Lopez Museum 50th anniversary

Lopez Museum History :

On February 13, 1960, the brothers Eugenio and Fernando Lopez opened the Lopez Memorial Museum to the public. Dedicated to the memory of their parents, Benito and Presentacion, the collection of books, art, and Rizal memorabilia revealed to the public eye extent of the Lopez collection. That Eugenio  was an ardent collector of books was well-known; it is the art collection, the bulk of which are Luna and Hidalgo paintings, and Rizal memorabilia that became the object of public interest. In Claro M. Recto’s speech for the opening of the museum, he reiterated Rizal’s praise for the two painters and their achievement in the Exposion of 1884. He quoted extensively-in Spanish-from the speech that Rizal gave in Madrid in honor of the two painters. The amplitude and quality of the Luna and Hidalgo collection owned by the Lopezes was, at the time, unmatched. Housed in a remarkable building designed by Angel Nakpil (this has sadly been torn down), the new position of the Lunas and Hidalgos made available to a public was an indulgence that no other private local collection had done before.

The museum’s inauguration had President Carlos P. Garcia giving the address with Cardinal Rufino Santos blessing the building. First Lady Leonila D. Garcia appeared in numerous newspapers unveiling the plaque, as the event had enough celebrities to merit being mentioned in the society columns.

Lopez Family

The story of the Lopez family is closely likened to that of the mythical Phoenix – a fitting and recurring theme which is set in the context of our unique case of multiple colonial experiences, epoch making events both internally and worldwide and the realities of a fast changing global order. In the words of the author, it is “a story that has always encompassed darkness and light, destruction and revival, upheaval and renewal, tragedy and triumph.”

In the study, there are intense human drama, many instructive quotations, moving and unforgettable scenes, arresting anecdotes, enduring human values to be emulated, portrayals of the subjects’ personal qualities and strikingly different traits, depiction of complex intra-personal relationships within the family and among close relatives, friends and colleagues in business and politics, and lengthy discussions on the intricate web of negotiations behind the building of the major pillars (Benpres Holdings, Meralco, ABS-CBN, Sky Vision, Rockwell Land, BayanTel, Maynilad, First Philippine Infrastructure Gas Plant, National Tollway and many others) of the Lopez business empire.

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Lucky Yu Sheng

“Toss for Good Fortune!”

old pictures of Singapore circa 1940’s to 1950’s

Makansutra Asian Food Village is located within the Manila Ocean Park complex with several street scene reminiscent of old Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand  or Canton in China. There are several hundreds of mouth watering dishes being served in several food stalls in the Asian themed food village.

For local and international tourist a visit to the place is considered as a chance to sample great Asian dishes presented in an unique manner.

The group was treated in an afternoon of delight last February 9, 2010 by the courteous and friendly staffs and managers of the Makansutra Asian Food Village were  a special dish only for the Chinese New Year, comprising several symbolic delicacies which we know as Yushang. When Yushang is eaten, the ritual is for all to energetically  toss the mixed ingredients high in the air with  shouts of “Loh Hei” which literally means to ‘scaling up in life’, and other traditional meaningful phrases like “xing nian kwai le” (happy new year), “nian nian yu yue” (yearly fortune), “sen di jian kang” (good health), prosperity  etc…

Ms. Tina Santos ( green shirt) together with Mr. Christopher Legaspi briefing the invited guests and media

Each ingredient in this dish has a definitive and symbolic meaning to it, all in relation of prosperity, good luck and well blessings for this New Year. It is the most auspicious and popular dish for the festive season. Almost every Chinese in Singapore and their friends (non Chinese included) must have this dish together and confer blessings to each other to ring in a great year ahead.

Noodles – one of the auspicious foods served during celebrations

Most Malaysians , Singaporeans and the Peranakans ( Chinese born in Malaysia and Singapore) it seems, are somewhat indifferent to this dish that is so integral to Chinese New Year in Malaysia , Singapore and parts of China. Yes, it’s lucky and yes, it should be a part of any New Year banquet, but the consensus seemed to be that it rarely inspires cravings.

In the Philippines , this  dish is not commonly served in restaurants and some Filipino- Chinese families do not observed this ritual of tossing the salad.

Yu Sheng Salad ingredients

And I know why. Most versions of yu sheng are, to my palate at least, gloppy, overly sweet piles of unidentifiable ingredients with little discernible flavor, a dish of vegetables and fish (yu sheng means raw or fresh fish) that tastes nothing like either.

The yu sheng is assembled at a lucky red-clothed, triple-tiered prep area at the front of the restaurant. Every ingredient is made or prepared in-house, making the dish an incredibly labor-intensive endeavor. Many restaurants have simplified the process by outsourcing some ingredients and leaving others out altogether.

Before the yu sheng comes together the staff marinates fish slices (jellyfish is another option) and ginger matchsticks in sesame oil. Then pickled ginger (two kinds – white and red), pomelo sacs, pickled green papaya, shredded green onion, pickled shallots, carrot and picama strings, chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, julienned lime leaves, and chopped cilantro are heaped onto a platter and anointed with a drizzle of plum sauce. The lot is showered with strips of deep-fried won ton skins, garnished with lime wedges and green and red packets of white pepper and cinnamon, and served with the marinated fish.

It’s up to diners to empty their packets of pepper and cinnamon onto the fish and give it a good mix before adding it to the other ingredients. Then, a squeeze of lime and much tossing with chopsticks, preferably while chanting a few lucky phrases to auspiciously usher in the New Year.

Filipino chef  trained in Singapore -Chinese style cooking tossing the salad

yu sheng is a textural marvel – the combination of six fresh and pickled ingredients, cut to almost exactly the same shape and size, culminates in one big, satisfying crunch. It’s sweet from the plum sauce, but also boasts varying shades of tartness from pickles, lime juice, and fragrant lime leaves. The overwhelming flavors are of fish and vegetables, spiced up with ginger two ways (pickled and fresh) and white pepper. The cinnamon adds a subtle warm note. Won ton crisps (most other versions use colored crunchies of unidentifiable origin) – sturdy, grease-less, and wheaty – are delicious enough to eat on their own. Kudos to the restaurant for its light hand with the dressing and for its use of sesame oil; I’ve had more than my share of yu sheng drenched in plain old cooking oil – blech!

Balance, balance, balance. Wondering at the magic worked in that kitchen. The combined knowledge of the restaurant’s chefs and prep cooks gives rise to dishes that are nuanced, complex, and always balanced. The yu sheng is no different.

The best illustration of the care taken at Makansutra  ,  those are red and green envelopes. They’re wrapped by hand and their jagged, uneven edges suggest one-by-one, scissor-cut origins. Each year,  staff cuts thousands of pieces of paper into rough squares, lays them flat on a table, spoons ground white pepper and cinnamon in their centers, and folds in the four corners. All this even though pre-filled packets can be easily sourced from a supplier.

For us,  Chinese New Year has always meant extra vacation days and a travel adventure. From now on,this popular dish called ” Yu Sheng ”  is also served at the  Makansutra Asian Food Village  .

mixed Yu Sheng

Winning Toss

Besides being full of flavors and textures, yu sheng is loaded with symbolic meaning. The raw ingredients signify the renewal of life, and the sound of the word for fish in Cantonese sounds like the word for prosperity. The most important (and fun) part of eating yu sheng is the mixing together of the ingredients.

Ms. Gloria B.Jane Baylon – DFA & Philippine News Agency press enjoying the tossing of salad

To ensure good luck for the coming year, everyone calls out “Lo Hei!”-which means “to mix it up” but also sounds like “to prosper more and more”-while they use their chopsticks to toss the ingredients as high in the air as they can. Now that’s what I call a well-tossed salad!

Makansutra Asian Food Village

Contact : Ms. Tina Santos

Location: Manila Ocean Park
Behind Quirino Grandstand , Luneta Park, Manila
Telephone: +63 2 567 3512
Fax: +63 2  567 3512 loc. 105

Business Hours : 11am – 9pm daily

Photo World Asia 2010

poster of Photo World Asia 2010


old camera on display

The trade show for PhotoWorld Asia 2010 was open to the public for free. The public was able to  view the latest cameras, gadgets and other photographic equipment at the various booths and stalls of the participating exhibitors. The trade show will also feature an exhibition of vintage cameras and a display of iconic images that chronicle various historical moments.

Activity Center- Glorietta, Makati

PhotoWorld Asia 2010 reels off on January 28, 2010  to February 2, 2010 at the Glorietta, Ayala Center in Makati!

PhotoWorld Asia 2010  have four separate venues:

  1. The ACCM, AIM Conference Center Makati, for the seminars and workshops.
  2. The Glorietta Activity Center as main exhibition area for the photography industry trade show.
  3. The Art Space, 3rd Floor at Glorietta 4 for the collection of antiquarian photographs and vintage cameras.
  4. The Glorietta 5 for more trade exhibitions.

On Thursday, January 28, 2010, there was three formal openings:

  1. 3:00 pm for the trade exhibits at Glorietta 5;
  2. 4:30 pm at the Art Space, 3rd floor, Glorietta 4 for the exhibits of old photographs and vintage camera collections;
  3. 6:00 pm at the Glorietta Activity Center for the ribbon cutting followed by booth visitations.

Photo exhibit at the lobby of Glorietta 5

The event was attended by executives of the country’s major suppliers and manufacturers of photographic and digital imaging products including Canon Marketing (Philippines), Panasonic, Sanyo, Olympus, Noritsu, YKL Color/Fujifilm Philippines, Euro Color, Henry’s Camera Supply and JT Photoworld, among many others.

Theme for this year’s PhotoWorld Asia 2010 is “Philippine Photography in Changing Times.”

Tourism Director Cynthia Lazo, Sculptor Ramon Orlina and Pianist Ingrid Santamaria have been invited to grace the opening of PhotoWorld Asia 2010. The trade show,  is open to the public for free.

The educational series – workshops and seminars by master photographers – was held at the ACCM, Asian Institute of Management Conference Center in Makati from January 29 to February 1, 2010. It will feature world renowned photographers Manny Librodo and Kevin Ames as headline speakers, with the special participation of top fashion photographer Raymond Isaac during the hands on shoot in Taal, Batangas.

Other speakers include John Silva who will lecture on 19th and early 20th century Philippine photographs, Isa Lorenzo on Black & White photography, Hugo Yonzon III on harnessing the creative energy, Bernie Ledesma on strobist techniques, John Tronco on wedding photography, Raul Echivarre on the Zen of photography, Jason Magbanua on videography, Indonesian Kristupa Saragih on travel photography and Singaporean Eddie Ng on bridging photo communities.

Big Winners at the Horticulture 2010 Show

Manila Seedling Bank Foundation – Quezon City

Philippine Horticultural Society , Inc. in cooperation with the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation and  thru the help of other  affiliate garden clubs and societies  held their successful 34th annual PHSI show from January 29 to February 8, 2010.

With this year’s theme ” It’s a Green World After All !!! ” , with all the recent effects of Typhoon Ketsana ( Ondoy) and other natural calamities the main objective of the show is to promote re-greening of our surroundings and green living

The three guests of honor  came from some of the country’ top newspaper companies- Ms. Crispina Martinez- Belen editor ( Entertainment section) Manila Bulletin , Ms. Letty Jimenez- Magsanoc ( Editor-In Chief ) Philippine Daily Inquirer , Ms. Millet Martinez Mananquil ( Lifestyle Editor) The Philippine Star .

Ms. Leena Calso of the Philippine Journal group with a cascading bonsai

The event was also covered by the Journal group of publication led by Ms. Leena Calso , Buy and Sell newspaper , Sunshine Television and NBN channel 4 show Mag- Agri Tayo executive producer Mr. Patrick Daffon .

Sunshine television and PNAS newspaper crew at the King Louis Ornamental Plants exhibit

Pinas Sikat  Newspaper and Mag- Agri Tayo of NBN channel 4 executive producer  Mr. Patrick Daffon ,  Philippine Daily Tribune  , bloggers and forumers and there are several foreign media correspondence in the entourage of Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe .

Ms . Love Anover ( wearing yellow and her fiancee in blue shirt )  – Unang Hirit  Show  of GMA channel 7 – segment host together with PHS officers

Buy and Sell Newspaper -employees posed for a photo opportunity

Father Daniel Godefroy officiated the invocation while lovely children marching band  clad  in uniform roamed around the MSBF to entertain VIPs , guests and members of one of the largest plant societies in the country.

Natural Stone Society of the Philippines exhibit

Dozens of  rare natural stones gathered from different parts of the country were proudly entered into the exhibit and competed for top honors.

Winners of Landscape Exhibit

King Louis Ornamental Plants landscape exhibit ( Winner of  Best Landscape category)

Mr. Vic De Rona landscape -2nd prize


3rd Prize- Philippine Bonsai Society

Mr. Noel Vincent Canicula exhibit booth

Landscape exhibit booth of Mr. Botchie Canicula – one of PHSI most dynamic member

Category 3: Aroids C- Anthurium, Cercestis, Monster, Philodendron, Rhaphidophora, Scindapsus

1st Prize: Anthurium Rennaissance – Mr. Serapion Metilla

Category 4: Palms & Cycads

1st Prize: Caryota Fish Tail Palm

owned by Ms. Adoracion S.Bernabe

Category 5: Bromeliads A – Neoregelias

2nd Prize:

Plant Name: Neoregelia Johannes de Rolf

owned by: Botchie Canicula

3rd Prize:

Plant Name: Neoregelia Cheetah

owned by: Mr. Jun Borines

Category 6: Bromeliads B – Other than Neoregelias

1st Prize:

Plant Name: Tillandsia capitata marron

owned by: Ms. Teresa Baldonado

Category 7: Cacti

1st Prize

Plant Name: Espostoa lanata

owned by: Ms. Adoracion S. Bernabe

2nd Prize

Plant Name: Notocactus magnificus

owned by: Ms. Adoracion S. Bernabe

3rd Prize:

Plant Name: Astrophyllum ornatum

owned by Botchie Canicula

Category 8: Succulents

1st Prize:

Plant Name: Agave Kisoukan variegata

owned by Mr. Cipriano Jose J. Mercado

2nd Prize:

Plant Name: Agave geminifolia

owned by Ms. Teresa Baldonado

3rd Prize:

Plant Name: Euphorbia stenoclada

owned by: Metilla

Category 9: Ferns A- Rossette types

1st Prize:

Plant Name: Aspleniun nidus “ Pangako”

owned by: Mr. George Mendoza

2nd Prize:

Plant Name: Aspleniun nidus “ Mutya”

owned by: Mr. George Mendoza

3rd Prize:

Plant Name: Asplenium mutant

owned by: Mr. Lardy Abundo

Category 10: Ferns – Non-Rossette types

1st Prize: Angiopteris palmiformii

owned by: Mr. George Mendoza

2nd Prize: Platycerium elephantotis

owned by : Mr. Orlando Velasco

3rd Prize: Platycerium willinctii

owned by : Mr. Orlando Velasco

Category 12: Orchid hybrids

2nd Prize: BLC. Orange Treat

owned by : Philippine Orchid Society

3rd Prize: BC. Mount Hood Mary X Lc. Oroland Grand

owned by: Philippine Orchid Society

Category 13: Orchid species

1st Prize: Dendrobium farmerii

owned by : Mrs. Corazon Purificacion

2nd Prize: Dendrobium bullenianum

owned by : Mrs. Corazon Purificacion

3rd Prize: Paphiopedilum haynaldianum

owned by : Mrs. Corazon Purificacion

Category 14: Philippine Native Plants , except orchids

2nd Prize: Ludovia lancaefolia

owned by: Mr. Francis Gener

3rd Prize: Ficus lyrata

owned by : Mr. Lardy Abundo

Category 15: Foliage Plants

1st Prize: Palaquim philippinensis “ Red Empress”

owned by : Mr. George Mendoza

2nd Prize: Philodendron species ( Giant Forest Philodendron )

owned by : Mr. Rolando Salazar

3rd Prize: Cyclanthus

owned by : Ms. Norma Villanueva

Category 16: Variegated plants and other mutants:

1st Prize: Freycinetia variegated

owned by : Mr. Rolando Salazar

2nd Prize: Ixora variegated

owned by : Mr. Rolando Salazar

3rd Prize: Bougainvillea sp. Variegated

owned by : Mrs. Fely Gupit

Category 17: Aquatic Plant

1st Prize: Thai Grass

owned by : Ram Oplas

3rd prize: Zanthedeschia species

owned by : Mr. Francis Gener

Category 19: Annual Flowering Plants

1st Prize : Euphorbia pulcherrima “ Red Spotted”

owned by : Mr. Francis Gener

2nd Prize: Euphorbia pulcherrima “ Holland Pink ”

owned by : Mr. Francis Gener

Category 20 : Bonsai – Local

1st Prize : Bougainvillea species

owned by : Mr. Bobby Gopiao

2nd Prize: Vitex quinata “ Mulawing Daga”

owned by : Mr. Elrey Nocido

Category 21: Bonsai – Foreign

2nd Prize: Hibiscus miniature

owned by : Ms. Fely Gupit

3rd Prize: Azalea

owned by : Ms. Fely Gupit

Category 22: New Philippine Hybrid

(Must be entered under the name of the breeder)

1st Prize: Tillandsia xerographica X chiapensis gardner “ silver torch”

owned by : Mr. Rene Dofitas

Best Plant of the Show and Best Cultured Plant


Angiopteris palmiformii  ” aureum variegatum” – owned by Mr. George Mendoza

This  native fern is unique for its variegated foliage and was    entered in Flora Filipina 2009 Expo winning major prizes in that event . This fern may command a handsome prize tag  – If it was even for sale???


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 .

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