Walking Tour Around Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City -Philippines

group participants at the hardin ng mga bulaklak ( HB garden )

 It is orchid and garden show again this time of the year and we decided to open a guided tour around the orchid show , Quezon Memorial Shrine , Joy of Urban Farming and Quezon Heritage House. There were 35 participants with the status ” Going ” at the 69th mid-year orchid show tour Facebook event page . About 20 managed to showed-up during the duration of the tour, while some choose to stay at the orchid show site and enjoy the exhibits.

We were joined by a small group of bloggers, freelance photographers, educators , students ,  senior citizens and environmental advocates.

Vanda sanderiana -locally called Waling-waling

This is the highlight of this year’s annual show the blooming season of the rare Vanda sanderiana .

Vanda sanderiana variety alba

There is the pale alba form at the booth of Purificacion orchids which marveled the tour participants.

Pioneer Epoxy

There seems to be a lot going inside the orchid show , Aside from the regular plant bazaars ,  there are daily lectures and special on the spot painting contest  ( september 1)

Mr. Lino Rom’s commercial booth

However, some netizens are not very happy with the increased of the entrance fees from the usual Php 20 student and senior citizens and Php 30 for general public to Php 40 students and senior citizens and Php 50 general public .

Joy Urban Farming

But unknown to them , there is pick a price and special raffle to the visitors of the show. Some of the tour participants won Philippine Orchid Society key chains and epoxy .

sala set at the Quezon Heritage House

tour participants at the Quezon Heritage House

Dr. Tess Obusan of Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista was also there to join us. By the time we finished the tour, there were only about a dozen of us.

Note: I would like to “Thank ” the following organizations which granted the permits and other necessary hand-outs- Quezon City government -office of vice-mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte, Quezon City Tourism Office, Communication Coordination Center , National Historical Commission of the Philippines – Ms. Janice and Philippine Orchid Society

BAGA Manila Launched its Buffet Meal for ONLY Php 399 !

Lakefront Sucat , Muntinlupa City -Philippines

BAGA Manila and Bahay Buffet launched it bi-monthly buffet meal for only Php 399 per head for members it is just Php 299.  BAGA stands for Barbecuers and Grillers Association and serving wide array of food in different varieties but  its specialties are barbecues and grilled food.

The buffet started at around past 7:00pm offering a wide array of grilled foods such as barbecue , isaw, betamax, stuffed squid , Mongolian grill, Pad Thai ,Thai spring rolls , Jamaican patty , spicy buffalo wings with nachos , grilled chicken, grilled pork liempo ,  mussels , free sangria wine and brew kettle brewed beer samples for the participants.

There were also fresh fruits such as bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, papayas, apples and grapes

Brew Kettle Beer -brewed in Belgian style

Brew Kettle Beer was brewed by Asia Brewery  one of the leading beverages company in the Philippines . The citrus taste gives it the elegant twist to the more common malt beer we are used to. Taste is refreshing, not too bitter. Almost similar with RED Horse but milder in taste.

Mongolian Grill – ingredients includes array of vegetables , noodles , pork, bell peppers, button mushrooms, shrimps, onions, beans, corn bits and special condiments

They have seafood , chicken , beef , vegetarian rice or noodles

email: eugenejosephgamboa@gmail.com

cellphone :0915-5556686 or 0915-8855696 landline: 782-7470

different types of barbecue and grill items – The popular ones are Dona’s Grill  with yummy innards – Proprietor : Ms. Madona Cascabel -0919-568-5160

Thai Breakers with their  famousThai spring rolls

Wisey Escobido-operation manager- The company can also cater to group

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Cellphone 0927-887-6526

spicy chicken wings with nachos

red oak sangria

Jephs Jerks

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There is also a live band

Baga Manila is open from Thursday to Sunday from 4:00pm to past 12:00 mid-night . There are bands , acoustic music every weekends which entertain the crowd .

Note: I would like to THANK Ms. Dawn Mawis and the rest of BAGA Manila for the invitation.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BAGAManila

Here is a link to previous post : Baga Manila Scenic Sunset Grill

The Command Hanging Market with DMCI Homes at Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue Pasig

DMCI Homes – Riverfront Residences, Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City-Philippines

Riverfront Residence

3M Philippines in partnership with DMCI homes have its bi-monthly hanging market at the club house .

The event start past 2:00pm where hundreds of home owners and residents of Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue were treated into an afternoon of GREAT Discounts, Innovative Products and GREAT Prizes !

Command Brand

Homeowner got up to 30% discounts on selective products

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3M company is devoted to serving our customers and their communities with an extensive range of innovative solutions.

Artist and Interior Designer Ms. Coni Tejada spoke some important tips on DIY basics of hanging and indoor vertical living wall plant arrangements

Website: www.3M.com/ph

Major Orchid and Plant Winners at the 69th Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Society’s Orchid and Garden Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, ( Flower Garden ) , Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

Here are the Major Orchid and Ornamental Plant Winners at the 69th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

BEST Cattleya

Epic. Mae Bly ” Ching Hua ” Splash

Exhibitor : Mrs. Corazon C. Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion-Conde

BEST Dendrobium

Dendrobium platycaulon

Exhibitor: Mrs. Corazon C. Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion-Conde

BEST Foreign Species

Ionopsis ulticulariodes

Exhibitor : Mr. Daniel Nuñez

BEST Philippine Species

Trichoglottis philippinensis

Exhibitor : Ms. Vangie Go

BEST Vandaceous Alliance

Vanda Dr. Anek x Vanda Pornpimol

Exhibitor: Ms. Susan and Mr. Manuel Lee

Best Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis Hsinying Fortune ” Fortune Star “

Exhibitor: Mrs. Corazon C. Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion -Conde

A MAC ‘N’ Cheese Recipe for Busy Bees Cuptivating Meal by Tupperware

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BIG Winners at the Philippine Orchid Society’s 69th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, ( Flower Garden ) , Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, Philippines

Dr. Elenita Binay, Mrs. Amelita” Ming” Ramos and Senator Cynthia Villar together with distinguished members and officers of the Philippine Orchid Society

There was bit rain this afternoon when i arrived at the orchid show site. I saw Mrs. Amelita ” Ming” Ramos ( honorary member ) walking around the commercial booth section and busy chatting with the sales people .

Mrs. Amelita ” Ming” Ramos

She does not want to be stuck in traffic since she lived in the southern Metro Manila area. But even during her husband tenure , I would remember that she is always punctual in every public event that she had attended .

She was greeted by dozens of members , invited guests and well-wishes . There are members coming from Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Cavite , Negros , Pangasinan . One of the prominent member from Mindanao is Ms.Salvacion “Sally” Leuenberger  proprietor of SUL Orchids who just arrived from Davao a few hours ago.

Villar Foundation

I also met Mr. Harold Franco of the Villar Foundation , They have a lot of new and exciting products like the citronela massage oil which is just sold at only Php 50 per bottle.

Website: http://www.villarsipag.org/

Senator Cynthia Villar: http://www.cynthiavillar.com.ph/

registration committee members

There were endless photo opportunities and chit chat among the members and invited guests.

Senator Cynthia Villar

excerpt from Senator Cynthia Villar speech ” As an advocate of entrepreneurship and chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, I am glad that you are highlighting the many opportunities that can be built or established in floriculture , most especially in orchids, as reflected in the them of this year’s event- ” Enriching Lives and Building Opportunities through Orchids“. There are numerous jo opportunities that can be created, livelihood opportunities that can be generated and of course , business opportunities , that can be developed through orchids. All of which can truly enrich the lives of the most enterprising and entrepreneurial among yourselves.

group photo- L-R Mr. Aldrin C. Cuña ( chief of staff – Mayor Herbert Bautista) Dra. Elenita S. Binay , Senator Cynthia Villar and Ms. Vangie Go – Philippine Orchid Society-President

Many people do not realize that the floriculture industry in particular and horticultural in genera;, has been significantly contributing to the growth of the agriculture sector and the Philippines being an agricultural country , the growth of our country is anchored on the growth of the agriculture sector.

Dra. Elenita Binay, Ms. Vangie Go and Senator Cynthia Villar

I would like to commend the Philippine Orchid Society for putting together a very good and worthwhile lineup of activities during this 11-day event. the daily lectures are really well thought out, in terms of topics and resource persons. I am sure, maraming matutunan ang mga participants o attendees mula sa mga lectures on topics ranging from landscaping and growing orchids for profit to flower arrangement and controlling pests. And of course , the show itself is the highlight.

After all the fanfare here are the BIG WINNERS of the SHOW

Ornamental Landscape Winners

Metts’ Plant Art- third Place

The exhibit had bamboos , ornamental plants , earth stars and some bonsai trees.

Architect Bimbo Vergara-second place

with his exhibit of cactus, succulents and tillandsias

Lee’s Bonsai Haven – first place 

The exhibit constitute the bonsai collection , rare ferns , aglaonema

Del’s Native Plant and Garden

This exhibit was executed by the son of Aling Delia Pionela of Quezon province, She had a store outlet within the Quezon Memorial Circle and have been actively participating in orchid and horticultural shows. Although this exhibit did not won any landscaping awards, This deserves some commendation .

Philippine Orchid Society – Conservation Group. This is done by the dynamic members of the conservation group, most are Philippine native orchid species enthusiasts and growers.

Fortune Restaurant

The early evening buffet meal was catered by Fortune Restaurant for more details and catering services.

Mr. Eric Ang -landline: 254-97-03, 254-96-86 / 0998-5365597

Orchid Landscape Winners

Negros Occidental Orchid Society – third place

Ms. Doreen Dofitas executed the landscape using old wooden capiz panel windows, huge tribal masks which resembles polynesian moai and the use of different kinds of flowering orchids such as miniature dendrobiums  , cymbidiums , vanda hybrids,  earth stars, tillandsias and ferns.

members of the society

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Negros-Occidental-Orchid-Society-Bacolod-City/140440549377119

Purificacion Orchids- second place

Majority of the orchids exhibited in the booth belongs to Purficacion orchid , But there were some orchids added by Dra. Olivia Sanchez of Laguna.

Lambana Tropical Plants- Ms. Vangie Go -First Place

Mrs. Vangie Go’s exhibit is full of pink colored waling-waling ( Vanda sanderiana) with native orchids like Trichoglottis philippinensis and Renanthera mixed with large white, orange and lavander cattleyas . Aside from winning the BEST Orchid Landscape , She also won BEST Philippine Species and Best Ornamental Plant – Vriesia heiroglyphica

Vriesia heiroglyphica- BEST Ornamental Plant

Ms. Vangie Go after the awarding ceremonies- The exhibit booths were properly lighted after the event

Note: Will just keep everyone updated with the individual orchid , flower arrangement winners

Nation’s Leading Telecommunication PLDT, Microsoft , Samsung to Boost IT education,launches Digital Campus Suite

Rizal Ballroom ,Makati Shangri-La ,Ayala Avenue , Makati City- Philippines

press conference

The nation’s leading telecommunication and multi-media service provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company or PLDT , through its business unit PLDT SME Nation, had launched together with Global IT giant Microsoft -Philippines , a new service package called the Digital Campus Suite that will enable students, academe and even their parents access to online learning programs and to earn IT ( Information Technology ) certification for critical IT skills that are now in demand in today’s digitally driven business.

group photo

Through the Digital Campus Suite , schools and universities will have high -speed connectivity with PLDT myDSL Biz or iGate, an online access to training courses of the Microsoft IT Academy Program.

former Senator Ana Dominique ” Nikki ” Coseteng

The former congressman and senator has been running the Diliman Educational Corporation since 2006. She gamely pose for a few souvenir photos from freelance writers and bloggers. She is one of the distinguished guests invited to the event.

Mr. Ramon Isberto and Ms. Issa Litton- Garrido

Mr. Ramon Isberto heads the Public Affairs Group Head PLDT/Smart Communications while Ms. Issa Litton is a actress, television host . They were the host for the event.

thesis writing group

a short re-enactment of a classroom thesis writing group in which students and professor interact with the use of modern equipment .

University of the Philippines PEP Squad members

There was a short intermission number where UAAP cheer dance group UP Pep Squad and NU showcased their talent

National University and University of the Philippines

Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan and executives unveiling its partners

PLDT is very active in partnering with schools and learning institutions to built their technology and connectivity resources in support of the education sector’s need to improve ICT learning among the students and its teaching staffs .

Website: http://www.pldt.com/