31 July, 2010

M1346: Chinese Pagoda

The postcard shows another pavilion inside the Chinese Park at the Luneta Park.

The back of the postcard reads:
Chinese pagoda, one of several attractions found in the city park of Manila, Philippines


M1346: Chinese Pagoda


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30 July, 2010

M1344: Chinese Pagoda

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

The postcard shows another view of the pavilion inside the Chinese Park at Luneta Park.


The back of the postcard reads:
Chinese pagoda, a sightseer's delight at Luneta Park, Manila, Philippines

M1344: Chinese Pagoda

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29 July, 2010

M1343: Chinese Pagoda

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

The postcard shows the pavilion (
provides shade and a place to rest) and lagoon inside the Chinese Park, one of the two parks that can be visited at the Luneta Park.

The back of the postcard reads:
Chinese pagoda, with its beautiful lagoon.

Located at Luneta Park in the City of Manila, Philippines.


M1343: Chinese Pagoda


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28 July, 2010

M1339: Sabong

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

The postcard shows the choreographic interpretation of the sabong or cockfight. This famous Visayan dance (with Alcantara, Romblon as the place of origin) commonly performed as a ballroom dance traces its origin from another dance called Sibay. The male performers in this dance imitate the movement of the fighting roosters.


The back of the postcard reads:
The exciting sabong or cockfight an original choreographic interpretation
by FILIPINESCAS: Philippine Life, Legend and Lore in Dance

M1339: Sabong

Sabong in the Philippines:
Sabong or cockfighting was first mentioned in Pigafetta’s First Voyage Around the World. Dating back to pre-Spanish times, sabong is played out in public squares on Sundays immediately after church. Heavy bets are made and are paid to the owners of the winning birds.

When the public has already placed its bets, the duel is about to begin. Held by the handlers, the gamecocks are brought together head to head and are allowed to peck and infuriate each other. Then they are placed on the ground at a certain distance from each other and left alone. Both birds now enraged from the previous pecking, their hackles rising, go at it with abandon, flying up and down, delivering multiple blows with their slashers against each other. The match ends when one rooster is either killed or turns tail. The winning gamecock, however, must peck the slain opponent twice to declare the victory official. Should the winner, however, run from the slain foe, the match is called a draw.


SOURCES:
Sabong
The Kalilayan Folkloric Group
Asia Finest Discussion Forum: Filipino Dances

27 July, 2010

M1335: Harana sa Nayon

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

The postcard shows how the harana tradition is done.
The man, usually accompanied by his close friends, goes to the house of the woman he is courting and plays music and sings love songs to her. Harana is an old Filipino courtship tradition of serenading women, probably a Spanish influence. It has been practiced mostly in rural areas and small towns.

The back of the postcard reads:
Rustic swains serenade barrio belles in "Harana sa Nayon", interpreted by the members of the FILIPINESCAS Dance Company: Philippine Life, Legend and Lore in Dance

M1335: Harana sa Nayon

SOURCES:
Harana WikiPilipinas Entry

26 July, 2010

M1334: Tribal Story

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

The postcard shows a "Tribal Story" dance as interpreted by the FILIPINESCAS. "Tribal Story", created by director-choreographer, Leonor Orosa-Goquinco, was the first suite in Mt. Province dance styles woven around the death of a tribal warrior.


The postcard shows the dancers wearing traditional dresses including the bahag or g-string worn by the men.

The back of the postcard reads:
Tribal Story as interpreted by FILIPINESCAS: Philippine Life, Legend and Lore in Dance


M1334: Tribal Story

SOURCE:
Rosalinda Orosa: FILIPINESCAS and CSB Forging a Partnership

25 July, 2010

M1332: Festival in Maguindanao

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

The postcard show a festival in Maguindanao, probably a Muslim royal wedding, interpreted by the Filipinescas Dance Troupe, a 38-man dance group that toured Europe during the 1960s. The tour is entitled Filipinescas: Philippine Life, Legend, and
Lore in Dance, a stage presentation depicting Philippine life and its rich cultural traditions. The tour was the creation of pioneer director-choreographer, Leonor Orosa-Goquinco.

The postcard shows the ladies wearing, I think,colorful malongs and holding fans, with the men wearing colorful dresses as well (which I do not know what they are called).

The back of the postcard reads:
Festival in Maguindanao with oriental pomp and pageantry as interpreted by
FILIPINESCAS: Philippine Life, Legend and Lore in Dance.


M1332: Festival in Maguindanao

SOURCES:
Rebirth of a national treasure
Filipinescas

24 July, 2010

M1329: Flaming Sword

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

The postcard shows the Flaming Sword Monument, located at Panilao, Pilar, Bataan.Standing at a junction near the municipal hall, the monument is an eye-catching landmark that depicts a hand holding a flaming sword up in the air. This landmark became the symbol of the Filipino patriots' courage and gallantry as they face the adversary and threats to our democracy and freedom.


There are no information found about the monument's history, who designed it or the material used.

The back of the postcard reads:
Flaming sword, a famous memorial for the defenders of Bataan. Found in the town of Pilar, Province of Bataan, Philippines.


M1329: Flaming Sword

Notice that in the picture below, the the hand holding the sword had been repainted.


23 July, 2010

M1327: Village Fishermen

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

The postcard shows two villagers fishing, either in a river or a pond, using what looks like nets. The postcard, unfortunately, did not mention the specific method they are using and I cannot identify the specific technique used.


The back of the postcard reads:
Village fishermen in the Philippines with their fish catching contraptions

M1327: Village Fishermen Postcard

FISHING IN THE COUNTRY:

Fishing is a PhP50 billion industry in the Philippines, contributing about 4% of the country’s GNP, and with an annual production volume of 2.4 million metric tons of fish. The Philippine fisheries industry comprises marine fisheries, inland fisheries (lakes and rivers), and aquaculture.

The fishing methods used in inland waters are much simpler than those used in coastal waters. Gear includes snare rake, cover pot, fish trap, lift net, fish trap, pole-and-line, push net, skimming net, cover net, gillnet, dredge, beach seine, cast net and purse seine.

22 July, 2010

M1324: Boy Astride A Carabao

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

The postcard shows two of the country's national symbols, the carabao or water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and the nipa hut.

The carabao or kalabaw in Filipino is the national animal since it is one of the most important animals in the country, especially in agriculture. Carabaos are often used by farmers to plow the fields and as a means of transportation.


The bahay kubo or nipa hut is the national house. It is a shelter made out of bamboo and palm leaves, thus making it a good place to take rest, especially in the farm, because of these materials that allow good ventilation.

The back of the postcard reads:
Boy astride a carabao (water buffalo).

A typical scene found in the provincial sections of the Philippines.


M1324: Boy Astride A Carabao Postcard

SOURCES:
Philippine National Symbols
Carabao Wikipedia Entry

21 July, 2010

M1319: Rice Threshing

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

The postcard shows farmers threshing their rice harvest by beating the rice heads.


The back of the postcard reads:
Rice threshing, a typical harvest season scene in Cabuyao Province of Laguna, Philippines

M1319: Rice Threshing Postcard

I think this postcard and M1318 postcard were both taken with the same farmers in the same field..

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20 July, 2010

M1318: Rice Threshing Postcard

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

The postcard shows farmers threshing rice harvest. Threshing is separating the rice seeds from the stalks and is usually done by beating the rice heads on a slotted bamboo platform. This is a typical scene in the provinces where rice is the main produce during harvest season (usually summer). The only difference nowadays is that farmers now use machines to thresh rice.


The back of the postcard reads:
Rice threshing, a typical rural harvest season scene found in most provinces of the Philippines.

M1318: Rice Threshing Postcard