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Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Dolphy Alay Tawa: A Musical Tribute to the King of Philippine Comedy" Airs Tonight

On September 19, a musical special dedicated to the late Dolphy, King of Philippine Comedy, was held at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The special, titled Dolphy Alay Tawa: A Musical Tribute to the King of Philippine Comedy, celebrated the life and times of the showbiz luminary. It was originally scheduled on August 31.

Dolphy, Dolphy Alay Tawa, ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5
SOURCE: Facebook page of SM Mall of Asia Arena

Provincial Bus Tickets

One of the most common modes of transportation in the Philippines is the bus. To ride one, you have to go to the terminal or wait at the bus stop. Inside the bus, the conductor will ask the passenger about the destination.

Using a puncher, perforations will be made on numbers appearing on the ticket. These numbers correspond to the Kilometer Post Numbers of the locations where the passenger rode and will take off. Perforations will also be made on numbers corresponding to the fare amount. Oftentimes, Bus No. and dates have been punched in advance by the conductor.

Provincial bus tickets are commonly bigger than those given out in buses traveling in Metro Manila. Bus tickets from the Pangasinan Five Star Bus Company and Victory Liner are shown:



Comparison of notices on the back of the tickets:

"Based on Article 1998 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, the Pangasinan Five Star Bus Co., Inc. assumes no responsibility for any loss, damages or destruction of personal effects, luggage or other objects carried by passengers on their custody unless same is shown and a list thereof is given to the station agent or conductor and the passenger complies with the instruction of the station agent conductor relative to their eers [sic] and safekeeping."

"Victory Liner, Inc. assumes no reponsibility for loss or damage of effects, luggage or other personal belongings carried by passengers unless these are declared and shown to, and a list thereof is given and freight charges are paid thereon to the shipping clerk or conductor, and the passenger complies with the instructions of the shipping clerk or conductor relative to their care and safekeeping."

(The word "eers" that appears on Five Star's ticket should have been "care.")

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Movie Ads: Dugo ng Panday (1993)

More than a week after the 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival, Regal Films released Dugo ng Panday, the initial offering of the production company for 1993. Under the direction of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, The film is based on the famous komiks character created by Carlo J. Caparas.

In the original komiks, Flavio is a blacksmith who forged a meteorite into a magical sword which he used in fighting the minions of Lizardo. Fernando Poe, Jr. portrayed the role of Flavio in a four-movie series that was  released from 1980 to 1984. Max Alvarado played the villain Lizardo.   

In the 1993 film, released January 4 that year, Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. stars as a descendant and namesake of Flavio. He inherits the sword from the original blacksmith. Edu Manzano plays the cyborg controlled by Lizardo. Other members of the cast include  Aiko Melendez, Jaime Fabregas, Leo Martinez, Max Laurel, and IC Mendoza.

This is a newspaper advertisement for the film:

Bong Revilla, Dugo ng Panday, movies

Friday, September 28, 2012

Budding Chico

We have a chico tree in our backyard providing us a steady supply of the sweet brown fruit during the third quarter of the year.

Scientifically known as Achras zapota or Manilkara zapota, chico is also called sapodilla. An evergreen native to Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, chico probably reached Philippine shores during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade from 1565 to 1815.

In Tagalog parlance, amoy-tsiko or 'chico-smelling' refers to the smell of a drunk person. Here is a close-up picture showing the buds of our chico tree. Ripened fruits are expected to appear by November:

Achras zapota, Manilkara zapota, tsiko, chico

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Movie Ads: Pretty Boy (1993)

On January 4, 1993, more than a week after the 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival, the comedy film Pretty Boy opened in theaters. Pretty Boy was Viva Films' opening salvo for 1993. It stars the rap singer Andrew E. Other cast members include Janno Gibbs, Anjo Yllana, Chuckie Dreyfuss, Patrick Guzman, I.C. Mendoza, Gelli de Belen, Lea Orosa, Ana Roces, Donna Apols Gutierrez, Jessica Rodriguez, and Gerone Olorocisimo.

Interestingly the film also introduces Christopher de Venecia, who is the youngest son of then-Pangasinan Congressman Jose de Venecia. The elder De Venecia was also House Speaker during that time.

This is a newspaper advertisement for the film:

Pretty Boy, Andrew E., Christopher de Venecia, movies, posters

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Trip to SM Mall of Asia

I was browsing through my collection, when I chanced upon pictures of a trip to SM Mall of Asia in May this year. The mall was opened by developer SM Prime Holdings in 2006. It is said to attract a daily average foot traffic of about 200,000 people.

SM Mall of Asia, malls, Pasay City, Bay City

Having a land area of 42 hectares and a gross floor area of about 390,193 square metres, SM Mall of Asia is the second largest mall in the Philippines after SM City North EDSA. Being located in the Bay City reclamation area in Pasay City, the mall offers glimpses of the Manila Bay.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Treats Sold in the Bus

When you ride provincial buses, chances are that ambulant vendors take the opportunity to sell pasalubong items at bus stops: pastillas de leche and yema tarts are examples of such items.  Pastillas are soft candies made of carabao's milk. On the other hand, yema is a slightly-hard-outside, soft-inside candy made with condensed milk and egg yolk

During one of my daily trips to work, I bought these treats. The pastillas is a product from the town of San Miguel, the yema tart came from Calumpit. Each bag costs twenty pesos:

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lito Lapid as Julio Valiente in "San Basilio"

San Basilio is a 1981 Filipino action film directed by Joey del Rosario and Tony Cruz. Featuring the masked folk hero Julio Valiente, the film stars Lito Lapid, a farmer and altar boy who assumes the role of Valiente to save the town from the clutches of the evil landlord Señor Escobar.

Produced by Lapid's LL Productions, the film exemplifies other Filipino actors' venture into movie production.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Johnny: The Juan Ponce Enrile Story" Airs Tonight On ABS-CBN

Tonight at 11:00 p.m., ABS-CBN will air the documentary "Johnny: The Juan Ponce Enrile Story" as its Sunday's Best presentation. The documentary will tackle the Senate President's life and career in the government, which has spanned almost five decades.


Aside from a witness and participant in many events that shaped the Philippine nation, Enrile has also gained a considerable number of detractors and admirers alike. The country has just commemorated the fortieth anniversary of martial law, so the documentary is expected to highlight his role as martial law administrator.

Here's a TV plug for the documentary:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

150 Corporate Center Featured in a TV Series

150 Corporate Center, a building located along a portion of Panay Avenue, between EDSA and Sgt. Esguerra Ave., was featured in a recent episode of the ABS-CBN drama series Kahit Puso'y Masugatan.

150 Corporate Center, Kahit Puso'y Masugatan, Andi Eigenmann, Jake Cuenca, ABS-CBN
Andi Eigenmann, Jake Cuenca, Iza Calzado, and Gabby Concepcion (Source:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Enrile vs. Trillanes: Clashing Senators

Two days ago on September 19, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV clashed over a bill aimed at dividing the province of Camarines Sur.  Enrile then started to attempted to expose the role of Trillanes as special envoy of the Philippines in the Scarborough Shoal dispute with China, but the latter walked out of the Senate floor.

Instead of delving into the word war between these honorable men - the oldest and the youngest in the Senate - I will share a few snippets I learned from their resumes.

Flashback: Marcos Declares Martial Law

Forty years ago today, President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines by virtue of Proclamation No. 1081. At that time, Marcos had been in power as Philippine president since 1965. Marcos appeared on live television broadcast on September 23, 1972 to announce that proclamation had took effect.

Ferdinand Marcos, President, martial law, Proclamation No. 1081, Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, Citizens' Assemblies, barangay
Marcos announcing that Proclamation No. 1081 has took effect (Source: Foundation for Worldwide People Power)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Movie about Philippine Lotto

Golden Lions Films' 1995 pre-Christmas presentation, Salamat sa Lotto, Linggo-Linggo Doble-Pasko!, was released in theaters on November 30 that year. The husband-and-wife tandem of Donna Villa and Carlo J. Caparas produced and directed this production.

Salamat sa Lotto, Linggo-Linggo Doble-Pasko! (Thanks to Lotto, Every Week It's Double-Christmas!) promotes the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office's (PCSO) original Lotto 6/42 lottery game. It features how ordinary persons' lives were changed by the windfall brought about by their wins in the lottery.

EZ2 Lotto, Suertres Lotto, Mega Lotto 6/45, Super Lotto 6/49, and Grand Lotto 6/55 are among the variants of the number lottery game that have been added to the original game.

The ensemble cast of the film is led by Eddie Garcia, Tessie Tomas, Gina Alajar, Maggie de la Riva, Jinggoy Estrada, Boots Anson-Roa, Tonton Gutierrez, and Dawn Zulueta. Joel Torre portrays the role of then-PCSO Chairman Manuel L. Morato, who also appears in the film.

Salamat sa Lotto Linggo-Linggo Doble-Pasko, Golden Lion Films, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, lotto, movies

Tonight at 9:00 p.m., the winning combinations for the 6/42 and 6/49 games will be drawn. If you are at least 18 years of age, you might want to take your pick at the nearest betting station before 8:00 p.m., the cutoff time for betting. Who knows? You might be lucky enough to experience the "double Christmas."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Weird Dessert Combo

Like many other Filipinos, I prefer having dessert after a hearty meal.  Dessert may be as simple as a piece of candy or as grand as a large serving of Black Forest cake.  A few nights ago I tried a weird dessert combination that fortunately tasted just fine to me.  It comprises atis (sugar-apple or sweetsop) fruit, minatamis na kamoteng kahoy (boiled and sweetened cassava), and saging (banana).

Atis, scientifically known as Annona squamosa, is a small tree having a round fruit that looks resembles a pine cone. The sweet flesh of the fruit comes in segments, each having a black seed.

dessert, atis, sugar-apple, sweetsop, Annona squamosa

Kamoteng kahoy, scientifically known as Manihot esculenta, is a woody shrub widely propagated for its tuberous root. To make the minatamis, the tuberous roots are sliced and boiled with sugar until the water evaporates. The final product looks like this:

dessert, cassava, Manihot esculenta, kamoteng kahoy, minatamis

Saging (banana), needs no further explanation. Here is a ripe-and-unripe bunch of the señorita variety:

dessert, banana

dessert, atis, sugar-apple, sweetsop, Annona squamosa, cassava, Manihot esculenta

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Juan Flavier's Endorsement

The popularity of Juan Flavier as Secretary of the Department of Health in the early 1990s seems to have propelled him to the Senate, serving for two consecutive six-year terms from 1995 to 2007. After his stint in politics, Flavier became active in various health advocacy programs.

In 2005 then-Senator Flavier also endorsed the dietary supplement ABS Herbs, which is purported to improve diabetics' health. Here is a scanned copy of the advertisement as it appeared in the August 6, 2005 issue of The Philippine Star:

endorsements, advertisements, Juan Flavier, ABS Herbs

Monday, September 17, 2012

"Arrovo" 100-peso bank notes

In November 2005, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas erroneously circulated 100-peso bank notes that misspelled the surname of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from "Arroyo" to "Arrovo."  The bank notes, promptly pulled out of circulation, were said to have become collectors' items. Unfortunately, no such banknote landed on my hands.

Following is a news article from the December 2, 2005 issue of the Tempo newspaper about the inquiry planned by the House of Representatives regarding the blunder:

Arrovo, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 100 peso, bank notes


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bamboo Coin Bank: Symbol of Thriftiness

Filipinos are known for their inherent thriftiness. Any resource they have, whether food, money or the like, is used in the most efficient manner possible.  In terms of money, they save their extra coins in their coin banks in line with the old Tagalog proverb, "Kung may isinuksok, may madudukot."  This proverb expresses that when an expenditure arises, the accumulated savings can be readily used.

In a trip to Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales last May, I purchased a bamboo coin bank handcrafted and sold by our Aeta friends there.  This coin bank is my repository for 10-peso coins.

bamboo, coin, bank, thrift, Kung may isinuksok, may dudukutin

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mang Tomas the Sari-Sari Store Owner

In the Philippines, the sari-sari (Tagalog for "variety") store is an avenue for economic and social activity.  Aside from allowing customers to buy items by piece or by small portions (e.g. half a liter of cooking oil), the sari-sari store credit purchases.  Store owners can make a list of outstanding balances, and payments can be made depending on the agreement between owner and customer.

Friends and neighbors can stay outside the store and talk about topics, ranging from the most inane to the most relevant, during business hours. Sari-sari stores also function as makeshift drinking bars. If a brawl ensues due to excessive drunkenness, the help of barangay patrols or policemen is necessary.

The sari-sari store and the people inside and around it have been depicted in Filipino popular culture countless times.  In the universe of the sitcom Home Along Da Riles, Mang Tomas is the sari-sari store owner to whom Kevin Kosme depends on.

The following screen captures from Home Along Da Riles: The Movie show Kevin Kosme (Dolphy) and Mang Tomas (Tommy Angeles):

Kevin Kosme, Kevin Cosme, Kevin, Dolphy, Home Along da Riles, Home Along da Riles: The Movie

Friday, September 14, 2012

Indian Mango

The rainy season makes one yearn for summer. In many areas in the Philippines, summer is associated with raw mangoes dipped in salt or bagoong. I would like to share with you some fruits of the "Indian" cultivar of the mango, picked from a tree in our backyard last April:

Indian mango

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Whenever people ask me if I like vegetables, I tell them "any vegetable, except alugbati."  A big question mark then appears on their faces.

Alugbati, alugbate, Malabar spinach, Malabar nightshade, phooi leaf, red vine spinach, creeping spinach, climbing spinach - they are all the same plant. Scientifically known as Basella alba, this vine is mainly used as a leaf vegetable. We have the 'rubra' cultivar, the one having a purple stem, in our backyard

When cooked, it has a slimy consistency that reminds of detergent bar soaked in water. To those who are wondering how alugbati looks like, here is a picture:

alugbati, alugbate, Malabar spinach, Malabar nightshade, phooi leaf, red vine spinach, creeping spinach, climbing spinach, Basella alba, rubra, vine, vegetables


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11: Remembering 9/11 and Marcos

September 11 is a date that reminds us of the 9/11 (pronounced "nine-eleven") Terrorist Attacks.  On this date in 2011, three hijacked aircraft are deliberately crashed by terrorists into into the twin World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Almost 3,000 people perished in the attacks. Many of us still remember the disastrous event with horror:

9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center towers (SOURCE: The Telegraph)

9/11 attacks at the Pentagon (SOURCE: Freedom Files Website)

Filipinos should also not forget that Ferdinand E. Marcos, the tenth President of the Republic of the Philippines was born on  this date in 1917.  Marcos was President from December 30, 1965 to February 25,  1986.  He would have been 95 years old if he were alive today.  On September 21, our country will commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Marcos' declaration of martial law.

Portrait of Ferdinand E. Marcos (SOURCE: Presidential Museum & Library)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Notes on the New 1000-Peso Banknotes

The 1,000-peso bill is the currently circulating denomination of the New Generation Banknote Series of the Philippine peso released in December 2010.  Obverse sides of both versions feature the World War II heroes Josefa Llanes Escoda, Jose Abad Santos, and Vicente Lim.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sun Myung Moon in the Philippines

Korean religious leader Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, also called the Unification Church, died yesterday, September 3 at the age of 92. Moon's Unification Church is known for officiating mass weddings or marriage re-dedication ceremonies, which sometimes includes thousands of participants.

It can be recalled that Moon visited the Philippines on December 1, 2005.  This photo was copied from the December 2 issue of Tempo newspaper in that year:

Sun Myung Moon, visit, Philippines

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Inside a Bus and a Barbershop on Sunday

Sundays are each week is a day most Filipinos look forward to: It is a day to relax and recharge for the coming workload for the new week.  Earlier today, I was able to see how does the inside of the Victory Liner bus looks like in a Sunday:

Victory Liner, bus, inside

Sundays are also good times to get a haircut. The following picture was taken inside Society Barbershop one of the oldest (since 1965) and most popular barbershops in the city of Malolos, Bulacan.  Getting a haircut in this barbershop is friendly to the pocket. The barbers are also friendly for you can discuss with them any topic under the sun:

barbershop, Malolos, Society Barbershop

barbershop, Malolos, Society Barbershop