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A Tribute Exhibit to Muhammad Ali : One of the Greatest Sports Hero

Ali Mall, Cubao -Quezon City , Philippines

Muhammad Ali  or  ( Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. ) January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016 is one of the most remarkable personalities of our time and the greatest sportsman in this century.

Forever the Greatest : Remembering Muhammad Ali

The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known for his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.

collection of photos

Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

promotional photos 

Since the Ali Mall bears the name of the boxing icon, it is only proper that Ali Mall would exert all this effort to pay homage to Muhammad Ali.

contemporary art works 

This exhibit was a celebration of Muhammad Ali life and how the Filipinos remembered his unforgettable “Thrilla in Manila” fight.

art works

 contemporary art work on display

items owned by Pinoy Kollector ( Mr. Edward delos Santos )

Some of the exhibit items were from the personal collection of Pinoy Kollector , a noted collector of memorabilia and other items were also on display including the original souvenir program, boxing tickets, autograph photo, magazines and fight banners.

fight tickets -owned by Pinoy Kollector 

The tickets in 1975 were printed in simple paper and color coded to indicate the sitting arrangement inside the coliseum . These tickets are sometimes collected by collectors as a reminder of the memorable event that took place.

muhammad ali banner 

Special banner were made as part of the promotional campaign of the Ali-Frazier fight

boxing gloves 

Mr. Ronnie Nathanielz (sports columnist )  exhibited some of his memorabilia . One of the most precious memorabilia in the exhibit is Ali’s autographed gloves owned by radio personality Danee Samonte.

backstage pass, staff ID and souvenir program 

This is a priced possession since Ali’s ability to write was hindered by his illness.

scrap book 

There is also a scrap book of the Thrilla in Manila fight and numerous photos of Ali.   An original poster and promotional kit owned by Mrs. Perez was also on exhibit .

exhibition area

The exhibit will run from June 10 up to June 30, 2016. There is no entrance fees.

Website :http://muhammadali.com/

Auto Wars Show in Cubao

Araneta Center – Parking Garage South  , Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

 Nissan Exalta with Hello Kitty customized design

Ragfest Promotions together with Araneta Center in cooperation with  Rivers Vision for head units ,  and different car clubs. There are over 230 car entries from different categories .

The event took place at the Areneta Center -South Entrance Garage Parking, The show started past 4:00PM where individual cars started to arrive .

interiors

The pink Nissan Exalta with Hello Kitty design is owned by Ms. Micha Gla Tanchanco of Malolos , Bulacan . The owner started to customized the car since last year and have cost her around Php 200,000 worth of paint job customization , accessories and its interiors.  In fact this is not the first time that the owner had joined car shows.

For those Hello Kitty fans who wanted to customized their cars can contact her at 0927-7653979

Hyundai Eon Club- Philippines

Hyundai Eon Club- Philippines had over 7,000 members all over the country . They have a monthly eyeball . However their facebook group page is strictly for those who own Hyundai Eon . The group was established in 2012 .

customized car Captain America

There are some people who wanted to make their cars more personalized and customization . Some would put their favorite cartoon characters , anime related theme among others, which would require some MONEY and items. The owner of this car is said to have spent at least Php 50,000 in customization alone.

Team San Diego

Team San Diego specializes in car music accessories

Mr. Antonio L. Pingol

Mr. Antonio L. Pingol ( left side) is a member of Hyundai Eon Club and started his customization works in his car for just 2 months. His favorite character is Marvel (Wade Winston Wilson) is a fictional anti-hero published by Marvel Comics . Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and writer/ artist Mr. Rob Liefeld , the character first appeared in February 1991. (The New Mutants # 98).

He had spent at least Php 15,000 in customization of his car.

Ms. Shirley A. Avellanoza ( far right ) with car model Ms. Ann Tabuzo

Ms. Shirley A. Avellanoza is a car owner of Hyundai , and a big fan of transformer . She started the customization of her car just this year and had spent around Php 50,000 . She is  joining the car show . According to her , there must be at least 10 to 15 Hyundai Eon Club members that usually participates in car show. It was just an exception last saturday , since it rained hard earlier and some of the members decided not to participate  . The club have a regular eyeball at Eaton Centris.

Corolla Club Central  of the Philippines

Judging had already started by the time i have arrived at the venue. Participants of the auto war- car show had submitted their entries and some fees.

Note: I was invited by a car enthusiast to visit the show, but was not able to come due to the heavy downpour sometime mid-afternoon.  I  stayed for about an hour or so and managed to survive the loud and heavy music that accompany the AUTO WAR Show. I was amaze with the passion, time and even money that these people allot to their hobby.  All i can say is that there are beautiful models, LOTS of photographers and exciting prizes at stakes. I left the place past 8:00pm when the judging process had begun .

Live Mas and Celebrate Change at Taco Bell

Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City -Philippines

 wide array of food menus to choose from

 Taco Bell has become a destination of Metro Manila’s young and active individuals who hunger for a great dining adventure. The company started their operations since October 18, 2004.  The restaurant is getting a lot of good reviews from its customers and currently expanding its market to cater more people.

Gateway Mall , Cubao

Taco Bell Philippines now has three stores located at the G/F and 3rd Level of Gateway Mall, Food Express of Gateway Mall and 2nd Level Trinoma, Quezon City. More stores are set to be opened in strategic locations in Metro Manila in the years to come.

 wide space

The restaurant outlet brings out a more energetic and rustic feeling  , with its bright colorful lighting , stylish furnishing , wide open spaces not to mention a FREE Wi-Fi internet connection and a Charging station . It is a place to take time -off , chill out and relax.

All new Taco Bell opened the very first Live MÁs store in South East Asia, delighting its loyal customers with their new look and wide array of Mexican dishes.

 churros with chocolate dip

Churros is a fried dough pastry predominantly choux snacks. The snack are popular in Spain, France, Mexico , Latin America, United States and the Philippines .

value meal with rice and dips

The chips is quite addicting and had a distinct taste. It is best serve hot .

fellow bloggers, freelance writers enjoyed the meal

MÁS HEART as Taco Bell goes the extra mile in serving their customers and MÁS VALUE in serving the best quality food at prices that the customers love.

 For Orders and Reservation , Please try to contact or visit the following stores:

Taco Bell Gateway: 911-6400†
Taco Bell Food Express: 911-3130†
Taco Bell Trinoma: 901-3634†

Website: http://www.tacobell.com.ph/index.php

Facebook Page: TacoBellPHL

2015 International Gamefowl Festival and World Slasher Cup at the Smart Araneta Center

organizers , sponsors and partners of the event

Green Gate Lobby , Araneta Coliseum , Cubao- Quezon City , Philippines The organizers of the 2015 International Game Fowl Festival and World Slasher Cup,  It is 2-in 1 event . These events will be held under one venue which is at  the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Cubao , Quezon City . It is one of the biggest anticipated event to be hosted in the country . In the Philippines, The game fowl industry is more than 50- Billion peso industry , This was according to the organizers of the exposition and industry experts. They are expecting several industry players like feed companies, suppliers , game fowl breeders and cockfighting enthusiasts to be present at the exposition.

press conference

The 2015 International Game Fowl Festival  original venue was at the SMX Convention Center but the organizers felt that it would be better to find more ideal location . During the 2014 World Cockfighting Festival held at the SMX Convention Center , The organizers received over 8,000 visitors at the exposition site. For the 2015 edition, They are expecting at least close to 10,000 or more attendees. The event will be held from  January 21 up to 23, 2015 World Slasher Cup 2015 is regarded as the “Olympics of Cockfighting”  and undoubtedly the most prestigious cockfighting event in the world ! They are expecting big time foreign cockfighting gurus and trainers to come to the big event . “The continuous holding of the World Slasher Cup is our commitment to the country’s gamefowl industry and the coming in of the International Gamefowl Festival  will complete the equation,” said Atty. Allan Gabor -Araneta Center’s officer in charge. The World Slasher Cup scheduled on January 24 until February 2, 2015,  promises to please all cockfighting enthusiasts especially now that it is being held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the big dome and home of the World Slasher Cup, where Philippine cocking history have been written for more than 50- years since the first slasher cup was held in 1962.

media

Mr. Nick Crisostomo of the Pambansang Federation ng Gamefowl Breeders, Adrian Concepcion of Sabong TV, Wilvin Sy of Cockfights magazine, Mr. Lando Luzong of Sabong Sports Group, Arkhon Antolin of Sabong News, Francis Ong of Thunderbird, Jun Jamandores of Fighting Cock magazine, Gines Enriquez of World Slasher Cup, Atty. Rery Directo of NFGB, Pachie Cruz of Sabong Star Magazine, Havy Bagatsing of Sabong Nation, Dr. Jose Lazaro and Delbert Coligado of Black Rooster Inc. Atty. Alan Gabor of the Araneta Center was also there for a brief statement. What is nice about the World Game Fowl Festival is that exotic and fancy chicken breeders will also have a chance to sell and exhibit their prize winning breeds during the exposition. Mr. Francis Jhames Ong  of Thunderbird said He is giving his all-out support to the double event which is also an advocacy and cause-oriented endeavor as part of the proceeds from the entrance fees  will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross and a medical missions to be conducted  in Mindanao where mostly affected are displaced Muslim and Christian brothers by armed conflicts and disputes. In the 2014 edition of the World Game fowl Exposition and World Slasher Cup,  the  beneficiaries  were the super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Samar and Leyte where almost 28 medical missions are conducted in the  calamity stricken part of the Philippines according to Mr. Lando Luzong of Sabong Sports Group.

Outdoor Food Bazaar opens at Araneta Center

Araneta Center, Cubao , Quezon City -Philippines

poster of the event

Food lovers, gourmets, yuppies and people from all walks of life will enjoy an outdoor food festival that rival some of the best food bazaar  in Metro Manila.

Ms. Ali Forbes

Ms. Ali Forbes is  Binibining Pilipinas 2011 second runner-up . She entertained the people and acted as a program emcee during the food bazaar opening.

crowd enjoying the program

The outdoor food bazaar had a festive atmosphere with live bands, colorful buntings, media practitioners , bloggers, Araneta Center -CEO’s and Binibining Pilipinas title holders and runners-up gracing the event.

Crispy Food Republic

Crispy Food Republic sells a variety of  deep-fried food ranging from chicken, pork and sea foods.

Cibo

Cibo is a Filipino-Italian restaurant which offers great pasta . The 12 year-old restaurant also accepts catering and delivery .

Website: http://www.cibo.ph/

shawarma

Bundaberg

Bundaberg Ginger Beer is market leader in both Australia and New Zealand

 Website: http://www.bundaberg.com/info/export/

different varieties of food on sticks

The food bazaar  is conveniently located within the heart of Araneta Center , With approximately 30 food stalls  featuring food from self-made chefs , home entrepreneurs  and well-known food  brands  selling varieties of food, snacks , beverages , fruit shakes among others .

  Ms. Pia Wurtzbach – Binibining Pilipinas first runner-up and
Ms. Bea Rose -Santiago  Binibining Pilipinas- International  2013

It is a venue for foodies who area always out to discover something new, for office workers who want to unwind after a long week  and everyone in between. The place is also near several business processing companies . The outdoor bazaar was dubbed ” Flavors ” was launched with a festival theme .  The event was hosted by Binibining Pilipinas International 2013 Ms. Bea Rose Santiago and Binibining Pilipinas 2013 1st runner up Ms. Pia Wurtzbach.

Mr. Mark Mabasa

Mr. Mark Mabasa –  X Factor -Philippines alumnus. His funny antics delighted the crowd.

Special guests and performances included Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Cindy Miranda, Binibining Pilipinas 2012 1st runner up Mr. Annalie or Ali Forbes, X Factor Philippines alumnus Mark Mabasa, and OPM rock band Urbandub.

Mr. Mark Mabasa together with Ms. Lilibeth Garcia

Ms. Lilibeth Garcia won third place in the recent World Karaoke Festival 2012. She is one of the special guests during the opening of the food bazaar .  The tandem also raffled-off  WOW Premium videoke unit.  What makes this food bazaar unique is the ” live entertainment ” and on the spot raffles which  added more excitement to the participants.

outdoor entertainment

The weekend food bazaar open every Friday to Sunday from 5:00pm to 3:00am beside the SMART- Araneta Coliseum.

Note: I must ” Thank” Mr. Mac Vasquez ,  Ms. Kat Eustaquio and Ms. Tessa G. Mangahas for the warm accommodation 

Please visit the website for more information:

Araneta Center: http://www.aranetacenter.net/2008/flavors2013.php

Araneta Center Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AranetaCenter

Easter Festivites in Araneta Center

 SMART Araneta Center , Cubao- Quezon City , Philippines

SMART-Araneta Coliseum

After attending an early dawn mass  , I   went to a  food  and plant hunting trip in a weekend market  somewhere in  Quezon City .  Then rode a passenger bus going to Cubao for a quick stop-over .  Traffic was very heavy due to the arrival of passengers coming from the provinces. It was past noontime when i reached Cubao -Araneta Center and bought some pasalubong for my aunt who incidentally is having her 80th birthday .

 a child looking for Easter eggs at the Farmers Market stage area

People visiting the site image that they are in wonderland of some sorts . Floating through the clouds at the giant balloon ride, express their creativity by painting the giant doodle eggs, listen to stories of fun and adventure during storytelling time.

a clown added delights to kids and parents

There is an on going science experiments dubbed as the  Mad Science show, all at the Smart Araneta Coliseum’s Quadrant C Activity Area.

crowd

Kids together with their parents participated in several events like a Magic Show , Dancing contest , “Best in Easter Costume ” , Face Painting contest, on the spot spin a wheel and other freebies.

 emcee together with kids in Easter inspired- costumes

Entrance is free for everyone who wants to come into the fair grounds. To take part in some of the activities and get freebies, just show a P300 single or accumulated receipt purchase from March 15-31, 2013 before entering the fair grounds.

a kid in fairy costume is one of the participants of the costume contest

Glenn in an Easter Egg costume delighted several photographers

I quickly took the opportunity by asking the guardian of this kid .  His costume seems to stand-out in comparison with  the other kids around the activity center, It looked like hand- made and crafted to suit the occasion.  Most of the kids costumes were  ready to wear .

a kid in military -inspired costume

The event is an  all-afternoon affair with tons more activities for kids (and kids-at-heart!)Other activities in store for the kids are games such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Family Egg Relay, face painting, costume contest, rides, and more.

food tents

Media partners includes ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5 and ABS-CBN publication. What did i find in this event? I saw a limited edition collector edition of  Spider man published by ABS-CBN publication ( Marvel)  being sold for just Php 70 pesos! They even called  “The Super Summer Issue ” .

limited edition Marvel Spider man comics

I only stayed for a few minutes at the activity center, It was quite hot and very humid during the afternoon. I had to leave the place by past 3:00pm .

Pope John Paul 2 Exhibit at Gateway Mall

poster of the exhibit

The Diocese of Cubao in cooperation with SMART Araneta, Gateway Mall kicked off the commemoration of the feasts day of Blessed John Paul II with the launch of a relic , famous quotations by the Pope and a photo exhibit at the

3rd levrl Gateway Mall within Araneta Center Cubao in Quezon City from October 9 to 21, 2011. There will be a holy mass to be celebrated on October 29, 2011-feast day of the Pope.

Gateway Mall within Araneta Center in Cubao


Photograph collection of Bishop Honesto Ongtico with Pope John Paul 2

The exhibit, dubbed “Beatus: Embracing the Holiness of John Paul II,” is the start of a three-week celebration that is the Philippine Church’s contribution to the worldwide remembrance of the life and words of the recently beatified pontiff.


Pope John Paul -Papal Seal


picture of Pope John Paul 2

Corporal used by Pope John Paul 2


collection of Pope John Paul 2 first class relics and replicas of the materials used in his state visit to the country

The relics on display include the pope’s blood in a container called a “Theca,” his pectoral cross, Episcopal ring, chasuble, chair, rosary, papal medal, a piece of his papal cassock, a piece of brick that was part of the “Holy Door” in Year 2000, a piece of linen from the sheet of his deathbed in April 2005,  a replica of chalice used during a Mass in one of his pastoral

chair used during the pontiff 1981 visit in Araneta Center
visits, and the papal chair used as the pontiff addressed professionals at the Big Dome on February 18, 1981 , Our Lady of Loretto image that  was blessed by the pope when he came to the country.

Our Lady Of Loretto

The beloved pontiff visited the country twice in  February 17 to 22 ,1981 and  January 12 to 16, 1995 and is fondly remembered by the Filipino faithful because of his innate charisma and the call to evangelize he imparted on both pastoral visits.

picture exhibit of Pope John Paul 2 wearing a Filipino salakot ( native hat)  on his 1981 visit to the Philippines

Pope John Paul’s Pontificate of almost 30 years was both long and of a historically incisive importance especially in the events that took place at the turn of the millennium. He was the pope who beatified the most number of saints, the “globe-trotter pope” and was primarily responsible for giving instant visibility to the Catholic Church. His sense of missionary responsibility took him to every corner of the earth and his ecumenical and inter-religious sensitivity endeared him to people of all faiths.

The Beatus exhibit is considered as one of the largest public collections of Pope John Paul II’s relics mounted in the country. The items come from the collections of the Loyola House of Studies, Carmelo Francisco Cortez, Dave Ceasar dela Cruz, the San Carlos Seminary, Araneta Center, Bishop Cirilo Almario , Bishop Honesto Ongkiko  and Ambassador Leonida  Vera former ambassador of the Philippines to the Holy See , among others.

Earlier on May 2011, Philippine Postal Corporation issued a commemorative 4 piece stamp and a souvenir sheet to commemorate the beatification of the Pope in Vatican.

Life

Blessed Pope John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City  from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005, at 84 years and 319 days of age. His was the second -longest documented pontificate, which lasted 26 years and 168 days; only Pope Pius IX (1846–1878) who served 31 years, has reigned longer. Pope John Paul II is the only Slavic or Polish  pope to date and was the first non-Italian Pope since Dutch Pope Adrian VI (1522–1523).

Karol Wojtyła pictures during his childhood

He was one of the most-traveled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. He spoke Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo- Croatian,  Latin aside from  his native Polish . As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 peopleand canonized 483 saints including our country’s first saint San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila  , more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the last five centuries. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011.

young cardinal

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in Wadowice and was the youngest of three children of Karol Wojtyła, a Polish and Emilia Kaczorowska, who is described as being of Lithuanian or Ukrianian  ancestry. His mother died on 13 April 1929, when he was eight years old. Karol’s elder sister, Olga, had died in infancy before his birth; thus, he grew close to his brother Edmund, who was 14 years his senior, and whom he nicknamed Mundek. However, Edmund’s work as a physician led to his death from scarlet fever, profoundly affecting Karol.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Blessed Pope John Paul II

Celebration of Holiness

Vatican decreed his feast day would be on October 22—the anniversary of the liturgical inauguration of his papacy in 1978.

The celebration will also be highlighted by a concert dubbed “Blessed: A Call to Holiness,” to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Pope had addressed professionals, catechists and the youth during his first pontifical visit to the Philippines on Feb. 18, 1981.

The vision of the organizer  will come full circle on October 29, 2011 with the free festive concert filled with music and inspiring testimonials to culminate a three-week celebration.

throngs of people from all walks of life visited the exhibit

Popular religious and inspirational hits will give more color to the celebration because at the concert,  People will also sing the song that united all the youth around the world, ‘Tell the World of His Love.”

Special tickets will be distributed for the October 29, 2011 .

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