15 Fun Triva about President Elect Joe Biden

President elect Joe Biden of Democrat on Saturday (November 7) defeated Republican incumbent President Donald Trump to win the US Presidential election 2020.

A new first day cover and other collectible memorabilia like first day cover will be out for sale to the general public.

Photo courtesy of pixabay user: janeb13-725943

15 Fun Trivia about President Elect Joe Biden

15.) Joe Biden got the most number of votes in the history of the United States with over 78 million count as of November 16, 2020 ( still counting).

14. ) Biden was born in Pennsylvania in November 20, 1942 at 77 years he is the oldest leader to take oath as president of the US.

13.) He ran in 1988, Biden first ran for president and then in 2008 he once again tried to enter the White House. He served as vice president in the Obama administration for eight years.

12.) He is the only second Catholic president of the United States after John F. Kennedy.

11.) He had a debilitating stutter. Also known as stammering and dysphemia a type of speech disorder until he was in his early 20’s.

10.) He was first married on August 27, 1966 to Ms. Nelia Hunter but died few weeks after he won a seat in Senate in 1972 due to car accident. He remarried his second wife Jill Tracy Jacobs in 1977.

9.) He is the second non-incumbent vice president to be elected president after President Richard Nixon in 1968.

8.) President elect Joe Biden commuted by train between his Delaware home and Washington, D.C. ( about 90 minutes each way) ‚ÄĒ and maintained this habit throughout his 36 years in the Senate.

7.) He is 183 cm tall or about 6 feet. His father died at 86 While his mother died at aged 92.

6.) He played wide receiver and running back, catching an impressive 19 touchdown passes at Archmere Academy, a Catholic prep school.

5.) He finished law school at Syracuse University and was then drafted for service in the Vietnam War. But he failed the medical due to his asthma.

4.) President elect Joe Biden lost his first wife Nelia and baby daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972. His two sons Beau and Hunter were also in the vehicle but survived. His oldest son Beau, died of brain cancer in 2015.

3.) He loves to eat ice cream and pasta with red sauce. He does not drink or smoke.

2.) He is a dog lover. He purchased a puppy in 1967 and his first wife Nelia named it ” Senator”. He currently has two dogs, called Major and Champ. He got Champ, a three year old German Shepherd, in 2008 and adopted Major, who is the same breed 10 years later.

1.) He is the 46th president of the United States.

Sources, References and Bibliographies:

CNN International, BBC News, NBC, Washington Post, Reuters



Columbus Monument in New York Postcard

Columbus Circle Monument Postcard

Columbus Circle Monument¬† was dedicated to Christopher Columbus and was created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo.¬† The monument was erected as part of New York’s 1892 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the Americas. Constructed with funds raised by ll Progresso ,¬† a New York City-based Italian-language newspaper , the monument consists of a marble statue of Columbus atop a 70-foot (21¬†m)¬† granite rostral column granite¬† decorated with bronze reliefs representing Columbus’ ships: the Ni√Īa, the Pinta, and the Santa Mar√≠a. Its pedestal features an angel holding a globe.

The monument got some restoration works done in 2005.

This was given to me last year by Mr. Gene Tobias from the United States of America . He is a fellow postcard , orchid and plant enthusiast whom i met in an online facebook group.

He probably got them on an online auction site or some thrift shops in New York or New Jersey. The postcard was address to Miss Harriet M. Davis who lived in Boiceville , Ulster County in New York .

The postmark indicated that it was cancelled on November 9, 1904 and the letter was probably written in the morning same day – It was Wednesday. . The postcard sender might have written them using fountain pen . The stamp was a 1 cent Benjamin Franklin , the stamp was also used in some letters send to the Philippines as well as letters going out from the Philippines. The country is a US colony at that time and some stamps that were issued in the United States are also used in the country.

Looking at the handwriting and the strokes , the letter sender seems to be very passionate and caring. There is also a sense of some insecurities on the part of the letter sender.

In a short written note at the faceside -obverse of the post card .


Maud and I are coming down on the train to night, you meet us at the station. I have to go Shokan thursday to Exams . Lots to wee you.

Remember year ago this lines – How is J. A.

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Gene Tobias for this marvelous historical postcard with more than 110 years ! Maraming, Maraming Salamat !!!!!

Those who wish to send me postcards , here is my postal address:

Mr. Rence Chan

c/o Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ CLub

P.O. Box 2986 Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita , 1000, Manila , Philippines

Website : http://www.nyctourist.com/history1.htm

MD Juan Enterprises: A Heritage of the Philippines and the World

2 Susano Road , Deparo , Novaliches – Caloocan City , Philippines

Dr. Maximo D. Juan – founder of the MD Juan company

Heritage Born:

MD Juan Enterprises , Inc. was conceived on March 1967 by Dr. Maximo D. Juan  to answer the growing need for a rugged, light vehicle (the multi-purpose jeep) in the Philippines.   Initially, Dr. Juan imported World War II surplus jeeps from Europe and Japan. With the steady growth of the surplus market, MD Juan Enterprises started fabricating replacement jeep body parts not available locally.

different kinds of electronic jeepneys

Soon, Filipino jeep enthusiasts either refurbished their old jeeps using MD Juan bodies (popularly known as the Jeepstar) or built new jeeps using MD Juan’s USM chassis, the Jeepstar body and surplus engines and power trains from Japan.

different types of jeeps

In  August 1969 MD Juan built its manufacturing plant in Novaliches, Caloocan City. In 1970 MD Juan ventured into the export markets of Japan, Australia/New Zealand and the U.S.A.

group discussion

 the company export  concentration was on jeep bodies and parts identified with World War II: the MB and the Korean War: the M38. Soon after, the civilian jeep models like the CJ series were being produced in the production line.

In 1980 the company  exhibited its products in various foreign expositions like the Lausanne Trade Fair, the Melbourne Trade Fair and the Singapore Trade Fair.  These led to the establishment of distributorships in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and the U.S.A. In the Philippines, MD Juan is active with their participation in the annual Manila International Auto Show.

Social Advocates :

As part of the company ‘s corporate social responsibility.¬† The company had¬† tie-ups with TESDA and the Caloocan City local government office .

several citations given to MD Juan enterprises

Aside from providing jobs to many people around the vicinity of Novaliches, Caloocan area.  The company had water treatment facilities which conforms with the requirements set by both Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( DENR )  and Laguna Lake Development Authority ( LLDA).

Mr. Rommel Juan together with a colorful electronic jeepney

 Another social advocacy is the introduction of  the electric jeepneys and tricycles for mass transportation .   Some cities like Makati and Taguig  already purchased some units  . Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( Central Bank of the Philippines ) , several resorts , congress and even tourist shuttles .

E-Quad Tricycle

Roving Business:  social entrepreneurship which the company is engaging  the customization of jeepney carts  with special compartments which is used for merchandize storage and display  .  The jeepney cart  is use for traveling trade exposition organized by the  Department of Agriculture ( DA )  and the Department of Trade and Industries  ( DTI ) .  The customized jeepney carts  attracts crowd from both local and foreign exhibitions.

Hopefully in coming years, with the introduction of these E-jeepneys and E-tricycles into the mass transportation system,   The need to use non-renewable energy like fossil fuels will be minimized  .  The fossil fuels that emit pollution and noise. Hopefully with proper legislature  and passage of clean air , the law will be fully implemented .


poster of the contest

Proud of your Jeep and like to show it off? Here is your chance to do it and win exciting prizes! Keep posted for further details. with DTI permit 3795 series of 2013 .  Email: mostauthentic@mdjuan.com.ph

Note: I would like to ” Thank” all the staffs and Mr. Rommel Juan for the warm accommodation and a personal tour within the facilities .¬†


Laguna Lake Development Authority: http://www.llda.gov.ph/

MD Juan Enterprises: http://www.mdjuan.com.ph/

MD Juan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MDJuanjeeps

TESDA : http://www.tesda.gov.ph/

AngelHack Manila: Global Hackathon Attracts Hundreds of IT Specialists ( Day 1)

12th Floor¬† Anson’s Building , Asian Development Bank¬† Avenue , Ortigas Center ,¬† Pasig City- Metro Manila -Philippines

Anson’s Building

This is the biggest hackathon challenge that every local and even international IT specialists are waiting to participate .  There close to 300 Philippine -based developers attempt to hack their way into Silicon Valley in the United States of America  and win more than 2 million pesos worth of prizes by joining the local leg of the Angel Hack Spring Global Challenge.

I am  very excited to be chosen as one of the few bloggers/ writers to cover this once in a lifetime opportunity . Although i got a chance to cover some local hackaton events in the past  , I think this is the creme dela creme of  the I.T. competition.

volunteers manned the secretariat / registration counter group picture

Day 1: Secretariat

I have met some of the volunteers during the registration period , some of them are still students¬† while some are already working .¬† They are the life blood or unsung heroes of the event.¬† They are also part of the team which we call ” Walang Tulugan ” – ( No Sleep) since they will be manning the registration and the activities for more than 24 hours !



The venue¬† is hosted by Voyager Innovations and Chikka company located on the 12th floor¬† and 13th floor of the Anson’s Building .¬† The area is festooned with a lot of red and white ballons ! It is a fiesta -like¬† or a valentine dating event .¬† Everyone is in the festive mood.

Mr. Earl Valencia

He’s the President and Co-founder of IdeaSpace -Philippines (Click here for their website). He’s also the Head of Strategy in Smart Communications. A Stanford graduate.

Mr. Greg Gopman

Mr. Greg Gopman is the co-founder and CEO of Angel Hack¬† greeted all the participants . He enthusiastically said ¬† ‚ÄúManila is a hotbed for developer talent, not just in Southeast Asia, but worldwide ” .¬† His presence during the Manila leg of Angel Hack makes the Philippine event even more important .

Mr. Josh Constine

Mr. Josh Constine is the person behind Tech Crunch.com and a regular contributor in several technology based newspaper and magazines.  He is also an art lover and music lover .

Techcrunch.com: http://techcrunch.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/techcrunch

Mr. Franco Liu Eisma

Amazon web services – country manager ( Philippines)

Mr. Greg Gopman together with the Angel Hack- Manila ambassadors and organizers

Mr. Josh Constine together with Mr. Ren Joshua D. Ramirez and Mr. Nikko ( volunteers)

Mr. Rafael Oca

He is the CMO , and Co-founder of HobbyMash which is registered in Singapore.

The recipient of multiple digital startup awards, HobbyMash Pte. Ltd. has clients in Singapore, the Philippines, and the United States. Their client list includes ABS-CBN (Philippines), Summit Planners (Singapore), and Maddington Consulting (USA).

Website: http://www.hobbymash.com/

Angel Hack -Manila 2013 organizers and sponsors

A hackathon ( also called to as hack fest , code festival )  is a contest where a developer team conceptualizes ( usually 4 to 5 person per team)  create  programs  to develop their apps and presents a software  application to a panel of judges, within 24- hours  .   In some cases , some global hackaton events can last for several days or even weeks !

lunch buffet

Food is not a problem in Angel Hack – Manila , Food is served buffet style with several viands like mix vegetables, lumpiang shanghai , fish fillet , lechon and Filipino sorbetes ! One of the participant said that it was like a FOOD Festival .

Mr. Paul Pajo with the Asian Institute of  Management students

Mr. Paul Pajo a social media evangelist together with a group of students from Asian Institute of Management who help the hackaton groups in their business model.

Mr. Mark Anthony Wagan

Mr. Mark Anthony Wagan caught in a light moment playing . He is the manager and CEO of  Soft Micro Enterprises.  Aside from software devices . His company conducts regular business seminars in relation to I.T.

Website: http://softmicroenterprises.webs.com/

 Mr. Ken Daganio and Mr. Diego Jose Ramos ( in Iron Man head mask) playing

 This mascot was brought by a team to brighten their day

a participant preparing a software device

group picture with Mr. Josh Constine

Our group had a short press conference with Mr. Josh Constine before we left the venue place at around 6:00pm

Please visit the Angel Hack- Manila  ( Day 2) :https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/angelhack-manila-global-hackathon-attracts-hundreds-of-it-specialists-day-2/

Angel Hack- Manila Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelHackManila

%d bloggers like this: