The Philippine Orchid Society held a field trip last April 19 to 22, 2008 . The group went to several provinces up in the Northern Regions of the country. The tour was called Baguio, Benguet , La Union , Pangasinan and Tarlac tour.
Pozorrubio is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Pangasinan. According to the latest census, it has a population of 63,689 people in 11,288 households. Often the town’s name is mistakenly written as “Pozzorubio” but the correct spelling is “Pozorrubio“.
The name were said to derived from old Hispanic name Pozo ( meaning well) rubio ( blonde color) referring to the type of soil in the area. Some people would say that the term was used in reference to the color of dried tobacco leaves – a large portion of the municipality was used as a tobacco plantation during the Spanish regime.
The municipality is politically divided into 34 barangays. The farm was located in Barangay Alipangpang beside the main highway , The town main livelihood is farming .
Mrs. Remedios Rodis- Santelices
The owner Mrs. Remedios ” Remy ” Rodis- Santelices is a lifetime member , a former board of director of the Philippine Orchid Society , Philippine Horticultural Society among others.
She was born in the town and thus she named her farm ” Pozorrubio Orchidarium Farm” the farm according to Mrs. Santelices had contributed somehow to the fame of the town . The farm would conduct annual sale which buyers from all over Northern Luzon would come and buy orchids , ornamental plants, ferns , hoyas among others.
Hoya meliflua- an endemic species from the Philippines
Her clientele includes local government officials, governors , generals , wholesalers, landscapers, ordinary hobbyists and even passers-by .
The group was treated with an assortment of native Pangalatok kakanins like Pangasinan puto, biko and kutsinta.
a blooming sized Cymbidium finlaysonianum variety alba
While the group hurriedly bought rare orchids like Cymbidium finlaysonianum variety alba ,Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum , various Hoya species , Platycerium grande ferns, Platycerium coronarium , Platycerium bifurcatum , Asplenium nidus , Asplenium musifolium among others.
This rare albino form of Cymbidium finlaysonianum command a handsome price tag
She had several varieties of ferns which quickly germinate in the orchid media pots.
Her farm would had several cut flower orchid varieties like Dendrobium, Vandas, Mokaras, Kagawaras, strap leaf Vanda.
Mrs. Santelices used to host a popular late afternoon agricultural show on IBC channel 13 during the early 1990’s together with Mr. Zacarias Sarian and Ka Philip ” Ipe” Daffon.
She also operates a retail outlet within Greenhouse 3, Manila Seedling Bank and in Project 8.