Monday, June 30, 2014

Jewish Temple in Manila

The Jewish Temple Emil was located on the west side of Taft Avenue just north of San Andres Street approximately where Marc 2000 Tower, PhilHealth Office, 1973 San Andres Street is today. The building was destroyed during WWII.

It was named  after philanthropist Emil Bachrach and the synagogue’s religious orientation was American-style Conservative Judaism. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Oldest Hardware

This hardware on St. Cristo St. Sta. Cruz, Manila is known to be the oldest hardware still existing in Manila. It is over a century old. 

Higino Francisco's Residence

The house of Don Higino at 525 Magdalena St. in Binondo. It was said that the original manuscript of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere was hidden inside the house. Also, the remains of Dr. Rizal was also hidden in this house for a few days on August 17, 1898.

Today, this is what the place looks like.


In case you're wondering, Budai is not Buddha.

Budai or Pu-Tai is a Chinese folkloric deity. His name means "Cloth Sack,"and comes from the bag that he is conventionally depicted as carrying. He is usually identified with or seen as an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha, so much so that the Budai image is one of the main forms in which Maitreya is depicted in East Asia.He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha. 


Guanyin (in pinyin; previous transliterations Quan Yin, Kwan Yin, or Kuanyin) is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female.

Probably because of Kuan Yin's great compassion, a quality which is traditionally considered feminine, most of the bodhisattva's statues in China since the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 - 907) have appeared as female figures. In India, however, the bodhisattva is generally represented as a male figure.

In her hands, Kuan Yin may hold a willow branch, a vase with water or occasionally, a lotus flower.

The willow branch is used to heal people's illnesses or bring fulfillment to their requests.

The water ( the dew of compassion) has the quality of removing suffering, purifying the defilements of our body, speech and mind, and lengthening life. Quan Yin carries the Goddess and Divine Mother aspect of Buddhism. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pagbilan nga po ng "Tasty!"

Question: We do Filipino calls these American Loaf Bread as "Tasty?"

In the 1950's,  the Bakerite Bakery Incorporated (located in Hidalgo St., Quiapo) distributed sliced American loaf breads around the Manila area inside plastic bags with the word TASTY-NUTRITIOUS-DELICIOUS written in large, bold front. 

People buying the bread became more accustomed with the bold "TASTY" word of the plastic wrapper so until now, we call loaf breads as tasty.