Camarines Norte Commemorative Stamp Issued by PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) issued last September 14, 2020 a commemorative stamp and first day cover (FDC) commemorating the 100 anniversary of the province of Camarines Norte.

Camarines Norte 100th Anniversary

Camarines Norte is the northernmost province of Region V (Bicol Region). It was part of and separate from “Ambos Camarines” with Camarines Sur in different periods from 1573. The official date of the organization of the province as separate from Camarines Sur is 15 April 1920, following Executive Order No. 22.

The Php12.00 denomination commemorative stamp prominently displays the first monument dedicated to Jose Rizal located in Daet, the Camarines Norte Provincial Capitol Building, and the images of Jose Rizal, Jose Maria Panganiban, and Wenceslao Q. Vinzons Sr. (whose birth anniversary yesterday is now a special non-working holiday in the province). It features the centennial anniversary logo and the provincial seal of Camarines Norte on the right.

Dining Experience at Macagang Diner Centro in Nabua, Camarines Sur

Nabua, Camarines Sur- Philippines

We arrived at the town of Nabua , Camarines Sur and made a brief stop over at the town .

entrance arch

Nabua Church

The church had an National Historical Commission of the Philippines ( NHCP)  marker which makes this church very important landmark of the town.

historical marker installed in 1939

The town was founded in 1578 and church was first built in 1578 , The first church was burned in 1610 . The second church was constructed in 1611. third church was constructed between 1630 to 1656 . The present church  was completed around 1700 but a great typhoon unroofed the church in 1875 and was repaired in 1878 . The belfry was damage by earthquake in 1850 and was repaired between 1890 and 1894.

church interior

The church had a nice retablo ( altar )  and walls are made of bricks . There are some parts of the church which had undergone renovation .

boa-boahan statues (  dedicated to the aetas -original inhabitants of the place and the annual festival )

unknown soldier memorial marker

unknown soldier memorial marker

A small plaza -town square  which serves as a meeting place for the people

Our group decided to eat at this restaurant located near the municipal town hall and Nabua Church .

Macagang Diner Centro

It was established in 2009, the restaurant and café boast a menu filled with local Nabua delicacies, regional menus and menus from around the world.

interior

 Macagang  Diner Centro can accommodate up to 150 people . The restaurant boast of value meals with unlimited rice and air-conditioned dining area.

buffet area

The family owned business enterprise started from humble beginnings and by Mr. Florencio Regala. The restaurant also offers breakfast buffet for just Php 130 ( 7:00am to 10:00am ) and lunch buffet ( 11:00 to 2:00pm )  for just Php 199 per person.

grilled bangus

The grilled bangus ( milkfish)  is not boneless , so be prepared to carefully eat the fish. Php 89 per order

grilled pork liempo

I love the way they cooked they grilled pork liempo , the meat is tender and the special sauce. Php 89 per order

grilled tanigue

The grilled tanigue also have the same sauce with the pork liempo . Php 99 per order

bulalo ( beef bone marrow soup with vegetables )

walls of the restaurant with family photos, commendation and article write-ups from newspapers

The newly improved menus were added just on August 14, 2015 and We are fortunate to dine at this restaurant. A respite from eating at the commercial fast food chain .

Note: The value meals with unlimited rice  are below Php 100 . We added bulalo soup which cost 199 . The Macagang Center is located nearby which boast of hotel and resort , fine dining restaurant ,  the family also owns water purifying station .

Macagang Business Center Inc.
San Antonio Poblacion, Nabua, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Diner Main (054) 288 – 3091 loc.(118); Diner Centro (054) 299 – 5054;Hotel and Resort (054) 288 – 3091 loc. (101);
Water Fill Station (054) 299 – 5045/(054) 288 – 3091 loc. (116);
Telefax (054) 288-3092

Website: www.macagangbusinesscenter.com
EMAIL: info@macagangbusinesscenter.com

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2nd Philippine International Flora and Fauna Expo 2009

ceremonial toast

Last  July 16, 2009  the opening of the 2nd Philippine International Flora & Fauna Garden Expo (PIFGEX 2009) at 10:00 a.m.  at the  World Trade Center in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines was a huge success !

PIFGEX 2009, with its theme: “Protecting and Sustaining Nature”, The  4-day event which  opened  from July 16-19 2009 , featured an exhibit, tradeshow, daily lectures  and a conference rolled into one.   Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as this year’s co-presentor, wherein they will be showcasing the indigenous, endemic and endangered species of plants and animals from the country’s 14 regions.

Exhibitors, sponsors were invited last June 24, 2009 at the Max’s restaurant in Gateway Mall- Cubao  for briefing .

framed Philippine flora and fauna on stamps was presented to DENR  secretary Mr. Joselito Atienza by Ms. Mae Reyes -COO of Ice, Incorporated

As of the opening ceremony,  gifts were presented by the a group of selected exhibitors – potted  orchids was presented by Philippine Orchid Society , herbs was presented by EDSA garden house, framed flora & fauna on stamps was presented by Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club , ornamental plant was presented by Ms. Delia Pionela, baby ostrich from  Red Ostrich Farm  to the distinguished guests of honor.

Ms. Camille Villar received a framed flora and fauna on stamps  courtesy of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club

Guests of honor include, DENR secretary – Hon. Joselito Atienza , DENR regional head, Ms. Philippines Earth ( Pagcor) Adie Adelantar ,Ms. Camille Villar daughter of Senator Manuel Villar  , Mr. Steve Tamayo of Tamayo’s catering, presidents and officers of various NGO groups among others.

floral paintings exhibited at the lobby of WTC

Due to the clamor for a bigger event , RPN Flora and Fauna, Inc., its organizer and PIFGEX’s event manager, ICE, Inc. has made it even better compared than last year. Despite of the torrential rains and cancellation of classes last July 16 and 17, There were about 15,000 people who went to the expo site during the 4 -day event.

a portion of Philippine Orchid Society exhibit

Participants in the garden club category will include the very active and oldest garden club — Philippine Orchid Society,  Philippine Horticultural Society, The Flower Club Philippines, World Flower Council, and the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines.  Other plant exhibitors will include the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA), King Louis Plants and Flowers, East West Seeds, Ramgo Seeds, Mett’s Plant Arts, EDSA Garden House, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc., Rizal Technological University, and others.

conference participants

On July 17 and 18 2009 , A technical paid conference was held at the lobby of the WTC venue with topics focusing on flora , fauna , conservation and  green technologies it is a venue where  highly respected people  from industry , academe and conservation experts from different parts of the country .

Some of the conference participants came from as far as the province of   Quezon , Cebu and Mindanao.  

Mr. Andres Golamco Jr.- conference speaker

There was a display of live domesticated Philippine animals  from  exotic birds, small mammals, snakes, lizards, dogs, cats , kois, walking stick insect, reptiles, butterflies, ostrich and fishes.

walking stick insect

Exhibitors from this category from  the DENR and fresh water aquarium fishes   from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.  Other animal exhibitors will include: Zoobic Safari, EWK Aviaries, Arowana & Luohan Society, Philippine Canine Club Incorporated members  and the Red Ostrich Farm.

FSCC officers together with Architect Patricia Fernando Regalado president of Philippine Horticultural Society group  posed for a souvenir shot at the Red Ostrich Farm exhibit booth

The EDSA Garden House and King Louis had executed the landscaping of the entrance hall.   There was a floriculture / cut-flower arrangement demonstration and competition by the World Flower Council.

ostrich chick

Other companies participating are: Solraya’s Sunshine Chicken, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Specserv (Roof Gardens), CCTF (Wind Energy) Sony Philippines, Klub Natur, Scandwood, Brother International, PEPSI, Animal House, Artemis Shih Tzu Kennel, Sterling Paper Products,  Sony Bravia etc….

celebrated radio announcer and host Dr. Corazon Claudio of DZRH together with FSCC officers

The Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club had an interesting Philippine flora & fauna on stamps exhibit . Members from different provinces went their way to come to the show. FSCC president – Mr. Dojie Luteria came all the way from Zamboanga province to participated in the event.

He was very amazed at the show organizers ” This is a unique show , It was FSCC  privilege and honor to be a part of this show” . Officers of the club gave interesting stamp primer with free stamps to the visitors of the show.

Pet City together with Pet’s Unlimited magazine had  exhibited a fresh water aqua-scape  with sinarapan  fish

Scientifically known as Mistichthys luzonensis is the world’s smallest commercially harvested fish and is found in Lakes Bato and Buhi in Camarines Sur, part of the Philippines’ Bicol Region. Contrary to common belief, sinarapan is not the smallest fish known. Another goby, Pandaka pygmaea, also found only in the Philippines, is the smallest known vertebrate and may be endangered. DENR region-V had a similar exhibit of sinarapan fish and rare orchids such as Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum and plants from Bicol region.

vegetables and fruits were exhibited by Ramgo in a Pahiyas style arrangement

Media tie-ups like Manila Bulletin, Marid Agri- Business Digest , Pet Unlimited magazine , NBN channel 4 program ( Mag-Agri Tayo) , UNTV channel 37 , Philippine Orchid Review magazine , bloggers, forumers , event coordinators covered the event.

Other Event Highlights:  Filipino Inventors’ Pavilion, Newest and Latest Eco Friendly Products and Technology, Eco Tourism Projects and Destinations, Recycling Technology, Renewable Energy, Waste Management Solutions and Technology, Health, SPA and Wellness Products and Services, Exhibits of Organic, Herbal and Natural Personal Care Products, Art and Photo Exhibits on Nature, Photo Contest on Flora and Fauna &  Flower Arrangement Competition, Animal show by Zoobic Safari.

lecture on stamps as a tool in nature conservation last July 19 ,2009

The aim of the Exposition is not only to showcase different types of gardens, Philippine plants and animals to the world, their uses, their conservation status, nor the protection of their habitat, our environment and our ecological system . . . but more importantly, it is about saving our one and only Planet Earth..

Mr. Noel Vincent Canicula lectured cactus and succulent growing techniques

The Philippines is one of the richest ecosystem in the world, both in marine and terrestrial, and sad to say,  the country is  also a biodiversity  hot spot.

Ms. Ressie Paz Navarro – one of the event organizer gave a glass trophy to Ramgo International – first runner up award ” Best Booth Design”

At the end of the expo , special winners made thru public voting  for the best exhibit booth was announced by the event organizers . Winners are  Ramgo International , Rizal Technological University , King Louis Ornamental Plants , DENR region IV- Marinduque, DENR main landscape , Red Ostrich Farm .

Until PIFGEX 2010 !!!

Note: All pictures are from the author

For more information and reservation, please call or email ICE INC.

Event Organizer : RPN Flora and Fauna , Incorporated

Event Manager : ICE INC.  Ideas, Concepts & Events

T : +632 584.5321
F : +632 727.2151
M : +63917 800.1088
E : ice.incorporated@yahoo.com.ph
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