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 Mariaño “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 Niño de Pandacan statue (processional image) for the salubong parade

residents and pilgrims in traditonal terno and barong tagalog attire

Santo Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño images procession, grand parade and salubong started quite early.

participants in colorful costumes

Santo Niño de Aglipay and Santo Niño de Pandacan ( Catholic statue)

I have to visit 3 events Santo Niño 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 Niño 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.


Native Tree Walk at Arroceros Forest Park

Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Incorporated (PNPCSI) volunteers and board members in partnership with several NGO groups together with Winner Foundation conducted a FREE native tree guided tour within Arroceros Forest Park on April 13, 2019 ( Saturday).


 Arroceros Forest Park located between the Metropolitan Theater, Quezon bridge and the Pasig River, is an urban forest that is home to over 1,500 trees. It considered as the “last lung” of the City of Manila.

We arrived at around past 6:00 am at the park and after few minutes saw fellow members Mr. David Ples, Bobby Zapata, Maam Menie Odulio ( president), Mr. Anthony Arbias,  Ms. Irynn Alcantara Abano, Ms.Abigail Garrino, Mr. Ildefonso Bandoma Vista among others.

The group was divided into two group, One handled by Mr. Anthony Arbias and another one handled by Mr. David Ples between 20 to 35 participants per group.

Mature native trees such as Bagras (Eucalyptus deglupta aka Rainbow Eucalyptus), Bitaog (Callophyllum inophyllum), Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Molave (Vitex parviflora) and Red Balete (Ficus concinna) thrive there while many other native species grow under the mature trees as saplings and young trees.

Mr. Howie Severino interviewed Ms. Chiqui Mabanta

The tour started at around past 8:30 am with Mr. Anthony Arvias leading the first group and followed shortly by Mr. David Ples. The group was followed by Mr. Howie Severino and crew of I-witness and we were able to identify at least a dozen native trees within the forest park.

After about an hour or so of walking around the park, the group had a souvenir group photo  before they finish the tour.

There are food bazaars, artists booth, tree planting and a lot of outdoor activities at the park.  I am glad to be back at the park, But there are several issues raised in this activity, One is the gradual lost of forest park, pollution, Manila bay reclamation and construction of a university gym within the premises. It seems that have a big building within the Mehan Garden formerly known as Jardin Botanico de Manila compound in not enough.

firefly group with author ( photo courtesy of Ms. Menie Odulio) 

Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta together with Ms. Menie Odulio

Bid farewell to some members of the group and left past 10:30am on my way to the Manila Central Post office for the Royal Postal Heritage Tour.

Arroceros Forest Park Celebrates Earth Day 2019

Save Arroceros Forest Park, Winner Foundation in partnership with Philippine Native Conservation Society Inc. ( PNPSI), WildBird Club of the Philippines, Earth Day Network and other cause oriented NGO groups will be celebrating Earth Day 2019 on April 13, 2019 saturday.

Earth day 2019

The one day event will feature a tree walk, eco bazaar, tree planting, sound healing, cultural dance, holy mass, wild bird watching among others.

Schedule of Postal Heritage Free Guided Tours for 2012

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club in cooperation with Philpost, Museo ng Maynila , Intramuros Administration, National Press Club , Winners Foundation , Department of Education cordially invites everyone to an afternoon of fun ,travel , unravel stories ,nature tripping, mysteries and ghost sightings behind some of the city’s most historical buildings, wilderness areas and sites! Photography is allowed!

The FREE tour is scheduled on January 15, February 19  March18 ,  April 15, May 20, June 17, 2012 all  third Sunday of the month. This will also coincide the club’s monthly meeting . To those who are interested in coming to the tour, Pre-Registration is on -going  .  Pre-Registration is a must for these FREE Guided tours.

Here are the contact numbers:

Mrs.Josie Tiongson – Cura – ( 0917-9800708 / 735-5001 )
Monday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm only
Ms. Nena De Guzman – ( 527-00 -96) Postal Museum and Library
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm only for parking instruction.
Mr.Lawrence Chan – ( 0919-3901671) Email:L_rence_2003@yahoo.com.

We had a special arrangement with the Post Office to held meetings and even parking space is allotted to those attending.

A short lecture/discussion about stamps other collectibles and object of art will be held simultaneously which starts at 1:30 PM at the main lobby.

You can sign-up for the FREE POSTAL HERITAGE TOURs just by giving your name(s) and contact number(s) . The contact numbers are needed , in case of any sudden schedule changes on the date of the tour.

Meeting Place: Liwasang Bonifacio fountain area
Assembly Time : 12:30PM to 1PM

Itinerary : Arroceros Forest Park, Aduana, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument, Plaza Mexico, Plaza Roma, Manila Cathedral, Postal Museum and Library, Liwasang Bonifacio, Metropolitan theater, National Press Club grounds , Escolta – Calvo Photo Museum, Bahay Tsinoy ( Php 100 pax)  and Chinatown ( it depends on how fast or slow the participants , some of the itinerary may not be covered)


Arroceros Forest Park – is one of the last remaining forest park in Manila

Metropolitan Theater
is an art deco building architecture designed by brothers Juan and Arcadio Arellano built in 1931.

Manila Main Post Office
– is a neo-classical building designed and executed by Mr. Juan Arellano, Tomas Mapua and Ralph Daune.

Puerta Isabel 2 Gate – was built in 1861 and was the last gate in Intramuros to be opened for public use.

Monumento del Reina Isabel 2 – The monument was first installed in 1855 in the old Plaza Arroceros (present day Liwasang Bonifacio ) after her ouster. The statute was ordered to be destroyed by the Ayuntamiento de Manila , however Senor Barreto a royal sympathizer hid the statute and the statute was installed in Plaza Ermita in Front of Malate Church( present day Plaza Rajah Soliman)before a powerful Typhoon Patsy ( aka Yoling ) toppled the statute in 1970. The present statute was relocated to the present site in 1975.

National Press Club grounds– The main building was designed by well-known architect Mr. Angel Nakpil in an earthquake style in the 1960′s with interesting Merlion mosaic and see through glass staircase .

Plaza Mexico– This small plaza is located adjacent to the old Intendencia de Manila site of the old Manila galleon trade port. Old letters and goods are dock in this area.


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