Gat Andres Bonifacio’s 152nd Birth Anniversary and Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tutuban Center

Plaza Andres Bonifacio and Monument , Tutuban Center, Tondo, Manila- Philippines

Knights of Columbus

Tutuban Center Mall management in cooperation with National Historical Commission of the Philippines ( NHCP) , Manila City government , Gregorio Perfecto High School , Knights of Columbus had the traditional flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies held at the Andres Bonifacio Plaza within Tutuban Center.

guests of honor together with the mall management
Among the guests of honor includes Honorable Benjamin Asilo (congressman first district of Manila) , Ms. Carminda R. Arevallo – Deputy Executive Director for Administration- NHCP , Engineer Joseph Allan Dilay ( General Manager- Philippine National Railway ) and Ms. Sylvia L. Tecson ( Vice President for Leasing and Marketing ) Tutuban Center.


 Gat Andres Bonifacio statute with wreaths offering from NHCP, Office of the President and Tutuban Center

Gat Andres Bonifacio was born in Tondo, Manila. Though Bonifacio was unable attend college and was forced to sell canes and fans to support his siblings after their parents’ death.
He was still able to educate himself by reading influential novels like the works of Jose Rizal.
The program started with the flag raising ceremony
wreath laying ceremony
wreath from office of the president.jpg
wreath with yellow flowers
NHCP offered wreath with white orchids and white anthuriums  .While President Benigno Simeon Aquino III  presented an all yellow chrysanthemum , yellow liliums ( star gazer) and yellow -colored Zantedeschia .


Binislakan fold dance performed by grade 8 students
Binislakan is a dance which originated from (Almazin – Lingayen ) the province of Pangasinan. The name was derived from Chinese word ” Li-King-Tung  meaning to look backward and forward.
Binislakan which means ” the use of sticks” . The use of sticks with fast movements imitating the  chopsticks and its movements.
Maria Carpa
Maria Carpa is a courtship dance imitating the fantail bird in flight.
This dance is a dance of floral garlands, dedicated to the Virgin Mary during the Roman Catholic celebration of their holy week. This dance have its origins from the province of Bulacan and Pampanga .
Binasuan is another folk dance using glass with wine or colored liquids. The dancers must be able to dance balancing the glass with wine without spilling its contents . The folk dance were performed by grade 9 students of Gregorio Perfecto High School.
Polka sa Nayon
Polka sa Nayon was introduced during the Spanish colonial era, it was among the national dance of Bohemia ( formerly known as Czechoslovakia)  It was popularized in the islands by Spaniards and Friars in the mid-1850’s . It was performed during social events and fiestas in the Southern Tagalog provinces of Batangas , Mindoro , Quezon , Bulacan , Bataan eventually spread across the Visayan islands and developing a slightly different steps.
 The highlight of the program is the tinikling dance . This is the most popular and best known of the Philippine dances.

Tutuban Center is located along Claro M. Recto Avenue in Manila and is open daily from 9:00am to 12midnight .

We were also given soft drink and pillow courtesy of Pepsi Cola- Philippines. Pepsi Cola -Philippines is one of the official partners of the event.


Note: I would like to Thank ” Mr. Jerome Samson -AMPR Publicity and Communications Inc. , Tutuban Center management for the invitation to the event.


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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issued a commemorative 150th Andres Bonifacio’s Ten Peso coin

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( BSP)

 150th Andres Bonifacio Php 10.00 commemorative coin-

The Central Bank of the Philippines issued a coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Andres Bonifacio was issued Tuesday by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Bonifacio’s face on the obverse (front side) of the coin is accompanied by the words “Republika ng Pilipinas 2013“, while the reverse side of the coin carries Bonifacio’s signature, an image of the Bonifacio monument, and the words “Dangal at Kabayanihan.”


a. Designs:
– Obverse: Portrait of Andres Bonifacio with the following markings:
“10 Piso”, “REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS”, and Yearmark “2013”
– Reverse: New Seal of the BSP with the following markings: “150 Years”, “1863-2013”, “Signature of Andres Bonifacio”, “DANGAL AT KABAYANIHAN,” and the Bonifacio Monument

b. Denomination / Face Value: 10-Piso

c. Specifications:
– Material: Existing 10-Piso coin blanks (bi-metal)
– Metallic Composition and Color:
a) Ring – 75% Cu, 25% Ni / Grayish White
b) Core – 92% Cu, 6% Al, 2% Ni / Yellow
– Shape: Round
– Weight: 8.70 grams
– Diameter: 26.50 millimeters
– Edge: Milled

d. Mintage (quantity): 10 million pieces, of which 20,000 pieces will be packed Brilliant Uncirculated coins

The issuance of the coin was recommended by the Monetary Board and approved by the Office of the President.

The regular P10 coin features the heads of Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. Mabini’s own sesquicentennial will be celebrated next year.

The circulation of the Bonifacio commemorative coin will “highlight the nationwide celebration” of one of the Philippines’ greatest heroes, the BSP said in a statement.


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Andres Bonifacio Day Celebrations and BIG Discount SALE at the Tutuban Center

Tutuban- Manila, Philippines

center of pop artists

Gat Andres Bonifacio – Manila’s beloved son and ” Father of the Katipunan” heats up at the popular bargain destination – Tutuban Center in Manila.  There are hundreds more flea market tenants that made the area famous for their Night Market.

jam-packed audience

This year’s 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio this November 30. Tutuban Center lined up an array of wonderful activities in observance of this historic day , starting with a hot sale of a lot of fantastic items courtesy of Tutuban Center tenants.

children patiently watching the program

fruit vendor

 Tutuban railway station circa early 1900

Tutuban Center is full of history – Its oldest building was re-adapted into one of Manila’s biggest shopping complex .  Plus that the historic railway is still existing .

Shoppers can enjoy up to 50% discount on great selections from participating stores beginning November 29 to December 1, 2013. Tutuban center will give out Robinsons gift certificate to first 30 shoppers who will present a valid single purchase -official receipt worth Php 1,000.

Mr. Jake Vargas

Also, win exciting gadgets and Robinsons gift certificate during the daily raffle promo . Simply present a Php 1,000 single purchase receipt and get a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini, an Asus Memo Pad HD 7 Tablet PC or Robinsons gift certificate worth Php 5,000 !!!!!!

 Mr. Jake Vargas (teenage heartthrob of GMA channel 7)  Popular television host Kuya German Moreno ( GMA channel 7 )  , Ms. Clarette Hartell Ruiz (  ABS-CBN channel 2)

 Christmas TREE Lightning

The biggest highlight of the event was the lightning of the 35- feet Christmas Tree  which is the annual tradition that every Filipino from all walks of life is anticipating .

More than its history, celebrities, great bargains  and iconic Christmas tree,  Tutuban Center Mall is a symbol of urban renewal and re-adaptive re-use of commercial spaces.  Holiday cheers and gift-giving, great deals  and low low prices !!!

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Eksibisyong Bonifacio at Manila Cityhall

2nd Floor – Manila Cityhall , Manila -Philippines

The Art Exhibit in celebration of 150 Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio was launched a few hours ago in cooperation with group of artists ,  descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio, Manila Cityhall, Museo ng Maynila, Manila Cultural and Heritage Bureau  and volunteers of Bahay Nakpil- Bautista in Quiapo.

group picture with the artists

This are series of events that highlight the 150th birth anniversary of Manila’s greatest son and hero. The art exhibit will be until November 29, 2013.

Mr. Jheremie Lois B. Salalima

Mr. Jheremie Lois B. Salalima is a High School student from the University of the East – He used different kinds of mix media like glue gun, acrylic  for his art work . He started his passion in painting since he was in grade 5 .

8 3/4 ” 11 3/4

Contact : 0943-8075934


Mr. Mark Hernandez

I met the artist during the La Mesa Eco Dam art exhibition last May 2013 . He made his art work base on this year’s 150th anniversary theme  .

Filvas Gallery which is located in 86 Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines View Map 

       Filvas Art Gallery

     Phone: +63(2)3850683

Mobile (0939-7698279)

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Mr. Dante C. Palmes

His art work entitled ” Ama Supremo ” Senior Andres Bonifacio – 18”x 24 ” Oil on Canvass

Contact information: 0928-4054503


steel art scuplture by Mr. Marlon G. Luceañara

 size : 34x 22” 16.5 ”

Ms. Arlene de CastroAñonuevo

Ms. Arlene is a great grand nephew ( Catalina de Castro  ) of Gat Andres Bonifacio on the maternal side ( Castro)  She started her passion for painting when she was 4-years old

Entitled: ” Walang Busabos sa Sariling Bayan” Oil on canvass 18”x 24 ”

The art exhibit will be until November 29, 2013 .

150th Bonifacio stamp design contest

National Historical Commission of the Philippines in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation invites the public to participate in the stamp design contest. the winning entries will be featured in time for the 150th commemoration of the birth of Gat Andres Bonifacio .  There will be two category 1.) OPEN Class 2.) Student  . For more information please visit the website . The theme ” Dangal at Kabayanihan


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