Filipino-Chinese Friendship Week at SM Manila

SM Manila Activity Area, A. Villegas Street, Manila-Philippines

Master Chua Hu Hua together with students of La Consolacion ( Caloocan) admiring his calligraphy

SM Manila Department Store , SM Manila , Bahay Tsinoy , Saint Stephen High School Alumni Association, Philippine Cultural High School presented to the public a week long event starting on June 22 until June 26, 2015 .

Eng Bee Tin a popular Chinese deli is among the participants of the FOOD Festival

The week long event started with an exhibition of old photos of the district of Binondo, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas which comprises most of Manila ‘s Chinatown.

Binondo church 18th cenutry

Manila’s Chinatown is the oldest and the largest Chinese enclave is located. The centerpiece is the old Basilica Minore del San Lorenzo Ruiz .

Chef Rene- deboned- pork lechon

There is also a food fest , where some of the best Filipino -Chinese food outlets were an added treat to the visitors of the event.

visitors to the photo exhibit

Some of the programs , like Chinese  music orchestra  June 22 , Chinese cultural dance held last June 23 , Wushu Performance June 25 and Chinese Calligraphy Session June 26 were attended by Chinese association members, student organizations among others.

Master Chua Hu Hua conducted a FREE Chinese calligraphy session at around past 2:00PM , It was attended by different Filipino- Chinese association led by the principal of Saint Stephen High School, Philippine Cultural High School , Saint Stephen High School, Yuklin Caloocan High School ,La Consolacion College , Adamson University .

for SM Advantage , SM Prestige , BDO privilage card holders, there is an ongoing SM Manila Department store promo of minimum single -receipt purchase of Php 3,000 to avail of a special voyager travel luggage worth Php 888 Only.

The promo is until June 28, 2015 at SM Manila Department Store. So hurry to get the great deal !

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marian Dy Tan , Ms. Larisa S. Bacarro
Branch Marketing Manager  and  SM Manila management for the invitation


PHLPOST Launched the Flower Paintings of President Corazon Aquino on Scented Stamps

Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel, Manila -Philippines

L-R Ms. Deedee Siytangco , Mr. Enrique Tagle- Philpost  ,PEZA Director General Lilia De Lima,  Philippine Star President and CEO Miguel Belmonte (fourth from left),  Philpost President -Ceasar Sarino , Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan (represented by Ramon Isberto, Smart Communications Head of Public Affairs), , and Metrobank Chairman George Ty (represented by Chito Sobrepena).

Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan owns the “Rosary and Roses Series,” De Lima the “Blooms of Unity,” Belmonte the “Overflowing with Good Wishes,” and Ty the “Enchanting Blossoms” and “Fifth Painting.”

rose scented stamps featuring five paintings of former President Corazon Aquino will be sold to the public starting Aug. 1 to mark her fifth death anniversary.

This will be the first time in the history of Philippine stamps that PHLPOST will be using scented papers.

flower paintings of former president Corazon Aquino

The block of four stamps features the Aquino painting “Overflowing with Good Wishes” that is now in the possession of The STAR president and chief executive officer (CEO) Miguel Belmonte; “Blooms of Unity” that is with Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) director general Lilia de Lima; and the “Enchanting Blossoms” and “Fifth Painting” that are with Metrobank Group chairman George Ty.

Meanwhile, the souvenir sheet will feature the “Rosary and Roses Series” painting that she gave to businessman Manuel Pangilinan.

The two designs for the first day cover cachet will feature the paintings lent by the Aquino family.

The local printer Amstar Co. Inc. had to source the scented paper and scented ink from abroad.

The smell of roses would stay with the stamps for one to two years depending on how these would be preserved.

set of stamp which includes 4 piece stamp and a souvenir sheet

However another constructive criticism by stamp collectors which was echoed by Mr. Enrique Tagle– ”   If the stamp is exposed to the elements, it might lose its scent immediately, but if it is placed inside a sealed glass or inside acid free plastic, then the scent would be preserved longer.”

Mrs. Aquino, mother of incumbent President Aquino, was the country’s 11th president. She is credited for restoring democracy to the country.

One of her hobbies was painting and flowers were her preferred subject.

Tagle said it took PhlPost a long time to come out with this series because it was difficult to find the paintings of Mrs. Aquino.

She gave away most of her paintings to friends so there are only a few paintings left with her children.

Php 100 Souvenir Sheet

Technical Description

Type of Issuance: Special – marking 5th Death Anniversary of President Corazon C. Aquino

Theme: Flower Painting of former President Corazon C. Aquino

Block of 4: 40mm x 30mm At Php 25.00 each

Souvenir Sheet : 95 mm x 93 mm  Php 100

Special Feature: rose scented

Paper: Imported watermark

Printer: Amstar Company -Philippines

Quantity : 200,000 pieces or 50,000 per design

Souvenir Sheet : 7,000 pieces

First Day Cover : 6,000 pieces

It was Aquino’s close friend and former spokesperson Deedee Siytangco who helped PhlPost get in touch with the paintings’ owners.  Metro Bank Foundation ordered some 5,000 pieces of The First Day Covers , while a well -known stamp dealer ordered some 500 pieces thus leaving 500 pieces for ordinary collectors . The total FDC’s printed  is one of the biggest orders for this year .

NOTE: Although this is the first time that paintings in private collection will be featured in Philippine stamps  . Some Philatelists  ( stamp collectors ) are weary that this is some sort of a crude form of advertisement ( further enhancing the price of the actual paintings that are featured in the stamps. ) Or was it politically motivated.



Mr. Juvenal Sanso’s Exhibit

Atrium 2nd Floor Podium , Mandaluyong City- Philippines

exhibit located at the second floor

The works presented are a progression on his highly popular textile designs, which were presented in the exhibit “FUNdamental Sanso.”

Although his work with textile designs were mostly geometrical and involved visually attractive patterns.

The show, on view until February 26, is being presented by Galerie Joaquin Podium in cooperation with Galerie Stephanie.

The exhibit will move to the lower ground level after February 26 and will run until March 4, 2014 For information, call 634-7954 and 709-1488 or visit and

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