Thursday, October 27, 2011

53. Philippine GOLD BANKNOTES

GOLD is the most desired metal on earth since the ancient times of pharaohs in Egypt.  Biblical King Solomon had a legendary gold mine, making him the richest ruler in the world in 930 BC.  There is a saying that “The one who has the Gold rules the World” that is why so many nations want to control the supply of Gold in the world.  The price of these precious metals has gone up steadily over the past few years making it a good investment.  

We have seen Philippine gold coins but not a gold banknote.  Over the years I have seen only 2 Philippine banknotes made of gold – the 1949, 50 Pesos English Series   and the 1998, 1000 Pesos ERAP Commemorative banknote.

These notes are made of 23 carat gold foil.  Here are the two fine specimen Philippine gold banknotes.   

50 Pesos English Series featuring Gen. Antonio Luna on the obverse and the Blood Compact at the reverse.
Signed by President Quirino and Central Bank Governor Cuaderno.  999.9 GOLD 

This gold note was given by President Joseph "ERAP" Estrada to his close friends and supporters when he was Inaugurated as President of  Philippines in 1998.  It comes with a special presentation box


Friday, October 21, 2011


While looking at my cigarette wrapper collection I noticed that I have several wrappers that were made in Malabon. Although I do not live there anymore, Malabon has a special place in my heart. 

Malabon is home to 2 large tobacco factories: the La Princesa or Fabrica ng Princesa and the Insular-Yebana Tobacco Company.

During the colonial times the biggest cigarette complex was the La Princesa Tabacalera which was located in Barrio Hulo, Malabon.  The compound was so big that it was able to accommodate as many as 10,000 workers.

The Insular-Yebana Tobacco Company was located in Barangay Tugatog.  It was a leading  native cigarette maker during its peak.  Some of its popular cigarette brands were "Aliwan," "La Isabela," "Quiapo," and "La Yebana."   The company have a tobacco processing plant in Ilocos and Isabela.

Source:  MY MALABON by Cecil Manabat

ALAALA manufactured by La Serpiente, Malabon, Rizal

ALIWAN, Malabon, Rizal

BANAHAW, Malabon Rizal

BAYUGO, Malabon, Rizal

COMETA manufactured by La Flor De Malabon

MINDA manufactured by Germinal, Malabon

LA FORTUNA manufactured by La Fortuna Cigarette Factory, Malabon

LA FORTUNA manufactured by La Fortuna Cigarette Factory, Malabon

LA ISABELA manufactured by La Isabela Tobacco Co., Malabon

LA ISABELA manufactured by La Isabela Tobacco Co., Malabon

HARANAA manufactured by La Serpiente, Malabon

LIBERTY Cigarette Factory, Malabon

LA SEREN manufactured by Standard Cig, Mfg. Co., Malabon

MAGDARAGAT manufactured by La Ilustre, Malabon


MATAMIS MAKILING, Rizal Ave. Ext., Malabon

PILIPINO manufactured by Flor De Malabon Cigar and Cigarette Factory, Tonsuya, Malabon

PILIPINO manufactured by Flor De Malabon Cigar and Cigarette Factory.  Tonsuya, Malabon

QUIAPO manufactured by Insular Yebana Tob., Corp, Tugatog, Malabon

RIZALIANA manufactured by La Fortuna Cigarette Factory, Malabon

ROSAL MATAMIS, C Arellano, Malabon

ROSENA MATAMIS manufactured by Liberty Cigarette Factory

TAGALA Manufactured by La Flor de Malabon

TAGALOG EXTRA manufactured by Liberty Cigar and Cigarette Factory, Malabon


YCO Matamis, Tonsuya,Malabon

Thursday, October 20, 2011

51. ANTIQUE Original Philippine Music (OPM) ... Music Time Has Forgotten

A 78 rpm record with early DYNA label
ANTIQUE  is term used for old collectible that represents a previous era or time period in human society.  I called this antique music because we have forgotten these Filipino artists and their songs. Some of them became National Artist for Music like Atang Dela Rama, Jovita Funtes, Levi Celerio, and Antonio Molina for their contribution to the development of Philippine music.

All of these records were pressed in shellac, 78 rpm format.  Earlier record materials were a rather brittle formula of 25% shellac, a filler of a cotton compound similar to manila paper, powdered slate, and a small amount of a wax lubricant. The record size is 10 inches in diameter with two – three minutes of playing time.

We are more familiar with Original Pilipino Music (OPM) that became popular in the late 1970s when Filipino music composers started to make pop songs in Pilipino, but we should also remember this genre of older music.   I would like to share some of these early Philippine records.

Pre-War Years (1908 - 1941)

Post war years (1945 - 1965)