Experience Reptile X 2019

Experience Reptile X 2019 was organized by Congo Charlie and in partnership with AyalaMalls Cloverleaf is a two day educational exhibition of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, pit bulls, rats, love birds, siamese fighting fish, budgerigars among others from June 8 and 9 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf in Balintawak, Quezon City.

Other clubs includes Philippine Lapine Club Incorporated, Congo Charlie, Philippine Hamsters Owners Society (PHOS), Juan Love Pet Store are just some of the participants at the two day exhibition. There were over 30 different small pet organizations and clubs that will join the upcoming exhibition.

There will be some talks about reptiles and small mammals from experts in the industry . Unlike other exhibits, there is no fees.

Media partners include Manila Bulletin, Animal Scene and others.

Leaders for Heritage Stamp Exhibition to Commemorate National Heritage Month at PHLPOST

The exhibit entitled “Mga Pinuno Para Sa Pamana” (Leaders for Heritage) at the Manila Central Post Office main building will showcase Filipino leaders as essential guardians and propagators of culture. In line with this, PHLPost shall also be featuring the 2019 Heritage stamp issuance entitled “Women as Heritage Keepers”.

The Philippine Postal Corporation, in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will conduct a Philatelic Exhibit featuring Special Stamps from notable philatelic collectors in celebration of the National Heritage Month for the entire month.

This issuance aims to give emphasis on the work Filipino women have done as leaders and/or contributors to their different fields.

The Philatelic Exhibit will be launched on May 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the Manila Central Post Office main building, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila to be attended by philatelic collectors, partner government agencies, among others. The exhibit will be open to the public from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, from May 9 to May 31, 2019.

There will be a special postal heritage walking tour, stamp talks, stamp bazaar, stamp swap meet and viewing of stamp exhibition schedule on May 18, 2019 ( SATURDAY ) from 8:30 am until 12:00 nn.

For inquiries : Please call Ms. Abigail Tarroza( researcher and tour specialist ) 524-87-71 / +63 9777189690 email : abi.phlpost@gmail.com

Big Crowd and Exhibits at Aquafiesta 2019

Philippine Arowana and Louhan Society ( PHALS ) in partnership with Dymax and other fish association conducted a successful  fish exhibit, lectures, talks , competition from April 25 to 28, 2019 at Robinson’s Magnolia.

The event was dubbed Aquafiesta 2019 which celebrates friendly competition, exhibition, fish keeping, small pets, pet food and live carnivorous plants were sold.

Record Crowd

Big crowd had attended the show indicating the huge success of the fish show. This also includes on the spot aquascaping competition which was sponsored by Dymax.

There were 36 different aquascape exhibits which is the craft of wisely arranging rocks, stones, cavework, driftwood, water plants in an aesthetically pleasing manner within aquarium together with small fishes, snails and small shrimps in natural setting.

This aquascape also features some aerial plants like Tillandsia ionantha and Tillandsia usneoides ( Spanish moss ).

Dymax Aquascaping Results

Dymax posted at their FB page the list of the winners and the corresponding points.

Tank # 11- First Place : Mr. Edrian Corpuz Espiritu ( Root of Emotions) 176 points

Tank # 23- Second Place: Mr. Kristopher Gagarin ( Tranquility) 173 points

Tank # -13  Third Place : Mr. Lenard Bareng ( Viñas Familiares)  171 points

first place winner ( aquascaping competition )

aquascape winner

aquascaping second place

aquascaping third place


The participants were given a couple of hours to finished their aquascaping and the winners were proclaimed on April 27, 2019.

betta competition

black chicken for sale ( Php 8,000 a pair)

One can enjoy the hobby by interacting with fellow fish keepers plus the exchange of ideas and knowledge. There were some booth which sold some interesting merchandise like key chain, refrigerator magnets and t-shirts.

An on the spot was also held during the duration of the show in which lucky visitor or hobbyist have a chance to win a fish or a pet. There is no entrance fees at the annual show.



gold fishes, koi and red ear slider turtles

guinea pigs

hamsters for sale

hamster and guinea pig cages

Ms. Marge Hermoso together with Mr. John Laterna from Cebu

rabbits for sale

Terrarium and Vivarium

Aside from aquascaping, there is growing community of terrarium and vivarium lovers.

Vivarium was derive from the Latin word “vivere,” to live. In a broad sense, a vivarium is a habitat for a pet.

Terrariums was first used in the late 19th century.  The term came from the word aquarium substituting ” terre”  (meaning “land”), because the empty aquariums were used to house terrestrial animals or reptiles.

One does not need a large growing area for space to have a vivarium or terrarium.


PAHLS has grown to be one of the biggest fish club in the Philippines, and is now a non-stock, non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the hobby of responsible fish keeping and to educate the public regarding proper and responsible pet owners thru their seminars, public talks, forum sites and FB page.

The event is well- attended with thousands of visitors, hobbyists, mall goers, students and children admiring the exhibit.

Unlike other fish shows, there is no entrance fees.

Stunning Array of Religious Display at Talleres de Maximo Vicente Exhibit at Rustan’s Makati

Talleres de Maximo Vicente’s 100 known works is currently on exhibit at 5th level of Rustan’s Makati.

The exhibit was promoted several weeks even prior to the said opening on April 11, 2019.

The opening was delayed for a few days because some of the items were not curated, hence the opening of the exhibit was moved from April 22, 2019 to May 6, 2019.

This attracted some high profile collectors of religious works, some had already made reservations of the items even before the opening date.

sacred heart of jesus

Despite the slight movement of the exhibition date. There is no stopping religious Catholic collectors and santo experts in visiting the exhibit.

Exhibit and SALE

The exhibit was first posted in several religious groups and FB pages. This is the biggest exhibit-sale of Maximo Vicente sculptures in the country in recent years.

Most of the icons were already sold, save for the life-size Our Lady of the Assumption, the last original work of Maestro Maximo Vicente, who died in 1964, and a few smaller pieces. All the sculptures are between 50 to 70 years old.

Maximo Vicente Works

Christ the King wood sculpture ( standing holding globe)

Christ the King

Maximo Vicente was born to Antonina Vicente, and a Spaniard, in Malabon in 1885. The young Maximo stayed with an uncle who worked as forest ranger. It was during this time that he picked up woodcarving as a hobby.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus statues as wall decor

Our Lady of Fatima

Risen Christ

Some accounts say he was self-taught, with no formal training in the craft. A bio printout Francisco provided us, however, says Vicente graduated from the “UP School of Fine Arts” in 1909 (though the University of the Philippines was founded only a year before, in 1908).

Saint Anthony of Padua

He set up his workshop in 1908, first on Calle Hidalgo in Quiapo, with his half-brothers.

Saint Francis of Assisi

Statues, wall decors made at the Talleres de Maximo Vicente live on in the homes of wealthy private collectors, as well as big churches, like San Beda Mendiola and San Beda Alabang, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in New Manila, Assumption Convent in San Lorenzo and St. Alphonsus de Liguori in Magallanes.

 Pope Pius X bust

A Sto. Niño made by the taller was also given to Pope John Paul II, which was later installed at the Pontifico Collegio Filippino in Rome.

Mater Dolorosa bust

Holy family

Our Lady of Cararin or Santa Maria Kamalen

An Our Lady of the Barangay was also sent to Rome. Other notable restoration works done by Mr. Maximo Vicente includes Santa Marian Kamalen also known as Our Lady of Camarin in 1948. There is a small icon of this image at the exhibit area.

Saint Jude Thaddeus

last supper wood carving

Stanislaus Kostka

Invited Guests

Patrons like Former first lady Imelda Marcos and philanthropist Danny Dolor, of the Talleres de Maximo Vicente, were invited to cut the ceremonial ribbon, with Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. and his daughter Nedy. Tantoco’s other daughters, Marilen Tantoco and Maritess Enriquez, were also present during the opening.


Our Lady of the Assumption made from hardwood narra

The earthquake which struck in Luzon late afternoon last monday did not deter guests in attending the exhibit.Do not forget to visit the exhibit.

Sights and Exhibits at Museo delos Angeles in San Miguel

San Miguel of Archangel Parish had a lot of interesting sights and exhibits. One such place is the former Arzobispado de Manila building. It was last inagurated last August 28,2018.

Museo delos Angeles

The official opening drew hundreds of parishioners, local and foreign tourists.

  imaculate conception statue with mid-20th century baldoza tiles

Arzobispado de Manila

Arzobispado de Manila building

The museum is located at the former Arzobispado building built beside the church. It is when San Miguel church used to be the seat of the archdiocese when Manila Cathedral was destroyed during the war up until when it was re-constructed in 1958.


The building had retained much of its architecture, baldoza tiles, grilled windows, fixture and furniture. The group was warmly accommodated by a group of volunteer parishioners.

Arzobispado de Manila building marker erected February 27, 1954

a chapel with priest vestments and candle holders

exhibit room

life like virgin mary statue

They told us that the museum is not open everyday except during sundays. The parish had a special arrangement to open the museum for the holy week.

virgin mary paintings and marian medals on wooden capiz window panels

This would drum in much needed support in the care and maintenance of the museum. Much of the collection are on loan or owned by the parish.

old map of San Miguel district

medals, scapulars and rosaries on display

Saint Therese of Child Jesus statue and staircase leading to the second floor


our lady of miraculous medal

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal made from contemporary materials in wood and painted in gold accessories ( from Dolphy Quizon).

different marian statues

Different marian statues made from porcelain, wood, metal , plaster of paris, wood, and ivory were on display.

different marian statues ( one of the marian statues was used as props in Maalala Mo Kaya television drama anthology of ABS-CBN channel 2 )

mid-century marian statue inside a wood container with glass panel ( urna)

Saint Vincent de Paul statue inside a wood container with glass panel ( urna)

marian statues made from metal and porcelain

second and third class relics

old marian print (estampitas) with ornamentation framed in glass containers

The museum is well lighted and the exhibit is neatly curated. Most of the religious items on display are from the personal collection of Father Rolando Limjoco CM.

El Arte Cristiano made from Pasta Madera , Spain

The exhibit area is air condition and one can marvel at the different marian statues, images, works of art and relics.

Our Lady of Lourdes grotto

Our Visita Iglesia 2019 is incomplete without visiting the church grotto and stations of the cross.

A visit to the San Miguel church and national shrine is incomplete without a visit to the museum.

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