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Feel the Cuban and Latin Vibes at La Bodeguita del Medio Havana Club in Las Piñas

La Bodeguita del Medio -Havana club is a bar , restaurant and event place at the 2nd level Villar Sipag in C5 Extension road Las Piñas City. The bar and restaurant had a soft opening few days ago.The restaurant had a distinct vibe of Havana which is the capital city of Cuba.

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The bar and restaurant had several painting bought by the family of Senator Cynthia A Villar few years ago during a trip to the streets of the city from painters. They were hung prominently at the walls of the place.

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The interior decoration reflect a gentle era for the this Caribbean country. The lovely neon street lights and decoration are perfect match . The bar and restaurant can comfortably seat between 140 to 160 people at any given occasions and perfect hang-out place for parties, date or even a mini press conference.

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There is also a stage area for nightly performance with music and dance. Since the soft opening, countless of office employees, residents of nearby villages and subdivisions have been their clientele.

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nachos 

the nachos are crunchy and moderately spiced with generous toppings of meat, chopped olives,  chili pepper, corn and with dipping sauces.

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Baked mussels with melted cheese topping 

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seafood paella – with mussels , string beans, shrimps and generous toppings of hard boiled eggs.

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fried calamares with french fries in dipping sauces

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deep fried buttered chicken in special gravy with deep fried saba banana, vegetables and corn cobs.

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 crispy fried lumpia rolls is one of its specialties with dipping sauce

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The restaurant had also a good selection of shooters, mocktails and juices

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group photo with Senator Cynthia A. Villar with group journalists, media, bloggers

*Prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice.

Address: La Bodeguita del Medio -Havana club, 2nd level Villar Sipag in C5 Extension road Pulanglupa Uno, Las Piñas City

Operational Hours : Everyday from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am 

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Highlights of the 16th Mango Festival at Eaton Centris

Agri-Aqua Network International  ( AANI) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI ), Bureau  of Soils and Water Mangement, Ramgo Seeds, Bayer Philippines, DOST -PCCARRD , Eaton Centris among others presented to the public the 16th Mango Festival from May 12 to 14, 2017.

16th National Mango Festival 

Mango is among the top 3 tropical fruits which is a dollar earner for the country. This is according to the Department of Agriculture report.

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University  L-R Mr. Oscar S. Guerrero Jr. MMSU Nursery Plant Propagator, Ms. Mercy R. Gaño Science Research Specialist and Ms. Bella Gervacio -University Research Associate

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial States University   also had different kinds of mangoes and mango by-products for sale.

There are about 50 stalls selling fresh mangoes, fruit trees, mango products, fertilizers, plastic pots, foods and there is an area in which free seminar and talks are held.

different mango varieties 

Aside from the popular varieties like Carabao , Indian , Pahotan , There are other mango varieties like Jakarta, Roso, Valencia.

different by-products which includes wines 

different kinds of mango by -products which include mango piyaya, mango bisocho biscuits, mango ketchup, mango puree, turrones de manga among others.

mango tree seedlings and other fruit trees for sale

Villar Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation 

Office of Senator Cynthia Villar L-R Ms. Micah G. Vergara, Ms. Iris May D. Azcarraga, Roselyn Rubia-Enriquez and Sherill Ann Del Rosario.

Villar Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation staffs gave away free organic compost to the visitors of the trade fair.

Bureau of Soils and Water Management

There is no entrance fees at the ongoing 16th Mango Festival which will end on May 14, 2017.

 

Exciting Trade Bazaar at the HortiKultura 2017

HortiKultura 2017 had a lot of commercial exhibitors and trade fair participants which makes the show an exciting place to get contact especially on plants, foods, native crafts and personal care products.

bloggers, photo enthusiasts , media people who joined the tour  (photo courtesy : Mr. Gerry Suva)

A lot of the trade fair participants are small and medium scale enterprises which are just testing the waters .  We were also joined by Mr. Allan Martinez  his co-employee and Mr. Justin Joseph Basco during the later part of the tour.

Uni Writing Instruments

 Lupel Marketing Corp., exclusive Philippine distributor of Uni-Ball products of Mitsubishi Pencil Co., Japan, launched an updated website that features an interactive product browser that showcases the wide variety of quality products offered to the Philippine market.

brand ambassador

children enjoyed the coloring activity 

They have a chalk- based ball pen which is used by teenagers and children as natural hair colors . They are environment friendly and safe.

children and their parents enjoyed the fun filled drawing activity within the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak.

Uniball Pen PH also sponsored a  Uni Posca Craft bottle and pot painting activity within at the HortiKultura  2017 show.

teenagers and children enjoyed dyeing their hair using the chalk-based ball pen 

Our group enjoyed our brief stop over at the Uniball Pen booth 

For more updates and product line , Please visit the company  Facebook page.

Pawsh K9 Couture – sells colorful dress for dogs, cats and pets.

Quezon Memorial Circle is pet friendly and there are a lot of people who like dressing up their pet and have a while strolling the park.

Scents & Memories had a nice tagline ” More than Scent” – They have different line of interesting and useful products .

Leo-(Lemon Grass Essential Oil) Aircon in a Bottle , which make you cool for more than 1 hour , Spa in a bottle, Essential Oils , Fragrance Oil ( humidifier and revitalisor) and Multipurpose Cleaner.

Ms. Jovi Arcilla -Caoile point at one of the company’s best seller product

They are also open for those people who wanted to some business dealership of their products.

Address: 31 Acacia Street , Evergreen , Executive Village , San Roque , Antipolo City , 1870

Mobile : 0917-9193462/ 09335047149

Landline: (02) 50440627

home made cookies for sale

Villar Foundation

Villar Sipag Foundation gave away 1 sack free organic compost to visitors of the garden show .

There are a lot of trade fair fair exhibitors some from Visayas and Mindanao areas. There are more than 120 booths at the show . Some are already open for business as early as 7:00am . The show is until February 15, 2017.

Exciting Floats and Street Dancing Parade at the Hortikultura Extravaganza 2016

Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

King Louis

The Philippine Horticultural Society together with Quezon City government , Quezon Memorial Circle administration , Del Monte -Philippines ( non participating ) float  , Agri-Aqua Network International Incorporated ( AANI ) , Harvest , Villar Foundation , PHSI c/o Myrna Magalong , Quezon City government , King Louis , Harbest , Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines , Agri-Aqua Network International  (AANI ) and Ashitaba by Ms. Adela Ang launched for the second year the floral float parade and street dancing parade at the Quezon Memorial Circle and adjacent area.

 

Villar Foundation

Villar Foundation float showcased a nipa hut with different vegetables , flowering plants and produce . The float also have a typical urban garden setting with plastic soft drink bottles used for planted vegetables .

Harbest Agricultural Corporation

Harbest Agricultural Corporation had a wide array of agricultural products ranging from greenhouse technology , hydroponics, fertilizers , seeds among others.

Address: 3rd Floor ITX Bldg., #5 Rosemarie Lane Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City The Philippines. E-mail: harbest@harbest.com.

Website: http://www.harbest.com.ph/

 

Del Monte, Philippines

Del Monte, Philippines float showcased different products of the company . The float had green, red and yellow ornamentation attached to the float .

Website : http://www.delmonte.ph/

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/DelMontePH/

Philippine Horticultural Society Inc.

There are 10 participating Quezon City high school  at the street dancing contest

Ernesto Rondon High School

The students wore a stylized ethnic costume with green headdress and logo of Quezon City .

Bagong Silangan High School

The students were from the SPA – Special Program in the Arts from grade 7,8,9 and 10

Bagong Silangan High School

They wore recycled dress made from corn husk, newspaper, spoon , CD, candy wrapper , bottle caps , straw and sacks .

Tandang Sora High School

Tandang Sora High School students wore recycled plastics head gear and accessories

Jose B. Laurel 100th birth anniversary stamp issue

Villa Paciencia , 515 S. Laurel Street corner Shaw Boulevard , Mandaluyong City , Metro Manila – Philippines

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This estate which is located within Shaw boulevard in Mandaluyong City was originally built in 1957 by President Jose P. Laurel . The Laurel estate  is called Villa Paciencia in honor of the late President’s wife, Pacienca Hidalgo, the Shaw Boulevard house is the biggest of the three residences that Laurel built. The mansion is said to rushed in time for the arrival of the New Hampshire newspaper publisher, James Langley. Laurel and Langley headed a group that forged what would be known as the Laurel-Langley Agreement of 1956, which extended parity rights to Americans. When Langley came in 1957, Laurel hosted a luncheon in his honor at the mansion.

entrance of the Laurel mansion with 2 commemorative plaque to mark some historical events which happened in this house

The Laurel mansion in shaw boulevard  sits on 1,000 square meter property of a total 6,000 square meter lot which was formerly a cogon areas.   He also built a house in Tanauan, which the Laurels consider their ancestral home, and another in Paco, Manila, called the Villa Peñafrancia.

members of the Laurel clan, invited guests and Japanese ambassador to the Philippines

Now, beside it is presently being utilized as Senator Manny Villar’s campaign headquarters was bought in the later part of 2007  . Although this is not my first time to set foot inside the mansion, ( I used to work in an event company  nearby , hence was able to take a few snapshots of the facade few years ago )

tarpaulin poster is hung in front of the perimeter wall of the property

Development plan from the area

 Crown Asia Residence :

http://luxurymanila.com/2012/07/crown-asia-residences-wack-wack/

It will very soon be the site of a new condominium complex.  The plan is said to built 4  building  complex in which the old mansion will serve as a focal point of the project .

A few weeks ago , opportunity arose when Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Head- Philatelic and Postage Department ) , Speaker  Laurel Foundation and  Villar Foundation  invited selected group of people , stamp enthusiasts,   the press for the stamp launching and an evening meal  at this house.

historical marker

Built in 1957, Villa Pacencia stood amidst grasslands by then former President Jose P. Laurel, President of the second Philippine Republic. He  used it as his official residence and as a political hub .

historical marker of President Sukarno stay in this house

The house had its share of distinguished guests; US Senator Brian Langley and Indonesia’s first President Sukarno, to name just a few.

The patio area was extended and used as a function place for the event

The place later came to be referred to as the “Nacionalista Party house.”  It was at this residence where several of the country’s leaders and public officials were honed and produced.

Villar Foundation and Speaker Jose B. Laurel book

The  special function area can accommodate up to 300 people and is an ideal place to hold special functions like corporate meetings, weddings , debuts and political conventions.

L-R Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus ( stamp advisory committee member) Mrs. Linda Jandoc, Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Head – Philatelic and Postage Department ) , Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Mrs. Lucy Aroajo , Mr. Romeo C. Ranjo ( APO Philatelic President 1991-1993)

When we toured the place, we went up the original spiral staircase, walked through the arched hallways, look up at its vaulted ceiling and inspected the original wood used when the house was constructed 55 years ago. According to one of the Laurel clan member, There used to be a  third storey ( watch tower ) where they would come and play whenever they would visit the old-house.

spiral stairways leading to the second floor of the house , a grand piano and a live flowering potted phalaenopsis hybrid orchid served as a flower arrangement

Its wide windows offer a view of the Japanese-inspired zen garden, live potted flowering orchid display  and fishpond . Several birds were gracefully gliding within this open space. This part of the house brought us back to a time long forgotten but there also was a room that looked modern.

current Postmaster General Mrs.  Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and former postmaster general Mr. Hector R. Villanueva  ( term 2006 to 2010) enjoying a light conversation

Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz in her key note address to the crowd present during the unveiling ceremonies

In her keynote speech in Filipino ” Kaya naman sa hangaring kilalanin ang kanyang naiambag sa kasaysayan ng pamamahala sa bansa , kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng kanyang ika-100 taon kaarawan , atin pong bubuksan ang mga selyong  pang-alaala o commemorative stamps para kay Speaker Pepito Laurel.

Ang mga selyong ito ay sisimbolo sa ipinamalas na kagitingan at kagalingan ni Speaker Laurel sa kanyang piniling larangan  ” .

Senator Manuel Villar ( President of Nacionalista party and Speaker Jose B. Laurel Foundation chairman of the board ) Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz , Ambassador  Jose Marario B. Laurel,  IV

Speaker Jose B. Laurel honored :

During President Corazon Aquino’s presidency, he was appointed to the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution. He is recognized as one of the co-authors of the “Filipino First” policy in the constitution. He died on March 11, 1998 at the age of 85.

Senator Manuel Villar, Postmaster General Mrs. Maria Josefina Dela Cruz and Ambassador Jose Macario B. Laurel IV

ceremonial signing of First Day Issue of  Speaker Jose B. Laurel commemorative stamp

In his honor, Villar authored Senate Bill No. 1217 which seeks to name the strip of national highway connecting the towns of Talisay, Laurel and Agoncillo in Batangas as the “Speaker Jose B. Laurel Jr. Highway.”

website link : http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2012/0829_villar1.asp

Mr. Cocoy Laurel serenade the crowd after the unveiling ceremonies

Congresswoman Lally Laurel-Trinidad

I must commend the Vista Land, Jose B. Laurel Foundation , Senator Manuel Villar for preserving this historical house  with  its semi-restored condition, the winds of change would completely take over the mansion. Vista Land, known to be the biggest horizontal home developer in the country.  This house which is dubbed as  “The Laurel House – A Living Legacy.” the leaflets  extols and details the rich history of this residence.

Technical Description of the Stamp :

Speaker Jose B. Laurel 100th birthday 1912-2012

Denominations and Quantity: Php 9.00   / 64,000 pieces

Date of Issue: August 27, 2012

Last date of Sale: August 26, 2013 (as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 30 mm x 40 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Lay out Artist: Victorino Serevo

Design Coordinators: Ambassador Jose Macario Laurel IV & Elenita D.L. San Diego

Design: Portrait of Speaker Jose B. Laurel, Jr. by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (National Museum of the Philippines)

Sources:

Press kit from Philpost, Villar Foundation and Speaker Jose B. Laurel

Philippine Postal Corporation: http://www.phlpost.gov.ph/web/speaker-jose-b-laurel-jr-commemorative-stamp/