Collection of Religious Chalkware in the Philippines ( Part 2)

In a recent visit to a mid-century ancestral house within Greenhills in San Juan City. I got a privilege to see some of the vintage religious chalk ware items that were on display in a family altar.


Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima were made from eskayola or chalkware

Some of the religious items are still in good condition while those expose to elements got a lot of chipping cause by natural elements and by people rubbing their hands.


Last Supper wall decor made from eskayola/ escayola or chalkware probably made in the mid 1970’s or 1980’s

In my previous post, These chalk ware items are getting hard to come by, since very few people would make them.

Collection of Religious Chalkware


Santo Niño and Our Lady of Lourdes were made from eskayola or chalkware probably in the early 1970’s.

We got about a dozen of religious chalkware, most of which were bought in different areas like Tayuman, Quiapo and Tondo by my mom. The oldest dated ones were probably bought around 1969 or 1970, while the latest one was bought around mid-1994 in Evangelista street, Quiapo district.

There were at least 2 or 3 broken religious chalkware or eskayola in our home kept in storage area. When we took the religious statues to a religious statue restorer, They told us that it would cost a few thousand of pesos just to restore the three items.

We are still thinking if it would be wise to let a professional religious restorer to restore the three broken religious statues or just left them as is.

Bibliographies and References:

Tara Hamling’s Decorating the “Godly” Household: Religious Art in Post-Reformation Britain (Yale University Press, 2010) explores the uses of large-scale religious figural and ornamental plaster moldings, mantels, wall panels, ceilings, and other interior architectural decoration in Protestant domestic spaces from 1560 to 1660.

Personal communications: Mr. Carlo Yap, Professor Dennis Maturan, Edgardo Gamo Jr., Diana Religious Supply Store, Maro Adriano, Salvacion de Vera and Mr. Peter Andres.

Reconnect with Nature in Greenhills Mall

Greenhills Mall in cooperation with Plant Project PH brings to the gardening enthusiasts, students and general public three day bazaar, talks, art exhibit, plant workshop entitled  “Reconnect with Nature” at the Central Mall, Fountain Area, Greenhills Shopping Mall, San Juan, Metro Manila from February 27-29, 2020.

live entertainment show which delighted customers and visitors

Reconnect with Nature

People from all walks of life enjoyed the bazaar and exhibit with feast for the eyes live orchid flower arrangement.

native baskets and fruits

art session

There were over 20 table sellers which promotes different products, services and art sketches from different parts of the metropolis.

Another highlight of the event was live performance, nature pop-up stories, art exhibit,  talks and demonstration workshop on how to take care of tillandsia, cacti, succulent and ornamental plants.

I visited the bazaar and met the organizer of the event who told me that they will be having future shows and partnership with Greenhills Mall and Estancia Mall.

cacti and succulents



showcase exhibit of paintings, cacti and succulents

Unlike other shows, There were no entrance fees and free workshop.



Grand Opening of Blue Post Boiling Crab and Shrimps at Greenhills , San Juan

Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps opened their 3rd Metro Manila after SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia .

crab chowder, spicy beef soup, garlic lemon butter shrimps with corn cobs, crab with fried garlic , fried chicken are some of the in-house specialties of the restaurant.

The rustic fisherman’s wharf inspired restaurant first have their successful restaurant chain in Davao in 2013 , where the some of the freshest ingredients like crabs, shrimps , pomelo , native chickens are sourced from nearby provinces like Davao, Zamboanga and Surigao.

The restaurant theme and foods were inspired by the flavors and cuisines of Louisiana and the popularity of boiled seafood restaurants in the United States.

Aside from good food, there is also an unlimited supply of DIY Nestle powdered juice station and bottomless pineapple drink courtesy of  Dole Philippines. One can also mix juices and form their own flavor ( mixology ) from about half a dozen flavors.

The sitting capacity of the branch is between 140 to 150 persons at any given time.  There is a small private room with a capacity of between 30 to 50 people, ideal for small company .

Dining Experience

visitors enjoy eating with their bare hands and foods are laid out in the table (boodle style )

The restaurant management encourages diners to enjoy their dishes with their bare hands. Food-grade wax paper is used as a plate, along with a plastic bib. Which is one of their tag line is “It’s fun to be messy” since diners will definitely get their fill of seafood while eating with their hands.


Deep fried squid with light batter mixture with sauce.

Calamares– Php 237 per order

Deep fried crab meat with shrimp and pork meat in light batter mixture with sauce.

Crab and Shrimp Roll– Php 259

Boiling Crabs and Shrimps with Corn cobs in three kinds of sauces: Garlic Fried Sauce, Sweet and Spicy Asian Sambal Sauce, and the Savory Boiling Cajun Sauce.


There was an in-house game of mixing powdered juices, The winners were Mr. Bryan Depano ( Blue Post Slim ) and Mr. Apolo Cuenco ( Rocket Apolo ) , While Always Hungry PH won the ” Best in Instagram ” contest . Each of the participant won gift certificate and loot bags courtesy of Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimps , Dole Philippines and Nestle Philippines.

Overall , we liked the menus and the rustic ambiance of the newly opened restaurant. We also had a chance to meet the CEO Mr. Anthony Ang or Mr. AA

Operational Hours: Everyday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Address: 2nd Floor , O-Square Building , Greenhills Shopping Complex, San Juan City ( The building is just in front of Unimart )


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Royal Rumble Fish Show in Greenhills, San Juan

Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society together with different fish societies and Greenhills Shopping Center management will hold a fish show from October 13 to 16, 2016  . The fish show is called ” Royal Rumble ” which will showcase different fish breeds , some of them are rare breeds  on display .

Among the sponsors are Fukuda, The Big Fish Place , Animal Scene , Dymax , Aquavitro , Seachem , Aquatic Imports , Nueva Pet Center , Abo Kingdom , Pepsi and media print partner Manila Bulletin.

The fish show will feature lectures, seminars , exhibits and competition at the show. Unlike other trade fairs and exhibits – There are no entrance fees.

Here are the following categories for ROYAL RUMBLE 2016

** Small Category A ( BOTH Kamfa and ZZ)starts at 2.6 ” TO 3.5″
***Medium Category B – 3.6″ – 5.0″
***Large Category C- 5.1 ” above

***KF or Kamfa Category

Small Cat.a=A – 2.6 – 3.5 “
Medium Cat.B – 3.6″ – 5.5
Large Cat. C – 5.6 ” above


SMALL – 2.6 -3.5”
MEDIUM- 3.6” -5.5”-

(Categories will be based on all of the following characteristics or when applicable : KOK, Color , Pearl, Finnage , Shape , Markings , Face , Deportment, Condition and Over-All Impression.)

A Visit to FootZone Spa in Annapolis , Greenhills San Juan

Ground Floor, 17 Annapolis street , Greenhills , San Juan City , Metro Manila -Philippines

main lobby

I have been visiting my relatives in San Juan and I always pass by Annapolis street on my way to their homes.

waiting lounge with large sofa  and equipped with an assortment of newspapers, magazines, flat screen tv with cable channels and wifi

lounge area with assortment of magazines , newspapers

Footzone Spa had been in the business within the area for about 15 years . The area boast of 500 square meters space with 16 rooms and can accommodate up to 42 bits or clients at any given time . Visitors at the center are also given complimentary tea as part of the service.

cable ready flat screen television

The business had a regular clientele of people living around Greenhills, Ortigas , Makati , Cubao and Quezon City . In fact , there are some local celebrities that are their regular customers .

display cabinet

They also have an interesting display cabinet or showcase set at the lobby that features the materials used by their therapist

ventosa bottles

They have different services offered such as Chinese Foot scrub, Local foot scrub, Body scrub and Ventosa.

massage and sauna room

The spa had also specially trained Chinese massage specialist has been trained by their highly skilled Chinese trained local therapist.

massage room  with massage chairs

 laundry area

There is area where linens and bed sheets are automatically cleaned every time that a clientele . This is a plus point for the establishment .

Here are some of the Services
Foot massage
Acupressure therapy
Air hammer massage
Cupping or Ventosa theraphy
Hot stone therapy

I would recommend my viewers to try and visit their place.

Address : G/F Richbelt Tower , 17 Annapolis St. Greenhills,San Juan, Metro Manila
+63 (2) 705-1301/726-7742 , +63(921) 498-8889, +63(96) 261-6626

Operation Hours:
Monday to Sunday
1:00 PM to 1:30 AM (Last call: 12:00)

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