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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.


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


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.

Philippine postcard 136

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 !

Historic Flagpole within the Philippine Postal Corporation compound

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

Manila Central Post Office with tranvia  and a flag pole circa 1930’s

History tell us a lot of  stories and historical moments . One such historical spots within the Philippine Postal Corporation is the flag pole or flag post area.

Local philatelists , History buffs and  Philpost employees would recount a lot of VIP’s visiting  within their premises  from national artists ,  ambassadors, government secretaries ,  first ladies , presidents among others.

Manila Central Post Office , Insular Ice Plant , Escolta and Aerial View of Manila circa 1931 from the photo archives of the Philippine Postal Corporation

General Mac Arthur during the final days of the second world war would also inspect the Philippine Postal Corporation compound . Old World War 2 videos  found in the internet sites would also reveal a lot of hounding stories of the last world war .

WW 2 Japanese War Crimes – Manila link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33SFZc2Xy-Y

Manila Central Post Office circa July 14, 1946

This is the  Plaza Lawton aka Liwasang Bonifacio during the military troop review with the old flag pole . The old flag pole used to be located beside the building.

Liwasang Bonifacio and Manila Central Post Office in the 1950’s photo credit Mr. John Tewell

But this is just a story,  without any photos or person who would chronicle these auspicious occasion most of the stories are just a moment in passing.

photo from the personal collection of the author

Mrs. Corazon C. Aquino together with former President Diosdado Macapagal along with prominent opposition leaders held a rally within the flag pole on August 21, 1984 one year after the death of Senator Benigno Aquino.  In this photo : Senator  Lorenzo Tañada , Jovito Salonga, UP Dean Armando Malay and former President Diosdado Macapagal  Not seen anymore because they have already spoken were Jose Diokno, Ramon Mitra, Francisco Soc Rodrigo, Salvador Laurel, Student Leader Lean Alejandro.  Concerned Artists of the Philippines included among others Directors Lino Brocka and Behn Cervantes

current flag pole in front of Philippine Postal Corporation

From the time the historic building was built in 1926  countless of historical figure were able to visit the compound. But unlike the former location of the flag pole in the 1930’s . The present flag pole is located in the middle of the building.

flag raising ceremony held at the Philippine Postal Corporation flag pole

After more than 27 years,  President Benigno Simeon Aquino – the son of former President Corazon Cojuangco -Aquino visited the same flag pole and led the flag raising ceremony on the same spot where his mother and other opposition leaders stood the grounds and held a big rally which hundreds of thousand of people had witness .

Liwasang Bonifacio

This was the same plaza and the flag pole a few minutes after the flag raising activities .

References :

Bibliography : The Greatest Democracy Ever Told ” People Power by Kyodo Printing Company 1986 page 40 to 41

Lorenzo M. Tañada : website : http://www.lorenzomtanada.org/05tanada01.html

Wiki . iraia: http://wiki.iraia.net/mw/index.php?title=Decline_and_fall_of_the_Marcos_dictatorship

Kalayaan 2013 -115th Independence day activities within Liwasang Bonifacio

Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , Manila -Philippines

Liwasang Bonifacio

Liwasang Bonifacio  also called  as Plaza Lawton is this year’s venue of the historic flag raising activity for the 115 anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence.  The entire plaza had some clean-up drive several days before the event which included cleaning the fountain area ,  installation of new plant boxes, trimming of trees and putting of yellow ribbons  within the vicinity .

National Museum director Mr. Jeremy Barns , Ms. Maura  Baghari-Regis and Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz

former Postmaster General and Congressman Honorable  Roilo Golez and TESDA chairman Honorable Joel Villanueva

United States Ambassador – Honorable Harry Thomas , Philpost employees and Mr. Wilfredo Bas – National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Ambassador Harry Thomas is his final leg of his tour of duty in the Philippines.  Based on the photo opportunity requests by the ordinary people , He is one of the most well-loved ambassadors in recent memories . His ability to speak Filipino language makes him an instant click to ordinary people .

Manila Central Post Office

The Manila Central Post Office is an architectural jewel that is found in the middle of the old capital city ( Intramuros ) and Extramuros ( Binondo ) .The historical building was built in 1926 almost the same time with the National Arts Gallery ( National Museum ) by triumvirate Architect Juan Arellano , Ralph Duane and Tomas Mapua .  The upper floors were draped with Philippine  ceremonial tri-color cloth  . It adds a touch of class and formality to the event.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III  during the flag raising ceremony at the grounds of Philippine Postal Corporation

President Benigno Aquino III  led the country in commemorating the 115th year of its proclamation of  independence from Spanish colonial rule.

President Aquino together with Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno during the wreath laying ceremonies at the Bonifacio statute in the middle of Liwasang Bonifacio

President Aquino chose to kick off Independence Day dubbed as Kalayaan 2013 with the theme ” Ambangan tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran ”  instead  of choosing Luneta ( traditional flag raising venue site ) .

television crew PTV channel 4 coverage during the wreath laying ceremonies

He led the traditional flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Liwasang Bonifacio, a plaza named after revolutionary leader Gat Andres Bonifacio which marks  his 150th birth anniversary this year. He was welcomed by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz  and National Historical Commission head Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno.

L-R Honorable Roilo Golez,  Secretary Manuel ” Mar ” Roxas ,  MMDA chairperson Atty. Francis Tolentino ,  APMG Operations Mama S. Lalanto al haj and Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz -Philippine Postal Corporation

This also marks the kick-off event of the year-long anniversary which will culminate on November 30, 2013 with festive ceremonies ,  fun run , Bonifacio trail , art competition , exhibits  and stamp launching event .

foreign dignitaries together with Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario ( far right in white barong )

After the flag raising ceremony and independence day speech . President PNOY went to the holding room E-Post Shop within the Philippine Postal Corporation building .  Due to security protocols  , only 2 official press photographer from the ( Office of the President ) and NHCP  were  allowed .

Philippine Postal Corporation catering

This according a  Malacañan protocol officer , It was a private function – He was presented with the 150th Malacañang Palace framed stamps and First Day Covers together with Alfredo S. Lim .

(Photo courtesy of Mr. Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Postmaster General and CEO  Maria Josefina dela Cruz, Philpost  Chairperson Cesar Sarino , President Benigno Aquino and Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno

From the Facebook account of the President : http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.589106487788769.1073741873.141976959168393&type=1

  Malacañang Palace 150th commemorative stamps and first day cover

Philpost E-post Shop

He probably stayed for about 10 minutes inside before leaving .  Then our group was invited by Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz for an early lunch .

Philippine Postal Corporation officials and vips

Gat Andres Bonifacio statute  with floral wreath from the Office of the President and Grand Masonic Lodge of the Philippines

The event is spearheaded by National Historical Commission of the Philippines , Philippine Postal Corporation ,   Department of Public Works and Highways , Metro Manila Development Authority , Office of the President and  City of Manila. 

Note: I would like to ” Thank” NHCP , Philpost and the City of Manila for all the accommodation given to me during the event.

NHCP: http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/

TESDA: http://www.tesda.gov.ph/