A Visit to Iturralde Mansion in Quiapo

 

730 San Sebastian Street , Quiapo , Manila -Philippines

It was hot and sunny afternoon when we saw Mr. Paul Iturralde , one of the descendants of the clan cleaning the  Iturralde House.  I have featured this mansion way back 2014 when Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista Atbp. or simply called KKB conducted one of the heritage tours within Quiapo district.

 main facade with flag pole

This was possible due to the invitation of Mr. Nicky Legaspi, former art curator of National Museum who had a house beside this mansion. We saw him walking around C.M. Recto street during the fire incident at the University of the East ( S.H. Loyola). Since S.H.Loyola street is impassable the the tour group, We decided to pay them a visit.

A portion of the mansion will be use as  for the movie Gregoria de Jesus . He is quite busy cleaning and moving  furnitures elsewhere.

grand staircase made from hardwood

The compound is quite large with 2 other houses . The family is planning to restore the old mansion and will open the house as museum and center ( with library and resource center) . They are also planning to charge a minimal entrance fees to those who wish to see the family ancestral house and former Consulate of Monaco ( Monegasque ) used to be located.

 

Mr. Paul Iturralde showing vast collection of glassware set

We are among the first group of people to see the vast collection of turn of the century cabinets, sala set, old family photos , memorabilias , kitchen utensils , greeting cards , wooden santos and among many stuffs.

family photos

The family photos will soon be restored

 table with glassware set

Our group was given an exclusive tour of the mansion with large wooden staircase leading to the second floor and balcony area where there is an old flag pole which the flag of the Consulate of Monaco used to be hoisted.

art deco style furniture

We were led to several rooms with interesting furnitures and table sets. One table which is like a jigsaw puzzle and can be fitted into oval shape , round with corresponding chairs . When not in used , the table can easily be disassembled into a separate table .

wrought iron bed

The formal diplomatic relations between Monaco and the Philippines was only established about 10 years ago with the Philippines opening a consulate in Monaco.  But Monaco’s consulate general in Manila is the only Monegasque representation in the Philippines. The current Honorary Consul General is headed by  Mrs. Fortune Aleta-Ledesma.

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bathroom tub

The bathroom tubs and fixtures were imported from Germany

Mr. Paul Iturralde holding the book

The author and Ms. Tina Paterno were given a complimentary copies of  “Treasured Home Recipes”  written and complied by Ms. Julia A. Iturralde in 2000 . Copies can still be bought at the Iturralde Mansion . The book contained several recipes from family members and acquaintances.  Some of the family heirloom recipes dates back to pre-war Manila .

It is a 72 page book with appetizers, snacks, cocktails,  merienda , drinks,salad,  soup varieties , main dishes and desserts. It was published by Fourway Printing Incorporated in 137 Aurora Boulevard , San Juan City .

For those who might be interested with this book,  contact me for details.

Reconnecting Our Roots : Binondo Heritage Group Goes to Tiong Se Academy

  Teletan Hall , Tiong Se Academy 708 Santa Elena Street,Binondo,ManilaPhilippines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Binondo Heritage  Group, Tiong Se Academy officers and school officials,  Phil Lingnam Athletic Federation , Phil. Sen Hua Dragon and Lion Dance Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lion dancers enters the schools
Pagoda Philipines , Philippine Pink Panther Dragon and Lion Dance, Phil.Rui Lion Dance
Phil.Trigold Dragonlion , Phil.Wong Lion Dance and Tiong Se Lion Dance and
the Phil.DRAGON. And LION Dance Sports Asso.( Long-Shi Philippines
)

The event started with an official registration for Tiong Se Academy students, alumni , invited special guests., Binondo Heritage Group officers and members and Chinoy Television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lions and dragon dancers associations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The formal ceremonies started with a  photo opportunities then lion and dragon dancers were lined -up outside the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

firecrackers donated by dragon fireworks 

The firecrackers were donated by dragon fireworks and by the Binondo Fireworks and Firecrackers Lovers Organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiong Se Academy facade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Carlos Chung – Vice Chairman – Tiong Se Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Life by FlyAce Food Corporation

Good Life products such as pancit , bihon ,sesame oil and canned whole kernel corn are popular during festival and special occasions. The company also gave away sample of canned whole kernel corn and pancit canton to the participants and visitors of the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ready to eat and easy to open can – whole kernel corn

For Almost 50 years, Fly Ace Corporation has been bringing top quality food and beverage products to Filipino homes.

Website : http://www.flyacecorp.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Dewey Tan

Mr. Dewey Tan demonstrated his skills in Chinese calligraphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiong Se Academy students

The group led by  Ms.Tuesday Manan, Ms. Marjorie Liao, Mr. Jhonvid Bangayan , Ms. Angela de Jesus,  Ms. Trisha Galura among others .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Wilson Lee -Flores and other prominent members of the group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Judy Tan -Head Principal of Saint Stephen High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Valerie Tan – Chinoy TV host and QTV Channel 11

The program was hosted by Ms. Valerie Tan, Mr. Joemar Colinares and Mr. Ivan Mandy .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theais Satering Service 

The early morning breakfast was catered by Theais Catering – They are the ones who catered the Cha Misua ( vegetarian ) , Cha Misua -Meat , Misua soup , Pancit Bihon and hard boiled tea eggs.

Contact Person : Ms. Bebion Cheung -732-17-78 / 364-8417

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Chef sponsored packed meal for students and guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Sherwin Tan

Sherwin Tan is an artist, currently with an ongoing exhibit from February 4 to March 4, 2016 at the Elements Gallery , SM Aura , Taguig City

 

 

 

 

 

students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

umbrella dance

There was also an umbrella dance performed by the students of the school

 

 

 

Eng Bee Tin and Ho-Land Bakery

Eng Bee Tin and Ho-Land Bakery sponsored snacks and gave away the new Matcha Green Tea flavored tikoy ( sticky rice cake )

There are interesting lectures about -Reconnecting with our Ancestral Roots – My Search for familial roots by Mr. Eduardo dela Cruz 

Introduction to Geneology database/ website – Mr. Jerry Tieng

 

 

 

 

The History of Chinese Migration to the Philippines by Dr. Richard Chu

There is also a book signing autograph session and the book entitle ” Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila ”  was sold at 10% discount specially for the event. I took the time to buy a copy and let the author autograph.

Introduction of Ateneo Confucius Institute  – Dr. Cynthia Liang 

LCFM Intoduction Mr. Josiah Go

AFICS Speech and UPCSA – Mr. Steven Chua -AFICS President and Mr. Daniel Chan Ratilla

 

 

 winners of the raffle

At the end of the short lecture there was on the spot raffle for all the attendees of the event .  Merrian Webster Bookstore, Peerless Products , Fly Ace Food Corporation , Orocan , Goodlife provided some items for raffle.

 

audio-visual room

After the program , the founder of Binondo Heritage Group and some members took a chance to meet and have their luncheon together with Tiong Se Academy officials and board members .

Tiong Se Academy FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/TiongSeAcademy/

FOLDABOTS TOYBOOK 8 Launching and Signing

Foldabots Toy Book 8, the eighth volume in a series of successful spin off books of Foldabots as featured inside K-Zone magazine. Foldabots are cardboard robot patterns that kids can assemble into automobiles, mythical creatures, and other cool beasts.

These Foldabots are enveloped by a strong Filipino culture that harness the interest of Filipino kids, which gives the brand a strong fan base.

The event is set to happen on November 28, 2015, from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, at the National Bookstore, Glorietta 1. The creator himself, Jomike Tejido, will grace the book launching with his presence.

For more information about these book , Please try to visit the link:

K-Zone Philippines: https://www.facebook.com/kzoneph/

Website: http://www.kzone.com.ph/
Twitter: @kzoneph
Instagram: @kzoneph

 

 

Paunang Salita : Pieces of A Teacher’s Mind Book Launching by Bienvenido Lumbera

531, 3rd Floor La Solidaridad Bookstore, Padre Faura, Ermita , Manila -Philippines

L-R Mr. Charlson Ong , Mr. Lito Casaje ,Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera , Ms. Shirley Lua , Mr. Ronnie Diaz and Ms. Menchu Sarmiento

I got invited to a public discussion and book launching by an award- winning Carlos Palanca writer Ms. Menchu  Aquino- Sarmiento at the Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists Association of the Philippines a few hours ago , The group collectively is called PEN. The group was organized in 1958 by Mr. F. Sionil Jose (now National Artist for Literature ). The group organized conference and workshop had its first of its kind after the war, held for two days in Baguio City in December 1958 and attended by distinguished literary people and intellectuals from all over the country including Senator Claro M. Recto and President Carlos P. Garcia.  

jam-packed crowd

The group board members had their monthly meeting and after past 5:00pm , They allowed some invited guests , writers and young creative writers from different schools and academe . I was also surprised to see a fellow stamp club and collector friend Mr. Jimmy Ang ( President of APO Philatelic Club ) attending the book launching.

Aside from stamps, he would collect postcards, memorabilias , newspaper clippings , photos and into books. He collects books that were written by Philippine national artists like Nick Joaquin, F Sionil Jose, Bienvenido Lumbera among others.

HE Jaroslav Olsa , Jr.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic

One of the prominent guests of honor that was invited to the event was his excellency Jaroslav Olsa , Jr. of Czech Republic.  There are several books by well-known Czech poets and writers that was translated into Filipino language . These books were sold at the recent MIBF and are available at the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino .

the group were treated to an early evening meal which consists of pancit palabok, cassava cake, empanadas

Paunang Salita

For those interested in Paunang Salita- Pieces of A Teacher’s Mind  by Bienvenido Lumbera , They can inquire at the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts . It is a good book with 378 pages printed by the University of the Philippines Press in 2014.

Contact Information

Solidaridad Bookshop

531 Padre Faura St.,
Ermita, Manila, Philippines

Telefax: +632.254.1068
Email: philippinepen@yahoo.com

Website: http://philippinepen.ph/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/philippine.pen

10 Interesting Booths at the 36th Manila International Book Fair

SMX Convention Center , Pasay City – Philippines

Manila International Book Fair or more popularly known as MIBF is the Philippines  longest running international book fair and expo had open its doors to the general public .

Just like the previous events, there are a lot of books that are available to the general public from children’s book, literature, fiction, medical, religious , auto-biography , architecture, textbooks, to graphic novels, trivia and e-books.

The event started with a morning mass and ribbon cutting ceremony .

 Some of the Interesting Booths at the Book Fair

sales personnel

10.) Summit Media – The booth is very stylish and used old wooden cart panels to create a rustic look.

Website: http://www.summitmedia.com.ph/

doodle art with succulent plants

One Night Stan

Well-known Chinoy book author ,comic illustrator and comedian Mr. Stanley Chi will be having a book signing autograph session this coming sunday -September 20 at around 4:00PM

9.) Abiva – Colorful , Comical , Fun and Exciting- I saw several students posing and taking photos at their booth . The company is one of the largest textbook publisher . Some of the children’s book are priced at Php 30.00

Website: http://www.abiva.com.ph/home

8.) DATA Science and Technology Corporation– It is one of the company that specializes in robotics and focuses on science and technology . I was invited last year in a press presentation conducted by DATA Science and Technology which is  one of the sponsors of the robotic Olympiad held in China .

7.) Magnavision-The booth sells a lot of educational tapes and instructional videos

6. ) Adarna Publishing- The booth showcased a carnival-like theme with balloons . The booth appeals to kids, teenagers and great bargain sale.

There was an autograph signing session with Mr. Edson Cabalfin and Ms. Asa Montenejo

The book is very colorful and appeal to kids and teenagers- What Kids Should Know about Philippine Architecture– The handy book is being sold at Php90.00 at the booth.

Website: https://adarnahouse.wordpress.com/

5.) International book publishers– I saw several international book publisher from Taiwan, China, Malaysia at the trade show .

KotaBuku

I saw a book publisher from Malaysia and it is their first time to join the MIBF . Address: 24, Maju Tower,1001, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

Office: +603-2630-6882 (1025) Fax:+603-2630 6889 Mobile: +6013-294-0901

Contact Persons: Mr. Hasri Hasan -Senior Manager or Mr. Muhammad Fakhruddin Arrazi B. Misni ( DEAN) -Trade Executive

Website: http://kotabuku.my/

4.) Viva Psicom Publishing Company – This is one of the more popular booth among kids, teenagers and young adults . The sales staff had fancy hats which attracts passers-by . They also got big sale , autograph signing opportunities and photo opportunity for their customers.

Some of the bargain books are selling 3 for Php 100 , Php 50 , Php 75 and Php 100  ideal for early Christmas giveaways . I got several books at bargain prices – Chopstick -Hopia Like It part 3 by Mr. Stanley Chi is selling for only Php 50.00 per book ! The booth also gave away interested Freebies item such as key chains and note pads.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/psicompublishing

Website: http://psicom.ocnk.biz/

Mr. Jose R. Cabaltera- Bookstore Manager

3.) Far Eastern University Bookstore and Publishing– This is the first time that Far Eastern University is participating at the MIBF.

Hard to find books and award winning books can be bought during the fair .

For orders and inquiries:

Landline: (+632) 735-5621 loc.388 or 368 Telefax: (+632) 735-0232 Mobile: +63-0917-881-1069

Email: jcabaltera@feu.edu.ph

Website: http://www.feu.edu.ph/

Ateneo de Manila University Press

UST Publishing, Ateneo de Manila University Press , University of the Philippines, Komisyong ng Wikang Filipino and National Historical Commission of the Philippines , NBDB are also represented in the fair.

Skoolbo booth

2.) Skoolbo – “Skoolbo is a great new site to help with reading, maths and learning languages.

Children are immersed in an incredible learning world and are highly motivated by the inbuilt rewards. Parents and schools are equipped with an array of tools to help achieve wonderful educational outcomes for their children. And best of all – it’s free!”

“Skoolbo Core Skills”, a literacy and numeracy program designed for children ages 4 to 10, takes them into a journey through 3-dimensional worlds to master their reading and math skills. The game also includes a dashboard interface for parents and teachers, allowing them to guide and interact with the kids as they progress through the game’s levels.

Skoolbo is produced by an international team of educators and developers committed to creating platforms that facilitate and dramatically improve children’s way of learning.

The network had grown to more than 10 countries and at the bookfair , The company partnered with Vibal Publishing company . There is a free collectible card game in which visitors must find 8 cards which revolve around a story . After finishing the task , One can sign-up for a raffle draw of limited edition Manny Pacquiao hand gloves.

Website: http://www.skoolbo.ph/

The Philippine counterpart will soon open a 1,700 square meter facility this coming November at Santa Rosa , Laguna.

Please visit these links for more information :
www.Instagram.com/SkoolboPH
www.Twitter.com/SkoolboPH
www.fb.com/SkoolboPH

1.) Rex Publishing House– The company top the list of MUST visited booth at the 36th MIBF . Their exhibit / selling area is well-lighted and exhibits items have proper caption.

Malangan Mask from New Ireland ,Papua New Guinea

The company exhibited different face masked from Papua New Guinea, Tanimbar Island, Indonesia , Marquesas Island,  Solomon islands , Australia and the Philippines.

Rex Publishing House exhibit

Rex Publishing House : http://www.rexpublishing.com.ph/

Manila International Book Fair : http://www.manilabookfair.com/

Note: For those planning to visit the 36th Manila International Bookfair , Try to visit as early as possible to avoid the crowd queuing for lines and payment at the cashier . There is also a minimal entrance fees of Php 20 general public and Php 15 for librarians, student and senior citizens with valid ID’s . There are some exhibitors, publishers , bookstores which allotted complimentary tickets – Bookfair is until this sunday September 20, 2015

Venue place is at SMX Convention Center which is beside SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City .

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