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Cactus Fiesta Fair 2 at Robinson’s Place , Manila

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines in partnership with Robinson’s Place, Ermita will be having a 3-day show from Nov 17 at 10 AM to Nov 19 at 10 PM

The event is dubbed ” Cactus Fiesta Fair 2″ after the successful Cactus Fair 1 held last  May 5, 6, and 7, 2017  at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak within Quezon Memorial Circle.

Cactus Fiesta 2017

There will be cacti exhibit and short talks about cacti and succulents. Try to visit FB event page for more information about the event

Contact Person: Ms. Amy Lastimosa (Secretary) – Cactus & Succulent Society of the Philippines  

Mobile 0905 356 5353

 

 

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Great Dining Experience at Super Bowl of China

 

Super Bowl of China is a great place to hang-out or spend your family time together. The restaurant have five branches,One of the most accessible is one located within the heart of University Belt area. The branch is located at the ground floor of Robinson’s Place , Ermita. This is also near LRT line 1 Pedro Gil station.

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This is near University of the Philippines- Manila, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Women’s University, Saint Paul University and within stone throw  away from PGH, Supreme Court, Paco and Luneta.

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The Dimsum Combination Platter which consists of three pieces Pork Siomai, two pieces Hakao, two pieces fried Vegetarian Spring Roll, and a piece of small Pork Asado Siopao is ideal for solo or for sharing, too.

The restaurant has a small interior dining which has tables good for 4-6 people while they have outdoor seating for big groups.

The sitting capacity is between 60 to 70 people at any given time, but try to pre-book the place, since it tends to get crowded especially during weekends and special occasions.

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The birthday noodles is quite different from the birthday noodles that i am accustomed with, Since we normally used misua noodles from red box. This also had bright orange battered quail eggs and shitake mushrooms.

Interesting array of drinks and desserts

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There are free prawn crackers as starters are served consistently until your dish is ready.

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Lechon Macau is also one of the highly sought dishes of the restaurant. The lechon is well marinated and cooked into perfection.

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Yang Chow Fried Rice had a generous topping of shrimps, pork , cabbage and chopped spring onion leaves.

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Mapo Tofu which is a spicy and sweet mix of tofu.  The Sweet and Sour Pork and Lemon Chicken are also great dishes and is good for sharing .  Fried Chicken, Sliced Beef with Broccoli, Szechuan Shrimp were also very tasty.

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Among the desserts, the taho is a standout especially that it is served in a special container with a wooden, classy interior, modern interior. There is the tapioca balls ( sago balls) and brown syrup which completes the nostalgia Php 110 per order. There is also the mochi balls with generous fillings.

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They also serve fresh fruits on drinks and desserts where the Green Mango Shake and Mango Pudding  Php 95 per order.

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Black gulaman with lycee , coconut jelly strips on crushed iced is another MUST TRY for just Php 95.00 . 

I will surely come back to taste their other dishes, The restaurant is also listed under ZomatoPh

 

Operational Hours: Everyday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Ermita Malate Business Owners Association Gift Giving with 500 indigent street children

Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila-Philippines

Manila local tourism head , Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada , Ms. Michelle Pe

Ermita Malate Business Owners Association ( EMBOA) members gave Christmas presents and cheers to at least 500 indigent children  aged between 7 years-old to 12 years-old and their families at the newly landscaped Remedios Circle.

Special guests of honor includes Manila’s Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada , officials from tourism office, barangay officials , EMBOA members and schools.

Partner schools include Ermita Parish School choir, Emilio Aguinaldo College choir, Universidad de Manila choir and Philippine Women’s University choir.

students

Aside from the traditional gift giving , participants were treated to Christmas carols, cultural dancers and folk dances.

 Universidad de Manila students

The students of Universidad de Manila performed folk dances like Pastores Talisay – A Christmas folk dance which originated from the town of Talisay -Bicol region.  This folk dance with voluminous dress similar to Poblana China which dates back during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade.

cultural dance

This year’s activities and theme ” Maligayang Pasko: Handog Pasasalamat ng Ermita , Malate Business Owners Association ( EMBOA) , sa Remedios Circle , Malate .

Mr. Tetsuhiro ” Show”  Suzuki and Ms. Angel Jores host of the program

  The said occasion is one way to give ” Thank” to the 16 barangays which are partners of the organization . They are the ones who give their time ,  people and resources to improve the community .

” This Christmas Season, we wanted to share joy,love ,happiness and peace to the people most especially to the less fortunate kids. We want them to know that we care for them same as we care a lot for the development of Ermita , Malate” according to Ms. Michelle Pe ( President of EMBOA).

crowd which includes officials , media and bloggers

There were at least between 1,000 to 1,200 people attending the event.

After the program we were treated by the organization to a hotel tour , I will post the stories of our exciting tour .

I would like to ” Thank” the organizers and the PR’s for the invitation to the event.

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

 

 

 

 

Manilakbayan ng Mindanao : Justice for the Lumads and their Lands

Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita , Manila-Philippines

ethnic lumads proudly wore their native dress in protest

It is blazing very hot and humid when we conducted another round of Royal Postal Heritage Tour around the historic Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita within the historical and heritage district of Manila.

tribal photos and artifacts on display

We seldom got requests to conduct tour around the first sunday of the month . But this time , We got around a dozen people ( mostly students conducting their thesis writing project ) . I think it was the postponement of last month tour due to Typhoon Koppu ( Bagyong Lando ) that might have cause the spill over .  Unfortunately,  some of the students did not manage to come on their appointed time and day.

There were several hundreds of people , NGO groups, progressive party lists, heritage advocates and some government attached agencies ( NCCA)  at the Liwasang Bonifacio.

L-R Mr. John Paul Orallo, Ms. Bernadette David, Ms. Adelina M. Suemith (OIC- Executive Director NCCA ) Ms. Ay and Ms. Charisse Aquino-Tugalde ( Culture Aid Inc.)

I saw some familiar faces and NGO groups which were there at the historic plaza and took some time to read some of the leaflets .  According to one of the organizers of the peaceful camping and rally , they were given until November 12 by the local government.

Mr. Ryan Ang ( Kapatid TV channel 5 ) and Mr. Abner Mercado ( ABS-CBN channel 2)

Happy that bloggers and social media personalities are there to lend their support . I also saw television crews and reporter from ABS-CBN channel 2 and TV channel 5

Here are some of the Hidden Facts:

250 + leaders of communities and organizations are facing false criminal charges to silence their advocacies.

87 indigenous Lumads schools in Mindanao are suffering from various forms of military attack.

9 out of 10 Lumad children have no access to formal schooling .

20+ Indigenous paramilitary groups called Alamara, Magahat , Tribal Warriors , Bagani Force, BULIF , NIPAR, Black Diamond, Munggos , Delamance, etc… are unleashed by the AFP to sow division and terror in Lumad communities.

144 indigenous defenders , human rights activists in Mindanao have been victims of extra -judicial killings.

40,000+ Lumads have been forcibly displaced from ancestral domains due to militarization.

233 documented cases of human rights violations perpetrated against Lumad children.

1,000+ Lumad children have been affected  by the closure order of 3 community schools by the government despite the shortage of schools, classrooms and teachers in the Philippines

Note : I must say that until now , one of staunch environment advocate Mr. Leonard Co who died a few years ago in Leyte case still languish without real perpetrators being punish.

Top Celebrities Glide and Walk at the United Fashion 2014

Robinson’s Place Midtown-Ermita , Manila-Philippines

United Mix Creations Corporation manufacturer of Cardam shoes , Liberte’ and Mario’ D boro’ , UniSilver Time  in partnership with Robinson’s Mall chains presents to the public its 2014 summer, rainy season collection, holiday collection and formal collection.

Top 3 winners

Prior to the main event , the crowd were treated to some games, watch modeling contest, trivias about celebrity ambassadors and dance showdown. The kid in the middle was among the top choice with his hip- hop groove dance movements which delighted the crowd.

 Upgrade performs a dance number much to the delight of their fans

UPGRADE is one of the famous  all-teen boy-bands in the country that is currently seen on some GMA Kapuso channel 7  shows co-managed by Kuya German Moreno and Mr. John Fontanilla.

They all decided to name their group “UPGRADE” because as the word speaks for itself, they believe that they will transcend by upgrading. They were launched in ‘Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman’ last November 12, 2011 as a guest performer when Kuya Germs surprisingly stood on stage and announced that the group would be regular on their show.

They were chosen as band ambassadors includes Mr. Rhem Enjavi, Mr. Mark Baracael, Mr. Armond Bernas, Mr. Ron Galang, Mr. Kcee Martinez,  Mr. Miggy San Pablo and Mr. Raymond Tay

Ms. Christine Ng- Marketing and Merchandising Manager

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male and female models started to walk the runway with the new dress, shoes and accessories for 2014 Mid-Year line.

 Ms. Carizza Chua

A fashion blogger was also invited to walk

Mr. Joseph Cham

Mr. Joseph Cham is a lifestyle and fashion blogger

website: http://josephcham.com/

Mr. Diego Bandido

Mr. Diego Bandido is one of the best Disc Jockey of 90.7 Love Radio Manila. He had some wacky moves during the catwalks which makes his style very unique.

 Mr. Diego Bandido Ms. Shai Tisay

female models

Mr. Arron Villaflor and Ms. Kim Rodriguez

Mr. Arron Villaflor is a product of a star circle quest talent show of ABS-CBN Kapamilya channel 2 while Ms. Kim Rodriguez is one of the celebrities of late early prime-time evening show Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw, weekdays before 24 Oras at GMA Kapuso channel 7

promo items 50% discount

Both artists were chosen by the company to become a brand ambassador of their products.

Cardians for male and female

Highlight of the fashion show was the arrival of Ms. Gretchen Ho and Mr. Richard Poon. After the successful fashion show , Mr. Nat Manilag ( Filipino fashion stylist )  was given a bouquet of flowers

A short press conference was held at the Ibarras at the nearby Padre Faura street. The event started with a little intimate conversation with some of the brand ambassadors and a sing and dance number performed by the teenage group UPGRADE and a song rendered by Mr. Richard  Poon .

Note: I would like to ” Thank ” Mr. Ronnie Bernardo and Ms. Christine Ng for the exclusive invitation

Helicon Projects.com : http://www.heliconprojects.com/

Mario ‘d boroFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/MarioDboroShoes

Cardam Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/cardamsshoes

Liberte Shoes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiberteShoes

UniSilver: http://www.unisilver.net/jewelry/home.php

 

 

2014 Year of the Horse on Philippine stamps

Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

 2014 Year of the Horse -souvenir sheet- Php 80.00

Philippine Postal Corporation or PHILPOST issued a limited quantity of NEW YEAR Chinese Zodiac sign ( HORSE ) . The first time that Chinese lunar zodiac signs were printed by the local post office was in 1991 YEAR of the Monkey .

  In Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2014 is the Chinese Green Wooden Horse Year.  The New Year Day is on February 4, 2014 in China Standard Time.

There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses.

OVERALL: 2014 is predicted to be a relatively good year for Horse people, but it ia highly advised to practice being quiet and patient.

Chinese like Horses for many reasons.  Horse provides a good and fast transportation for people before automobile were invented  . It  can give people a ride to their destination . It can also carry some mails or beast of burden . Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success.

First Day Cover on single stamps with Php 10 and Php 30 value

First Day Cover with souvenir sheet stamps total value Php 80.oo

Horses like to compete with others. They pursue their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse. In Chinese Five Element Horoscope, Horse is connected to fire, red and heat. Also, horse is a social animal and red is also connected to love, therefore. horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.

Technical Description:

Date of Issuance: December 2, 2013

                                  Printing Process: Litho Offset.

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Paper: Imported

Perforation :14

Singles, Miniature Sheets of 10;  Souvenir Sheets of 4

10p  Manigong Bagong Taon – Singles  quantity (55,000)

30p  Happy New Year – Singles  quantity (55,000)

Miniature Sheets of 10  (5,500)

  80p Souvenir Sheets of Four    (7,000)

Philippine Postal Corporation: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

Stamp Collector’s Night at the Manila Central Post Office

Manila Central Post Office lobby , Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita – Manila , Philippines

Willard Cheng and FVR

former President Fidel Valdez Ramos together with ABS-CBN channel 2 Malacanang Palace correspondent Mr. Willard Cheng ( now stamp ambassador)

I heard several weeks ago about the plan of the Philippine Postal Corporation to invite stamp collectors,  stamp bloggers , media and stamp enthusiasts for a get together ” salu-salo ” at the Manila Central Post Office.

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L-R Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Willard Cheng, Mr. Alfonso Cruz and Ms. Lourdes Watiwat

The  initiative was through the office of Postmaster Maria Josefina ” Josie”  dela Cruz and Philpost President Ceasar Sarino .  It was one BIG momentous occasion . The get- together aimed to foster the bonding ties between private collectors and the Philpost.

Jonathan Blaza together with Josie dela Cruz

Mr. Jonathan  J. Blaza together with Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz

Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza is a blogger, post-crossing ambassador , bird enthusiast ,  orchid ,  postcard and stamp collector.

It was last week when i got a verbal invitation from the Philatelic section through Mr. Vic Serevo ( Philatelic Designer ). While i was purchasing some tricycle stamps.

Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz with stamp collectors and war veteran

two war veterans ( left side ) together with Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus,  Josie dela Cruz , Mr. Ceasar Sarino and Mr. Willard Cheng

 A more formal invitation from Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus ( stamp advisory committee member  and board member of various stamp clubs ) was printed in a small piece of paper , which he personally distributed during the monthly meeting of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club last November 17, 2013.

Mr. Lawrence Chan, Willard Cheng and Alfonso Cruz

L-R Mr. Lawrence Chan , Mr. Willard Cheng and Mr. Alfonso Cruz

I  got  another invitation via email ,  Surprisingly from the head of the Philatelic section on November 18, 2013 MONDAY afternoon.  Rarely got any email correspondent from the Philatelic head  .  In particular , the much needed TECHNICAL information about the stamp issuance which is very vital in the information dissemination and PUBLIC information.  I was just amazed that she managed to send an invitation this time.

Mr. Willard Cheng with Students

Mr. Willard Cheng together with on the job trainees students

–  On Tuesday November 19,  After after buying some FDC’s and stamps  at the Philatelic section . Most of which are ordered by my friends, relatives and swap mates in different parts of the world. I again re-confirm my attendance on this special night.

former president Fidel V. Ramosformer President Fidel Valdez Ramos

 The event took place when  former President Fidel V. Ramos arrived at the lobby of the Manila Central Post Office at around past 6:00pm. All eyes and ears were  on him. He is a respected statesman , military officer ,  shell , book and stamp collector too! He is also vital for the passage of several laws which helped the Philippine Postal Bank and the Postal System of the country.

He wanted a postal system and stamps to be at par with “World Class” since there are also foreign stamp collectors which specializes in Philippine stamps.

Ms. Carrie together with Mr. Willard Cheng

Mr. Willard Cheng together with Ms. Macaria J. Leonardo- head of the Postage and Metered Machine Division and other colleagues

Collectors' Night Naga Philatelic Club and Quezon Philatelic Society members

It is also amazing how stamp collectors from different part of the country manage to come to the affair with such a short notice.

Stanley Chi together with his wife and Mr. Ceasar Sarino

Mr. Stanley and Mrs. Siu  and  Mr. Ceasar Sarino standing at the middle

The members of Quezon Philatelic Society had to travel more than 5 hours just to attend this affair. According to Mr. Stanley Siu – They were stuck  at the SLEX north bound area for about 1 hour.  While  some members of the Naga Philatelic Club arrived past 7:00pm .

Bangon Antique

Mr. Jong Caytiles a stamp collector  makes a pitch for ” Bangon Antique “

Mr. Dione ” Jong ” Caytiles a stamp collector who works for an international banking institution  makes a pitch for his province .

Santi Fernandez ,Mr. Santi Fernandez , Ms. Josie dela Cruz and Mr. Willard Cheng

Mr. Santi Fernandez is a young stamp collector studying at the Angelicum College ( home school) in Quezon City  . He only started collecting stamps, FDC’s and letters just a few months ago but he is not new to the field of collecting. He also collects coins, paper bills and some object d’ arts. He became aware of stamp collecting from his father , uncle and aunt .

Mr. Jimmy Ang

Mr. Jimmy Ang holding  several FDC’s  at the back of  former president Fidel Valdez Ramos

Mr. Jimmy Ang is the current President of the APO Philatelic Club. He had one of the most number of FDC ‘s , books, memorabilia that he brought to be autographed by former president.

Mr. Nemensio Miranda together with President Ramos

Mr. Nemensio Miranda  presented  his self sketch portrait to former President Fidel Ramos

Mr. Robert Tan

Mr. Robert Tan – President of the Philippine Philatelic Federation

One of the highlights of the evening was awarding Filipino philatelists which brought international honors to the country during the Thailand World Stamp Exhibition Mr. Robert Tan  exhibited entitled  Philippines 1854-1877 (Pre-U.P.U. Era)
Award: Vermeil and another entry

China Pre-UPU Era
Award: Large Vermeil

Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus

Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus

Philippine Postal Activities
during Japanese Administration 1941-1945
Award: Vermeil

Mr. Alfredo RoxasMr. Alfredo Roxas

Mr. Alfredo Roxas is a long time stamp collector and Philippine stamp dealer . His clientele are stamp wholesalers from different parts of the world. His international participation helps promote Philippine stamps .

Dr. Ngo Tiong TakDr. Ngo Tiong Tak

Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak is  well-known for  his publication on Philippine Stamp Catalog ,   stamp advisory committee chairperson ( Philpost )  for more than 10 years. He is also an TB Seal stamp advisory member.

dessertsdifferent kinds of sweets and pastries

Barbaras Barbaras waiters and staffs

Everyone were treated to a sumptuous dinner party where Postal employees and officers have a light conversation with well-known stamp collectors as well as  the new generation stamp collectors. Some of them took an early leave just to attend this historical ( RARE ) occasion. Thanks for the invite !