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Participation at the Buling-Buling Street Dance of Pandacan

Buling-Buling is a religious and cultural event celebrated annually in Pandacan , Manila usually held  on the third Saturday of January, in time with the town’s fiesta, to honor its patron saint, Santo Niño.

We decided to visit and explore the historic district by commuting the Philippine National Railway train via España station south bound to Pandacan station. We just paid Php 10.00 fare and took off at the Pandacan station.

Pandacan PNR station

We manage to take few stolen shot at the station before the guard told us that photography was not allowed within the premises for unknown reason . ( Maybe terrorist threat ?)  We just walked a few meters before reaching the church . We manage to arrive past noon time and took some time eating at the local eateries and taking photos of monuments , historical places .

Origin 

This festival comes from the Filipino word “buling-buli” which locally means well-polished , to polish ,  to dress-up , signifying something or somebody to dress in barong with large handkerchief for men , or colorful terno , baro’t saya, balintawak or kimona for ladies.

 

History :

According to the book  “The Child of the Pandan Reeds: The Spiritual Journey of the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish,” a passage from a narrative by historian Ricardo Mendoza:

“The children were startled and [they] stopped playing, then admiringly gazed at the small and beautiful image. In a moment, they all felt terrified, and some knelt and prayed because it crossed their mind that this may be the image of the Holy Child.”

Santo Niño de Pandacan replica image with pandan leaves 

Etymology

The Santo Niño was discovered on top of a pandanus plant by the residents of the place , hence the name Pandacan originated , Another theory was people and houses from the locality are ” pandak” short  hence ” Pandakan ” word might have originated.

The festival started sometime around early part of the 17th century along with the establishment of the parish . The dance used to be performed only by ladies as an act of devotion to the child jesus .

Aglipayan church few blocks away

Buling-Buling dance and festivities somehow slowly diminished in the 1930’s and eventually ceased by the end of the second world war , due to many factors such as devastation of Pandacan and moving out of the old families which sponsored the annual festivities.

The annual festival would only focused on parade and simple novena mass for several decades .

Aglipay church main altar 

We saw some of the Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautsita atbp. volunteers and residents of Pandacan . Mr. Robert Fabro Tomas and Jhone Gorme , they are part of the organizing committee for this year’s festival. We were allowed to get some photos of the main altar of the Aglipay church .

devotees wait outside the church

This year’s theme ” Dekada ng Pagkakaisa ” marked 10 years of the simultaneous parade of child jesus images of the Catholic and Aglipayan church. The wooden image of the child jesus was carved from black wood , like the ones in Antipolo or black nazarene.  The one that the Aglipayan church was made of ivory .

We did some side trip to some historical places in Pandacan and food establishments ( on later post ) .

 original santo nino de Pandacan  at the side altar 

People started their assembly within the church courtyard , saw some local television channels like GMA channel 7 senior reporter Mr. JP Soriano and some photo bloggers. The parade started about past 2:00 pm with a short practice by the participants few minutes at the church courtyard.

santo nino outfits for sale 

It was only during the late 1970’s  when the Samahang Sining at Kalinangan ng Pandacan (SSKP), founded by Ricardo B. Mendoza and some old-time residents of the district initiated the revival of the colorful dance festival.

procession by the Aglipayan members

two images meet 

Salubong ” to meet at the side of the main street between the two images . Both images are original .

Aglipayan child jesus and Catholic child jesus 

Highlights of the Festival

One of the most anticipated part of the festival is when both child jesus ( wooden image by the Catholics ) and ivory image by the Alipayan meet and paraded on the street of Pandacan . This was a rare occasion , since both religion were at odds with each other since the 1900’s .

People from both religion witness the meeting of the two icons of the Sto. Niño like two brothers reunited after being estranged for centuries by war , court order and religion.

Santo Niños of Aglipay and Catholic 

Several child jesus are then paraded along the streets of Pandacan and the Buling-buling dance is performed by the crowd.  Some were privately owned . Some of the simple ones are paraded with the help of pedicabs and tricycles prop-up with cloths, flowers , while the more elaborate carriages bear family heirloom Santo Niño .

Santo Niños paraded on the streets of Pandacan

We also participated at the actual dance , it is 3/4 with hand gestures swaying back and forth while walking the street of Pandacan.

staffs of the councilor 

There was also FREE sopas courtesy of councilor Carlos ” Caloy ” Castañeda of the sixth district of Manila. We manage to take a few cups of hot sopas before we went home , riding at the PNR Pandacan station going north.

This time we waited for at least 1 hour before catching -up the train. We would like to come back again next year and try to dance the Buling-buling .

Note : photos are  from the author 

 

 

Exciting 12th Binondo Warehouse Sale

Exciting items will be up for grabs at the 12th Binondo Warehouse Sale from December 12 to 18, 2016 . There will be over a dozen brands to choose from .

The stalls will be open from 10:00am to 7:00 pm and there is no entrance fees. MCT is the organizing the sale. credit card holders like RCBC can use their credit card.

among the sale item included  Italianos shoes up to 80% off on all items at the ground floor of State Center Building along Juan Luna St., Binondo

For those who are not familiar with the location here is the vicinity map of Binondo . For more information about the trade fair please try to visit the MCT Event Management FB

 

Contact Person :  Mr. Emer Dela Cruz ( Marketing Manager) 

Mobile: 09175387507 / 09209537153 / 09228312601
Landline: (02) 3992935 / (02) 9788714

Christmas Stamp 2016 issued by Philippine Postal Corporation

Great News to all stamp collectors all over the world ,

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released special “Parol” stamps featuring one of the most iconic symbols of Filipino Christmas spirit and goodwill.

The star-shaped Christmas lantern known locally as “Parol” is now on postage stamps.

The “lantern stamps” features a special or spot lamination which is different from other regular issued postage stamps. The Christmas color of red, white, and green reflects the Filipino Christmas celebration which is colorful, lively and full of bright lights.

Philippine lantern called Parol / Farol

Traditionally, the Parol (lanterns) have a star-shaped framework made of bamboo sticks which are then covered by colored pieces of either Japanese or crepe paper. The most common form is a five-pointed star with two decorative “tails”.

Parol is a representation of the star of Bethlehem that was used by the Biblical Magi as marker of the birth place of the baby Jesus.

The star-shaped lanterns are displayed hanging outside the house, along the busy streets and small villages.  This kind of lantern was used by barrio folk to light their paths during the ritual yuletide dawn Masses called Misa de Gallo.

Recently, innovations from Pampanga include production of lanterns with electronic lights that can be programmed to produce a dancing effect, using LED rope lights, known as “flexilight” lanterns.

PHLPost has printed 101,000 copies of the block of four stamps with different designs and denominations sold at P12 and P17, respectively. The Php 12.00 stamp can be used for mailing within Metro Manila and nearby provinces . The Php 17.00 can be used for mailing postcard to foreign countries.

The stamps and official first day cover are now available at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

 

Holiday Sale : Striptop Outlet Store in Binondo

Good News to All Bargain Hunters and ShoppersStriptop Outlet Store: Holiday Warehouse Sale

November 28- December 5, 2016
Stall Hours : 10:00 am-7:00 pm
State Center Building Binondo

Striptop Outlet Store will hold its 1st Holiday Warehouse Sale Christmas Edition at the ground floor of State Center Building along Juan Luna St., Binondo, Manila on November 28-December 4, 2016 from 10:00am – 7:00 pm.

The seven day event is a front runner during the start of Christmas sale activities of the season and is timely scheduled to be ahead of all other similar events. Shoppers will surely enjoy the holiday discounts on great selections from shoes, bags, men’s and ladies fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, and other specialty items. The event is slated for shoppers to avoid the holiday rush and for them to avail great finds on big price cuts.

vicinity map to the warehouse sale 

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Hush Puppies, Sebago, Cushe, Skechers, No Fear, Keds, Sperry and many more!

As usual, admission is Free and all major credit cards are accepted.

For more information about the event, call Striptop Outlet Store at 399-2935.

You may also follow: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @striptopoutletstore

 

1st Asean Chinese Art Painting and 9th Filipino-Chinese Art Painting Exhibit

Ground Floor , Muelle de Binondo , Binondo , Manila-Philippines

Asia Pacific Art Painters Association Incorporated , Philippine Branch of AC Arts, Philippines Branch of America Art Research Institute in partnership with Federation of  Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries , Inc. opened an art exhibition of different kinds of paintings and artists from Asean countries like Malaysia , Singapore , Thailand  and Philippines and Asian countries like  China, South Korea and ROC ( Taiwan )

Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries , Inc. Building 

The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony was held past 10:00 am on November 20,2016 Sunday at the main lobby of the Federation of Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries . Chinoy Television which is shown on PTV channel 4 every sunday , also covered the event .

artists showed their mastery of Chinese painting

Chinese calligraphy 

Cat fish painting 

The celebration is incomplete without performance of the drum and lyre band.

Here are some of the notable paintings and artists 

Mr.Rafael Cusi paintings

Mr. Rafael Cusi exhibited some Chinese style paintings , nude on sepia, water color and among others . He is also known by his nickname Popoy Cusi and specializes in water color. He is also dubbed as the “Master of Watercolor in the Philippines” and is acclaimed as one of the top artist of the Philippines in his times including other artists who also specializes in watercolor.

Mr. Christ M. Antonio

Mr. Chris M. Antonio is one of the artists from Santa Maria , Bulacan . Most of his art works are exhibited at the Santiago Gallery near the poblacion area.

Gallery : Santiago Gallery -J.P. Rizal Street ,Poblacion , Santa Maria , Bulacan 

Contact : 0915-096-9676 / 0933-228-829

Artists and organizers pose for a souvenir shot after the ceremonies.

Invited guests , participants , artists and media enjoyed a sumptuous Chinese-lauriat style luncheon .

The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm until November 24, 2016 Thursday with possible extension .

Note: All photos are exclusive from the author , who was invited to the art exhibit by the organizers .

 

Philippine Zi-Der Chinese Art Club’s 10th Anniversary Exhibit

Philippine Zi-Der Chinese Art Club will be having their 10th Anniversary ( Pearl Anniversary )  by mounting their art exhibit and Chinese calligraphy by their members from October 16 to 19, 2016 at the main lobby of Federation of  Filipino -Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Muelle de Binondo , Binondo , Manila .

Featuring the Mentor Arsenia Lim at the First Floor Federation Center , Muelle de Binondo , Binondo , Manila

Among the Special Guests of Honor Includes : 

Mr. Angel Ngu , Mr. William Yap , Mr. Florencio Mallare , Mr. Henry Sy , Mr. Tomas Ang , Mr. Tan Tieng Siong , Mr. Cua Ching Tam , Mr. Jaime Tan and Mr. Lee Tiong Seng

Members that will exhibit their art works in different Chinese Calligraphy style Painting 

Rabbits by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus

Master Chua Hu Hua , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus , Ms. Celia Chao , Ms. Mary Uy , Ms. Teodora T. Ng , Ms. Jeannie Chua , Mr. Kelvin Tee, Ms. Rosita Tan , Ms. Sofia Chen , Ms. Julie Caw

Horse by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus

The exhibit will be formally opened on October 16, 2016 Sunday at around 10:00am , Exhibit opens from 9:00am to 5:00 pm from October 17 to 19, 2016 .

 

International Social Work Conference 2016 in Manila

Manila Hotel , Manila , Philippines

The Philippines for the past several years,there has been a lot of disasters, earthquakes,  typhoons and calamities that have struck the country . The country lies within the Pacific Ring of Fire , Typhoon Belt and man -made induced calamities.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also record frequent earthquakes and seismic activities  in the country .

 This is the reason why various countries has always been eager ,to device and look for ways to prevent these things and to initiate actions on disaster preparedness and recovery and develop social work innovations. This year’s conference theme is “Social Innovation-Technology and Disaster Recovery: Creating Opportunities for Global Exchange
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Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary Judy Taguiwalo; Former DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman; Dr. Lolita Pablo, Chair, PSWC, and Dr. Xu, were the guest of honors on the conference
In light of this, the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Associations (APISWEA) in the United States, in collaboration with the Philippine Social Work Consortium (PSWC) chaired by the National Association for Social Work Education Inc. (NASWEI) in the Philippines and the Consuelo Foundation is set to stage the International Social Work Conference on July 5 and 6,2016 at the historic Manila Hotel.

Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

Definitely, many of the beneficiaries are grateful to the government for providing them subsistence assistance, not really productive assistance,” she acknowledged.

Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of Department of Social Welfare and Development said in the conference  that she would also be drafting a concept paper with help from colleagues Professor Noel Leyco of the Asian Institute of Management, and Professor Marivic Raquiza of the University of the Philippines, and recommend whether to continue, revise, or stop the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

This is APISWEA’s 6th Annual Conference and is first in the Philippines, sponsored by theUnited Nations’ Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations’ International Children’sEmergency Fund (UNICEF).This year’s conference theme is “Social Innovation-Technology and Disaster Recovery: Creating Opportunities for Global Exchange”.
According to Dr. Qingwen Xu, President of APISWEA, Co-Chairperson ICSW 2016, the
conference aims to raise wide-ranging, substantial and meaningful discussions on issues related to disaster recovery highlighting evidence-based social work practices, theory development, innovative methods in service delivery and education geared at improving disaster resilience, social innovation, community development, livelihood restoration, and the promotion of social justice.
The event was attended by about 100 foreign delegates from US and Asian countries together with  over 200 delegates from the Philippines have attended  two-day international Social Work Conference.
The Philippines representatives had also shared their experiences and program to the international community .