A Celebration of Rizal Memorial Stadium Thru Postcards and Commemorative Covers

Rizal Memorial Tennis Stadium is a complex of sports facilities built during for the hosting of the Far Eastern Games in 1934. The sporting event is the precursor of today’s Asian Games.

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 Rizal Memorial Tennis Stadium facade which buds of sampaguita- the unopened buds symbolizes coming of age

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Rizal Memorial Coliseum facade ( taken last November 20,2019)

The area in which the current sport complex stands which also included the Harrison plaza and adjacent area were supposed to be a park or green area according to the architectural masterpiece by Architect Daniel Burnham. However most of the planned green space or zones were not properly executed.

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Rizal Memorial Baseball stadium postcard

Currently it is located along Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz St.) the Rizal memorial sports complex  was built was donated by the family of Vito Cruz.

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Rizal Baseball stadium facade

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Far Eastern Games

A total of four nations (China, Dutch East Indies, Japan, and host Philippines) participated in a total of eight different sports. The event also highlighted the 10th anniversary of the games.

World’s First Basketball and Baseball Stamps

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2 centavos, 6 centavos and 16 centavos commemorative stamps

The commemorative stamps and covers were issued which featured three sports baseball, tennis and basketball. The 2 centavos face value is the “ world’s first baseball stamp” issued by any country. While 16 centavos face value with basketball featured was the “world first basketball” stamps.

While the first baseball stamp in the United States was issued 5 years later in 1939, commemorating what was believed to be the centennial anniversary of the introduction and invention of the baseball in Cooperstown, New York in 1839.

The stamp were issued on April 14, 1934. All the three set of stamps were designed by Fernando Amorsolo ( future national artist for painting in the Philippines 1972) and printed in panes of 50, ( either 5×10, or 10×5) depending upon whether vertical or horizontal format of particular stamp) by Philippine Bureau of Printing with perforated 12. No watermarks.

2 centavos- yellow-brown 9 baseball players) -971,414 pieces . There were some color and printing varieties which old catalogs categorized them into U160a,b and c.

6 centavos ultramarine ( tennis player) -800,000 all shades of color. This also comes with 3 color and printing varieties.

16 centavos -violet (basketball players) -500,000 all shades of color. This comes with 162 a ( dark violet) and U162b ( variety -horizonal pair, imperforate)

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2nd  Asian Games from May 1 to 9, 1954 first day cover with Rizal Memorial Tennis Stadium on the left cache design.

Postcards

Postcards were popular method of promoting local tourist spots and man- made structures.

The postcards were printed in the United States and sold in bookstores in the country.  Architect Juan M. Arellano which designed the structure following the Art Deco and Streamline modern design. Some parts of the tennis court look like steam rudder of ships and train parts. Geometric pattern can also be seen in walkways and lobby of the stadium.

Ships and trains were some of the fastest form of transportation way back then.  It is good that the historic sports complex is getting a new lease in life. These stamps, postcards and first day covers issued to commemorate Far Eastern Games and Asian Games were celebration of our nation’s sports heritage.

Bibliography and References:

AFF Magazine ( Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas )

Gibbons Stamp Monthly

Harrandine, Peter W.A. , Mc Farland and Company :Philippine Postage Stamp Handbook, 1854-1982:pages, 116 to 117. ISBN 0-89950-178-8

Palmer, F.L. The Postage Stamps of the Philippines. New York 1912

Scott Standard Postage and Stamp Catalogue

 

Highlights of the 5th International Symposium by Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc.

Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI) held a successful two day 5th international symposium at the 8th floor Central Laboratory Building within the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila.

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participants at the art work shop

The pre-symposium began last November 13 with pre-registration of local ,international speakers and participants by 1:00pm. At around past 2:00 pm -native tree walk was held within the campus of the university.

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ditas and other native trees are planted within the university grounds

Philippine Botanical Art Society founder Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an conducted a 3 hour painting session last November 13 from 1:00 pm to past 4:00 pm.

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key note speaker at the symposium

5th International Symposium

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group photo

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mid-morning breakfast 

5th International Symposium was opening session was held at the 8th floor auditorium of the central laboratory building. The auditorium can host up to 250 participants at any given time while the parallel session was held at the 5th floor of the same building.

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Dr. Junichi Fujinuma

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A certificate of appreciation and token was given to him after his presentation.

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Dr. Nikki Hererson Dagamac

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Clarence Gio Almoite, Donita Capili, Justine Garcia, John David Avellaneda and Mr. Rey John Caballero ( inventory of Philippine Native and Non-Native Trees in Selected Public Schools in Quezon City.

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mid-morning breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks was catered by wok with me

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Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI Mr. Bobby Zapata tresurer) together with University of Santo Tomas – Department of Biological Sciences professors and students.

A cultural and welcome dinner was hosted by the university and the organization.

at the end of the symposium Professor Andrew Patrick Gozon was given the best presenter for the parallel session.

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations. With minor sponsors like Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Development Corporation, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.

13 Lovely Products at the Sinag UST SHS Entrepreneur Bazaar

University of Santo Tomas Senior High School Entrepreneur Bazaar is a 4-day event held from November 12 to 15, 2019 within Tan Yan Kee parking lot and at the Quadricentennial park ( Q Park) within the University of Santo Tomas campus in Sampaloc, Manila.

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Q plaza bazaar area

The theme is “Pusong Tomasino, Gawang Milenyo, Para sa Pilipino” is a project of grade 12 students who have entrepreneurship subjects.

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booths at Q plaza

This is their 3rd year to showcase their products and services at the bazaar.

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Tan Yan Kee parking lot bazaar booths lay out

There were between 40 to 50 booths spread in two location sites. Each booth had between 4 to 6 group of business model. Each business model have 4 to 6 students selling variety of products or services.

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Q plaza bazaar booths lay out

The bazaar is the final outcome whether their products / services can be bought by their fellow students, alumni or the general public.

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ABM2 booth at Tan Yan Kee parking lot

It is interesting to note that a lot of the products sold were environment friendly, advocacy base, sustainable origins or products which help indigent/ ethnic communities.

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Mr. Kenyon Lim of Handy Pepper

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bracelets and necklace from tribal lumads of Mindanao

Almost all of the start-up companies had social media accounts like FB, Instagram, Twitter or even webpage in order to reach out to potential buyers and customers. The bazaar is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Tan Yan Kee parking lot bazaar

13 Lovely Products Spotted at the Sinag UST SHS Bazaar

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13.) Pasma Go– creative name with nice pouch and packaging material.

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12.) Labaggie is a product by Siklab- laundry bag which can double as bag. it is sold for just Php 399.00.

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SikLab.co/

There is also a promo that if one buys two labaggie bag, One can get 10% discount.They also sells cellphone case and bag holder.

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11.) Syesye Baskill – This is quite innovate products which is acts like deodorant patch.

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10.) Retropolitan – Sells different kinds of stickers, which can be used in scrap book, postcards and other items.

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9.) Plant It Gift Tag– This serves as dual purpose for this holiday season. One can write greetings to special friend or love one this season. The tag is made from recycled paper and it also had seeds which can be germinated and planted in a pot with soil. It is Php 10.00 per label.

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8.) Esscent – This product is retailed at Php 49.00 with lavander, autmn, sea breeze, lemon grass , rose petals . The company had twitter : @aromanti_co / instagram:@aromanti.co/ Facebook: Aromanti Co.

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7.) Je Shoes Organic Cleaner– This is a sustainable way to keep your shoes clean. I forgot to ask the seller, if there are chemicals which are harmful to the environment.

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6.) Diwata Co. Platable pen– Another nice environmental products that help minimized the garbage problem. The pen is made from organic wood.

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seeds can be planted after using the pen

coriander, chili, bell pepper, tomatoes, spinach, parsley

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5.) Leatherette pouch bag for laptops and notepads.

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leatherette container for laptops or notepads

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t-shirts, bag tags and stickers for sale

4.) Advocacy Shirts– According to the seller at the Q Plaza, If an individual or person purchase this shirt, a certain percentage goes to the advocacy. However the seller fail to mention on where does the proceed goes. Then what is the advocacy group that are supporting?

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3.) Moskit-O! – Nice packaging and bug repellent citronella scent is just being sold for Php85.00

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2.) Satriccal Shirt – Creative prints and catchy design.

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1.) Handy Peppy – This is a nice way to protect. This is being sold for only Php 50 and aptly called Tiger’s Eye Security. Some parts are made from recycled bottle caps and can be refilled.

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Sinag UST SHS Entrepeneur Bazaar

Do not forget to visit these booths, until today.

Note: Some of the booths exhibited until yesterday. One can purchase their products in their online social media sites.

Philippine Botanical Art Society’s Exhibit at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants

Philippine Botanical Art Society and Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society members had a successful opening of the art exhibit held at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants at the 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

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More than 50 art works mainly orchids flowers, ferns, flowering trees and botanical prints.

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Art Exhibits and Exhibitors

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Mr. Larie N. Dianco who currently works at the National Museum for Natural History

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Ms. Aissa Domingo with her painting 

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Ms. Madoline Agudo dela Rosa

Ingress started on November 13 morning until 10:00 pm with several artists who came from Rizal, Bulacan, Quezon City, Las Piñas, Los Baños, Davao and other areas of the country.

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Professor Patrick Andrew Gozon of  the University of the Philippines

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Ms. Cynthia Gubler together with Spathoglottis plicata

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exhibit

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exhibitors, symposium participants and guests

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Ms. Carmen Odulio ( president PNPCSI), Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an with Dr. Cecilia Banag-Moran.

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ribbon cutting ceremony

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations and minor Sponsors, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Developement Corporaration, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.

Do not forget to visit the art exhibit until tomorrow- November 15, 2019 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas until 5:00 pm !

Flores Para Los Muertos Mural Paintings at Manila North Cemetery

Flores Para Los Muertos (Flowers for the Dead) was a joint project between of Pino Art Museum, Davies Paints, Boysen and the Manila city government last October 6, 2019.

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butterflies and birds

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a flowering shrub introduced to the country during the Spanish colonial regime.

Locally called peacock flower, caballero, bulaklak ng paraiso or paradise flower.

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heliconia

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hibiscus or gumamela

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bougainvillea

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lilium hybrid or commonly called star gazer

Collective Art

There were at least 300 creative artists from Ilocos Sur, Tarlac, Bulacan and Rizal provinces volunteered to come together and paint this mural.

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sunflowers

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 hydrangeas or milflores

Mr. Ferdie Montemayor ( artist) spearheaded in organizing the volunteers, together with other artists from the Pinto Art Museum.

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 looked like santan or ixora

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The team managed to paint the whole mural in just 10 hours which included 3rd district Congressman John Marvin ” Yul Servo” Nieto.

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bird of the paradise

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Managed to visit the wall few days after they painted the perimeter walls of the Manila North Cemetery.

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chrysanthemum

This also gives more time for the paint to age and the art work to mature.

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toucan and butterflies

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tulips

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roses

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Project

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 The project hoped to brighten the bare white wash walls of the cemetery which borders Manila and Quezon City.

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Zanthedeschia hybrid and Rapidophora leaves

The wall paintings is located along the 500 meters perimeter wall along Andres Bonifacio Avenue.

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Vanda hybrids

According to a long time resident of the area, The local government should also improve on the street lighting along the stretch of the avenue.

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Vanda sanderiana and hybrids

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Phalaenopsis hybrid aka moth orchids

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anthurium

The most popular flowers which the artists painted were orchids, hibiscus ( gumamela), tulips, anthuriums and bougainvilleas.

The public is also advise not to put graffiti or destroy the wall painting.