70th anniversary of Australia and Philippines Friendship

Atrium , SM North EDSA , Quezon City -Philippines

The Australian embassy in partnership with SM Malls have exciting and information  exhibit and trade fair with highlighted the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Philippines.

map showing important cities in Australia

Formal relations between the two countries were established when Australia opened its first Consulate General in Manila on 22 May 1946.

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorley together with SM management

Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Her Excellency Amanda Gorley , SM management , invited guests, media , bloggers and students from Xavier University .

group photo

“The exhibition highlights our political and trade ties, diplomatic ties and also the extent of our people-to-people links, which are quite extensive.”

She also added that over 250, 000 Filipinos are now living in Australia and over 10,000 Filipinos are studying in Australia’s world-class universities. Filipino language is one of over 300 languages spoken in Australia.

DJ Callum David is an Australian DJ and model which is based in the Philippines

cup cakes with Australian flag design

Tim Tam

Tim Tam is one of the favorite chocolate biscuits products from Australia

Website : http://www.arnotts.com.au/products/tim-tam/

Bundaberg soda

The exhibit will also showcase products from Australia this weekend. A sample of different products from Australia were also highlighted


Through photographs, the exhibition captures the story of the relationship – like the people-to-people links, which continue to grow at an exciting pace. Over 250,000 Filipinos now call Australia home, making up the sixth largest migrant community in Australia, and who continue to make a positive contribution to Australian society.

 SM City North Edsa Atrium exhibit is from  May 12 to 19, 2016 .

For more information, call the Australian Embassy Public Affairs at (+632) 757-8325 or at (+63 917) 516-3895.




Papal Stamps Exhibit at SM North Edsa ( The Block)

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

SM chain of malls in partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation , Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines presents to the public an exhibition of Philippine stamps  which highlights the papal commemorative stamps issued by PHLPOST in 1970, 1981, 1995 and 2015. There are also stamps issued from other parts of the world featuring the pope .

The exhibit also highlighted the importance of stamps and its role in Philippine history. The event were attended by Architect Renee Bacani ( SM AVP for Operation ) Honorable Cesar Sarino ( Chairman -board of directors ), Postmaster General Maria Josefina M. dela Cruz ( Postmaster General and CEO ) , His Eminence Luis Antonio Tagle (  Archbishop of Manila ) Ms. Elvira Yap-Go ( publicity and promotion Eucharistic Congress 2016 -CEBU organizing committee )  , Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy  , Archbishop Lagdameo , Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D ( Archibishop of Cubao) among others.

Postmaster General Maria Josefina dela Cruz

I was seated just a few feet away from his Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and He gamely posed with a fellow stamp collector having his own selfie.

 a stamp collector happily pose for a souvenir shot with his eminence

He gave a short but very meaningful message about the importance of letter writing, usage of stamps and his own story on how he would got letters with some complains. He told the crowd that someone send him a short messaging service ( sms) telling him that he was featured in the Philippine stamps few days ago. He was later given a sample of the said stamp issue.  Much to his delight and admiration.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – Archbishop of Manila

He also told the crowd that his mother kept a letter during his childhood days . A letter whenever he could not answer his assignments in school.

Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

After the short speeches , the papal stamps were unveiled to the public and a ceremonial autograph signing from the invited special guests.

Pope Francis stamp exhibition

The ceremony started a little over 11:00am with almost everyone admiring the stamp exhibit. There are some stamp collectors who came from the Manila Central Post Office and brought the recently issued Pope Francis commemorative stamps and first day covers with them. They are eager to let their FDC’s and other memorabilia items autographed by the VIP invited .

His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle  together  with  the children choir from Mandaluyong City

The exhibit also revolves on the theme Mercy and Compassion , and will run until the end of the Papal visit.

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.


Salumpuwit,Bangko , Silya atbp… Exhibit

THE Block- SM North EDSA, Quezon City -Philippines

poster of the exhibit

National Commission for Culture and the Arts ( NCCA),  Metro Bank Foundation , Inc. , and SM Super malls invites everyone to attend the exhibit .

Different kind of chairs

The exhibit entitled Salumpuwit, Bangko , Silya atbp. from the book of Dr. Gerald Lico . There were about 38 different chairs representing different eras.

Rocking chair and a Butaka chair

 Rocking Chair / Rocker or Tumba-tumba / Lumba-lumba was the in- chair fashion during the Spanish regime . This is a type of chiar with two curved bands (also known as rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs, connecting the legs on each side to each other. The rockers contact the floor at only two points, giving the occupant the ability to rock back and forth by shifting his/her weight or pushing lightly with his/her feet . Old heirloom family pieces would include a rocking chair made from Philippine finest hardwood species  .

Butaka or Butaca ( chair with  with long arm rests )  is sometimes called The quintessential impolite chair . The butaka is a native lounge chair with a lengthy back that is reclined down and extended arms for resting legs. It is made up of wood and intertwined rattan strips. It is also common in households in Northern Luzon.

 When the Spaniards came to the northern part of Luzon , a reclined chair was discovered in the midst of native aristocrat’s houses and called it “butaca”, a Spanish word for arm chair. Finding it very relaxing, the Spaniards adopted and even brought it to their mission houses and mansions. They also used it during special occasions. A lot of the old heirloom pieces were  made from finest Philippine hardwood species .

Batibot chairs

 Batibot means ‘small but strong and sturdy.’ The wooden seats and tabletop are wrapped in sheet iron, and the legs and seat backs are made of bent iron rods; even the studs and rivets are made of solid iron. The chairs were popular in the Philippines in the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s .  Recent trends in chair fashion enable batibot chairs make a come back . Instead of black or brown paint – Some chairs were painted with pastel colors.

Art Nouveu inspired living room chairs made from wood

There will also be a FREE lecture on Architecture and Interior Design on August 31, 2013 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Contact: Mr. Henri Palma or Ms. Lalaine Calicdan of the Metrobank Foundation , Inc. 898-88-56 or (0922-8464559)

Link: Metrobank Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MADE-Metrobank-Art-and-Design-Excellence-Competition/115828015145915

Toy exhibit at SM North EDSA

Tarpaulin poster with Die-cast model facts and trivias

Last June 19 and 20, 2010 . There was an exhibit of various toy collections at SM North EDSA . The show is quite similar with the ongoing Toy convention at SM megamall, minus the cos-players, daily raffles  and commerical sellers. The exhibit also coincide with ‘ Fathers’ day . with a short trivias on toy collectibles in the country.

mustang toy car collection , some still in pristine condition

Most of the collectors used their aliases rather than their real names, mostly known by their peers in the internet and cyber peers. This add mystery to their collections.

Ghostbuster famous Ectomobile -1 with Slimer

Just like in any other exhibit , proper labeling and presentation  is  important especially if you want to let observers  and masses  convey a sense of history or a bit of an info about your collection . Or maybe brag that it’s a complete set or it was sourced from far away wherever. The exhibitor  may also  want to answer all queries from onlookers. But since the exhibitor  can’t stay with your display all the time, these labels will help your admirers to learn more about your collection and answer some of their questions . Some exhibitor  also leave their contact numbers  maybe if they wanted to answer the questions of the people or just wanted to sell some of their excess collection.

sports  toy cars

Dozens of collectors from different parts of the country showcased their collection of toys , action figure among others.

Co -organized by Diecast  Car Collectors of the Philippines (DCPH).  The exhibit aim to generate awareness on this kind of hobby . Although there are a lot of collectors of die-cast models and cars in the Philippines .

The country still lagged behind some of Southeast Asia’s powerhouse like Thailand , Malaysia , Singapore. But there are a lot of serious collectors from the country whom are at par or even had better collections than their ASEAN counterparts! One example is Mjoinir V. Ong known to DCPH as Mechajol  that over 500 die-cast car model , 90% percent of which are beetle collectors’ item. On the  centerpiece of his assortments is his classic drag bus worth around 2,000.

Aside from maintaining an informative forum site, the club also organizes a swap meet among members and sympathizers of die-cast toys , This enable some collectors to meet members and have a chance to sell or swap their collections.

Congratulations !

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