New Normal Chinese New Year 2021 Celebration

We arrived early to visit some relatives and friends living in Chinatown,Manila. The new normal Chinese New Year celebration is very much subdue with very little fireworks display, dragon and lion dance is limited only to IATF approve guidelines.

This marks the arrival of 4719 year of the metal ox, since the Chinese lunar calendar was invented.

New Normal Chinese New Year 2021 Celebrations

Unlike the previous Chinese New Year celebration, 2021 celebration is more of close knit with fewer people ever ventured in Chinatown’s Manila and Chinatown in Quezon City.

fewer people came and joined the celebration

People had to wear face mask, face shield, one must observe minimum health protocols, guidelines set by the local government and IATF. This was is stark contrast prior to the coronavirus 2019 lock down in middle of March 2020. Before the pandemic, Business was brisk with hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life would visit Manila and Quezon City Chinatown to celebrate, buy their favorite nian gao, ti ke or tikoy and even dine-in their favorite restaurants.

New Quan Yin Chay Vegetarian restaurant Ongpin street corner Salazar street

The annual parade and other activities were canceled by the Manila City government via executive order no. 4 series of 2021 stating that no dragon dance, street party, stage show, parade or any other similar activity will be held for the celebration of Chinese New Year from February 11 to 12, 2020.

charm store along Ongpin street

We were not able to visit some sites like Buddhist temples and Chinatown Museum located at Lucky Chinatown Mall . There were also fewer ambulant vendors and peddlers along Ongpin street.

Heritage advocates like Mr. Allan Martinez, Ms. Mabelle Tenorio visited the Masuki Noodles along Benavidez St, Binondo and some parts of Manila’s Chinatown later part of the day and enjoyed the noodles.

Masuki mami

We decided to leave to leave the place at around past 11:00 am after shopping and visited Banawe, Quezon City.

Note and special “Thanks” To Mr. Allan Pardilla Martinez for some of the photos posted in this site.

Kung Hei Fat Choi, Gong Xi Fa Chai , Kiong Hee Huat Chay !!!!!

Memorable Valentine’s Day Sweets and Chinese New Year Treats at The Manila Hotel

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 and Valentine’s Day 2021 with your favorite sweets, pastries and dishes at the grand old dame of Philippine hotels. Do not forget to treat your special someone to something special from The Manila Hotel.

Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year 2021

Chocolate gifts have long been a staple of Valentine’s Days for decades, so what better way to show your love than with handcrafted chocolates. Two new items from The Manila Hotel Deli will surely make your Valentine’s night all the sweeter. Surprise your loved one with either the Valentine Praline Bouquet or the Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet.

For only Php980 nett, the Valentine Praline Bouquet is exactly that—a round bouquet of hazelnut gianduja-based pralines, with highlights of rolled pistachio nuts. Timeless and popular, round bouquets are popular in weddings, but this artisanal chocolate bouquet is one that will surely add a sweet touch to Valentine’s Day.

And just in time for the day of hearts, the Valentine-inspired Raspberry Delight heart-shaped cake combines three ingredients that make the perfect combo: Chocolate Mousse brings sweetness and mellowness; raspberries an acidity note; and pistachio biscuit just the right crunch. For only, Php1,300 nett, this indulgent dessert is just what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. One-day pre-order is recommended.

Chinese New Year 2021

The Manila Hotel also sells ( Red Bean Round )Tikoy for just Php 888 and handmade nian gao – (Almond Round ) or locally known as tikoy/ tike for just Php 888

These sweet surprise variants can be pre-ordered from The Manila Hotel’s Delicatessen, or by calling 85270011 or 09989501912.

Manila Hotel Postcard from Northwest Airlines

Manila Hotel was featured by foreign airline companies since the iconic hotel opens for business more than a century before. Many heritage advocates regard this landmark as national patronage.

This is comparable to Raffles hotel in Singapore, Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand among others.

Manila Hotel is still in business for more than century. Cardinell Vincent is just one of the company which featured this landmark few years after this was built. Early photographers also used real photo postcards and sold them to tourists, postcard collectors and curio collectors .

Unknown to some, There are thematic collectors which collects postcard, stamp and photo of this iconic hotel not just fellow Filipinos but foreigners from different parts of the globe. They also hunt for other collectibles items like matchboxes, table napkins, tickets, letterheads, key chains, pencil or even souvenir items with the hotel logo.

Northwest Airline Postcard

Northwest Airlines is one of the biggest network of airline companies in the world. Until its subsequent absorption by Delta airlines in 2008. But during the heydays of international travel, Northwest airlines have several destination flights to Asia like Bangkok, Busan, Hong Kong,Kaohsiung,Seoul, Singapore, Taipei,Tokyo and even Manila.

The airline company issued some postcards in these major cities and among the landmark featured in their postcards was the iconic Manila Hotel.

This postcard was issued between late 1950’s to early 1960’s by the company. The airline company also featured some Philippine landmarks like Quiapo church during their operation.

Back Portion

The back side had a short written history on the landmark and have a portion where one can affix stamp.

Manila Pearl Of the Orient” is fast regaining its pre-war beauty and charm. The Manila Hotel, among others is restored almost fully to its former elegance. Stores and native shops, swimming pools,tennis courts, golf courses and beautiful vistas of tropical splendor will make your Northwest Airlines Philippine holiday a never-to-be- forgotten experience. ( printed in the USA) Kodachrome. With code PF 16-N

This was purchase several months ago during a big sale at an online site. The postcard cost was just $1.99 with a shipment fee of $2.99.

According to an online friend, this postcard used to be commonly sold in many flea market bazaar just few years ago. He was able to purchase the Northwest airline postcard for just few US cents.

Note: the price quoted in this blog was the actual purchase of the author in the online selling site. Prices may differ from time to time and cannot be use for comparing the market value.

Useful Links: American Regime Postcards of Manila

American Regime Manila thru Postcards 1:https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-1/

American Regime Manila thru Postcards: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/american-regime-manila-postcards-part-2/

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards 3: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-3/

American regime Manila Thru Postcards 4: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-4/

Christmas Wear Your Mask Slogan and Special Date Cancel

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) issues a special slogan and special date cancel for December 12, 2020- This is quite significant as it marks 12.12.20-20 this is a double date and is considered as auspicious date among slogan cancel collectors, postcrossers, stamp and first day collectors, numerology and feng shui afficionados not just in the Philippines but this is a world wide trend !

Special Date Cancellation for 12.12.2020

This idea was brought up by stamp, slogan, postcard collectors in an FB group and chat group few months ago. The collectors are also buyers in several leading online sites which had a successful double digit date sales campaign at their site. Example of the double dated sale are 6.6, 7.7, 8.8, 9.9. 10.10 , 11.11 and 12.12.

These online selling sites are even hiring well-known brand ambassadors that are quite active in all forms of media promotion. In return, Their SALES are raking million of pesos during these special dates.

Countries like Taiwan, Singapore and China are known to issue special slogan cancel marks or special date cancellation for these auspicious dates.

This is not the first time that this special date cancellation mark was propose. If my memory serves correct. it was proposed way back on 08.08.2008, 12-12,2012 which was unanimously approved by the stamp advisory board led by Postmaster General Hector Villanueva in 2008 and Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz in 2012.

Philippine Philatelic Federation club members are all quite supportive to the slogan cancel and auspicious date that the representative Mrs. Josefina T. Cura had proposed during the stamp advisory committee member board meeting last month. Let us also “Thank” Mr. Maximo “Maxi” Santa Maria III -Business Line Manager for leading the way.

For those who have not yet, purchased the Christmas 2020 stamp and first day cover, It was already out in the market.

Special Cancellation Slogan

“Spread Christmas Spirit, Not the Virus Always Wear a Mask !” 12.12. 2020

With the issuance of these special slogan and special date cancellation, This will help boost the sales of postal company and quench the thirst of the general collecting public.

Vintage Christmas Greeting Card Issued by Cadwallader Pacific Company

Cadwallader Pacific Company is one of the international company which had offices in Manila and Cebu. The company issued some Christmas Greeting Card and were given to their customers, employees and friends.

Cadwallader Pacific Company Christmas Greeting Card

Cadwallader issued photo postcard with Igorot in native attire and a drawing ( caricature ) of Filipino couple in native costume at the back of a carabao. The woman wore a balintawak dress with native salakot ( native woven hat)

The male escort (presumably her suitor or husband) wore a traditional barong with native woven hat (sombrero) typical of the late 1950’s or early 1960’s life in a barrio.

The design is simple and a good example of mid-century Filipiniana theme greeting card. To save the cost of sending this greeting card, This can be directly mailed to the recipient without additional cost for envelope. Just like postcard. Cadwallder’s local P.O. Box 285 was address at the Manila Central Post Office.

These greeting cards were printed in small quantities and some collectors would covet these types.

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