Thursday, June 16, 2016

108. A Tribute to MUHAMMAD ALI at ALI MALL, Cubao

Muhammad Ali is one of the most remarkable personalities of our time and the greatest sportsman ever to walk the earth. 

The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known for his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.

Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

To honor this boxing legend, Ali Mall (a mall named after Ali) launched an exhibit before Ali's burial in the United States. This exhibit was a celebration of Muhammad Ali life and how the Filipinos remembered his unforgettable “Thrilla in Manila” fight. The exhibit will run from June 10 up to June 30, 2016.

The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier on Oct 1, 1975 at the Philippine Coliseum (renamed from Araneta Coliseum). The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport's history and was the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two fighters that Ali won, 2–1. Ali won by technical knockout (TKO). The contest's name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a "killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila."

Ronnie Nathanielz exhibited some of his memorabilia including boxing gloves with Ali's autograph, scrap book of the Thrilla in Manila fight and numerous photos of Ali.  Some of Pinoy Kollektor’s collection were also on display including the original souvenir program, boxing tickets, autograph photo, magazines and fight banners. An original poster and promotional kit owned by Mrs. Perez was also on exhibit .

Outside Araneta coliseum, a boxing ring was erected and a standee cutout picture of Ali stands inside the ring. Fans crowded around a screen playing videos of the 1975 match that put the Philippines on the map.

Standee of Muhammad Ali, Forever the Greatest

Ronnie Nathanielsz's Muhammad Ali memorabilia exhibited in Ali Mall
Some of my "Thrilla in Manila" Ali-Fraizer fight memorabilia exhibited at Ali Mall. Key chain, coin, sticker,
banner, magazine and photos

"Thrilla in Manila" multicolored banners

"Thrilla in Manila" Ali - Frazier Fight of a Lifetime Program

Ali - Frazier Fight photos and Promotional Kit
"Thrilla in Manila" Lower Box and Gen. Admission Tickets
Promotional photo of Muhammad Ali for the "Thrilla in Manila" fight.
Signed boxing gloves of Ali, a "Thrilla in Manila" poster and signed photo

Various artworks featuring Muhammad Ali

Photo wall of Muhammad Ali

Thursday, September 10, 2015


A decade ago,  I decided to collect Philippine medals starting with the Presidential then went to commemorative and historical medals .  

Medals can be purchased for as little as 50 pesos for a nice religious medal and eventually as your budget increases you can buy the rarer ones that you like.  

You can then join collectors club or society such as the ones I am in, Bayanihan Collector Club (BCC), Philippine Numismatic and Antiquarian Society (PNAS) and the Banknote Society of the Philippines (BNSP). If you want to be adventurous and looking for bargains you can go to Recto in Manila and you might be able to get some nice medals there especially if you are collecting school medals. Another places you can source good medals are World Treasures in SM Megamall, Cubao Antique Center (Cubao Shoe Expo) and Jun Cuartero’s coin shop in Greenhills, Mandaluyong.  If you are a savvy collector and do not what to join any clubs or go to these places you can just buy them online on OLX or eBay. 

A good reference is Coins, Medals and Tokens of the Philippines 1728-1974 by Aldo Basso and Philippine Medals and Token 1720-2010 by Earl Honeycutt. You can buy these book online or from the clubs that I mentioned above. 

The medals below is a small representation of different types of Philippine medals. There are so many of them and many are still being made as of today. 


President Emilio Aguinaldo / First Philippine Republic

Pres. Carlos P. Garcia / Presidential Inauguration, Dec. 30, 1957

Pres. Diosdado Macapagal and VP Emanuel Pelaez / Presidential Inauguration, Dec. 30, 1961

Manuel L. Quezon Centenary 1878-1978 / Quezon Province - Lucena City (Gold)

Manuel L. Quezon Centenary 1878-1978 / Quezon Province - Lucena City (Bronze)

Pres. Elpigio Quirino / 2nd Anniversary Republic of the Philippines, July 4, 1948

Pres. Manuel Roxas A.D. 1946

Pres. Diosdado Macapagal / President of the Philippines, Maraming Salamat

Pres. Marcos Visit to China / June 9, 1975
Pres. Fidel V. Ramos, Republica ng Pilipinas

Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seal of the President of the Philippines

Pres. Manuel L. Quezon and Gen. Douglas MacArthur  / 25th Anniversary Commemorating Bataan and Corregidor

PM Kurrit Pramoj and Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seal of the Prime Minister of Thailand  and President of the Philippines

Pres. Manuel L. Quezon and Gen. Douglas MacArthur  / 25th Anniversary Commemorating Bataan and Corregidor 1942 -1967

Diosdado Macapagal Fifth President  / President of the Philippines, Inaugurated Dec 30, 1961

Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Pres. Carlos P. Garcia,  Philippines, June 14-16, 1960

Pres. Richard M. Nixon and Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seals of the President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines, July 26, 1969 

Ferdinand and Imelda / President of the Philippines, Inauguration Dec. 30. 1965

Marcos - Lopez, Nationalista Party

Carlos P Garcia Fourth President, Dec 30, 1957 Inauguration Medal 

Vote Marcos, Winner with a Cause / Nationalista Party 1964

Ferdinand E. Marcos, President of the Philippines/ Central Bank Region I Office Bldg. San Fernando, La Union, Inauguration Sept 10, 1977

Pres. Chun Doo Hwan and Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seals of the President of  Republic of Korea and President of the Philippines, July 6-9. 1981

Pres. Gerald R. Ford and Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seals of the President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines, Dec 6, 1975

Juan Carlos De Bourbon and Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seals of Don Juna Carlos De Bourbon and President of the Philippines, February 18-21, 1974

Fra Angelo de Mojara and Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seals of Malta and President of the Philippines, February 1-15, 1979

Ziaur Rahman and Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos / Seals of President of Bangladesh and President of the Philippines, May 25-27, 1980

President Carlos P Garcia, MRR Commencement of Work Ceremonies, Sorsogon Railroad Extension, Sept 10, 1961

Josephine Kama Bonco and Imelda R.. Marcos / Flags of Gabon and the Philippines, July 8-11, 1976

First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos / Cultural Center of the Philippines

Patricial R. Nixon and Imelda R.. Marcos / Flags of the USA and the Philippines, July 26, 1969


President Carlos P Garcia, MRR Commencement of Work Ceremonies, Cagayan Valley Railroad Extension / Seal of the Manila Railroad Company, 1892

Carlos P. Romulo, President of the United Nations General Assembly 1949-1950  / For Distinguished Service to World Peace and Understanding, Congressional Medal of Honor, Awarded by Congress of the Philippines

Carlos P. Romulo, KJalihim ng Suliraning Panlabas / Kagawaran ng Mga Suriraning Panglabas, Republika ng Pilipinas

Apolinario Mabini Centennial 1864 - 1964 / National Heroes Commission

Banko sa Pagpapaunlad ng Pilipinas, Makati, Rizal, Pilipinas / Development Bank of the Philippines

1854-1954 Elizalde Centenary

Lungsod ng Maynila 1571 - 1963 Timbulan ng Laya st Diwang Dakila / Alaala ni Garpuno Antioni de Jesus Villegas

Bureau of Printing, Manila, Golden Jubilee 1901-1951 / Service Medal

Manila Electric Company 1903-1988 / MERALCO 1903

Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz / Miss Universe Country 1974

Miss Universe 1973 Marcie Moran / Miss Universe Country 1974

Philippine Sugar Technologies 1970

Philippine Institute of Architects

YMCA 1935

YMCA Special Golden Jubilee Award, For Service

Burgos, Gomez, Zamora Centennial, 1872-1972

PANAPEX 1952 (Maria Clara)

1953 Philippine International Fair

100 Taon Paglilingkod sa Sankatauhan 1863-1963 / Pambansang Krus Na Pula ng Pilipinas, Ika Sandaang Taon ng Krus na Pula (National Red Cross) 

Fifty Years of Red Cross Service 1905-1955 / Philippine National Red Cross, Golden Jubilee

Philippine National Red Cross, For Service

CHRISQUAPIPEX Christianization Quarter Centennial Philippine International Philatelic Exhibition Dec 6-12, 1968 / Associacion Filatelica De Filipinas, 40th Anniversary 

ORO NEW LUCKY, Jewelry & Watch Store, Since 1948  / 437 Evangelista St. Manila.

International Congress on Rizal 1961 / Jose Rizal Centennial Commission

Knights of Columbus, Manila, Philippines.  Fraternity , Charity, Patriotism, Unity 

The Barrio, Backbone of the Nation / Republic of the Philippine, 9th Anniversary, July 4, 1955

Philippine Boy Scout Service Award B.S.P.

Philippine Boy Scout, For Meritorious Service

1937 Eucharistic Congress Manila

Philipine Independence Congress 1930

National Convention of Lawyers, Manila, May 1947

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes / Held ay Sta. Ana. Park, Sept 16, 1951

1932 Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Philippine Islands / George Washington, Bicentenary of the Birth of a Great Man

1953 Eight Science Pacific Congress, Victory of Science over Death, Rizal, Philippines


Pope Pius X, Coronacion De Nustra Senora Del Santo Rosario De Manila, Octubre 1907

Johannes Paulus II Pont. Max / X World Youth Day, Manila Philippines, Jan 10-15, 1995

III Congressus Eucharisticus Nationalis, PP Paulus VI / IV Centennial Insular Philippine Chirstianization1965

His Holiness Pope Giovannie Paolo II and Pres. Ferdinand Marcos / Papal Visit to the Philippines, Feb. 17-22, 1981

Pope Paul VI Pastoral Visit / November 27-29, 1970, Manila Philippines

1970 Pope Paul VI / Papal Visit, Asian Bishops Meeting,  November 27-29, 1970, Manila

Mabuhay Pope Paul VI Philippine Pastoral Visit


IV Centennial Chirstianization 1565-1965 / III National Eucharistic Congress, April 28 - May 2. 1965, Cebu City, Philippines

Fourth Centennial Chirstianization 1565-1965 / Santo Nino, Cebu City, Philippines

Second National Eucharistic Congress, Manila Nov. 28-Dec 2, 1955 / First Centenary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart

Our lady of Antipolo / San. Antonio De Padua

Santo Nino de Cebu Bless Us / Mother of Perpetual Help Pray for Us

XV Centnario De La Conversion De San Agustin 1587-1887

Congreso De Cristo Ray IV Vicaria Tanawan Batangas 1941.


1939 Manila Carnival

1936 Manila Carnival

1925 Manila Carnival


Mapua Institute of Technology

University of the Philippines, School of Hygiene and Public Health

Pontifical Et Regalis S, Thomae Aquinatis Universitas (UST)1611 -1961

Santo Tomas De Aquino, Patrono de Los Estudantes, (For Priesthood ) Manila

Real Y Pontificia Univesidad de Santo Tomas Manila

University of the East, First President

 Ateneo De Manila / Highest Gen. Average Primary Grades 1929-1930

Colegio De Sta. Rita, Pampanga

San Beda College Manila

San Beda College Manila

Saint Louis School Baguio

Colegio De San Juan Letran / Blessed Vincente Liem De LA Paz

Escuela Normal De Maestros De Instruccion Primera Manila

De La Salle College, Commerce

University of Santo Tomas High School

Isolacion de Santo Tomas De Aquino, Virtud Cinecia, UST

1959 La Salle Green Hills, Mandaluyong

St. John Baptist De La Salle

Colegio De La Immaculada Concepcion Manila Concordia


1955 Knights of Columbus Golden Jubilee National Sports Festival

1945 MPC Inter Zone Athletic Meet

11th SEA Games Manila 1981

 University Athletic Association Philippine (UAAP) Volleyball 1999

1928 Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (PAAF) National Championship


Presidential Security Command Malacanang / Favian Ver

Special Forces Philippine Army

1945 For the Liberation of the Philippines

1945 For the Defense of the Philippines

National Volunteers Al Merito

Philippine Coast Guard

Philippine Veterans Legion

National Volunteer Philippines / Service