Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc. Pre-Symposium Tree Walk


MSI- Arboretum and Auditorium, University of the Philippines, Diliman , Quezon City -Philippines

PNPCSI symposium secretariat

This is the 3rd PNPCSI Pre- Symposium registration and after the successful hosting of the 2 previous symposium – National Museum in 2013 and Pampanga Agricultural College in 2014 , It is now the University of the Philippines- Diliman ( Institute of Marine Science and Institute of Botany ) which so-hosted the venue place.

UP Tree walk participants

Compared to the previous symposium . There are more people which are interested in joining the pre-symposium tree walk and botanical museum tour. I have not got the exact participants since it was the pre-registration period . Publicity and Promotion is quite good . There is an active FB event page made for the event :

The author saw some moving ads at several hybrid bus routes of  Bonifacio Global City last week .

Architect Andrew Patrick -Gozon

Unluckily, I was stuck at the horrendous traffic jam created by the sudden closure of the main street leading to the University of the Philippines from SM North EDSA terminal – There are very few jeepneys going to the campus and it took me more than 1 hour just waiting . The closure was cause by the yearly Christmas lightning  ceremony and by-standers thought it was due to the Monthly SALE and road drainage excavations in North Avenue and Quezon Avenue that traffic was almost took to a standstill .

herbarium tour

The herbarium tour started at around past 3:00pm with a short introduction from the professors and staffs. This is a niche tour since most of the participants are botany, biology  professors , students and enthusiasts.

herbarium specimen

Sudden attack of arthritis prompted our jeepney driver to cut his route forcing us just to walk along C.P. Garcia on the way to the symposium site .  I arrived past 2:00pm after over 2 hours of being stuck in the traffic and walking several kilometers along C.P. Garcia street.


I joined the herbarium tour and UP native tree walk organized by the organization and led by Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon. This area is now being developed as an arboretum  and living botanical collections of the University . We met a group of AGHAM students taking group photo and they are not connected with the party-list group which also bears similar name and almost the same platform – Science and Technology.

t-shirts with pnpcsi logo being sold at Php 100 small, Php 120 medium and Php 150 extra-large

for souvenir hunters and memorabilia collectors -there are small booth which sells t-shirt, mugs with pnpcsi logo and 2016 Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc. native plant detachable calendar set . They are ideal Christmas and New Year present .

 Mr. Niel Maceda- LOC-PHIL ( League of Conservation -Philippines ) together with Dr. Pieter Pelse

For postcard and letter collectors around the world will surely marvel the limited edition postcards. They are being sold for Php 150 per calendar for non-members . Proceeds will go to the various environmental and tree planting activities by the society.

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society 2016-calendar /postcard

There are already over 100 species of native and indigenous tree planted over the  2 to 3 years and markers are now being installed . The 2 hectares of land is being dedicated to Professor Leonard Co – a well known botanist of the country who was killed in a tragic death in Leyte on November 15, 2010.

 L-R Mr. JM Pacheco, Ms. Abby Dizon and Mr. Jojo Vale

Leslie Food Corporation – manufacturer of Leslie’s Clover chips , Clover Cheezy gave away some free sampling of their chips to the participants. The company is one of the staunch supporter and sponsors of the event.

Address: Main Office: #4 Dama de Noche St., United Parañaque Subdivision 4, Parañaque City

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Luckily i was given a piece of paper by one of the board member of the society . It seems that some of the event partners staffs are quite shy to answer some queries when they heard that i am blogging and writing a story about the event.

Here are some of the event sponsors which donated some of the company products, services and sponsorship .

1.) Leslie Corporation -Mr. Boby Wong Jr. and Deng Montealegre

2.) AyalaLand Development Corporation – Ms. Anna Gonzales

3.) First Gas Power Corporation – Mr. Chito P. Panzo

4.) Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation , Inc.- Atty. Jose Andres Canivel

5.) Energy Development Corporation -Atty. Allan Barcena and Mr. Jimson Solatre

6.) Quezon Power Plant Corporation-  Chukie Rivera and Ms. Eliza Rehal

7.) TeaM Energy Corporation- Ms. Hazel Caasi and Jules Escasura

8.) MRL Gold Corporation : Mr. Eduardo Manuel and Herbert Banados Jr.

9.) JSA Company : Mr. Joseph Server and  Ms. Rose Palou

10.) Biodiversity Partnership Project of BMB: Mr. Joey Regunay and Edge Genciagan

11.) CORE/ Prime group: Ms. Kristine Villaflor

Those who wanted to join the symposium, there are still slots available for the symposium to be held tomorrow at the MSI ( Marine Science Institute ) Auditorium within the University of the Philippines- Diliman , Quezon City .

Note: I will write the tree walk by Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon in my next post. I walk again together with Ms. Kaye Tayamora from MSI auditorium to PHLCOA ( before she took an AUV ) then  to Trinoma before getting a decent jeepney ride home. This is like APEC walkathon going back home. 





FOLDABOTS TOYBOOK 8 Launching and Signing

Foldabots Toy Book 8, the eighth volume in a series of successful spin off books of Foldabots as featured inside K-Zone magazine. Foldabots are cardboard robot patterns that kids can assemble into automobiles, mythical creatures, and other cool beasts.

These Foldabots are enveloped by a strong Filipino culture that harness the interest of Filipino kids, which gives the brand a strong fan base.

The event is set to happen on November 28, 2015, from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, at the National Bookstore, Glorietta 1. The creator himself, Jomike Tejido, will grace the book launching with his presence.

For more information about these book , Please try to visit the link:

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LGV10 New Innovative Smartphone Grand Launching

The Brewery at the Palace , Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City -Philippines

Mr. Jay Wun and Mr. Sung Wun Nam

LG Electronics has always been in the forefront of coming up with impressive innovations and up to date technologies.

It had been announced last month that it was going to be offered in some countries.  LGV10 had its grand launching a few hours ago at the 2nd floor The Brewery at the Palace in Bonifacio Global City .

For people who like to take their selfies or make a short movie videos with the hassle of getting all sorts of permits . This new mobile phone come in very handy.


What primarily sets the LGV10 apart is its distinctive dual-screen and its dual-selfie, front-facing cameras that show off LG’s interest in trying new technologies.

Some reviewers have called those features “trendy” or even “oddball,” but analysts said the features also demonstrate a capable manufacturer willing to explore new things and add more features to an existing phone.

 Mr. Charliebebs Gohetia-award winning director

LG had made some collaboration with local award winning director Mr. Charliebebs Gohetia in making a short movie out of the new LG V10 phone. He shot some beautiful Manila sunset using the mobile phones.

Farewell Fair Weather band

Farewell Fair Weather band is composed of Vocals/Guitar: Mic Manalo Keys: Gani Palabyab Bass: Ethan Muriel Guitar: Kim Hue Jin

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There were a lot of fanfare and product demonstration at the grand launching . There were on -the spot raffle , video dub-smash making contest  , sumptuous buffet meals, rock band performing , taking time to chill out and relax.

official video: courtesy of LG Mobile Global


They have pioneered unique smartphones features such as Rear – Key design, Knock Code and Gesture Shot which now comes standard issue with LG’s mobile line.


LG has been known to innovate the Knock code , a personalized security feature for most of their smartphones, Taking things to the next level , LG V10 now also features a finger sensor to unlock the smartphone and turn on the display simultaneously .

It is durable both inside and outside , V10 sports a resilient Dura Gaud frame that firmly secures the display from accidental drops. the frame is composed of SAE grade 316L stainless steel , the same tough ,hypoallergenic material used to make surgical tools and high-end watches.

DURA Skin is soft to the touch but also is highly resistant to nicks and scratches . What’s more , the back grid pattern was designed specifically to offer a more secure grip.


The LG V10had begun to roll out in South Korea , United States and key countries in Asia, Latin America and in the Middle East . as the country welcomes the LG V 10 to the local market for a retail price of just Php 37,990


LG Mobile -Philippines will be giving away a FREE 200 GB memory SD card valued at Php 11,000 starting from November 27 to November 29, 2015 in participating LG concept stores in the country.

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Imelda Marcos Jewelry Collection Being Appraise by Large Auction Houses

Christie’s auction house appraiser David Warren examines a set of jewelry from Roumeliotes Collection, one of three sets of the Marcos Jewelry Collection, during appraisal at the Central Bank of the Philippines Tuesday in Manila.

The Philippine government is having millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry seized from former first lady Imelda Marcos appraised Tuesday ahead of a possible auctioning of the collection. The jewelry was seized when Marcos’ family fled to Hawaii in 1986 following a revolt that ended her husband’s two decades in power. Bullit Marquez Associated Press

Reuters video

The jewelry was seized when dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family fled to Hawaii in 1986 following a popular revolt that ended his two decades in power. The pieces include a barrel-shaped diamond worth at least $5 million and a Cartier diamond tiara that’s likely multiple times more valuable than the previous estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

The Marcos family allegedly amassed billions of dollars’ worth of ill-gotten wealth, and the dictator’s widow, now 86 and a member of Congress, became known for excesses, symbolized by her huge shoe collection and staggering jewelry.

video original story is from History Channel and uploaded by (UK) Mysterygirl00 History & Mysteries

The jewelry collection, comprising three sets seized in various locations, was valued at $5 million to $7 million when it was last appraised in 1988 and 1991.

A 25-carat Indian pink diamond probably cut in the 18th century and worth at least $5 million was newly discovered to be part of the collection. It was previously listed as crystal and may have not been shown to appraisers, Warren said. Marcos’ briolette-cut or barrel-shaped pink diamond is from India’s famous Golconda region, which produced rare finds like the Hope Diamond and a 500-carat diamond that is part of the British crown jewels.

Pink diamonds are very rare. Warren said a 16-carat vivid pink diamond was sold by Christie’s this month in Geneva for $28.5 million.

The government allowed the press to see and film some of the 750 pieces of the three collections, which were kept in a vault at the central bank.

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There are other options in which the state could reap benefits from these jewelry collection which is said to be part of the vast collection of Imelda Marcos . According to some books and autobiographers . Imelda during her time had a penchant of buying rare jewelries , tiaras and master pieces from famous artists , royalties and jewelry stores. Some of the jewelry items had historical value.

Try to see on some of crown jewelries of other countries

Egypt Jewellery Museum

CCTV Africa

Hambsburg Family Jewelry – documentary from History channel 

You tube upload by Mr. Martin Domanski

Danish Crown Jewels – Margrethe II , Mary and Marie

Instead of selling them , Why not try put a jewelry museum ? or entrust them to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas , Ayala Museum or National Museum and charge a small amount for those people interested to see the jewelries.

Spain crown jewel

World Treasures

Here are some of the links of the museums which holds and display their country’s treasure or crown jewelries

Tower of London:

Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand:


Toast to a New Beer in Town

Bavaria has been brewing its own taste of beer for over 300 years. That makes it 7 generations of perfecting quality beer brewed by using the finest mineral water from their own spring. Bavaria is focused on following its family traditions of brewing high quality beers for the present and future generations to come.

Bavaria Premium

It prides in brewing its finest pilsner since 1719 and introducing the first truly alcohol-free beer in 1978. With a deep and rich history, the company wants to share their precious creations to the world. Here in the Philippines, we introduce Bavaria Premium as our flagship product from the Bavaria product line-up. It is a classic pilsner perfect for the classic Filipino. A perfect night cap after a long day. It has a profile of a premium and clear lager where you will experience the taste of a real beer: premium malts, hops, and the freshest spring water from Holland.

Bavaria Beer

Refreshing and light, this beer will make you feel like you’re bathing in the fresh water springs of Bavaria.

Other Bavaria products coming your way are the 8.6 and Bavaria 0.0% Malt Drink. 8.6 which has an alcohol content of 8.6% (Thus the name) is a strong and edgy blonde ale that will make you feel a special buzz from a special brew. For those who are looking for a more wholesome night, we will be launching the first ever Bavaria 0.0% Malt Drink that comes in 3 flavors: Original, Peach, and Pomegranate. An alcohol-free alternative great for any party. Each of these variants has its own Bavarian twist, so watch out for these and experience Bavaria soon in establishments near you! Be Bold, Be Bavaria.

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The product is now available nationwide on 7/11 outlets and selected stores.


Exciting Buffet Menus at the Quezon Restaurant in Fisher Mall


2nd Floor Fisher Mall, Roosevelt Avenue corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City – Philippines

Mr. Bobby Yan ( celebrity host and model ) Miss Chanel Olive Tomas Miss Philippines -Earth 2015 -Air , Miss Philippine -Earth runner-up , vips and proprietors of the restaurant.

It was after the highly successful first concept buffet -Guevarra’s   , Gruppo Guevarra’s  Inc. ( GGI) .  The group opened another restaurant with a different theme.

buffet dishes

A soft opening was held last October 2015 and through word of mouth , This restaurant is getting a positive review among its customers .

The proprietors decided to open another thematic restaurant within Quezon City aptly named QUEZON Buffet at the Fisher Mall.

old photos of famous landmarks in Manila

The restaurant had a stylish reception area with a 3-d photo of a car somewhere in Escolta , the business district of Manila during president Manuel L. Quezon time. The white walls had a lot of black and white colored photos of well-known landmarks of Manila and during the Commonwealth era.

ribbon cutting ceremony

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of 200 people at any given time

Chef Monica Bayhon , Mr Raymond Go ( one of the proprietors) Chef Trisha Ocampo , Chef Jordan Rina and Chef Tim Abejuela

The star -studded guests included Miss Philippines-Earth 2015 runner-ups, Mr. Bobby Yan, Mr. John Marvin ” Yul Servo” Nieto (3rd district councilor of Manila) .

Chef Kalel Chan

Celebrity chef Mr. Kalel Chan had been featured by several television shows like Kris TV on ABS-CBN channel 2 , Orange Magazine Television  , GMA channel 7 among others .He envision Quezon as a place where guests can experience a historic vibes through the food that they serve.  He also emphasized the freshness of the ingredients and food that they serve.

people behind the restaurant in a group photo

Miss Ima Castro

She rendered a song for all those people present at the opening.

Entertainment writers Mr Ogie Diaz and Shalala were also present at the opening.

Shalala together with entertainment writers

The restaurant takes pride on their Filipino-Spanish menus which included paella , kare-kare, boneless lechon ,lechon chili belly,  chorizo gambas.


Paella – This is the centerpiece of any event . The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish , with mussels , bits of pork , prawns with bell peppers and green peas.

chorizo gambas

Gambas con Chorizo is a traditional Spanish recipe that brings both of these elements together to create a fusion of sensational flavors.


Callos is a beef tripe soup with chickpeas (grabanzos) , blood sausage and bell peppers.

 lechon chili belly

Lechon chili belly – This is a deboned roasted pig with chili peppers and spices added .  There are a good assortment of condiments like traditional lechon sauce made from the liver of the pork, vinegar sauce and soy sauce.

While Filipino dishes like dory laing , pinakbet, fried fish with salsa , chicken inasal , pork and bangus sisig , dinakdakan .

Lumpiang Ubod ( spring roll with heart of coconut palm ) fried rather than the conventional crepe wrappings) They wrapped them into bite sized portion .


Bagnet is deep fried crispy pork with its skin on and in most cases deep fried twice to attain the crispy texture. This is a popular dish in the Ilocos region and parts of Tarlac.

crispy kangkong

 Kangkong leaves ( Ipomea aquatica) also called water spinach , swamp morning glory , kankun , tanglong , kangkung, water glory bind are coated with batter and then deep fried . Leaves usually served as appetizers. This recipe is very much like  vegetable tempura, where you coat the vegetable in a very light batter and deep fried until crisp and golden brown.

This is very important vegetable and during the outbreak of the second world war , where vegetables were scare or hard to come-by .  This had saved millions of Filipinos from starvation .

bangus , chicken and pork sisig

hamonadong manok

Hamonadong Manok – It is marinated chicken hamonado  chicken baked in pineapple juice. It uses the pineapple, condiments and spices as a marinade.  This is quite popular dish in Central Luzon  and Southern Tagalog provinces where there are pineapples  grown .  This is usually serve during special occasions like Christmas and town fiesta.  

fried fish with salsa

Tilapia fish were deboned and deep fried into small pieces  . Best served with freshly sliced tomatoes and salsa .

pork binagoongan

Pork Binagoongan – it is a pork dish cooked in shrimp paste with vegetable like eggplant and topped with shredded  mangoes . I must say that it is not very salty and with the addition of semi-ripe mangoes neutralized the saltiness.


Dinakdakan is a popular dish from the Ilocos region , The dish is somewhat similar to the Kapampangan dish  ( sisig ) the meat is diced rather than finely chopped

dory with laing/ natong

This dish is a perfect combination of fish and vegetables – The chefs used fillet cream dory aka kanduli or pangasius fish then cooked dried taro ( gabi) leaves in coconut milk. This dish represents the Bicol region.

lechon manok inasal

the chicken is very tender and reflect the regional taste of the Visayan provinces.  However , Those looking for a more authentic taste of inasal or the commercialized ones. This is quite different.

angus steak tapa, grilled vegetables and pork barbecue

Practically recommend this trio , I like the tender angus meat, grilled vegetables and pork barbecue .  The meat of the pork barbecue is quite tender and not tough .

bulalo steak

Bulalo Steak – The dish is made from beef shank and i like the way it is presented and cooked to perfection.

beef kare-kare

Beef Kare-Kare with shrimp paste

dessert table

Dessert table is also a combination of Filipino and Spanish desserts . There are also fresh sliced tropical fruits like water melon , cantaloupe and an area for bottomless soft-drinks and soft serve ice cream.

They have different price set , It is Php 368  weekday lunch ( Monday to Friday) Php 468 weekday dinner ( Monday to Thursday) and Php 568 ( Friday nights , weekend & holidays )

Operation Hours: 12:00 to 2:30pm lunch , 6:00 to 9:30pm Sunday to Tuesday , 6:00pm to 10:30pm Friday and Saturday

Contact Numbers : 281-2345, 366-6078

Mobile – (0917-6783966)

Note: children below 4 feet can get a discount of 50% off . Menus may be slightly different from – weekday lunch, weekday dinner and Fridays , weekends and holidays

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APEC 2015 magnificent landscape at MOA ARENA

SM Mall of Asia -Arena , Pasay City -Philippines


SM Mall of Asia Arena- 2nd floor area leading to VIP lounge

(photos courtesy of Mr. Jaime Chua and Ms. Myrna Allen) 

APEC 2015 had made its conclusion and world leaders had started leaving the country since yesterday . Some people wonder who were the creative team behind the magnificent landscape of live plants , flower arrangement and different displays at the SM Mall of Asia- Arena .


beach huts added accents to this magnificent landscape

According to my landscaper friends, They were chosen by the organizers of APEC 2015 convention team in charge with SM Mall of Asia- Arena where the world leaders were given a warm reception and dinner last Wednesday  .


tropical foliage plants, Alcantarea odorata  and Platycerium coronarium 

The concept was done by Mr. Ponce Veredinao  and executed Mr. Oscar Villanueva, Mr. Ram Oplas, Mr. Bienvenido Haro and Mr. Jaime Chua who is from Cebu .


tree ferns, bromeliads , ferns and anahaw palms 

It took their team 2 days to finish the landscape , which they have to take live plants like  anahaw (Saribus rotundifolius ) ,  Alcantarea imperialis ,Alcantarea odorata cycads , ferns , bromeliads , bamboo , aglaonemas , tree ferns,  platycerium among others.

local furniture and products were also part of the magnificent display

They also included indigenous materials from different provinces to complement the garden style setting .

local furnitures and home decors were also part of the design

It was their privilege and honor that they were entrusted to do the landscaping of SM Mall of Asia- Arena where the “Welcome ” dinner and cultural show was held.

large anahaw palms

They had to bring large trucks and hire several workers to haul the big plants and to finish entire landscape jobs. They used the freight elevator , climb the stairs to carry all the plants and accents at the venue place which is hard work for everyone.

vertical garden using ferns and Platycerium coronarium

They are also very happy when foreign guests and local visitors marvel at their landscape jobs.

Contact Person:

Mr. Jaime Chua – ( 09173201392 )