Fairy Sanggumay Blooming in Our Garden

Novaliches, Quezon City -Philippines

Dendrobium aphyllum

It is the month of  March –  It started to be warm and temperature is rising.  After a freak weather system during the last quarter of the 2014. We were rewarded with some blooms .   

flushes of young purple leaves

This particular orchid clone had some purplish leaves and this was given to me as a few small keikis last March 1, 2014  . I took notice of the strange leaf coloration  ( majority of the Dendrobium aphyllum that I got have green leaves)  . According to  Mrs. Adelina Almerol of Marikina City , She got it  from Pangasinan province few years back. She then grew a lot of the orchids attached to the fruits trees within her property. I also saw some of her neighbors having some of the orchid species. They were probably given by Mrs. Almerol .

 Last year’s post : Dendrobium cucullatum flowering in our garden

pseudo bulbs ( December 4, 2014)

Dendrobium aphyllum with their leaves .

long pseudobulbs without the leaves ( March 4, 2015)

I started drying my  Dendrobium aphyllum / Dendrobium cucullatum late October 2014,  However freak weather pattern during the last quarter of 2014 delayed the drying of my orchids. It rained several times during the last quarter up until first few weeks of January 2015.

Dendrobium aphyllum  ( photo taken last December 2014)

Dendrobium aphyllum ( photo taken March 4, 2015 )

The Marikina clones had  fatter but shorter pseudobulbs compared to other clones .  The longest ones are just around 100 centimeters long .  The other clones that I bought from sunday and plant show traders are between 100 to 200 centimeters long .

Dendrobium aphyllum grown by  Vic Chin’s Orchids and Ornamental Plant Farm

According to some orchid traders , Most of them are grown in the backyards ,  mounted on large trees or grown in coconut husks.  Sometimes , to some extent – wild collected.  I think , this is one of the most common cultivated orchid species in the Philippines , China, India and Southeast Asia.

Common Names:

 This type of orchid species are locally called sanggumays, fairy sanggumays, lesser sanggumays ( due to much smaller flowers and paler flowers), salome ( due to the long pseudobulbs ) , hooded dendrobium, temple orchids , shell orchids among others.

Synonyms:

This orchid had several synonyms – Some of the orchid traders refer to this as Dendrobium pierardii , Dendrobium cucullatum and Dendrobium aphyllum (Roxb.) C.E.C.Fisch. 1928.

Cultivation and Fertilization

I have several clones mounted on living palms or  trees. Mounting them on a piece of wood or kakawate seems to be perfect. It is pendulous type and requires a lot of space . The mount material should be sturdy . Whenever I buy some Dendrobium aphyllum – I measure the longest pseudo-bulbs / canes and try to mount them on a palm or tree facing the eastern or southeastern location preferably facing morning sun. Using strips of old cloth ( cut into lengthwise ) or plastic straws in securing them. Most of the orchids are mounted between 8 to 10 feet from the ground. This is to give them enough room to grow. One month after blooming, I would start the regular fertilization using 20N-20P-20K water soluble fertilizer with trace elements and alternating the fertilization scheme with other known fertilizer brands 3 to 4 times a week. ( i would recommend lower dosage of fertilizer but more frequent  in usage) I also add a few slow release fertilizers ( sewn into a small piece of cloth ) to further boost the growth. During the later part of the year – September to late November  , Try to change the formulation of the fertilizer to 10N-30P-30K , 9N-45P-15K, 15N-15P-30K ( depending on the fertilizer formulation )  . With high Phosphorus and Potassium during flowering and after maturity of bulbs is recommended.

Watering

Mounted plants can be watered daily in summer if the air circulation is good. In a basket, use a very well-drained epiphyte mix.  During rainy season ( It tend to rain almost everyday)   .  We only fertilize the orchid every other day and occasionally apply fungicide just before the onset of the rainy season late April or early May .

Flowers:

 The inflorescences are short, arising laterally from the leafless stems of the previous growing season. There are usually many inflorescence per pseudobulb , with one to three flowers on each. The flowers are 4–5 cm across and open widely with a pleasant fragrance. The sepals and petals are somewhat translucent, yellowish cream to whitish, more or less strongly suffused and marked with pinkish violet. The lip is trumpet-shaped, variable in width (from 2.0–3.8 cm wide when spread), pale yellow or less often white, whitish at the base, with dark violet branching veins inside the tube-shaped part, and densely covered with soft, short hair on the exterior surface and along the margins, except in the basal part.

Breeding

It was early December 2014 when some of the Dendrobium aphyllum ( Laguna / Quezon clone) bloomed . ( I think it was due to the freak weather pattern ) and Dendrobium aphyllum ( Marikina clone) bloomed. I tried a few attempts in self pollinating the orchids, but all were unsuccessful. Some local orchid growers and hobbyists told me that it is quite hard to pollinate this species.

Dendrobium aphyllum ( Marikina ) pod parent

Dendrobium aphyllum ( Laguna / Quezon clone) pollen parent

I  got some pollen from ( Dendrobium aphyllum ( Laguna/ Quezon clone ) and cross it with the Dendrobium ( Marikina clone) pod parent  . I choose to get the pollen form this plant because of the wide lip and large flowers.

Dendrobium aphyllum ( seed pod ) March 4, 2015

Cross Pollination

The results was quite successful ! I manage to pollinate the 2 different clones of Dendrobium aphyllum which resulted on the wilting of the flower just 1 day after the procedure was done. I think the seed pod might be ready for sowing in about 1 month or so depending on the temperatures and capsule development .

Note: I am still in the process of collecting some Dendrobium aphyllum in different provinces for possible breeding and study purposes . I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Reynaldo Lucas for a small keikis given to the author last February 22, 2015 .

Website Link: IUCN

Marikina Culinary and Heritage Tour part 2

Marikina City

altar

We proceed with the tour around the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or Aglipayan Church.  and we saw the church choir rehearsing for holy week .

Birhen  Maria Mulawin

  Mulawin aka Molave  ( Premna integrifolia )  is a tree species reaching a height of 10 meters, that is found in Southeast Asia.   When the tree was cut they found an image of a virgin in the wood. The image was venerated by the locals hence acquiring the title . The Virgin Mary of Mulawin ( Mulawin ) . The tree was from Laguna. A big slab was given to Marikina.

Our Lady of the Barangay

choir

The choir was rehearsing for holy week, The group was able to take a few snap shots

Mama Ting’s

Mama Ting’s is one of the best places to buy everlasting, rellenong bangus , pork hamonado  and beef morcon in this part of Marikina – Their store is located near Kapitan Moy along J.P. Rizal street .

Mrs. Lourdes “Mama Ting” Diguangco started cooking rellenong bangus for selling in 1998 and she would bring only some of them to the public market. She was only selling 30 to 35 pieces every week. It was only in 2010 when she decided to open a takeout store.

 everlasting

We opted to buy everlasting , It is comparable to embutido but it is presented in a llanera ( oval shaped mold ) the aluminum mold is commonly used for the more popular leche flan ( steamed ceme caramel ) .   It is also advisable to pre-order their specialties especially on weekeneds , holidays and on Christmas season.

Address: 246 J.P. Rizal St.  Barangay Sta Elena, Marikina City

Contact  : Cellphone number:  0917-511-0208  Land-line Telephone 624-7100

lunch buffet

beef with mushroom

 beef is tender with mushroom – However it is a bit oily

fish fillet

 fish fillet is fried creme dory and with regular mayonnaise dip

Lumpiang Tagalog

Lumpiang Tagalog is also called Lumpiang Hubad – without the wrapper .  I have tasted this dish several times. The lumpia had chopped ubod ng niyog ( coconut palm heart ), togue (mungbean sprouts  ) tokwa ( tofu ) sliced carrots , beans, cabbage, chopped celery , shrimps .

baked spareribs

We ate a lunch buffet at Cocina de Kambal at the Kapitan Moy building

Our Lady of the Abandoned Church

History :

The original church was built in 1572 made out of light materials wherein both the Augustinians and Jesuits fought over the ecclesiastical control of the area. On March 10, 1687, Governor Gabriel Cruz Elasque ordered the transfer of Marikina to the oversight of the Augustinians and merged with the ministry of San Mateo, Rizal   . He instructed Don Juan Pimentel ( Mayor of Tondo ) to vacate and demolish the visita  of Jesús de la Peña as the Marikina river would flood the site during the rainy season. Due to increasing population and floods,  the parish had to move into higher ground  the much larger, present structure was built. The church was subsequently made an independent parish in 1690.

The church enshrines one of several images of the Virgin Mary venerated as miraculous, which has received Papal recognition.

historical marker

In 1898, during the Philippine-American war, the first image was burnt along with pertinent records of the devotion in Marikina. In 1902, a new image was created, and is the one presently venerated in the parish.

interiors

The church sustained major damages during the closing months of the second world war . The carillion  ( church bells )  out of about 7 or 8 , more than half were destroyed from Allied bombings . The remaining bells were later kept within the church grounds -

Our Lady of  the Abandoned  replica

This was according to Mr. Jonathan Blaza . Renovation started in the 1950’s up to the late 1957 with the help of various civic groups .

side altar

The church was again renovated and enlarged in the mid- 2000 and additional trompe’l -oeil style of paintings were added .

apostle and saint statues

Architecture : The church was constructed  in Baroque  style, it is characterized by a heavily-fortified facade, large-scale ceiling paintings, a dramatic central projection of the facade, a round-style pediment for the bell-tower.

Our Lady of the Abandoned  Parish Catholic Cemetery

apartment style niches

The cemetery is well-kept with small manicured lawn planted with common plants like ixora ( santan ) dracena

columbary

century -old acacia tree

This century -old acacia tree is a mute testament to the colorful history of the place. The old acacia tree is a host for ficus , Drynaria quercifolia ( oak leaf fern)

We opted to walked along the J.P.Rizal street and saw a lot of old houses and beautiful gardens. The house above was probably made more than 50 years ago in concrete with  grill works , balcony , arches and adobe ( volcanic tuff ) walls.

garden

This is a private garden along 205 J.P. Rizal street within Barangay San Roque , Marikina City – it had semi-terete orchids, cattleyas, bromeliads, neogerelias , dischidias , ixoras , ficus

San Roque chapel

Salud Panciteria

Salud Panciteria is among the most favorite panciterias in Marikina . The panciteria ( noodle house ) started in 1960’s as a home-style restaurant.

I have eaten there several times and i must say that their Salud Pinagulong and Breaded Chicken is the best not only in Marikina but in Metro Manila. Located along 205-A 141 JP Rizal Street. There is a signage pointing the quaint restaurant along a small alley ( within a compound)

cashier area

Aling Salud

History

 The original founder is Aling Salud who have Chinese descent and have learn the art of making noodles from her parents. They eventually started selling their home-made noodles for less than a peso in one of the busy corners of  Barangay San Roque along JP Rizal street in Marikina in the 1960’s.  Soon, after she opened her panciteria which she named after her. family also continued running one in Laoag City in Ilocos Norte province. The current restaurant is now being managed by a third generation clan member.

Salud Pinagulong

The miki- bihon noodles strands is named as ” Pinagulong ” . What makes this noodle so special is that there are topping of fried pork  ( lechon kawali ) on top of the noodles.  Php 150 good for 2 to 4 persons

Torta con Carne with Special Sauce

Torta con Carne with Special Sauce is another MUST TRY  An additional sauce is added . The torta dish is a combination of Spanish , Chinese and Filipino influence .

personalized plate

Area:

The area can accommodate between 30 to 60 people at any given time.  Reservation is advisable . The restaurant also offers catering for baptismal, birthdays, weddings and meetings.

Address: 205A JP Rizal Street, Barangay San Roque , Marikina City

Contact Details: (02) 369-43-69 Cellphone : (0927) 752-6751

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

Sisig Sarap

Sisig Sarap is located within the sports complex . The restaurant caters to students and budget conscious individuals.

concrete murals

We also toured around the Marikina Sports Complex  . There used to be a railroad track which runs along the present day  Marikina sport complex ( daang bakal ) railroad system which also includes parts of Montalban , Rizal

Marikina Sports Stadium Bells

We end the culinary and heritage tour with a bright mood past 4:00PM

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza , Shoe Museum staffs , Cocina de Kambal , Salud Panciteria , Aling Remy’s Puto , Goto Garahe , Kapitan Moy -tourism office staffs and the people that we met during the tour.

Marikina Culinary and Heritage Tour part 1

Marikina Culinary and Heritage Tour part I

Marikina City, Metro Manila -Philippines

Kapitan Moy house

Marikina is known as the ” Shoe Capital of the Metro Manila ” and even in the Philippines. The author together with Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza and Ms. Vonette Fernandez both residents of Barangay Santo Niño  in cooperation with Marikina Tourism Office organized a Culinary , Industrial and Heritage tour.  All the itineraries were made by our group. Mr. Jonathan Blaza’s family were one of the pioneers  . They have an old ancestral house which unfortunately burned-down in 1998 .

Don Leureano Guevarra statue

 Don Laureano Guevarra  ( aka Kapitan Moy ) (4 July 1851 – 30 December 1891), who was known as the Founder of the Marikina Shoe Industry. Also known as Kapitan Moy, he served as capitan municipal in the city.

historical marker

A historical marker honoring him as the Pioneer of the Shoe-making Industry in Marikina was installed at his birthplace in 1970. The house is 225 plus years- old. It is located along J.P. Rizal street corner Deguangco street within barangay Santa Elena . Multi-Purpose Usage As time passes -by , Doña Teresa dela Paz was actively engaged in philanthropic services for the poor and underprivileged. She bought the house of Kapitan Moy to serve the needs of the marginal sector of the community. The  the dwelling of the Kapitan to his brother-in-law Don Jose Espiritu. Eventually, it was transformed into a primary school in 1907-1955 and many years later, the local government of Marikina developed it to be the city’s cultural center.

Cafe Kapitan

There are 2 restaurants at the ground floor area which are tenants of the historical house . Cocina de Kambal and Cafe Kapitan .

Cocina de Kambal

Bulwagan bayani

The second floor serves as an event or venue place . It is  fully air-conditioned and can house 300-500 guests. It also had a stage area and an elevator service for people with disability. Venue rentals starts at Php 15,000 for 4 hours and payment can be made at the Marikina Cityhall.

old house

This is a pre-world war 2 house along J.P. Rizal owned by a lawyer .

It had a fish gargoyle and a Spanish -Mediterranean style architecture.

Mr. Lance Manasan

 Mr. Lance Manasan selling his slogan t-shirts beside the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church . He works at a BPO industry and his sideline is selling slogan t-shirts.

contact : 0922-8994948

email: lance.manasan@yahoo.com

Shoe Museum

The shoe museum is another historical place in Marikina.  The original building used to be a rice storage area ( Camalig )

shoe park

The shoe park is just adjacent to the shoe museum with manicured lawn , century-old  acacia tree and some ornamental plants.

It was conceived in 1998 under then Mayor Bayani F. Fernando on the assumption that the City, being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, can be a significant venue for nurturing the historical and cultural values of its shoe industry.

Bayani Fernando’s construction hat and shoes

It was opened in February 16, 2001 and was initially called the Footwear Museum of Marikina.

Entrance fee of Php 50 per head , big groups must have a prior appointment before visiting the place.

There are also over 100 famous people like politicians, artists , celebrities , former presidents   which donated their shoes at the shoe museum list includes Dolphy, German Moreno, Maria Venus Raj , President Fidel Ramos, President Joseph Estrada , Postmaster General  Maria Josefina dela Cruz , Senator Ralph Recto among others.

Mrs. Imelda Marcos shoes

The 800 pairs of shoes of Mrs. Marcos, are part of the 3,000 pairs collection which she accumulated performing her duties as first lady during her husband’s 20-year incumbency.

Imelda Marcos portrait

She wore those shoes at meetings with dignitaries both here and abroad. Aside from the shoes. Most of the collection came Malacañang Palace

porcelain shoes

group photo

L-R author, Ms. Evelia Tapel ( vol . staff ) , Ms. Rosechelle Abella ( Tourism staff ) Ms. Hennesy Joy L. Villaniz ( Treasury Staff) Mr. Karl Aguilar ( Urban Roamer ) Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza ( stamp blogger, postcrossing ambassador, heritage advocate ) and Mr. Bryan Jalipa ( Cebu blogger)

Marikina postcards

Before we left the Shoe Museum , We bought some interesting postcards ( 6 pieces ) per pack – Php 50 .  All the participants signed the postcards and will be send via the Marikina post office for posterity and part of our collection.

Don Isabelo Mendoza Street

Isabelo’s Restaurant

Rustic Morning Restaurant is some sort of garden, artists haven , gourmet place . The place is also an event venue place. Rustic Morning’s by Isabelo.

old wine bottles

Some of the paintings are for sale .   We would also recommend that a prior appointment must be made several days or weeks in advance.

Isabelo Garden Restaurant

Isabelo Mendoza Street , Barangay San Roque, Marikina City

Website: http://www.isabelogarden.com/

sales ladies

Aling Remy’s puto and kutsinta started their operation in  1935 , the business was handled down to a second generation son who continued the business .

Mr. Ramoncito Dalmacio

The specialties includes the traditional puto ( rice cakes ) brown colored ones . They use brownish sugar with cheese toppings, kutsinta and the flavored ones like ube ( purple yam ) ,  white , strawberry

It used to be made at their home and eventually words quickly spread and orders began turning almost an entire block into a colorful array of native delicacies .

kutsinta

229 J.P Rizal Street, San Roque , Marikina City

Contact : 645-6607 / 940-48-67/ 467-98-06

Cellphone : 0916-319-1811

Goto Garahe

Goto Garahe is a home -style restaurant which is located along 269 J.P. Rizal street . The restaurant started its operation in the late 1999 and closed down for several months after it was inundated by Ondoy in 2009 .  The place can accommodate up to to 50 to 60 people at any time of the day

specialties includes Goto , Tokwa’s Baboy , Okoy, Halo-halo, Minatamis na Saging ,  Ginataan sa Bilo-bilo, Tapsilog , Lumpiang Prito

goto

This is one of the specialties in the restaurant . This is  a MUST TRY

saging con yelo ( minatamis na saging)

halo-halo

We planned to tour around  the historical district and concentrate the tour within district 1 .

Mama Chit’s

collection

Mama Chit’s collection of old bottles, coke items, advertisement posters, car plate number , old photos , toys are simple astonishing . According to some, They got some of the biggest collection of coke items in this side of Marikina on display.

giant size-burger

It took us a while before we finished the giant size burger. 1 burger can feed 4 to 6 people.

Address : 278 J. P Rizal Street ,Barangay San Roque , Marikina City

Contact ( 02) 646-85-47

Note: It is just a few meters away from Shoe Museum, Our Lady of the Abandoned Church and Kapitan Moy Heritage House

mural

 The city-hall structure was built in the 1940’s.  Eventually,  a more modern building replaced the old one in the 1960’s while several renovation and structure was built  after the 2009 Ondoy floods.

Marikina Cityhall

 There are also bust of all the former mayors  .  The area was severely flooded due to Bagyong Ondoy aka Typhoon Ketsana , floods reached the second floor of the building and almost all the records were destroyed .

grill works

The group passed and visited the city hall with its unique grill works and murals .

Marikit statue

Origin and Etymology

- Marikit is a 40 feet statue ( about 4 to 5 story)  along the riverside area. In one legend it was believed that she was the first lady who accidentally fell and got drowned in the river. The riverbanks area is a hub for the people of Marikina and nearby places. Before 1788 according to some historical account the name of the town was ” Marikit – Na ” Tagalog term for pretty .

rows of restaurants

There are rows of restaurants , bars and grilling stations . During the Yuletide season , there are flea market style bazaars which showcases the products of Marikina.  Another legend was a young priest named “Mariquina” who was given the task of baptizing children to Christianity. Because of this very noble job, Mariquina was named in his honor, However there was not historical records to verify such claim. Another story was there was a beautiful and noble lady named a beautiful, virtuous, polite and intelligent lady named Maria Cuina was residing in the town. Because of her expertise in business, she became rich and her fortunes were expended in charity and eventually became famous in the whole town up to Manila. When a traveler from other towns visited the barrio, he asked for the name of the town, a resident replied “Maria Cuina” thinking that what was being asked was their admirable lady. Since then, the story spread throughout and the town was known as “Mariquina”

Captain Felix Berenguer de Marquina y FitzGerald.

The most acceptable historical claim was the name that came from Captain Félix Ignacio Juan Nicolás Antonio José Joaquín Buenaventura Berenguer de Marquina y FitzGerald. ( Former Governor General of the Philippines –  July 1, 1788 to September 1, 1793. ) Philippine historians like Dr. Trinidad Padro de Tavera and Dr. Teodoro Agoncillo.

Website: http://velascoberenguer.es.tl/F-e2-lix-Berenguer-de-Marquina-d–Virrey-de-Nueva-Espa%F1a.htm

Marikina river

There is a flower decorated right in the middle of her chest. It’s not just a decoration.  It is a mark to signify how high the flood was during the typhoon “Ondoy” a.k.a. Typhoon Ketsana.  It is one of the 3 or 4 legends which the name ” Marikina” was derive.  We also toured parts of the river and we saw some birds and fishes.

Teatro Marikina

Teatro Marikina is the cultural, convention, trade fairs and socio-civic center of Marikina.  The theater had a seating capacity of 1,100 . Note: The rates may vary but usually starts at Php 15,000 ordinary days and Php 20,000 for weekends

Teatro Marikina is located at the corner of Shoe Avenue and  V. Gomez Street,  Barangay Sta. Elena Marikina City.

  Contact number: (02) 647.3360 or 646.2360 loc. 208

Website: http://www.marikina.gov.ph/

Santos House

We toured some of the old houses that remains in the area.  The Santos house used to have a small clinic . Now, the former clinic is now a small convenient store.

inverted pots and potted plants

Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Part 2:  Marikina Culinary and Heritage Tour

Website: http://marikina.gov.ph

National University Students of Culinary Make It BIG With Jolly University

7th Floor – College of Hospitality Management, National University , Mariano F. Jhocson Street, Sampaloc, Manila – Philippines

L-R Ms. Michelle Ann S. Mori , Ms. Chezper Ann B. Carullo and Ms. Jennilyn C. Merin

Team 2 or THE JIP Girls ( known as Jolly , Incredible and Productive ) or Joke in Public bested 2 other teams in an inter-college competition which brought the best teams in tough elimination round .

team competition

The team garnered a total score of 86.7% earning the final slot , (12 colleges and universities in Metro Manila ) which earn the team the right to represent their school in the 2nd Jolly University Grand Culinary Challenge which will culminate on March 7, 2015 from 1;00pm to 5:00pm at Robinson’s Place -Midtown Atrium, Manila.

Robinson’s Place – Manila : http://www.robinsonsmalls.com/malls_manila.php

L- R panel of judges included Mr. Marius Hernani Garcia ( Purchasing and Logistic Director – National University ) , Ms. Dolly Rose Manalang ( Marketing and Admission Director – National University ) and Mr. Ralph  Rebulanan ( Assistant Product Manager-  Fly Ace Corporation)

Jolly University Booth Camp

The team will also have a chance to participate in a 2-day boot camp starting February 28 to March 1, 2015 at the Fly Ace Corporation main office in Pasay City .

Prof. Errol Martin – Faculty Members in Charge for Activities and Competitions

The special invited guests , bloggers, freelance media and journalists were warmly “welcomed” by Mr. Errol Martin of the College of Hospitality Management, National University.

Mr. Paul Quimbo

Mr. Paul Quimbo delighted the audience with his jokes and on the spot contest

Ms. Frances Ann Riva , Mr. Paul Quimbo , Ms. Ma. Rinalyn Lopez and Ms. Chen Wun Huei

Jolly University Campus Tours

Participating colleges and universities includes Arellano University ( Legarda )  , San Sebastian College, Technological University of the Philippines , Saint Louis College -Valenzuela , Perpetual help College of Manila , Far Eastern University – Manila , Universidad de Manila , Colegio de San Juan de Letran, La Consolacion College , Polytechnic University of the Philippines , University of Santo Tomas and National University .

Team Makatang Kusinero

Team Makatang Kusinero ( Team # 1)  led by an all male students  Mr.  Archival Ace Fernandez , Mr. Ken Daniel Leul and Mr. Marck Nestor Rodriguez  ( The team garnered a total score of 83. 7% )

Criteria for Judging

Each of the team is required to submit a food bazaar dish recipe , using the different JOLLY Food line products. This enhances the students ‘s knowledge of the various Jolly products and its usage . This activity aims to develop their creativity in coming up with innovative recipes that are perfect for a start -up business .

registration desk officers

Winners are chosen based on the following criteria : Food Execution (25%) , Relevant Usage of Jolly Food Items (25%) , Organization and Sanitation (20%) , Taste and Texture (20%) and Creativity and Visual Impact (10%)

shrimp ala pasta corn peas

creme de fruitas

Team Chrizeynee ( Team number 3) The group nicknamed their team ” The Jolly Chef ” . The team composed of Ms. Christine Rodriguez, Ms. Renee Charisse Seneres and Ms. Kryzane Gutierrez . The team garnered a score of 86.3%

fish and vegetables burritos with tomato salsa

fruity jelly pudding

L-R Ms. Michelle Ann S. Mori , Chezper Ann B. Carullo and Ms. Jennilyn C. Merin

Team JIP Girls ( Team number 2)

vegetable samosa

lychee panna cotta

They will represent their school in the Jolly University Boot Camp and the Jolly University Grand Cook-Off on March 7 at Robinson Place – Midtown Atrium / Ermita

Website : http://www.flyacecorp.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/JollyFoods

L-R  Mr. Ralph  Rebulanan, Ms. Niña Daza-Puyat , Professor Errol Martin , Ms. Jasmine Capule  and Ms. MJ Cordova

small token of appreciation were given by the officers of Fly Ace Corporation to Professor Errol Martin ( National University )

Appetite Magazine: https://www.facebook.com/appetitemag

Cash Prizes for the National Grand Culinary Challenge includes Php 15,000 and gift packs for the First Place, Php 10,000 and gift packs for the Seond Place and Php 5,000 and gift packs for the Third Place.

Note : I would like to ” Thank ” Ms. MJ Cordova ,Mr. Paul Quimbo , Prof. Errol Martin of the National University  and  Fly ACE Corporation for the invitation extended .

Flora Filipina 2015 : Exciting Cultural and Flower Display Opening Highlights

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

guests of honor ( ribbon cutting ceremony )

The Philippine Orchid Society in partnership with Quezon City government  , Quezon Memorial Circle , Department of Tourism , Department of Agriculture , Del Monte-Philippines, KFC , Allied Botanical Corporation , Ramgo International , Philippine Bonsai Society and major garden clubs in different parts of the country opened the 4th Flora Filipina Exposition 2015 at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( HB Flower Garden ) .

Ms. Charry Valencia and Ms. Candice Chua -Ong ( Ramgo International )

Ramgo International Seeds and Fertilizer Company is one of the key industry players . Aside from quality vegetable and flowering annuals seeds , fertilizers brands like Nutricote , Siam , Hormex . The company also sells quality plastic pots and gardening tools.

Website: http://ramgoseeds.com/

It was past 4:00pm when the special guests of honor arrived at the site.

Mrs. Irma Potenciano , Mrs. Remedios Rodis-Santelices and Mr. Antonio Padilla

Allied Botanical Corporation sales and marketing and Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula

Ms. Eleonor Lim ,  Dr. Olivia Sanchez , Mr. Reynaldo Lucas

Mr. Reynaldo Lucas is a long time member of the organization. He collects native orchids and was part of the orchid judging committee several years ago

Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie ” Go

Allied Botanical Corporation landscape exhibit

Allied Botanical Corporation or simply called ABC , They are the local distributor of Peter’s fertilizer , vegetable , ornamental flowering seeds producer .

sunflowers, lettuce , marigold, watermelon , herbs, vegetables,  bell peppers , tomatoes , zinnas, sorghum , celosia  among others were incorporated to be a part of the landscape .

fruits and vegetables

A growing trend all over the world is to have edible plants such as vegetables, fruits , herbs and their companion flowering plants ( which drives away pests like insects or attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies  )

They are group together to add more color to the landscape and at the same time serves as food for the community. The predominant color is yellow – The arrival of the summer ( hot season in the Philippines ) is just around the corner.

nipa hut inspired landscape exhibit

Another simple yet reflective of Philippine culture is the ” Bahay Kubo ” or Nipa Hut . Typical scene that capture the rural setting with lots of ornamental flowering plants like bougainvillaeas, orchids , bromeliads  ,  bonsai on display.

completing the accents were pebbles, adobe stones , old jars

Mr. Noel Vincent Canicula

Dr. Olivia Sanchez

Dr. Olivia Sanchez booth had a mix array of flowering orchids, gerberas , ferns, bromeliads, anthuriums, tillandsia and old railroad logs.

Ms. Becky Buenaventura and Architect Bimbo Vergara

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines landscape exhibit which consists of wood panels , native handicrafts, old wooden poles and other accents. Take a peek to the collection of natural stones neatly arranged in a wooden rack.

guests marvel at the bonsai collection of Professor  Juan T. Lim

bonsai collection

The best bonsai of Flora Filipina 2015 was from the collection of Professor Juan Lim

He was again awarded ” BEST Bonsai ” for Flora Filipina 2015

Link to my previous article : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/big-winners-of-the-68th-mid-year-philippine-orchid-societys-landscaping-competition/

He is also quite lucky for choosing the same spot – Just like the mid-year show last year .

Philippine Bonsai Society Incorporated  exhibit

Philippine Bonsai Society , Inc. had  the tallest structure at the Flora Filipina  2015 event. The only downside of the structure is that people who wanted to take photos and see the bonsai on display will have to look -up.

Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula

NVC Garden

crowd

There were about 170 to 200 people representing different garden clubs , organizations , international guests, foreign tourists, government officials during the opening day ceremonies.

Vice Mayor- Maria Josefina Belmonte-Alimurong

Quezon City ‘s – Vice Mayor Maria Josefina Belmote-Alimurong personally welcomed everyone at the event.  Her office never missed any of the events hosted by plant organizations like the Philippine Orchid Society . I must agree with what she said.

aruy/ aray

Filipinized version of the famous Spanish Aragonese dance Jota. The name of the dance was derived from a final exclamation on the song that accompanies this dance.

aruy/ aray dancers

The lyrics of this song is in Chabacano  Ermitense an extinct creole language spoken in Ermita, Malate and extends southwards to Pasay and Cavite area.  This dance is  performed to welcome a distinguished guests and the costume reflect strong Iberian, Mexican and Tropical Carribean colors  . Wooden castanets (  for male)  and tambourine ( for female) were used as part of the dance.

Tausug dance

Binasuan dance

It is a traditional folk dance in which the performer holds full wine or water glasses  in each hand while performing balancing tricks.

Wine may be used to fill the glasses, but other liquids may be substituted. The arms are rotated over and under the shoulder in order to keep the palms facing up so as not to spill the liquid. It is performed by male and female dancers.

balancing glasses on top of the foreheads

The origin of the dance is common in Pangasinan, Ilocos provinces , Central luzon provinces . The dancers were students from Commonwealth High School , Quezon City

usherette in modern filipinana( kimona) attire

catering

guests

invited members and board of directors

Los Baños Horticultural Society members

Mrs. Susan Lee , Mr. Manuel  Lee and members of the Philippine Bonsai Society Inc.

Finally , a late afternoon meal was serve to the special guests and dignitaries at the Hardin ng Bulaklak in a garden like setting.

Jolly -University 2015 – University of Santo Tomas winners

Benavides Auditorium  ( High School Building ) , University of Santo Tomas , Sampaloc, Manila -Philippines

Team 3- EPICURE

Mr. Christopher Elijah John Asiddao , Ms. Monique Siguenza and Mr. Rian Wilfred Cajiles

Three students from College of Tourism Hospitality Management – Hotel Restaurant Management earn the right to represent the university in the 2nd Jolly University Face-OFF challenge on March 7 at Robinson’s Place- Ermita .

The team name ( EPICURE )  means a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink. Something that is elegant !

 savory chicken samosa with Jolly Mixed mushroom, water chestnuts , garbanzos , cheese and with Jolly Mandarin orange chutney

They got their idea to come up with dishes which were influenced by several kiosk type eateries along P. Noval and Dapitan street . All within stone-throw away from the school .  There are fried chicken , fried dimsums and ilocos empanadas  ( It is where the group got their inspiration )  .  Although it is an Indian dish , there are a lot of elements and influences which comes from the  textures, ingredients and influences of the eateries around the place.

Lychee Pana Cotta crusted with Jolly Corn graham crust topped with gelatin Jolly Peach

Team number 3 garnered a score of 89.0% which bested the 2 other teams. They prepared 1 main dish and 1 dessert .

Panel of judges includes:

Ms. Marilou Acuña ( Fly Ace Corporation) , Chef Mitchie Sison (Celebrity Chef )and Chef Olga Ko – Chief Instructor for Culinary

Team Jolly Bees ( 3rd place ) and Team D-Lychee ( 2nd place)

dishes

Team 2( D-Lyche ) got 83.7 % while Team ( Jolly Bees ) got 83.0 %

Ms. Niña Daza- Puyat ( editor in chief- Appetite magazine) and Ms. Evangeline Timbang ( Associate Professor – CTHM-HRM ) University of Santo Tomas holding the latest issue of the magazine

 Mr. Jay Lao ( Marketing Staff) and Mr. Jett Tandoc ( Marketing Associate )-Solane

Solane giveaways

students and participants were given cute key chains and coin purse.

Website: http://www.solane.com.ph/

 Mr. Paul Quimbo – program host

The crowd was quite delighted with the hosting skills of Mr. Paul Quimbo . He had a travel and lifestyle show on Studio 23 , program emcee and an Information Technology graduate.

Jolly Food  products ( Fly Ace Corporation )

Jolly University program is a continuous learning program exclusively for college students which allow them to LEARN the essential industry skills, CREATE career milestone and SHARE inspiring values

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

Instagram: @jollyeatsPH

students enjoying a sample meal prepared by Ms. Niña Daza- Puyat ( tropical chicken casserole with rice and pineapples )

students

Mr. Harry Valdenor- Technical Engineer

He talked about some safety tips at home and in work place.

http://www.solane.com.ph/your-safety

 Ms. Jasmine Capule ( product manager)

Ms. Jasmine had a short talk on basic wine types and is the sensory examination and evaluation of wine . While the practice of wine tasting is as ancient as its production, a more formalized methodology has slowly become established from the 14th century onwards. Modern, professional wine tasters  ( sommeliers for buyers )  use a constantly evolving specialized terminology which is used to describe the range of perceived flavors, aromas and general characteristics of a wine.

 intermission

students performs their acrobatic and barista skills during the intermission

winners

Website: http://www.flyacecorp.com/

Note: I would like to “Thank” Ms. Mj Cordova , Mr. Paul Quimbo , Ms. Evangeline Timbang and Fly Ace Corporation for the invite and accommodation.

A Guide to Dendrobium of the Philippines : Book Launching and Autograph Signing

Tropical Gardens, Quezon Memorial Circle- Quezon City , Philippines

Ms. Jo Quimpo, Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe, Mr. Jim Cootes and Dr. Romeo Gutierrez

The Philippines is considered as one of the centers of biodiversity for the genus. Home to at least 110 species which represents about 8 to 10% of the over 1,200 plus Dendrobium species that are found over a wide range of habitats . The Philippine Horticultural Society in partnership with Mr. Jim Cootes, League of Orchid Conservationists Philippines and other garden clubs and societies were invited to the grand launching held yesterday at the Tropical Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle.

Mr.Mickey Bustos

  Mr. Micky Bustos ( you tube, Internet sensation and television celebrity ) together with some of his friends. I think they were scouting for a place to shoot his latest  video. People around the vicinity instantly recognized him and followed him wherever he went.

  Dr. John Clifton Martyr and  Ms . Mitch Frankenberger Pellicer emcee of the event

Ms. Ofelia Gelvezon- Tequi

Ms. Ofelia Gelvezon- Tequi is an avid orchid collector and represented the French Orchid Society

Dr. Nelson T. Geraldino

Dr. Nelson T. Geraldino is from University of the Philippines – Manila , an avid Philippine orchid species collector, photographer, professor and doctor by profession. He had a  collection of wide array of native orchid species ( and photographs)  that were featured in several international publication, magazines and calendars.

 ( LOC-PHIL ) League of Orchid Conservationists -Philippines members

Quote:”  Just came in from PHSI, where I introduced a person who needs no introduction. He brought a couple of orchid publications from Sydney, Australia, Orchids Australia February 2015 issue, where an article of his showed three of my photos of Bulbophyllum papulosum, and Orchid Digest July-Sept 2014 issue, where an article of his showed four photos of my Coelogynes. I got to have a free signed copy of Dendrobinae of the Philippines, where nine of my photos were published. Thank you very much, Jim Cootes . ”

League of Orchid Conservationists Philippines

L-R Mr. Christopher Castillo, Ms. Rowena Aben Daquioag, Mr. Joel dela Cruz and Mr. Niel Maceda

Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon

Mr. Andrew Patrick Gozon is an architect , professor, book author , tropical fish collector, native trees advocate and a blogger.

Doctor John Clifton Martyr

Doctor John Cliffon Martyr is a long time Philippine orchid species collector . I met him several times at the Philippine Orchid Society shows . He is also breeding some orchids species native to his home province.

Mr. Jake Gaw and Ms. Ressie Paz-Navarro

Mr. Jake Gaw is the current president of Fern and Nature Lovers Society of the Philippines and ( Avilon Zoo)  . He is an avid animal , fish , orchid and fern collector. Ms. Ressie Paz Navarro is also a exotic animal and native orchid species collector.

Mr. Dennis Dy Kho

Mr. Dennis Dy Kho – He is a car enthusiast,  blogger, internet shop owner, stamp ,  fish and now native orchid collector .

Atty. Bom Gomez ( Plant Chaser)

Atty. Bom Gomez is a plant enthusiasts,  blogger and orchid species collector.

Website: http://www.plantchaser.com/

Mr. Dennis Umali

Mr. Dennis Umali is from Cavite area.  He had several dozens of native orchid species in his home.

Mr. Kurt Tan

Tita Baby de Leon catering staffs

The food were catered by Tita Baby de Leon , resident caterer. Some of the members brought siopao, native delicacies ,  cupcakes , piyaya, biscuits ,noodles ,  pop corn and puto .

biscuits

pastries

Every member of the organization had contributed something from setting of tents , shelling out money  for catering services, bringing foods and regional delicacies which reflect the BAYANIHAN style of preparation.  The mood was very festive and everyone had the opportunity to meet on-line friends .

fried banana flower chips

piyaya and biscuits

maja blanca

egg pancit

sapin-sapin

 ( Sweet Lab) Puto Macapuo from Novaliches, Quezon City

fried chicken loli pop

fried lumpia ( spring rolls)

brownies

sliced carrots, picama ( singkamas) young beans and cucumber

Ms. Rowena Aben Daquioag holding her famed cupcakes

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Note: The book is finally out of the press,  I will rank this book at 8.75 – I wish it could be hardbound for several reasons . For schools and public libraries which may purchase this book , soft bound book tend to tear easily . Sanggumay- ( Dendrobium anosmum ) only three varieties were mentioned in pages- 28,29 and 30.  Based on other orchid journals and magazine – There was around 5 to 7 varieties ( hope the author focused more on the other variation ) . Sanggumay is one of the most observed , studied and cultivated species and I think there is no reason why the author limited his description to just three.   Photography is  quite superb.

Cultural requirements and  synonyms were  not mentioned, despite some of the Dendrobium species are widely cultivated. Conservation status is also not mentioned . The 142 pages book is worth buying especially those collect and study Philippine native orchid species. This is quite handy