Friday, 27 February 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 004:Igorot People, Cordillera Region

I recently received the following postcard from blogger-friend Ging Maganda:

Baguio City, Philippines

The postcard shows the Igorots in their traditional costume. The Igorot people live in the Cordillera region of Northern Philippines where their ancestors (the Igorot people are known to be very adept at rice-terrace farming) built the Banaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and they have a diverse heritage and rich culture.

This is my choice for this week's Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Marie of Vintage Postcards. Why? Because, you see, Ging and I, and four others, are part of the Miss Igorota Sisterhood (Postcards from Miss Igorota). Most of us, by the way, are fan of snail-mails and are also Postcrossing members. We are all proud to be one in promoting the advancement of the Igorot people and doll domination. Oh, and world peace, of course! *lol*

To learn the concept behind it all, this is Miss Igorota's story.

Did you notice the stamps -- Pieta and Gagambino. They're awesome! These are great pieces to add to my Filipiniana stamp collection. These are but two of the newly-issued stamps of the popular Filipino comics superheroes created by none other than the Philippine King of Comics, Carlo J. Caparas. When the comics industry in the Philippines suffered, he spearheaded a revival campaign by touring and holding exhibits with his Komiks Caravan to spread awareness about comics all over the country. It would have been total happiness had there been female comics superheroes issued by the Philpost. Wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Wordless Wednesday 001: Le Mont Saint-Michel

WW Le Mont Saint Michel
Le Mont Saint-Michel - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Postmarked Argenton Sur Creuse
Dated 06 January 2009

Sent by Sheila of A Postcard A Day. Thanks, Sheila :)

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Postcards! Postcards! And more postcards!

I know I have been delinquent in updating my blog. This despite the growing number of postcards that I have collected from the post office. So my apologies to the senders. I make an effort to send a thank you note though. Okay, no more excuses, so here are the postcards that I received in the past weeks:

Postcards from, starting on top: Malaysia; Florida, USA; NYC, USA; Sydney, Australia.

eighth batch
Except for the postcard on the top right which is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the rest are all postcards coming from Croatia!

tenth batch
Clockwise, starting from top left: Postcard from Pune, India; Iloilo, Philippines; Bucharest, Romania; Lapland, Finland; Baguio City, Philippines; Arizona, USA; and Taiwan.

I will be featuring these postcards individually with information on each. Thanks to all the senders. I hope my old friends will come back and visit this blog :)

Friday, 20 February 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 003: Magtataho

One of the best cards I received in 2008 was sent by a fellow Filipina and Postcrosser Fortuitous Faery:

Postcard Friendship Day 003

It is a Papemelroti card that shows a picture of a man balancing two buckets from each end of a wooden plank. On one end, there's an umbrella and a bag of plastic cups. He is a magtataho, or a taho vendor. A taho is a popular Philippine snack of fresh, softened tofu, laced with brown sugar and vanilla syrup and topped with pearl sago (tapioca).

When I received this card, it reminded me how much I missed my country and the little stuffs that I used to enjoy when I was growing up. I am posting it for today's Postcard Friendship Day while the the familiar voice of the magtataho shouting "tahooooo" in the morning , asking people to buy one, is ringing in my head. Memories of my childhood came rushing -- of how my siblings, friends and I would scramble to ask money from our parents, grab our tsinelas (slippers) and run after the magtataho. While most of my friends used spoon, I preferred taking the warm and sweet mixture of bean curd and pearl sagos in big gulps!

Papemelroti is an old favorite of mine and I am glad that it is still going strong. It's owned by the Alejandro siblings with Robert Alejandro, the "ro" in Papemelroti, being the more visible sibling as he is a television journalist. Papemelroti is best known for their signature brown, recycled paper products which I absolutely love. The cards, I think, are the best-sellers as the illustrations, done by Robert Alejandro himself, reflect the Filipino-ness (if ever there is such a word). Aside from paper products, other thing-a-majigs are also available made from recycled wood, metals, etc., reflecting the owners' commitment to the family, God, country and environment (in no particular order!).

Thank you very much, Fortuitous Faery. In times when I get homesick, I have this beautiful card to remind me of everyone and everything back "home".

Don't you just love having friends like Fortuitous Faery?

And thanks to Marie of Cpaphil Vintage Postcards for hosting the Postcard Friendship Friday :)

Friday, 13 February 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 002: Sunset over Iloilo City

It's Friday once again, and gee, how time flies! Lots of postcards arrived in the past week and I haven't posted them yet. But for now, I'd like to show you my entry for this week's Postcard Friendship Day, hosted by Marie over at Cpaphil Vintage Postcards.

Iloilo City, Philippines

This self-made postcard was sent to me by a very dear blogger-friend Rod who also took the beautiful sunset photo. He is from Iloilo City, about two hours away from my hometown of Roxas City. We almost met in person the last time I went home for a holiday. Rod is such a very creative person, he makes beautiful craftts out of anything he could hold on to. I was really touched when he shared the Christmas spirit with me here by sending me my favorite sweets from the Philippines. Isn't he the sweetest?

Here's an excerpt of what he wrote:

You are the one who first sent me a postcard. I decided to collect postcards then by joining Postcrossing. You inspired me to make a personalized postcard and this is my first attempt.

... Every time you miss home, just look at this photocard.

And so today, I am sharing this to you because I think it aptly embodies the very aim of the Postcard Friendship Day.

Rod's artworks and postcards collection can be found at Artery.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 001: Grandma Moses

Today I am joining the Postcard Friendship Day which was started by fellow blogger Marie of Cpaphil Vintage Postcards. Thanks, Marie. My apologies for the delay in posting because the internet connection earlier was too slow that I gave up after hours of trying.

The postcard below was sent to me by my in-laws on my birthday last year.

Postcard Friendship Day 001

Grandma Moses, or Anna Mary Robertson Moses, was one of America's best-known and well-loved primitive painters. Primitive painters, meaning, artists who did not receive formal art education. She sold her first paintings when she was almost 80. Grandma Moses, as she was fondly called, painted pictures of homely farm life and rural countryside. Many of her paintings are used on the covers of Hallmark cards. According to Wiki, she is most often cited as an example of an individual successfully beginning a career in the arts at an advanced age.

The New York Times described her:

In person, Grandma Moses charmed wherever she went. A tiny, lively woman with mischievous gray eyes and a quick wit, she could be sharp-tongued with a sycophant and stern with an errant grandchild.

Cheerful, as a cricket, even in her last years, she continued to be keenly observant of all that went on around her. Until her last birthday, Sept. 7, she rarely failed to do a little painting every day.

Grandma Moses died on December 13, 1961, at the ripe age of 101.
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