Postcards from Different Countries

I would like to THANK those gracious postcard swappers , collectors, travellers which send me postcards and being part of their travels. Special mention are the couple Ms. Pamela Marcelo Lumagui and husband who gave me postcards and paper money from Turkey , Ms. Febe Sevilla for the Singapore postcards , Mr.Mac Pagsolingan for the Indonesian, China and Singapore paper money , Mr. Frandel Recto ( stamp and Pope Francis coin)

I received some postcards from different parts of the world.  It took a while before those postcards arrived our club’s Manila Central P.O. Box 2986 due to the long Christmas holidays , other official and unofficial holidays.

Europe map postcard- This is one of the cute ones that i got

I have been quite happy and sad for all those postcards that did not arrived on time, the ones that i have send and still waiting until now , There are some bad swappers ,   slow postal delivery system and maybe theft ???? . While there are some postcards that did not arrive at all! I have an aunt ( she lived in Atlanta , Georgia- USA)  who send me 3 postcards last year and none arrived!

There are a couple of postcard collectors SWAP from the Middle East and India which i never got any of their swap items at all.

I always got some peculiar emails from different parts of the world ,  In particular ( Canada) last April 2015 inquiring about the Philippines-Israel stamp and FDC’s , Since I am not a stamp nor an FDC ( First Day Cover ) dealer or seller . I had to wait until the Easter Holidays just to know the availability of the FDC.   Got no email for this person on what items she wanted to swap or exchange for the FDC’s and stamps.

cat postcard from Netherland send by Ms. Wilma van Vegten( Postcard Lotteries for Real Facebook Page)

( Unfortunately , I got this after more than a month with ugly postal mark ) This was send last July 2015 but i manage to got them past September 2015

To cut the story short , Our swap agreement did not materialized and this same person, emailed several local stamp dealers and collectors wanted to buy or swap items which did not even materialized at all.

When we compared notes and stories , We all got the same person with same email address  ( Ms. IB)  The moral of the story is that , If you want to swap items from the Philippines , You have to know how to properly transact and deal with local people.

Buying stamps and even postcards is not a fast one, especially in the Philippines – Not all post offices carry new stamp issues and you must know how to wait. If you do not want to transact with local stamp collectors , there are several internet , facebook and buying sites which sells Philippine stamps at a certain profit margin. I do not know if PHLPOST website is active selling newly issued stamps and FDC’s internationally, perhaps why try those services?

I only keep a handful of  stamps and FDC’s especially the souvenir sheets and FDC’s had additional 12%  Value Added Tax imposed by Bureau of Internal Revenue ( BIR) implemented by PHLPOST since last January 2015.

Those people who wanted to dispose their stamps, appraise their collections must try to take photos of their collections and send them to my email for proper consultation with local collectors. I  serves as a bridge for sellers and buyers of stamps. Most of the time , There are no takers since stamp being sold is too expensive and there are no stamp collectors willing to buy them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eurotel Hotel : A choice for businessmen

Eurotel was conceived to meet the demand for unique services in the Philippines .

Managed by experienced hoteliers , it is the only lodging chain in the country that uses a distinctly European theme, motifs and service oriented crews.

Euro Suite 2-

Good For 2 Persons
• 1 Queen-size bed & 1 Single Bed
• 1 hair dryer
• hot/cold water
• bathtub/shower
• 24 hrs. cable TV / In-house movie channels
• Mini ref.
• Air-conditioned
• Safety deposit box
• With free buffet breakfast for 2

Note: Rate may vary depending on season -rate ranges from  Php2,950 – Php 3,395.00 inclusive of buffet breakfast for 3 persons

Services and Amenities:

Eurotel is  Philippine Travel Agencies Association  (PTAA) and Department of Tourism  ( DOT)  accredited  . If you’re ever wondered what it’s like to be pampered by the best European hotels, wonder no more. EUROTEL is a welcome haven for couples, tourists and travelers seeking respite and comfort in the heart of Metro Manila. Elegantly designed with subtle modern European influences, guests are assured of comfort and convenience with a good range of rooms. Affordability plus the traditional Filipino hospitality is a matchless combination.

Meeting modern-day standards of sanitation and safety, each room is guaranteed to satisfy your needs. Managed by experienced veteran hoteliers and staffed by carefully selected and well-trained personnel, EUROTEL will provide you with the best lodging experiences you will ever have.

BUSINESS FUNCTIONS– The hotel also provides function rooms for a variety of occasions:

1.) Seminars

2.) Conventions

3.) Party

4.) Debuts

5.) Social Functions

6.) Company Team Building

Large function rooms can be tailored to fit management development seminars, strategic planning, team-building and other corporate functions. EUROTEL can even provide lists of potential trainers depending on your needs. All rooms are equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and training tools necessary for each event. Our rooms can accommodate up to 450 persons and packages are available to fit your budget and particular requirements. Participants can also choose to unwind at the end of the day using its Karaoke on wide-screen.

SPA– An in-house spa is also available for guests. Relax those tense muscles and lay your cares at the hands of our professionally-trained masseuse, either in the comfort of your own room or at our Spa. From body massage, foot scrubs and body scrubs we guarantee a relaxing experience.

Eurozen Bar and Bistro – Sit back and relax at the end of the day at the Eurozen Bar and Bistro. Enjoy a delightful meal or just appetizers while downing your favorite cocktail and drink. Or you could just unwind and watch entertaining programs with our wide-screen LCDs.

Wi-Fi – The hotel also offers unlimited wi-fi access on all floors. Computers are also available at the lobby for free.

Branches :

Araneta Center Cubao
General Araneta corner General Roxas St., Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. no.: (02) 911-2968 / 912-6735
Mobile No : 0922-834-4150
Email : eurotelaraneta@ymail.com

 Las Pinas
Alabang-Zapote Road, Barangay Almanza, Las Pinas
Tel. no.: (02) 806-7646 / 805-0095
Mobile No.: 09228226973 / 09158966859
Email : agarrieta@yahoo.com

 Pedro Gil
616 Pedro Gil. St. Ermita, Metro Manila
Tel. no. : (02) 523-5256 / 523-5164
Mobile No.: 09212553361
Email : eurotelpedrogil@yahoo.com.ph

 Makati
Chino Roces Ave. cor Arnaiz Ave
Tel. no. : (02) 844-8645 / 844-8603
Mobile No.: 09223614998 / 09173024928
Email : rabombita_eurotel@yahoo.com

 North Edsa
49 Bulacan St., Brgy. Bungad, Quezon City
Tel. no. : (02) 376-7096 to 99
Mobile No.: 09178527276
Email : allencvalerio@yahoo.com

 Baguio
Albanao Ext. Brgy. Rizal Monumento, Baguio City
Tel. no. : (074) 444-3876 / (02)8611086
Mobile No.: 09333604832 / 09496949654
Email : eurotel_baguio@yahoo.com

 Angeles
#21 Don Juico Avenue, Barangay Malabanias Angeles City. (Across SM Clark)
Tel. no. : 02-8615755 / 045-4581020-22
Mobile No.: 09333871607
Email : eurotel_angeles@yahoo.com

 Boracay
Station 2 Boracay Island, Malay Aklan
Tel. no.:02-8615686 Manila Line / 036-288 2111 Kalibo Line
Mobile No.: 09217952170
Email: eurotelboracay@gmail.com/rhea_castillo2000@yahoo.com

 Central Reservations Office
Tel. no. : 02-355-0000

Website and Links:

Eurotel Hotel: http://www.eurotel-hotel.com/

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/myeurotel?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/myeurotel?fref=ts

PTAA: http://www.ptaa.org.ph/

MD Juan Enterprises: A Heritage of the Philippines and the World

2 Susano Road , Deparo , Novaliches – Caloocan City , Philippines

Dr. Maximo D. Juan – founder of the MD Juan company

Heritage Born:

MD Juan Enterprises , Inc. was conceived on March 1967 by Dr. Maximo D. Juan  to answer the growing need for a rugged, light vehicle (the multi-purpose jeep) in the Philippines.   Initially, Dr. Juan imported World War II surplus jeeps from Europe and Japan. With the steady growth of the surplus market, MD Juan Enterprises started fabricating replacement jeep body parts not available locally.

different kinds of electronic jeepneys

Soon, Filipino jeep enthusiasts either refurbished their old jeeps using MD Juan bodies (popularly known as the Jeepstar) or built new jeeps using MD Juan’s USM chassis, the Jeepstar body and surplus engines and power trains from Japan.

different types of jeeps

In  August 1969 MD Juan built its manufacturing plant in Novaliches, Caloocan City. In 1970 MD Juan ventured into the export markets of Japan, Australia/New Zealand and the U.S.A.

group discussion

 the company export  concentration was on jeep bodies and parts identified with World War II: the MB and the Korean War: the M38. Soon after, the civilian jeep models like the CJ series were being produced in the production line.

In 1980 the company  exhibited its products in various foreign expositions like the Lausanne Trade Fair, the Melbourne Trade Fair and the Singapore Trade Fair.  These led to the establishment of distributorships in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and the U.S.A. In the Philippines, MD Juan is active with their participation in the annual Manila International Auto Show.

Social Advocates :

As part of the company ‘s corporate social responsibility.  The company had  tie-ups with TESDA and the Caloocan City local government office .

several citations given to MD Juan enterprises

Aside from providing jobs to many people around the vicinity of Novaliches, Caloocan area.  The company had water treatment facilities which conforms with the requirements set by both Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( DENR )  and Laguna Lake Development Authority ( LLDA).

Mr. Rommel Juan together with a colorful electronic jeepney

 Another social advocacy is the introduction of  the electric jeepneys and tricycles for mass transportation .   Some cities like Makati and Taguig  already purchased some units  . Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( Central Bank of the Philippines ) , several resorts , congress and even tourist shuttles .

E-Quad Tricycle

Roving Business:  social entrepreneurship which the company is engaging  the customization of jeepney carts  with special compartments which is used for merchandize storage and display  .  The jeepney cart  is use for traveling trade exposition organized by the  Department of Agriculture ( DA )  and the Department of Trade and Industries  ( DTI ) .  The customized jeepney carts  attracts crowd from both local and foreign exhibitions.

Hopefully in coming years, with the introduction of these E-jeepneys and E-tricycles into the mass transportation system,   The need to use non-renewable energy like fossil fuels will be minimized  .  The fossil fuels that emit pollution and noise. Hopefully with proper legislature  and passage of clean air , the law will be fully implemented .

Promotion:

poster of the contest

Proud of your Jeep and like to show it off? Here is your chance to do it and win exciting prizes! Keep posted for further details. with DTI permit 3795 series of 2013 .  Email: mostauthentic@mdjuan.com.ph

Note: I would like to ” Thank” all the staffs and Mr. Rommel Juan for the warm accommodation and a personal tour within the facilities . 

Links:

Laguna Lake Development Authority: http://www.llda.gov.ph/

MD Juan Enterprises: http://www.mdjuan.com.ph/

MD Juan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MDJuanjeeps

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

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