Shanghai World Exposition : Commemorative stamps and coins

The Shanghai Philatelic Corporation has issued a set of Expo 2010 gold and silver commemorative stamps which feature the emblem and mascot for the 2010 event.

set of stamps issued by China Post :

The site of Shanghai Expo spans both sides of the Huangpu River between the Nan Pu Bridge and the Lupu Bridge., As the most important area of exhibition and landscapes, World Expo Centre, China Pavilion, Expo Performance Centre, Theme Pavilions, Expo Boulevard will be reserved permanently after Expo Shanghai.

World Expo Centre will serve as the center for ceremonies and conferences, press conferences and various forums during Expo Shanghai. China Pavilion is designed with the concept of “Oriental Crown”, which represents the Chinese wisdom of the urban development. Expo Performance Centre will serve for major performances and exhibiting activities during Expo Shanghai. The Theme Pavilions will be built with a theme of “City, Make Life Better”, The Expo Boulevard will act as the main axis for human traffic flow and sightseeing at the Expo Site during Expo Shanghai.

China National Philatelic Corporation  issued five FDCs and commemorative cancellations respectively..

The first two gold stamps of the set were issued on December 19, 2007, to mark the debut of Haibao. The others were issued on May 1 to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the Expo and embody the theme “China and Expo.” A total of 20,100 sets will be issued.

The stamps, depicting the Expo Center, China Pavilion, Performance Center, Theme Pavilion and Expo Boulevard, will be sold at post offices across China for the next six months.
Sales of silver stamps for Expo 2010’s China Pavilion have started.

A set of five World Expo stamps went on sale , with many stamp collectors queuing outside city post offices overnight to snap up the coveted commemorative.

commemorative set of coins on display

The series of 99.9% pure silver stamps feature four categories of 88 grams, 188g, 388g, and 688g, with in limited editions of 200,000, 10,000, 6,000 and 2,010 respectively.

Hai Bao the official mascot of the Shanghai World Exposition

The name of the mascot of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is Hai Bao, which means the treasure of the sea. The name of Hai Bao is easy to remember, echoes with the color of its body and is a typical lucky name in Chinese tradition.

Hai Bao is the good well ambassador of Shanghai Expo. He is embracing friends from all over the world with his arms and confident smile.

Shanghai World Expo Commemorative Coins issued in 2010

The theme of Expo 2010 is “Better City, Better Life,” representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development. In 1800, 2% of the global population lived in cities. In 1950, the figure raised to 29%, in 2000, almost half the world population moved into cities, and by 2010, as estimated by the United Nations, the urban population will account for 55% of the total human population.

The face of the stamps is watermarked with the design of “China Pavilion of Expo 2010,” while the back features lilies and bats, indicating the all-inclusive Shanghai spirit, harmonious Expo 2010 and blooming nation. All these products are marked with the World Expo anti-counterfeit labels.

The stamps are authorized by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, approved by China Post Group, produced by Shanghai Stamp Collection Corporation, and distributed by Expo 2010 franchise dealer Shanghai Chang Yu Investment Co Ltd.

commemorative coins issued in 2009 set 1

Products are available at all outlets of Shanghai Chang Yu Gold, Shanghai Old Temple Gold, designated outlets of the Bank of Communications and Shanghai Post Offices and Expo 2010 retail franchises.

commemorative  coins issued in 2009 set 2

There are different countries in the world which issued commemorative stamps, coins, postcards and other collectibles specifically to promote the event.

Website links:
http://en.expo2010.cn/
http://www.chinapost.com.cn/36/175/182/4152.html

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Flora and Fauna of Manila Exhibit

There was an exhibit of various Flora and Fauna at the Manila City hall lobby  from June 18 to June 30, 2010.  This was to highlight the founding date of the city of Manila.

Mr. Jeremy Barns- Director IV- National Museum, Mr. Larry Henares  – National Museum Chairman , Hon. Alfredo S. Lim -Mayor of Manila, Ms. Gemma Cruz de Araneta – Manila Historical and Heritage Commission during the cutting of ribbon last June 18, 2010 .

Ideopsis juventa manillana, Moore 1883

This butterfly species was first described by Moore in 1883 . This dried taxonomic butterfly specimen was exhibited by the Philippines National Museum . The butterfly species had the word Manila .

Cinnamomum manillarum ( Lauaceae)

Fr. Manuel Blanco (1779-1837), who developed a botanical research garden at the church celebrating its 400th birthday today. Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas, first printed in 1837, has served as a guide to the islands’ plants ever since.

Fr. Blanco described Scyphiphora hydrophyllaces, locally known as nilad: a tree with white star-shaped flowers. He wrote, “Manila denotes a place where there are many of this tree and from this, great Manila derived its name.”

Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea (common names: nilad in Tagalog; chengam in Singapore and Peranakan communities of Malaysia) is a mangrove species  that is about 3 m (10 ft) tall.


It is often found in mangrove forests or sandy beaches. Its leaves are opposite. The leaf blades are broad and drop-shaped. Its terminal buds and young leaves are coated with a varnish -like substance. The flowers have four white lobes that are tinged in pink. They are arranged in dense clusters.

The fruits are elliptic and deeply ridged, becoming light brown and buoyant when ripe. Its dark brown wood can be used to craft small objects. Leaf extracts are known to be helpful for stomach aches. The flowers can be used as a cleansing or whitening laundry agent.

Capital city of the country ( Manila) , got its name from the nilad because the shores of Manila Bay are teeming with this shrub. The place was called “Maynila”, which means “There is nilad” or “Where is Nilad”  . The Capital city’s name   was also probably derived from the Indian – Sanskrit  word “nila” (नील) which means “indigo tree.” but still is subject for scholarly debate on the origin of the etymology.

Caprimulgus manillensis

The Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis) is a species of nightjar   in the Caprimulgidae  family. It is considered as an endemic species found only in the Philippines.

Its natural habitats  are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

The aim of this exhibit was to create awareness that a significant number of plant and animal species that were named after the capital city of the Philippines which is ” Manila “.

9th Toy Convention

9th Annual Toy Convention

June 19-20 for the 9th Toycon at SM Megamall. There’ll be two venues for this huge event (Yes! one at the megatrade and the other one will be at the atrium). Panelists, the Organizers of Toycon invited everybody to witness this huge gathering of all DC comics enthusiasts. Merchandises like shirts, bags, school supplies for kids will be also available at your leading mall.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of DC comics !

DC Comics 75th Anniversary will be the main theme of this year’s Philippine Toy Convention to be held on June 19 and 20 at the SM Mega Trade Halls 2 and 3. Everyone is invited to come in a superhero or comic book character costume. This year, Collectibles Unlimited Assoc. will attempt to gather the most number of people in superhero costumes in one location.

This year’s Toy Convention will include DC Comics- themed competitions and activities. DC Comics is inviting Filipino comics artists who have rendered work for DC Comics to autograph your DC Comics collectibles in the Toy Convention and Toy Kingdom, SM Megamall There will also be a special auction of limited edition DC Comics Encyclopedias to participants who purchase DC Comics licensed products from the DC Comics booth in the Toy Convention.

3rd National Discus Competition

Last May 27, 2010 – I personally went to SM San Lazaro in Santa Cruz, Manila where the author saw various kinds of tropical aquarium fishes and tropical discus.

Stage area with trophies and freebies

organizers and judges

Part of the objectives of the PDS’ PETFish is to elevate the level of fishkeeping in the country to a more responsible and science-based hobby, the seminars will be well-researched and based on the practical experiences of experts/speakers. it will be fun while learning something new everyday. the seminars are a series of lectures really. so that one shouldn’t miss out on any although attending just one will already ensure that more knowledge is gained.

Winners

There are also some international discus fish and tropical fishes judges who were invited during the event. Dr. Sun See Seng of Singapore Discus Club and Mr. Na Chun Yong of Discus Society of Malaysia.

crowd

3rd Pinoy Organic Fair at the Quezon Memorial Circle

I was invited last May 26 to the 3rd Pinoy Organic Fair organized by the Agri-Aqua Network Incorporated at the Quezon Memorial Circle . This year’s theme ” Celebrating the Philippine Organic Agriculture Law” aims to promote and the signing of President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo the organic law.

Poster of the Event

Every year the festival sees the growth not only of the Organic Groups in the country joining the Festival but also the growth and access of the Organic Movement per se and the Organic Farming to more and more interest groups and the public.

Daily lectures are a big crowd drawer

There were about 50 exhibitors which were invited to the event with product sampling, organic certified produce, daily free lectures and seminars was conducted.

A trader selling  “Malunggay” products

Scientifically called Moringa oelifera , “Sajina” in the Indian Subcontinent, and “Moringa” in English, it is a popular tree. Many Asians use the leaves of Malunggay (Sajina) like spinach and also the fruit it produces as a vegetable, like asparagus. Both the leaves and the fruits are very nutritious, which contain many vitamins like Vitamin C and other minerals. For centuries, people in India, Indonesia , Philippines, Malaysia,   Thailand  and Vietnam have been eating these leaves as a part of their food.

a dealer of moringa aka malunggay capsule

Aside from the traditional fresh leaves or vegetables, powder or supplement form, tea. Some product where malunggay leaves is included are bread, oil (for cooking and cosmetic ingredients), shampoo ,  conditioner, ice cream, malunggay capsules, noodles enhanced with malunggay powder and among others.

organic and hand made soap

booth selling organic fertilizers,educational handouts

Victoria Laundry Powder has been around for several years—maybe more than a decade, even—and in the last couple of years, has been readily available in the major supermarket chains. It’s actually something I intentionally seek out in a supermarket. Most major supermarkets already carry this brand .  Although price -conscious customer still prefer the commercial brands.

Booth of Victoria Laundry  Detergent

According to the proprietor ,  Victoria Laundry Powder dates back to several years ago.  Some people may developed an allergic  reaction to regular, commercial detergents.  Victoria is one of the brand , that is organically certified environment friendly to us, and we started using it on our clothes—and our rashes quickly left. It’s really great for people who have sensitive skin because, since it doesn’t use any harsh detergents, and is made from completely natural ingredients, it doesn’t leave a residue on your clothes that can cause rashes and irriations. This also means that it’s gentle on the hands, and it won’t cause wounds for those who do a lot of hand washing.

The organic detergent is locally manufactured and  distributed by Dalia Herbal Community Herbal Enterprises, Inc., at (632) 6354926. Their office is at Bo. Kapitolyo in Pasig.

Price: Around Php150.00 for a 1 Kilo box.

The company won numerous award internationally. Good for the environment because it’s biodegradable. Good for those with sensitive skin and for people whose skin reacts badly to harsh chemicals. Gentle enough for use with baby clothes. Tough enough to really take out dirt. You use less powder to wash the same amount of clothes.

Organically grown  turkey

These are some of the organically grown turkey which are fed with natural feeds and free roaming . The company which exhibited the turkey also produces cold-cuts and turkey hachlings intended for the local market.

3rd National Discus Competition

Please come visit the upcoming Philippine Expo of Tropical Fishes 2010 (PETFish 2010) and Philippine Discus Society 3rd National Discus Competition at SM City San Lazaro from May 27 – 29, 2010. See you there!

PETFish 2010 Activities

May 27, 2010 (Thursday)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Demonstration: Underwater Garden Series: The Basics by Dr. Boniface Lan
1:00 – 2:00 PM
2:00 – 3:00 PM AV Presentation: The Festival of Colours: Discus and its Different Strains
3:00 – 3:30 PM Formal Opening of PETFish 2010
3:30 – 4:00 PM BFAR Presentation/ Open Forum: The Ornamental Fish Industry in the Philippines
4:00 – 5:00 PM Seminar on The Basics: Discus Keeping Made Easy
5:00 – 6:00 PM Seminar on The Basics: Wild and Beautiful
6:00 – 7:00 PM Seminar on The Basics: The Fish Doctor
7:00 – 8:00 PM Product Demonstration: Filtration Systems

May 28, 2010 (Friday)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM AV Presentation: The Festival of Colours: Discus and its Different Strains
1:00 – 3:00 PM Judging
3:00 – 4:00 PM DISCUSsions: An Open Forum with the Experts (Dr. Sun See Seng of Singapore Discus Club and Mr. Na Chun Yong of Discus Society of Malaysia)
4:00 – 5:00 PM
5:00 – 6:00 PM Seminar of Endemic Fishes of the Philippines: What Lies Ahead by Fish Biologist/Taxonomis t Bonifacio Labatos
6:00 – 6:30 PM Seminar on Underwater Garden Series: Plant Varieties by Dr. Boniface Lan
6:30 – 7:00 PM Seminar: Philippine Native Aroids for Aquatic Gardens and Aquaria by Mr. Fernando B. Aurigue
7:00 – 8:00 PM Product Demonstration: Water Conditioners

May 29, 2010 (Saturday)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fun Activity
1:00 – 2:00 PM AV Presentation: The Festival of Colours: Discus and its Different Strains
2:00 – 3:00 PM Pinoy Angelfish: Proudly Pinoy by Kenneth Kennedy
3:00 – 4:00 PM Awarding of Winners
4:00 – 5:00 PM Seminar on Endemic Fish of the Philippines
5:00 – 6:00 PM Journey to Discus Heaven by Johnny Filart
6:00 – 7:00 PM Seminar on Underwater Gardens: Carbon Dioxide and Nutrients by Dr. Boniface Lan
7:00 – 8:00 PM Product Demonstration: Filter Media

From: Raul S. Ting, M.D.
Show Committee Head
Philippine Discus Society

3rd Organic Festival

Through the years, the Organic Festival organized by the Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI) had been a continuous reinforcement that promotes Organic Practices. Every year the festival sees the growth not only of the Organic Groups in the country joining the Festival but also the growth and access of the Organic Movement per se and the Organic Farming to more and more interest groups and the public.

The signing into law of the Organic Bill by PGMA is a monumental feat for the Organic Industry and what better way to celebrate this is by gathering this May 28-30 for the 3rd Organic Festival with the theme “Celebrating the Philippine Organic Agriculture Law”. The event will also highlight further partnerships between the Government like the Department of Agriculture (DA) and People’s Organizations like the One Organic Movement advocating Organic Farming Programs.

In this regard, may we invite you to ATTEND the 3rd Pinoy Organic Festival on May 28-30, 2010 at the AANI HERBAL GARDEN and LIVELIHOOD CENTER , QUEZON MEMORIAL CIRCLE , QUEZON CITY . We have attached the PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES for your perusal. THE VENUE IS AN OPEN AND PUBLIC AREA. NO ENTRANCE FEES.

In relation, the gathering of the more than forty (40) Convenors thru a Trade Fair will serve as NATIONAL SHOWCASING of organic groups and their produce. Free Seminars and fora will also show to the public that there are existing groups and programs implementing Organic practices NATIONWIDE and Organic Farming is not only sustainable agriculture but also doable agriculture.

Should you have queries, please contact Ms. Desiree T. Segovia, AANI Event Organizer (0918-800-1728 or (02) 497-2755).

Thank you and hope to hear a positive reply to our request.

Mabuhay and Pilipinas!

Agri-Aqua Network International, Inc.

3rd Organic Festival

“Celebrating the Philippine Organic Agriculture Law”

May 28 – 30, 2010

AANI Herbal Garden and Livelihood Center , Quezon Memorial Circle, QC

Proposed Program of Activities

Day 1, May 28, Friday

8am               Opening Ceremonies

Prayer

National Anthem

Welcome Remarks by Zac Sarian, AANI Chairman/President

Overview of the 3rd Organic Festival, Engr. Pol Rubia,

AANI VP for Operations

Messages of Support

Dir. Francisco  Ramos, Agri-Business Marketing Assistance

Service (AMAS), Department of Agriculture

Jerry  Pacturan, Phil. Dev’t Assistance Program (PDAP)

Lani Limpin, Organic Certification Center of the

Philippines (OCCP)

Mara Pardo de Tavera, President, Organic Producers and

Trade Association (OPTA)

Roland Cabigas, Spokesperson, Go Organic! Philippines led

by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and the La Liga Policy Institute (LLPI)

Pamela Henares, President, Negros Island Sustainable

Agriculture and Rural Development Foundation

(NISARD);

Alex Corpus Hermoso,  Programme Director, Peoples

Recovery, Empowerment and Development

Assistance (PREDA) Foundation/Fair Trade Philippines

Chito Medina, Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-Unlad

ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG/Farmer- Scientist

Partnership for Development, Inc.)

Dr. Patricio Faylon, Executive Director, Philippine Council for

Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development / Department of Science and Technology (PCARRD/DOST)

Dr  Rogelio Colting, President, Benguet State University

Arnold P. Salvador , Executive Director, Management

AssocIation of the Philippines (MAP)

Jacqui Alleje, World Board Member, Int’l Federation of

Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

Ramon Uy, Jr. President, ONOPRA (Organic na Negros ! Organic

Producers and Retailers Association)

Dr. Blessie Calub, UPLB-NEDA, Organic Vegetable Project

Calabarzon

Introduction of the Guest of Honor and Speaker

Senator Juan Miguel “Migz”  Zubiri (confirmed)

“The Opportunities and Challenges of the Organic Agriculture

Act of 2010 (Republic Act 10068)”

Master of Ceremonies: Pablito “Pabs” Villegas, OPTA Trustee,

Proprietor,Villegas Organic Farm and

Convenor for Asia of the Intercontinental

Network of Organic Farmers Organization

12 noon         ORGANIC LUNCH with GUESTS AND FRIENDS

1-2                  Organic Land Conversion and Statistics, Bureau of Soils, DA

2-3                  Benguet State University , La Trinidad , Benguet

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TO ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

3-4pm            Bureau Agricultural Research, DA

4-5pm            Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural

Resources Research and Development

Day 2, May 29, Saturday

ONE ORGANIC MOVEMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES : EVOLUTION TO ONENESS

8am – 12nn              PUBLIC FORUM on the ORGANIC AGRICULTURE LAW

Guests Panel:

Rep. Proceso Alcala. Quezon

Rep. Ibrahim Mitra, Palawan

Rep. Leonardo Montemayor, ABA Party List and FFF

Sec. Bernie Fondevilla, Dept. of Agriculture

Moderator: Pabs Villegas, OPTA Trustee

12 nn                           LUNCH BREAK

ORGANIC FARMS in ACTION

1-2                               Villegas Organic and Hobby Farm, Malvar, Batangas

2-3                               Leonie Agri Corporation (OCCP Certified Farm)

3-4                                                                 Platinum Island Farm, Tanay, Rizal

(OCCP Certified Farm)

4-5                               Sanctuario de la Natividad Farms, Inc.

(OCCP Certified Farm)

Day 3, May 30, Sunday

ORGANIC and NATURAL FERTILIZERS TECHNOLOGIES

8-9am                         Vermiculture by Raymond Rubia, AANI

9-10                             Application of Vermicast in Agriculture Production

by Jun Catalan, Mapecon

10-11                           Organic Liquid Fertilizer by Amway

11-12                           Costales Natures Farms, Majayjay, Laguna

12 nn                           LUNCH BREAK

1-3                               Go Organic! Philippines

ORGANIC RICE AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

3-4                              Organic Livestock Production by Laguna Organic Farm

and Products (OCCP Certified Farm)

4-5                               Integrated Organic Rice-based Farming Systems by

Ms. Teresa Saniano

5-6pm                         CLOSING CEREMONIES

Prepared by:

DESIREE T. SEGOVIA Event Organizer, AANI 0918-800-1728 / (02) 497-2755 destsegovia@yahoo.com

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