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Ramadan or Eid'l Fitr is on July 29, 2014 declared as National Holiday by the President of the Philippines

The President of the Philippines has signed the Proclamation N. 826, s. 2014, has declared July 29, 2014 as a regular holiday nationwide to observe the Feast of Ramadhan or the Eid'l Fitr. 

As per the proclamation, it aims "to promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid'l Fitr" and "in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Tuesday, 29 July 2014, as a regular holiday throughout the country."

Happy Ramadan to our Muslim brothers and sisters!  For the complete list of 2014 Philippine Holidays, you may click here.

Quipo's Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014 Schedule of Activities

The Black Nazarene procession in Quiapo is an event held every 9th of January. It is a day - long festival that started during Spanish time thus it is also known as "Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno".  

Every year, millions of devotees form a long unimaginable thick line through the streets included in the processional route with the city of Manila. This "Pista ng Itim na Nazareno" in Filipino to commemorate the Traslacion 0r the transfer of the image of  Black Jesus on a carriage pulled by the devotees to its shrine in Quiapo Church, Manila.   This is an act they believe that will either strengthen their faith or fulfill their "panata" or vow. 

Teodulo Protomartir: How his Photos of Manila in Ruins during World WarII made Him the Father of Philippine Photography

TV Director of comedy show “Bubble Gang”, Uro dela Cruz and celebrated Manila tour guide Carlos Celdran talked about “Images of Manila – Then (1946) and Now (2010)” through the efforts of Museum Foundation of the Philippines Inc. Uro, who is a camera collector shares how he serendipitously bought a camera from an antique-selling store in Escolta which is owned by a man said to be the Father of Philippine Photography.  He talked about the almost unbearable bad smell of the crumpled and wet negatives from Teodulo’s camera and how they painstakingly save his pictures from ‘extinction’.

Teodulo worked in a camera - importing company during his time. By 1930, he led a group of photographers scouring the old Manila taking pictures. Few photos that surprised Uro, was taken somewhere in Lucban, Quezon his hometown, in a place where he used to walk every day when he was a kid. Teodulo traveled outside Manila to take pictures too. He even took a photo of Mayon Volcano in Legazpi, Albay. His negatives usually have notes on it, like what level of exposure, the speed or what kind of film he used. Every week, his group would gather to discuss matters about their hobby which at that time is only for the rich, conduct photo exhibits and a radio show.

Carlos, an authority on Manila’s history guided by Teodulo’s photographs, visited again these places and took pictures of how it looked like today. He said that Manila is a reflection of the world: a hodge - podge of cultures from the East and West. One touching photo shown is an old and skinny Teodoro wearing sunglasses to hide his eyes that is nearly succumbing to blindness. He died shortly before two of his daughters became professional ophthalmologists.  But his photos of Manila are priceless and forever will be historical pieces to the Filipinos. He is indeed worthy to be the Father of Philippine Photography. Below are some of pictures he took around 1940's.

Teodulo getting blind because of old age with his priced cameras







Quirino Grandstand






Santa Mesa



Plaza Miranda





Lucban, Quezon


35 Mm Camera Club
Note: The talk was conducted last Sept. 8, 2010 at Silverlens Gallery, Makati