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Traslacion 2017 : Feast of the Black Nazarene

Traslacion 2017 had begun and millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene troop to Quirino grandstand , Manila Cityhall , Santa Cruz , Quiapo and nearby areas .

route of the procession

According to organizers, this year’s feast was centered specifically on the passage from Collosians 3:14, which reads “Pag-ibig ang buklod ng ganap na pagkakaisa.”

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

The Black Nazarene which left the grandstand at past 5:30am is slowly paraded around the streets of Manila.

Black Nazarene devotees

I was accompanied by my friend Darwin Arnuco and a Black Nazarene devotee since 2009 . He would normally visit Quiapo church and attend the mass before opening his store .

Black Nazarene statues

Aside from the devotion , ambulant vendors , merchants and street vendors are making a brisk business . Selling popular t-shirts , towels , statues , pins , key chains , mugs , calendars among other items.

Quezon Avenue around past 9:00am 

I manage to walk past Liwasang Bonifacio , Mehan Garden , Manila Cityhall and National Museum and back to Quiapo before going home.

 

 

A Visit to Iturralde Mansion in Quiapo

 

730 San Sebastian Street , Quiapo , Manila -Philippines

It was hot and sunny afternoon when we saw Mr. Paul Iturralde , one of the descendants of the clan cleaning the  Iturralde House.  I have featured this mansion way back 2014 when Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista Atbp. or simply called KKB conducted one of the heritage tours within Quiapo district.

 main facade with flag pole

This was possible due to the invitation of Mr. Nicky Legaspi, former art curator of National Museum who had a house beside this mansion. We saw him walking around C.M. Recto street during the fire incident at the University of the East ( S.H. Loyola). Since S.H.Loyola street is impassable the the tour group, We decided to pay them a visit.

A portion of the mansion will be use as  for the movie Gregoria de Jesus . He is quite busy cleaning and moving  furnitures elsewhere.

grand staircase made from hardwood

The compound is quite large with 2 other houses . The family is planning to restore the old mansion and will open the house as museum and center ( with library and resource center) . They are also planning to charge a minimal entrance fees to those who wish to see the family ancestral house and former Consulate of Monaco ( Monegasque ) used to be located.

 

Mr. Paul Iturralde showing vast collection of glassware set

We are among the first group of people to see the vast collection of turn of the century cabinets, sala set, old family photos , memorabilias , kitchen utensils , greeting cards , wooden santos and among many stuffs.

family photos

The family photos will soon be restored

 table with glassware set

Our group was given an exclusive tour of the mansion with large wooden staircase leading to the second floor and balcony area where there is an old flag pole which the flag of the Consulate of Monaco used to be hoisted.

art deco style furniture

We were led to several rooms with interesting furnitures and table sets. One table which is like a jigsaw puzzle and can be fitted into oval shape , round with corresponding chairs . When not in used , the table can easily be disassembled into a separate table .

wrought iron bed

The formal diplomatic relations between Monaco and the Philippines was only established about 10 years ago with the Philippines opening a consulate in Monaco.  But Monaco’s consulate general in Manila is the only Monegasque representation in the Philippines. The current Honorary Consul General is headed by  Mrs. Fortune Aleta-Ledesma.

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bathroom tub

The bathroom tubs and fixtures were imported from Germany

Mr. Paul Iturralde holding the book

The author and Ms. Tina Paterno were given a complimentary copies of  “Treasured Home Recipes”  written and complied by Ms. Julia A. Iturralde in 2000 . Copies can still be bought at the Iturralde Mansion . The book contained several recipes from family members and acquaintances.  Some of the family heirloom recipes dates back to pre-war Manila .

It is a 72 page book with appetizers, snacks, cocktails,  merienda , drinks,salad,  soup varieties , main dishes and desserts. It was published by Fourway Printing Incorporated in 137 Aurora Boulevard , San Juan City .

For those who might be interested with this book,  contact me for details.

Dining at Grotto Pares in Quiapo

San Sebastian street, Quiapo , Manila -Philippines

It was past 1:00pm when we finished our tour at the San Sebastian Basilica , We decided to eat at the newly opened Grotto Pares shop at the Iturralde Mansion .

Grotto Pares

This is a newly opened pares and small eatery in San Sebastian street . We decided to try out this eatery and looked at the menu.

servers with red ice tea

There are 2 types of ice tea ( red and ordinary )  which sells for just Php 12 .00! We ordered red ice tea that the servers served in a mason jar with plastic  drinking straw.

Shangsilog Meal

The group decided to order different value set meals that the eatery serves at the menu. I ordered ShangsilogLumpiang Shanghai (spring roll )  , Fried Egg  and Fried Rice –  Php 35 with FREE beef stock soup . ( soup is made from real beef stock with 5 spice herbs) .

Mr. Allan Martinez , Ms. Lon Guevarra  and Mr. Ivan Sarenas

participants enjoyed the simple student value meal

Some of us ordered halo-halo and when the tour participants saw the size of the serving , They all ordered the halo- halo. There are 2 serving the small one in plastic which cost Php 20 and Php 30 in glass mason jars.

halo-halo in mason jar

I paid Php 77 for the value meal , plus Halo-halo and Red ice tea . The others ordered Php 50 value meal (chicken  or liempo)  , Halo-halo and red ice tea .

The eatery is open everyday from 7:00am until past 11:00pm , They are also open for catering and reservations . Their store is just located beside San Sebastian Basilica .

Contact Persons: Mr. Noel/ Ms. Aileen – 0916-5144064 / 0915-3021253

San Sebastian Basilica Advocacy Tour: Help Save and Restore the Basilica

San Sebastian Basilica , Quiapo , Manila -Philippines

We organized a couple of tour around Far Eastern University  last September 26 and another tour held last October 3 FEU campus and San Sebastian Basilica .

September 26 participants

It was supposed to be a more comprehensive tour which also involves some historical houses , schools and museums on September 26 but some of the houses around Quiapo had some events and San Sebastian Basilica had a wedding  on that day so majority of the participants decided to move the date of the tour to mid- February 2016 .

FEU cheerleaders and dancers- October 3

I decided not to cancel the event due to the request made by some cause oriented groups , students ( case study ) , bloggers and other NGO groups. However due to monsoon rains  and UAAP cheerdance competition , only a handful participants managed to come to the walking tour .

tour group- October 3

We were met by the dynamic members of the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation . There were 2 groups that was given access to the Basilica- We were quite lucky to be the first group –  arrived past 10:30am and some of us bought some interesting postcards. While the second group are Instagram users at around past 2:00pm .

stain glass windows by Heinrich Oidtmann Company, Germany

Hand-painted in extreme detail with vitreous paints and fired so that paints fuse with the glass. This is why the paintings are stable, and remain fairly well-preserved today.

photo courtesy of San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation

This is the original drawing designed in 1881 by Spanish engineer Genaro Palacios, a good friend of the Augustinian Recollects. He envisioned a steel church to withstand Manila’s earthquakes and was made possible by the advancements of the 2nd Industrial Revolution. Today it remains the Philippines’ ONLY all-metal building.

 San Sebastian Basilica

The church was raised to the status of a minor basilica by Pope Leo XII  on June 24, 1890. When it was finished a year later  on August 16, 1891, the Basílica Menor de San Sebastián was consecrated by Bernardino Nozaleda y Villa OP , the 25th Archibishop of Manila . It was the first Basilica consecrated in the country .

 San Sebastian Basilica interiors, looking towards the choir loft, – courtesy of San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation and Mr. Estan Cabigas

The Foundation has ties with many international parties,They also have local friends like the Escuela Taller, a trade school in Intramuros that trains out-of-school youth in traditional building methods used in the preservation of heritage sites.

spiral staircase

The Basilica is on its 10- year restoration .  The foundation carefully considers every repair and intervention, because they know that everything they di will affect the building decades from now. By careful research, testing, documentation, design and mock-ups, its architects, engineers, conservators, historians and metallugists hope to extend the lifespan of the building. In the team’s study, they found many well-intentioned repairs that did short-term good, but long-term damage.

pipe organ

This is another rare jewel of the Basilica – unfortunately – It is not in working order.

upper floor

rust

This is one of the major problems that is plaguing the steel basilica

We manage to get some of the awesome view on top of the church belfry,

The team has found, for example, that a small set of cement repairs on all columns is now causing the extensive damage that will cost millions to repair. So far it is on its 3rd year and more volunteers and donations are required .

For those who are interested with the project causes and donation, You can visit the link below.

Facebook Page: San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation Inc.

Different Lumpias ( Spring Rolls ) from the Philippines

Quezon City , Philippines

Chinese style -lumpia from Sincerity Restaurant, Binondo

Lumpia is a common term for any egg roll , spring roll , vegetable rolls that is Chinese in origin but through centuries of assimilation and adaptation to suit the local taste, preference, availability of the ingredients and due to health reasons  . There had been different  varieties of the lumpias in the country. It is more popularly called ” spring roll” since most of the vegetables used in the ingredients are grown in spring and it is normally eaten as a festival food during ” Spring Festival ” which coincide with Chinese New Year .

I have some relatives and friends who lives in Malabon / Navotas areas and some of them called  it ”  Sumpia” . I do not know where did they get the name but somehow the name eventually evolve .

Lumpiang Shanghai ala New Toho Restaurant ( This is one of the favorite meal of Dr. Jose Rizal) – The New Toho Restaurant  had more meat compared to the regular lumpia.

The recipes, both fried and fresh versions, were brought by Chinese immigrants from the Fujian province of China to Southeast Asia and became popular where they settled in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Lumpiang Shanghai ala Ilang-Ilang restaurant

Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the MUST Try menu at the Ilang-Ilang Restaurant in Binondo . It is bigger compared to the other Lumpiang Shanghai in Binondo area.

Lumpiang Shanghai is not a spring roll that came from Shanghai , China.  It was more of a marketing style to lure people asking for a more specific name to the spring roll. It is sometimes called Lumpiang Baboy because of the main ingredient , which is ground pork meat. But according to some Filipino-Chinese , people name these spring roll to Shanghai because of the many Fujian, Cantonese, Taiwan dishes in the country.

Shanghai is more cosmopolitan and urban in nature which makes this dish more international appeal. Hence it was called ever since.

Globe Lumpia located in 740 Raon St. ( Gonzalo Puyat street ), Quiapo, Manila.

Globe Lumpia or Lumpiang Sariwa is the most popular spring roll hole in a wall type of eatery near Quiapo church . I usually order 2 to 3 Globe lumpia . They are one of the cheapest in Manila. Their special ingredient includes julienne papaya , jicama  ( picama/ singkamas) , sayote/ chayote with generous topping of crush peanuts, finely chop fresh garlic and their special sauce. The most busy day is friday and on weekends. It is best to accompany the lumpia with softdrink like sarsi or sprite.

The store had been there since 1956 .  The price increase from  20 centavos in the 1950’s to Php 18.00 . The restaurant can only accommodate between 15 to 20 people. I would always frequent the place since i  just lived just a few blocks away, until a few years ago. Some television shows like Kris TV, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho , Ceasar Montano and even Dolphy are some of the famous clientele of the place.

Lumpiang Bangus – Milk Fish Spring Roll

Milk Fish Spring Rolls or Lumpiang Bangus may have traced its origin to the milk fish producing provinces of Pangasinan, Sarangani, Davao area.  The main ingredient is from milk fish fillet . This is a healthy spring roll , But compared to the regular Lumpiang Shanghai or Lumpiang Frito – This is more expensive . In a recent food fair, I also have tasted Lumpiang Tahong ( made from mussles ) from Cavite province. There is also Lumpiang Kanduli or Creme Dory spring roll. These are some of the spring rolls that i have tasted .

There are mostly fried , wrapped fresh with the cooked ingredients which consists of vegetables and some meat. Most people refer Chinese -style lumpia because of the main filling is made of sauted chopped carrots, green beans, tofu, bean sprouts , mushrooms, sayote ,crush peanuts , fried and crush vermicelli noodles, hoti ( type of green seaweed ) , lettuce leaves ,wansoy ( chopped coriander leaves) , with sweet sauce or slightly spicy sauce. Some would like more more fresh chopped garlic included in the wrapper , some do not like fresh garlic and wansoy ( chopped coriander leaves ) . BUT i loved them.

Lumpia Puso ng Saging (  banana blossom spring rolls)

Lumpia Puso ng Saging or Banana Blossom Spring Roll is not popular in mainstream Philippine culinary palate , But once you tasted it , you will be a convert . It is one of the alternatives for meat and oily deep fried spring rolls. The ingredients is quite common especially when you come from a province where there are a lot of banana plants in bloom.

The common variety of banana blossom is  the saging na saba ( a type of plantain) .  I have tasted this lumpia in a gathering of some senior citizen which prefers this type of lumpia compared to lumpiang shanghai  . This is the same with Lumpiang Kabute ( Mushroom Spring roll) In mushroon growing areas , They used 2 to 3 types of mushroom , chop them finely combined with tofu , carrots and spices. They can be a good alternative to the usual fried lumpia.

The dipping sauce is very varied too, Some use ordinary vinegar with some finely chopped garlic, shallots , chilli peppers and ground peppers. Other favorite condiments includes, banana ketchup, soy sauce with vinegar with finely chopped onions, chilli peppers and calamansi .

The banana blossom lumpia is much cheaper to make compared to the mushroom lumpia .  One big banana blossom only cost between Php 15 to Php 30 in local wet market ( depending on season and availability )

Lumpiang Shanghai by Ambos Mundos

Ambos Mundos is one of the oldest restaurant in Santa Cruz, Manila area . The restaurant offers Filipino, Chinese and Spanish dishes . One of the fave is their Lumpiang Shanghai .

Lumpiang Ubod / Sariwa by Max’s restaurant

Lumpiang Ubod ng Niyog- This is one of the most popular spring rolls being offered by Goldilocks, Max’s restaurant , Kunina ni Kambal among several others. The main ingredients are the young coconut  heart are sauteed with shrimp and pork, rolled in crepe-like wrappers made with flour , egg and cornstarch. Special coconut farms specifically for the production of palms. If unavailable , Picama /Jicama  / Singkamas can be used to substitute .

home -style lumpia

The author have tasted at least around a dozen or so variation with different types of ingredients and preparation. I have an aunt who prepares Filipino- Chinese style of lumpia with 18 ingredients .  I tried to collectively write about the different types of lumpias that i have eaten , mostly in Metro Manila . But i think that there are more than a dozen  of spring roll variants.

This is our home-style version of lumpia- It is our way of combining different ingredients and cooking styles. The wrapper is home made .

Lumpiang Tagalog by Kusina ni Kambal

The cheapest and one of the most underrated ones are Lumpiang Frito / Lumpiang Toge or Lumpia Gulay ( normally fried )  – without the wrappers, The dish is called Lumpia Hubad or Lumpia Tagalog. 

lumpiang frito  is also called lumpiang gulay ,lumpiang toge

They are commonly sold as street foods all over the country and price range from Php 4.00 to about Php 40.00 in posh malls. Spring rolls or lumpia ingredients vary from one family to another . It may also due to the availability of the ingredients.

Mann Hann restaurant serve lumpia. Delis like Little Store, DEC, or sunday market bazaar regular Yen Ching , New Po Heng near Binondo church , GLOBE lumpia in Quiapo , Maki Place, New Eastern Restaurant along Ongpin street, Sincerity in Yuchengco street ( formerly called Nueva)  , Polland , Baliwag Lechon among others.

Pamanganan Restaurant: Malaysian Inspired Recipe

310-D Elizondo Street, Quiapo, Manila-Philippines

Pamanganan Restaurant facade

We always go to the historic Quiapo district , I even lived at one point  near Arlegui street when i was still in kindergarten . After more than 6 hours tour, We decided to eat in one of the restaurant serving authentic Muslim halal food. Quiapo is just a stone throw away from other districts like Binondo, Santa Cruz and Sampaloc.

restaurant interior

PAMANGANAN Restaurant is a 90 seat fine-dining and take out restaurant. The restaurant  focus on Malaysian inspired menu with a touch of Arabic and Islamic influence. The restaurant is  located in the booming and rapidly expanding, Manila Muslim Town in Quiapo, Manila. There is an air conditioned portion which can sit around 30 to 35 people at any given time.

Halal Pizzas

We ordered different kinds of halal food, I wanted to try to halal pizza but everyone wanted a rice combo meal. The Pamanganan menu is inspired from different countries’ specialties and appeal to a diverse clientele.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is a Malaysian/ Indonesian  fried rice with chopped carrots and corn bits,  chicken bits topped with egg and cucumber with ketchup. You can mixed the food just like the fried rice. The dish can be spicy and there are also the non-spicy ones.  Can be shared with 2 to 3 people Php 95.00 per order.

Mae Kari Special

Mae Kari Special is a noodle dish with curry , noodles and topped with egg and chopped spring onion leaves. Can be shared with 2 to 3 people Php 90 per order

Sizzling Beef

Sizzling Beef is served in sizzling plate with rice and beef and vegetables.  Php 135 per order

 You can get Malaysian specialties like mee goring, roti tellor, mertabak,nasi goring pataya, and more, or you can go a little bit more International and choose a beryani shrimp, beef, chicken or mutton with Pakistani basmati rice, or native nilagang hipon for 3 persons or more and up with savory real salivating special soup .

Sizzling Fish

Sizzling Fish is served in sizzling plate with special sauce with pechay and tomatoes Php 135 per order

Miki Lala

Miki Lala is a special ramen style soup with crab sticks, eggs, chicken strips with lemon grass in soup.  This soup based-dish is perfect especially during rainy weather . It can be shared with 4 to 5 people and comes with Free Ice Tea drink .  The soup can be spicy ,depending on the preference of the customer. Php 325 per order ( Must Try )

The restaurant also have a special nasi champur dish every day plus the ‘all Italian menu’ such as pizza and pasta which was made it specially blended with different customized flavors and hot sauce. Adding value will be an interesting business lunch menu with specialties every day. The menu will change every 3-4 months but keep the favorites. Prices will be competitive with other upscale restaurants in the area.

Mr. Yusoph Mando

The restaurant is a fine dining in a friendly atmosphere. Warm colors, fresh natural air, soft Asian music, and amazing artwork initiated by its own humble owner a self-made Yakan and a very sociable Mr. Yusoph Mando of Basilan. He also gave the group a nice tasting imported dates. ( Tamar Al Dina) .

Note : Price of the foods are subject to change

Restaurant Operations:

The restaurant is open seven days a week from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Contact: 401-2304 Cellphone Number : 0915-514-3889

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pamanganan/info

 

Lakaran sa Quiapo : A walking tour of historical areas of Quiapo

Quiapo district , Manila -Philippines

The tour was started sometime in 1987 by Dr. Teresita “Tess” B. Obusan. LAKBAY LAKARAN SA QUIAPO was originally called LAKARAN SA QUIAPO. Lakaran means journey on foot, but to further emphasize the theme, the word lakbay which means travel was added.

Lakaran is based on Hermano Pule’s (1815-1841) concept of journeying with fellow countrymen to empower them. The concept has been appropriated to the pilgrimage tour around the Quiapo area where participants see not only the sights, but also experience the deeper meaning of PAKIKIPAGKAPWA (relationship) and its symbolic meaning – that in life we are all into a common journey. The description of Ileto, a well known Filipino scholar, about the lakaran aptly fits this pilgrimage tour – “. . . a journey – an event ….”

San Sebastian Church

San Sebastian Basilica is our first stop-over for the tour, The basilica is also known as National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Completed in 1891, San Sebastian Church is noted for its architectural features . This is an example of the revival of Gothic architecture revival  in the Philippines,and an example of an all steel church in Asia  and claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973. In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the tentative list for possible designation as a World Heritage site .

Rust is evident in every parts of the basilica, even minor paint job is insufficient to cover the rust.

L-R Mr. Stephen Pamorada, Mr. Allan Pardilla  Martinez, Mark John Dañas , Ms. Cez  Boñales- Rosqueta and Mr. Charles Boris Mañez

Iturralde house

The house is located in 730 San Sebastian St. barangay 390 zone 40 just behind the San Sebastian Church. The house second floor balcony area had a flag pole , where the flag of Monaco is hoisted when the Honorary Consulate of Monaco ( Mr. Iturralde )held their office within the premises in the 1950’s to late 1960’s . Inside this house, it had a photo of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace Kelly that were hung on a prominent spot .

gate

 Now , it is home and a business address of Ms. Pilar S. Iturralde ( real estate ) , one of the descendants of the clan. In front of the house there is a small sari-sari store . It had also some big trees and plants .  The magnificent fence grill works were covered by galvanized sheets maybe to cover the grounds and house from prying public’s view . The current honorary consulate office/ residence of Monaco to the Philippines is not aware of the official tenure of Mr. Iturralde and quite hesitant to give accurate information or they really do not have records ( Mr. Iturralde ‘s tenure) when some freelance writers contacted their office/ residence .

Link: http://embassy-row.com/monaco-embassy-in-philippines/

old house with nice grill works located along Bilibid Viejo street

a door  with the art nouveau styled grilled -works on a sampaguita flower.

The grill works is very similar with Bahay Nakpil-Bautista a few block away , I was just wondering if the architect is the same and the supplier of the iron grills are same company.

  ocampo pagoda and garden

Ocampo Pagoda and Garden – This pagoda-like structure dominating the skyline of a residential district in Quiapo was constructed in 1935, a time when the huge area surrounding it was part of a vast estate of Don Jose Mariano Ocampo.

 ocampo compound signage

He is a lawyer by profession had an investment brokerage and a  real estate company . The estate is quite large occupying about 1 hectare  which encompasses 6 to 8 blocks .  Most of the material used in the construction process were made from high quality materials .

ocampo pagoda circa 1940

Fascination with Japanese Culture 

The pagoda was built to adorn his garden and at same time to house his realty firm. However, with its completion in 1939, World War II broke out and the structure was used as an air raid shelter for the surrounding community.

shachihoko or shachi  lucky dragon face with koi-like fish carved and situated on entrance or sides of the building

It is a mythical creature in Japanese folklore   with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp . It was believed that this animal could cause the rain to fall, and as such, temples and castles were often adorned with roof ornaments ( shibi ).

photo from Ms. Justine Danielle and  Mark John Dañas

These fish-shaped ornaments are placed at both ends of the main roof ridge, with the male Shachi placed on the left and the female Shachi on the right .The creatures are thought to provide protection against fire, as they are attributed with the power to control rain and even protection of the family. The roof tiles bore the family name .

Website link: http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/shachihoko.html

The owner is fascinated with anything that is oriental and Japanese hence , he was able to create a Japanese style home, architecture and garden within his vast compound.

japanese inspired -garden

The garden is also big, I estimate that it used to cover between 500 to 1,000 square- meter complete with Japanese styled manicured garden complete with a koi pond , cemented plant pots , sculpture, cement bridge  and other fixtures. The pagoda took some beatings during the August 2, 1968 Casiguran earthquake when parts of Manila took heavy shaking, parts of the roofs and some structure had collapsed , While the family car was severely damage , the family driver miraculously was saved from the earthquake. Another earthquake on July 16, 1990 also destroyed some of the roof tiles and gradually weaken some of the structure .

Link: http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2262:casiguran-earthquake-02-august-1968&catid=43

References: Osome, S., Osawa, Y., Skinner, I., Yoshima, and Y., PHILIPPINES: Luzon Earthquake of August 02, 1968, UNESCO, Serial No. 977/BMS. RD/SCE. NR, Paris, January 1969.

Southeast Asia Association of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (SEASEE). Series in Seismology, Volume IV (Philippines), 1985

basketball area

Now,  the area occupies a prominent place in the community as a basketball court and a place to hold some meetings, with very few traces of the garden except with some cement pots and walls which remind residents and tourists of its former grandeur.  The Ocampo pagoda is a dormitory for seafarers and photo opportunities are restricted at the basketball court .  How i wish i could have taken photos years ago when i was able to enter the premises without much hassle.

 cement plant container

A few of the stone statues  can still be found scattered in this residential community, including a Japanese-looking Our Lady of Mount Carmel standing on a globe.  Some residents would attest that the image is miraculous and save countless of lives during the second world war and during a fire which broke into the neighborhood few years ago.

Our Lady of Carmel “Birhen sa Eskinita” due to its location along a narrow alleyway

Later after the war, The descendants sold a portion of the property while some areas were lease out . ( Now the area is called Ocampo compound  ) which is located in baranggay 393 zone 40 district 3 of Manila which is much smaller compared to the pre-war heydays.

Ocampo family statute

It also used to be a popular film location shooting place. We had to squeeze through dozens of houses that were built within the former garden and the compound .

Miss Philippines 1954

 photo :  veestarz.com

One of the famous descendant of the clan is 1954 Miss Universe – Philippines . a UST architecture freshman, was the first Filipina to land among the semi-finalists. She was in London as part of her prize for winning the Boys Town Miss Philippines contest when she was asked to represent the country in the  July 24,1954 Miss Universe Pageant held in Long Beach , California , USA. She became an architect and married to Mr. Victor Buencamino whose brother Philip married President Manuel L. Quezon’s daughter Ms. Zenaida/”Nini” (later Avancena—1st husband Philip was ambushed, along with Nini’s mother Dona Aurora and sister Maria Aurora/”Baby”, supposedly by members of the Hukbalahap, in 1949)..  She passed away peacefully on January 7, 2011. She was 75.

Miss Universe 1954 you tube video

Beauty Queen clan

Ms. Pacita ” Ting” Ongsiako delos Reyes

Ms. Bessie comes from a family of beauty queens. Ms. Pacita “Ting” Ongsiako T. de los Reyes (Miss Philippines of the Manila Carnival Queen of 1929), Ms.Yvonne Berenguer de los Reyes (Miss Philippines – Universe 1955) and Ms. Simonette Berenguer de los Reyes (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1970) are her cousins. Margarita “Tingting” de los Reyes Cojuangco is another cousin.  They were featured by Ms. Korina Sanchez years-ago .

In 2006, Malacanang appointed Bessie as a commissioner for the EDSA People Power Commission The other commissioners included retired Gen. Honesto Isleta, journalists Belinda Cunanan and Carmen Pedrosa, former DLSU President Rolando Dizon, youth activist Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and columnist Alex Magno. (http://www.mb.com.ph/node/62357)

Sources: Missosology and Binibining Pilipinas

 Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/lakbaylakaransaquiapo/info