Highlights of the 5th International Symposium by Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc.

Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI) held a successful two day 5th international symposium at the 8th floor Central Laboratory Building within the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila.

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participants at the art work shop

The pre-symposium began last November 13 with pre-registration of local ,international speakers and participants by 1:00pm. At around past 2:00 pm -native tree walk was held within the campus of the university.

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ditas and other native trees are planted within the university grounds

Philippine Botanical Art Society founder Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an conducted a 3 hour painting session last November 13 from 1:00 pm to past 4:00 pm.

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key note speaker at the symposium

5th International Symposium

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mid-morning breakfast 

5th International Symposium was opening session was held at the 8th floor auditorium of the central laboratory building. The auditorium can host up to 250 participants at any given time while the parallel session was held at the 5th floor of the same building.

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Dr. Junichi Fujinuma

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A certificate of appreciation and token was given to him after his presentation.

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Dr. Nikki Hererson Dagamac

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Clarence Gio Almoite, Donita Capili, Justine Garcia, John David Avellaneda and Mr. Rey John Caballero ( inventory of Philippine Native and Non-Native Trees in Selected Public Schools in Quezon City.

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mid-morning breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks was catered by wok with me

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Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI Mr. Bobby Zapata tresurer) together with University of Santo Tomas – Department of Biological Sciences professors and students.

A cultural and welcome dinner was hosted by the university and the organization.

at the end of the symposium Professor Andrew Patrick Gozon was given the best presenter for the parallel session.

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations. With minor sponsors like Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Development Corporation, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.

13 Lovely Products at the Sinag UST SHS Entrepreneur Bazaar

University of Santo Tomas Senior High School Entrepreneur Bazaar is a 4-day event held from November 12 to 15, 2019 within Tan Yan Kee parking lot and at the Quadricentennial park ( Q Park) within the University of Santo Tomas campus in Sampaloc, Manila.

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Q plaza bazaar area

The theme is “Pusong Tomasino, Gawang Milenyo, Para sa Pilipino” is a project of grade 12 students who have entrepreneurship subjects.

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booths at Q plaza

This is their 3rd year to showcase their products and services at the bazaar.

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Tan Yan Kee parking lot bazaar booths lay out

There were between 40 to 50 booths spread in two location sites. Each booth had between 4 to 6 group of business model. Each business model have 4 to 6 students selling variety of products or services.

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Q plaza bazaar booths lay out

The bazaar is the final outcome whether their products / services can be bought by their fellow students, alumni or the general public.

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ABM2 booth at Tan Yan Kee parking lot

It is interesting to note that a lot of the products sold were environment friendly, advocacy base, sustainable origins or products which help indigent/ ethnic communities.

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Mr. Kenyon Lim of Handy Pepper

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bracelets and necklace from tribal lumads of Mindanao

Almost all of the start-up companies had social media accounts like FB, Instagram, Twitter or even webpage in order to reach out to potential buyers and customers. The bazaar is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Tan Yan Kee parking lot bazaar

13 Lovely Products Spotted at the Sinag UST SHS Bazaar

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13.) Pasma Go– creative name with nice pouch and packaging material.

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12.) Labaggie is a product by Siklab- laundry bag which can double as bag. it is sold for just Php 399.00.

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SikLab.co/

There is also a promo that if one buys two labaggie bag, One can get 10% discount.They also sells cellphone case and bag holder.

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11.) Syesye Baskill – This is quite innovate products which is acts like deodorant patch.

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10.) Retropolitan – Sells different kinds of stickers, which can be used in scrap book, postcards and other items.

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9.) Plant It Gift Tag– This serves as dual purpose for this holiday season. One can write greetings to special friend or love one this season. The tag is made from recycled paper and it also had seeds which can be germinated and planted in a pot with soil. It is Php 10.00 per label.

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8.) Esscent – This product is retailed at Php 49.00 with lavander, autmn, sea breeze, lemon grass , rose petals . The company had twitter : @aromanti_co / instagram:@aromanti.co/ Facebook: Aromanti Co.

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7.) Je Shoes Organic Cleaner– This is a sustainable way to keep your shoes clean. I forgot to ask the seller, if there are chemicals which are harmful to the environment.

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6.) Diwata Co. Platable pen– Another nice environmental products that help minimized the garbage problem. The pen is made from organic wood.

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seeds can be planted after using the pen

coriander, chili, bell pepper, tomatoes, spinach, parsley

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5.) Leatherette pouch bag for laptops and notepads.

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leatherette container for laptops or notepads

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t-shirts, bag tags and stickers for sale

4.) Advocacy Shirts– According to the seller at the Q Plaza, If an individual or person purchase this shirt, a certain percentage goes to the advocacy. However the seller fail to mention on where does the proceed goes. Then what is the advocacy group that are supporting?

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3.) Moskit-O! – Nice packaging and bug repellent citronella scent is just being sold for Php85.00

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2.) Satriccal Shirt – Creative prints and catchy design.

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1.) Handy Peppy – This is a nice way to protect. This is being sold for only Php 50 and aptly called Tiger’s Eye Security. Some parts are made from recycled bottle caps and can be refilled.

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Sinag UST SHS Entrepeneur Bazaar

Do not forget to visit these booths, until today.

Note: Some of the booths exhibited until yesterday. One can purchase their products in their online social media sites.

Mid-Century Family Heirloom Religious Statue Collection

I have visited a collector friend after spending almost an entire day within FEU campus. My friend lives near the border of Manila and Quezon city. Selling a few mid-century items as part time trader. They are selling their old ancestral house and negotiation is still underway.

The buyer most probably will demolish the ancestral house and built a new one. The area is located on higher ground near University belt, hospital, market places which makes it attractive to prospective buyer.

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a mid-century house with marston mat gate within the neighborhood

The three story house was built during the commonwealth era. It had a lot area of 249 square meters. Its perimeter fence had Marston Mat, properly called pierced (or perforated) steel planking (PSP). This was first manufactured in the United States in the late 1930’s and was used extensively until the early 1960’s in the country.

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marston mat gate within Quezon City

Marston Mat was extensively used during the last world war by army engineers and seabees (construction battalions) to build runways and other readily usable surfaces over all kinds of terrain.

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fern with Dischidia ionantha

It was which was quite popular fencing material after the second world war in the country. Some of the martson mat were also used as gates, partition in large properties, fencing material and even covers in manholes.

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a mid-century old house within F. Blumentritt, Sampaloc, Manila

There were also several mid-century houses and apartments within the street. However most of the houses were not properly maintained.

Family Heirloom Religious Statues

Last supper

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Last Supper in large wood frame- This is a last supper made from several pieces of wood glued together. This use to be commonly sold in the souvenir market from the late 1930’s to the mid-1970’s. The first ones were probably made by prisoners from the Bilibid prison and quickly caught the fancy among art collectors.

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last supper

Last Supper – Another masterpiece tapestry. This became common piece in almost all the Catholic homes all over the country. These are normally hung in dining area or sala.

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 Christ the King seated

 Christ the King seated on his throne while raising his right hand and with the left showing his sacred heart. Made from eskayola/ escayola or plaster of paris.  This was probably made in the late 1970’s or 1980’s which had a customized urna ( religious container) mounted on the wall.

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Christ the King seated

Christ the King seated- This is the larger piece seated Christ from their family collection. Made from eskayola /escayola or plaster of paris.  The hands are made from carved wood. This can probably dates back in the mid 1970’s to early 1980’s.

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Risen Christ

Risen Christ is made from wood and mounted in one corner of the living room. It was bought several decades ago.

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Christ without hands

This is Risen Christ which was rescued from a fire. The hands were lost, the risen Christ was made from iron and zinc. They still have some mid-century statues and other items.

Specialties of Mang Tootz Foodhaus

Mang Tootz Foodhaus was named after Mr. Edwin “Mang Tootz”  Vergara a former OFW who opened a carinderia or eatery with a twist.

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Mang Tootz Foodhaus signage

The carinderia had a huge following among students of UST, FEU, UE and residents of Sampaloc district within Manila. Proof to the pudding is that hundreds of students would queue in line just to eat even before lunch.

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We would find time to eat at their eatery when we have long breaks. The price of their student rice meal is affordable and it comes free with soup.

Some of the dishes are newly created like chicken kebab. Rice value meals starts at Php 78.00 and Php 83.00 depending on the viand. One can order other dishes.

History

Mang Tootz started in 1991 as a tapsilogan and was used to be located in a small corner along J. Barlin street within Sampaloc.

It used to be called Tootzilog. The eatery eventually moved to Padre Noval street because the proprietors thought that it would be wiser to transfer location since they will be situated near the university with higher foot traffic. Technically, they are in the business for almost 30 years!

Television Program and Celebrities

Several television program had featured this eatery like My Puhunan of ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5, Kapuso Jessica Soho, Pinas Sarap, Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7, Solar TV, Tomasino and Food Vloggers like Mark Wiens, Erwan Heussaff, The Hungry Syrian Wander, Yummy Kitchen, Coconuts Manila among others.

UAAP athletes, former President Benigno Aquino III were among those who have eaten at the eatery.

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Dishes

There were 16 to 18 dishes being rotated on an everyday basis in Sampaloc and Makati.

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Pork Bulgogi– Their pork is well marinated and their pork is tender. There are also some vegetables included and topped with sesame seeds.

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Chopsuey – All time favorite with a lot of vegetables. Their vegetables is not soggy compared to others within the vicinity.

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Breaded Chicken– Their breaded chicken is deep fried with minimal batter, better than other restaurants or fast food joints.

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Bangus Steak – This is another well  loved dish. The bangus is cooked just right with generous amount of sauce.

BicolExpress

Bicol Express– Another MUST try dish when you visit this eatery, the pork meat is cooked just right with right amount of coconut milk ( not aguado/ watered down) and the right amount of banana chilies and bird’s eye chilies.

Binagoongan

Pork Binagoongan– The right balance of sweet, sour and salty combination.

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Chicken Kebab – Right amount of spice, chicken is well grilled along with the vegetables.

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banana rhum-a

 Banana rhum-A is an all time favorite since it was first introduced in 2006. They cook an average of 3,000 to 4,000 pieces a day. One must pre-order at least 1 day in advance for bulk orders. During Christmas season, their order are up to 8,000 pieces per day.

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Their banana rhum-A – is smaller compared to the ordinary turon being sold in street corners in Metro Manila. It is a saba banana sliced into 4 pieces with jackfruit wrapped in lumpia wrapper then deep fried. coated with a syrup made from a combination of margarine, pineapple juice, rhum, banana essence and brown sugar. It is topped with powdered sugar, skim milk, cinnamon powder and sesame seeds.

Pork Liempo – This is an all time favorite among students. However this was not available when we came.

Sisig – Another MUST Try, This was not available when we ate at the eatery.

There is no secret to why this is a favorite hang-out place. Their food is delicious,  affordable, staff are friendly and the neighborhood vibe would surely keep anyone from returning back.

Mang Tootz Food Haus and Catering Services Sampaloc
1135 P. Noval St., Sampaloc, Manila

Contact :  +63 2 735- 68 55/404-45-61 (0917-856-9240)

Operations: Mon-Sat 8 am-9pm.

Mang Tootz Foodhouse- Makati
G-7 Valero Plaza, 124 Valero, Makati, Metro Manila

Contact : +63 2 425-9910/ (0917-856-9240)

Operations: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

A Collection of Wooden Urna Containers for Religious Icon

Wooden urns or locally called” urnas” is loosely translated into “religious shrines,”  “wooden niches”, ” wooden altars” that were intricately carved wooden housing for santos, or religious icons.

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late 19th century urnas owned  by a private collector in Quezon City

Religious Art Form

This is a form of religious art which was introduced by the Mexican-Spaniards towards the late 16th century and usually made from wood. The design varies from one province to another. Those coming from Bohol, Leyte,Central Visayas, Ilocos, Pampanga and Bulacan are some of the highly sought after by collectors.

different kinds of religious containers for sale ( photo courtesy of Mr. Edgardo Gamo)

With opening of the country’s trade and direct rule by Spain towards the beginning of the 19th century, There were a lot of European styles and influence coming from Macao, Goa and Cochin in making of local wooden containers.

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simple wooden urna ( photo courtesy of Mr. Edgardo E. Gamo Jr.)

Most of those frequently encountered were the mass produce ones from the late 1930’s to mid-1990’s. These became common features in most Catholic homes all over the country and these are mostly sold in commercial religious stores or custom made in some wooden furniture stores.

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wooden urnas ( about 4 feet tall and made during the middle part of the 20th century)

Premium Wood

Premium religious containers were usually made from hardwood tree species like narra,yakal, molave, tanguile, batikuling, ipil or kamagong.

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 seated Christ the King inside the wooden urna

Some would use the common acacia, mahogany, palo china tree species. These are far cheaper by at least 20% to 50% from those premium hardwood species. Prices would also vary with additional carvings, inlaying process, gold leaf ornamentation, installation of glass, paintings, cost of labor and transportation. These tend to further increase the prices of these containers.

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processional wooden urna

The ordinary box-type wooden altars that were simply varnished or painted and tend to use plywood at the back. Front side were carved with decorative details such as Jesus Christ’s, Blessed Virgin Mary or “AVM” monogram. Having gothic, neo-gothic design motifs, crosses, art nouveau or art deco ornamentation depending on the era or designs popular among customers were used.

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( photo courtesy of Mr. Edgardo E. Gamo Jr. )

Mass Produced

Many of these mass manufactured wooden urnas still survived today, although it is getting hard to come by as wood is getting scare. The art of making them also entails a lot of time and labor. According to a wooden furniture maker based in Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City, They would only get a handful of commission work for these types of wooden containers. Most are from devoted Catholics or parishes with expensive life-size religious statues.

A simple 20 inch tall wooden container could cost as much as Php 5,500 roughly US$105, using ordinary wood.

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34 x 13 x 13 height inches tall with 19 x 12 inches glass ( photo courtesy of Mr. Edgardo E. Gamo Jr. ) This was made from narra and plywood and was sold in May 24, 2018

Some would opt using acrylic glass or glass display for their religious icons.

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simple wooden urna affixed in an old house in Sampaloc, Manila

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foo dogs, tea ya kong and religious items were placed inside this wooden urna

The wooden urna above is the center piece at a religious store located in Blumentritt, Santa Cruz, Manila. It is not for sale and was made at least 30 years ago.

According to the staff, the shop stop selling this type of commercial wooden urna for at least a decade.

These are just few of the different types of wooden urnas, People would regard then as part of our religious heritage.