When I had a chance to visit Manila Central Post Office, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I mean, I know it’s a place for mails and or postal services. But I didn’t know that there are really stamp collectors who are actively joining campaigns and exhibitions and keep updating their collections inside our post office. There were foreigners and locals checking and asking for their postage specialty. Some brought their notebooks or iPads. I must say, these people (photo above) are passionate philatelists.
Got a little confused about what I’m saying? Actually, I got this white leaflet and I’d like to share it with you guys.
What is Philately?
It is the art of stamp collecting. Considered as “world’s most fascinating hobby,” it is from the Greek words Philos(friends) and Atalei(exempt from charge). Through philately, one learns of a country’s history, art, culture and industry as depicted in special definitive and commemorative stamps.
Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club
In 1994, five collectors boldly formed the Manila Stamp Collectors’ Club to cater and develop beginners and seasoned collectors. The name was later changed to what it is today in 1999. Since then, activities stepped up with the Postal History Walking Tour, starting even earlier on. Members garnered international awards and conducts regular monthly auctions, meetings, stamp exhibitions and contests.
It is now a member of the Philippine Philatelic Federation which acts as an umbrella body for stamp clubs in the Philippines to promote and represent the country in competitions abroad.
World’s Most Expensive Stamp: Sweden’s 1855, 3 skilling yellow fetched 1996 for Sfr2.5 million or (US$2.27 million). 1856 British Guiana 1 cent black on magenta issue fetched US$935,000.00 in 18=980.
World’s Most Expensive Cover: A used envelop from Mauritius bearing both the 1d and 2d. It is also the 2 earliest stamps of Mauritius which fetched for US$3.8 million.
World’s Smallest Stamp: 10c and 1Peso Colombian State of Bolivar, 0.31”x 0.37”.
World’s First Self-adhesive Stamp was issued by Sierra Leone on February, 1964
King George V of England and President Franklin D. Roosevelt were both prolific collectors who posses vast accumulations of rare stamps issues.
World’s Most Popular Error: USA’s Inverted Jenny with a nice inverted print of the Curtiss Jenny plane on the center of the stamp.
World’s 1st Fauna on Stamps: Canada’s 1861 beaver
Amazing, isn’t? So historic. Back to the visitation, I was stunned when I saw those stamps. I bought some of it.. stamps of different countries’ costume, which are so affordable. Thank God, I checked my money. If not, maybe, I would not be able to go home. Haha
If you guys want to join their club, you can contact Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, from Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 5pm at 735-5001 or send a mail to P.O. Box, 2986 Manila.
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(c) Manila Central Post Office
Wine, Dine and Chill at The Wine Bar
Whether alone or hitting the town with your fellow closest gourmands, selecting a bottle of wine to accompany your feast can seem daunting if one feels they lack pairing know-how. Not at The Wine Bar at the 1771 El Pueblo, where the restaurant not only caters to foodies and wine lovers, but also to those who aim to understand the art of wine pairing.
A member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants in El Pueblo Ortigas, The Wine Bar is a gem for those who find comfort in intimate wine and dine experience. Sleek, masculine and inspired from the sophisticated bars of Soho, New York, the venue is built with personalized spaces, comfortable nooks and private rooms that are perfect for intimate get together. With an intriguing Wine Cellar housing over 300 top quality wine choices from all over the world reserved from the enomatic dispenser with theme that varies monthly, take your pick by the glass or decide together with the in-house sommelier Cecille Mauricio. A rare feature of a restaurant outside the hotel, The Wine Bar offers endless wine and food choices coupled with a superior service that anyone can count on.
The charming wine and dine concept of WB 1771 also offers private event spaces which can accommodate up to 120 persons, perfect for intimate social events such as wedding receptions or even JS proms. For smaller parties that need privacy, The Wine Bar features private areas that can be converted into smaller private room good for 6 to 25 persons. Boasting the same convenience of a hotel function space but in a more relaxed and intimate ambience, explore The Wine Bar function spaces if the goal is to celebrate with ease and elegance.
With choicest wine selections, gourmet food on the menu that’s matched with the allure of its architecture, it’s simply a venue to celebrate life’s precious moments. Aside from its chart-topping wines, tasty and filling bites such as oyster Rockefeller (P550net),Grilled Angus Striploin (P1400 net) or the Oyster Rockefeller (P550 net) or the signature Wine Burger Bar(P410 net) can just take off the treat, whether you’re visiting for the wines or food.Selecting a wine that matches with what’s on the plate not only can make for interesting variations and interplay, The Wine Bar‘s ambiance offers a chill out treat that’s conducive for catching up with people who matters most or simply savoring a recharging moment by yourself in a lavish and charming setting.
Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Friday is 6 pm to 11pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442. The Wine Bar is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, & Sidebar in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Fitness and Fun All-in-One event!
Bringing the Color Dash, the most fun 5-kilometer loop, is a noncompetitive charity marathon that promotes Coca-Cola’s Open Happiness “Sinong napasaya mo today?” #Napasayakotoday. As it will be dashing out colors of red for Coke, green for Sprite, orange for RTO, blue for Sarsi, black for Coke Zero on a silver/white shirt (Coke Light).
Online Registration from www.buybranded.com.ph.
Like their FB page: http://www.facebook.com/ColorDash
A Festive Easter Party at the Sky Dome
SM North EDSA is throwing a Grand Easter Party on March 31 at 1pm in Sky Dome. And hey, everyone’s invited!
Just present at least 500Php mount up receipt from any tenants of SM City North EDSA.
Registration – will start at 1pm til 3pm – and open booths such as Bunny HOP Race, the Bunny Easter Trail (Maze), face paint, and food carts (opens at 2:00PM). Of course, for creative minds out there.. Easter egg decoration, cake decoration, costume contest are waiting for you. There will be also a parade and other activities like HOP Meet and Greet, Live Bunny Meet and Greet, Bubble Show, and more!
Bring your whole family and hop hop to SM North EDSA for a joyful, Grand Easter Party!
*For costume contest mechanics: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152683697480261&l=39c19dd7c9
Tag/hashtag: @smnorthedsa #grandeasterpartysmnorth
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(c) Puzzle Mansion Museum
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(c) Georgina Gil-Lacuna
A 61-year-old Filipina, Guinness World Record holder of World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle Collection, Georgina Gil-Lacuna possess inspiring stories that can certainly move and encourage other people. But though she’s accomplishing a lot in her unexpected enjoyment, Gina never take pomposity in herself. During her significant day last November 29, 2012, a particular moment after she received the award, she felt very happy for her family and to our country. And she was worried at the same time about her family, the media and especially, her guests. She mused that if all of them were well-fed and doing well. She carried herself up and down to check them; never mind wearing a pair of heels.
Lacuna has been puzzling since 27 years ago. The first jigsaw puzzle she ever made is Mickey Racing Team. A mother’s love. Yes, because the only reason why she wanted to finish the puzzle was to make her two year old child happy. And she did it. The adorable five thousand pieces jigsaw puzzle is the oldest one from her collection. While the difficult piece she made is Guernica. It is a Pablo Picasso painting with two thousand pieces that took her 40 hours to finish. She usually could finish a puzzle in 15-20 hours. But the hardest one in the world is the Las Hilanderas or "The Spinners" of Diego de Silva Velasquez. It is a ten thousand pieces jigsaw puzzle, done in 300 hours, around three o’clock in the morning as she remembered.
She said during the interview that some people’s technique is to start with the edge. But how about Gina Lacuna’s? “When I first started doing the puzzle, I tried to look for a technique. When you do puzzles all the time and you are used to it, you could start with the colors or the size. You could start anywhere, and it is okay. But for me, you really have to think. You really have to use your head. Because sometimes you thought that’s the piece already for that particular location but it’s not. And it’s very good because your brain really works. You have to have a very good concentration. And it’s makes you sharper. You never knew that later on you will be perceptive in everything, not only in puzzles.”
For 27 years, Gina collected all the puzzles she made. She did not give up on the large number of pieces even. What is more, she did not persist herself to finish all of it. She just enjoyed putting it together. Puzzle making is a relaxant for her. And it also gives her so much joy after she finished the puzzle and after it is being framed. She thought she was able to put all the masterpieces together of our great artists in the world just as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Raphael Sanzio, Jacques-Louis David, and Leonardo da Vinci. As if she was able to finish the painting, too.
Gina Lacuna never stopped doing a puzzle. Aside from her collection in her gallery, she still have a few reserved puzzles in the making. Time after time, she make it a point on her day to do a puzzle. It really makes herself relieve the tension. As told, she encourage, especially the elders who are impeded, to start doing puzzles. “When you do puzzle, it is good for the brain. I suggested it for those who are bored, too. Actually for everybody. It sharpen our minds… And it increases my patience. Because I set in my mind that I could do it. That’s my goal. At the same time, I didn’t make myself feel pressured. So I relax myself. And as time goes by, I didn’t notice, I already made the puzzle. A great work of art by great painter… Why not?”
She has 1,029 pieces in her gallery, as of now, and she’s ready to add more puzzles in her collection. Because now that she is the Guinness World Record holder of Largest Jigsaw Puzzle and witnessing a great technology, she can easily check out for a newest one to the biggest manufacturer of puzzles in the world. Having that title, it also a great news for our kababayan puzzle enthusiasts that her Puzzle Mansion could be the sole distributor in the Philippines. “Probably, I will still be doing puzzles and asking somebody to do the puzzles of the great scenery in the Philippines like the Taal Volcano, Mayon, Barasoain Church, and also, by our great painters like Juan Luna’s Spoliarium and Manansala’s.. it will come later. Right now, we are starting to do puzzles of portraits of people. We could do now portraits, you can email to us the portrait and we will do a puzzle of it. It is cheap – a thousand with a frame plus it is put together already by me.”
A year or two from now, Gina Lacuna will be bagging again for another title such as The World’s Fastest Puzzle Maker, The Most Number of Pieces assembled by Single Person, or The World’s Largest and Biggest Puzzle. Currently, she is puzzling out the biggest and the largest puzzle which she launched last year 1st of March. It is a thirty-two thousand pieces, a pop-art, “Double Retrospect” by Keith Haring. It is a big mural, the size is on a par with almost six plywood. The target finishing is on 31st of July this year.
She ended our interview with [witty] advocations: a puzzle could be 1) a great piece to start a conversation; 2) a good remembrance; 3) a boredom killer; 4) a patience booster; 5) an angry neglecter; 6) an extra learning. Georgina Gil-Lacuna believes that it is never too late for anything in life. Hence, I learned that If you will just let perseverance finish its work(James 1:4-6) and know you can do all things(Philippians 4:13), it is only a matter of time.
Location: Purok 4 Cuadra St., Brgy. Asisan, Tagaytay City
Contact: +639052250229 / (02)4255195
(c) Puzzle Mansion Bed and Breakfast
Family Rooms: Php6,880
Room names: Marigold, Lilac, Gardenia, Daffodil
Deluxe Rooms: Php4,480
Room names: Passion flower, Sampaguita, Sunflower, Tulip, Waterlily
*extra bed fee: Php500
*extra plated breakfast: Php200
*Puzzle museum entrance: Php100/head