Cactus , succulent enthusiasts , plant lovers and garden enthusiasts were in for a visual attraction as the officers and members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines (CSSP) organized a grand display of their rarest , most coveted and favorite plants. As part of the program, instead of the usual cutting of ribbons ceremony a unique opening presentation untying of garland was made from a succulent plant scientifically named Dischidia oiantha or commonly called as (Tagalog : Manaog ka Irog) . This versatile plant is a favorite hanging plant in almost every homes throughout the country. The theme of the show was ” Gardening for a Better Environment” .
The event was formally opened by Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., together with Ms. Joy Belmonte, president of the Quezon City Ladies Foundation, Quezon City councilor- Mr. Jorge “Bolet” Banal Jr., with Vice Mayor - Mr. Herbert Bautista , presidents of major plant societies across the country were present last November 20,2010 at around 4:00 p.m.
VIP guests posed for a souvenir shot
The opening and awarding program was held at the Mabini Hall inside the premises of the Quezon Memorial Circle in cooperation with the Quezon Memorial Circle Administration headed by a Engineer Zaldy dela Rosa and the Quezon City government . There was a live musical numbers by the tandem Peter and Vangie which serenaded the members and guests of the society.
An interesting display of cactus dish garden ( keeping the Christmas season)
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The various lectures and demonstrations attracted many plant lovers, students, and enthusiasts. Commercial participants included an array of ornamental and flowering plants, cacti and succulents, fruit trees, garden materials, Suiseki or Natural stones, organic fertilizers, natural medicine, bonsai plants, antique furniture, Christmas décor, orchids, ferns, garden tools and equipment etc.., While the daily raffles of plants , soy sauce , cellphone, home furniture and other items were a big crowd drawer for the event !
CSSP -President Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe
In 2006 , CSSP organized a xerophyte (cactus and succulent) garden show.This year can be judged as one of the best show so far. Members and guests have exhibited their best and rarest collections which competed for the top honors. The judges did not have an easy time of determining which are the best from all the entries. For the first time in CSSP, a landscape competitions for ornamental and flowering plants. The judges, headed by Mr. Kevin G. Belmonte and Dr. Nena Evidente among others , eventually came out with the following winners.
Mr. Herbert Bautista was given a cactus dish garden as a token of the society for gracing the event.
President’s Landscape booth - Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe ( a non-competing booth )
The grand top placers are the following: the Best Plant in Show and also the Best Succulent was a caudiciform plant, the Dioscorea machistachys — sometimes called the “turtle back” plant — owned by Anna Ruth Conde and Cora Purificacion of the Purificacion Garden. The Best Cactus was given to an Astrophytum ornatum, “Fukuryu,” was won by Mrs. Rebecca C. Buenaventura ( CSSP) Corporate Secretary .
Winners of the garden show
The following groups were adjudged winners:
Dish Garden Competition
First place – Group 5, head: Becky Buenaventura, members: Elvie Peczon, Julie Hipolito, and Reuben Almazan
Second place – Group 2, head: Aireen Bernal, members: Nolie Perez, Jeff Patiag, and Chit Rufo
Third place – Group 3, head: Tess Gomez, members: Elisa Montecastro, Vicky Valle, Siony Ng, and Charing Tiongco.
Cacti And Succulent Landscape Competition
First place – Arid and Aroids, owned byMr. Boyet Ganigan and Dr. Jay Silvestre
Second place winner
Second place – DAP Garden owned by Mr. Daniel Palentinos
Third place – Mett’s Plants Arts, owned by Mr. Serapion Metilla
Ornamental Plant Landscape Competition
King Louis Flowers and Plants- First Place
First place – King Louis Flowers and Plants, executed by Francis Gener
Second place – Constel Nature’s Garden, owned by proprietor Tansing Bais
Third place – Purificacion Orchids by Anna Ruth Conde and Cora Purificacion
Best Ornamental Plant
Aglaonema “Dona Carmen,” owned by the Purificacion Orchids
Here are the results of the other categories for the Cacti and Succulents table exhibit :
First place – Astrophytum ornatun variety “Fukuryo” owned by Becky Buenaventura
Second place – Astrophytum ornatum owned by Mr. Botchie Canicula
Third place – Astrophytum myriostigma Hakuun hybrid owned by Becky Buenaventura
Other Globular Cacti
First place – Frailea cataphracta, owned by Nolie Perez
Second place – Echinocereus grusonii owned by Eliane Daclis
Third place – Ferocactus latispinus owned by Sally Obien
First place – Mammillaria sp. owned by Lily Ann Tan
Second place – Mammillaria sp. owned by Anna Ruth Conde
Third place – Mammillaria plumose owned by Lily Ann Tan
Clumping Cacti And Succulents
First place – Monadenium reflexum owned by Purificacion Orchids
Second place – Mammillaria elongate rubra owned by Purificacion Orchids
Third place – Mammillaria sp. owned by Botchie Canicula
Mr. Botchie Canicula received the glass trophy
First place – Cepahlocereus owned by Botchie Canicula
Second place – Cereus sp. owned by Botchie Canicula
Third place – Notocactus leninghausii owned by Becky Buenaventura
Monstrous And Crested Forms
First place – Sansevieria “crested Hanii,” owned by Dan Palentinos
Second place – Euphorbia crested owned by Bimbo Vergara
Third place – Euphorbia ingense monstrous owned by Becky Buenaventura
Variegated Cacti And Succulents
First place – Aloe nubilis, variegated, owned by Becky Buenaventura
Second place – Agave potatorum “Kishokan” var. owned by Becky Buenaventura
Third place – Furcraea Variegated owned by Daniel Palentinos
First place – Haworthia cv. tortousa owned by Elaine Daclis
Second place – Haworthia limifolia variegated owned by Elaine Daclis
Third place – Haworthia truncate owned by Aireen Bernal
Aloes/ Gasterias/ Astrolobas
First place – Aloe Nubilis variegated owned by Becky Buenaventura
Second place – Aloe sp. owned by Botchie Canicula
Third place – Gasteria hybrid owned by Becky Buenaventura
Agaves/ Fucreas And Yuccas
First place – Agave potatorum “Kishokan” variegated owned by Becky Buenaventura
Second place – Agave hybrid owned by Bimbo Vergara
Third place – Agave Victoria reginae, variegated owned by Becky Buenaventura
First place – Sansevieria masoniana owned by Dan Palentinos
Second place – Sansevieria specks owned by Arid and Aroids
Third place – Sansevieria layranos owned by Arid and Aroids
First place – Pachypodium lamerei owned by Mely Sibayan
Second place – Pachypodium lamerei owned by Purificacion Orchids
Other Caudiciforms And Pachycauls
First place – Dioscorea machystachys owned by Anna Ruth Conde
Second place – Fockea edulis owned by Purificacion Orchids
Epiphytic And Climbing Succulents
First place – Dischidia sp. owned by Tess Baldonado
Second place – Epiphyllum, owned by PHSI
Third place – Hoya buotii owned by Architect Patricia ” Wendy” Regalado
First place – Tillandsia andreana owned by Aireen Bernal
Second place – Tillandsia ampla owned by Purificacion Orchids
Third place – Tillandsia xerographica owned by Botchie Canicual
For the Ornamental Plant category, first place went to the following categories and owners:
BROMELIAD – Alcantarea imperialis owned by Botchie Canicula
AROIDS A – Aglaonema “Dona Carmen” owned by Purificacion Orchids
FERNS & FERN ALLIES – Asplenium serratum owned by Mr. Nonito Dolera
ORCHIDS – Vanda Charles Good fellow x Vanda Udom Gold by the Philippine Orchid Society
Annual Flowering Plants
Euphorbia pulchemma “Strawberry & Cream” owned by Francis Gener
Special Awards: Bonsai
First place – Pemphis acidula (Bantigue) owned by Vic and Analyn de Rona
Second place – Pemphis acidula (Bantigue) owned by John Mateo
Third place – Malabayabas – owned by Mr. Lincon Yu
First place – Water Falls owned by Jerome Bulos
Second place – El Nido owned by Erwin Paolos
Third place – Matang Baka owned by Jerome Bulos
Succulent (plant) A plant adapted to drought-prone climates or periodic arid conditions (water deprivation) and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues (stems, roots, or leaves) that act as internal reservoirs sustaining life when external water is not available or periodically insufficient. Succulents have also adapted plant systems that maintain metabolism with minimal exchange of water with the environment.
( Succulence) meaning the plant adaptation.
Some Philippine growers tend to include succulent plants such as bromeliads , hoyas , dischidias in the grouping.
Collectors may tell that all cactus are succulents but not all succulents are cactus. Succulent plants come from many plant families.
Cactus make up the family Cactaceae and are mostly spiny succulents. Cacti are succulent xerophytes that have adapted the three main plant parts to survive in low moisture conditions.
A xerophyte is a plant adapted for life to a xeric (or dry) environment with a limited supply of water but does not need to be a succulent. They are often described as drought escaping, enduring, or resisting. All succulents are basically xerophytes but not all xerophytes are succulents
Caudiciforms (appearance of the plant) , Caudex ( bulging plant part near the base)example Adenium obesum locally called Bangkok Kalachuchi.
The terms are derived from the Latin word caudex meaning tree. This is a nontechnical term used to describe a plant which has a thickened root or stem, often of a large bottle or round form. A “true” caudiciform should have a water storage rather than a food storage organ in the fattened portion.
In some Asian countries like in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan Vietnam collectors often include any plant that has a fat lower portion that they find attractive enough to cultivate.
cactus and succulent collectors are sometimes called xerophyte collector.