26 June, 2010

M1311: Mansion House Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows Mansion House and its gate, and the "Pool of Pines" or Wright Park.

The back of the postcard reads:
Mansion House, in the City of Baguio, Philippines.
Summer residence of Philippine presidents.

M1311: Mansion House Postcard

RELATED ENTRIES:
The Mansion, Baguio City Postcard 1
The Mansion, Baguio City Postcard 2
The Mansion, Baguio City Postcard 3
The Mansion, Baguio City Postcard 4
The Mansion, Baguio City Postcard 5

25 June, 2010

M1309: Malacañang Palace Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows Malacañang Palace as seen from the Pasig River. Am not entirely sure if the building on the postcard is the Kalayaan Hall, which is now a museum.

The back of the postcard reads:
Malacañang Palace along the Pasig River.
The Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines.

M1309: Malacañang Palace Postcard

M1165: Malacañang Palace Postcard
M1154: Malacañang Palace Postcard
M1146: Malacañang Park Postcard
M1012: Malacañang Palace Postcard

24 June, 2010

M1308: Manila City Hall Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows the Manila City Hall in the 1960's with the traffic-free Padre Burgos Street and the Lagusnilad Underpass. Also seen in the distance is the Manila Central Post Office building.


The back of the postcard reads:
City Hall of Manila, Philippines.
Seen along the city hall is the modern thoroughfare with its over the underpass.

M1308: Manila City Hall Postcard

RELATED ENTRY:
Manila City Hall Postcards

23 June, 2010

M1305: Paco Cemetery Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows the oval mortuary chapel dedicated to St. Pancratius inside Paco Park. Also seen in the postcard is a raised fountain which aligns with the gate and the nave of the domed chapel. In the evening, the fountain is lit by multi-colored lights, creating a dancing rainbow.

Pancratius (or Pancras) was one of the early Christian martyrs from around 300 A.D. Legend says he was an orphan who was killed at the age of fourteen for embracing the faith. He is considered the patron of children, against false witness, and headaches. His feast day is celebrated on May 12th.

The back of the postcard reads:
Paco Cemetery, located in Manila, Philippines.
One of the oldest cemeteries of the Spanish colonial era.

M1305: Paco Cemetery Postcard

Paco Park, located where Padre Faura and General Luna Streets come together, was once a municipal cemetery for the elite families of Manila during the Spanish era. The cemetery was built in the late 1700s but was completed several decades later. It was also used to inter the victims of the cholera epidemic of 1822.

The cemetery is circular in shape, with an inner circular fort that was the original cemetery and with the niches that were placed or located within the hollow walls. As the population continued to grow, a second outer wall was built with the thick adobe walls were hollowed as niches and the top of the walls were made into pathways for promenades.


The cemetery was once the burial place of some notables including the national hero, José Rizal, and the three martyred priests of the Philippine independence movement. Today, the Spanish Governor-General Solano is the only known luminary still buried in the chapel.

Internment was stopped in 1912 and it was restored and transformed into a national park in 1966.


SOURCES:
Paco Park Wikipedia Entry
Paco Cemetery Park, Manila - Oasis in Stone
Visiting Paco Park

22 June, 2010

M1302: Watch Tower Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows the circular garita or sentry box of Bastion de San Andres in Intramuros.


The back of the postcard reads:
Watch tower in Intramuros located in the City of Manila.
Intramuros is sometimes called the "walled city," built during the Spanish colonization of the Islands.


M1302: Watch Tower Postcard

RELATED ENTRY:
M1136: Walls of Intramuros Postcard

09 June, 2010

M1300: Luneta Lagoon Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows the multi-colored fountains in Luneta in late afternoon, probably with the famous Manila sunset in the horizon. You will also see the Rizal Monument
in the background.

The back of the postcard reads:

Luneta Lagoon, with its gushing multi-colored fountains.
Located in the City of Manila, Philippines


M1300: Luneta Lagoon Postcard

RELATED ENTRIES:
M32: Luneta Lagoon Postcard
M31: Rizal Monument Postcard

08 June, 2010

M1202: Sampaloc Lake Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows Sampaloc Lake with the famous Mt. Banahaw in the background. The lake, an inactive volcanic maar, is the largest of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Laguna. Nearly half of the lake's depth has a shallow depression at the lake's bottom, indicating its volcanic origin.


The lake has an area of 104.0 hectares with a maximum depth of 27.0 meters, approximately 85% of its volume below 10 meters and 15% below 24 meters.

The back of the postcard reads:
Sampaloc Lake
Laguna, Philippines
This lake, rich in legend, surrounds Mt. Banahaw seen in the background.

M1202: Sampaloc Lake Postcard

Legend tells of a giant Tamarind (Sampaloc) tree in the garden of a selfish, stingy old woman who drove away a fairy disguised as an old man asking for some fruit as a cure for his ailing grandson. Instead of helping him, the stingy old woman had him driven away by her ferocious dogs. The old man was badly hurt. After the old man left, there was a thundering noise, rain, followed by the cracking of the earth. And then, the entire orchard sank into a colossal pit which was immediately filled with water. Henceforth, the villagers called it Lake Sampaloc.

SOURCES:
Lake Sampaloc Wikipedia Entry
San Pablo City: Sampaloc Lake

07 June, 2010

M1201: Fuente Osmena Park Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

In the heart of uptown Cebu City is a rotunda park with a picturesque fountain in the center. This is the famous Fuente Osmeña Circle. Fuente Osmeña, or literally “Osmeña Fountain,” was named after the Cebu's Grand Old Man, President Sergio S.
Osmeña, Sr., who happened to be the second president of Philippine Commonwealth.

The rotunda, which principally features the Osmeña fountain, is said to have been built during the inauguration of the City’s water system. Inside the Fuente
Osmeña Circle is a big fountain and around it is a skating rink enclosed in a metal fence.

The back of the postcard reads:
Osmeña Park, Cebu City, Philippines

M1201: Fuente Osmeña Park Postcard

06 June, 2010

M1200: Hundred Islands Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The Hundred Islands National Park is believed to be at least about 2 million years old. The islands were part of an ancient coral area that extends well inland, a large area that used to be part an ancient sea. When the sea levels lowered, the islands were exposed, whilst hundreds of thousands of years slowly eroded the base of these islands invariably forming mushroom/umbrella shapes in the middle of stunning emerald waters.

Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island.

The back of the postcard reads:
Hundred Islands
Pangasinan, Philippines These islands with their white beaches and clear water are a haven for swimming, fishing and skin diving enthusiasts.

M1200: Hundred Islands Postcard

SOURCES:
Hundred Islands National Park Wikipedia Entry
Hundred Islands National Park

RELATED ENTRY:
M1199: Hundred Islands Postcard

05 June, 2010

M1199: Hundred Islands Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows a view from one of the 10 caves that can be found in the Hundred Islands.
The Hundred Islands National Park, located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, is composed of 123 (124 during low tide) mushroom-shaped limestone and coral islands. The islands are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 sq. km.

The caves in the National Park are Cathedral Cave, Cuenco Cave, Alama Cave, Nalsoc Cave, Simmimbahan Cave, Milagrosa Cave, Century Cave, Quirino Cave, Virgin Cave, Imelda Cave.

The back of the postcard reads:
Hundred Islands
Pangasinan, Philippines
A view from a cave in one of the islands

M1199: Hundred Islands Postcard

SOURCES:
Hundred Islands National Park Wikipedia Entry
Hundred Islands National Park
Island Caves, Hundred Islands National Park