Buling-Buling Festival 2020 Revisited

Buling-Buling Festival 2020 is festive but overcast weather did not dampen the mood of the people, pilgrims and visitors at the annual festival.

Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah Honrado Lacuna-Pangan MD, FPDS along Labores corner Central street

This is not our first time at attend the festivities. Went to Buling-Buling festival almost every year and covered the event for some online travel and lifestyle sites.

former 6th district councilor Mr. Luciano Maria√Īo “Lou” Veloso ( in white Barong Tagalog) together with residents of Pandacan in their colorful orange floral kimona.

postal heritage tour participants

We left Manila Central Post Office past 11:30 am together with a small number of participants. We just tried to walk past Arroceros Forest Park , Adamson University and San Marcelino church.

Adamson University

Our small group walked until the far end of San Marcelino street and took a taxi cab on our way to Pandacan. Most of the major through fare leading to the district were already closed by 12:00 noon and our taxi cab driver had to drop us off near Caritas, Manila ground along Jesus street.

Santa Ana Hospital staff and medical workers

Among the special guests of honor includes Mayor Francisco “Isko ” Moreno Domagoso , Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah Honrado Lacuna-Pangan MD, FPDS, former councilor Lou Veloso, councilors of the 6th district of Manila and Barangay officials.

Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah Honrado Lacuna-Pangan MD, FPDS (left portion) serves as Hermana Mayor for the Aglipay church procession.

Aglipay church or Philippine Independent Church procession

Hermana Mayor holds the Santo Ni√Īo de Pandacan statue (processional image) for the salubong parade

residents and pilgrims in traditonal terno and barong tagalog attire

Santo Ni√Īo de Pandacan

Buling-Buling Festival 2020

The festival schedule was well publicized and shared via several social media sites such as FB, Instagram, twitter and websites.

participants wore the finest modern Filipiniana dress


Santo Ni√Īo de Pandacan Parish marker



colorful buntings decorate the main facade of the Pandacan Catholic church

Street Dancing and Parade

Street dancing commenced past 1:00 pm with Santo Ni√Īo images procession, grand parade and salubong started quite early.

participants in colorful costumes

Santo Ni√Īo de Aglipay and Santo Ni√Īo de Pandacan ( Catholic statue)

I have to visit 3 events Santo Ni√Īo de Bago Bantay festival , Postal Heritage Walking tour and this was the last event for the day.

Places of Interest

Pandacan had a lot of interesting places, old ancestral houses, folklore and carinderias. We were not able to fully tour all the narrow streets since the weather is overcast and just focused on the main parade.

Ladislao Bonus ancestral house with marker and bust

Mr. Ladislao Bonus was a composer, conductor, contrabass player, and teacher. His pioneering work on musical drama earned him the title as the “Father of the Filipino” opera. He was buried in Manila North Cemetery

Daniel Romuladez Ancestral House

Daniel Romualdez Ancestral House is located along Jesus corner San Luis street which is near the Catholic church. Daniel Romuladez was the Cabeza de Barangay in Pandacan. He was the paternal grandfather of former Leyte Congressman Daniel Romualdez.

Former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, a distant cousin of the younger Romualdez, was last seen by the residents of the Pandacan during the 2016 festival.

Plaza Zamora

PNR-Pandacan ( Beata ) Station

We have to leave around past 3:00 pm and rode PNR train going north bound. My companion take off at PNR Laon-Laan station in Sampaloc while i took off at PNR Blumentritt station.

Santo Ni√Īo replica

Some of my friends arrived past 3:00 pm at the site and continued joining the street dance and afternoon mass.

It was a good decision to leave the festival and parade early , Arrived past 7:00 pm due to heavy traffic.


Orkidyas Photo and Orchid Exhibit Opening

Adamson University, Manila-Philippines

Orkidyas exhibit

It was a cloudy afternoon , when i left my workplace . Traffic along Rizal and Taft Avenue  was horrendous and manage to arrived in Adamson University just a few minutes before the appointed 3:00 p.m. I was greeted by friendly staffs of the cultural affairs office . They also gave me interesting student publication upon my registration in their guest book.

The¬† “Orkidyas”¬† exhibition¬† would be held for the third time ,¬† Professor Cuenco mounted a similar exhibition in Washington D.C . in 2010 and in other parts of the United States.

crowd listening to the opening remarks of the host

Professor Edwin Cuenco showcased his award winning exhibition of digital prints and photos entitled¬† ‚ÄėOrkidyas: In Celebration of Philippine Flora‚Äô at the Art Gallery of Adamson University¬† in cooperation with the Philippine Orchid Society and sponsored by the Asian Social Institute and Adamson University, from July 13,2012 to August 3, 2012.

Rev. Fr. Gregorio L. Ba√Īaga, Jr., C.M.,AB, MS, Ph.D. -President of Adamson University

Dr. Gregorio Ba√Īaga, Jr. in his welcome remarks told the visitors and invited guests that the University played an active role in molding the 16,000 students thru the¬† cultural affairs office . These events are open for FREE so that the students can learn to appreciate nature and learn how rich the biodiversity of the country.¬† The University had also other linkages with other institutions, NGO groups and other schools .

Professor Edwin Cuenco address the crowd during the opening of the exhibit

In Prof. Edwin Cuenco‚Äôs¬† speech , ‚ÄúThe third installment of “Orkidyas” — showcases my personal print interpretation including some 25 photographic images of exotic Philippine flora provided by the Philippine Orchid Society after it was previously exhibited in Washington, DC and New York City. The artworks will hopefully reflect our cultural, ethnic, spiritual, aesthetic and verbal communication patterns, parallel to the immediacy of themes, sources and inspiration found in Philippine life and culture. This will be part of my U.S. Fulbright grant to promote cultural relations with emphasis on the visual arts between the U.S. and the Philippines.”

standing in the middle Atty. Solfia S. Arboladura (President of Universidad de Manila ) represented the office of¬† Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, Professor Edwin Cuenco( grey shirt)¬† Dr. Mina M. Ramirez ( President of Asian Social Institute ) ,¬† and Dr. Gregorio Ba√Īaga, Jr ( President of Adamson University ) during the ribbon cutting ceremony .

Prof. Cuenco received the University of Texas Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and Service, and the 2010 Distinguished Educator Award from the Arkansas Advertising Federation in Little Town, Arkansas, and the Visual Communications Graduate Fellowship Award from George Washington University. His works are found in private and public collections including the Wold Bank, George Washington University, Arkansas Tech University, University of Texas, and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC.

Prof. Edwin Cuenco of Arkansas Tech University arrived in ASI at the opening of the SY 2012 as a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Philippines. He is a BFA fine arts graduate of PWU who worked at the Communications Center of the Asian Social Institute in 1990.

His graphic designs and digital illustrations have received ADDY Gold, Silver and Bronze juried recognitions from the American Advertising Federation in Texas, Virginia and Arkansas including Best of Show at the 12th National Computer Arts Juried Exhibition that was included in the U.S. Department of State’s traveling exhibition.

Cattleya Dr. Elenita Binay breed by Ms. Vangie Go

Cattleya Dr. Elenita Binay was breed by Ms. Vangie Go.  A noted Filipino plant breeder and collector of rare plants.  This cattleya hybrid  was named after one of her favorite client and friend Dr. Elenita S. Binay , the wife of  Hon. Jejomar Cabauatan Binay Sr.   the current Vice- President of the Philippines  .

Dendrobium hybrids , Miyagos and foliage Anthurium on display

Aside from photo exhibit, The beautifully arrange live plant exhibit which included native Aspleniun nidus ” mutant” varieties ,¬† Grammatophyllum multiflorum , Guzmania, Phalaenopsis hybrids, Renanthera hybrids, Dendrobium bullenianum , Dendrobium¬† hybrids, Anthurium hybrids and ornamental plants. This is a precursor for the upcoming 66th mid-year orchid show.

interesting arrangement of live orchid potted plants with flowers

The live plant display exhibit were from the personal  collections of  Ms. Vangie Go , Mrs. Corazon Purificacion , Ms. Mary Ann-Wu and EnR Orchidlandia . Some of the live plants and orchids on display are also for sale for a reasonable price.

vip and guests admire and pose souvenir shots at the 3 potted  blooming size Grammatophyllum multiflorum  orchid  which serves as a focal point of the exhibit .

The invited guests, student writers, officers of the cultural affairs office, alumni  and top officials of the university treated everyone to a light afternoon meal.

Mr. Lawrence Chan together with Professor Edwin Cuenco

The main objective of this exhibit is not just to promote the collaborative works of Philippine Orchid Society , Adamson University , Asian Social Institute ,  Professor Cuenco , Photographer groups   but also the advocacies and the urgent need to preserve and conserve these wonderful plants not only in our backyards but also in its natural habitats .


Adamson University : http://www.adamson.edu.ph/

Asian Social Institute: http://www.asinet-online.org/

Philippine Embassy ( United States ) : http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/news/332/300/Philippine-Embassy-Promotes-Philippine-Orchids-through-Art-Works-of-Professor-Edwin-Cuenco-MFA/d,phildet/

Philippine Orchid Society :http://www.philippineorchidsociety.com/

Orkidyas Photo and Orchid exhibit

 Adamson University- Cultural Affairs Office

in partnership with

Asian Social Institute


Philippine Orchid Society



Exhibition by Prof. Edwin Cuenco, MFA

Opening Program and Reception will be held on
July 13, 2012, 3:00 pm
at BA Hallway, Adamson University
Exhibit runs until August 3, 2012

 For inquiries, please call;
Adamson University -Cultural Affairs Office
Tel. No. 524-2011 loc 255/ 383-3735

Please visit the links :

Adamson University : http://www.adamson.edu.ph/

 Asian Social Institute : http://www.asinet-online.org/


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