KHAI MOA Signing Ceremony and Turnover of Fire Truck

Kingspoint Homeowners Association Incorporated ( KHAI) had a simple turn-over ceremony of fire truck to Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Quezon City. The turnover was held at the Kingspoint Park covered court at past 10:00am.

The short program started with KHAI board members, homeowners, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) representatives,councilors and selected officials from Barangay Bagbag were on hand to witness the momentous occasion despite the cloudy weather and social distancing observed during the event. Opening statement came from SINSP Marvin H. Mari ( Station Commander -Station 5)

KHAI Turnover and Program

President Lamberto Q. Nolasco ( KHAI president 2019 to 2021) was present told the small crowd that it took several years from conceptualization, fund raising and mobilization of people and resources in order to purchase a fire truck which is needed within the subdivision and immediate neighborhood. In recent memory, There was a destructive fire which engulf a community near Katipunan Avenue last November 24, 2018 which destroyed over 50 homes and affected at least 100 families.

Important Personalities

There was also a short report on the covid 2019 response of Barangay Bagbag and in which Kingspoint subdivision is part of the barangay and Quezon City.

Other important personalities includes Hon. Jose Visaya, Mr. Ricardo B. Corpuz (City government department head III, Barangay and community relations department of Quezon City), Dir. Emmanuel D. Borromeo (CESO V City Director, DILG Quezon City) and SSupt. Joe Fernand L. Bangyod ( City Fire Marshall).

Other important personalities includes former councilor Mr. Enrico “Ric” Serrano ( founder and owner of Holy Child Academy, Novaliches) who is a long time resident of the place.

Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte- Alimurung was also invited during the turnover ceremony but was unable to attend affair.

Mr. Eduardo S. Mangulabnan and Mrs. Elva U. Aguirre serves as masters of ceremonies.

Giroc’s Shawarma Opens in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

Giroc’s Shawarma opens a new branch along Katipunan Avenue within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches in Quezon City.

Giroc’s Shawarma Opening

Giroc’s shawarma started in 2015 in Cubao with their well loved shawarma and value meal.

Shawarma craze had invaded the foodie community of Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Village, Grand Monaco Villas, El Pueblo Condominium (Barangay Bagbag).Goodwill Homes 1,California Homes, Doña Faustina Village, Sierra Vista and nearby areas.

The grand opening was supposed to be at around 3:00 pm but had to wait at least 1 hour for them to start getting our order Everyone is on happy mood despite the change in afternoon skies.

There are long lines of customers coming from all walks of life and their BUY 1 TAKE 1 Promo is a big hit for just Php 125.00 !

They will be having their shawarma value meal and others. Giroc’s shawarma will be coming up with their own delivery system within the community. But the meantime, They only accept take out.

The stall is located near the famous Ohtako Takoyaki and Potato Corner along Katipunan Avenue which is considered as food street area which stretches from Kingspoint Subdivision, Goodwill Homes 1, California Village to Sierra Vista.

Note: The author is not connected with the management of the stall , all prices quoted in this blog may be subject to change without prior notice.

Giroc’s Shawarma

Address: Block 1 , Lot 1, Goodwill Homes I, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations : 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm Everyday

Kabayan Mami and Pares House in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

Kabayan Mami and Pares House recently open their door for business. They have a soft opening promo last September 8 with a special in-house promo of Buy 2 Take 1 beef mami at their stall.

Kabayan Mami House

The beef mami is affordable it is only Php 20.00 per serving and they also have senior citizen discount.

The mami house can only accommodate few customers at any given time. Most are for take out. The beef meat is soft and the soup is not salty.

Those living within Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Village, Grand Monaco Villa, El Pueblo, California Village, Doña Faustina Village and Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches. Do not forget to visit Kabayan mami house. It is located just beside Meat Shop by Calidad.

Kabayan Mami and Pares House

Address: Block 4, Lot 4, Door B, Katipunan Avenue, Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Operational Hours: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm ( subject to change ) Everyday

15 Fun Facts about Pothos

Pothos or Epipermum aureum and related species is now in demand. This a member of the of Aracea family that includes Caladiums, Colocasia, Xanthosoma which originates from Central and South America.

This highly ornamental plant is making a comeback, with dozens of new hybrids and variegated ones in the market.

Epipermum aureum or golden pothos at a plant stall within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Prices used to be in between Php 25 to Php 75 for small hanging basket in Tabang-Guiguinto plant stalls in Bulacan. Almost the same price in Silang, Cavite few years ago, until the demand for indoor plant skyrocketed last year.

Some plant center in the province would give cuttings as freebies whenever one will bring large purchases. Plant enthusiasts sometimes called plantiquarians, plantitos, plantitas,halamanmoms, plantaddicts whatever would you prefer calling them, would swear that having pothos is on their bucket list of plants.

15 Fun Facts about Pothos

Pothos grown in large cement vat within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

15.) It is called “money plant ” by people living in the Indian subcontinent, Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and some Southeast Asian countries. People believe that having one potted pothos can brings good luck, money or attracts positive chi inside one’s premises. This is also good in offices, condominiums and apartments which have minimal spaces.

14.) One can grow pothos indoors, preferably with bright indirect light, although it also will tolerate low-light conditions. Pale leaves means too much sun, and loss of variegation means too little.

13.) Pothos likes to have its soil dry out between watering. For potted plants dislikes soggy condition.

Epipermum aureum or golden pothos cling on branches on an acacia tree

12.) One can fertilize pothos on weekly basis with water soluble fertilizer brand that is available in the market preferably 1/4 to 1/2 the strength diluted. This is done after watering the plant. One can also apply Naturamin which is distributed by Harbest Agricultural Business Corporation based in Pasig. Another way to apply small amount of slow release fertilizer that is commercially available.

11.) This had various common names like golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, taro vine, Ceylon creeper, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, marble queen, water vine among others.

10.) It is also referred to as devil’s vine because it is quite impossible to kill the vine. This plant can tolerate low light levels. Some areas like in Florida, Hawaii, Southeast Asia,Tropical America, India, Sri Lanka the Epipermum aureum completely overgrows the forest floor as well as the trunks of trees and block the natural vegetation.

9.) Epipermum aureum, the golden form of the species use to be native over Mo’orea in the territory of French Polynesia. Epipermun pinnatum is native to many parts of the country and south This is under the family of Araceae.

8.) This is now one of the most common house plant and was introduced in many parts of the world due to human activity. The plant became naturalized in many tropical,sub-tropical area all over the world. Among the big farms includes Costa Farm in the United States of America.

Pothos growing on a large tree within Philvirra Homes, Barangay Tandang Sora, along Road 20 Project 8, Quezon City

Locally, one can buy varieties of pothos in several online sites and established farms like Unigreen Farm in Batangas, Bulacan Garden, Tabang-Guiguinto plant stalls, Araneta Farmers Garden, Mindanao Avenue Garden Center, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Cedarhills Garden Center in Mother Ignacia Avenue,White Plains, Cartimar Plant Center, Neopolitan in Fairview, Pasig among others.

7.) NASA and other scientist made studies in the 1980’s on the effects of pothos indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, benzene, carbon monoxide and dust.

6.) Other genus like Scindapsus pictus commonly called satin pothos/ silver pothos or silver vine are also lump as pothos. This vine is widespread in many southeast asian countries. Some small leaf philodendron are also mistakenly sold as different cultivar variety of pothos.

5.) The vine can be propagated via nodal cutting planted in aquariums, placed on top of the aquarium and allowed to grow roots in the water. The plant roots can filter some nitrate.

For those living in Calumpit, Bulacan One can contact Mrs. Vivian Sumilang (0920-915-8975) or ( 0922-819-6414). She also have other ornamental plants for sale.

4.) It is popular in the Philippines with many schools, make shift altar, cemeteries, family shrines have pothos planted in clear bottles as water plant. According to some old time local horticulturists and backyard hobbyists. They have encountered this vine way back in the early 1950’s and was extensively featured in several magazines.

3.) The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) listed this plant as mildly toxic when ingested to pet dogs, cats and small mammals. Avoid letting your pet animals chew the leaves or any parts of the plant.

2.) Avoid constant touching the leaves and stems of Epipermum pinnatum and Epipermum aureum since parts of the stems and leaves contains calcium oxlate crystal which may cause general skin irritation.

1.) Leaves are used in general flower arrangement, ikenobo arrangement and adds color.

Sources, References, Bibliography, Interview:

Personal interviews – with Ms. Charita Gunao, Mrs. Leticia Cabiao, Mr. Lebon Ong, Mrs. Marilyn Montemayor, Professor Purita Marquez, Mr. Allan Marquez , Mrs. Vivian Sumilang

Royal Horticultural Society

Wolverton, B. C. How To Grow Fresh Air, Penguin Books, New York, 1997.

Wolverton, BC (1996) How to Grow Fresh Air . New York: Penguin Books.

Sawada, Ayako; Oyabu, Takashi (2008). “Purification characteristics of pothos for airborne chemicals in growing conditions and its evaluation”. Atmospheric Environment. 42 (3): 594–602.

Nauheimer, L., Metzler, D. and Renner, S.S. 2012. Global history of the ancient monocot family Araceae inferred with models accounting for past continental positions and previous ranges based on fossils. New Phytologist, vol. 195, p. 938-950.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Madulid, Domingo; Winner, National Book Award, Science, 1995. Revised Edition, 2000 with 388 pages. Araceae Epipermum aureum pages 89 to 90, Bookmark, Makati, A Pictorial Cyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants.

Steiner, Mona Lisa, PHD;Care, M &L Licudine Enterprises, First Edition 1952, Second Edition 1960, Third Edition 1986, Atlag, Malolos , Bulacan. Gabi Family page 142, Philippine Ornamental Plants And Their Care.

Delightful Ichika Sushi House Dishes

Ichika Sushi House is located along Katipunan Avenue within Goodwill Homes 1 in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Blessing and soft opening happened around past 1:00 pm on September 8 with residents, neighbors, bloggers ordering some well loved sushi and rice bowl meals at the establishment.

The restaurant sitting capacity in the ground floor is between 10 to 12 people at any given time, provided they complied with the IATF rules on social distancing and general community quarantine guidelines. The second floor had a sitting capacity of between 12 to 15 people at any given time.

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Ichika Sushi House Dishes

Among their all favorite includes California Maki, Creamy Crab Roll, Tuna Roll, Salmon Sahimi, Philadelphia Roll, Shomei Roll, Kani Sushi. Their rice bowl meals includes Chicken Teriyaki, Torikatsu, Tonkatsu, Katsudon, Beef Yakiniku, Gyudon and Tori Katsudon.

In House Promo

Since it was their soft opening, customers are given 1 free drink and 10% discount for dine-in transaction from September 8 to 14, 2020 . They are also planning to add their menu to include shrimp tempura and other well-loved Japanese dishes.

They also have sushi platter for big group -California Maki- 50 pieces ( Php 798.00) , California Maki -80 pieces (Php 1,278.00), Assorted Maki -50 pieces (Php 828.00).

Do not forget to visit their restaurant. One can also pre-order their sushi and bowl meals in bulk for any occasion.

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Note: Prices quoted in this blog are subject to change without prior notice coming from the establishment. The author and his immediate family is not connected with the food establishment featured in this site.

Ichika Sushi House

Address: Block 2, Lot 6-A, Goodwill Homes 1, Subdivision, Katipunan Avenue, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Contact : 0955-073-97-67

Operational Hours: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm Everyday