Manila Hotel Postcard by Cardinell- Vincent Company

Manila Hotel is one of the iconic Philippine hotel landmarks which had been popular among postcard, memorabilia, stamp, matchbox and ephemera collectors from all corners of the globe.

The hotel had been featured by several postcard companies like Philippine Educational Company (PECO), Cardinell-Vincent Company, Denniston, Goldsteins Philippine Postcards, Sun Photo supply Philippine Postcards, The Camera Company Philippine postcards and later by Goodwill Bookstore, Max Basker & Sons, National Bookstore, Sterling – International airline companies like Northwest Orient Airlines, Pan-Am, Philippine Airlines among others.

Manila Hotel obverse portion with American flag and manicured garden

Manila Hotel also have their own set of postcards printed and sold at their gift shop.

Manila Hotel postcard by Cardinell-Vincent Company

Cardinell-Vincent Company is one of the several dozens of companies which printed their postcard series – They have 37 in a series which featured landmarks in the country. The company sold postcards and distributed the items in local bookstores, tourist areas, escolta and major Philippine cities during the American colonial and commonwealth regime.

reverse side or back portion of the postcards in which recipient name and the sender’s name is listed. The upper right portion with box is were stamps is affixed

The company is international base and also have postcards from the United States and other areas.

My friend spotted this postcard on sale few years ago at a popular online platform for just $1.00. The seller had about 70% discount for this American era postcard- originally price was for $2.80 – It was listed for several months.

The postcard had go unnoticed, since there were a lot of sellers at the online platform and maybe there were not enough buyers. The condition of the postcard is good despite the age and some scribble handwriting at the back portion.

He took no time to inform me about this big sale and bought the postcard. The shipping was a little bit more expensive at $3.00 from United States of America to the Philippines. I think it took about two weeks before we got this postcard.

This postcard is unused and was printed around 1920. The size of the postcard is approximately 3 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch or 9 centimeters x 14 centimeters.

I was able to find this postcard tucked in one corner while arranging my vintage postcard collection.

Aside from deltiologist, philatelist and memorabilia collectors, Postcards featuring landmarks had been popular subject for school project in Social Studies, Araling Panlipunan, Filipino, History and Architecture during much of post war period until early part of the millennium.

Sources, Bibliographies and References:

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 1: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-1/

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 2: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/american-regime-manila-postcards-part-2/

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 3: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-3/

American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 4: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-4/

Personal interview from postcard collectors and dealers

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

http://www.philippinepostcards.com

Great Dishes at Amritsari Biryani Kebab Food Corner in Kingspoint

Great dishes, desserts and friendly people will greet customers and foodies at Amritsari Biryani Kebab Food Corner which is located along unit B- Lot 2, Block 37,Katipunan Avenue corner King Henry street, Kingspoint Subdivision Barangay Bagbag in Novaliches.

Great Dishes at Amritsari Biryani Kebab Food Corner

Yarda Food Hub

Amritsari Biryani Kebab Food Corner first open for business around mid-January 2020 at the famous Yarda Food Hub, unfortunately due to the enhanced community quarantine restriction enforced for several months, the management decided to close the food hub after a couple of months of operations from late May 18 to August 10, 2020.

Amritsari Biryani Kebab Food Corner facade

The name of the restaurant was derived from Amritsar, India which is about 28 kilometers from Lahore,Pakistan. The dishes within the region reflect Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern influences.

“the Golden Temple,” which serves as the main focal place for devotion among Sikhism practitioners.

Being a foodie and digital nomad, We took some time to sample their popular dishes.

The restaurant can accommodate between 20 to 25 people at any given time given the restriction and guidelines set by IATF.

Deep Fried Vegetable Pakora – This is a deep fried vegetable dish which is ideally eaten when it is hot. This is also meal viand together with their signature chicken biryani dish. This dish can be shared between 2 to 3 people for just Php 135

Chicken Biryani – This is a savory basmati rice that includes layers of chicken, rice, aromatics that are steamed together. The bottom layer of rice absorbs all the chicken juices as it cooks, giving it a tender texture and rich flavors like cinnamon sticks and pepper corms. The chicken is tender and retains its juicy flavors. This rice meal can be shared between 2 to 3 persons. ( Php 250). We may opt to try to try to spicy version in our next visit.

Their chicken biryani is quite different from the ones we have eaten at Srinidhi Cafe– which represents the southern style of biryani.

Hummus with Meat – Hummus is a popular Indian and middle eastern dip or spread made with chickpeas. A basic hummus recipe is made with cooked chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. The mince beef meat is also tasty. This can be shared between two to three people. Php 150 per order.

Chapati– is a type of Indian flat bread which is made from wheat flour and use for eating hummus. Php 25 per piece

Shawarma BUY 1 Take 1 Promo

We also tried their authentic Indian shawarma – Their shawarma is one of the best within Novaliches area.

The beef meat is very tender and the spices is quite different compared to the commercialize ones. One may opt to choose between the non-spicy and spicy. The pita bread was made from brown wheat flour. Php 150 (promo).

They are also planning to sell vegetable meat shawarma which caters to vegetarians and health buffs starting next week at the same promo price!

They are just beside Chedy Budbod restaurant which offers pancit bihon sa bilao, budbod tapa among others.

We can not wait to come back and order their famous Khati rolls, Chicken tikka, Chicken Kebab,Cream Butter Chicken, Chicken Masala and others. Those who wanted to experience smoking may also to try their shisha too.

Amritsari Biryani will soon have a partnership with food delivery service providers grab and food panda. Residents within Kingspoint, El Pueblo One condominium, Goodwill Homes 1, California Village, Sierra Vista, Kasiyahan Homes, Grand Monaco Villas and San Pedro IX do not miss this promo.

Note: prices and promos are subject to change without prior notice. the author is not connected with the management nor the operations of the restaurant.

Amritsari Biryani Kebab Food Center

Address: Unit B, Lot 2 Block 37 King Henry corner  #60 Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City 

Operation: Everyday from 11:30am to 10:00 pm

Contact : 0917 323 6182

Identify the Postcard by Ortigas Library Winners

Ortigas Library Foundation conducted an online contest a couple of months ago which generated a lot of buzz among heritage, postcard, stamp and memorabilia collector at their FB page between August 25 to August 26, 2020 with the first 30 persons who correctly identify the postcards during the time frame are eligible to win.

Identify the Postcards

I got a private message from Mr. Carlos Iñigo Roxas ( postcard, stamp collector) about the online contest. Internet was intermittent, it took us few hours before we can send the reply via the Ortigas Library FB site.

Identify the 3 American era postcard which includes 1. Insular Ice Plant, 2.) Road of Antiquity Colon street view of old Cebu and 3.) Fort Malabang in Mindanao.

Personally got two of the three postcards in my private collection. I later found out that Mr. Carlos Iñigo Roxas, Mr. Allan Martinez, Mr. Ian Millare,Ms. Jasmine Goforth, Mr. Joaquin Carlos de Jesus, Mr. Conrado Bugayong,Mr. Dionne Caytiles and a couple of heritage advocates also won the top prizes too!

For Carlos Roxas and the author, It was bitter sweet victory, since it was a last minute reply due to slow internet connection.

I manage to get my note cards/ gift card about 1 month later. Since they only allow winners to claim them between ( Tuesday to Thursday)

For those who were not able to guess the postcards correctly, One can buy the limited note cards / gift cards at the Ortigas Library Foundation office and ideal gift for your friends, heritage advocates, postcard / note card collectors this yuletide season. Each box contains between 10 to 12 note card with various reprint of old postcards from American and Commonwealth era.

Maraming Salamat po sa inyo, Ortigas Library Foundation and Ms. Jennifer Santos.

Ortigas Library Foundation

Address: 2nd Floor, Ortigas Building, Ortigas corner Meralco Avenues, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
1602
Tel: (02) 631 1231

Orchid and Garden Bazaar set at Quezon City Memorial Circle

Plantitos, Plantitas,Halamoms, Plantotoys, Plantnenes, Plantiquarians will be be excited to know that in celebration of Quezon City’s 81st anniversary. There will be a plant, orchid and garden bazaar slated from October 11 to 25, 2020.

Orchid and Garden Bazaar

The 15 days orchid and garden bazaar is in partnership with Philippine Orchid Society, Quezon City Council Management, Quezon Memorial Circle and Quezon City government.

Contact : 0917-848-5468/ +632-957-3524 Mrs. Susan and Manuel Lee

Local Government Units encourage to set-up Postal Station -PHLPOST

Local Government Units (LGUs) in the country are now allowed to operate and maintain a Postal Station to cater to areas in dire need of postal and financial facilities needed for community development.

In partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), the local government will provide the facility and hire employees to set up Postal Stations in strategic areas such as communities/barangays or public markets subject to operational supervision of PHLPost.

Local Government Unit Partnership with PHLPOST

The purpose of this project is to bring local government services closer to their constituents.

PHLPost would like to extend its market to as many settlements in the country pursuant to its universal service obligation of providing postal services to the public.  

PHLPost will provide the marketing equipment and initial stocks as well as training of LGU personnel who will handle the Postal Station.

The LGU Post Office Operator must be authorized by the Sangguniang Bayan through a resolution to enter an agreement with PHLPost in setting up a postal station.

Deliveries of postal products, services and merchandise shall be requested by the LGU Post Office Operator to the designated PHLPost postage stamp custodian or Postmaster where the postal station is situated.

Still relevant in the communication industry, PHLPost is the duly designated national postal operator in the Philippines which has the manpower and the network capability to deliver mails, goods and payment services anywhere in the country and around the world.  The postal service is an active member of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the primary forum for cooperation among global postal sector players.