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Bonding Time at Tramway Buffet Restaurant in Timog Avenue

Timog Avenue, Quezon City -Philippines

I was invited to a simple get together by Mrs. Josefina T. Cura founder and current board member of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club . It was a post birthday celebration and get together by friends of the club. This also serves as our bonding moments .

buffet table

I was not able to join the Christmas party celebration last year due to some commitments . This is not our first time to eat at Tramway buffet restaurant.  In fact, whenever there is a small gathering or simple celebration , we would always pick the place.

some of the buffet viands

Mrs. Cura booked the Tramway -Timog branch several days prior to the event. The place is fully booked and people looking for affordable yet hearty meal must try this restaurant.  It was sunday late afternoon and the restaurant is filled to their capacity .

Tramway- Timog with clients

When we ate there, the buffet menu consisted of steamed pangasius or cream dory  , fried chicken , pancit canton, spaghetti , yang chow fried rice , fried dimsum , sweet and sour pork , pork liver , mapo tofu ,  sushi , egg drop soup, rice porridge , siomai, hakaw, salad station, fresh sliced pineapples, watemelon, papaya , cantaloupe,  siopao, buko pandan gulaman, coffee gelatin, puto , macaroni salad, among others.  The restaurant had an interesting mix of Chinese, Filipino and Japanese dishes.

group photo

Tramway buffet meal may vary from one branch to another . The Timog branch had 5 Function Rooms (good for 14-150 pax) and 2nd Floor Function Room (good for 350-400 pax).

Timog branch cost Php 238.00 adults, Php 170 senior citizen with valid Id’s , Php 158.00 for kids 2.5 ft to 4 ft. and Php 80.00 for toddler below 2.5 ft. , They also have branches located in Banawe, Shaw and Bayview .

For those planning to eat at the Tramway buffet restaurants branches, Here are some of my tips:

1.) Try to make reservation days or even weeks in advance, especially if you are planning to invite a lot of people for any events ( headcount is a must ) . Sometimes, they will require customers to post a down payment especially in large group.

2.) Be On Time

Buffet Lunch ( Monday to Friday 11:00am to 1:00pm , 1:00pm to 3:00pm ) , ( Saturday and Sunday – 1:15pm to 3:15pm ) Buffet Evening Meal starts at 6:00pm to 8:00pm first batch  and 8:00pm to 10:00pm second batch  , so try to be early on the appointed time . Having a reservation however does not guarantee that they will wait for your entourage.

3.) Observe Buffet Guidelines , The establishment have posted them in front of the establishment. Sometimes, clients tend to bring extra person and tasting the food is strictly forbidden . They are also strict with food wastage and leftovers. They also have CCTV cameras.

4.) Bringing in of drinks and other foods inside the establishment is not allowed.

Website: tramway buffet

Address: 65 Timog Avenue , Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Telephone : 415-2005, 410-4237

Email: timog@tramwaybuffet.com

 

 

 

Schedule of Postal Heritage Free Guided Tours for 2012

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club in cooperation with Philpost, Museo ng Maynila , Intramuros Administration, National Press Club , Winners Foundation , Department of Education cordially invites everyone to an afternoon of fun ,travel , unravel stories ,nature tripping, mysteries and ghost sightings behind some of the city’s most historical buildings, wilderness areas and sites! Photography is allowed!

The FREE tour is scheduled on January 15, February 19  March18 ,  April 15, May 20, June 17, 2012 all  third Sunday of the month. This will also coincide the club’s monthly meeting . To those who are interested in coming to the tour, Pre-Registration is on -going  .  Pre-Registration is a must for these FREE Guided tours.

Here are the contact numbers:

Mrs.Josie Tiongson – Cura – ( 0917-9800708 / 735-5001 )
Monday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm only
Ms. Nena De Guzman – ( 527-00 -96) Postal Museum and Library
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm only for parking instruction.
Mr.Lawrence Chan – ( 0919-3901671) Email:L_rence_2003@yahoo.com.

We had a special arrangement with the Post Office to held meetings and even parking space is allotted to those attending.

A short lecture/discussion about stamps other collectibles and object of art will be held simultaneously which starts at 1:30 PM at the main lobby.

You can sign-up for the FREE POSTAL HERITAGE TOURs just by giving your name(s) and contact number(s) . The contact numbers are needed , in case of any sudden schedule changes on the date of the tour.

Meeting Place: Liwasang Bonifacio fountain area
Assembly Time : 12:30PM to 1PM

Itinerary : Arroceros Forest Park, Aduana, Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument, Plaza Mexico, Plaza Roma, Manila Cathedral, Postal Museum and Library, Liwasang Bonifacio, Metropolitan theater, National Press Club grounds , Escolta – Calvo Photo Museum, Bahay Tsinoy ( Php 100 pax)  and Chinatown ( it depends on how fast or slow the participants , some of the itinerary may not be covered)

Itinerary:

Arroceros Forest Park – is one of the last remaining forest park in Manila

Metropolitan Theater
is an art deco building architecture designed by brothers Juan and Arcadio Arellano built in 1931.

Manila Main Post Office
– is a neo-classical building designed and executed by Mr. Juan Arellano, Tomas Mapua and Ralph Daune.

Puerta Isabel 2 Gate – was built in 1861 and was the last gate in Intramuros to be opened for public use.

Monumento del Reina Isabel 2 – The monument was first installed in 1855 in the old Plaza Arroceros (present day Liwasang Bonifacio ) after her ouster. The statute was ordered to be destroyed by the Ayuntamiento de Manila , however Senor Barreto a royal sympathizer hid the statute and the statute was installed in Plaza Ermita in Front of Malate Church( present day Plaza Rajah Soliman)before a powerful Typhoon Patsy ( aka Yoling ) toppled the statute in 1970. The present statute was relocated to the present site in 1975.

National Press Club grounds– The main building was designed by well-known architect Mr. Angel Nakpil in an earthquake style in the 1960′s with interesting Merlion mosaic and see through glass staircase .

Plaza Mexico– This small plaza is located adjacent to the old Intendencia de Manila site of the old Manila galleon trade port. Old letters and goods are dock in this area.

 

Post Crossing Philippines and Enthusiast Eyeball

Manila Central Post Office compound, Manila Philippines

It was a bright sunny day on November 23, 2011 when a small group of  post card and stamp collectors met at the main lobby of the Manila Central Post Office more popularly called Lawton, Post Office .

P.O. Boxes 

The author arrived past 8:00 am then followed -by Mr. Jonathan Blaza a postcard , stamp , coin  collector . Aside from these collections , he also had other hobbies like orchid growing ,  breeding African love birds , scorpions and spiders. He was soon followed by Ms. Julie Flores , Mr. Jong Esteban Caytiles and Mr. Edge Azurin who was the last to arrived . He seems to be lost in the chaotic streets of Manila.

L-R Mr. Jong Caytilles , Lawrence Chan , Mrs. Elenita San Diego -Manager Postage and Philatelic Department , Mr. Jonathan Blaza and Ms. Julie Flores

The small group was also welcomed by Postage and Philatelic Department -manager Mrs. Elenita San Diego.

One of the first agenda of the meet was the short lecture to be conducted by the marketing and administration personnel of the post office,  After a brief question and answer portion. the group led by Ms. Annadel Bangalisan who toured the group in the post office operations.

L-R Mr. Edge Azurin , Mr. Jonathan Blaza , Ms. Olive Valderama Operation Officer , Ms. Julie Flores and Mr. Jong Caytiles

section where letters are sorted 

According to the group discussion , some of the unusual packages and letters that were received by the post office were pornographic materials, semen samples, drugs , illegal weapons, firearms and even marijuana .  The most recent was the anthrax  scare  in January 7, 2009 were about a dozen postal employees were said to be expose on the substance . The package contained a powdery substance, which according to our resource person , said follows a trend of 70-plus hoaxes sent to several US post offices and missions.  Most of the items were confiscated by the post office.

boxes of business class letters ready to be sorted and delivered

registered mail service by the Philpost from a well-known insurance company 

A short lecture by Ms. Olive Valderama was conducted . Mostly on the operations of the post office . The small group also went to the section for  sorting of letters and registered business  mail

Grendizer TV anime and manga character by Mr. Go Nagai

This life-sized statute was initially shipped to France, Its total mail cost which included air- freights  and custom duties  reached well over 14,000 pesos ! However the recipient in France did not accept the package and was returned back to the country.

Dead Mail Section

Dead Mail Office / Section   A letter or package becomes “dead” when neither its sender nor its recipient can be identified, most often because the delivery address is incorrect or absent and the return address is also incorrect or absent. Morie the sender address the letter to Mr. Philip Dari- this postcard unfortunately never made it to the recipient ( maybe without stamps )

   The dead mail office in which undelivered letters and parcels could be found (In the Philippines,  it would take at least 3 times for these items to be delivered by postal employees to the recipient before they end-up in this office .  )

United States Postal Service adopted the more politically correct name “mail recovery center” to refer to what had been gloomily known as the dead letter office. Besides giving a positive outlook  to the concept of a dead letter office by focusing on the mail that is actually recoverable, the other change in the name – a shift from “letter” to “mail” – since the US postal service also included parcels.

bust of batman

These are some of the reasons ‘why” the letters or parcels may not be able to reach their owners.

a.) Insufficient address  – Senders use an incorrect recipient address and omit a return address / change of address without proper notification to the postal workers or to the community.

b.) In-legible handwriting- sometimes ink smeared beyond recognition is the culprit .

c.) Fictitious name and Fictitious address . Some of the recipient would put Bugs Bunny, Santa Clause, Count Dracula etc….

d.) Refusal to accept by the recipient of the letters / parcel

e.) Items are mistakenly dropped into mail boxes with other mail.

f.)  Illegal items like drugs

space rocket made from wood

   Before these items are properly auctioned -off to interested buyers. This usually takes several months . Then , the small group went to the small air conditioned eatery at the back of the post office to eat the lunch. Some of the group started arranging their giveaways and postcards items for swapping .

                                                          PEDCO eatery  is one of the few canteens located within the post office compound

This so called eyeball / meet-up or swap meet was organized by some members of the Post Crossing Philippines and Post Crossing Enthusiast face book members  .   Unlike regular meetings of other societies and clubs , most of the interactions made was by internet and Facebook ,  swapping with fellow postcard collectors. Most of the physical activities are intermittent since most of the members are busy and out of town.

postcards from the dead mail section of the post office

Postcard Collecting or Deltiology is considered as one of the  popular hobbies in the country . It caters to travelers , students , diplomats, post card and  stamp collectors but due to changing times, postcard collecting is  slowly confined to a small community  and sometimes few vintage pre-war postcards  items would also be  sold in some collecting group like Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club , Bayanihan Collectors’ Club or Philippine Numismatic and Antiquarian Society during their monthly meeting.

giveaway for the attendees

Postcards and stamps  compliment  each other. Both tell a story , both are used as a form of communication. while postcards serves as an open type of letter  and stamps are also used as a  proof of delivery rendered  by the post office. Some may say that  due to the internet age , just like snail mail, post card swapping and collecting is slowly dying . But , this eyeball meet may prove the skeptics wrong . At around  past 1:00 pm members of the group started arriving at the postal museum and library .

The 20 plus members of the group were very friendly and some came from as far as Cagayan de Oro City, Baguio, Laguna and United States of America .

Ms. Ruby Ricafrente is the founder of the group

A blogger , post card , key chain and fridge magnet collector. She hails from the city of golden friendship Cagayan de Oro City.

Ms. Jenny Dominguez is from Baguio City and took time to attend the swap meet and eyeball

She usually makes and design her own postcards using cute comic characters like Hello Kitty . She also collects vintage postcards

for those interested in swapping with her . Contact Information: P.O. Box 728 Baguio City 2600 Philippines

Mr. Ceferino Francisco III nickname:  Von Francisco loves to collect ” Map Postcards” , stamps  and pen pals for those interested in swapping items with him :

Contact Address: Block . 148 Lot 10 Central Bicutan , Taguig City , 1633

Ms. Arlene Colado is From Iligan City

for those interested in swapping with Her Ms. Arlene Collado c/o Ms. Ester Vergon (Iligan Post Office 9200 Iligan City ) She is also a blogger.

Ms. Hazel Holbrook

Address:11203 Water Oak Drive 3605 80th Avenue SE Flint Texas

75762 Jamestown , North Dakota 58401

For those interested in swapping with her, She collects banknotes, stamps,  fridge magnets, postcards and even small glasses

    She gave away interesting magnets from North Dakota , small glasses and postcards from North Dakota . She has a sunny disposition in life and her warm smile kept everyone happy.

Ms. Gennie Corbito or ( Ms. Gene)

Ms. Gene is interested in postcards and old Manila  Contact information: 158 O. De Guzman Street IVC , Marikina City 1802

Ms. Ria R. Romero C/O MTCC BR I. Naga City Camarines Sur 4400

Ms. Ria collects stamps, postcards  and coins. She also customizes postcards and had a blog about postcards.

Mrs. Christine Yao Amador with her daughter is from Laguna . She started to collect postcard more than 10 year ago upon joining the group,  she again restarted the passion to collect postcards .

Mrs. Willa Castro- Stock is from Malabon 

For those who wanted to swap with her. Address: #3 White Lily Street, Araneta Village , Malabon City 1474

      She collects postcards , maximum card and a postcard blogger .

Mr .Edge Azurin

Mr. Edge Azurin is a registered nurse and collects postcards and stamps.

For those interested in swapping with him.

Contact Details: #3 Orkidia Ext. Street. Pembo Fort Bonifacio, Makati City

members of the group pose for a souvenir shot

It  was past 4:00PM when the group ordered a simple snacks which consists of pancit palabok  and soft drinks at the nearby eatery.

pancit palabok ordered from PEDCO eatery

There were mini- raffles , postcard swapping and a lot of chit chat with fellow collectors.  The group then quickly send their postcards in order to beat the 5:00pm closing time. The original plans of touring Intramuros particularly Fort Santiago ,  San Agustin Church and Museum was shoved off due to time constraint . I missed -out a few personalities during the eyeball since everyone is quite busy and press for more time.

At past 6:00pm, the small pack decided to have an impromptu food trip in Binondo. The group walk towards  Quintin Paredes ( Rosario) street  then proceeded to Eng Bee Tin bakery and several more restaurants within the vicinity.

Mr. Von Francisco and Jonathan Blaza taking picture of the dishes 

The group then ordered one of the in-house specialty of SuZhou Dimsum .  According to Ms. Doris Chua the manager of the restaurant, Su Zhou is located in Jiangsu province  is known not only for their food but also beautiful women in China. She  also told the group that their Mabini branch is open 24 hours and also accepts orders and catering services.

sour sauteed shredded potato

These pale-looking, spaghetti-like thin strips are shreds from a potato . The potatoes are blanched  then sauteed in hot peanut oil , sliced green and red bell pepper, vinegar, spring onion leaves and  fresh chillies.

Oyster omelette best accompanied  by banana ketchup 

The group then ordered oyster cake or oyster omelette . The dish consists of an omelette with a filling primarily composed of small  oyster ( talaba ) starch (typically potato ) is mixed into the egg batter and spring onions , giving the resulting egg wrap a thicker consistency. vegetable oil  is often used to fry the omelette. Depending on regional variation, a savory sauce may then be poured on top of the omelette for added taste.

Contact Information:

Address: 807 Sabino Padilla  (Gandara)  Street, Sta. Cruz , Manila

Telephone: 309-73-02 / 733-0530

Store operations: 11:00am to past 10:00pm ( variable)

Ambos Mundos Restaurant at night

The group then proceeded to Salazar Bakery for another round of  sampling of their products.  We walk towards the Sta. Cruz area and went to one of Manila’s famous restaurant landmarks Los Ambos Mundos and  Sun Wah Restaurant.

list of menus listed in blackboard- reminiscence of 19th century Manila

Ambos Mundos was first opened in the late 19th century,  Some say that it dates back to 1888 while some old-time residents of Manila say the restaurant was opened sometime in 1890’s  which was originally located at Estero Cegado

Calle Cegado – from the Spanish word estero cegado meaning a ” closed -up estuary ”  . 

The estero was gradually filled up with soil and  rock and was renamed- Calle Cegado . The street is located in between   present day Isetann Quiapo and SM City- Quiapo near Plaza Goiti ( now Plaza Lacson)  and specializes in Filipino- Spanish cuisine. There were two other restaurants  located in Ermita and Carriedo looked after by the three sister of  Mang Domeng the great grand father of  Mr. Gaudinez. Over time,  they had to closed the two because of personal reasons and changes in business interests.

According to one of the staff, they were forcibly moved from Calle Cegado for a planned light railway transit station. Their new restaurant closed when the family immigrated to  Winnepeg, Canada in 1993 and reopened in 1997 when Mr. Gaudinez retuned .

signage

The origin of the word which means “both worlds”, is considered one of the oldest still existing restaurants in Manila. It is owned by Mr. Greg Gaudinez, a Spanish mestizo and his wife Mrs. Kathy Leung- Gaudinez who is of Filipino- Chinese  descent. According to the staff of the restaurant , the original Ambos did not served Paella moreso and asado rolls  but the closest  Chinese cuisine that Ambos served then, was pancit (bihon or canton).

group picture

As the fourth generation successor of the family business, Greg decided to move Ambos Mundos  from its original location to a new one along Florentino Torres  Street where it would be made more visible to the curious passers-by . The location of the new restaurant is near Claro M. Recto Avenue and about 5  minutes walking distance from  LRT line 1 ( Doroteo Jose station ) and about 8 to 10 minutes walking distance from LRT line 2 ( Recto- Isetann station).

Among this restaurant long list of celebrity clientele includes Dolphy, Chiquito ,German Moreno, Philip Salvador, Alona Alegre, Pacquito Diaz, Rene Saguisag among others.

Address:750- 752 Florentino Torres St., Sta. Cruz , Manila 1003 ,Philippines

Phone Number (+63 2) 734-1160 / (+632 ) 734-41-08
 Sun Wah Restaurant was opened in 1955 which specializes in Filipino- Chinese ( Cantonese)  dishes . The dining set-up is similar to that of Ambos Mundos, with an open air at the ground floor and a larger air-conditioned second floor. What sets it apart from Ambos  Mundos is the menagerie you will encounter on your way to the second floor.  You can  order same meal that both Ambos and Wah Sun restaurant offers . The air conditioned room is also ideal for many occasions.

pot-belied pigs greeted visitors to the restaurant

The group noticed  two pot bellied pigs at the entrance of  the restaurant. These pigs serves as an unofficial ambassador of goodwill  to all customers and passers-by . They also serves as good luck  for the restaurant. Living nearby at Tomas Mapua street in the early 1990’s . I remember that those pigs were not yet part the the restaurant and maybe acquired in the late 1990’s . The author  inquisitively  asked one of the restaurant staff  on what food do these pigs eat ? one of the staff told me that these pigs are well-taken cared for by the owners and they are not given table scraps . 

Arawana fish on display

Tourist Attraction:  is not only well known for their foods but also for their added  exotic animal  display.

Mr. Jonathan Blaza pose with WWF stamps ( Photo credit : Ms. Julie Flores)

Exotics animals like  python, saltwater  crocodile, fishes like eels, freshwater fishes,  carps, African lovebird , budgerigars , skink , pet dogs  among others in  their restaurant.

entrance to Sun Wah restaurant with two security guards

Tragic Story: According to the restaurant manager ,  the old restaurant ( made from wood) got burned  to the ground after a gas tank leaked from a nearby company sometime in 1993 . Four of their cooks got third degree burns and were hospitalized for a month. The family decided to rebuild the restaurant within just a month after the fire.

going upstairs with  vintage flamenco dancers poster

After the tragic incident , The restaurant status was change into a family corporation and the old name was changed from Sun Wah Panciteria to Wah Sun Cantonese Restaurant  before returning back to its original name .  Later, Mr. Benjamin Leung daughter Kathy married Mr. Greg Gaudinez, a fourth generation owner of  Ambos Mundos.  Since then, Ambos was transferred from Quiapo  and rebuilt in front of Sun Wah.  Then in the year 2000,  Mr.  Benjamin Leung was shot dead by a thief in front of the restaurant.  According to some eyewitness account , the thief might be surveying the locality  . Things dramatically changed for the restaurant.

pork asado with sweet sauce

Despite the tragedy, life went on inside the restaurant and the five siblings teamed up to run the place that has become their father’s legacy. What is notable is both of the restaurant had survived  despite tragedies like the last world war ,  fire and the death of its owner/founder.

pork asado with pickle relish- one of the restaurant specialties

fried rice with shrimps and pork

The group also ordered their fried rice served in a medium sized bowl. The serving looks deceiving small  but all 6 of us were able to eat .  For budget travelers, it is wise to pool in money before ordering the food . The food of both restaurant (taste) ,  ambiance ,  history and experience is a must for all . After more than 12 hours of tour, food trip, historical trivia, eyeball , raffles and games, the small group  parted ways at around past 9:00pm.

Address :747 Florentino Torres St. Sta. Cruz, Manila ( just beside the Ambos Mundos)

Telephone # (+ 632)733-67-09 , 733-67-18, 734-1160 Telefax (+632) 734-4101

Store operates : from 8:00am to 11:00pm both restaurants ( everyday ) except Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

Stamp Collecting – It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

 Manila, Philippines

The Philippine Philatelic Federation in partnership with the  Philippine Postal Corporation together with Chinese Philatelic Club of the Philippines (CPCP),  Cebu Philatelic Society ( CPS), Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club ( FSCC) , International Philippine Philatelic Society (IPPS), Quezon Philatelic Society (QPS) , Naga Philatelic Society and other guest stamp clubs from across the country will mount this year’s biggest stamp show  dubbed as PHILPEX 2012 .

Poster of  PHILPEX 2012 National Stamp Exhibition and Competition

   The event will be held from January 24 to February 3, 2012 at the Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby, which will be joined by various stamp organizations all over the country. The stamp will feature our annual exhibit that will comprise of past winning entries of Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) International Stamp Exhibition , Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) and will stage a national competition. Winners of this event will represent the country in various international stamp competitions for 2012 to 2013.

The opening  ceremonies will be on January 24,2012 at 9:30 am in the  Philippine Postal Corporation main lobby within Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila

The Theme of the event is “ Knowledge and Fun through Stamp Collecting” which targeted the general public. Stamp collecting can enrich one person’s knowledge through learning their country, history, culture, arts, heritage, nature, and industries among others.

The exhibition will run from January 24 to February 3, 2012 at the lobby of the Philippine Postal Corporation Building in Liwasang Bonifacio 1000 Manila.

In line with this event, a Special FREE Guided Exhibition tour within the site will be conducted by Postal Heritage Tour guru Mr. Lawrence Chan on January 28, 2012 SATURDAY 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and another one from 1:00pm to 3:00pm  for more information and booking for this special tour please contact  :

Email: L_rence_2003@yahoo.com  or  mobile: (0919=3901671)

For more information about the event, please contact the Philippine Philatelic Federation secretary Mrs. Josefina T. Cura at 735-5001 / 0917-9800708.

Media Partners Included: Philpost media website, National Broadcasting Network channel 4, Tulay forthnightly newspaper, People’s Tonight, People’s Journal, UNTV cahnnel 37, sonshine television channel 39, Buy and Sell newspaper among others.

Philippine Postal Corporation goes high tech on their 228th anniversary

poster in front of the Post Office building

lively dance presentation by Philpost employees marked the opening day celebration

Last November 8, 2011 Philippine Postal Corporation marked their 228th anniversary of the Philippine postal service with the theme “ PHILPOST: Bagong Simula Bagong Sigla”.  “ New Beginning New Vigor ”.It aims to revive the whole postal system thru more efficient way of servicing the public.

crowd listened to the speech of the postmaster

 People from all walks of life, media partners, philatelists, students, philpost employees  attended the opening day celebrations.

The author  and Ms. Jennice T. Guico a student of Ramon Magsaysay High School  being interviewed by Ms. Donita Rose and Mr. Andrei Felix -hosts of Umagang Kay Ganda – a popular morning show of ABS-CBN channel 2

L-R Ms. Ofelia Solis ( teacher) , Author, Ms. Jennice T. Guico, Ms. Susan Frances P. Barredo and Ms. Carol Noces ( teacher ) Ramon Magsaysay High School in Manila together with Mr. Andrei Felix , Umagang Kay Ganda -host

Ms. Jennice Guico a student of Ramon Magsaysay High School still write letters and correspondence to her OFW mother  based in Vietnam , according to her despite the modern technologies like electronic mail services  ” Writing a letter enhanced her writing skills and makes her relationship with her mother more personalized”

biometric data service registration booth

 Biometrics is the technology that Philpost  launched to minimized forgeries of Postal ID’s . With the new system , Philpost can identify a specific human being. It is primarily used to provide security for personal or business assets. A biometrics system must first store a person’s  data. Then, when someone tries to access a personal or business system, the stored biometric data is compared to the data of the person currently accessing the system. If the data matches up, the person can have access to the protected information.

History:

Governor General Basco organized a postal system throughout the archipelago in 1783. First postage stamp was issued on February 1, 1854. It was not until April 2, 1992 that, by virtue of Republic Act 7354, that the postal system became known as the Philippine Postal Corporation or Philpost. Nevertheless, its history predates the independent republic we now know today as the Philippines.

The event also coincided with the “ National Stamp Collecting Month ” which is being celebrated every month of November.

  L-R Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol (APMG Finance ) , Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta and Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Head Manager -Postage and Philatelic Department) pose for a souvenir shot

Philatelic exhibit featuring 2011 stamp issued by Philpost

Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta  is  the chairperson of the Heritage Conservation Society , vice- chair of the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission and Executive Assistant to the office of the Mayor in a keynote speech  ” When I won Miss International in 1964 and living in San Juan, people from all parts of the world would write letters and i am amazed with the efficiency of the postal system  , despite lacking complete address , Philpost postman  somehow could locate my exact home address”.

Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta was the guest of honor in behalf of Mayor Alfredo Lim

Special guests of honor included Miss International 1964 Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta and Ms. Tess Debuque of National Information Officer – United Nations Information Center.

Ms. Tess Debuque and Postmaster Ms. Josie dela Cruz  presented a framed PNOY inaugural stamps to Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta as a token of appreciation

One of the highlights of the celebration included the awarding of outstanding postal employees for the current year 2011.

Outstanding Philpost employees together with special guests and Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz

The list included Ms. Liliosa D. Bioco (postman II) Postal Region VIII, Tacloban City, Mr. Leonilo T. Gatdula , Jr. ( Heavy Equipment Operator FSMDC, Central Office ) Ms. Diosdada M. Marquez ( Marketing specialist II ) OAPMG for Marketing , Central Office, Mr. Nonito L. Pelobello ( Supervising Postal Service Officer, Postal Region VI, Iloilo City , Mr. Bienvenido G. Salcedo ( Director II) Postal Region XI, Zamboanga City , Mr. Rodolfo O. Tan (Postal Teller III) National Capital Region  and Mr. Antonio A. Tenebro ( Postmaster I) Postal Region XII, Cotabato City.

The seven outstanding postal employees also received a plaque, cash gift of Php 25,000 each, Dr. Tam’s  medicinal tea and if eligible they can be promoted.

Ms. Diosdada M. Marquez (4th from left)  – Marketing Specialist II OAPMG for Marketing , Central Post Office drew the loudest cheer among this year’s awardees. Her effort in last year’s election and corporate accounts  resulted in a hefty 50 million pesos in revenue.

L-R Ms. Bianca Marie R. Ferrel 2nd place, Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao 3rd place, Ms. Cherilyn Patrocino Sta. Ana -1st place

Out of the several hundred of entries in the 41st nationwide letter writing contests conducted by Universal Postal Union or UPU , three students was chosen . The theme for the competition is “Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you”.

3 winners of the UPU letter writing contest

Ms. Cherilyn Patrocino Sta. Ana ( Ateneo de Naga ) won first prize , she also bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost, stamp album with stamps, medal  and a cash prize of Php 15,000!

Ms. Bianca Marie R. Ferrel ( Ateneo de Davao) won second place , she bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost , stamp album with stamps , medal and a cash prize of Php 10,000

Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao

Ms. Charlette Alessi F. Inao ( Sacred Heart School )- Ateneo de Cebu won third place , she bagged a commemorative plaque from Philpost, stamp album with stamps, medal and a cash prize of Php 5,000

Signing the official First Day Issue together with Mrs. Josie De La Cruz and Hon. Cesar N. Sarino

In this day of internet and modern ways of communication, There are still a whole lot more of people who still collects stamps and still write letters. According to the die-hard letters writers , ” This make their letters more formal and more personalized” rather than relying on computer keyboard fonts.

Mr. Prab Reyes

Mr. Prab Reyes of UP Diliman won first place in the stamp design contest organized by Philpost and United Nations  “International Year of the Forest 2011” , He bagged home a commemorative plaque with stamps, and Php 15,000 in cash .

first day cover

The stamp issue is  classified as a “Special” kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 70,000 pieces.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

L-R Postmaster General Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz, Current Philpost Board Chairman Hon. Cesar N. Sarino , Ms. Tess Debuque  during the ribbon cutting ceremony

  Postmaster and CEO Hon. Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz being interviewed by a senior reporter Mr. Noel Perfecto PTV channel 4 .

Mr. Andrei Felix and Ms. Donita Rose together with the postmaster

Mr. Hans W. Becker together with the postmaster general Mrs. Josie Dela Cruz

Mr. Hans W. Becker is the editor -in -chief of International Philippine Philately Society . He was born in Germany (Düsseldorf)  and lived in Luxemburg until 1977 . In 2010 he came to Cebu .  He is also an active member of Cebu Philatelic Society, Filipinas Stamp Collector’s Club, International Philippine Philatelic SocietyPampanga Collectors’ Society. He is an avid collector of Philippine stamps , coins, paper bills , postcards and maxi-cards. He won numerous awards from here and abroad . He is now presently residing in Cebu with his Filipina wife.

For those who wanted to trade:

Contact Information: 747 M. Pacubas Drve, Mambaling 6000 Cebu City

Filipino Inventors’ Society exhibit booth

There is also an exhibit booth of the Filipino Inventors’  Society with about 25 members that  actively participated in the event.

Mr. Clemente M. Covaria

Mr. Clemente M. Covaria is a member of the Filipino Inventors’ Society ( his novelty products) included novel signage. His slogan ” A Novel Signage Mean for Advertising Purposes ” is a way for his creative works to be notice.

novel signage

for those who might be interested in his works.

Contact information:  Unit 2013, Guadalupe BLISS, Cembo, Makati City

Cellphone: (09219-78-5598)

native delicacies from Biñan , Laguna

Aling Nene’s is a popular home made delicacies based in the town of  Biñan specializes in Puto Biñan, Puto Pao, Puto Cake, Kutchinta, Espasol, Buko Pie, Pandan Pie, Ube Buko Pie, Cassava, Macaroons, Crispy Okoy.

Contact Person: Ms. Joy S. Mendiola

Address: General Malvar, San Vicente Biñan , Laguna

Cellphone  : 0919-8679591

Landline: (049)511-3475 / (049)511-32-08

Email: Joys_mendiola@yahoo.com

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan lectured basic philately to high school students

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan of Pampanga Collectors’ Society is an active bibliophile, philatelist , post card , bank note and coin collector . He is based in Pampanga. He had published numerous books about philately, paper bills and Rizaliana.

Contact address : 63 Santiago St., Sta. Ana, Pampanga

P.O. Box 5050 San Fernando ,Pampanga

key chain made from cut styro

Mr. Antonio P. Agtoto is a Filipino inventor of styro electronic Cutter with patent no. UM 8377 , He won various national awards like 3rdplace in the 1st Luzon Invention Competition, 3rd place in National Inventors Week 2001, Finalist in Filipino Inventors Week contest . His styro cutter is making waves in other countries like in Japan , Korea and the United States. While his styro products is selling like hot cakes in national trade shows.

Agtoto Enterprise

Address: 10- H Ilaw Street , San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City

AANI Herbal Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle , Elliptical Circle  Quezon City

Contact Person: Inventor Mr.  Antonio Agtoto

  Landline : (413-34-89 )

 Cellphone : 0916-828-2687 / 0906-37-377618 /0909-35921225

The Technical description of the 2011 United Nations Issue International Year of the Forests stamps are as follows:

Kind of Issue: Special

Denominations and Quantity: Php7.00 / 70,000 pieces

Date of Issue: October 24, 2011

Last date of Sale: October 23, 2012 ( as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 30 mm x 40 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing: Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: APO Production Unit

Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
United Nations Information Center (Manila)

Website Link:http://philpost.gov.ph/web/2011-united-nations-issue-international-year-of-the-forests-special-stamps/

FILPEX 2010 National Stamp Exhibit and Competition

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club under the auspices of Philippine Philatelic Federation and in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation and City of Manila will have its National Stamp Competition and Exhibit of some of the country’s top stamp clubs and collectors of different themes.

The stamp exhibition will highlight the club’s 15th year anniversary and the various advocacy  projects like the Postal Heritage Walking Tour , Lectures , Basic stamp collecting and heritage promotion of some of Manila’s most historic buildings and areas in which the club had initiated for the past several years.

The theme for this anniversary would be ” Appreciation and Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting

FILPEX 2010 invitation poster

Some of the exhibit will showcase Philippine stamp heritage from the Pre-Postal , Spanish , Aguinaldo revolutionary regime, American or United States Philippine Island , Japanese occupation  and the Republic issues from 1946, thematic stamp collection from birds, orchids, insects etc…

Special guest of honor will include the current Postmaster General Hon. Antonio Z. De Guzman, Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary  Hon.  Heminio Coloma , Manila Tourism and Heritage  , members of various Philatelic clubs and Philippine Philatelic Federation among others.

Media Partners include UNTV channel 37, Tulay Forthnightly Digest ( this digest is inserted twice a month in World Daily News a Filipino- Chinese newspaper) Studio channel 23, NBN channel 4 , Buy and Sell Newspaper

Unlike other exhibit , This is open for the public without any entrance FEES!

Date: December 1  to 8, 2010

Venue: Philippine Postal Corporation Main lobby

Opening : December 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM
For more information on this event: Please contact : Mr. Lawrence Chan (0919-3901671) Filpex 2010 media and publicity head  Mrs. Josie T. Cura – exhibit (735-5001 ) monday to saturday 1PM to 5PM / (0917- 9800708)

Stamp Collecting as Hobby & Investment

Last Februry 21,2010 third sunday of the month,  Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club hosted three simultaneous event.

Stamp collecting seminar poster on the lobby of the Philippine Postal Office

The first was the regular club’s monthly fellowship meeting were pertinent matters and auction was held . Another was the Free Postal Heritage Walking Tour in which about a dozen people had confirmed joining but somehow only 6 people managed to come . Maybe it was because of the intense summer heat that made some of the confirmed participants back-out on the last minute !

Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus and Mr. Dojie Luteria

Then, the Stamp Collecting Seminar which was handled by the education and information committee of the club led by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus , Mr. Dojie Luteria , Mrs. Josefina T. Cura  . The stamp collecting seminar series was just planned in less than 3 -week period . This is one of the year’s opening salvo , One of the club’s  main objectives is  to reach out to those people who would like to start collecting stamps or in the intermediate collecting stage  especially when the summer vacation is about to begin .

We arrived at around 12:20 p.m. at the Postal Museum and Philatelic Library located at 3rd Floor of the Security building within the compound of the Manila Central Post office in Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita , Manila.

The author received a short call from Mr. Tito Basa ( walking tour participant)  and he told me that they are already waiting at the fountain area of the Liwasang Bonifacio .  Immediately , i went down and met them at the fountain area.

statute of  Graciano Lopez Jaena on the grounds of National Press Club

From the usual chit chat , I formally introduced myself to the tour group and the group proceeded to the monthly fellowship meeting, then to Manila Central Post Office to view the exhibits of Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo.

walking tour participants inside Manila Central Post office building

Group then proceeded to the National Press Club compound , Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument , Plaza Mexico , ruins of Intendencia ( Aduana )  then going back to the Postal Museum and Library .

Adolfo Lopez Mateos statute at Plaza Mexico ( Mexican President from 1958 to 1964)

Adolfo López Mateos (26 May 1909 – 22 September 1969) was a Mexican   politician affiliated to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)who served as President of Mexico  from 1958 to 1964. As president, he nationalized electric companies, created the National Commission for Free Textbooks (1959) and promoted the creation of prominent museums; such as the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City .

FDC commemorative stamp of state visit

During the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal, Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos made a State Visit to the Philippines from October 20th to 23rd of 1962 in response to the visit of Macapagal in 1960, who was Vice President at the time. 1964 was decreed the “Year of Philippine-Mexican Friendship” to celebrate the Fourth Centennial of the Expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.


Manila Main Post Office columns

The pre-registered participants of the seminar slowly came and by around past 1:00 p.m. There were already over 30 participants in the seminar. The club initial target was just about 20 participants for the seminar since the publicity and preparations for the event was just done in a matter of barely 3- week period.

But in the final count , there were around 50 people who came to the seminar notwithstanding the usual family day period and braving  heat of the summer.

Ms. Nena De  Guzman gave an interesting discussion on the role of Philatelic Museum

The stamp collecting seminar event was highlighted by the inspirational talks  of Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria, Mr. Archie Amara , Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo and Ms. Nena De Guzman .

Dr. Hemogenes Lorenzo gave one of the most interesting inspirational talk on his passion of stamp collecting and at the end of his talk raffled several rare Philippine stamps ,  First Day Cover  , cash prize of P250.00 to two lucky participants of the seminar .

Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo

Handouts which included a stamp journal, stamp collecting primer, free stamps were given to the list of pre-registered participants of the seminar . The participants were also given free pencils and philatelic bulletins courtesy of PHILPOST thru Ms. Nena de Guzman while  snacks were sponsored by the club’s officers  Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria and Mrs. Josefina T. Cura .

Before the end of the successful seminar , the officer of the club announced that there will be another series of stamp collecting seminar before the end of summer.