Philippine TB Seal 2020 Unveiled

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. will be launching the Philippine TB Seal 2020 also known as Christmas seal, Charity Stamps or Fund Raising Stamps. This is in partnership with various Filipino artists, cause oriented group, TB seal and philatelic collectors.

The TB seal 2020 to 2021 was supposed to the launched last August 2020 in time for the anniversary of the society, but due to the lock down, it was moved to first week of December 1, 2020 via zoom and virtual launching by 10:00 am.

Philippine TB Seal 2020

TB seal 2020 focuses on different art works done by well-known Filipino artists which pay tribute to medical front liners, nurses, doctor, health care worke. This also includes positivity and the bayanihan spirit among Filipino people as a nation.

Tb seal 2020-2021 first day cover

The art works done by the artists gives HOPES to all humanity in this trying times.

Do not forget to add this wonderful two sets of Philippine Christmas seal 2020-2021 in your collection by purchasing the highly collectible series. One can help the society in alleviating tuberculosis among the indigent patients.

Featured Filipino Artists

Several Filipino artists like Mr. Raul Isidro, Mr. Edgar Doctor, Mr. Al Perez, Mr. Egai Fernandez, Virgilio Labial, Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor, Mr. “Nemi” Miranda, Mr. Erano Francisco Garcias, Mr. Fil Dela Cruz , Mr. Janillo Adorador among others were featured.

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc.

Since 1910, when the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) was founded, the organization has been conducting yearly TB Seals Campaign. The seals then were printed abroad, and it was only in 1947 when the TB seals started being produced locally.

In 1985, a highly organized campaign was initiated with the formation of a TB Seal Committee to oversee and ensure the success of the TB seal fund drive. As with the past years, PTSI’s 2012 TB Seal Campaign elicited a lot of support from various sectors of Philippine society, with around 18,000 TB seal sheets sold, totaling 720,000 individual stamps.

Another popular issue was in 2015 on Pope Francis state visit

Last 2019, Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) featured Philippine dances

Tuberculosis is still a major problem in the country and still one of the top 10 leading cause of mortality among Filipinos.

For further details, kindly contact Mr. Almario “Rio” Alfonso via mobile at 09333628134

Contact -Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (02) 781-37-47 / 781-3761 loc. 132

For those interested to help the society and their causes – Do not forget to visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/philtbsociety/

Useful link: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/2014-tb-seal-launching-at-the-julia-vargas-hall-by-the-philippine-tuberculosis-society/

20 Spooky Places in Quezon City

Quezon City is a large sprawling city which had her own share of spooky places, haunted buildings, heritage trees, creepy tales tucked in her colorful history.

We came up with at least 35 places within the city that people had experienced or find some paranormal activities or haunted stories. We decided to narrow down the list to 20.

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20 Spooky Places within Quezon City

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Sacred Heart Novitiate -Novaliches (photo courtesy of Ms. Jo Quimpo)

20.) Sacred Heart Novitiate. Retreat House and Seminary 1118 Quirino Highway, Novaliches –  Sacred Heart Novitiate was erected in 1932 as a chosen site for seminarian and priest who wanted to have a peaceful retreat under the cool weather and simpler lifestyle away from hustle and bustle of the city life.

In the 1930’s, Novaliches is primary an agricultural town with few people living beyond the northern part of Bayan ( town proper).

Jesuit retrieval team from the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches, Quezon City, spent two separate days in December 1945 gathering all the remains from the niches, for transfer to the Jesuit Cemetery at the Novitiate.

The haunted stories in this seminary started way back in the 1960’s, when some people reported seeing some headless priests, nuns and even people dressed in Katipunero within the cemetery compound in unexpected manner.

Some people would recall that they would refer the place as ‘ masukal‘ densely covered with trees or vegetation even in the late the 1970’s. Some residents would recount that there might be unseen spirits who might have been disturbed when Quirino Highway was widened. Another expert recount that some of the long dead priest wanted some prayers.

19.) Saint Paul University of Quezon City – In some portion of the comfort rooms inside the university. They say that a girl who committed suicide is known to show herself to students. An alumni would also recount a Japanese soldier who lurks within the old building of the university.

Another alumni recounted that she would get lost within some parts of the buildings during her stay in the campus.

18.) Poveda College -The school had a black garden behind the chapel in which a former student who hanged herself spirit. Another story is of an old friar who is spotted in one of his favorite classrooms during early morning.

17.) Flos Carmeli Institution – The school was conceived in 1972 the Catholic school—the name of which literally means “Flower of Carmel” within Fairview, Quezon City.  It is located 12 Carmel Street, Fairview Park.

The owners of Fairview subdivision Mr. and Mrs. Bonifacio Regalado offered a land to be manage by the first superior of the Sister of Mount Carmel in the Philippines. The school got their first graduates in 1975 and had a large sprawling campus of about 1.4 hectares.

The school closed down in 2012 due to dwindling number of enrollment and bankruptcy. Eerie sound of children reciting were still being heard by some residents who lives near the abandoned school.

16.) Camp Crame– One of the spookiest place within the camp is the main building. Some former military personnel would be spotted marching around the campus, while Japanese sentry guards are sometimes spotted even in noontime.

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Saint Joseph College

15.) Saint Joseph College – One of the oldest building and structure constructed along E. Rodriguez Sr. avenue. Students, employees and security guards would cite some stories.  Among the most popular is the headless nun, Japanese sentry guard which guards the old building and American gentleman are spotted jogging.

14.) Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center– The villas and small quonset huts were popular to photographers,film crews shooting at the lush man made lagoon and big trees within the sanctuary. There were reports of sightings of ethereal beings which dwells in some decades- old balete trees and villas located within the sanctuary. There were also reports of orbs spotted by a couple of well-known photographer.

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NCBA compound along Aurora Boulevard

13.) NCBA compound – some of the students, employees and security guards would swear that sounds and creaking voices at the upper portion of building.

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tamarind tree

12.) Tamarid Tree in Narra street, Barangay Amihan, Project 3, Quezon City- The tamarind tree is considered heritage tree of the district.

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heritage tree marker

The tree is said to be home of several enkanto, tikbalangs and ethereal beings.

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narra street

There were several attempts to cut the tree in the past,Those who would try to attempt would risk getting sick or died in a mysterious way.

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tamarind tree which grows along narra street and molave street

There are two tamarind trees located within Narra street. Another tamarind tree also had reported some sighting.

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According to one jeepney driver which ply the Project 2 and 3 route, recounted that as long as people would respect the tree like saying “tabi-tabi po” or excuse me when passing underneath its trunk.  It is polite way to request unseen spirits to move to the side. One way is not to harm the tree like cutting the branches, hammering nails unto the branches.

11.) Q.C. Ville near Central avenue – The area used to have a lot of large trees and there might be spiritual beings disturbed during the construction process and development of of the subdivision. There were reports of dwarves, white lady and ghouls that have been spotted in some of the houses.

10.) Miriam College – ghost of a nun in the ladies’ restroom at the 4th floor of the Caritas Building.

9.) Quezon Institute compound- used to be known as Santol Sanatorium. There were several art deco buildings located within the compound. The old buildings were host to lot of ghostly stories. One recounts that a Japanese sentry soldiers would bow down to passers-by and patients. Another story is of hauling sounds during wee hours were heard by guards.

8.) Capitol Medical Institute– According to some feng shui experts, the main entrance of the hospital is facing the wrong direction hence attracts bad elements unto the hospital. Another expert say that, the hospital location is the problem.

There are certain times that one of the elevators would malfunction despite being in good working order. There were also some reported sightings of shadows and former employee on some floors.

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Benitez Hall

7.) University of the Philippines campus – There were several buildings within the campus that had some ethereal spotting among which is the Benitez Hall (College of Education) had its share of haunted stories. One of which claims that former Dean Francisco Benitez is seen observing classes.

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Melchor Hall

Some of the buildings which had their own share of haunting tales also included the Quezon Hall,College of Music,Vanguard Building, Palma Hall and Guerrero Theater.

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Quezon Hall

6.) Ateneo de Manila University – Employees, students, professors and those with strong psychic vibes would say that the old Communication Department Building is the most haunted place in the university. Ghost sightings includes a mother and child figure climbing the stairs to the second floor, a deceased Jesuit priest,old janitor and several Japanese soldiers.

Other spooky place within the campus were the Cervini, Eliazo dormitories, Rizal library , Jesuits Retirement House and Old Mango Tree at High School Oval. According to old time residents which lived near the present day campus, it was formerly a military camp during World War II and had a cemetery before the remains was re-interred somewhere.

Paranormal experts would say that the campus were home to some unseen spirits that were disturbed during the construction of the campus. While another spirit questor advise that there were some people that got emotionally attached to the place that their spirits would dwell on these buildings long after they were gone.

5.) Balara Filtration Plant – It is a 60 hectare property which houses filtration plant, several art deco style building and Balara Filtration Windmill.

According to some paranormal experts, parts of Balara, Ateneo, UP campus, Miriam College and La Vista Subdivision used to be forest areas during the Spanish and early American colonial regime. Many areas were home to these spiritual beings who were disturbed when development took place. The spirits which dwell on trees and surrounding areas were not properly cast away. Hence some of the elemental spirits have moved to the buildings and built areas with ease.

4.) Children’s Hospital – There are some reported ethereal sightings of children at the 3rd floor of the hospital. Some say that it was the spirits of the unborn babies who died without proper burials or blessing that still lingers some of the rooms of the hospital.

3.) Veterans Memorial Medical Center (formerly known as Veterans Memorial Hospital) was established in 1955. Nurses, employees,security guards and even visitors would gave some accounts of stories. One retired employee say that a well -known gentleman who dress in a period dress is General Emilio Aguinaldo. Some say that it was the former president Sergio Osmeña Sr. seen walking in the hallways.

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Goodah

2.) Ozone Disco now Goodah -On March 18, 1996 a tragic fire in which 150 people died  inside Ozone Disco, a go to club located in the corner of Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues in Quezon City.  Despite the new management, new building employees can still hear voices during wee hours of the night. Residents from nearby townhouses and condominium units can still hear faint ghostly disco music and faint apparition of teens.

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Balete drive

1.) Balete Drive derives the name from Balete or Ficus trees which used to be abundant within the street. Balete tree is believed to be the dwelling place mythological creatures like kapre, tikbalang or any ethereal being. The narrow road is about 1.4 kilometers long which intersect major thoroughfares like E. Rodriguez Sr. , Aurora Boulevard and Nicanor Domingo street.

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Balete drive corner 9th street

There were several takes of white ghost, tikbalangs and Japanese era soldiers lurking on some ancestral houses and along the street.

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Balete drive

 The white lady story started in the early 1950’s with at least 3 to 4 versions. Some say that the tales were magnified in films, taxi drivers and urban legend.

A more detailed story came from a distant relative who lived near E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue said that there were local gangs who would victimized unsuspected passersby and maybe carjacked private vehicles coming from Highway 54 (now EDSA). The area used to be dimly lighted in the 1950’s. This is also to deter people from passing or taking that route.

There were also some skeptics who told us that it was real estate agents or companies who would magnify the story so that the land value within the area would not increase.

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Balete drive also host to several old mango trees, acacia tree and frangipanis (kalachuchi) in which many parts are poorly lighted. Most of the walls had Ficus pumila growing. There were parts of the street which had blind spot which are accident prone to motorist and drivers.

Some residents and even taxi drivers say that the white lady tends to be spotted after heavy downpour, full moon or during intense heat between 12:00 midnight to 4:00 am in between Mabolo, Sampaguita and Bougainvilla streets.

Note: This is an incomplete list of spooky places in Quezon City in which were given by relatives, friends , paranormal experts,stories from employees, students, alumni and other personal accounts.

2019 TB Seal Features Philippine Dances

Philippine Tuberculosis Society Incorporated (PTSI) unveiled their 2019 Tuberculosis seal also known as Christmas seal as one of the highlights of the institution anniversary.

2019 Tuberculosis Society Seal or Christmas Seal

2019 TB Seal Launching Program

The program started with a short message from Engineer Romeo C. Ranjo (TB seal committee). followed by an inspirational message from Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor ( chairperson TB seal committee).

Mr. Manuel D. Baldemor ( chairman of the tb seal committee)

Cancellation of the first day covers and TB seal issued by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society. Proceeds of the fund raising campaign goes to the society and funding of indigent patients of the Quezon Institute.

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2019 TB seal with signatures

TB seal 2019 is printed in low quantity of 7,500 sheets and only 100 first day cover (FDC) were printed just for the occasion.

tb seal 2019 ceremonial cancellation

tb seal board members

The artists, tb seal committee members who were instrumental for the success of the 2019 TB seal were awarded a certificate of appreciation.

All the artists who contributed their works of art, time and allowing their works to be featured on a pro-bono basis. Some of the artists included Ms. Menchu Arandilla, Mr. Micheal Velasco, Ms. Ronna Manansala, Ms. Rizza Perez, Mr. Al Perez, Mr. Manuel Baldemor.

Mr. Manuel Baldemor

ceremonial autograph signing

Cultural Dance Performances

modern dance number

tinikling

cariñosa

Quezon Institute employees in native attire

The employees and staff of Quezon Institute performed modern dances, tinikiling and cariñosa during the intermission.

Edna Pascual Catering Service

Closing remarks was led by Ms. Victoria B. Punzal. Lunch was serve by Ms. Edna Pascual Catering Service.

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photo booth

There was a photo booth where employees can take groupies and souvenir photo. All smiles for all the employees, tb seal committee members and guests.

Note: The author would like to “Thank” Mr. Rio Alfonso and members of the TB seal committee for the warm invite!

Philippine Tuberculosis Society’s 109th Anniversary Program

It was a hot sunny day at the Julia Vargas Hall within Quezon Institute when a mass was celebrated at past 8:30 am.

Philippine Tuberculosis Society and Quezon Institute

Philippine Tuberculosis Society and Quezon Institute Anniversary

The thanksgiving mass was officiated by a priest from nearby Christ the King Seminary. This marks two important occasions, The 109th founding anniversary of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society (PTS) and 81st anniversary of Quezon Institute.

He shared the same sentiments and views on both institution being founded during the early part of the American regime.

Quezon Institute -Julia Vargas Hall

Lagablab ng Espiritu Santo choir

The building is consider as a heritage landmarks done by a prominent Filipino architect Juan Nakpil.

CCP and Architectural Achives of the Philippines

The building is one of the few art deco style architecture within the city that dates back during the middle part of the commonwealth regime.

There was a short break after the mass, the author had the opportunity to take some photos and met some artists behind the TB seals issued by the institute for the past several years.

One of the highlight of the program was the service award of employees. There were employees who served 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years and 30 years. They were given recognition for their valuable service to the institution and to the Filipino people.

Engineer Romeo Ranjo together with PTS secretariat and artists

Aside from the award, They were also given cash incentives. A mix modern dance number and cultural dance were performed by the employees of the institute.

TB Seal 2019 Stamp Issuance

TB Seal 2019 campaign of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) will be launched together with the anniversary celebrations of Philippine Tuberculosis Society’s Institute’s 109th foundation day and the 81st inauguration of its hospital arm, the Quezon Institute.  This special event will be held on the 16th of August 2019.

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TB seal 2019

Beautiful works of art featuring Philippine dances done by Filipino artists, photographers and painters.  Proceeds from the sale of the TB seal will go to the institute and their projects.

Thanksgiving Mass at 8:30 a.m. at the Julia Vargas Hall of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Institute building, Quezon Institute compound, E. Rodriguez, Sr. Avenue, Quezon City.

Those who wanted to purchase these collectible TB seals 2019, Please call Mr. Almario ” Rio”  Alfonso 781-37-47 / 781-3761 loc. 132 (office hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm )or (0942-2532928).

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