Different Marian statues at the 7th Marian Exhibit within Santuario de San Pedro Bautista

More than 90 Marian images, portraits and life size statues of Blessed Virgin Mary were on exhibit at the 7th Marian Exhibition within the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista church in San Francisco del Monte district within Quezon City.

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The church is also known as San Francisco del Monte Church which was established in 1590.

historical marker

historical marker

This is the oldest part and most historic part of the city and there are still some old ancestral houses, mid-modern turn of the century houses and buildings which dotted the district.

church facade

present day church main facade

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old facade and entrance to the church – This was before the church was enlarged in the early 1990’s

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The area once covered an area of about 250 hectares which is thickly wooded, eight water springs, creeks are located. According to old time residents of San Francisco del Monte, they used to get their potable drinking water from the deep wells within the church. Jeepney and residents of the place would also refer this area as Frisco.

7th Marian Exhibit

7th Marian exhibit is within the parish church. There were friendly parishioners, staff and guardians of the sacred Marian images who would guide those visiting the exhibit. Some would also tell the stories of their venerated statues.

Our Lady of the Barangay

Our Lady of the Barangay ,Nuestra Señora de Barangay, Bihen Sang Barangay or Birhen sa Barangay is a title given to virgin mary which wears a native balintawak dress holding a baby jesus with rosary.

Some Catholics thought that this was a representation of the Virgin Mary from the Aglipayan church.

Santa Maria Siempre Virgen statue

Regina Virginum

Regina Virginum

Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Nuestra Señora del Calvario

Santa Maria Madre de Dios

Santa Maria Madre de Dios – owned by the family of Mr. Robby Villano dela Vega.

The statue is a late 19th century vintage from the Visayas. It was formerly from the collection of Mr. Alex M. Castro of Mabalacat, Pampanga before the statue was given to him as a gift by Mr. Castro in 2006. The statue’s face was restored sometime in 2006.
She serves as the Virgen delas Flores during the Mayflower festivities in the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Meycauayan City, Bulacan province.

This statue of the blessed virgin mary caught everyone’s attention because of the her beautiful face and hands  ( presumably made from ivory) with necklaces made from ivory too.


This vigin mary inside a wooden urna with carabao bone inlay is also presumed to be made from ivory too.

Marian images

Exhibit hours will be from 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN and 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The 7th Marian Exhibit will be until August 4, 2019.

Notes: Any donations for the various projects of the parish is accepted at the parish office or donation boxes at the exhibit area.

How to Commute: Taking a jeepney ride is the most reasonable. there are many routes which ply near San Pedro de Bautista street or near Del Monte Avenue in Quezon City.

1.) Project 8 via Roosevelt Avenue to Quiapo ( take off at Del Monte Avenue and short walk towards the San Pedro de Bautista street. ) Mc Donalds -stoplight

2.) Via Muñoz Market to Quiapo  ( take off at Del Monte Avenue and short walk walk towards the San Pedro de Bautista street. ) Mc Donalds- stoplight

3.) Balintawak to Frisco ( take off at San Pedro Pedro de Bautista street-arko )

4.) Blumentritt to Muñoz market ( take off at San Pedro de Bautista street -arko)

Natural Stone Society Exhibit at Shangri-La Plaza

Natural Stone Society of the Philippines and Shangri-La Plaza Mall cordially invites everyone to visit the exhibit entitled  “SUISEKI : A Celebration of the Beauty of Natural Stones”.

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members and invited guests

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The event started past 2:00pm, level 2 at the Grand Atrium , Shangri-La Plaza with members , guests and invited personalities officially opened the Japanese themed show.

Some of the Exhibits

Mother and Child -32x 24 x 58cm collected from Tanay, Rizal exhibited by Mr. Alfonso A. Apostol

Melting Lava -30 x 25 x25 cm from Nueva Ecija exhibited by Mr. Joe Kuan

Angel Fish – 38x 18 x42 cm from Tanay, Rizal exhibited by Mrs. Fely Gupit

White Stone Beach 20 x 12 x 10 cm from Tanay, Rizal exhibited by Ms. Lois Estrella

White Flower Stone 30 x 25 x 25 cm Central Luzon exhibited by : Mr. Joe Kuan

Multiple Craters 47 x 23 x 20 cm , Ilocos Sur province exhibited by : Ms. Fely S. Gupit

Green Hornet 17 x 12 x 23 cm , Gabaldon , Nueva Ecija exhibited by Ms. Meddy G. Rosales

Dikdik, 13x 4 x3 cm, Marinduque, exhibited by Mr. Bimbo Vergara 

exhibit area

The exhibit does not have any entrance fee.

Note: Special ” Thanks” to Ms. Norma K. Villanueva, Mr. Jun Balderrama ,Shangri-La Plaza Mall for the photos

Lego Around The World Christmas Exhibit at SM North EDSA

SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Lego Christmas advertisement 

tarpaulin poster of the event

   The author went to  the exhibit  last November 12, 2011 , Unfortunately  that day  I  was not able to bring my everyday companion which is a digital camera (my primary reason in going to the mall  is  Christmas shopping  )  without thinking of an exhibit being held at the place.

Petronas Twin Tower  of Malaysia

I had to come a week later , in order to take pictures of the wonderful exhibit. With many curious on-lookers and two nosy security guards watching carefully on  every moves of every individual taking pictures and passers-by.

Merlion  of Singapore along side with Bank of Asia building of Thailand and Petronas Twin Tower of Malaysia

They would constantly be reminding everyone not to take pictures inside the plastic covered  exhibit . Baka masira ang exhibit ” The exhibit might get ruin.

Saint James Church , Kadayawan Festival of Davao and Nativity Scene 

Some passers-by would make a snide  comment ” Ang sungit naman ng mga guards na iyan, akalain naman nila sisirain ang mga exhibit na iyan” .   The guards are  sulky  , They thought that we will destroy the exhibit.

Philippine jeepney, Statute of Rizal and Saint James Church 

I politely told them that the lego bricks on display are just temporarily fixed they might get topped by just a mere blow of the wind ” .

 Great Wall of China , Forbidden Palace Gate, Tiananmen Square and Dragon Dance 

  I saw a lot of children and children at heart viewing the lego exhibit.  Someone from the organizers told me that there are a lot of lego collectors around the world and even in the Philippines.

Snowman

 LEGO Group  a privately held company based in Billund , Denmark . In 1934, his company came to be called “LEGO”, from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play-well”. By 1947 the company began its expansion by making plastic toys. Two years later in 1949 , Lego began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them “Automatic Binding Bricks”. These bricks were based largely on the patent of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were released in the United Kingdom in 1947.

Farm lands complete with planted vegetables,  tractors, livestock and farm houses

The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, mini figurines  and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.

 capitol building of Camarines Norte

The toys were originally designed in the 1940’s in Denmark and have achieved an international appeal, with an extensive subculture that supports Lego movies, games, video games, competitions, and  at least about half a dozen  Lego theme amusement parks .

Grand Carousel 

A big portion of  the exhibit was executed by a Filipino lego collector  named Mr. Jigs  Manaloto . He started to collects the building blocks since he was 6 years-old! Together with four other enthusiasts they are responsible for building this project in the Philippines.

Star wars in battle  

Lego exhibits are on the tour in several Asian countries  like Indonesia in 2009, 2010 in Malaysia, 2011 in the Philippines and next year in Thailand (2012 ).

Poster of the event held at SM Mall Of Asia – Main Atrium

 I was able to catch their public exhibition last August 12 to 27, 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia  with the theme ” Lego Pilipinas Tara Na at SM Mall of Asia ! ” featuring various Philippine tourist spots  and  last September in Greenbelt-5   Makati  which is very successful.

Relief  Map of the Philippines depicting various tourist spots  photo taken last August, 2011

According to one of the staff  ” the reception of the public is very warm , from young children who barely can speak , teenagers  and even senior citizens “. We are planning to have several more public events next year in the country.

                                                                    

Eiffel Tower of  Paris, France with a curious passers-by

This is not just ordinary tour,  ( you learn geography , famous landmarks, architecture , culture )   People who buys lego sets can also extend a helping hands to the children across the region.

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In partnership with World Vision -Philippines , an  international advocacy organization ( with local chapter) which focused on and assisting the needs, rights and responsibilities of children through sustainable development and education.

 There are 2 ways to help the cause, One is the  Php 100 pesos and Php 200 pesos donation by making a Lego Santa and a Lego Christmas Tree .  Another highlight  during the opening of the event was the lightning of the Christmas Tree by World Vision ambassador Mr. Sam Concepcion . 

winter village accompanied by santa clause 

The exhibit is divided into 4 categories

 Lego Lego Asiafamous Asian landmarks including the Philippines are featured.

Lego Europe– famous landmarks of Europe are featured.

Lego North Pole –  white Christmas and snow theme park are featured .

Lego -Universe –futuristic , science fiction movie characters  are featured.

Taipei 101 Building and Tokyo Tower standing side by side – two of Asia’s most important landmarks

 Snow man and a snow resort

Warriors in a fight scene

Clone Turbo Tank

Lord Garmadon

At the center of the exhibit rise a Christmas Tree Lego bricks made from over 750,000 pieces ! with a Length of 5 meters, Wight  of 5 meters and a Height of 7 meters or almost 21 feet  ! This is a landmark on its own.

Christmas Tree made from Lego bricks at night time 

Lego Christmas tree taken on a different angle during late afternoon

Aside from the exhibit, there is also a contest where kids from 4 years old to 14 years old are invited to join  the lego making contest.

Children busy making their own lego set

Participants will have the chance to win LEGO products worth 5,000 pesos  . Age categories are 4-6 yrs. old, 7-10 yrs. old and 11-14 yrs. old.

Letting your kids play bricks is also a way of interaction with other kids, it improves hand-and-eye coordination and  challenges their imagination to build structures they want as it boosts their self-esteem.

The children are encourage to built their own lego set using their creativity and imagination, there is no right or wrong .

pictures of different kids  with their lego toy creation posted in a wall 

Then their works are taken pictures and are posted on the Lego Picture wall or their facebook account were everyone can view what these children had created.

LEGO AROUND THE WORLD EXHIBIT

SM City North EDSA The Block

2nd Floor, The Block Bldg. North Ave. cor. EDSA, Quezon City

Telephone # 929.6686

Exhibit runs from November 12, 2011 to January 12, 2012

References:

Clague, Kevin, Miguel Agullo, and Lars C. Hassing. LEGO Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub. 2003. ISBN 1-931836-76-0

Willicense, Fransisco. “The LEGO Incorporation: How LEGO Started” ISBN 0-18361-46372

 WWW.Lego.com : http://www.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx

Horticulture 2012-New Trends and Creative Techniques in Horticulture

Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated in cooperation with Quezon Memorial Circle Administration, Quezon City government , media friends,  members of the society  invites everyone to their 36th  annual show.

The show will run from January 26, 2012 to February 6, 2012, for more details please call Mr. Macky PHSI secretariat (02) 377-0234 for more information.

Facebook fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/phsi76

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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