 4:00 pm.

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Food Tasting at Hexagon Events Place by Old Swiss Inn

Hexagon Events Place is located at the along Quezon Avenue within Barangay West Triangle in Quezon City.

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It is fastest growing event place within the the heart of the city. The event place is ideal for corporate function, wedding, debuts, corporate product launching and among others.

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building directory

The grand food tasting event was held last October 12, 2019 from 11:00 am to past 2:00pm.

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table setting by Old Swiss Inn

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Old Swiss Inn Food Tasting

Old Swiss Inn had been in the business for over 70 years and specializes on European and Swiss cuisines.

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participants

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set-up

Hexagon events place had 5 accredited food catering companies and mobile cocktail bar. The venue is large and can accommodate up to 350 sitting capacity.

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meat carving station

 They can also customize thematic parties and table setting. Some can be as small as 30 participants.

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assorted sausages

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Old Swiss Inn will also have their Belgian Beer and Grill Festival on November 8, 2019.

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pasta and sauce

Parish of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary within Barangay West Triangle is a suitable place for weddings is just located few kilometers away from the venue center.

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fresh corned beef

It also have an ample parking space for those who will bring their car. The rates are very competitive and even non-tenants of the building can make reservations.

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Don Simplicio Gamboa Sr. Hall

The venue hall is called Don Simplicio Gamboa Sr. founder of Hexagon group of companies.

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fruits, marshmallows with chocolate fondue

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desserts

The building site is in the immediate vicinity of major commercial and retail centers such as Fisher Mall, Trinoma, and Crossings Mall, and is just a few ticks away from SM City North Edsa. The building is a mixed-use facility with an aggregate floor area of more than 30,000 square meters.

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Hexagon Building

Address: 17th Floor Hexagon Corporate Center, 1471 Quezon Ave. West Triangle, Q.C.

 Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact : (02) 515-1528 / (02) 692-5675/ (02) 692-5756

+63920 9278 849
+63917 8757 707

Old Swiss Inn :Makati Ave beside Peninsula Hotel and Ground Floor, Olympia Somerset, Makati Avenue, Makati City

Contact: 09209608670 | 8188251

 

10 Important Events at Quezon City’s 80th Anniversary

Quezon City government in partnership with dozens of cause -oriented groups, advocacy group, volunteer organizations, business establishments started the kick-off celebrations on October 12 and 13 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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Quezon City employees from various agencies attended the grand parade

The event was dubbed Pista sa Kyusi which had a two day event celebration.

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Thousands of employees, students, cause oriented groups, bloggers, vloggers and the general public had a rare chance to attend some events, concerts, trade fair, cook-off challenge, art event, sports event, bureau of fire special service section and food fair held within the famed landmark.

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10 Important Events at the Quezon Memorial Circle

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10.) Quezon City hall grand parade- A grand parade which started within Quezon city hall ground and wereheld around past 7:30 am and moved to Liwasang Aurora at the middle of the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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mobile library

9.) Mobile Library exhibit- There were 3 mobile library which is on constant on the move within many parts of the city.

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Quezon City public library (mobile van)

The mobile library provide several valuable services like reading literacy awareness, story telling, puppetryshocas among children and students of the city.

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QCX museum facade

8. Free QCX entrance – students, heritage advocates, bloggers, ordinary people and even foreign tourist were treated to a whole day of FREE entrance at the QCX museum. There are a lot of see and experience at the museum.

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author together with Mr. Paulo Ortega ( juanderingbulakenyo) and two Taiwanese tourists

For those who wanted to know and learn more of the city’s history, heritage, art, culture, advocacy. This is a must visit place.

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trade fair booths

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Care Channels inc.

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Balai Kamay

7. ) Trade Fair- There were over 80 booths which showcases different products, native crafts, organic material, advocacy group, health and wellness, photography group, art association and food.

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Len’s Bibingka and Putong Bumbong

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Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes

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Cook-Off Challenge

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6.) Food Fest – There were several food events held at the site. We were fortunate to witness the barbecue cook-off challenge from 6 barangays within the city.

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There were two representatives from the barangay. One of the challenge includes pork barbecue cooked-off.

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judges included well-known chefs, restaurateurs and qc tourism officers.

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pork barbecue

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5.) Art and Drawing Sessions- several well-known artists showcase their talents in painting and giving free art lessons. There were also art competition among young and budding artist of the city.

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Pop Art booths

Quezon City Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office is inviting businesses to join our collective called POP QC (Proudly Original Products of Quezon City).

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4.) Plant Stalls- There are several plant stalls located within the park. One can choose from different kinds of plants, ornamental flowering plants, herbs, orchids , pots among others.

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herbs and plastic pots for sale

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3.) Zumba and Dance Sessions- The group provides free zumba and dance session. One can just join -in with the group.

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2.) Free wall climbing and demonstration by Bureau of Fire Services

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1.) Garden of Joy and Other Landmarks- This is an important landmark for plant, orchid and horticulture lovers.  This used to be called Flower Garden or Hardin ng mga Bulaklak and now called Garden of Joy.

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Garden of Joy entrance

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum orchid attached to a narra tree

We hope that the orchids, ferns, bromeliads and other plants mounted on the trees within the garden will be properly nurtured taken cared off. Since a lot of the plants were donated by members of plant organization.

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Quezon Memorial Shrine

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Presidential Car Museum

One must also try to visit other well-known landmarks like Quezon Memorial Shrine, Presidential Car Museum, Quezon Heritage House and soon to open President Aquino replica house when one visits Quezon Memorial Circle.

Note : Happy 80th anniversary to Quezon City government and to all the organizers of the event.

Best of Tarlac Products at Citimall, Tarlac

Citimall-Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) is the gateway in the north, which is located within Concepcion, Tarlac province. We took the chance to buy some snack items and roam around the mall.

The place is large but the only downturn was the flies and some insects inside the mall. According to the employees, there were large numbers of poultry and farms near the mall.

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Aquino Center

The group wanted to have a short afternoon snack in one of the restaurant inside the mall, but we decided to eat somewhere.

Mayat Malagu

Mayat Malagu – Tarlac’s Finest

There were some products, plants, home decor and Christmas lantern for sale at the exhibit area.

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clock and home decor for sale

What is good about the trade exhibit was it was free without any entrance for the general public.

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potteries, plants and home decor items

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Christmas lanterns ( parols) made from capiz shells and dress

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bottled chili paste, gourmet tuyo, gourmet tinapa

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papaya vinegar, chili paste, chili oil

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potteries, fountain and lantern

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furniture and display items

There was an area for pre-loved items from Japanese and Korean surplus stores. But price wise, i think some of the prices are overrated compared to some of the surplus stores that i have visited in Metro Manila.

We hope that the mall management should start addressing the flies and insect problem.

Address: CityMall- SCTEX Concepcion, Tarlac province

Operational Hours: (Open Everyday from 9:00am to 10:00pm)

12 Exciting Dishes at Peach Boy Restaurant, Mandaluyong

Peach Boy restaurant is located within ground floor Norkis Building, 11 Calbayog street corner Domingo M. Guevara street. The restaurant is also just few meters away from California Garden Square condominium units.

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Peach Boy restaurant

The name was derived from the love of peach desserts and food by the proprietor when he stayed in the United States.

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California Garden Square condominium units

Peach boy had a soft opening last July 27 and had a lot of buzz in several social media sites for their creative menus which is combination of Asian, Hawaiian, American, European and Filipino fusion dishes.

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Calbayog street corner Domingo M. Guevara street

It is within 4 kilometers away from Jose Rizal University, San Juan and Mandaluyong cities.

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wall mural

The shabby chic interior reflect the modern taste and spacious area. The sitting capacity is between 140 to 150 people at any given time.

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second floor

A function room had a capacity of between 30 to 50 people is located at the second floor is ideal for corporate meetings, team building, family get together or intimate parties.

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Platter dishes -ideal for sharing between family members and friends

12 Exciting Dishes at Peach Boy

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12.) Nachos – deep fried chips with their own version of dressings, chopped onions,crab stick strips and topped with chopped spring onions. This is ideal for sharing between 2 persons.

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11.) Crispy Crab with Cheese Pockets– deep fried wanton wrapper filled with crabs, cream cheese, herbs and serve with sweet and spicy chili sauce.

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10.) Mint Choco Milk Shakes, Matcha Milkshakes and Choc Nutty Milk Shakes– These are some of the best selling shakes at the restaurant.

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9.) Peach Salad – mixed green lettuce leaves, with slices of peach , honey, sliced cherry tomatoes, roasted cashew and vinaigrette.

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8.) Adobo Fried Rice Omelette – 2 eggs omelette with chicken adobo fried rice, serve with adobo sauce and pork salsa.

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7.) Choriburger– The burger used home-made Cebu chorizo and with sunny side egg and serve with adobo sauce. This comes with atsara and french fried with ketchup.

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6.) Peach Pork Belly – Tender pork belly glazed with peach barbecue sauce, barbecue mayo, lettuce leaves served in Banh mi bread with french fries.

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5.) Laing Pesto with Tinapa Pasta – Spaghetti noodles with coconut stewed with taro leaves pesto topped with dried tinapa flakes.

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4.) Teriyaki Chicken -grilled boneless chicken with teriyaki glaze and cabbage slaw topped with chopped spring onion leaves and sesame seeds.

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3.) Barbecue Platter– serve with Java rice and with Peach boy black ribs, Peach barbecue pork belly, Peach barbecue chicken leg quarter, Boneless Chicken teriyaki, sauteed vegetables and cabbage slaw. This is ideal for sharing between 3 to 5 persons.

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2.) Ube Lava Pancake – ube flavored pancake drenched in special ube halaya sauce.The ube halaya sauce is not too sweet and can be shared between 2 to 4 persons with 4 layers of pancake.

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Peach cobber with Vanilla ice cream

1.) Peach Cobber– The peach cobber is presented with layers of buttery streusels with peach compote and topped with Vanilla ice cream.

We cannot wait to come back together with friends and immediate family members. The restaurant is also listed under several well-known popular social media platforms and delivery sites.

OKTOBERFEST PROMO: BUY 1 BUCKET OF BEER, GET 1 FREE STARTER (Choice of Crispy Chicken Skin, Chicken Karaage, or Buffalo Chicken Wings.

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Mr. Paulo Rama together with the staff of Peach Boy restaurant

Address:  Norkis Building, 11 Calbayog street corner Domingo M. Guevara street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City

Operational Hours: Mon to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sundays: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Contact : (02) 533-6846/ 0977-031-1150