Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour and environmental advocacy which started in in Sydney, Australia  in 2007 with 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change, is now on its fourth year of staging  in the Philippines.

The Philippines topped global Earth Hour participation levels for both 2009 when 10 million Filipinos in 647 towns, cities and municipalities switched off, while 15 million Filipinos in 1076 towns and cities joined the 2010 switch-off.

On March 27, 2010, Earth Hour became the biggest ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Will this be surpassed by Earth Hour 2011?

Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30PM (Manila time). People from all walks of life are encouraged to go beyond the hour, so after 60 minutes, when the the lights go back, organizers urge everyone to think about what else all of us can do to make a difference.

WWF- Philippines, several environmental NGO groups, government agencies , private corporations,  Meralco  are highly supportive of this upcoming event.

 

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Organic Food Bowl Night Market at Centris

Now, a marketplace for safe and healthy fresh produce and products made available to the public — from vegetables to grains to animal and fish products. A marketplace that works on the concept of accessibility, sustainability, and fair trade practices to capture the bulk buying demand and promote sustainable lifestyle.

Big groups of organic and natural farming practitioners have signified their interest to support by joining the market: The Organic Producers Trade Association (OPTA), One Organic Movement of the Philippines with the Agri-Aqua Network International, Inc. (AANI), Go Organic Philippines, Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations (INOFO), Philippine Development Assistance Program, Inc. (PDAP), Kasama Ka Organik Cooperative, Aquarius Agricultural Source Corporation (AASCORP), Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikutura (MASIPAG), the natural farming advocates under the Philippine Natural Farming, Inc. (PNFI), Organic na Negros Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA), biodynamic farms under the Agrikultura Natural, Inc. (ANI) Mo, Cosmic Farm of Benguet State University, La Trinidad, the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service of the Department of Agriculture (DA-AMAS). The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) were also tapped by the organizers to support through an information campaign to reach its target buyers” said Ms. Sharon Tan, co-organizer of the Food Bowl Night Market.

“The potential for the organically grown produce and foods is growing both domestically and abroad due to the increasing health, environment and social concerns. Food Bowl Night Market will highlight crops and commodities of Philippine “SUSTAINABLE AGRIBUSINESS”. Its quality should also meet the demand for its quantity. The Crops, Commodities and Technologies Section will showcase farmers, fisher folks and organizations providing safe and healthy food to Filipinos and present the value chain: production, processing and marketing. This will be a good start for the farmers to program their production to meet the requirements of institutional buyers especially from hospitals, restaurants, hotels and food caterers” she added.

Other than natural, organic and biodynamic farm produce which includes vegetables, fruits, rice, fisheries, live stock, native free ranged pastured poultry produce and products, Food Bowl Night Market will also feature food operators and wellness organizations, ornamental and herbs producers and the eco-friendly product manufacturers.

The Food Bowl will be launched at the ETON Centris Walk, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City starting March 18. It will open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 12mn. ETON Centris Walk is directly under the stop of the Quezon Avenue MRT Station with a commercially accessible area and ample parking for the target institutional buyers.

The World Agape Association, Inc., with the owners of DS Pinoy Organic and Herbal Store organizes the Food Bowl Night Market. The World Agape Association is a group of young professionals whose primary objective is to provide leadership seminars for public servants with focus on public school teachers and farmer leaders. For queries to Food Bowl Night Market, please contact (02) 806-2448

Ascocentrum aurantiacum subsp. philippinense

Ascocentrum aurantiacum subsp. philippinense 1992

Ascocentrum aurantiacum (J.J. Sm.) Schltr. 1913 was first established in 1913 by a German taxonomist, botanist and author on several books Mr. Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter (Berlin  born October 16, 1872 Berlin / died November 15, 1925 Berlin ).He was the curator of the Berlin Botanical Museum and orchid specialist. He explored Africa, Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia , Central and South America  . His vast herbarium was destroyed during the bombing of Berlin in 1945.

This orchid species with 7 spikes is grown by the author for more than 5 years

This orchid sub- species was reclassified in 1992 by Dr. Eric Christenson . He  is a research taxonomist with strong interests in the Aeridinae (Sarcanthinae), neotropical floristics, and the conservation of horticultural plants. He authored a monograph of Phalaenopsis for the International Phalaenopsis Alliance (IPA) in 2001.   Dr. Christenson is known for his articles that attempt to bridge the gap between taxonomy and horticulture as well as his in-depth book reviews. He is a strong advocate for orchid conservation, particularly ex situ propagation, and actively works with commercial growers to that end.

close -up of the inflorescence

This orchid sub-species is found in many parts of the Philippines at elevations up to 1,200 meters elevation. Its growth is monopodial in warm climates growing epiphyte in forest  blooms after a short period of dry season from late February to late May .

This orchid species  is quite popular among orchid collectors which appreciate their orange flowers . Their minuscule flowers are bore on erect 10 centimeter long stem , many flowered , racemose inflorescence  are about 1 centimeter.

Ascocentrum miniatum in Vietnam flowering in-situ

Other species of the genus Ascocentrum may be found in other Southeast Asian countries from Himalayas,  India, Burma, Thailand, Indo-China , Malaysia, Indonesia . They have a short, simple to bifurcate stem (max. 15-18 cm) with an upright, compact, conical to racemose inflorescence, consisting of smaller brightly colored flowered . These flowers have a prominent spur and a strap-like lip. Their bright colors vary between yellow, orange, red and pink.

Kagawara an inter-generic orchid hybrid

This orange orchid species is highly desirable  parent breeding material for producing the colorful Ascocendas, Kagawara  and Mokaras which add shades of orange, pink, purple , yellowish colored flower and is popular cut flower industry in Southeast Asia.

There were about 70 man made inter generic  genus and thousands of hybrids produced.

References:

Ames ,Oakes . 1944 . Destruction of the Schlechter Herbarium by Bombing . Amer. Orch .Soc .Bull . 13 ,no.4.

Ames , Oakes . 1933. Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter -1872-1925.Amer . Orch Soc. Bull. 2, no.2.

American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 55 No 2 1986

A to Z of SE Asian Orchid Species O’Byrne 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002

Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 ; Ascocentrum aurantiacum

Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel2003

7th Manila International Auto Show 2011

poster of the event

The 7th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) will be  from April 7 to 10, 2011 at the World Trade Center , Pasay City Metro Manila and its East Wing annex tent building and Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) building. Now with a total indoor and outdoor exhibition space of about 23,000 square meters  the show promises to be more exciting than the last. MIAS aims to boost industry sales beyond its previous performance with a well-attended selling event, given an unparalleled track record of 6 consecutive years of automotive exhibition excellence.

Last year, MIAS welcomed some 78,000 visitors, showcasing over 300 cars and 25 auto brands. Aside from the main World Trade exhibition hall and lobby of 10,000m2 and the 3,000m2 tent annex building and some 6,000m2 of outdoor exhibit and stunt performance area, MIAS has added some 4,000m2 of indoor exhibition floor space at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) building, still making MIAS the country’s biggest annual motoring event.

This year’s highlights will include the Russ Swift precision driving stunt show, Car of the Year Awards Night, MIAS Custom Classic Car Competition, European Mobile Media competition, Top Gear photo contest and exhibit, 2011 car model launches, special vehicle and automotive heritage displays and exciting raffle prizes.

The Manila International Auto Show Secretariat
c/o Ms. Jill Aithnie Ang / Ms. Ruby Ocfermia / Mr. Carlos Polangcos
Worldbex Services International

Address: 488 Boni Avenue corner San Joaquin Street ,Mandaluyong City ,1550 PHILIPPINES
Telephone Numbers: +63-2-531-6350, +63-2-534-3615
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Malabon Food Trip

Malabon City -Philippines

Last February 26, 2011 the author met Mr. Doy Arriola of Pinoy Frugal Chow, which organized the food trip. We met at the MRT North Triangle station at around past 9 am together with 6 other people. Just like any informal lakwatsa group with the same passion over food, heritage and travel. Everybody seems very comfortable with each other. After the introduction, the group decided to rent a taxicab to meet our travel guides in Malabon.

colorful buntings adds festive atmosphere to the malabon waterway

Malabon used to be a rich swampland inhabited by a few hundred of people before the Spaniards came.

Mr. Monchet Lucas -owner of the restaurant

The group went to stopover at the Pescadores Restaurant and met its owner Mr. Monchet Lucas, Architect Richard Tuason – Bautista an active member of the Heritage Conservation Society and NCCA, Ms. Cecile Manapat a proud Malabon native and a  blogger of My Malabon. and a couple of  French students doing some research on old colonial districts of Metro Manila.  Our group swell from eight to well over a dozen.

ceiling of the restaurant  with lights

Pescadores restaurant used to stand on what was once a fishpond before the reclamation during the1970’s, hence the restaurant’s name, which is Spanish for fisherman.

The restaurant is like art galleries were collections of various paintings hung along its wall. The restaurant can be rented- out on special occasions and is a popular event venue center in this side of Malabon.

blue colored vintage bottles functioned as vases decorate the dining area

According to the owner, the massive reclamation projects happened during the time of the former first lady Madam Imelda Marcos (also head of Ministry of Human Settlement and Metro Manila Governor) in the late 1970’s that eventually filled up some old fishponds and worsened the flooding situation in the area as the reclamation did not care to account how Malabon’s waterways work.

Mrs. Marcos dream of “ Metro Manila as City of Man ” eventually started several reclamation projects all over the city.  It is recommended for big groups to pre-book before coming to the restaurant .

The establishment is available for any special occasion upon appointment. The restaurant is divided into three areas: Function Room, Restaurant and the newly built Special Function Room with terrace and an outdoor garden space.

restaurant signage  fronting Letre road in Malabon

Pescadores Restaurant  Address: #4 to 6 P. Aquino Street, Malabon City
Telephone:  288-77-20, 288-62-96
Dining Hours: Lunch 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Mondays to Saturdays

However, Some of Malabon’s striving industries are slowly declining due to some environmental issues like reclamation projects, pollution, climate change and rapid population growth among others.

signage of music band

The city is well- known for its colonial houses, churches, sugar cane industrial estate, fish sauce factories, community music band, tabacalera, various native delicacies, fishponds, shell crafts, convent schools and a host of a zoological center for those interested in animals and plants.

Malabon has this connection to the water thanks to its close proximity to the bay and the presence of Manila Bay’s tributaries like the Navotas (Ambion) and Tullahan River flowing around this city.

The colonial Spaniards who founded this settlement way back in 1599 and used to be part of Tondo . The new masters began to take advantage of the potential of the place they called then as “Tambobong,” a place considered before as just land where plants like the tambo (tiger grass) and Labong ( edible bamboo shoots) would strive.

Tiger grass  or Thysanolaena maxima

Thysanolaena maxima Belongs to the family Graminae.  This grass has a great economic potential and ecological importance, because it is a main source of material in the soft broom-making industry.

This native grass has a bamboo like appearance and grows up to 10 feet tall. This evergreen blooms in  late September  with foliage turning gold  by late November which is the onset of dry season .  Leaves tend to curl at night re-opening during daytime. This grass can be grown in or out of the water and is good for large ponds. The plant can thrive in full sun to part-shade and can tolerate muddy shores and is salt tolerant.

Tambobong was said to have been one of the tribal domain of Rajah Soliman, cousin of Rajah Matanda of the Kingdom of Tondo area.

Historians would still argue on the origin of the etymology, Some accounts say that the origin was derived from “ May labong “, a few would argue that is was derived from a bamboo musical instrument called “ bombong “, others say it came from compounded Spanish words “mala” and “bon/buen,” good and bad which took into account Malabon’s bad muddy shores  which  dirtied the clothes and shoes of the conquistadors , good atmosphere and rich marine resources found there.

Historians would recall that the town’s commerce and trade grew during the advent of the Spaniards colonial regime with the opening of the Manila –Acapulco Galleon trade.

Chinese ships would dock their cargo in neighboring ( Ambion) now Navotas . The Chinese cargo ships were not allowed to enter the old- Manila port (near the present day Plaza Mexico).

bicycle with passengers

Colorful bicycle ply the small streets and alleys of Malabon – the bicycle ‘s wheel is slightly elevated to prevent flood waters from reaching its passengers during high tide or rainy season.

bicycles  of Malabon

Somehow this would reminiscent people of transportation like rickshaws in other Asian countries. Some of the author’s relatives also resides in Malabon along M.H. Del Pilar Street  in Barangay Tugatog and had fond memories of the place.

old tranvia lines crossing the Malabon river -personal collection of  Mr. Daniel Santos

Old- folks would also recall tranvia lines would bring commerce and trade in the place during the Spanish, American and even up to the Japanese occupation.

Malabon had always fascinated people’s culinary palate and had an interesting architectural heritage. Our first stop for lunch is Mely’s Carinderia or simply called Ate Mely’s Carinderia “eatery”. This place retains a simple charm of an old-town eatery.  This place had a reputation as one of the best eatery in the town. When we arrived at the eatery, there were arrays of around 30 or so dishes being served.

the author together with the Ms. Milagros Tuason

Some of the eatery specialties are Tapang Kabayo, Tortang Alimango, Kare-Kare , Adobong Pusit , Adobong Manok  among others.

assortment of home cooked meals

The price of per viand serving is not so cheap compared to the eateries of Sampaloc and University Belt areas but is well upon the reach of any ordinary person.

I ordered one of the famed specialties Tortang Alimango.  The ingredient was cooked with scrabbled eggs, crabmeat flakes, ground pork, garlic and onions fried in vegetable oil. It was presented like a whole pizza cut into triangular section. The presentation is quite different from what I am used to. The most common practice is to put the meat back to the crab carapace.

tortang alimango with banana ketchup

It depends on the person on what condiments would they like to accompany the torta  (soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce etc.) but banana ketchup, as a condiment is perfect combination.

It was the freshness of the ingredient that makes the Tortang Alimango different from other parts of the metropolis. While walking to nearby eateries, I again saw several eateries serving Tortang Alimango . I guess this is a popular viand in the area and not a sole monopoly of Aling Mely’s .

tapang kabayo with sauce

I also tasted the famous Tapang Kabayo (Horse meat) of the eatery; Compared to other tapang kabayo in the metropolis, the meat is not tough, with a lot of sauce and spices.  While eating,  we were met by Mr. Alvin Tan a blogger who arrived few hours late from the meeting place.

A few photo opportunities with the entrepreneur Ms. Milagros R. Tuason capped the first stop. The carinderia is roughly around 40 square meters and a dozen or so people can easily fill –up the available sitting space.

The carinderia also accepts catering and reservations.

Ate Mely’s Carinderia

Address: 10 Andres Bonifacio Street, Malabon , Metro Manila

Telephone # 281-63-16 / 282-62-99

turon pinipig with caramelized sugar coating

Tessie’s Puto Store- For an early snack, we visited this store. This sari-sari store serves some of the most interesting merienda items in this part of the town. The store specializes in puto (rice cake) and ( turon) .Unfortunately , when we arrived there, they have not yet cooked the puto . The store also sells quek-quek and fish balls.

The group then tried some dessert, In this part of Malabon , they had a different kind of call Turon  which they  called the turon pinipig, A triangular shape  pinipig and a thick caramelized  sugar coating .  Most of us would remember that a turon is a stuffed saba banana with nagka/ langka  (jackfruit) wrapped in lumpia wrapper then fried in vegetable oil. The turon of Malabon actually contains munggo or mung beans rather than the usual banana in it. (The banana turon actually called Balensiya / Valencia in Malabon)

Travelers and Food bloggers must try this one!

Tessie’s Puto Store

Address: Flores Street, Malabon

Contact # 281-58-04

We pass the old tabacalera factory and this vicinity also had a tiangge- style market every Saturday were live freshwater aquarium fishes, parakeets, cockatiels, finches, African lovebirds, dogs, rabbits,  plants are being sold. This is the equivalent of a weekend market in this part of Metro Manila.

roving store with freshwater aquarium fish on sale

The place is a beehive of some sorts for animal, plants and pet lovers. It is best to come to the place early .

Rufina Fish Sauce Factory

When you hear Rufina this is synonymous to one of the industries that made Malabon famous . There are also several homemade patis around the corner. However due to lack of time, the group was not able to explore the nooks and details of the factory.

Fish sauce is very important in the culinary heritage not just of our country but in all Southeast Asian and even some Asian nations.

Patis, called Nuoc Nam in Vietnam and Nam Pla in Thailand, is a pungent condiment made from fish in brine solution left to ferment outdoors. Patis is a major ingredient in Filipino cuisine though westerners sometimes call it “stinking” fish sauce. “ Patis “ is added in many foods to add taste and Pancit Malabon is no exception.

Address: 290 Cayetano Arellano Street, Malabon

Contact:  (632) 281-62-30   fax  (632) 281-56-36

house balcony full with rows of potted flowering euphorbia  hybrids


House of Mrs. Rosy Pacheco with potted orchids on the balcony

Rosy’s Pacheco Pancit Malabon

Aling Rosy Pacheco is by-word among Malabon locals.  Her restaurant has been considered the hallmark of what was the original and best tasting  Pancit Malabon is.

Her restaurant had a humble story which started as a small family eatery -type of operation more than 60 years ago.  Soon people from far flung communities could came and savor the taste of her home style pancit .  Rosy Pacheco’s Pancit became a household name as its famed Pancit Malabon . Television shows, food magazines and food bloggers would feature her restaurant.

It was unfortunate though that Aling Rosy Pacheco, the second-generation proprietor of the restaurant for almost 60 years passed on the night before. So we decided to drop by the place anyway to pay our respects to Malabon icon.

signage in front of Aling Upeng’s store

Aling Upeng’s  Que Kiam and Siopao

The local people fondly call the small sari-sari store Aling Upeng. One could easily pass this small store without knowing that they sell Que Kiam and Siopao .  Thanks for the small signage! Unlike other que kiam in the market, ingredients which are made either from, fish, pork or chicken meat. Aling Upeng’s Que Kiam / Kikiam is made from picama / singkamas with bits of pork meat which is a healthier options.

Aling Upeng’s Que Kiam with its unique sauce

Address: Cayetano Arellano Street corner Cuatro Cantos

assorted kinds of native kakanins being sold at the Visita

A visit to the nearby wet market locals called the market “ Visita” in Barangay Concepcion revealed that Aling Upeng does not have the monopoly of the product since a couple of wet market vendors claimed that they also made similar and even had cheaper Que Kiam compared to Aling Upeng .   Humm sounds market competition!!!!

stall of Nanay Ising at the Visita market, notice the tapang kabayo and que kiam

Nanay Ising Market Stall in the wet market of Concepcion sells a variety of tapang kabayo , bagoong , atsara , quekiam , tocino, longganisa and a dealer of a well-known brand of Tocino.

freshly caught marine crabs with full of aligi ( eggs ) at the Visita market

Dolor’s Kakanin which first delighted people in the late 1930’s with its wide array of food choices, in particular native delicacies like the sapin-sapin, ube, cassava cake, biko to name a few. It still is based on its original home along a narrow alley way near the Immaculate Concepcion church.

Martinez family clan home – The  light green colored walls protect the spacious art deco inspired home to be seen by unsuspecting passers-by is located in front of the famed Arny Dading’s native peachy -peachy

Arny Dading Peachy Peachy

Located on Cayetano Arellano Street near the Art Deco homes of the Martinez clan is Arny Dading the store takes pride with their Peachy-Peachy – made from cassava, this delectable mouth watering dessert is topped with cheese. This is an all time favorite pasalubong .

Address: C. Arellano Street, Barangay Baritan,Malabon

Tel. Nos. 281-06-37 and 281-06-41

The store had several branches in other parts of Metro Manila.

pianono rolls a specialty of R.B. Gregorio Bread House

Conception Bakery or R.B. Gregorio Bread House is considered as one of the most famous and perhaps the oldest existing bakery in the locality. Until recently, the bakery takes pride for having a pugon style manner of baking their breads, now they use modern equipments for baking their breads. According to one of the vendor – using the traditional pugon style baking increased their cost (rising prices for wood) and time-consuming preparation in baking the bread. The bakery started their operations in 1947.

The bakery specialties are the Pianono rolls, Spanish bread, Pan de Coco, Pan de Putok , Camachile , Broas, Pan de Sal, Cheese bread  among others.

a participant  sampling the famous pianono roll

Compared to other pianono rolls being sold in other parts of the country, the rolls are much bigger not too sweet and very soft.

R.B. Gregorio Bread House

Address: 306 General Luna Street corner Bernardo Street, Conception, Malabon, Metro Manila

Store Operation: 4am to 12midnight

Contact: 281-03-41

Church of the Immaculate Conception

The church was built way back in 1886, making it one of the oldest churches in the city. The church underwent a number of “makeover” changes in recent years, activities that were criticized by many, as they did not help preserve the church’s history. There is a huge statute of Jesus Christ within the Parish church.

statute of Jesus Christ in open arms is located within the church courtyard

A historical marker with NHI inscription showed the historical importance of the church.

He parochial school is located in 272 General Luna Street, Concepcion , Malabon .


One of the most prominent and perhaps the wealthiest part of Malabon in terms of colonial style-houses and historical value is barangay Concepcion

Rojas- Borja Ancestral House built in 1923

The lower floors of the house served as a Pharmacy several years ago.

Lugaw ni Onoy

facade of Lugaw ni Onoy

Located a few meters away from Immaculate Church is Lugaw ni Onoy this is the main specialty of the store, it serves mainly lugaw or rice porridge.

The store also serves noodles, variety of short orders from Pork Asado Rice Meal, Chili pork with rice, Buttered Chicken, Beef Brisket, Chili Shrimp, Crispy Shrimp, Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Tokwa Fish with Rice, Hototay Soup, Nido Soup, Chicken Asparagus and Soup Number 5 is made from cows testicle.

Left- Soup Number  5 ( one of the must -try soup )

Mr.Doy Arriola enjoyed the Lugaw Utak

Compared to other store that offers the same menu around the Metro, the price of Soup  number 5  in this eatery  is cheaper than those in Sta. Cruz or Binondo in Manila.

Lugaw with tokwa and brain as side dish

Its Lugaw menu is also varied from the ordinary to the exotic ones like the Lugaw Mata and Lugaw Utak, which respectively consist of parts from a cow’s eyes and brain. One can choose from an array of about a dozen lugaw meals.

halo-halo

The store also served halo-halo that had an average taste enough to quench the heat of afternoon sun.

author posed for a souvenir shot before crossing the river

The group then tried to cross the river and paying a small amount Php 3.00 from the banks of Malabon going to Navotas side and another Php 3.00 going back to  Malabon side.

ship dock at this portion of the river

flowering zinnas in one of the houses near the river ferry station

Zinnas are an annual or perennial plants native of the family Asteraceae. Zinnias come in 20 or so species of composite flowers. The flowers are ideal for indoor arrangements. Zinnias bloom in a wide variety of colors with large, mixed blooms.

hanging plants in plastic containers , basil, lemon grass and herbs

The houses at the nearby ferry stop had an array of plants, flowering bougainvilleas, santans ( ixora) , flowering zinnas, herbal garden and an array of native orchids like Phalaenopsis intermedia, Dendrobium cucullatum proof that residents are also fond of growing plants despite the fact some of the plants are not tolerant to salt spray coming from the Manila Bay . Somehow adaptation makes the plants hardier.

Mayor John Rey Tiangco of Navotas poster

workers  gamely pose for a group shot at the Navotas ferry boat station

group shot at the Malabon ferry boat station

House with capiz windows and air tunnel on its roofs which acts as an additional ventilation – notice the mural art on the facade of the stone house

Mr.Mario Luna House – notice the intricate floral designs made from wood

on Cayetano Arellano Street are several  heritage houses that stand proudly side by side.  Mario Luna House  built in the 1890′ s. Just like any houses on C. Arellano street. , its ground floor has become much lower than street level.


The Teodoro Luna House has been more fortunate than its neighbor because its ground floor is higher — still three or four steps up from the street.  You can  notice the graceful iron grill works  . I just wonder if the two houses owners are distant cousins ?


Ismael Lapuz and Magdalena Santos Ancestral House

The group then past walks several colonial style houses passing the old house with the main gate had an initials of Ismael Lapuz (IL) and Magdalena Santos (MS) grandparents of of GMA Kapuso Channel 7 CEO and Chairman Atty. Felipe L. Gozon.

The old house said to be built in 1881 with a spacious garden with lots  of Malunggay trees , Caimito trees ,  Mac Arthur palms  .

Paez House with iron window grills and ugly graffiti signs

Another notable house Paez House built in 1877. When the street were elevated due to floods.  Now the house looks smaller than before.

former home of Ms. Evelyn Santos- Camus , Binibining Pilipinas – International 1971 title holder

 This house located just across the Paez House is the home of Binibining Pilipinas –International 1971 and Miss International 1971 2nd runner-up Ms. Evelyn Santos Camus.  The house had since been remodeled to suit the modern outlook of its new owner.

Miss Evelyn Camus  in terno , Philippines national costume parade at the 1971 Miss Intentional pageant held in Long Beach, California,  USA

Picture is from: Maharlika sa Larawan http://www.missosology.info/forum/viewforum.php

plastic food container from Japan, China, Korea and United States on sale

This home doubles as an ukay-ukay (thrift) store selling different arrays of vintage figurine, glasses, plastics, porcelain dish, toys, vases and other stuffs from Japan and other parts of the globe.

red postal coin bank from Japan

A red postal mailbox coin holder eventually caught the fancy of the author, which decided to buy the coin holder for sentimental reasons.According to the staff , This is a limited edition postal coin bank issued by Japan Post , you need to purchase about 10,000 yen in Japan post office before they can give you this as a souvenir.

Well, whether this is a sales pitch or not ? Who cares?

cups , plates , serving dish , bowl from Japan, Korea , China and United States tuck in one corner of the house

Some of the participants also bought some interesting figurines and even toys from the store.

Benedicto Santos -Luna family clan house

originally owned by the Santos-Luna family, This heritage house is a three-story Filipino colonial period Ilustrado house built in the early  1900s. It is located at General Luna cor. Paez Sts., Barangay Concepcion and is presently abandoned and slowly deteriorating .

cartoon characters Squid ward and Sponge Bob in wall mural along General Luna street

Interesting folk art in the wall  are murals  of  Sponge-Bob Square Pant and Squid ward reminding citizens in the vicinity not to throw garbage on the street corner.

Tropicana Studio is considered as a landmark and was  opened by prominent Malabon photographer Mr. Dominador  Cruz or simply ” Mang Ador “. The photography studio started its operation in 1945.

What makes this humble studio so prominent is that it has served as the photo studio of choice of many celebrities over 65 the years, which earned him the distinction, “ Celebrity Photographer ”   Being  hired  as a  photographer of the famous LVN film studio . Soon afterward, some of rival film outlets like Sampaguita Pictures and Premiere Studio would also sought his service.

The company’s motto  “ For Excellent Photography “. Tropicana Studio stands along side with the record of their achievements.

His photo studio has become a photo gallery /museum of some sorts that displayed hundreds of star photos from the late 1940’s even up to the present.  Some of the glamor and pictorial shots by the celebrities eventually were used in movie promotions and movie postcards.

gallery of celebrities among the roster of clientele of this photo studio

This photo studio takes pride of having rare pictures of former presidents of the country.

cast of Ang TV Kids shown on ABS-CBN channel 2 circa 1990’s

According to one of the staffs, the defunct Ang TV Kids of ABS-CBN channel 2 would ask their studio to take pictorials  of their young stars.

L-R Mr. Juan Rodrigo ,  Ms. Judy Ann Santos, Ms Beverly Vergel  and Ms.Galdys Reyes from Mara Clara

The production crews would also arrange our photographers to take pictures of  the cast in the 1990’s afternoon soap opera Mara Clara . The original show was aired by ABS-CBN channel 2 from June 22, 1992 to February 14 , 1997  . Since the last airing , there had been a remake of this popular soap opera featuring new casts.

Ms. Angelica dela Cruz

celebrities like Ms. Angelica dela Cruz, Mr. Rhoderick Ramos –Santos aka (Erick Santos), Mr. Cipriano “Alwyn” Sumulong Uytingco III ( Alwyin Uytingco ) is said to frequent the place before they became stars.

Before the group left the studio, Our group  decided to have some  photo opportunity as souvenir.

Tropicana Photography Studio

Contact Person: Atty. Vergel Cruz

Address: 252 General Luna Street. Concepcion ,Malabon City

Telephone # 281-2987 /281-3167

Fax: 281-55-41

signage of Jamico’s Restaurant

Our group headed for Jamico’s Restaurant more popularly known as Judy Ann’s Crispy Pata being established in 1972. According to one of our local guide, the former name of the restaurant is Judy Ann however during the course of business registration, it was found out by the owners that they cannot use the name anymore since there was another restaurant which had the same name (Judy Ann) so they had to use the trade name Jamico

Ms. Karl Aguilar – blogger ( Urban  Roamer Journal) pose for a souvenir shot in front of the store

The house specialty is Crispy Pata! Unlike other crispy pata in town, the sweet taste of the pata makes it a totally different appeal. Jamico’s  Pata is best served hot with pickle relish and sauce.

This restaurant also boasts of being included in the “ List of Best Food Remembered “ featured on  Philippine Daily Inquirer –Lifestyle Section that mentioned their crispy pata as one of the best food in Metropolis.

crispy pata with pickle relish and special soy sauce

The quaint store can accommodate up to 60 people. Aside from the crispy pata ,  the store other specialties includes  pancit , camaron rebosado , tortang baboy, , chicken ,  lumpiang shanghai , lechon macao, bola-bola pork ,  sweet and sour pork . The restaurant also accepts catering and reservation.

Jamico’s Restaurant / Judy Ann’s Crispy Pata and Restaurant

Address: 201 General Luna, Brgy . Ibaba , Malabon City

Store Hours: 9am to 10 pm  Monday to Sunday

Telephone # 281-41-93

Malabon Cityhall

The group then headed to city center, Residents of the areas would still refer the city hall as poblacion that is dominated by the 11-story glass window skyscraper that is actually the Malabon City Hall. The new Malabon Cityhall is the tallest structure in this side of the city.

San Bartolome bell towers -photograph taken near the city hall complex

Adjacent to the building were the sports complex, San Bartolome Church and cemetery, police station, Malabon Central Market and a covered court that also serves as a function area.

Malabon Central Market

signage of Betsy’s Cake Center

Betsy’s Cake Center which opened its doors in 1962 is just located a few steps from the Cityhall . This local bakeshop predated the arrival of the more prominent bakeshops in Metro Manila. The local pronounce it “ Betchie”. Even with stiff competition from commercial bakeries and bread shops in recent years, many folks, still patronize this bakeshop not just because of its Malabon  pride but its baked products and friendly crews.

Broas one of the specialty of this bakeshop

The specialty of this bakeshop is the special and regular Broas – the only difference is the fillings and ingredients used. There price difference is not much,  only one-peso difference between regular and special.

Other specialties of the bakeshop include Brazo de Mercedes, Cheese Cakes, Sponge Cake, Mocha Rolls, Ube Rolls, Mocha Crunch, Betsy Roll and Custard Cake among others.

We saw that this bakeshop had a lot of patrons . Proof to the pudding is that this bakeshop had a following among local residents and from other parts of the metro.

The store had a small parking space and those who wanted to buy in bulk  is encourage to pre-order  their house specialties, especially during peak season when supplies may be limited.

Besty’s Cake Center

Address: 10 Rizal Avenue, adjacent to  Malabon Cityhall , Malabon City

Contact # 281-11-27 / 281-11-31


San Bartolome Church and Cemetery

The parish of San Bartolome in Malabon was first established in 1614 but the present church itself was somewhat younger. The current structure was completed in 1861 , with the columns and the twin bell towers added to it 7 years later. The sight of the church’s unique architecture would make this a familiar and beloved iconic structure.

church dome

The church was featured several times on postcards and a tranvia line that ran in front of the church.

Currently, this historic church is undergoing a “renovation” of sorts as flourishing are being added to its exterior. Old materials like adobe walls give-way for cement finishing and giving the church a more modern look. It could be a win-win solution for the parish, community and the town’s colonial church heritage.

tombstone of prominent Malabon residents are buried inside the church

Have the parish priest consulted people from the National Historical Institute, Heritage Conservation Society or other concern agencies for the church renovations? Based from what the group saw during our visit, the renovation of these structures will forever deface Malabon with history and pride.

steel scaffolding beside the church main pulpit near the altar

Right next door to the church is the San Bartolome Cemetery that is also undergoing renovations. To those who are interested in old tombstones, things don’t look good if you plan to visit that cemetery one of these days.

list of bodies exhumed at the cemetery

There are also plans by the parish to open a crematorium that according to some residents might pose a health hazards to the residents. Still more questions are being thrown rather than being solved. Will the Malabon clergy listen to the plight of these historical buildings and monuments???? Hope not.

family mausoleum

I must commend those people in Malabon for their fight to preserve the colorful past and Mr. Doy Arriola, Architect Richard Bautista, Ms. Cecile Manapat for the warm hospitality and the arranged trip to Malabon.

houses on the Navotas side

Navotas

As the group entered the final leg of the day –long trip, we decided to cross the bridge that connects  Malabon and Navotas.

group picture

As the sun begun to set down, we went to Aling Norma’s Special Pancit Lug-log in order to savor the taste of their specialty, which is pancit lug-log. Pancit lug-log is the term used since the noodles are dipped into boiling water hence the name “lug-log” to dip the noodles into boiling water.

Aling Norma’s Pancit Luglog

Unlike other pancit lug-log which proliferates in the city, Aling Norma’s pancit luglog noodles are bigger, with shrimps, pork, chicharon , egg slices, chopped spring onions and sauce made from achuete seeds.

Other house specialty includes puto with salted egg and grated cheese toppings. Puto is best accompanied their pancit lug-log.

Aling Norma’s  puto

It totally depends on the person’s taste bud and whether or not he / she would prefer a more saucy appeal on their pancit lug-log or pancit Malabon .

The price of Aling Norma’s Pancit Lug-log at Php 70.00 per serving price range  is  average ( not too cheap and not so expensive)  given the fact that it had more shrimps. Just like any food trips, food tasting is not just satisfying your own taste bud but you had to rate the  cleanliness of the restaurant whether small or big,   service – how fast or slow, ambiance, friendliness of the service crew, price ,  its  total appeal and maybe historical value.

facade of the restaurant

The store can accommodate between 50 to 70 people at anytime. Reservation is highly encouraged for those planning to go and eat at the restaurant.

Those who like to order in bulk (bilao style) they encourage to  pre-order by phone.

Norma’s Pancit Luglog

Address: L. R. Yangco Street, Navotas City

Contact # 282-47-40 /282-12-80

References:

My Malabon blog : www.mymalabon.com

Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malabon

Malabon Cityhttp://www.malabon.gov.ph/

Aqua Fiesta 2011

Tiendesitas  Mall , Pasig City

Aqua Fiesta 2011 signage within the Tiendesitas Mall grounds

This is an opening salvo for this year for fish lovers , aquarium fanatics and hobbyists. The three day event started  from February 25 to 27, 2011 at the Tiendesitas People Village activity center in Pasig  City.

Tiendesitas Mall is also a favorite event site for dog shows , cat shows and fish shows since 2005 .

Aqua Fiesta 2011 poster

The poster showed a rare arowana fish with  event partners collateral  which includes Manila Bulletin ,Asian Betta Alliance, Las Farolas , Tiendesitas , Bureau of Fishes and Aquatic Resources, PHALS, Koi, Philippine Datnioides Group , Manila Bulletin agriculture magazine , People’s Tonight among others.

Mr.Henry G. Babiera addressing the crowd during the opening

The event was graced by prominent people like representatives from the Ortigas corporation to  ordinary fish hobbyists  .  Mr. Henry G. Babiera the special leasing manager of Greenhills and Tiendesitas  , tiangge market magnate, plant connoisseur, antique collector, dog lover and a certified fish collector was also on hand to greet the visitors . According to some friends from the industry , He is developing a zoo-like safari in his hometown in Guimaras .

There is also the expensive collection of Mr.  Carlo/Cetarius  and a sampling of  Mr. Henry Babiera  rare collections /Las Farolas  it is  also said that Mr. Babiera has the very expensive collections of Platinum SR  arowana.

tarpaulin poster of Las Farolas

Las Farolas will soon rise beside ARK Avilon Zoo which will feature fresh water fishes from Mr. Babiera’s collection from different parts of the world. ( the author hope that he can feature Philippine native fishes too!) The construction manager is AMCON Company .

stage area before the formal opening ceremonies

opening day crowd

The aim of the show is to educate the public on how to take care of their fishes, importance of the freshwater aquarium industry , information dissemination  and the experience of  competition among fish hobbyists.

Aquascape tanks for public judging

Morning Glory and Eden is the title of the Aquascape complete with freshwater fishes and live aquatic plants

Aquascape entitled ” The Lawn “, ” Unconventional ” ,” Dream “, ” Links, “Forgotten Trees”

There is also a public voting  in which the public is given a chance to vote on which aquascape tanks  they think is the best. However, Just to make sure of the criteria set there is a separate more experienced  judges for the aquascape competition .

various varieties of Betta fishes exhibited by members of Asian Betta Alliance

Arowana exhibit

Unlike  other fish shows  wherein  judging aqua scape competition is close to the public  . Aqua Fiesta 2011  allowed  public  participation  in which visitors were given a piece of white paper and then write the title of the exhibit whom he/ she thinks is the best executed aqua scape . The winner  will  get the ” Public Vote ” or ”  Visitor’s Choice” at the end of the show.

Wajok Super Red Arowana with the scientific name : Scleropages formosus and a micro chip number  1828161976 were produced in captivity by Indonesian fish breeder P.T. Wajok Intilestari were raffled -off as First Prize

gold fish and koi figurine on sale – large one may fetch Php 1,800 per piece

As for the public, There is no entrance fees and for a minimal purchase of tickets a beautiful arowana courtesy of A1/ Chinatown Pet Center priced at around Php 30,000 were  raffled among the attendees,  while a lucky few  even had Flower Horn fries . There were about 2 dozen commercial booth which sells a variety of stuffs from t-shirt , kois , fish foods,  fish figurines  a soft ice cream and several food stalls.

Opening day buffet meal

Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society booth

According to the PHALS Secretariat here are some of the winners of the raffle:

Thai ZZ by JM Yao: Paul Uy, ticket#281 (prize claimed)
Thai Silk 1: Asian Betta Alliance, ticket#468 (prize claimed)
Thai Silk 2: Jeremy Go, ticket#535 (prize claimed)
Thai King Kamfa 1: Rex Am-Ben Oliniquino, ticket#253 (prize unclaimed)
Thai King Kamfa 2: Randolf A. Tanora, ticket#388 (prize claimed)
Thai King Kamfa 3: Airol Joe dela Rosa, ticket#329 (prize claimed)

Wajok Super Red Arowana  : Maria Victoria Aranilla with ticket # 270 ( prize claimed)

Chubby Musubi tarpaulin poster

Interestingly , There was a food exhibitor from Cavite with a fusion of Filipino, Japanese , Hawaiian and Western style of fast food. The primary origin of the snack is the Japanese onigiri also known as omusubi with sticky rice  formed into triangular or oval shapes wrapped in nori wrapper .  Its  fillings is  with pickled ume / umeboshi , salted slamon , kombo, tarako , katsuobushi or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservatives.

Since then , the Japanese immigrants to Hawaii  brought the recipe but had changed some of the ingredient to suit the western palate.

Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice with a slice of grilled  spam on top and nori  (seaweed) wrapping to hold it together.

several types of Musubi in wrapped in nori wrapper

They call the food stall Chubby Musubi , the friends were both graduate of De La Salle University. According to one of the proprietors , They started their food business  in the early part of 2010 and opened a food kiosk business within La Salle University- Dasmarinas branch in Cavite. Now their operations is in full blast and had a facebook account which advertise their products.

Spamdesal a unique taste to suit hungry appetite

Their spamdesal bun is not your ordinary bun but is said to be from a  local bakery from Cavite, The spam is also different from the commercialized spam  . They even had a local intellectual property patent for their products to prevent other entrepreneurs from copying their unique products. Their spamdesal filling is quite nutritious with vegetable fillings like onions, bell pepper, lettuce  and tomato . Its  market target were the students , teenagers, yuppies  and people on the go.

The owners  said that  they wanted to open the franchising of their food kiosk  in the near future . I hope that they can succeed in their endeavor.

The author would like to congratulate the organizers of the successful Aqua Fiesta 2011.

Archbishop Jaime Cardinal L. Sin exhibit

Our Lady of EDSA Shrine and  background skyscrapers -EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue

second floor of the EDSA Shrine where the exhibit is being held

EDSA Shrine – Quezon City

February 25, 2011 marked the 25th or  silver anniversary of EDSA People Power was celebrated with great jubilation in all parts of the country.

The theme ” Pilipino Ako, Ako Ang Lakas ng Pagbabago ”  Highlighting the achievements made for the country and the world. The logo with the People Power monument and the portraits of President Corazon C. Aquino and martyred husband Senator  Benigno Aquino Jr. with yellow ribbon

 

 

 

 

Veritas magazine

This momentous event capped several years of martial rule which ended in a bloodless revolution 25 years ago.

photo collage of martyrdom of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. in 1983

Part of the celebration was the unveiling of Cardinal Sin’s life sized statue at the nearby Andres Bonifacio drive in Manila  , a commemorative People Power envelope by the Philippine Postal Corporation , job fair , concert , historical tours of EDSA  , photo exhibit , military parade and an memorabilia exhibit of the late Jaime Lachica Sin  Archbishop of Manila  .

The People Power envelope  has two (2) designs with a denomination of P 15.00 nd quantity of 5,000 pieces.  Size: 4 1/8 inches x 9 ½ inches , Printer: Amstar Company, Inc. Lay out Artist: Mr. Jesus Alfredo Delos Santos

The exhibit was opened by Archbishop Socrates Villegas and distinguished guests. The exhibit was held at the second level of the EDSA People Power shrine near Robinson’s Mall , Galleria branch .

head bust of Archbishop Jaime L. Sin

Jaime Sin, also Jaime Lachica Sin (31 August 1928 – 21 June 2005)  Chinese  name: 辛海梅; 辛海棉 Xīn Hǎiméi; Xīn Hǎimián ).

old seminary in Jaro, Iloilo

He was the Roman Catholic archbishop of Manila  known for his instrumental role in the People Power Revolution from February 22 to 25 1986 , which toppled the regime of  President Ferdinand Marcos and installed  Mrs. Corazon Cojuangco- Aquino as the president .During his reign, he was considered an influential and charismatic leader of the country. He is also instrumental in another People  Power II in 2001.

old church bell

photograph taken during his elevation as a cardinal by Pope Paul VI

Cardinal Sin was only the third native Filipino Archbishop of Manila, following centuries of  Spanish , American , Irish  episcopacy.  He was made cardinal  by Pope Paul VI .     When he was the  Archbishop of Manila, he was widely considered  Primate of the Philippines , though no formal dignity has ever been attached to the archdiocese.

University of San Francisco citation

medal -order of Sikatuna  was conferred to his eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin by President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo

This award is conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines, upon diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines, or upon personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs  (DFA), both in the Home Office and in the Foreign Service .

miter , red skull cap and  episcopal bishop ring used by Jaime Cardinal L. Sin during his life time are on display

Miter ( also spelled mitre) from the Greek word  μίτρα, “headband” or “turban”, is a type of headgear now known as the traditional, ceremonial head-dress of bishops and certain abbots in the Roamn Catholic Church. Anglican church  The miter is also used by Anglican Church  some Lutherian  churches, and also bishops and certain other clergy in the Eastern Orthodox and Russian Orthodox .

Skull Cap is also known  called a Zuchetto and it comes in various colours: Red : Cardinal , White : The Pope and members of the Dominican and Norbetine religious orders , Violet: (Called Amaranth Red by the RCC) Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops , Black: Priests and Deacons.

Episcopal Ring -When a Bishop is consecrated as Bishop, he receives a ring representing his office (Cardinals receive their own special ring, also). The Pope’s ring, known as the “Fisherman’s Ring,” is the personal and unique seal of that reigning Pontiff and is (or at least used to be) destroyed on his death.

Back side view of the archbishop vestments exhibit

front side view of the exhibit :

Pallium is worn only by archbishops (in their own dioceses), patriarchs, and the Pope, as symbol of their authority. It’s a band of white wool adorned with 6 small black crosses, worn around the neck with extensions front and back, and pinned to the chasuble in three places about the neck. The non-silk part of the pallium is made of white wool, part of which is supplied by two lambs presented annually by the Lateran Canons Regular on the feast of St. Agnes (21 January). The lambs are solemnly blessed on the high altar of that church after the pontifical Mass, and then offered to the pope, who sends palliums made of their wool to the archbishops.

Bacolo or Crozier (crozier, pastoral staff, paterissa, pósokh) is the stylized staff of office (pastoral staff) carried by high-ranking Catholic prelate  The other typical insignia includes the miter  and the episcopal . This was not exhibited .

Pectoral Cross – is worn usually relatively large, suspended from the neck by a cord or chain that reaches well down the chest. It is worn by the clergymen  as an indication of their position, and is different from the small crosses worn on necklace by many Christians, which have no special significance.

death mask done by Mr. Napoleon Abueva

He retired on 15 September 2003, having reached the age of retirement for bishops under Canon Law. He died at the age of 76 on 21 June 2005 .

The author would thank all the people behind this event . The exhibit will run until second week of  March  . There is no entrance fee.

tarpaulin poster with a chronology of events  are hung across EDSA and nearby White Plains Avenue

People Power Monument with yellow-colored flowers

References:

APA citation. Braun, J. (1912). Zucchetto. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. from New Advent:  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15765b.htm

MLA citation. Braun, Joseph. “Zucchetto.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

Noonan, Jr., James-Charles (1996). The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church. Viking. pp. 191. ISBN 0-670-86745-4.

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