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Highlights of the 39th Marian Procession in Intramuros

There are  more than 140 beautifully and elaborately-adorned carriages bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary with her different titles from different parts of the country were part of the 39th Grand Marian Procession.

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Our Lady of Fatima

There were between 70,000 to 80,000 people which visited the grand procession. Most are devotees from different parts of the archipelago.

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Sacta Maria Stella Matutina of Familia Zapanta and Quiocho, Taytay , Rizal province

This also coincide with celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last sunday December 2, 2018.

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foreign tourists at Plaza de España

There are also several foreign tourists and devotees who also took time to visit the processional carriages before the actual procession had started.

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Nuestra Señora delos Dolores de Turumba of Pakil, Laguna devotees

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participants with colorful traje de mestiza

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Virgin of the Poor

The grand marian procession also coincide with the Catholic church observance of the first sunday of advent.

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Our Lady of the Barangay

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Ina Poon Bato carriage with vegetable, fruits, tillandsia and cut flowers

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Tillandsia usenoides

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pineapples, string beans, banana blossom and baskets are part of the elaborate floral and agricultural produce arrangement

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Our Lady of Hope

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lyre band

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Mary of Help Christians with devotees from Boac, Marinduque dress in Roman Moriones

The grand procession was very festive and was organized by the Confradia de la Inmaculada Conception Foundation in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and different Marian congregations.

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cadets were also drafted and served as escort to the processional image of Our Lady of Fatima

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participants with colorful floral costumes

The three-kilometer procession route are beehives of all sorts of activities. There are people singing, colorful local costumes and devotees distributing devotional pamphlets.

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Our Lady of Holy Rosary of Pacita, Laguna

Most of the processional carriages and the images were arranged as early as lunchtime within Paseo de Magallanes near Bureau of Immigration, Intendencia de Manila and Soriano avenue within Intramuros.

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The solemn parade started at around past 4:00 pm in the afternoon from Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral and will slowly wind its way through the streets of the Walled City.

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beautifully embroidered vestment

The well venerated images include among others the Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat from Cagayan Valley; Our Lady of Guibang in Gamu, Isabela; Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Guimaras, Iloilo; Nuestra Señora de Salvacion; Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion; Our Lady of Lourdes; Our Lady of Fatima; Our Lady of Buen Suceso; Our Lady of Pillar; Our Lady of the Abandoned; Our Lady of Victories; Our Lady of La Salette from Silang, Cavite; Our Lady of Namacpacan from Luna, La Union; Our Lady of Manaoag from Pangasinan.

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La Virgen Dolorosa de Murcia

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Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario del Manaoag with camarero and devotees

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Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija province

Our Lady of Divine Shepherdess or La Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija; Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu; Our Lady of Soledad of Porta Vaga, patroness of Cavite; Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of Bicol; Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Turumba from Pakil, Laguna; 0ur Lady of La Naval; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Our Lady of the Rosary from Rosario, Cavite; Virgen Milagrosa del Santissimo Rosario from Orani, Bataan.

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39th Marian Procession poster at Casa Manila

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devotees and pilgrims from Catanduanes, Bicol region

Several other highly revered Marian images accompanied by a contingent of Marian devotees from each town or province.

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devotees in light blue barot’s saya

Last year, a replica of the image of Mary, Help of Christians was included in the procession symbolic of the original image which was destroyed during the Battle of Marawi.

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Plaza Roma

Some of the participants and provincial delegates were already at the main plaza before 12:00 noon.

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Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario

Among popular souvenirs are devotional pamphlets, estampitas, salt, handkerchiefs, cloth among others are popular souvenirs of the event.

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sacristans holding candles and rosaries

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consorts with candles from Cavite

There are big plans for next year’s 40th Annual Marian Procession with more images and bigger crowd expected to participate.

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12 Tips on How to Thrift Shopping at Dapitan Arcade and Kanlaon Street

It is Christmas season once again.  One way to get best value for your money is to visit some thrift market or bazaars in Metro Manila.

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shells and shell crafts

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makeshift tents and stall line the sidewalk area

One of the best places to visit aside from Divisoria is Dapitan Arcade and adjacent streets like Dapitan Street and Kanlaon Street.

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assorted nutcrackers

The area is known for the export overrun items, handicrafts items, Christmas decor and some cheap China made items.

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Christmas decors are the most popular items for sale

Here are 12 Important Tips on How to Thrift Shopping

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plastic poinsettias flowers and Christmas decor balls may also be found in other market places

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Christmas village complete with lights and accessories (probably made in China or Taiwan)

1.) Try to Scout other well-known areas beforehand. – Some items might also be sold at far more expensive or cheaper prices.

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mid-century house with some make shift stalls selling figurines and decors

2. ) Know what items you need. – One must have a ready list of items you needed at home or items that you want to give away as gifts. Try to make a short list of items. Some people who do not have a list, sometimes end up buying more or items which they do not need.

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different kind of figurines, candle holder and display items- most are made from hard resin or fiberglass from China.

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suki market

3.)Suitable parking space is limited- Parking space is rather limited, try to bring 1 or 2 more people for extra helping hands. Try to spare some loose change.

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4.)Try to Scout the area- The area also includes some side streets and make-shift tents before making any purchases.

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5.) Be Early – Try to shop early, Some stall holders would even give ” Buena Mano” or discount to early shoppers.

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Some of the figurines are made locally

6.) Changes in Style and Season- Some of the items being sold at the Dapitan Arcade and adjacent street are export overruns. These correspond to seasonal changes in other countries and fashion trends. Hence some styles and decor might not be suitable.

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baskets made from water hyacinth, terracotta pots and containers

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7.) Always be Cheerful – Having a sunny disposition makes everyone happy.  Getting their business card and knowing the stall location would be a great help for future transaction.

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Christmas tree made from local materials

8.) Wear Light Clothes- Most of the stalls are located on outdoor settings. Unlike malls and trade bazaars had air condition units. Try to bring face towels and water bottles.

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Christmas parols made from local capiz shells while some decors at the back are made from China.

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wood crafts and holders

9.) Not all items are export overruns- Some items are imported from Thailand, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and other countries. One must have a keen eye and learn to differentiate the items for sale. Some may also be available in Divisoria or Quiapo.

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nativity scene

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religious statues, crucifixes and figurines

10.) Learn to Haggle – Haggling is part of the experience.

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paintings

11.) Check items that may have cracks, minor damages and imperfection. -Try to inspect the items for some imperfections and dents.

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Santa Clause

12.) Buying in Bulk- Some stalls would give extra discount on bulk orders.

Visit Dapitan Arcade at 37 Dapitan Corner, Kanlaon Street, Laurges, Quezon City

 

 

Popular Noche Buena Dishes Featured by PHLPOST Pasko 2018 Stamps

Popular Noche Buena dishes is now the main feature of stamps issued by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST). In preparation for the yuletide season se-tenant strip of four stamps for PASKO 2018 featuring the traditional Filipino feast.

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se-tenant set of four stamps

A typical Filipino get-together done after attending Misa De Gallo known as “Noche Buena” is now on postage stamps.

Christmas is one of the grandest holidays in the Philippines where Filipinos celebrate the world’s longest Christmas season with Christmas carols heard as early as of September which lasts until the 3rd Sunday of January of the following year.

The stamp features the “Noche Buena”, the Spanish word for “Christmas Eve”. It consists of a traditional dinner with Lechon (roasted suckling pig) as the center piece being observed since 16th century.

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first day cover with pasko 2018 sheetlet

Traditionally, Filipino dinner consists of variety of dishes like lechon, pancit, hamon, queso de bola, puto bumbong, bibingka, fruit salad, suman and many more comes at midnight after the family hears the late evening mass called “Misa de Gallo”.

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Pasko 2018 first day cover with stamps

Technical Features

PHLPost has printed 50,000 copies of the four (4) designed se-tenant strip of Noche Buena stamp sold for 12 pesos each or Php 48 for the set of 4 stamps. There is also an first day cover. The Christmas stamp was designed by PHLPost in-house graphic designer Mr. Rodine Teodoro.

The stamps and official first day covers are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Ermita, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-32

 

Horticultural Stroll within Manila Chinese Cemetery

Manila Chinese Cemetery is one of the biggest cemeteries at 54 hectares about 133. 43 acres which borders Manila and Caloocan City. The site used called “ Paang Bundok” and part of the triumvirate of cemeteries which also includes La Loma Catholic Cemetery and Manila North Cemetery. The area was chosen because of its hilly portion, good feng shui and vantage point.

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rows of mid 20th-century houses leading to the entrance

It is rich in history, architectural heritage, cultural and horticultural wealth. Manila had few areas of greenery and the place is a treasure trove of stories to tell, share and appreciate.

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boungainvillea hybrid

 Boungainvillea hybrid planted by one of the home owner which lives near the cemetery. This tends to get bushy during the rainy season. The owner told us that the flowering shrub also serves as buffer within their property line.

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 Alstonia scholaris  locally known as devil tree / dita tree also found within the cemetery ground

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 Another dita ( Alstonia scholaris ) is flowering, with yellow oleander and ixora ( santan) at the foreground

The cemetery had two gate opening, one is located at Felix Huertas street, Santa Cruz, Manila and is open daily at around 7:00 am until 5:00 pm and R. Papa street within Caloocan City. The R. Papa gate only opens during days leading to All Saint’s Day and All Souls Day.

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newly re-built Chong Hock Tong Temple and administration building at the back

Chong Hock Tong temple which was rebuilt few years ago had a re-landscaping done.

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Chong Hock Tong temple with century-old mangoes and rain trees are planted within the compound.

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Drynaria quercifolia or commonly known as pakpak lawin/ paypaymo/ paipaimo

Most of the trees, plants, shrubs and flowering plants are exotic with very few native species. However what remains within the cemetery is still a sight to behold.  The place is also good site for bird and butterfly watching.

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Drynaria quercifolia with Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay)

The rain tree, acacia or akasya tree is a perfect host for different kinds of epiphytes like Drynaria quercifolia and Dendrobium anosmum.

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Shanghai Beauty or Jatropha integrrima

Shanghai Beauty is a flowering shrub was probably introduced into the country in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s by landscapers. They would use the flowering shrub extensively in their projects. This is relatively easy to grow and propagation using different kinds of method. The most popular is thru air layering, cuttings or seeds.

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 banana plant with fruits

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pandakaki , rosal and adenium obesum

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Plumeria alba or Puting kalachuchi is another feature of the cemetery. There are dozens of plumerias planted in different parts of the cemetery. There are red colored plumerias, yellow and pinkish form.

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red kalachuchi

Some of the big kalachuchis were at least 50 years-old. Few years ago, caretakers would collect dried flowers of kalachuchi and sell them to incense maker.

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The pink rose featured above is relatively an old cultivar variety,Which can be grown carefree in lowland areas like in Metro Manila. This used to be very popular flowering plant throughout the archipelago from the 1950’s even until the mid -1990’s.

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Ficus pumila and garlic vine covered this memorial tomb marker

Ficus pumila refers to the latin word” pumilus” meaning small or dwarf and refers to the very small leaves of the plant.

Some local gardeners would sometimes refer this as climbing ivy, creeping fig, wall creeper, climbing ivy or poison ivy. This is popular fig grown in perimeter walls in posh subdivision and old adobe walls.  landscapers would plant this creeping fig to soften the grey color of the walls.

Young fig leaves would have different colors and shades of green, Thus having a cooling effect to the immediate environment.

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Ficus pumila leaves and stems

Ficus pumila tend to entangle the walls and eventually its long roots and stems would tend to erode portions of the walls or adobe stones in the long run. The old vacation house of Manuel Quezon that use to be located along Gilmore Street had several old Ficus pumila growing in its walls, When portion of the walls are being disassemble for transfer to Quezon Memorial Circle.  Most of the old adobe stone walls and hollow blocks had structural defects cause by the massive root system.

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Don Manuel/ Scarlet Bush or Hamelia patens is a flowering semi-bush introduced to the country from Central and South America.

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Annona squamosa commonly known as atis or sugar -apple are also found planted within family mausoleum plots. One caretaker told us that the relatives of this family mausoleum would bring atis and offer them. Then the fruits are eaten and the seeds are discarded at the ground.

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sampaguita/ arabian jasmine

Sampaguita/ Arabian jasmine are also planted in several family mausoleum pocket garden.

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 Some families emphasize on planting fragrant flowering plants like kamuning, sinamomong sungsong/ cinamomo (Aglaia odorata), gardenia, pandakaki, ixora, kalachuchi,champaka, roses within their plots or mini gardens.

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potted flowering lilium hybrids ( these are locally called star glazer)

Potted flowering liliums, chrysanthemums, orchids, guzmanias and blooming plants  are placed in family mausoleums.

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commonly called Malaysian mums or garden mums

The growing trend among visiting relatives would bring and offer these potted flowering plants at family mausoleums. Flowers can last longer and fresh for several days or even weeks. Compared to offering flower arrangements which could only last between 1 to 3 days.

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caladium or popularly known as corazon de maria

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cassava

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an outdoor garden, outdoor family tomb and a mausoleum

This is a rather large family mausoleum with sprawling garden. There are several old mango trees, ti plant and pineapples planted within the garden area. According to my aunt, this family mausoleum plot belongs to a distant relative’s family. This is located just a few meters away from my grandparents mausoleum.

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This is a more traditional family mausoleum which had been repainted

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De Vera family mausoleum

We would refer those neighbors as (kapit-puntod). In life and death, It is ironic that some relatives, friends and business associates were buried near each other.

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Yu family mausoleum or more popularly known as Regal mausoleum

The Yu family clan mausoleum is one of the largest building within the cemetery. Here lies the moral remains of the clan. Caretakers and people would refer this as Regal mausoleum in referral to Mother Lily Y. Monteverde, the clan’s most famous celebrity maker and entrepreneur.

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Kalanchoe daigremontianum or Bryophyllum daigremontianum

Kalanchoe daigremontianum or Bryophyllum daigremontianum had almost naturalized in some family estate plots and on top of family mausoleums. Cacti and succulent enthusiasts would be happy to see these grow in almost carefree environment.

A leisurely stroll within Manila’s Chinese cemetery would yield a lot of interesting stuffs and interest.

Note: All photos are taken by the author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Class Filipino Products at Old Manila Eco Market

World class products and services are the highlights of last sunday’s Old Manila’s Eco Market within Plaza Roma in Intramuros, Manila.

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The bazaar and market place attracted over 50 stalls from different parts of the country. A lot of the stall holders are small and medium scale enterprises.

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Merchants sells their products in eco-friendly packaging while market-goers are encouraged to bring their own utensils, lunch boxes, and eco bags for their purchases.

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environment friendly products

Some of the products sold at this stall use old cloths and rewoven to create chairs and bags.

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Balay Organiko sells organic hand made soaps at Php 65

Popular handmade soaps includes cucumber, calamansi, turmeric, papaya and others. These are package in small pouch bags.

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sweet corn and white corn

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Bambike is an advocacy and travel company that is based within Intramuros.

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pocket books for sale

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crispy mushroom station

Crispy mushroom station sells crispy mushrooms, fresh mangoes, durians, lansones, mangosteens, pomelos.

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a seller from Aklan gives free taste

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roasted peanuts, haiyan butter cookies and Aklan’s best fried shrimps

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a dirty ice cream vendor

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fruit crochet

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Dream catcher a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams.  In this case yarn and chicken feathers were used. These are exported in other countries.

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Copperazo promise ring

Copperazo specializes in hand crafted copper rings, semi-precious rings and earrings. The copper rings are malleable, non -tarnishing and non-allergic.

Contact : 0947-890-5302/  FB @copperazo/ IG @copperazo

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Bulletproof  Enterprises

Bulletproof Enterprises sells different bottled foods , keto friendly foods and vinegar.

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fish tocino

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eco products

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Hoy, Plastik !

Hoy, Plastik ! sells conditioner bars, shampoo bars, organic hand made soap, organic cutlery set and bamboo straw. The friends started selling online and already had some loyal clientele.

Contact Person: Ms. Yen Reyes -0906-2080693
FB and Ig:@hoyplastik

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WWF-Philippines

table-napkins

table napkins and table cloths

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EDL Super pastillas

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organic soaps, handcrafted bags, accessories, fans

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organic salted duck eggs

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washi tapes

Washi tapes is quite popular among postcard collectors and scrap book artists. It is also used in marking notepads, candle holder, bookmark, greeting cards, diy crafts and among others.

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Love and Devotion Online

Love and Devotion Online sells rosaries, scapulars items, religious statues, pendants, prayer booklets among others.

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Saint Padre Pio devotional items 

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sandals and ladies shoes

Since the tents and bazaar area is an outdoor area, pet lovers can bring their pets without fear.

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lotion bars

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Urban Blends

Urban Blends specializes in perfumes, handmade lotions and soaps. They also have pet shampoo .

Contact: 0916-218-0168

FBurbanblendsperfumes / IG@urbanblendsph

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 Mr. Illac Diaz and Ms.Shine de Castro

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l-r Ms.Shine de Castro, Mr. Illac Diaz and Ms. Sheila Leyva

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e-tricycle station beside Ayuntamiento de Manila

Old Manila Eco Market will be open every sunday from 7:00 am to 7:00pm starting  from October 7 to December 30, 2018.

Note : Some of the stall holders featured in this article are not permanent stall holders and also participates in other bazaars .

For inquiries and to know more about The Old Manila Eco Market, please contact:

Contact Persons: Ms. Shine de Castro and Ms. Shiela Leyva

Telephone number: +632 359 7076

Mobile Number: +63916 336 6855, +63908 815 0483

E-mail: oldmanilaecomarket@gmail.com

Social Media Accounts

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oldmanilaecomarket

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oldmanilaecomarket

Ms. Charito Solis: Igorota film postcard

Ms. Charito Solis is an award winning actress with several films tucked into her colorful career. This is a 50 year-old advertisement postcard printed around 1968.

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Ms. Charito Solis postcard (obverse)

She is better known as “Ina Magenta ” at Okey Ka, Fairy Ko ! . A fantasy sitcom aired in several television stations like IBC Channel 13 from Feb 1, 1987 to September 22, 1989 , then moved to ABS-CBN channel 2 from 1989 to 1995 then moved again to GMA channel 7 from 1995 to 1997.

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Igorota film with Opera Theater  directed by Mr. Luis Nepomuceno ( reverse side) 

This is a type of advertisement postcard which was prevalent until the late 1990’s. The film outfit had printed thousands of this postcard as form of promotion and collectible item. This was issued around mid 1968 as part of local publicity for the film release.

This was collected by an aunt who watched the film. This was given to them when they attended the premiere night. The film had big budget for its time and the melodrama won 8 Famas Awards and highly acclaimed internationally. Miss Solis had her breast exposure twice and had two versions of the film.

One was released for the Philippine market and the longer version was release for international audience. She also had a lot of international suitors and fans.

According to my aunt, President Sukarno of Indonesia would give her some gifts ( according to old newspaper and magazines clippings).  The film was also released in Brazil, Argentina and was also shown in several Asian countries.

Note: Photos was taken by the author from personal collection

Sources and References: Personal interview 

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0225968/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kalayaan Stamp to be Issued by PHLPOST

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue new stamps to commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2018.

Considered as a National Holiday among the Filipinos, the annual observance of Philippine Independence Day was signed into a law by former President Diosdado Macapagal through Republic Act No. 4166 on August 4, 1964.

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According to Philippine history, the declaration of Independence was held on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo and Filipino revolutionary forces from the Spanish colonization.

Designed by graphic artist Rodine Teodoro, the stamp features the vibrant color of blue and red depicting a silhouette scene of men and women in the Philippine revolution proudly waving the Filipino flag and native bolos used to fight colonial forces.

Imprinted in the stamp are the word Kalayaan and the sun that shines – which symbolizes freedom gained through sacrifices made by Filipino revolutionary forces.

PHLPost has issued 50,000 copies of the single stamp design which can be bought at P12 each.  Another 3,000 pieces of first day cover envelope were printed to highlight the Philippine Independence Day logo.

The stamps and its official first day cover will be available starting June 12, 2018 at the Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.