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

Travel Photo Expo 2013 at SM North EDSA

 The Block , SM- North EDSA, Quezon City-Philippines

Mr. Chito Vecina, president of Travel Foto Explorer; together with Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte;  ABS-CBN vice president for news & internal affairs Charie Villa; publisher of i-Mag Photography magazine, Neil Garcia; Canon Philippines president Allan Chng, and SM Communications VP Millie Dizon will be at the opening of the event.

The exhibit willl have product displays, photo shoots and workshops conducted by different masters of photography. Workshops will be conducted by Nix Taytay (Basic Photography), Kyle Stanley, (Lightroom Techniques), Nelwin Uy (Wedding Destination), Ibarra Deri, (Portrait Photography), Mark Floro (Advertising Photography) and Raymond Cruz (Landscape Photography).

At the Expo the photo contest winners of “Beyond Travel Photography” People’s and Judges’ Choice will be awarded on Oct. 5.  First place winner Robert Marrel Dela Vega under the People’s Choice category will be featured in i-Mag Photography magazine and Manila Bulletin’s “Picture Perfect” section. Robert Marrel Dela Vega will also be given a photo exhibit slot in the event and a 2TB Seagate External HD. Meanwhile second to fifth place winners Alberto Andone Jr., Melanio Mejarito, Ramon Jacktong and Raymund Silla, respectively, are also entitled to receive a photo exhibit slot that will be displayed all throughout the event. Under the Judges’ Choice award, first place winner was won by Orly Punzalan. Second to fifth place was won by Irvinne Redor, Sandra Ledesma, Lhor Santillan, Jun Garcia, Antonio Rojas, Lindy Barbosa and Winston Wayne, accordingly

The Travel Photo Expo 2013 is set for Oct. 1 to 5 at SM The Block North Edsa..

 

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TravelFotoExpo.

 

Feathers in the Field : A Photo exhibition of wild birds in IRRI

Asia Room, Riceworld Museum, International Rice Research Institute – Los Baños, Laguna province -Philippines

facade of International Rice Research Institute building

Feathers in the Field” provides a glimpse of birds that are rarely seen even by those who work in the fields. The photographs are supplemented by scientific names, descriptions of the birds, and information on their habitat and diet. There are about 60  photographs of birds which are found in IRRI are on display.

ribbon cutting ceremony

“IRRI sees the rice fields wholistically,” says V. Bruce J. Tolentino, IRRI’s deputy director general for communication and partnerships. “The exhibit on the birds of IRRI underlines the Institute’s attention to rice production as part of a functioning ecosystem that not only supports human food security, but also serves as a habitat for flora and fauna.”

poster of the exhibit

The photographs on exhibit were taken by bird enthusiasts Professor  Tirso Paris, Jr., vice president of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, and Mr. Segfredo Serrano, bird-watcher and photographer.  Professor Tirso is also an economics professor at the University of the Philippines- Los Baños while Fred is undersecretary for policy, planning, research and development, and regulations at the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.

foreign delegates

Two other bird fans— Mr.Paul Bourdin and Mr. Richard Smedley—provided the content for the exhibit. Paul is a bird-watcher and researcher and is also a teacher at BRENT International School. Richard is a Ph.D. student at the University of Reading in the U.K. He is currently a scholar at IRRI investigating avian biodiversity in the rice fields of Southeast Asia.

part of the photo exhibition

The bird exhibit was attended by over 50 foreign delegates from about 30 countries .

guests

After the short program and a tour of the exhibit area, the vips, guests were treated to an afternoon of cocktails by IRRI. This is the first time that a bird photography exhibit was held at the IRRI compound.

The exhibit opening on 3 May is by invitation only, but the exhibit opens to the public on 5 May and will run until 27 September 2013. Admission is Free.

Contact Person:

Mr.Paul Benjamin Hilario
Riceworld Museum and Learning Center
p.hilario@irri.org
+63 2 580 5600 ext 2428

Links:

International Rice Research Institute: http://www.irri.org/

Facebook: Wild Bird Photography Philippines: http://www.facebook.com/wildbirdphotog.ph

Archbishop Jaime Cardinal L. Sin exhibit

Our Lady of EDSA Shrine and  background skyscrapers -EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue

second floor of the EDSA Shrine where the exhibit is being held

EDSA Shrine – Quezon City

February 25, 2011 marked the 25th or  silver anniversary of EDSA People Power was celebrated with great jubilation in all parts of the country.

The theme ” Pilipino Ako, Ako Ang Lakas ng Pagbabago ”  Highlighting the achievements made for the country and the world. The logo with the People Power monument and the portraits of President Corazon C. Aquino and martyred husband Senator  Benigno Aquino Jr. with yellow ribbon

 

 

 

 

Veritas magazine

This momentous event capped several years of martial rule which ended in a bloodless revolution 25 years ago.

photo collage of martyrdom of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. in 1983

Part of the celebration was the unveiling of Cardinal Sin’s life sized statue at the nearby Andres Bonifacio drive in Manila  , a commemorative People Power envelope by the Philippine Postal Corporation , job fair , concert , historical tours of EDSA  , photo exhibit , military parade and an memorabilia exhibit of the late Jaime Lachica Sin  Archbishop of Manila  .

The People Power envelope  has two (2) designs with a denomination of P 15.00 nd quantity of 5,000 pieces.  Size: 4 1/8 inches x 9 ½ inches , Printer: Amstar Company, Inc. Lay out Artist: Mr. Jesus Alfredo Delos Santos

The exhibit was opened by Archbishop Socrates Villegas and distinguished guests. The exhibit was held at the second level of the EDSA People Power shrine near Robinson’s Mall , Galleria branch .

head bust of Archbishop Jaime L. Sin

Jaime Sin, also Jaime Lachica Sin (31 August 1928 – 21 June 2005)  Chinese  name: 辛海梅; 辛海棉 Xīn Hǎiméi; Xīn Hǎimián ).

old seminary in Jaro, Iloilo

He was the Roman Catholic archbishop of Manila  known for his instrumental role in the People Power Revolution from February 22 to 25 1986 , which toppled the regime of  President Ferdinand Marcos and installed  Mrs. Corazon Cojuangco- Aquino as the president .During his reign, he was considered an influential and charismatic leader of the country. He is also instrumental in another People  Power II in 2001.

old church bell

photograph taken during his elevation as a cardinal by Pope Paul VI

Cardinal Sin was only the third native Filipino Archbishop of Manila, following centuries of  Spanish , American , Irish  episcopacy.  He was made cardinal  by Pope Paul VI .     When he was the  Archbishop of Manila, he was widely considered  Primate of the Philippines , though no formal dignity has ever been attached to the archdiocese.

University of San Francisco citation

medal -order of Sikatuna  was conferred to his eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin by President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo

This award is conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines, upon diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines, or upon personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs  (DFA), both in the Home Office and in the Foreign Service .

miter , red skull cap and  episcopal bishop ring used by Jaime Cardinal L. Sin during his life time are on display

Miter ( also spelled mitre) from the Greek word  μίτρα, “headband” or “turban”, is a type of headgear now known as the traditional, ceremonial head-dress of bishops and certain abbots in the Roamn Catholic Church. Anglican church  The miter is also used by Anglican Church  some Lutherian  churches, and also bishops and certain other clergy in the Eastern Orthodox and Russian Orthodox .

Skull Cap is also known  called a Zuchetto and it comes in various colours: Red : Cardinal , White : The Pope and members of the Dominican and Norbetine religious orders , Violet: (Called Amaranth Red by the RCC) Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops , Black: Priests and Deacons.

Episcopal Ring -When a Bishop is consecrated as Bishop, he receives a ring representing his office (Cardinals receive their own special ring, also). The Pope’s ring, known as the “Fisherman’s Ring,” is the personal and unique seal of that reigning Pontiff and is (or at least used to be) destroyed on his death.

Back side view of the archbishop vestments exhibit

front side view of the exhibit :

Pallium is worn only by archbishops (in their own dioceses), patriarchs, and the Pope, as symbol of their authority. It’s a band of white wool adorned with 6 small black crosses, worn around the neck with extensions front and back, and pinned to the chasuble in three places about the neck. The non-silk part of the pallium is made of white wool, part of which is supplied by two lambs presented annually by the Lateran Canons Regular on the feast of St. Agnes (21 January). The lambs are solemnly blessed on the high altar of that church after the pontifical Mass, and then offered to the pope, who sends palliums made of their wool to the archbishops.

Bacolo or Crozier (crozier, pastoral staff, paterissa, pósokh) is the stylized staff of office (pastoral staff) carried by high-ranking Catholic prelate  The other typical insignia includes the miter  and the episcopal . This was not exhibited .

Pectoral Cross – is worn usually relatively large, suspended from the neck by a cord or chain that reaches well down the chest. It is worn by the clergymen  as an indication of their position, and is different from the small crosses worn on necklace by many Christians, which have no special significance.

death mask done by Mr. Napoleon Abueva

He retired on 15 September 2003, having reached the age of retirement for bishops under Canon Law. He died at the age of 76 on 21 June 2005 .

The author would thank all the people behind this event . The exhibit will run until second week of  March  . There is no entrance fee.

tarpaulin poster with a chronology of events  are hung across EDSA and nearby White Plains Avenue

People Power Monument with yellow-colored flowers

References:

APA citation. Braun, J. (1912). Zucchetto. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. from New Advent:  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15765b.htm

MLA citation. Braun, Joseph. “Zucchetto.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

Noonan, Jr., James-Charles (1996). The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church. Viking. pp. 191. ISBN 0-670-86745-4.

Mr. Florentino Cayco memorabilia

Mr. Florentino Cayco Sr. memorabilia housed inside the library

The late Florentino Cayco, Sr., first Filipino Undersecretary of Public Instruction and illustrious educator, conceptualized the birth and administered the growth of Arellano University.

This prestigious institution of learning opened in 1938 as the Arellano Law College, named after Cayetano Arellano, first Filipino chief justice. It closed in December 1941 until March 1945 under the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. At the end of the war, this educational institution reopened in April, 1945 and was renamed as Arellano Colleges offering a two-year preparatory law course and the regular four-year law course, as well as a complete secondary education curriculum.

In June 1945, Arellano Colleges offered a four-year course in education (Bachelor of Science in Education), a two-year teacher training course (Elementary Teacher’s Certificate) and an elementary school training department. Likewise offered were courses in commerce, foreign service, and arts and sciences.

A year later, in June 1946, Florentino Cayco, Sr., became the first President of Arellano Colleges. Through his efforts, Arellano Colleges was elevated to, and recognized as, Arellano University on February 22, 1947 by the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports.

It was also in 1947 that the graduate school was organized and authorized to offer a course leading to the degree of Master of Arts in education as a requisite for the grant of university status.

In 1954, Arellano University opened a school of nursing which offered a basic nursing course. In April 1960, the School of Nursing expanded its curricular offerings by adding courses in post-basic nursing with majors in public health and clinical teaching. The School of Nursing was later renamed College of Nursing. At about the same time, a preparatory medical course was added to the general curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 1978, the graduate school was renamed Florentino Cayco Memorial School of Graduate Studies, in honor of the founder and first president of Arellano University. Added to the graduate courses were the degrees of Master of Business Administration, Master of Science and Economics and Master of Arts in Nursing. In the same year, the management of the College of Law was turned over to Arellano Law Foundation under a Memorandum of Agreement.

Its incessant expansion in all areas and locations has evolved into a network of campuses, the better to serve Metro Manila by going closer to the people.

At present, the Arellano University System boasts of seven campuses, as follows:

Arellano University Main, Legarda Campus Juan Sumulong Campus in Legarda , Manila Jose Abad Santos Campus in Pasay City (AU School of Law) Apolinario Mabini Campus in Pasay City Andres Bonifacio Campus in Pasig City Plaridel Campus in Mandaluyong City Elisa Esguerra Campus in Malabon City.

Arellano University- Legarda main library

A street in Sampaloc was named after this famous educator. The Legarda campus also boast some of his memorabilia like photographs, awards, plaque, certificate, collections of rare books  , medals and other stuffs. The current collection is housed within the university main library .

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