Exciting book launching and booths at the 34th Manila International BookFair 2013

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City- Philippines

Dr. Lisandro Claudio

Dr. Lisandro Claudio is an associated professor at Ateneo de Manila -Department of Political Science .  He obtained his PHD at University of Melbourne , Australia . His areas of specialization ,The Philippine Left, Global Marxism, Postwar Philippine Intellectual History, Post-authoritarian Politics in the Philippines, The Global South.

Due to time constraints , I only managed to asked him if he knew  Dr. Corazon Claudio, Chair and President of EARTH Institute of Asia, She had a radio “Kalikasan, Kaunlaran”, DZRH-TV where i was invited a few years ago .  I did not got a definite answer since i forgot her first name.

The book is available at the Ateneo de Manila University Book Press Office. 

Ateneo Press.Org: http://www.ateneopress.org/

Ateneo de Manila University: http://www.admu.edu.ph/ls/soss/political-science/faculty/claudio-lisandro-elias-e

Mr. Alex Lacson

Mr. Lacson is lawyer, author, lecturer, philanthropist and politician.

He is best known as the author of “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country.” The book is distributed in all National Bookstores branches

Mr. Hubert Fucio

Mr. Hubert Fucio is a book illustrator , Grand Prize Winner of PBBY Alcala Prize in 2003. One of his latest  book illustration ” Anong Gupit Natin Ngayon” . Among his works are”  Si Pagong at si Matsing” , ” Sandosenang Kuya”   the books were printed by Adarna Books.  While Lauan, the Seed that Wanted to Fly by Rhandee Garlitos, illustrated by Hubert Fucio was printed by Vibal Publishing . ” Children of Two Seasons: Poems for Young People”  written by Lara Saguisag and illustrated by Hubert B. Fucio

National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Mr. Wilfredo Bas, Ms. Chona, Rey , Dereck, Christy Ann and Felix – NHCP had a lot of hard to find books primarily historical books authored by well-known historians of the country.

 National Historical Commission of the Philippines: http://nhcp.gov.ph/

Fully Booked

Ms. Alice M. San -Cua

She is the author of  ” Autum in Madrid ”  printed by UST publishing house. It was her second book of travel essays  and was launched last  June 8, 2013 at Greenbelt 4, Makati.

Sun-Cua’s previous works include “Riding Towards the Sunrise,” which won the National Book Award for Travel in 2000; “Charted Prophesies and Other Poems” (2001); and two collections with the ALON collective, of which she is a founding member: “What the Water Said” (2004) and “Watershed” (2009). She is also an obstetrician-gynecologist currently affiliated with the San Juan de Dios Hospital, and lives in Manila with her husband Alex.

Mr. Joel Pablo Salud

He started his career as a journalist and writer 23 years ago at the Manila Standard and The Manila Times. After which he leaped from newspapers to magazines, having worked as managing editor for the Philippine Airlines in-flight publication Mabuhay and Filipino Unlimited, and as executive editor of People Asia.

His stint as media bureau chief at the Philippine Senate and as communications management consultant for some members of the Lower House . Mr. Salud has written for various national publications, including the Philippine Star, Star week, Balikbayan, Lifestyle Asia, the Philippines Free Press and Business Day. 

He now saddles his pen as Editor-in-Chief of the Philippines Graphic magazine, the country’s top newsweekly and literary publication under the ALC Group of publications, which includes the Business-Mirror.

He is a member of the Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) and the Manila Critics Circle.

His latest work , The Distance of Rhymes and Other Tragedies was printed by UST publishing.

Mr. Jaypee Reyes

 Mr. Jaypee Reyes  at the C& E Bookstore  booth . For a minimum book purchase, one can have a FREE handwriting consultation. He is the current President and CEO of Handwriting Master Analysis of the Philippines ( HandMAP)

I quickly notice his presence at the C& E booth because of one hobby that connects our group (Handwriting !) Being a stamp collector( philatelist) we always promote the art of writing letters . Some of the older members of our stamp club would collect letters purposely because of their  beautiful handwriting. or Calligraphy . Some teachers and even stamp collectors would develop some attributes to know one’s personality thru their penmanship.

Land line (343-1035) Mobile (0922-809-5472/ 0915-242-2348)


Handwriting Master Analysts of the Philippines  : http://www.handmap.webs.com/

Note: I would like to ” Thank” all the regular ” suki ” readers of this blog , and to the organizers of the Manila International Book Fair 2013. Until the 35th Manila International Book Fair 2014!


National Historical Commision of the Philippines unvelies the state of the art Katipunan museum

Museo ng Katipunan, San Juan City , Metro Manila – Philippines

ceremonial openingPhoto courtesy : of Red Root Artists Cooperative

Executive-Director Ludovico Badoy, NHCP President, Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, Vice-Mayor Francis Zamora and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez led the re-enactment of the tearing of the cedulas (community tax certificate  or personal tax certificate)

The Museo ng Katipunan or Katipunan Museum located in San Juan City formally opened its doors on Tuesday morning. It was built to showcase the contributions of the members of the Kataastaasang Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng bayan (KKK). The group was founded in 1892 as a movement against the Spaniards.

Museo ng Katipunan 2

Museo ng Katipunan

The Museum was built at a former Spanish depot site called “El Deposito”, and features relics of weapons, dioramas, amulets used by the Katipuneros. It also houses some notable pieces of art from Pancho Piano.

ceremonial opening 2

Photo courtesy : of Red Root Artists Cooperative

Special guests of honor Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Mayor Guia Gomez and Vice Mayor Francis Zamora together with relatives of the Katipuneros

So why San Juan and not Intramuros, Manila?  National Historical Commission of the Philippines’   Executive-Director Ludovico Badoy said  the Katipuneros organized their first raid at the Spanish weapons and ammo dump located in San Juan.

Katipunan Museum1

Katipunan heroes gallery on display

Atty. Gregorio Bonifacio, a fourth generation blood relative of the Katipunan founder, said the museum is a fitting memorial for the KKK.

This is a new museum entirely devoted to Bonifacio and the Katipunan, with interactive displays and original Katipunan artifacts. The museum will also present, for the first time, an initial list of members of the Katipunan and others who supported its cause, numbering more than 2,500. The names were obtained from archival sources.

The museum also has an e-learning room where students from grades 5-7 will take online interactive lessons about Bonifacio and the Katipunan—the first in the country—produced by the NHCP. Classes will start at 9 a.m. and every hour a different batch of students will use the room.

National Historical Commission of the Philippines: http://nhcp.gov.ph/locations/kkk-musuem/

San Juan City : http://www.sanjuancity.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=235&Itemid=223

Kalayaan 2013 -115th Independence day activities within Liwasang Bonifacio

Liwasang Bonifacio , Ermita , Manila -Philippines

Liwasang Bonifacio

Liwasang Bonifacio  also called  as Plaza Lawton is this year’s venue of the historic flag raising activity for the 115 anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence.  The entire plaza had some clean-up drive several days before the event which included cleaning the fountain area ,  installation of new plant boxes, trimming of trees and putting of yellow ribbons  within the vicinity .

National Museum director Mr. Jeremy Barns , Ms. Maura  Baghari-Regis and Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz

former Postmaster General and Congressman Honorable  Roilo Golez and TESDA chairman Honorable Joel Villanueva

United States Ambassador – Honorable Harry Thomas , Philpost employees and Mr. Wilfredo Bas – National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Ambassador Harry Thomas is his final leg of his tour of duty in the Philippines.  Based on the photo opportunity requests by the ordinary people , He is one of the most well-loved ambassadors in recent memories . His ability to speak Filipino language makes him an instant click to ordinary people .

Manila Central Post Office

The Manila Central Post Office is an architectural jewel that is found in the middle of the old capital city ( Intramuros ) and Extramuros ( Binondo ) .The historical building was built in 1926 almost the same time with the National Arts Gallery ( National Museum ) by triumvirate Architect Juan Arellano , Ralph Duane and Tomas Mapua .  The upper floors were draped with Philippine  ceremonial tri-color cloth  . It adds a touch of class and formality to the event.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III  during the flag raising ceremony at the grounds of Philippine Postal Corporation

President Benigno Aquino III  led the country in commemorating the 115th year of its proclamation of  independence from Spanish colonial rule.

President Aquino together with Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno during the wreath laying ceremonies at the Bonifacio statute in the middle of Liwasang Bonifacio

President Aquino chose to kick off Independence Day dubbed as Kalayaan 2013 with the theme ” Ambangan tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran ”  instead  of choosing Luneta ( traditional flag raising venue site ) .

television crew PTV channel 4 coverage during the wreath laying ceremonies

He led the traditional flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Liwasang Bonifacio, a plaza named after revolutionary leader Gat Andres Bonifacio which marks  his 150th birth anniversary this year. He was welcomed by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz  and National Historical Commission head Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno.

L-R Honorable Roilo Golez,  Secretary Manuel ” Mar ” Roxas ,  MMDA chairperson Atty. Francis Tolentino ,  APMG Operations Mama S. Lalanto al haj and Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz -Philippine Postal Corporation

This also marks the kick-off event of the year-long anniversary which will culminate on November 30, 2013 with festive ceremonies ,  fun run , Bonifacio trail , art competition , exhibits  and stamp launching event .

foreign dignitaries together with Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario ( far right in white barong )

After the flag raising ceremony and independence day speech . President PNOY went to the holding room E-Post Shop within the Philippine Postal Corporation building .  Due to security protocols  , only 2 official press photographer from the ( Office of the President ) and NHCP  were  allowed .

Philippine Postal Corporation catering

This according a  Malacañan protocol officer , It was a private function – He was presented with the 150th Malacañang Palace framed stamps and First Day Covers together with Alfredo S. Lim .

(Photo courtesy of Mr. Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Postmaster General and CEO  Maria Josefina dela Cruz, Philpost  Chairperson Cesar Sarino , President Benigno Aquino and Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno

From the Facebook account of the President : http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.589106487788769.1073741873.141976959168393&type=1

  Malacañang Palace 150th commemorative stamps and first day cover

Philpost E-post Shop

He probably stayed for about 10 minutes inside before leaving .  Then our group was invited by Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz for an early lunch .

Philippine Postal Corporation officials and vips

Gat Andres Bonifacio statute  with floral wreath from the Office of the President and Grand Masonic Lodge of the Philippines

The event is spearheaded by National Historical Commission of the Philippines , Philippine Postal Corporation ,   Department of Public Works and Highways , Metro Manila Development Authority , Office of the President and  City of Manila. 

Note: I would like to ” Thank” NHCP , Philpost and the City of Manila for all the accommodation given to me during the event.

NHCP: http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/

TESDA: http://www.tesda.gov.ph/

150th Bonifacio stamp design contest

National Historical Commission of the Philippines in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation invites the public to participate in the stamp design contest. the winning entries will be featured in time for the 150th commemoration of the birth of Gat Andres Bonifacio .  There will be two category 1.) OPEN Class 2.) Student  . For more information please visit the website . The theme ” Dangal at Kabayanihan


National Commission of the Philippines: http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/

Stamp design contest: http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/boni/boni-stamp-design.jpg

Philpost launches MetroBank ‘s 50th anniversary stamp

Philippine Postal Corporation, Main Lobby, Ermita, Manila –Philippines

tarpaulin poster of Metro Bank’s 50th anniversary stamp launching at the Philippine Postal Corporation, compound in Liwasang Bonifacio , Manila

It was earlier this year, when I heard news about the on-going proposal for the issuance of the Metro Bank ‘s company’s golden anniversary commemorative stamp through the Philippine Postal Corporation ( Philpost ) . Mrs. Elenita San Diego (Philatelic and Postage Department head) and Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus (member of the stamp advisory committee) then invited me as a guest during one of the stamp advisory meeting consultation.

tarpaulin poster of the commemorative stamp launching were hung in the pillars of the Manila Central Post Office

Although it was not my first time to attend such advisory meetings . As a philatelist (stamp collector),  being invited in such a meeting is always been a privilege and an honor to meet the current stamp advisory board led by the enigmatic Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and board members of the stamp advisory committee.

Metro Bank’s commemorative stamps before the unveiling ceremony covered with blue cloth

Everyone is doing their job since there are various representatives from different government agencies like National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, National Historical Commission of the Philippines for historical validation, representative from stamp collecting clubs and other important people who can share their talent, wisdom and knowledge in the stamp design, marketing and public awareness.

Metro Bank’s Foundation board of directors and Metro Bank officials together with Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz ( Postmaster General ) at the lobby of the Philippine Postal Corporation

L-R Metrobank Foundation president -Aniceto Sobrepeña (2005) , Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Mayor Alfredo S. Lim ( Manila ) and  Dr. George S.K. Ty  ( Metro Bank Group chairperson)

L-R Dr. Serena Diokno (chairperson – National Historical Commission of the the Philippines ) , Mr. Ceasar N. Sarino ( Philpost chairman and Postal Bank president ), Hon. Alfredo S. Lim (Mayor of Manila ), Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz (Postmaster General and CEO ), Dr. George S.K. Ty (Metro Bank’s group chairman ) Dr. Antonio S. Abacan, Jr. ( Metrobank group vice-chairman ) , Mr. Francisco C. Sabastian ( Metrobank vice- chairman and board of director ) , Mr. Fabian S. Dee ( Metrobank’s president ) and  Mr. Alfred  V. Ty ( president Federal Land Inc. ) partly hidden

History :

 Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank) founded in September 5, 1962 , has since become the premier universal bank and among the foremost financial institutions in the Philippines.  It offers a full range of banking and other financial products and services, including corporate, commercial and consumer banking, as well as credit card, remittances, leasing, investment banking and trust banking.  Metrobank currently spans a consolidated network of over 1,400 ATMs nationwide; over 760 domestic branches; and 38 foreign branches, subsidiaries, and representative offices.

The stamp collection traces back the roots and beginnings of Metrobank and into becoming the largest and premiere financial conglomerates today.

Mr. Fabian Dee

It is only rightful that we remember Metrobank’s journey as something personal to many of us who stood witness to how it all started . We dedicate these commemorative stamps to our stakeholders and the public , to whom we owe much the success of the institution ” expressed  Metrobank president Mr. Fabian Dee in his acceptance message .

Honorable Alfredo S. Lim

Metro Bank Foundation Incorporated :

Mr. George S. K. Ty  established on January 8, 1979 , sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, the Metrobank Foundation is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia.  As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare. It also maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the disadvantaged. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), College Scholarship Program (CSP), Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS). It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Lecture established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions.

Postmaster General Mrs. Maria  Josefina Dela Cruz and Dr. George S.K. Ty (Metro Bank’s group -chairperson , during the autograph signing ceremonies at the Philpost main lobby , the First Day Cover will be kept at the Philippine Postal Museum and Library for posterity and archives of the event

Golden Anniversary Highlights:

First Day of Cover with 50th Anniversary of Metro Bank commemorative block of 4 stamps

One of the highlights of its 50th anniversary celebration this year, the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company ( Metrobank) unveiled to the public a collection of 4 commemorative stamps that chronicles the milestones in the bank’s history as symbolized by four significant structure built by the institution.

stamp advisory committee members, Philippine Philatelic Federation  headed by Mr. Robert Tan pose for a souvenir shots together with distinguished board members of Philpost and Metro Bank group of company

A sumptuous late morning meal was hosted by the Metrobank Foundation and Metrobank group of company 

stamp is from philpost website

Technical Description: Metrobank, 50th Anniversary

Kind of Issue: Commemorative

Denominations and Quantity: Php 7.00   / 140,000 pieces

Date of Issue: August 29, 2012

Last date of Sale: August 28, 2013 (as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 30 mm x 40 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Lay out Artist: Victorino Serevo

Design Coordinators: Metrobank Foundation, Inc. & Mrs.  Elenita San Diego

Designs: Provided by Metrobank

Stamp 1:  Wellington Building -Binondo Branch, 1963

Stamp 2: Metrobank Plaza, Senator Gil Puyat , Makati City 1977

Stamp 3: GT Tower, 217 meters ( 3rd tallest building in the country ) 2004

Stamp 4: Metrobank Plaza, Shanghai,

People’s Republic of China, 2007

Note: I would like to thank, Philpost , Metro Bank Foundation and  Metro Bank group of company for the invitation to the event.  Maraming Maraming Salamat po ! This is a heart breaking experience as this would be the last stamp launching to be held within the Philpost building compound before the conversion into a hotel .

Please visit the links for more information:

Federal Land Incorporated : http://www.federalland.com.ph/

Metro Bank and Trust Company : http://www.metrobank.com.ph/

Metro Bank Foundation : http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph/

Philippine Postal Corporation: http://www.phlpost.gov.ph/web/metrobank-50th-anniversary-commemorative-stamp/