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Visita Iglesia 2017 of Churches within Parañaque City

It was Maundy Thursday  when we decided to visit some churches within Parañaque City , Las Piñas and Pasay area within a few short days.

Left around 5:00 am in our home and traffic was quite smooth from Fairview and Novaliches area until a major road repair along EDSA- Magallanes area to Malibay , Pasay halted the buses , jeepneys to almost a crawl . I was stuck to almost standstill for more than 1 hour and arrived almost 7:45 am at the Baclaran church. The 2 hour and 45 minute traffic is still short compared to 3 hours to almost 3 1/2 hours in ordinary days.

Baclaran church

There were a lot of devotees and people taking photos around the church compound. We were also lucky to go inside the main altar took a few snap shots. Before we went to another smaller parish just a few minutes away. Baclaran church had their own website and is open 24 hours . Baclaran Church is known as National Shrine of the Mother of Perpetual Help.

main altar

iron works of the our lady of perpetual help

side chapel

latin inscription 

History :

The present church building is the third built on the site in Baclaran. The first was a small wooden structure dating back to 1932 when the Redemptorists moved into Baclaran. It was in this small church that the first novena was conducted by Fr. Leo English on June 23, 1948. By the end of 1949 the novena had grown to eight sessions with about 60,000 people attending. To meet this demand the church was extended to double capacity by Frs. Taylor and English. This was the second building.

the third building, the present National Shrine, was begun in December 1952. The cornerstone was laid by Cardinal Gilroy of Sydney on January 11th 1953 and it was conseャcrated on Dec. pt 1958 by Archbishop Rufino Santos, assisted by Bp. Antiporda and Bp. Shanley O.CD.. The solemn opening and inauguration took place a few days later on Dec. 5, 1958 by the same Archbishop Rufino Santos, accompanied by Cardinal Agagianian and other bishop.

Santa Rita de Cascia Parish

This is just located a few meters away from Baclaran church , a short walk from the church , this also serves a a border between Maricaban , Pasay and Parañaque.

Saint Rita of Cascia Parochial School

There is a parochial school beside the parish church. Saint Rita of Cascia  died on May 22 at Cascia, and many miracles were reported instantly. Canonized in 1900, she is honored in Spain as La Santa de los Impossibles and elsewhere as a patron saint of hopeless causes.

Saint Rita of Cascia

One can offer sampaguita garlands or light a candle

Santa Rita of Cascia side entrance

There are smaller side chapels within the parish compound. The chapels can be rented for funerals.

main entrance

The main entrance boast of stained glass windows

The architecture is rather new and the bells beside the church is late 19th century. A larger hall is located within the compound.

Address : Quirino Avenue, Baclaran, Parañaque City, Metro Manila

Tel. Number s – +632832 1525; +6328323505,  Telefax: 853-063

United Methodist Church 

The United Methodist Church is located at 0199 Qurino Avenue, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City. It is considered as one of the oldest Methodist churches within the city. This had a historical marker installed by then National Historical Institute now (NHCP )  in 1991.

National Historical Commission of the Philippines marker 1991

History :

The church was established in 1901 in Mabong, Pasay by the American Methodists Missionaries . It was subsequently transferred in Pildira, Pasay in 1915 and in its present location in 1917. The church premises suffered a major blow during World War II when it was hit by a bomb which claimed the lives of seventy-seven Filipinos. In 1950, the church was renovated through the help and generosity of the Philippine War Damages Commission and the Trinity of the United States.

Saint Joseph Parish of Tambo,  Parañaque City

Saint Joseph Parish of Tambo, Parañaque City is located at 223 Quirino Avenue – One can walk for about 20 minutes from Saint Rita of Cascia Parish or take 1 jeepney ride going to Tambo. The church facade had been recently renovated .

statues within the parish courtyard

History :

 According to the community and family friends that we met during the short Visita Iglesia . It was Belgian Catholic missionaries of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM) from nearby Saint Andrew Parish of La Huerta helped planted the seeds of Catholicism in Tambo and by 1969, the barangay have its own Catholic parish named after St. Joseph, the Worker and Husband of Mary with Father Leonardo Marquez as its first parish priest.

Few years ago, the church had some renovation and the main facade was made bigger.

Telephone: +63(2)8528441, (632) 853-4446; 851-2380

San Dionisio Chapel facade made from adobe, bricks and cement. While there are some old acacia trees and palm growing within the outer courtyard of the chapel. The beams are supported by large wood with chandelier.

The main altar retablo  is made from hardwood and St. Dionysius or San Dionisio – local call the saint “Tata Dune” Home of the headless patron saint which is enshrined  at the center of the altar.  Tata Dune was a Bishop from France who was beheaded by his persecutors.

Barangay San Dionisio 

Barangay San Dionisio building was patterned after the facade of the chapel. The Barangay building is just located near the chapel.

local marker

Local marker was installed on May 19, 1990. Beside the chapel is a stage area where a yearly senakulo is staged.

people are refrain from making noise within the chapel premises

located in El Filibustermo Street  corner Quirino Avenue, San Dionisio ,  Parañaque City

Santa Monica Chapel -Don Galo ,Parañaque City

religious statues are covered with purple cloth to symbolized mourning period

Address: 619 Victor Medina Street , Don Galo ,Parañaque City

Barangay La Huerta arch and bridge 

We met some old -time residents of the place, They are quite gracious to tell us the way to Saint Andrew Cathedral . We passed the La Huerta arch and bridge, some old ancestral houses , a couple of eateries along the way.

mansion beside the river

This is a beautiful mansion beside the river with manicured garden and orchids which cling to the coconuts within the property.

Manuel Hernandez -Bernabe  historical marker

Biography 

Manuel H. Bernabe (1890-1960) “King of Balagtasan” in Spanish was a poet, linguist and politician, Manuel Bernabe was born on February 17, 1890 to Timoteo Bernabe and Emilia Hernandez of Parañaque, Rizal.

At the age of 10, he already started writing verses. He studied at the Ateneo de Manila where he finished his Bachelor of Arts degree with high academic standing in 1907, and then took up law at the University of Santo Tomas, but not able to took up the bar exams. In 1910, Manuel’s first poem was published in the Renacimento Filipino. In 1912, he translated Virgil’s Aenid from Latin to Spanish. In 1913, he received an award for his poems: “Himno al Sagado Corazon de Jesus (Hymn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus), “El Zapote,” and “Espana a Filipinas”.
In 1912, he joined the staff of La Democracia and in 1918, of La Vanguardia of the Roces Publications. He was a columnist but from time to time he also published poems and short stories in the magazine Exelsior.
Manuel also excelled in the balagtasan, where his stalwart adversary was Jesus Balmori. In 1927, he published Balagtasan a compilation of his three poetic joust against Balmori; “El Recuerdo y el Olvido” (Memory and Forgetting), “El Hombre y la Mujer”(Man and Woman), and “La Ilusion y el Desengano” (Illusion and Deception). His other works were: “Cantos del Tropico” ( Songs from the tropic) in 1929, which contains poems. He translated into the Spanish the English version of Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which was praised as the best Spanish translation of that masterpiece by Blasco Ibanez, a Spanish novelist, and also Perfil de la Cresta.
an old mansion near the Saint Andrew Cathedral 
In 1925, he won the Premio Zobel for his translation of Rubaiyat. In 1926, for his and Jesus Balmori’s Balagtasan, “El Hombre y La Mujer.” For high academic and excellent performance, Manuel was chosen a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in the Philippines in 1931 and was named poet laureate in Spanish (National Poet) on February 25, 1950. For his untiring efforts in the propagation and conservation of the Spanish language, Bernabe received two decorations from Spain – El Yugo y las Flechas in 1940 and orden de Isabela la Catolica in 1953. In 1964, he was also awarded the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinagan Award by the City Government of Manila.
He taught Spanish in different schools such as: Far Eastern University, Philippine Law School and Institute de Espanol at Colegio de San Juan de Letran. In 1951, he accompanied President Elpidio Quirino on the latter’s state visit to Spain. He joined the world of politics, as a representative to Congress of the first district of Rizal.
He retired from politics and once more joined the journalistic profession in the La Vanguardia. He was appointed professor of Spanish at the University of the Philippines and a technical assistant for Filipino-Spanish Relations at Malacañang from 1943-1947. Bernabe died of coronary thrombosis on November 29, 1960, at barrio La Huerta,Parañaque , as he was having conversation with his friends, he collapsed and never regained consciousness.
He was also featured in Philippine stamps in 1990 to commemorate the centennial of his birth.
References: Philippine Postal Corporation Philatelic Bulletin : May ,1990 ( Manuel H. Bernabe)
National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Saint Andrew Cathedral

Saint Andrew Cathedral is officially The Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew and commonly referred to as the Parañaque Cathedral, is one of the oldest churches in the country. It was established on May 11, 1580 by the Agustinian order. The church is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque.

apostolic marker installed in 2011

main altar

painting which depicts Saint Andrew parish and its images

These churches and shrines is just 2 ride away from Asiatel Airport Hotel .

Address : Aurora formerly Tramo Road, cor. Andrews, Aurora Blvd, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Near Resorts World Manila, NAIA Terminal 3.
(02)8332136
09222837339
09773283313
09216809738

 

Smart Logistics Solutions for Business Launching at the Blue Leaf Filipinas

the Blue Leaf Filipinas Event Place, ASEANA Park , Parañaque City- Philippines

PLDT FVP and SME Business Head Ms. Kat Luna-Abelarde

Smart Enterprise, the country’s largest provider of wireless service provider for  micro, small, medium scale enterprises , launched the Smart Logistics Solutions – a business to business ( B2B) suite of software and hardware specifically designed to cater to the needs of transportation, logistics and distribution industries.

PLDT , EVP and ePLDT President and CEO Mr. Eric Alberto noted that the launch of Smart Enterprise’s new product suit encourages SMEs to move towards a mobile and digital vision for their businesses.

Mr. Lorenzo  Tañedo, Head for Voice Solutions and Cloud Solutions of PLDT SME Nation and Mr. Arnel Ignacio -program emcee

” To stay ahead in today’s competitive business landscape , it is crucial for companies to provide speed and accuracy in delivering their services “, he said . ” Though Smart Logistic Solutions , we will empower transport companies to enable prompt service tracking of assets and access data by automating their business.

Smart Logistic Solutions together with their partner organizations and companies in a ceremonial toast

Smart logistics solutions offers SME’s the following mobile applications and solutions : assets tracker-vehicle , fleet management and e-ticketing system for transportation and for logistics, the assets tracker vehicle and asset tracker -personnel, as well as proof of delivery ( power form)

Smart Tracker is a solution that utilizes GPS tracking system to enable users to monitor their vehicle or field force personnel’s location in real time . This solution will help businesses increases operational efficiency and ensure asset security .

Smart E-ticketing handles scheduling and fares for transport companies . It manages and monitors admissions and retail from your head office while tracking sales real- time.

Smart Fleet is a cloud -based solutions designed to help businesses perform the following  operation- vehicle management including maintenance , dispatching, cashering , driver data and reports.

Smart Form is a digital way of tracking goods’ shipment that leverages the mobile technology and replaces the pen- and-paper system .

PLDT FVP and SME Business Head Ms. Kat Luna-Abelarde added, ” Speed and Accuracy in delivering service give SMEs the edge in today’s fast paced and technology driven business landscape . With Smart Logistics Solutions, it does not have to be a strain on the overhead expenses nor does it have to be complex . To thrive in today’s digitally challenging times, SMEs need to be able to harness technology to their advantage and that’s out mission.

Note: There were in -house raffle and games in which i won Sony Xperia M2. There were also lucky winners of cellphones and other prizes

Website: http://smart.com.ph/corporate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications

Solaire Casino Resort Soar to New Heights

Solaire Resort and Casino, the country’s premier integrated resort, in partnership with Air Asia, unveils a breakthrough branding project in the Philippines.

Starting this July 2014, its brightly colored logo will be wrapped on Air Asia’s popular Airbus A320.

solaire resort’s new fleet

Solaire, the first consumer brand in the country to embark on this logo-wrap campaign, aims to further promote tourism in the Philippines and in greater Asia.

Mr.Enrique Razon Jr. and Air Asia Global CEO Tony Fernandes

Its dynamic collaboration with Air Asia also represents another step forward in the ongoing journey towards providing modern travel experiences to its customers using fresh new approach to their target market.

In one way or another, this will also facilitate more passenger and cargo traffic in both regional and domestic flights, and further enhance strong trade, cultural, and tourism ties within Asia.

The campaign will continue until 2016, and is bound to generate more hype and publicity as the partnership progresses.

Mr. Donato Almeda

 “This milestone is a key undertaking between two passionate brands with entrepreneurial and dynamic mindsets. This unprecedented branding project in the Philippines may be taken as a ‘leadership statement,’ which attests to Solaire’s strong growth momentum in the industry.” Mr. Donato Almeda, board director of Solaire Resort and Casino said.

Solaire Resort & Casino (formerly known as Solaire Manila) is a resort complex phase 1 which includes a five-star hotel with 488 rooms; and 18,500 square meters of gambling space . The total area is about 8.5 hectares of land with  additional development 258,721 square -meters  expansion project under development which is expected to open at the 3rd quarter of  2014. The casino and hotel entertainment complex along the Bay City area of Parañaque City.

For bookings and reservations:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SolaireResort

Solaire Resort: http://solaireresort.com/

 

Eight reasons to visit the 33rd Manila International Book Fair

SMX Convention Center , Pasay City , Metro Manila – Philippines

SMX main lobby

It was a cloudy day when i went to the SMX Convention Center, I was not able to catch -up on the opening day of the 33rd Manila Intentional Book fair  due to a lot of work and prior commitments.

I was given some complimentary tickets from my regular buyers  “suki ”  and friends from the bookstore industry . Unfortunately , some of the regular participants during the book fair seems to be absent.

Goodwill Bookstore booth

1.) Great Discounts on Books and other Reading Materials.

Goodwill Bookstore is the first booth that i have visited during the exhibition, This is one of the oldest bookstore established in 1937  that is still existing in the country.  Last year we were invited to the book launching of “Philippine Native Orchid Species ” by  Mr. Jim Cootes  .

Website: http://goodwillbookstore.com/content/17-philippine-native-orchid-species

This year, while chatting with some Goodwill store marketing personnel – I saw ” Bonsai & SuisekiTrees & Stones … in Harmony  ( hardbound ) – This book was printed in 2004 and is being sold for just Php 150 ! I quickly check the hardbound book ( for any lost pages and quality check) and immediately  paid for the book . While paying , the cashier told me that I have an eye for books ! then quickly recognized me , ” Hindi ba ikaw ang parati kasama namin tuwing may -orchid show” ? LOL .  Yes! I quickly told ,   the cashier .  Goodwill Bookstore used to participate  in orchid shows as stall holders selling various orchid and gardening books  .   Then the cashier told me that the book that i have purchased is indeed a great bargain. They used to sell that for almost a thousand pesos !

Array of books being sold at a bargain price

2.) Meeting Friends and People within the industry 

Mr. Jojo Manzano  of Unveiled at Last revised by the author

CSM bookstore is one of the 200 plus bookstores , publisher and distributor which participated in the book fair. CSM is the number one provider of christian resources in the Philipines.

Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc. CSM Bldg., Pascor Drive ,Sto. Nino, Parañaque City , 1704 Philippines

Tel. (632) 852-7301 to 04

Fax. (632) 851-0170

E-mail: direct@csm-publishing.com

Website : http://www.csm-publishing.org/

3.) Meet Your Favorite authors, cartoonist and illustrators

Ms. Sharron Navera author of Haunted TV Shows

Went to the booth of PSICOM Publishing Company and  bought  3 books ,  2 books written by Mr. Stanley Chi  (Suplado Tips 1 and Pogi Points )

Website : http://www.stanleychi.net/

  Ms. Sharron Navera author of  ( Haunted TV Shows)  i got a chance to interview her despite her hectic schedule. Some of the books that she wrote are re-published again .   I left the 2 other books with Ms. Jem Doromal with the receipt and my business card hoping to let  Mr. Stanley Chi autograph the book, The book signing is scheduled tomorrow September 15, 2012.   I normally would buy books and leave them to the publisher for autograph signing, But this is my first time to leave the books with the  PSI company ( I have no idea if they will let the author sign it ? or will just put them in a corner ?)  .  The book is quite cheap, However since the paper is just like newspaper type , I am expecting that despite of nice storage facilities that i have at home, tropical stains and humidity would take its toll in this kind of newspaper type of paper.  Perhaps the company would take in consideration the quality of the paper ( so that it would last longer) rather than quantity .

 PSI Publishing : http://www.psicompublishing.com/zen/

4.) Interesting booths and displays – energy balls  from which  static electricity are generated  that people who touch the ball   make their hair stand on end. This is one of the interesting booths at the ongoing 33rd Manila International Book Fair . The Philippine Science Centrum had some collaboration with Goodwill Bookstore and is among the most frequently visited booth . Aside from learning thru books, students can learn practical science, math thru interactive displays .

                           Philippine Science Centrum -part of their awareness and promotion is a traveling exhibit

Website: http://www.science-centrum.ph/

Child friendly booth

5.) Freebies and other Perks- Leslie’s Food Corporation is one of the companies which gave free snacks during the book-fair.  Some exhibitor booth gave interesting paper fans, bags , magazines  and book marks !

6.) Contests and Games- Diwa Publishing sponsored a battle of the brain type of contest which is called ” Pasiklaban” 

7.) Workshop, Story Telling and Lectures- Mrs. Maricel Laxa- Pangilinan conducting a story telling ” Kuya na si Bunso ”  last September 14, 2012. Almost every booth had its own book launching , story telling from celebrities, freebies and lectures.

 

8.) Cosplays and Costume party- some of the exhibit booths allows visitors to wear costumes and  have some time character playing . Cos-players is also a delight to all the visitors of the event, they have contest for best in costume presentation.

“Learning is Fun ” just like this exhibit booth , some of the books are price at Php 10.00 each

I would normally linger the whole day but due to busy schedule  .  I have to cut my visit to the event for just a couple of hours , enough for me to buy at least 3 dozen books ( at bargain prices !)  .  Bibliophile or book lovers/ collectors would definitely take time to attend this event. Unfortunately , i was not able to buy postcards from Book Mark which was absent during this year’s book-fair.

Admission FEE is Php 20 for the general public and Php 10 for student

The Book Fair opens from 10:00am to 8:00pm

The event is until September 16, 2012.

 Note:  Some bookstores , publisher and exhibitor would normally give away complimentary tickets to their “suki” regular customers .