This is the ancestral house of Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro of Laguna located near University of the Philippines .
This house is almost entirely made of local bamboo treated in sea beaches using the centuries -old technique which required bamboo poles to be buried into the beach sand for several months in order to treat the bamboo.
This house was built in early 1950’s and had withstood several calamities like typhoons and even termite infestations.
The house , garden and dormitory compound is always a favorite stopover for members of plants and orchid societies which always made it to a point to visit the area whenever there is a field trip within Laguna area.
The house is an ideal location set -up for shooting in some of television series and movies . The garden also boast of various Philippine native orchids, hoyas , ferns , tillandsias, exotic plants and even had a koi pond .
The family also had a fine collections of old family photos, ceramic jars, old memorabilia and even orchid shows trophies .
For those who wanted to visit this magnificent house and garden you can contact Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro who conducts local tour around UPLB with food trip . He also an award winning landscaper and florist.
Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro contact information :
Date: September 18 to 20, 2009
Venue: AANI -Quezon Memorial Circle facing Department of Agrarian Reform
The 2nd Pinoy Aquatic Fair is organized by the Agri-Aqua Network , Incorporated with a showcase of different aquarium products , lectures, trade fairs, fresh water aquarium fish keeping for hobbyists , business opportunities ,fish health , ornamental fresh water breeding and production
Date: September 16 to 20, 2009
Venue:Exhibit Halls 1 – 4, SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia , Pasay City
Considered as one of the longest running book fairs not only in the Philippines but also in Asia . MIBF is also considered one of the most accessible venues for showcasing published works. Several giants in the book retail industry like National Bookstore, Goodwill Bookstore, Joining or expanding your presence at the MIBF can open your business to an audience of different generations, backgrounds and cultures. Reach out to this ever-growing crowd, dialogue with your customers and engage in a forum with your peers in the publishing industry.
The organizer of the event is Primetrade Asia, Incorporated with partner organizations like Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc, Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippines Book sellers Association and Publishers’ Representatives Organization of the Philippines.
Here is a short trivia on book collectors and lover of books: Bibliophilia is the love of books. Accordingly a bibliophile loves books, but especially “for qualities of format.” A bookworm loves books for their content, or otherwise loves reading in general. The practice of loving or collecting books is dubbed bibliophilism, and the adjective form of the term is bibliophilic. Also, a Bibliophile refers to a person who collects books.
Here is the website link of Manila International Book Fair
Tita Dorie as she is fondly remembered by her peers in various plant societies and other affiliate organizations had vast collections of plants, rocks, stones, memorabilia , paintings , antique and stamps among others in her Pansol Laguna home.
She is the current president of Cactus & Succulent Society of the Philippines and also an active member and officer of various horticultural societies across the country.
For security reasons , the author will not disclose the exact location of her home and the extent of her own collection.
Far Eastern University is one unique institution that had molded hundreds of thousands of its alumni, employees and even passerby to the campus vicinity. This institution had preserved its unique architectural heritage which earned 1st runner-up mention during the 2005 UNESCO – for the largest and best preserved Art Deco architecture ensemble in the entire country. Various national artists like Vicente Manansala, Pablo Ocampo Sr., Carlos “Botong ” Francisco, Antonio Dumlao , Robert Ko and international artists like Italian sculptor Francesco Monti made its lasting contributions to the university.
But, silent testimonies to the university history are its living natural heritage found inside its main campus located inside Nicanor Reyes Sr. street (formerly Morayta). Several trees like acacia (Samanea saman) and narra (Pitherocarpus indicus ) were carefully planted and nurtured by its founding president Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr .in the early 1930’s. During convocation in the university before the outbreak of war, the late President Manuel L. Quezon visited the university in 1940 and paid unsolicited tribute to Dr. Reyes “ as an educational builder”. The trees were already several years old back then and the student population is more than 10,000. Then during the early part of the bombing of the Philippines in 1941, Dr. Reyes was only person among the officials of the university to visit the school every morning to check the school premises and usually hands over the keys of the post office inside the school compound.
When the Japanese brought chaos to the country, The Imperial army had occupied the school compound and the school was crisscrossed with foxholes and the whole place was enclosed with barbed wire. The university became a veritable prison and was made a headquarter of the Kempetai (Japanese military police) the trees were the silent hostages, the army used some of the branches as firewood or bonfires which lighted the campus grounds since there was lacked of electricity.
On February 5, 1945 at around 7:00 pm heavy bombing and air raid were rampant in the Sampaloc area. Battle was ranged in the vicinity as the Japanese in heavily fortified campus sternly opposed the American advance. When the American occupied the university the school was re-opened during the second semester in 1945 .the Americans also set up quonset huts at the quadrangle which was later converted into classrooms. The trees were also there to witness the university rise in the ashes of the war.
After the war, some trees still stood within the campus, while some of the trees were toppled down by typhoons that had hit Manila during the 1960’s and 1970’s. These trees were also there when then president Cory had visited the campus in 1987 .
present day- FEU chapel with narra trees
Somehow trees do tell stories of happy individuals, students who stayed under their canopy, famous personalities and common people who happily stayed under these old majestic trees inside the campus that is not only known for its architectural heritage but also living natural heritage that one will surely become a link to a distant past.
The university also had a guided tours around the campus which attracts art , environment , architecture and heritage advocates for more information:
Address: Nicanor Reyes Sr. Street ( formerly Morayta) Sampaloc, Manila
Telephone : 735-56 21 loc. 283 Alumni Affairs ( Mr. Martin Lopez)
Event:Free Postal Heritage Walking Tour
When: September 20, 2009 sunday
Assembly Time: 12:30 pm to 1pm
Assembly Place: Liwasang Bonifacio -fountain area in front of Post Office
Tour Areas: Aduana, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument , Plaza Mexico, Manila Cathedral , Postal Museum and Library plus a free lecture on basic of stamp collecting among others….
*No fees collected , sponsored by Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Postal
Museum and Library ( free snacks to participants)
Pre-registration is until September 19, 2009 saturday
(0919-3901671) SMART please indicate you name
Aling Josefina Tiongson-Cura ( 735-5001) monday to saturday 1pm to 5pm