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National Museum of Natural History: A short peek of what is to be a revived cultural hub of study, education and entertainment

“The Tree of Life” – the glass dome design and double helix support structure which covers the courtyard of the six-storey building, was inspired from the composition of the DNA.

The National Museum of Natural History (Pambansang Museo ng Likas na Kasaysayan) is located inside the former Agriculture and Commerce Building/former Department of Tourism Building within Rizal Park. It is operated by the National Museum of the Philippines.

In 2013, the P1 billion project for retrofitting the neoclassical structure was awarded to Dominic Galicia Architects (involved the maintenance of the building’s facade except for the addition of a glass dome supported by a double helix structure) and Interior Designer Tina Periquet.

“The Tree of Life” – the glass dome design and double helix support structure which covers the courtyard of the six-storey building, was inspired from the composition of the DNA.

Inaugurated last September 30, 2017, the grand opening is slated on May 18, 2018 which also coincides with International Museum Day.

Draped on the walls are three-storey portraits of three famous species endemic to the Philippines are draped around the walls: The Philippine Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis), The Philippine Tarsier (Carlito syrichta) and The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)

“Rafflesia” also known as the “corpse flower” or “meat flower” because it looks like and smells like rotting flesh.

Rafflesianamed after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles which led the expedition in 1818 in a rainforest in Bengkulu, Sumatra which led to its discovery. It has approximately 28 species all found in southeastern Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines).

Also known as the “corpse flower” or “meat flower” because it looks like and smells like rotting flesh. It has no stems, leaves or roots and the only visible part of its vine genus is its five-petaled flower that can grow from 12 centimeters to over 100 centimeters (39 inches in diameter) and can weigh up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds).

Marine and Terrestrial cabinet of curiosities – encyclopedic collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. The term cabinet originally described a room rather than a piece of furniture. The classic cabinet of curiosities emerged in the 16th century, although more rudimentary collections had existed earlier. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history, geology, ethnography, archeaology, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities.

Taxidermy is practiced primarily on vertebrates (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and less commonly on amphibians) but can also be done to larger insects and arachnids under some circumstances.
The Sarus Crane is from the National Zoological Collection while the Spot-billed Pelican was loaned from the University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Taxidermy  is the preserving of an animal’s body via stuffing or mounting for the purpose of display or study. It is practiced primarily on vertebrates (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and less commonly on amphibians) but can also be done to larger insects and arachnids under some circumstances.

Flora de Filipinas – (deluxe version) by Francisco Manuel Blanco, O.S.A., published in Barcelona with colored lithographs based on illustrations or plates by seventeen Filipino artists.

Flora de Filipinas – (deluxe version) by Francisco Manuel Blanco, O.S.A., published in Barcelona with colored lithographsbased on illustrations or plates by seventeen Filipino artists, some well-known like Felix Resurrection Hidalgo, Felix Martinez, Felix Pardo de Tavera, Miguel Zaragosa and Lorenzo Guerrero. Some were not well-known like Cayetano Arguelles, Francisco Domingo, Rosendo Garcia, Juan Garcia, Regino Garcia, and Isidro Llada and R. L. Salamanca. As was customary in botanical researh, the artists were not acknowledged in Blanco’s text but they did sign their respective works.

Butterfly specimens are very delicate because of their very fragile wings. Their wings are made up of microscopic scales which shatter when handled improperly.

Butterfly Collection and Pinning – The method for collecting butterflies (Lepidotera) involves variable techniques such as “netting” where an individual equipped with a net attached to a circular loop with an expanded pole, actively searches and chases the butterfly for capture. Other standard protocols consist of the use of passive techniques where a contraption (e.g. butterfly trap) is left with a bait to attract butterflies and eventually ensnaring them. Once the specimens have been captured, the collector carefully handles the butterflies by their bodies, avoiding the wings and placing them inside waxy paper triangles to restrain the butterflies and keep the scales from rubbing off of each wings. The specimens are then taken back from the field and prepared for mounting.

 

An actual plant press from the Botany and Herbarium Division.

Plant Pressing – Botanists use this plant press to preserve herbarium specimens. This press consists of two wooden frames, old newspapers, carton boards, corrugated aluminum sheets and bungee cords.

The plant cuttings are carefully laid out flat on top of a newspaper and are pressed between two boards, making sure every leaf, stem, and/or petal are visible. A corrugated aluminum sheet is then placed in between these layers to allow air to circulate.

The same procedure is followed with the rest of the plant cuttings, then the wooden contraptions are positioned at the bottom and on top of the pile and carefully bound together with bungee cords.
Botanists check the pressed plants every 2-3 days and replaces the damp papers with dry ones. It can take 2-4 weeks before the specimens become completely dry.

NM Herpetologist Dr. Arvin Diesmos talks to the visitors about the replica of Lolong, the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity.

 

The Wardian Case or terrarium – named after its inventor, Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868). A physician and an avid botanist, he personally collected 25,000 specimens for a herbarium. London’s air was polluted by coal smoke and sulphuric acid which suffocated his plants then. He discovered, developed and later shipped ferns and grasses using his wooden glazed container. It became a fad and became part of the elegant drawing rooms of Victorian England, and now popularly known as terrarium.

All National Museum facilities have free admission and is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. The National Museum of Natural History will be open to the public on May 18, 2018. For information or further queries, please refer to the About section their Facebook page or send them a message.

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Manila Art 2017: A few snapshots

Manila Art 2017 burst with so many local as well as some participating foreign artists. Here are a few of my snapshots from Manila Art’s VIP Night which was well-attended. Indeed Filipino artists are at still definitely at par with global counterparts.

Ramon Orlina

Rayos Del Sol

Dominic Rubio

Ram Mallari

Demi Padua

 

 

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Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps: New yummy dishes available soon on their menu

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps will add these dishes on their menu soon! Had the chance to try them out and here’s what’s to anticipate.

 

Blue Posts’ Seafood Medley

Seafood Medley – aside from shrimps there are mussels and yes, sprinkled with cheese – its seafood goodness in a bag!

Blue Posts’ Prawn Roll

Prawn Roll – consists of prawns and shrimps tossed with a creamy sauce and served in a toasted bun served with a side of crunchy shoestring fries. This is great if you want a quick seafood snack instead shelling shrimps and taking it with rice. For me, this is perfect for takeout as movie snack or to munch on later at home.

Blue Posts’ Crab Sliders

Crab Sliders – consists of crab patties in between lettuce, cheese, onions and tomato in small buns and served with their own potato chips. Another great way to satisfy your seafood craving if you want a break from shelling crabs and shrimps. Another perfect seafood sandwich combo for takeout as movie snack or to munch on later at home.

Blue Posts’ Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Shrimp Scampi Pasta – consists of broiled ‘scampi’ (Italian for shrimp/prawn) in Blue Posts’ pasta sauce version sprinkled with cheese and served with a side of bread.

Blue Posts’ Alfredo Pasta

Alfredo Pasta – consists of broiled shrimps in Blue Posts’ creamy pasta sauce version sprinkled with cheese and served with a side of bread.

I can’t wait for these delicious dishes to be included in their menu. Aside from it all being quick seafood eats, most are also kid and take out friendly.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps branches are in SM North EDSA, Quezon City; SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City; and O Square Greenhills, San Juan City.

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Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps: Unlimited shrimps with their 911 Shrimp Fever

Are you a shrimp-a-holic? Then Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps’ latest promo is for you! Unlimited shrimps for only Php 911.00 for two people!

Enjoy a round of a bag each of Garlic Lemon Butter, Sambal and as well as their original boiled flavor and the get refills after all shrimps are consumed which well, might take just a few minutes because they’re really delicious!

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps’ Sambal flavor

Sambal – my favorite flavor, is a fresh catch cooked with Sambal paste. A fusion of Indonesian/Malay dish with a Blue Posts touch.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps’ Lemon Garlic Butter flavor

Garlic Lemon Butter – a zesty combo flavors of garlic and butter with a tang of lemon.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps’ original boiled flavor

Blue Posts Boil – a fresh catch boiled and fathered in Blue Posts’ Cajun sauce.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps’ 911 Shrimp Fever is best with rice!

You might want to add an order of rice (or two) and one of their yummy combo drinks to complete the foodie experience.

~ Planning to go soon? Here’s everything you need to know about the promo after the jump ~
Continue reading “Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps: Unlimited shrimps with their 911 Shrimp Fever”

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Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps: Month-long unlimited shrimp feast for only P911 for 2

Foodies unite! Blue Posts introduces its 911 SHRIMP FEVER starting October 30 in all its branches nationwide!

The seafood restaurant craze offers unlimited, fresh and tasty bags of shrimps sautéed and served in three flavorful signature sauces – Sambal, Boiled, and Garlic Lemon Butter.

The 911 SHRIMP FEVER is the latest treat this homegrown Davao seafood restaurant could offer its existing market base. The 23-year-old Blue Posts has also announced that it’s extending its footprint outside Mindanao and Metro Manila shores.

~ Everything you need to know about the promo after the jump ~ Continue reading “Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps: Month-long unlimited shrimp feast for only P911 for 2”

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Manila Art 2017: IGNACIO Symphony of Seasons 2 at Galerie Nine starting Oct. 20

Manila Art – Symphony of Seasons 2 at the Galerie Nine – 4th level SM Megamall starting Oct. 20

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Manila FAME 2017: Kalinga Heritage Tattoo, Apo Whang Od in Manila

Appreciate and be inspired by the beauty of the northern tradition.

Register now to attend the forum “Traditional Aesthetic in Contemporary Times”, October 20, 1pm-5pm at the Hidalgo Room, World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Click here to pre-register: https://goo.gl/a2P1HW

 

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Red Hat Cacao PH: Intimate meet and greet with the lady behind the heart-crafted goodness

For months network creative co-workers and I have been enjoying the taste of an artisan chocolate by a sweet tooth that never imagined that she’ll venture into making chocolates.

It started when she had a heart-to-heart talk with her dad about their property in Quezon. For weeks she put off visiting the property but with constant prodding from friends, she finally gave in. Although the property has a long-time caretaker, she keenly observed and then decided to study more about cacao and its by-products. Long story short, aside from farming, she started experimenting with making the basic chocolate.

She decided on making ‘barks’ because the market is already saturated with ‘truffle’ chocolates. Barks with nuts, fruits and even ginger were among her first experiments which were met with good reactions.

But her dark chocolate with dried fruits and nuts garnered the most attention. So ever the most shy, she hesitantly sold whole barks and then bite-sized bark pieces to family and friends. A few months after, she bravely took orders online and now distributes to select cafes and restaurants. Red Hat Cacao’s first pubic introduction was at a mall chocolate festival which coincided with the intimate meet and greet with select blogger friends.

She has enrolled for further studies at a prestigious culinary school in New York along with a few slated chocolate tours for research.

I’ve seen her diligence and passion for developing Red Hat Cacao and so amazed at how it has grown…so proud of you Gladys Hernando!

I’m proud to say she’s been my friend since Mowelfund days, the reason why I’m not in a court of law/firm or interior design studio but in showbiz and don’t get me wrong, so grateful for it!

What follows next are clips and photos from the first ever meet and greet plus tips on how to enjoy Red Hat Cacao. Enjoy!

The snap of a perfectly tempered chocolate followed by the exquisite taste of handmade heart-crafted Filipino cacao bark chocolate of Red Hat Cacao PH.

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Manila Art 2017: IGNACIO Landscapes

For almost a couple of years now I have been posting about the celluloid works and TV shows of multi-awarded International Film and Television Director and Cinematographer, Louie Lagdameo Ignacio.

Often the posts are very general and focused on the works rather than the director. Admittedly, I have difficulty to encapsulate what I want to say. Aside from being blessed to belong to Basta Every Day Happy (2014) and Sarap Diva TV (2012 to present) shows, I have admired his work on ‘Asintado’ (2014), ‘Child Haus’ (2015), ‘Laut’ (2016) and ‘Area’ (2016), etc. I often tease him as the “best actress-maker” because Aiko Melendez, Barbie Forteza and Ai-Ai Delas Alas received such a prestigious recognition internationally when they acted on his films.

Only a few know that Direk Louie is also a painter. In CEU (Centro Escolar Universty, his alma mater), his paintings are displayed just outside the LAH seminar rooms 2 and 3.

He has worked with different mediums like watercolor, acrylic and even ‘calado’ (latticework) and has had solo exhibitions since 2010. Each and every exhibit presents a different experience from vivid colors to dramatic monochromatic masterpieces.

IGNACIO Landscapes at Manila Art 2017 overflowed with vibrant colors and meticulous brush techniques. Its like you’re transported to a vast field on a sunny day or taking in the sunset across a canyon while the moon slowly rises – I can go on and on but trust me, you just have to experience his amazing works of art.

What follows are clips and photos from Manila Art 2017.

Together with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and with the support of top local and international fine art galleries, ManilArt showcases works of vibrant new and upcoming talents, as well as iconic masters of the Philippine art scene. Echoing the rich cultural assertion of Filipinos complemented by international artists’ presentation, the fair is sure to captivate and engage the youth, the educators, the critics, young and seasoned collectors alike, art vanguards and the quad-media.

ManilArt 2017 is co-presented with the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and the ManilArt Foundation, Incorporated (MAFI). #manilaart #manilaart2017

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Manila FAME 2017: The Legendary Tattoo Artist Whang Od from Buscalan will be there! 

The Legendary Tattoo Artist Whang Od from Buscalan will be there!

Manila FAME October 2017
#ManilaFame2017
DATE:
20 – 22 October 2017
19 – 21 April 2018
19 – 21 October 2018
EXHIBITION HOURS:
09:00AM – 07:00PM
VENUE:
World Trade Center Metro Manila
Philippine Trade Training Center
EXHIBITION SIZE:
11, 300 sqm.
TICKET PRICE:

Day 1
Php700.00 (For General Public)
Php500.00 (Discounted price for all senior citizens, people with disabilities, and students with valid I.D.s)

Day 2 and 3
Php500.00 (For General Public)
Php400.00 (Discounted price for all senior citizens, people with disabilities, and students with valid I.D.s)