Tiangges in the City

Since the Hispanic era , People from every town and cities across the country would come to the market center to buy and  sell their products during the fiesta. Traders  from far flung barrios and municipalities come and trade during market days.

tiangges / bazaar /   flea saod ( Bicol term for market place).  These  market started as a small outdoor market with a lot of cheap bargain prices , old antiques, export overruns , imported items  and exotic goods that are available for sale !

plant stalls within the Quezon Memorial Circle

Some of the more common flea markets are those in Marikina , Greenhills in San Juan, Tutuban night market in Manila, Baclaran street stalls in Paranaque.

AANI weekend market inside the Quezon Memorial Circle

a more recent additions are the Lung Center sunday market, Salcedo Park sunday market, AANI weekend market in Taguig and Quezon Memorial Circle, Strata Food Stall in Emerald Avenue in Pasig among others.

a food stall in Stata street market

The Stata food street market is located near the Strata building hence the name, The food market  is also known as Emerald Avenue night  food market / Banchetto night food market  were over 100 stalls were rented out .

Monster Burger outlet at the Emerald Avenue night market

Most of the clients were office workers, call center agents, passers-by , joggers ,  residents of nearby places like Ortigas, Pasig .

There are ready to eat meals, candies, drinks, imported  chocolates and home-cooked meals that were available and ready to be packed for those hungry customers.

pasta carbonara, macaroni ,pancit palabok

home-made cookies, cakes and sweets

The phenomenon started when a group of entrepreneurs started to set-up about 200 stalls within Sidcor Resort in the present day Makro in Cubao, Quezon City in mid 1990’s.

plant stall

Sidcor Resort was  a swimming  style resort were several areas were used  to accommodate people.   Ka Earnie Baron, Mr. Zacarias Sarian and several television and radio personalities used to conduct weekend seminars and trainings . At one time,  Philippine Orchid Society used to rent a space within the compound in the mid-1990’s .

stall selling various native bags and ready to wear

As the tenants and buyers increased, the organizers started to looked for possible alternative areas to be the next market place . After the Ayala group bought the land from the owners of Sidcor in the mid- 2000 , With  series of negotiation , organizers found  the alternative  nearest and most accessible place was the Lung Center compound.

vintage collectible  glasses and fancy mugs from Japan

Lung Center tiangge can be a bit overwhelming, but not confusing. There are an estimated 450 to 500  stalls with  similar items being sold  are clustered together. The present area were fully occupied , The stall tenants usually set-up their items for sale during  late saturday evening or early sunday morning.  Plant traders usually come during late saturday evening.

car plates from the United States- collector items

Majority of the stall owners pack-up their things by 12:00 noon. Some tenants may linger for about an hour or so after the 12 noon deadline.  Some of the tenants may sell their produce at an even lower price, instead of  returning their goods or produce back home, some will give -in to the request of additional discounts to their  insistent customers. ” Minsan binibigay na namin ng mura , kesa naman masira o magbayad ng dagdag freight

stall selling export overruns of  children and infant dress

“Sometimes we give our customers lower prices instead, to prevent spoilage or paying additional freight” according to one of the stall owners. This is another opportunity for bargain hunters to come -in! Baratan Time !!!!

The market also had a smattering of cooked delicacies, including breads and cakes, sweets and kakanin (rice cakes), carinderia style eateries, leche flans (crème caramel) and sumans on offer. In fact, the mix of vendors was a little unique and aimed at a wide audience of buyers. The people who go to this market must represent a relatively broad cross-spectrum of society, though that may be a stretch as most probably came in cars while some were definitely commuters.

stall selling native fruit wines and vinegar

weekend market is also a place were new products , services or even a venue to advertise one’s  own business.

stall tenant selling vintage items from Japan and Korea

There were sections for Ukay-ukay from Japan, Korea and China  were all sorts of mugs, plates, cups, dolls, books, bottles, vases,  ceramics are sold . Bargain hunters and collectors of vintage stuffs used to frequent the place every sunday.

Dr. Micheal Tan inspecting the vintage items

Dr. Micheal Tan an anthropology professor ,  Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and  collector of vintage stuffs frequents Lung center flea market .

Tita Rosie Santos an orchid and plant dealer from Quezon City

The sunday market is like a social activities were friends , relatives and barkadas usually meet . In some cases, a group of native orchid and plant enthusiasts  usually went to the center the night before!

Ceratocentron fesselii Senghas 1989

This miniature  orchid depicted above is found in Luzon, central Philippines in montane forests as small sized, cool to intermediate growing, monopodial epiphyte found on tree trunks between 900 to 1,300 meters in elevation that need to be mounted on tree pieces to  yet kept moist at all times . This species has an erect, monopodial growth habit with very leathery, dark green, elliptic, obtuse, leaves that are basally con-duplicate and clasping the stem which blooms in the winter on an axillary, erect, short, 2 to 4 flowered, often more than one inflorescence per leaf axil. flower color may vary from yellowish to dark orange.

Synonyms Hymenorchis javierii

Popular Ineng’s barbecue started its operations in flea market

Some stake-out at the wee hours of the saturday night or early sunday morning just to buy the plants coming from as far away as Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan, Nueva Viscaya, Bicol.

silverware from Thailand

This is the trill of plant hunting on the tiangge style, Just to be ahead of your potential rivals! Bring flashlights and Have a keen set of eyes !  Some even pre-order the plants or goods way ahead of others! During the past few years, as the strict enforcement of DENR  regulations on the trade of  wild plants and animals  , fewer and fewer native plants including orchids are being sold ! So most orchids being sold are supposed to be grown in farms.

customers haggling

RTW, linens, curtains, pets, brick-a-bracs, seafood, poultry, meat, fruits, vegetables, breads and pastries, cooked food (with an adjacent area with tables and chairs where you can eat al fresco) and plants.

Oncidium orchids  inter-generic hybrids on sale

Bazaars have been popular these days primarily because of its unique appeal. Also, they are affordable, they have a wide variety of products or goods and more enjoying than your usual grocery shopping at the supermarket.

This market has been known for it’s enticing fresh products that still came from far-off provinces. Fruits and vegetables were of high quality and the sea foods are those not usually found on our local markets.

roasted calf

Prices are quite reasonable , While the art of  haggling and grappling is not frowned upon (of course, it’s a tiangge!). Be sure to be  early in order to get  discounts based on buena mano.

ube jam

There is also a section were fresh organically grown fruits, vegetables, produce which are being sold . There are also free taste on new products.

How to get to Lung Center of the Philippines:

Commute: From MRT Quezon Avenue station, best to hire a cab or if you feel like really commuting, board a bus or jeepney bound for Fairview/Lagro/Philcoa or UP and drop off in front of the Lung Center of the Philippines. (this is opposite the pedestrian entrance of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center) also on Quezon Avenue. From Manila, jeepneys and buses with signboard Fairview, Lagro and Philcoa all pass by the place. From LRT Monumento station (good for those coming from Cavite), you need to board buses going to Baclaran or Cubao then alight on Quezon Avenue before transferring to a Fairview-bound jeep or bus.

Commute : From Novaliches /Monumento/ Valenzuela / Caloocan  – ride any bus going to the south ( Baclaran, Alabang, San Pedro, Makati  )  go down at the MMDA foot bridge near  the Philippine Women’s University then walk towards the Jeepney station below the Quezon Avenue flyover / there is a Lagro / Philcoa jeeps .

Horticulture 2010

The Philippine Horticultural Society ( PHS) the Philippines counterpart of the Royal Horticultural Society-London will be having their 34th annual show , with the theme ” It is a Green World After All ” . The aim of this year show to to promote awareness on the re-greening of our urban metropolis , our garden and homes.

Exclusive Opening will be on January 29, 2009 Friday (By invitation only)

Date: January 30 to February 9, 2010
Venue:
Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Greenhouse #2 . EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

With the effects of climate change and global warming a serious threat to the humanity and to all living things . Re-greening our homes and communities is never far behind.

There will be daily lectures and seminars , national competition for best landscape exhibit, best plant in show , etc . and endless photo opportunities for forumers, bloggers, garden enthusiasts , plant lover, collector of plants from all over the Philippines and the world.

Educational tours from different schools and universities from across the country.

Horticulture 2010 tarpaulin poster at the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue

What to expect from the show?

bonsai on display, rare cactus and succulent collections, natural stones and suiseiki , orchids, ornamental plants, ferns , native trees, landscaping , flowering annuals and perennials , cycads, palms ,plant competition.

Daily Schedule of Lectures

Date Time Topic Lecturer
January 30, 2010 10:00a.m. Vermiculture (Earthworm) Mr. Tony De Castro
2:00 p.m. Avant-garde Flower Arrangement Ms. Pearl Banaag of World Flower Council
January 31, 2010 10:00 a.m. Orchid Growing Mr. C.V. Lazaro
2:00 p.m. Flower Arrangement (Ikebana) Mr. Serapion Metilla
February 1, 2010 10:00 a.m. Dona Aurora and other Mussaendas Mr. Fernando Aurigue
2:00 p.m. Hoyas Ms. Teresa Baldonado
February 2, 2010 10:00 a.m. Urban Gardening Mr. David Balila
2:00 p.m. Growing Native Ferns (Propagation and Culture) Mr. Modesto Manglicmot
February 3, 2010 10:00 a.m. Reishi: Ancient Secret to Traditional Medicine Mr. Dan Perilla
2:00 p.m. Native Trees (Philippine Native Trees for Landscaping) Mr. Patrick Gozon
February 4, 2010 10:00a.m. Cooking Using Edible Weeds Mr. Nonito Dolera
2:00 p.m. Aquatic Gardening Mr. Nestor Gregorio
February 5, 2010 10:00 a.m. Climate Change: Its Causes and Effects Ms. Lourdes Tibig – Ateneo de Manila Observatory

2:00 p.m. starting a native plant collection- Mr. Anthony Arbias

February 6,2010 10:00 a.m. Basic Gardening Made Easy Mr. George Sahagun
2:00 p.m. Anthurium Ms. Vangie Go
February 7,2010 10:00 a.m. Money Making Opportunities in Farming Mr. Zacarias Sarian – Manila Bulletin Agriculture – editor
2:00 p.m. Saikei (Bonsai in Tree Landscape) and Stone Appreciation Mrs. Fely Gupit
February 8,2010 10:00 a.m. Green Irrigation – water wise green irrigation a novel approach Mr. Philip Choo

Entrance fee of P10.00 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s , P20.00 for general public

Horticulture 2010 Show Committee

Show Chairman :Architect Buth Duque
Co- Chairperson: Architect Patricia “ Wendy” Regalado / Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe
Physical Arragement :Mr. Simon Salem
Commercial Stall: Mrs. Tess Baldonado
Ways & Means :Mrs. Norma Villanueva
Publicity: Mr. Serapion Metilla
Invitation: Mrs. Fely Gupit
Lecture Series: Mrs. Lina Gueco
Plant Registration: Mr. George Yao
Judging : Mr. Fernando Aurigue
Awards and Prizes : Mr. Fernando Aurigue
Newsletter / Souvenir Program: Mrs. Elisa Montecastro
Reception:  Mrs. Glo Razon , Vicky Valle, Tess Gomez, Ina Cornejero
Opening Program : Mrs. May Dumlao
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Aurora Lianko
Documentation: Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe
Security :Mr. Victor Losanta
Exhibits : Mr. Orlan
Tickets : Mrs. Gloria Razon
Finance:  Mrs. Elisa Montecastro
Officers of the day Ms. Ina Conejero, Ate Glo, Ms. Tess Gomez, Mrs. Norma Villanueva, Mr. Lawrence Chan, Ms. Vicky Valle, Mrs. Elisa Montecastro , Ms. Ine Lopez, Ms. Virgie Neo

For more information about the show / sponsorship and stall rentals
Contact details:

Architect Buth Duque – Overall show chairperson
Landline # (632) 490-52-39 office hour

Mrs. Teresa Baldonado – Commercial and Booth rentals

Mr. Macky – Secretariat
Landline telephone # (632) 377-02-34 Monday to Saturday -office hours 9:00 am to 6p.m.

Halloween collectibles

Halloween pumpkin made from plastics

Did you like scary movies and toys  when you were a kid?  Can  you still  remember great Tagalog films like ” Shake Rattle and Roll” produced by Regal films in the 1980’s until today ? Do you still love those things today and find they make great collectibles? Halloween Collectibles you’ll find scary dolls, Universal Monsters, Monster models, Mc Farlane Movie Maniacs, Elvira dolls, Night mare before Christmas toys from the past and present! collectables here, this is just a site for information on the latest and greatest! And we can point you in the right direction to find them if possible.

classic movie monster on stamps

On September 30, 1997 The United States Postal Service issued “Classic Movie Monsters” stamps at Universal Studios Hollywood starring Lon Chaney as “The Phantom of the Opera“, Bela Lugosi as “Dracula“, Boris Karloff as ” Frankenstein” and “The Mummy” and Lon Chaney, Jr. as “The Wolf Man” on Commemorative Stamps immortalizing them as the icons of the horror genre.

Nightmare before Christmas character figurines

This is the time of the year when this some holiday is celebrated all over the world. but few people would know that there are people who collects halloween stuffs , toys, posters ,  collectibles  from costumes to figurines and to stamps.

I knew some people who tend to collect halloween themed toys and dvd movies. but due to security reasons , some of them do not like their names to be posted and thus remain a mystery in the collecting world.

Micheal Jackson memorabilias

Micheal Jackson stamps ( souvenir sheets ) Saint Vincent & Grenadines

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009),known world wide  as the “ King of Pop” , was an American musician and one of the most  commercially successful and influential entertainers of all time. His unique contributions to music and dance, along with a highly publicized personal life, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for  over four decades.

Michael Jackson stamps have been previously issued in other countries. One can find these stamps online by doing a Google search  or checking out  eBay to see what they look like.

Countries that issued stamps

The Jackson stamps come in a variety of designs. There is one featuring him on postage from Grenada in 1992 as part of a sheet honoring Gold Record Award winners.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is  a group of island chain in the windward islands portion of the Caribbean situated south of St. Lucia .

The country is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations.

Most Vincentians are the descendants of African slaves brought to the island to work on plantations. There are also a few white descendants of English colonists, as well as some East Indians, Carib Indians, and a sizeable minority of mixed race. St Vincent has a high rate of emigration. One of the country’ major source of revenue is by selling postage stamps . The country issued several stamps with Walt Disney characters and design.

There are also stamp issues devoted to only Jackson. There’s a souvenir sheet featuring one stamp of the entertainer from Guinea-Bissau that was issued in honor of his 50th birthday. From that same country is a set of four stamps of Jackson from various phases of his life—from Thriller-era Michael to his later years. And again from St. Vincent comes a set of 8 including a souvenir sheet  in  1985 issue.

There were some countries like British Virgin Islands which issued a few hundreds of Micheal Jackson stamps in 1986 only to be withdrew in the circulation . The stamps  were canceled due to the regulations that stamps bearing the likeness of a living persons must be of the British Royal family .

Tips on how to buy Micheal Jackson stamps:

1.) Consult stamp catalogs ( Scott’s , Stanley Gibbon’s , Michel, Yvert et Tellier  ) on the current rates of the stamps ( mint and used).

In addition, the catalog publishers usually put out specialized volumes with additional details, generally by nationality: Michel has a specialized German catalog, Scott a specialized US catalog, and so forth.

Many countries have their own “national catalogs”, typically put out by a leading publisher or dealer in that country.

2.) Try to canvass prices first before buying . (  seek a friendly advice from a philatelist or a dealer )

3. ) Try to find out if these stamps are genuine ( distinguishing watermarks ) and know how much their value is on the market ( through  advance research ) . With the recent passing of the singer, there is no doubt demand could be high, which may lead the stamps to increase in value. With any stamp you are unfamiliar of ,  Caveat emptor a Latin term  for” Let the buyer beware” attitude approach beforehand in order to save time, money and efforts.

Ilog Maria – Bee Farm and Museum

Ilog Maria Bee Farm and Museum

Ilog Maria Gate

This unique bee farm is located on flows from seven natural springs within the Magsaysay Family’s farm in the highlands of Silang, Cavite. Silang-  is renowned as Manila’s source of fresh fruits and excellent coffee. The entire town of more than 20,000 hectares is planted to a variety of fruits intercropped with coffee trees.

The town is also known for its horticultural industry were almost every home had some plants for sale.

This pristine environment is an ideal setting for a healthy rural lifestyle. It is also perfect for keeping honeybees.

Products such as candle, gel,ointment , honey, bath soaps,  bee propolis, Ilog Maria souvenir mugs in their souvenir shop. Long queues of local and foreign buyers had went to their shop . Some of our tour-mates confesses that they always buy these products from the company .

There is a beehive shaped building within the property which serves as  a bee museum and a function area. Seminars and workshop are conducted by appointment and a short video presentation may also be requested.

For more details visit their website