Woman in Yellow

January 25, 2010 marked the 77th birthday of the former Philippine President Corazon Aquino . To celebrate the event,  staunch Cory supporter Manila  Mayor  Alfredo Lim inaugurated the first monument in the country dedicated to the former leader of the country.

located right outside the Intramuros walls  beside the statute of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. right across the historic Manila Hotel and Luneta park . It would actually be the latest in the city’s  “yellow fever craze” as some might call it, Most of the City hall employees and traffic enforcers are already wearing yellow uniform , having already named a bridge, an elementary school, a university building, and a hospital after her in a span of 5 months.

77th birthday FDC commemorative stamp with second print Cory memoriam stamps

Not to mentioned the not so new issue of the Philippine Postal Corporation  a  First Day Cover ( Cory’s 77th birthday )  with a second print of the Cory Aquino memoriam stamps . These FDC stamp is  considered commemorative, since there were about 500 pieces according to the philatelic staff.

Tita Cory was featured in Philippine stamps  for about a dozen times which included the definitive issue (Philippine Presidents ) series  in early  2000.

Manila Cityhall officials led by the enigmatic Mayor Alfredo Lim, Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta , members of the Cojuangco- Aquino family , distinguished guests led the unveiling of the statue.

The monument  showed the former President  Cory flashing the ever-famous “Laban” or “Fight” hand sign on her right while holding the 1987 Philippine Constitution on her left which Castrillo explained was a symbolism of Cory’s legacy in restoring and upholding democratic rule in the country.

Senator Benigno Aquino statute

The  Cory monument was designed by renowned Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo ,  who happens also to be the same sculptor behind the Rajah Sulayman monument, Our Lady of EDSA,  the Pinaglabanan shrine monument and the  Bonifacio monument beside the Manila Cityhall among many others.

Cory and Ninoy stickers a hot item for collectors and sympathizers

After the unveiling ceremonies of the statue, the sea of yellow supporters and crowd sung famous EDSA songs , yellow colored balloons were flown,   While street hawkers had the opportunity to sell merchandises related to the famous couple.

Despite being world-famous for fighting martial law and restoring democracy in the country, The tandem of Ninoy and Cory statute  seems out of place !

Under the National Historical Institute guidelines on monuments, the Rizal Monument at Luneta (Rizal Park, Manila) and the Bonifacio Monument (Caloocan City) are established as points of reference and should preferably be the focal point of a city or town center.

The NHI said if two or more monuments are present at the site, the most important monument should be given prominence at the site. It said the environment around the monument must be clean and neat and should not overshadow the dominant monument.

“No new construction, demolition or modification, which would alter the relations of mass and color must be allowed,” the NHI added.

Philippine native plant garden inside PAWB

a landscaped portion executed by members of the society

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society had a small site located near the Ninoy Aquino Park and Wildlife  Bureau – Visitors’ Center for a few weeks now. The society have been appointed as the execution arm of a proposed botanic garden prototype in Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife sponsored by the GTZ is a German funding agency and managed by PAWB.

They were scouring gardens in all over the country and around the metropolitan areas  to find suitable specimens to include in the botanic displays.  I visited the place in time for the January 16, 2010 monthly meeting at the  PNPCSI office in which Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon is said to conduct lecture with the topic ” Landscaping Using Philippine Native Trees”  .

As time flies quickly , Out of the dozen or so pre-registered participants for  the meeting,  only a handful  of people came!

group present during the meeting

The group composed of Mr. Patrick Gozon , Mr. Ronald Achacoso,  Anthony Arbias, Mr. George Yao, Mr. Leonard Co , Professor  Elena Ragrario and myself  toured the almost finished project of the society.

The collection of botanical plants ranges from orchids, hoyas, dishidias, aglaonemas, pitcher plants, ferns, cycads, native trees, aquatic plants among others.

Lumbang tree with heritage marker

The area had several identifies heritage trees by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

pavilion within  the man-made lagoon

This park started as a portion of the Quezon Memorial National Park which was established in July 5, 1954. The original plan was an area of 197.8 hectares. However, in1969, the National Park was reduced to it present size of 64.58 hectares.

Park entrance from Quezon Avenue side

The park has a number of entrances. Its pedestrian entrance however is located along Quezon Avenue. The gate from this entrance opens to a wide, two-lane asphalted road,  Administration building stands at the end of the road. Another entrance is located on the North Avenue side.  The  parking space in this side of the park is bigger and  can accommodate buses .

The administration building with a salakot style green  colored- roof . The bust of the former Senator Benigno ” Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was installed during President Corazon C. Aquino term.

There is a flagpole in front of the administration building. Part of the building is used for conference and for exhibition purposes.

An aviary beside the main building housed several pairs of native Philippine horn bill birds, owls, eagles  and herons.

These aviaries are maintained with the donations and help of some of the country’s top  corporations , individuals and other NGO groups.

Bagawak (Clerodendrum quadriloculare)

Some people also call it Bunga de Febrero, due to the fact that it flowers fully in about  January to February. This native flowering shrub of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, has one of the most impressive flower displays among our native flora. Bagawak  thick green leaves and reddish undersides, makes the plant  very attractive addition to any garden.

The problem is bagawaks are still not popular as a garden plant. Most of the plants are seldom seen  in collection, mostly in posh subdivisions. If you would want to see the spectacular magic burst  of flowers the ideal places are within Manila Seedling Bank  Foundation,  some in the botanical garden , in Antipolo areas and in UPLB areas.

According to some horticulturist,  This plant blooms better in a higher elevations like those in Antipolo, Silang, Laguna , Lipa , Tagaytay areas.

Location: Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau

Central Office: Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center , 1100 Diliman Quezon City, Philippines

Telephone: +(63 2) 9246031-35

Tiangges in the City

Since the Hispanic era , People from every town and cities across the country would come to the market center to buy and  sell their products during the fiesta. Traders  from far flung barrios and municipalities come and trade during market days.

tiangges / bazaar /   flea saod ( Bicol term for market place).  These  market started as a small outdoor market with a lot of cheap bargain prices , old antiques, export overruns , imported items  and exotic goods that are available for sale !

plant stalls within the Quezon Memorial Circle

Some of the more common flea markets are those in Marikina , Greenhills in San Juan, Tutuban night market in Manila, Baclaran street stalls in Paranaque.

AANI weekend market inside the Quezon Memorial Circle

a more recent additions are the Lung Center sunday market, Salcedo Park sunday market, AANI weekend market in Taguig and Quezon Memorial Circle, Strata Food Stall in Emerald Avenue in Pasig among others.

a food stall in Stata street market

The Stata food street market is located near the Strata building hence the name, The food market  is also known as Emerald Avenue night  food market / Banchetto night food market  were over 100 stalls were rented out .

Monster Burger outlet at the Emerald Avenue night market

Most of the clients were office workers, call center agents, passers-by , joggers ,  residents of nearby places like Ortigas, Pasig .

There are ready to eat meals, candies, drinks, imported  chocolates and home-cooked meals that were available and ready to be packed for those hungry customers.

pasta carbonara, macaroni ,pancit palabok

home-made cookies, cakes and sweets

The phenomenon started when a group of entrepreneurs started to set-up about 200 stalls within Sidcor Resort in the present day Makro in Cubao, Quezon City in mid 1990’s.

plant stall

Sidcor Resort was  a swimming  style resort were several areas were used  to accommodate people.   Ka Earnie Baron, Mr. Zacarias Sarian and several television and radio personalities used to conduct weekend seminars and trainings . At one time,  Philippine Orchid Society used to rent a space within the compound in the mid-1990’s .

stall selling various native bags and ready to wear

As the tenants and buyers increased, the organizers started to looked for possible alternative areas to be the next market place . After the Ayala group bought the land from the owners of Sidcor in the mid- 2000 , With  series of negotiation , organizers found  the alternative  nearest and most accessible place was the Lung Center compound.

vintage collectible  glasses and fancy mugs from Japan

Lung Center tiangge can be a bit overwhelming, but not confusing. There are an estimated 450 to 500  stalls with  similar items being sold  are clustered together. The present area were fully occupied , The stall tenants usually set-up their items for sale during  late saturday evening or early sunday morning.  Plant traders usually come during late saturday evening.

car plates from the United States- collector items

Majority of the stall owners pack-up their things by 12:00 noon. Some tenants may linger for about an hour or so after the 12 noon deadline.  Some of the tenants may sell their produce at an even lower price, instead of  returning their goods or produce back home, some will give -in to the request of additional discounts to their  insistent customers. ” Minsan binibigay na namin ng mura , kesa naman masira o magbayad ng dagdag freight

stall selling export overruns of  children and infant dress

“Sometimes we give our customers lower prices instead, to prevent spoilage or paying additional freight” according to one of the stall owners. This is another opportunity for bargain hunters to come -in! Baratan Time !!!!

The market also had a smattering of cooked delicacies, including breads and cakes, sweets and kakanin (rice cakes), carinderia style eateries, leche flans (crème caramel) and sumans on offer. In fact, the mix of vendors was a little unique and aimed at a wide audience of buyers. The people who go to this market must represent a relatively broad cross-spectrum of society, though that may be a stretch as most probably came in cars while some were definitely commuters.

stall selling native fruit wines and vinegar

weekend market is also a place were new products , services or even a venue to advertise one’s  own business.

stall tenant selling vintage items from Japan and Korea

There were sections for Ukay-ukay from Japan, Korea and China  were all sorts of mugs, plates, cups, dolls, books, bottles, vases,  ceramics are sold . Bargain hunters and collectors of vintage stuffs used to frequent the place every sunday.

Dr. Micheal Tan inspecting the vintage items

Dr. Micheal Tan an anthropology professor ,  Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and  collector of vintage stuffs frequents Lung center flea market .

Tita Rosie Santos an orchid and plant dealer from Quezon City

The sunday market is like a social activities were friends , relatives and barkadas usually meet . In some cases, a group of native orchid and plant enthusiasts  usually went to the center the night before!

Ceratocentron fesselii Senghas 1989

This miniature  orchid depicted above is found in Luzon, central Philippines in montane forests as small sized, cool to intermediate growing, monopodial epiphyte found on tree trunks between 900 to 1,300 meters in elevation that need to be mounted on tree pieces to  yet kept moist at all times . This species has an erect, monopodial growth habit with very leathery, dark green, elliptic, obtuse, leaves that are basally con-duplicate and clasping the stem which blooms in the winter on an axillary, erect, short, 2 to 4 flowered, often more than one inflorescence per leaf axil. flower color may vary from yellowish to dark orange.

Synonyms Hymenorchis javierii

Popular Ineng’s barbecue started its operations in flea market

Some stake-out at the wee hours of the saturday night or early sunday morning just to buy the plants coming from as far away as Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan, Nueva Viscaya, Bicol.

silverware from Thailand

This is the trill of plant hunting on the tiangge style, Just to be ahead of your potential rivals! Bring flashlights and Have a keen set of eyes !  Some even pre-order the plants or goods way ahead of others! During the past few years, as the strict enforcement of DENR  regulations on the trade of  wild plants and animals  , fewer and fewer native plants including orchids are being sold ! So most orchids being sold are supposed to be grown in farms.

customers haggling

RTW, linens, curtains, pets, brick-a-bracs, seafood, poultry, meat, fruits, vegetables, breads and pastries, cooked food (with an adjacent area with tables and chairs where you can eat al fresco) and plants.

Oncidium orchids  inter-generic hybrids on sale

Bazaars have been popular these days primarily because of its unique appeal. Also, they are affordable, they have a wide variety of products or goods and more enjoying than your usual grocery shopping at the supermarket.

This market has been known for it’s enticing fresh products that still came from far-off provinces. Fruits and vegetables were of high quality and the sea foods are those not usually found on our local markets.

roasted calf

Prices are quite reasonable , While the art of  haggling and grappling is not frowned upon (of course, it’s a tiangge!). Be sure to be  early in order to get  discounts based on buena mano.

ube jam

There is also a section were fresh organically grown fruits, vegetables, produce which are being sold . There are also free taste on new products.

How to get to Lung Center of the Philippines:

Commute: From MRT Quezon Avenue station, best to hire a cab or if you feel like really commuting, board a bus or jeepney bound for Fairview/Lagro/Philcoa or UP and drop off in front of the Lung Center of the Philippines. (this is opposite the pedestrian entrance of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center) also on Quezon Avenue. From Manila, jeepneys and buses with signboard Fairview, Lagro and Philcoa all pass by the place. From LRT Monumento station (good for those coming from Cavite), you need to board buses going to Baclaran or Cubao then alight on Quezon Avenue before transferring to a Fairview-bound jeep or bus.

Commute : From Novaliches /Monumento/ Valenzuela / Caloocan  – ride any bus going to the south ( Baclaran, Alabang, San Pedro, Makati  )  go down at the MMDA foot bridge near  the Philippine Women’s University then walk towards the Jeepney station below the Quezon Avenue flyover / there is a Lagro / Philcoa jeeps .

Elvis Presley 75th birthday

Elvis Aaron Presley, in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a  two room home in Tupelo , Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to  Memphis , Tennessee in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

Elvis Presley stamps

Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

a small collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia – courtesy of Mr. Bertol

Memorabilia collector would collect mugs, film, poster, trading cards, postcards,  stuff toys, coins, cars, stamps etc..

Mr. Lucito Bertol

In the Philippines, an ardent fan and collector- Mr. Lucito Bertol ( General manager ) of Manila Seedling Bank Foundation is one of the biggest collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the country.

Horticulture 2010

The Philippine Horticultural Society ( PHS) the Philippines counterpart of the Royal Horticultural Society-London will be having their 34th annual show , with the theme ” It is a Green World After All ” . The aim of this year show to to promote awareness on the re-greening of our urban metropolis , our garden and homes.

Exclusive Opening will be on January 29, 2009 Friday (By invitation only)

Date: January 30 to February 9, 2010
Venue:
Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Greenhouse #2 . EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

With the effects of climate change and global warming a serious threat to the humanity and to all living things . Re-greening our homes and communities is never far behind.

There will be daily lectures and seminars , national competition for best landscape exhibit, best plant in show , etc . and endless photo opportunities for forumers, bloggers, garden enthusiasts , plant lover, collector of plants from all over the Philippines and the world.

Educational tours from different schools and universities from across the country.

Horticulture 2010 tarpaulin poster at the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue

What to expect from the show?

bonsai on display, rare cactus and succulent collections, natural stones and suiseiki , orchids, ornamental plants, ferns , native trees, landscaping , flowering annuals and perennials , cycads, palms ,plant competition.

Daily Schedule of Lectures

Date Time Topic Lecturer
January 30, 2010 10:00a.m. Vermiculture (Earthworm) Mr. Tony De Castro
2:00 p.m. Avant-garde Flower Arrangement Ms. Pearl Banaag of World Flower Council
January 31, 2010 10:00 a.m. Orchid Growing Mr. C.V. Lazaro
2:00 p.m. Flower Arrangement (Ikebana) Mr. Serapion Metilla
February 1, 2010 10:00 a.m. Dona Aurora and other Mussaendas Mr. Fernando Aurigue
2:00 p.m. Hoyas Ms. Teresa Baldonado
February 2, 2010 10:00 a.m. Urban Gardening Mr. David Balila
2:00 p.m. Growing Native Ferns (Propagation and Culture) Mr. Modesto Manglicmot
February 3, 2010 10:00 a.m. Reishi: Ancient Secret to Traditional Medicine Mr. Dan Perilla
2:00 p.m. Native Trees (Philippine Native Trees for Landscaping) Mr. Patrick Gozon
February 4, 2010 10:00a.m. Cooking Using Edible Weeds Mr. Nonito Dolera
2:00 p.m. Aquatic Gardening Mr. Nestor Gregorio
February 5, 2010 10:00 a.m. Climate Change: Its Causes and Effects Ms. Lourdes Tibig – Ateneo de Manila Observatory

2:00 p.m. starting a native plant collection- Mr. Anthony Arbias

February 6,2010 10:00 a.m. Basic Gardening Made Easy Mr. George Sahagun
2:00 p.m. Anthurium Ms. Vangie Go
February 7,2010 10:00 a.m. Money Making Opportunities in Farming Mr. Zacarias Sarian – Manila Bulletin Agriculture – editor
2:00 p.m. Saikei (Bonsai in Tree Landscape) and Stone Appreciation Mrs. Fely Gupit
February 8,2010 10:00 a.m. Green Irrigation – water wise green irrigation a novel approach Mr. Philip Choo

Entrance fee of P10.00 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s , P20.00 for general public

Horticulture 2010 Show Committee

Show Chairman :Architect Buth Duque
Co- Chairperson: Architect Patricia “ Wendy” Regalado / Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe
Physical Arragement :Mr. Simon Salem
Commercial Stall: Mrs. Tess Baldonado
Ways & Means :Mrs. Norma Villanueva
Publicity: Mr. Serapion Metilla
Invitation: Mrs. Fely Gupit
Lecture Series: Mrs. Lina Gueco
Plant Registration: Mr. George Yao
Judging : Mr. Fernando Aurigue
Awards and Prizes : Mr. Fernando Aurigue
Newsletter / Souvenir Program: Mrs. Elisa Montecastro
Reception:  Mrs. Glo Razon , Vicky Valle, Tess Gomez, Ina Cornejero
Opening Program : Mrs. May Dumlao
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Aurora Lianko
Documentation: Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe
Security :Mr. Victor Losanta
Exhibits : Mr. Orlan
Tickets : Mrs. Gloria Razon
Finance:  Mrs. Elisa Montecastro
Officers of the day Ms. Ina Conejero, Ate Glo, Ms. Tess Gomez, Mrs. Norma Villanueva, Mr. Lawrence Chan, Ms. Vicky Valle, Mrs. Elisa Montecastro , Ms. Ine Lopez, Ms. Virgie Neo

For more information about the show / sponsorship and stall rentals
Contact details:

Architect Buth Duque – Overall show chairperson
Landline # (632) 490-52-39 office hour

Mrs. Teresa Baldonado – Commercial and Booth rentals

Mr. Macky – Secretariat
Landline telephone # (632) 377-02-34 Monday to Saturday -office hours 9:00 am to 6p.m.

Christmas season at the mall

Strolling at Trinoma mall near the MRT station.  I chance upon several Christmas decorative items for sale ! Christmas is already very near.

In the country, Christmas is celebrated in great jubilation and people even start to decorate their homes as early as September.

white reindeer

Christmas is a wonderful time of year and ornaments and decorations add to the overall spirit of the season.

Christmas ornaments are decorations  (usually made of  glass , metal, wood, ceramics, etc. ) that are used to festoon a Christmas tree . Ornaments take many different forms, from a simple round ball to highly artistic designs. Ornaments are almost always reused year after year, rather than purchased annually, and family collections often contain a combination of commercially produced ornaments and decorations created by family members. Such collections are often passed on and augmented from generation to generation.

Ateneo de Manila University sesquicentennial

A new set of stamps was issued by the Philpost to commemorate Ateneo de Manila University 150th anniversary commemorative

Ateneo de Manila University was featured in Philippines stamps when the  university celebrated its 50th year, ( Ateneo de Davao branch ) 60th year in 2008 , 125th year in 1984  and now its 150th anniversary.

erratum: The Ateneo de Davao University (founded in 1948, conferred university status in 1977), while part of the Jesuit university consortium, is a distinct and separate university in its own right.

Apparently, unknown to many, there are a lot of Philatelists and memorabilia collectors from that University attesting to the several stamps that was issued in the past were sold-out !

The 150th commemorative stamp was issued last June 14, 2009 with a Php7.00 denomination ( 4 sets ) and a Php 28.00 denomination .

a. Ateneo de Manila sesquicentennial logo

b. Blue eagle – university logo and mascot

c.  The cross and St. Ignatius of Loyola

d. Dr. Jose Rizal –  Ateneo de Manila University- most outstanding alumni

The stamps were designed by Father Jason Dy, SJ  , Mr.Joel de Leon and Ms. Hilda Kapauan- Abola

Most of the stamps that were issued is said to have been bought by the Ateneo de Manila University .


Ateneo de Manila souvenir sheet ( note : the stamp was sold at a higher price)

Se-tenant Blocks of Four (34,000)
7p Sesquicentennial logo
7p Blue Eagle
7p At. Ignatius de Loyola
7p Dr. Jose Rizal

Souvenir Sheets of Four (7,000)
7p Blue Eagle
7p St. Ignatius de Loyola
7p Dr. Jose Rizal
7p Sesquicentennial logo

First Day Covers: Manila
Official FDCs: 4 different designs, 12,200 issued
Official Souvenir Folders: 3,200 issued

In 1959 , Ateneo de Manila issued their 100th anniversary stamp on the occasion of their centenary.

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