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Star Studded Tunog Star Magic’s 24th Anniversary Blogcon

14th Floor Chronicle Room in ELJCC, Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City

Tunog Star Magic celebrities

Star Magic is the country’s premiere producer of the best and brightest singers that many budding performers and singers aspire to emulate.  Apart from being the home of the finest actors in the industry , Star Magic also venture into Tunog Star Magic, the latest online channel where the music lovers can listen to the unexpected and much -awaited covers and collaborations between their favorite Star Magic performers.

Mr. Bugoy Drilon , Khalil Ramos and Bailey May

The performances would bring together celebrated and up-and-coming Star Magic singers to jam to the latest hits and their favorite songs every week.

Although there are a number of shows either on TV or online that showcases similar performances, Tunog Star Magic prides itself of being the accessible platform where the alternative pairings and performances can be seen.

Among the first few singers who gamely performed for Tunog Star Magic were Bugoy Drilon , Leizel Garcia , Khalil Ramos , Nash Aguas and Ms. Alexa Ilacad, rising performers like Ms. Kira Balinger , Heaven Peralejo ,Ysabel Ortega , CJ Novato and Ms. Kristel Fulgar .

Bloggers, online and print media were treated to an afternoon of selective performances and videoke -style contest with these budding artists. They are all passionate about singing and composing new songs .

Those who are raring to view their performances may do so every Thursdays at Star Magic’s official You Tube Page starting this July 28, 2016 at 6:00pm

Like the slum book of sorts , Star Magic newbies aims to introduce the fresh and new Star Magic artists that could be touted as those who are in line . It is essentially a platform for the fresh bloods to be known by the public through their personally accomplished profiles.

Mr. Jovit Baldivino

Both Tunog Star Magic and Star Magic Newbies kick off the star-studded celebration of Sta Magic’s 24th anniversary in the business.

Highlight of the festivities are the biggest and brightest Star Magic stars would gather and commemorate the year that was on the Grand Star Magic Day schedule this coming July 31, 2016 in ASAP.

 

 

Manilakbayan ng Mindanao : Justice for the Lumads and their Lands

Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita , Manila-Philippines

ethnic lumads proudly wore their native dress in protest

It is blazing very hot and humid when we conducted another round of Royal Postal Heritage Tour around the historic Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita within the historical and heritage district of Manila.

tribal photos and artifacts on display

We seldom got requests to conduct tour around the first sunday of the month . But this time , We got around a dozen people ( mostly students conducting their thesis writing project ) . I think it was the postponement of last month tour due to Typhoon Koppu ( Bagyong Lando ) that might have cause the spill over .  Unfortunately,  some of the students did not manage to come on their appointed time and day.

There were several hundreds of people , NGO groups, progressive party lists, heritage advocates and some government attached agencies ( NCCA)  at the Liwasang Bonifacio.

L-R Mr. John Paul Orallo, Ms. Bernadette David, Ms. Adelina M. Suemith (OIC- Executive Director NCCA ) Ms. Ay and Ms. Charisse Aquino-Tugalde ( Culture Aid Inc.)

I saw some familiar faces and NGO groups which were there at the historic plaza and took some time to read some of the leaflets .  According to one of the organizers of the peaceful camping and rally , they were given until November 12 by the local government.

Mr. Ryan Ang ( Kapatid TV channel 5 ) and Mr. Abner Mercado ( ABS-CBN channel 2)

Happy that bloggers and social media personalities are there to lend their support . I also saw television crews and reporter from ABS-CBN channel 2 and TV channel 5

Here are some of the Hidden Facts:

250 + leaders of communities and organizations are facing false criminal charges to silence their advocacies.

87 indigenous Lumads schools in Mindanao are suffering from various forms of military attack.

9 out of 10 Lumad children have no access to formal schooling .

20+ Indigenous paramilitary groups called Alamara, Magahat , Tribal Warriors , Bagani Force, BULIF , NIPAR, Black Diamond, Munggos , Delamance, etc… are unleashed by the AFP to sow division and terror in Lumad communities.

144 indigenous defenders , human rights activists in Mindanao have been victims of extra -judicial killings.

40,000+ Lumads have been forcibly displaced from ancestral domains due to militarization.

233 documented cases of human rights violations perpetrated against Lumad children.

1,000+ Lumad children have been affected  by the closure order of 3 community schools by the government despite the shortage of schools, classrooms and teachers in the Philippines

Note : I must say that until now , one of staunch environment advocate Mr. Leonard Co who died a few years ago in Leyte case still languish without real perpetrators being punish.

METRO Online Influencers Kapihan sa Wheatberry Bakery and Coffee Shop

84 Scout Castor cor. Scout Tuazon, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City-Philippines

L-R Miss Lynda Jumilla -ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter , Ms. Janette Toral ( social media e-commerce practitioner ) Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno ( Manila),Dr.  Ana Maria L. Tabunda ( Pulse Asia -Research Director )and Atty. Karen Jimeno ( CNN Philippines anchor , host )

It was a bright and sunny day , We were invited to join a press conference and a coffee snack at the Wheatberry Bakery and Coffee Shop located just a stone throw away from a popular Filipino restaurant where fellow coin, stamp and ephemera collectors would meet once in a while .

Topic: “ Role of online media and influencers in shaping up the business
and political landscape of the country towards 2016″

Engr. Lance Cheng-Marketing Manager of Bewell Nutraceuticals Corporation

Bewell Nutraceuticals Corporation is  one of the sponsors of the kapihan , They gave away some samples of BEWELL-C Plus Calcium , which is a non acidic, vitamin C which strengthens bones and teeth and can be consumed on an empty stomach . Unlike other commercial brands , they are relatively cheaper and available in major drugstores nationwide.

Bewell C Plus Calcium: http://www.bewell.com.ph/

Facebook Page: Bewell C Plus Calcium

It is called Metro Online Influencer Kapihan where online writers, social media writers, bloggers , marketing heads , media and even companies are there to meet.

Grab Taxi

 Facebook Page: Grab Taxi

Grab Taxi is one of the sponsors of the event, They are the one who provided the transportation and having an application in your mobile phone will make commuting easier

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Senator Antonio Trillanes successfully launched a nationwide campaign from his prison cell as he ran and won a seat in the Philippine Senate on a shoestring budge. Social media and netizens greatly help him won a seat in the senate.

He had also an active FB sonny trillanes where followers and admirers can reach him

Senator Antonio Trillanes together with Engr. Lance Cheng and Miss Bewell-C

Vice Mayor – Isko Moreno

Manila’s current vice mayor isko moreno is among the guest panelist , He said that Manila is one of the first cities in the country which introduced FREE WI FI services in waiting shed and some public areas.

Ms. Janette Toral showed the increasing change of some social media medium like Facebook which had  become more accessible to the masses and more and more people are using different kinds of new medium .

A new study of how the campaigns are using digital tools to talk directly with voters-bypassing the filter of traditional media-finds that President Barack Obama campaign posted nearly four times as much content as the Romney campaign and was active on nearly twice as many platforms.

In theory, digital technology allows leaders to engage in a new level of “conversation” with voters, transforming campaigning into something more dynamic, more of a dialogue, than it was in the 20th century.

Involvement through Empowerment.  This was the mission of the Barack Obama campaign. The first political campaign in history to truly harness the power of social media to spread the word, garner support and get people engaged. The Obama campaign reached 5 million supporters on 15 different social Networks over the course of campaign season; by November 2008, Obama had approximately 2.5 million (some sources say as many as 3.2 million)

In the Philippine setting , Some politicians are also finding ways on how to harness the power of social media. It can work in both ways and there are also bashers , fakes accounts.

People will also become more aware and it can work in both ways with social media trending / viral topics are even pick-up by mainstream media . That is where the public opinion are rated .  With the elections just about less than 1 year from now, politicians are also looking at other options.

The organizers are planning a more regular channel like Metro Online Influencers Kapihan for social media writers and bloggers to meet  and have their voices heard .

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Paulo Angelo C. Florenda ” for the accommodation extended 

Website: http://wheatberry.com.ph/

Pulse Asia: http://www.pulseasia.ph/

PHLPOST Issues President Corazon Aquino Second Series Floral Paintings with Scent Stamps

Boracay Room- Sofitel Luxury Hotel , Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City – Philippines

Ms. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz , Ms. Pinky Aquino -Abellada and Ms. Deedee Siytangco

The Philippine Postal Corporation in observance of former President Corazon ” Cory ” Aquino sixth death anniversary on August 1, A second series of special scented stamps which depicted her lifeworks on her favorite subject matter ” flowers ” was finally launched on July 29, 2015 at the Boracay Room of Hotel Sofitel in Pasay City.

There was a small gallery of stamps and first day covers from the past issuance of PHLPOST. There were 11 such stamps that depicted President Corazon Aquino from 1986 People Power stamps to the current scented paintings on stamps.

As her duties in Malacañang Palace ended in 1992 , a new journey for President Corazon Aquino was invited by a group of friends to join a painting class. She hesitated because , she said, she could not even draw. Ms. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, the eldest child of Cory and the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. prodded her mother to pursue painting.

painting featured in stamps

” I told her , Come on mom, they’ll make nice gifts’ . It’s not so much the painting but the one who painted it. A painting is also something that you can leave to your children ; it becomes a treasure . Because of my persistence , she finally gave in , ” Ballsy told SELYO ( official magazine of PHLPOST )  in an interview.

SELYO Magazine – July, August , September 2015 issue

A GIFT that MONEY Cannot BUY :

Cory would paint on different surfaces and materials including trays , flat stones , porcelain, canvas and even bags. Painting relaxed her, and it brought her closer to her family. Soon she became enamored with the craft , Cory started giving them away her paintings as gifts to family members, close friends, colleagues in politics and wedding godchildren.

MMDA Chairperson Mr. Francis Tolentino

We also saw Mr. Francis Tolentino during the lunch, he just stayed for a few minutes

According to Ms. Deedee Siytangco, They received their first and only painting by Cory in 1999 when her daughter Ms.Sandeee Marasigan , gave birth to daughter Amanda on January 24- which also was the birthday of Cory Aquino .

L-R Ms. Zyann Ambrosio ( ABS-CBN channel 2) , Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo -(GMA channel 7 ) and Ms. Ina Andolong ( CNN-Philippines)

The event is well covered by major television station and broad sheet like Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer. I am quite lucky together with Ms. Jimmy Ang ( APO Philatelic Society ) to have the privilege to cover the event .

Ms. Rina Jimenez-David and Ms. Julie Yap -Daza

The former President stood as sponsor at the wedding of Sandee and husband Andrew . She gave them an oil on wood painting of flowers . Famous People like Mr. George Schultz , a former Secretary of State of US President Ronald Regan , remarried , Cory gave him a painting on wood . He send Cory A wonderful “thank you ” note.

Mrs. Teena Sarino and Mr. Jeffrey Consumo

Mr. Jeffrey Consumo is the art instructor for former President Corazon Aquino and her friends. While Mrs. Teena Sarino is one of Mrs. Cory Aquino friends and classmate in painting sessions.

Ms. Ms. Lilia de Lima, Ms. Teena Sarino, Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña , Mr. Ceasar Sarino with Ms. Deedee Siyangco  and Ms. Macaria Leonardo ( standing )

Mr. Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña, Metrobank Foundation president, former Cabinet Secretary, said: “Tita Cory played a pivotal role in the development of our country even after her presidential term. She served as Metrobank Foundation chairperson in our board of advisers from 1993 until the time of her demise.  The foundation had purchased Php 100,000 worth of stamps and First Day Covers.
 a short press conference and q and a portion was held Bulong Pulugan sa Sofitel 

Another prominent figure , Brunei royalty , invited Cory to visit even after her presidency . ” She brought him , ” Your Majesty , I know you can buy anything you want but I’m into painting now and I thought I’d give you something that’s not for sale.” She presented him with her painting. They were pleased , and it made mom happy” This was according to Ms. Ballsy Aquino -Cruz. recalled.

ceremonial autograph signing

Cory’s subjects revolved around faces, landscapes, rosaries and most notably flowers.Her favorite subject was flowers. People would say , Your mom really likes flowers ! Yes, she did but she always said she painted flowers because it was the only thing she could paint” ! Ms. Ballsy Aquino -Cruz recalled.

complete set of stamp souvenir, sheetlet and first day cover with cancellation marks

Five different paintings of ” Tita Cory” is included at the special block of 4 stamp and a souvenir sheet. About 400,000 copies in four design of the special scented stamps is printed using imported unwatermarked paper and floral scented ink.  PHLPOST has also printed 50,000 copies of the souvenir sheet at Php 120 each plus 12% VAT.

Here are the link to last year’s stamp launching : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/phlpost-launched-the-flower-paintings-of-president-corazon-aquino-on-scented-stamps/

President Corazon Aquino memorabila exhibit at Glorietta

Pinoy Big Brother 737 Controversies Ruled by MTRCB Board

Quezon City , Philippines

hearing conducted by MTRBC

Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on Thursday ordered the management of reality show “PBB 737” to establish self-regulatory measures, undergo audience-sensitivity seminars, and closely collaborate with the censors’ board.

This come after numerous complaints that supposedly offended the sensibilities of viewers who viewed “Bromance” is a coined phrase for brotherly romance, used to refer to generally non-sexual relationship between two males.

The show earned flak from netizens when an alleged “bromance” between two contestants, 18-year-old Karlo Lorenzo “Kenzo” Gutierrez and 12-year-old Bailey Thomas May was interpreted as “romantic relationship.” With referral number CL-15-06-28BM , the 4 page resolution which was address to ABS-CBN channel 2 and Sky Cable  management .

The  resolution which cite Republic Act 7610, MTRCB resolution ordered PBB to “immediately cease and desist from requiring participants to engage in activities and tasks which may be deemed to be hazardous to their life and safety, or prejudicial to their physical, psychological, emotional, moral, spiritual, and social well-being.”

ABS-CBN channel 2 had likewise decided to stop airing the live-streaming episodes of PBB following the hearings and public clamor .

A Guide to Dendrobium of the Philippines by Mr. Jim Cootes and Co-Authored by Mr. George Tiong

Mr. Jim Cootes, “A Guide to Dendrobium of the Philippines”, co-authored with Mr. George Tiong, and printed in glorious full colour, by Natural History Publications (Borneo).

The book combines 35 years of Study on the Philippine DENDROBINAE, (Dendrobiums and it’s close relatives) by these two Celebrated International Orchid Authorities. The book features an astounding 102 Dendrobium, and relatives, species found all across the Philippine Islands, 69 of which are found only in the Philippines!


There are 142 Pages of 247 colorful pictures! And masterfully composed descriptions of some never before seen or photographed newly discovered Philippine Dendrobium species.

A must have of any Orchidophiles (Orchid Lovers), Student, Hobbyists, Naturalists  or Aficionado alike!

Books will be available on for sale on Feb 22nd at the Tropical Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City . Mr. Jim Cootes himself, who shall autograph every copy of these first release books sold on that day only!

Discounted price for just only Php 850.00  with a chance of meeting and having your book autographed by the authors .   A portion of the proceeds helps the cause of Philippine Orchid Conservation and League of Orchid Conservationists – Philippines (Loc- phil)

For orders, Please try to call or email : poci0413@gmail.com

Ms. Rowena Aben Daquioag : (0922) 380 7118

2nd Stamp Collector’s Night at Manila Central Post Office

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita , Manila-Philippines

L-R Mr. Ceasar Sarino, Mr. Willard Cheng , Senator Grace Poe -Llamanzares and Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz

November is traditionally celebrated all over the country as ” National Stamp Collectors’ Month ” It is a time where stamp , letter and postcard collectors celebrate the entire month on the big role that Philippine Postal Corporation is playing .  Stamp issuance which promotes art, culture, history , events, flora, fauna and other related events.

Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby

During the 1950’s to 1960’s,1970’s , 1980’s and even up to the early part of the millennium,  different stamp clubs would have a lot of activities held to commemorate the event. There are lectures, stamp competitions, exhibitions , guided tours and swap meets where young and old collectors share their passion.

Quezon Philatelic Society members

I would remember attending events hosted by different stamp clubs – years ago and stamp collectors would be very busy sharing their stamp collections to the public.  Presidential Proclamation Number 494 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos declares the month of November as National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM). President Fidel V. Ramos is an avid stamp collector and started collecting stamps during his teens.  Thus he was one of the special guests of honor during last year’s celebration. In a Presidential Decree 490 during the time of President Marcos – He proclaimed November 24 to 30, 1968 as National Philatelic Week.

Mr. Carlos Co and Engineer Ranjo

Here are some of the events that Philippine Postal Corporation will be doing for the entire month:

Pope Francis traveling exhibit with mysteries of the rosary- each beads contain a religious stamps or an event related to a religious event.

However missing in the beads are the 1937 Eucharistic Congress commemorative stamps

Pope John Paul 2 exhibit

Among all the current Popes, Pope John Paul 2 had probably the most number of stamp issuance in almost all post offices in the world. Philippine Postal Corporation had issued several Pope John Paul 2 stamps .

Traveling Exhibits:

With this year’s celebration carrying the theme “PHLPost: Going Beyond Tradition,” highlights of the occasion include the opening of the Papal Exhibit Preview of Pope Francis Souvenir sheet to be held at the Manila Central Post Office (November 10 to 14), Manila Cathedral (November 17 to 21), University of Santos Tomas (November 24 to 28). The exhibit showcase the stamps issues which commemorates Papal Visits to the country.

Stamp Launching:

There are several stamps which will be issued by the corporation this month, This includes 2014 Christmas stamps,On November 7 and 8, respectively, will be the launching and presentation of Waterfalls Stamps, in Tinuy-an Bislig City, Surigao del Sur,  Tindog stamp to commemorate and thank the local and international community  with their help during last year’s Typhoon Haiyan aka Yolanda destruction in Visayas region.

ASEAN stamp design contest winners

The First Place – Mr. Arnaldo C. Ramirez  Jr. of Laguna , Second Place – Mr. Rommer Fajardo from Imus , Cavite and Third Place – Mr. Fangon Tadeo IV of Bustos, Bulacan

First Place Winner- ASEAN Stamp Design contest

The winners of the ASEAN stamp design contest will have a chance to have their winning featured in the stamps- They also got Php 5,000 cash, Php 3,000 and Php 2,000 plus a certificate

First Place Winner- Pope Francis stamp

Unveiling ceremonies of the winners of ASEAN stamp design contest “One Asean Stamp Design Contest (winning design will be sent to Thailand as the Philippine Official Entry to the “Joint Issue of ASEAN Community Commemorative Stamp”), Pope Francis commemorative stamps to be issued by January 2015 . There are 4 winners – 2 professionals and 2 amateurs/ students

unveiling of the 160th anniversary commemorative stamp( FIRST STAMP of the Philippines -Queen Isabel 2 )

closer-view of the commemorative stamps and souvenir sheet

The 160th anniversary commemorative stamp of the FIRST Philippine stamp issued in 1854. It seems that all the stamps issuance would keep stamp collectors very busy collecting them for a while.  I will try to elaborate of these different stamp issuance in my upcoming posts and articles.

NEW POSTAL ID:

Philippine Postal Corporation will be issuing  a brand new Postal ID system with brand new security features . It can also be used to apply for other government IDs. There are scheduled traveling dates in which the public can apply at their regional post offices.   We hope that this brand new security features does not include the increase of the application rates.

Letter Writing Contests:

There will also be the letter writing contest “Salamat Po Letter –Writing Caravan” for elementary and high school students from all over the country.

Partners’ Night:

This is like an appreciation night for all the business partners , suppliers and corporate customers that the corporation is handling.

Stamp Collectors’ Night:

Ms. Elvira Yap Go

Ms. Elvira Yap-Go- President, AnakTV Foundation, Chairman Promotion and Publicity, 51st International Eucharistic Congress  was also there during the stamp collectors’ night. She had a weekly program on NBN channel 4 and the chairperson of the  Columbia International Food Products, Inc (makers of Potchi candy) . The candy corporation was established in 1937.  I had a privilege of chatting with her and she gladly signed an autograph .

Website: http://iec2016.ph/the-official-logo-of-the-51st-international-eucharistic-congress/

Quezon Philatelic Society members,    together with Mr. Willard Cheng and DZMM Sky patroller  Mr. Ricky Velasco and  Mr. Dionne Taeza from Cavite ( far right )

I am quite fortunate to be one of the several stamp collectors invited by to the collectors’ night.   I have seen a lot of familiar faces and well-known personalities during the event.  The biggest contingent was from Quezon Philatelic Society headed by Mr. Stanley Siu which traveled more than 4 hours from Quezon province.

Mr. Willard Cheng was also given a token of appreciation by PHLPOST for being a stamp ambassador and his promotion of the hobby. He is an ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter and have been collecting stamps since he was 8 years-old.  I have met him on several occasions when he was still a student and if my calculation is right , He must been a stamp collector for at least 20 years!

ceremonial autograph signing

Mr. Willard Cheng , Mr. Ricky Velasco and the author

Mr. Ricky Velasco is another ABS-CBN channel 2 ,DZMM reporter and sky-patroller .  When i was holding a postcard of Tacloban , Leyte with some stamps , He told me that his daughter is also a stamp and a postcard collector , I quickly asked her name and i told him that we belong to the same facebook community page which collect , exchange and swap postcards .

Mr. Marc Christian Paul Ison being interviewed by a local television station

I have again met some younger stamp collectors like Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza and his student which eventually became a stamp collector, another is Mr. Marc Christian Paul Ison which also actively promotes philately to his students and amateur stamp collectors.

 stamp collectors and PHLPOST employees quickly take the opportunity to let Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares signed an autograph

Related link to last year’s Stamp Collector’s Night: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/stamp-collectors-night-at-the-manila-central-post-office/

Note: Stamp Collectors’ Night is not just one day affair to remember, BUT this is a year-long commitment.  PHLPOST role is not just to cater the local stamp community but  the entire world.  There are still BIG shoes to fit- in and there are still some problems that needed to be address properly .