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Mid-Century Family Heirloom Religious Statue Collection

I have visited a collector friend after spending almost an entire day within FEU campus. My friend lives near the border of Manila and Quezon city. Selling a few mid-century items as part time trader. They are selling their old ancestral house and negotiation is still underway.

The buyer most probably will demolish the ancestral house and built a new one. The area is located on higher ground near University belt, hospital, market places which makes it attractive to prospective buyer.

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a mid-century house with marston mat gate within the neighborhood

The three story house was built during the commonwealth era. It had a lot area of 249 square meters. Its perimeter fence had Marston Mat, properly called pierced (or perforated) steel planking (PSP). This was first manufactured in the United States in the late 1930’s and was used extensively until the early 1960’s in the country.

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marston mat gate within Quezon City

Marston Mat was extensively used during the last world war by army engineers and seabees (construction battalions) to build runways and other readily usable surfaces over all kinds of terrain.

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fern with Dischidia ionantha

It was which was quite popular fencing material after the second world war in the country. Some of the martson mat were also used as gates, partition in large properties, fencing material and even covers in manholes.

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a mid-century old house within F. Blumentritt, Sampaloc, Manila

There were also several mid-century houses and apartments within the street. However most of the houses were not properly maintained.

Family Heirloom Religious Statues

Last supper

last supper

Last Supper in large wood frame- This is a last supper made from several pieces of wood glued together. This use to be commonly sold in the souvenir market from the late 1930’s to the mid-1970’s. The first ones were probably made by prisoners from the Bilibid prison and quickly caught the fancy among art collectors.

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last supper

Last Supper – Another masterpiece tapestry. This became common piece in almost all the Catholic homes all over the country. These are normally hung in dinning area or sala.

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 Christ the King seated

 Christ the King seated on his throne while raising his right hand and with the left showing his sacred heart. Made from eskayola/ escayola or plaster of paris.  This was probably made in the late 1970’s or 1980’s which had a customized urna ( religious container) mounted on the wall.

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Christ the King seated

Christ the King seated- This is the larger piece seated Christ from their family collection. Made from eskayola /escayola or plaster of paris.  The hands are made from carved wood. This can probably dates back in the mid 1970’s to early 1980’s.

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Risen Christ

Risen Christ is made from wood and mounted in one corner of the living room. It was bought several decades ago.

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Christ without hands

This is Risen Christ which was rescued from a fire. The hands were lost and made from iron and zinc. They still have some mid-century statues and other items.

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American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (Part 1)

Manila is known by travelers,expats,scholars earn accolades such as “Pearl of the Orient”, “Paris of the East”, “Milan of the East”, ” Little Vatican”, “Venice of the East ” among others.

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old Spanish watch tower, Intramuros postcard

Philippine Postcards

Postcards in the country were distributed during the mid-19th during the Spanish colonial regime and were known as tarjeta postal, even until now by old time collectors. Early postcards, bear features of Spanish monarchs and it was only in the late 1890’s when photo type postcards were printed and distributed by stores within Escolta, Binondo, Intramuros and large cities.

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old Spanish wall printed by Photo Finishing Corporation, Manila

The Spanish government produced series in various printed denominations specifically for the country. Unfortunately thru time, revolutions, tropical weather, poor quality of the paper, printing quality available during that time. A lot of the postcards printed during this era barely survived. Early collectors would just put them on book shelves or any place. Most of the Spanish era postcards are hard to come by, even in specialized local bourse or club’s auction.

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Binondo canal

I have seen a handful of these trajeta postal mostly from specialized postcard collectors and bought 2 pieces Spanish -Cuban tarjeta postal printed around 1883 which bear the portrait of King Alphonso XII /Alfonso XII (pre-stamp). Some of the tarjeta postal printed in other Spanish colonies would also circulate in the country, since there are some Filipinos who lived and worked in those countries.  The country is under the Spanish crown, postcards printed in those countries may also been used in the country and coveted by some collectors.

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Insular Ice Plant postcard

Insular ice plant is one of the major building infrastructure built by the Americans in Manila.

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Manila Central Post Office in 1930

Manila Central Post Office used to be a horse stable and post office which serves the southern part of Manila during the last decade of the Spanish regime. The building depicted at the postcard was built from 1926 to 1930 under the supervision of Pedro Siochi and Company. The triumvirate of Ralph Harrington Doane, Tomas Mapua and Juan Arellano were the architects behind this magnificent building.

Malacañang Palace

Malacañang Palace

Malacañan /Malacañang Palace is another favorite subject in postcard and even  had a commemorative stamps issued during the commonwealth time. Several bookstores like Goodwill bookstore, National bookstore featured the palace during post war period.

American Regime

The Americans started printing new postcards and were quickly bought by American military personnel or service personnel that were stationed in the country.
Since travel to the country became easier with faster steam engine vessels and larger commercial steam boats which ply the islands. More and more postcards
with different interesting topics were printed.
manila cityhall
Manila Cityhall
The most popular were Manila carnival queens, ethnic groups, landmarks, public executions, people in filipiñiana costume among others.
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Calle Bagumbayan postcard
Some of the postcards were printed in the Unites States during the early part of the colonial regime, while some are printed in the country.
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Bureau of Science building
Bureau of Science is the precursor of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the American colonial regime. The building was  designed in 1901 by the first American resident architect Edgar Bourne.
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Bureau of Science building
The colonial government needed a laboratory to study and store the colony’s rich store of minerals, forest and agricultural products as well as manufactured goods like tobacco and rope. The California Mission-style Neoclassic building graced the PGH Complex off ,Taft Avenue until the war when it was destroyed.
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University of Santo Tomas– This pre-war postcard was probably printed around 1930. This is the newly built building at the Sampaloc campus.
Postal Card
Most businesses and the general public during the commonwealth regime would prefer using postal card. It is a type of postal stationary with pre-paid stamp affixed on the card.  These were classified under postal stationary of Philippine Islands under US Administration. Printed by the US Bureau of Printing and Engraving for use in the Philippine islands.
One can write short messages on the postal card and can be send very quick.
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postal card issued during the commonwealth era with 2 centavos face value
Postal cards had a very interesting story. A lot of the postal card were hidden during the Japanese occupation and were brought out when the American or Allied forces began liberating major cities , hence there are popular cancellation and slogan  marks.
Sometimes these bear overprint cancellation marks of “V Day” ( Victory Day) postal card of 1945, marking the return to power of the commonwealth from the Japanese which occupied the country.
These became popular souvenir items by Allied forces and American troops which were stationed in the country between 1944 to 1946. Approximately 250,000 American service and Allied forces were stationed in the country during this time period.
These type of postal card is commonly used by business, personal and quite popular even until the late 1960’s.

Sources and References:

Collins English Dictionary : Postal Card

Littrell, Robert, Ed; Postal Cards of Spanish Colonial Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, UPSS, 2010.

Personal interview from postcard collectors

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

Specialties of Mang Tootz Foodhaus

Mang Tootz Foodhaus was named after Mr. Edwin “Mang Tootz”  Vergara a former OFW who opened a carinderia or eatery with a twist.

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Mang Tootz Foodhaus signage

The carinderia had a huge following among students of UST, FEU, UE and residents of Sampaloc district within Manila. Proof to the pudding is that hundreds of students would queue in line just to eat even before lunch.

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We would find time to eat at their eatery when we have long breaks. The price of their student rice meal is affordable and it comes free with soup.

Some of the dishes are newly created like chicken kebab. Rice value meals starts at Php 78.00 and Php 83.00 depending on the viand. One can order other dishes.

History

Mang Tootz started in 1991 as a tapsilogan and was used to be located in a small corner along J. Barlin street within Sampaloc.

It used to be called Tootzilog. The eatery eventually moved to Padre Noval street because the proprietors thought that it would be wiser to transfer location since they will be situated near the university with higher foot traffic. Technically, they are in the business for almost 30 years!

Television Program and Celebrities

Several television program had featured this eatery like My Puhunan of ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5, Kapuso Jessica Soho, Pinas Sarap, Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7, Solar TV, Tomasino and Food Vloggers like Mark Wiens, Erwan Heussaff, The Hungry Syrian Wander, Yummy Kitchen, Coconuts Manila among others.

UAAP athletes, former President Benigno Aquino III were among those who have eaten at the eatery.

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Dishes

There were 16 to 18 dishes being rotated on an everyday basis in Sampaloc and Makati.

porkbulgogi

Pork Bulgogi– Their pork is well marinated and their pork is tender. There are also some vegetables included and topped with sesame seeds.

chopsuey

Chopsuey – All time favorite with a lot of vegetables. Their vegetables is not soggy compared to others within the vicinity.

breadedchicken

Breaded Chicken– Their breaded chicken is deep fried with minimal batter, better than other restaurants or fast food joints.

bangusSteak

Bangus Steak – This is another well  loved dish. The bangus is cooked just right with generous amount of sauce.

BicolExpress

Bicol Express– Another MUST try dish when you visit this eatery, the pork meat is cooked just right with right amount of coconut milk ( not aguado/ watered down) and the right amount of banana chilies and bird’s eye chilies.

Binagoongan

Pork Binagoongan– The right balance of sweet, sour and salty combination.

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Chicken Kebab – Right amount of spice, chicken is well grilled along with the vegetables.

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banana rhum-a

 Banana rhum-A is an all time favorite since it was first introduced in 2006. They cook an average of 3,000 to 4,000 pieces a day. One must pre-order at least 1 day in advance for bulk orders. During Christmas season, their order are up to 8,000 pieces per day.

turon

Their banana rhum-A – is smaller compared to the ordinary turon being sold in street corners in Metro Manila. It is a saba banana sliced into 4 pieces with jackfruit wrapped in lumpia wrapper then deep fried. coated with a syrup made from a combination of margarine, pineapple juice, rhum, banana essence and brown sugar. It is topped with powdered sugar, skim milk, cinnamon powder and sesame seeds.

Pork Liempo – This is an all time favorite among students. However this was not available when we came.

Sisig – Another MUST Try, This was not available when we ate at the eatery.

There is no secret to why this is a favorite hang-out place. Their food is delicious,  affordable, staff are friendly and the neighborhood vibe would surely keep anyone from returning back.

Mang Tootz Foodhouse Sampaloc
1135 P. Noval St., Sampaloc, Manila

Contact :  +63 2 735- 68 55/404-45-61 (0917-865-9240)

Operations: Mon-Sat 8 am-9pm.

Mang Tootz Foodhouse- Makati
G-7 Valero Plaza, 124 Valero, Makati, Metro Manila

Contact : +63 2 425-9910/ (0917-856-9240)

Operations: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Presidential Landing and Pier 13 Commonwealth Postcard

This is a linen postcard showing the ‘Presidential Landing and Pier 13, Manila, Philippines.’ divided back, not postally-used, printed around 1940. This type was distributed by Philippine Educational Company Inc. (PECO) was popular souvenirs for tourists, students and collectors. This type of postcard circulated until mid-1950’s.

Pier 13 is located at the Manila south harbor, One can appreciate the clean Manila Bay and its surrounding areas during the commonwealth time. According to serious postcard collectors, PECO used to monopolize the distribution of these type of postcards until some entrepreneurs began using photo postcards and targeting schools, organizations and families. Goodwill Bookstore, G. Miranda and National Bookstore then started to issue their own postcard series.

  This one has a white border and has a serrated edge perforation

Linen Postcard

Linen postcards were printed in the United States from the 1930’s until the late 1950s. The majority of the issued postcard for the Philippines, Guam, Marianas and Puerto Rico during this time period were printed in the United States.

Unknown to many,these were not made out of linen, which is derived from flax, but they did have a high rag content, which means the paper contained a certain amount of cotton fiber. Instead, linen actually refers to the surface texture of the postcard.

This postcard was probably kept in an old photo album because of the sticky back side and some damages incurred by the previous postcard collector.

At the back, includes Genuine Curteich, Chicago “C.T. Photo Colorit” postcard US Pat. Of.

Curt Teich Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois, by Curt Teich (1877–1974) in 1898. The company printed postcards, view postcards, and advertising cards, and became the world’s largest printer of postcards.

Japanese Occupation

Importing of postcards ceases during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines ( from 1942- 1945) and very few reached the country. Most of the highly sought after postcards are on the hand of serious postcard collectors. Postcards that circulated within the country where the old stocks held by PECO or secondary retailers. Most of the interesting postcard collection just before and after the war were presumed destroyed or lost during the liberation of Manila.

What ever remained in the hands of early postcard collectors ( deltiologists), souvenir hunters or memorabilia collectors were either lost in time, eaten by termites,mishandled,thrown in garbage bin or lost in fire.

This type of postcards is quite rare or even scare even in stamp club swap meet or some collecting club’s auction.

I bought this postcard along with the Nipa Hut Muslim House Seascape postcard  and Moro Carabao Sled postcard at the recent RetoCon2019.

References and Sources:

Personal interview with postcard collectors

5 Exciting Booths at RetroCon 2019 at Lucky Chinatown Mall

RetroCon 2019 had a successful  three day event from August 2 to 4, 2019 which held a trade show, bazaar, eyeball, comic autograph signing, live entertainment and on the spost raffle at the iconic Lucky Chinatown Mall along Reina Regente street and De La Reina street, Binondo, Manila. 

Funko Pop toys for sale

There were several booth selling toys, postcards, stamps, coins, soft drink bottles, poster, photograph, figurines, game console, stickers, comics, funko toys among others at the RetroCon 2019.

crowd at the RetroCon 2019 in Luckytown China Mall

Philippine Christmas greeting card probably printed circa late 1950’s to 1960’s

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5 Exciting Booths at RetroCon 2019

5.) Modern Vintage Collectibles– This is the booth which specializes on modern, vintage toys and other stuff which are collectible.

Mr. Jan Kevin Lao

4.) Pixel Hero PH– This booth specializes on pixel art, button pins and stickers with hundreds of different designs to choose from.

Ms. Christel Manalo and Mr. Glenn Mallari

3.) Dekada Collectibles and Antiques– This booth had a lot of items for sale. I have bought several old postcards.

2.) Kikosky Toys and Collectibles – Nice booth with a lot of interesting stuffs and collectible items.

Pugad Paboy comic books

Mr. Pol Medina Jr.

1.) Pol Medina Jr. and Comic book artists booth- One of the best time to meet these people who illustrate creative works of art.

RetroCon 2019 will be having a much bigger event slated next month at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.