Horticulture 2011


poster of Philippine Horticultural Society  Show 2011


The Philippine Horticultural Society established in 1976 , invites everyone for their annual garden exhibit which will feature native plants.

This year’s¬† show will highlight the much needed use of native plants compared to the foreign species which may in the long run causes disruption to the native wildlife.

With various landscape exhibits from various well-known landscapers , organizations and hobbyists from all parts of the country . This event is the opening salvo for all garden and environment lovers. There will also be a commercial ” flea market” style plant bazaar from different parts of the country .

Here is the event information :

Exclusive Opening : January 28, 2011 friday at 4PM members, guests, vips and media

Show date: January 29 to February 7, 2011

Venue : Manila Seedling Bank Foundation , EDSA corner Quezon Avenue

Exhibition Site: Greenhouse #2

Organizer: Philippine Horticultural Society , Inc. (PHSI)

Contact Information: Mr. Macky 377-02-34 /Ms. Wendy  506-27-69

Lectures are scheduled as follows:

29, Jan

10 am Native Aroid by Dr. Melanie Medecillo

2pm Flower Arranging Demonstration by World Flower Council by  Ms. Nikki Chatto

30 Jan
10 am – Philippine Medinilla by Mr. Fernando Aurigue, Jr.
2 pm – Morimono/Saikei by Mrs. Fely Gupit

31, Jan

10 am – Gardening tips on the care of aerial plants – orchids, bromeliad, nepenthes by Mr. Andres Golamco Jr.

2pm- Fruit Trees in Gardens by Mr. Zacarias Sarian

1 Feb
10 am – Zero Waste Gardening by Ms. Norma Villanueva
2 pm – Native Trees for landscaping by Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon

2 Feb
10 am – Philippine Hoyas by Ms. May Tolentino
2pm – Introduction to Philippine Pitcher Plants by Mr. Wally Suarez

3 Feb
10 am – Fern Spore Propagation/ Workshop¬† by Architect Patricia ” Wendy ” Regalado
2 pm – Philippine ferns by Mr. Anthony Arbias

4 Feb
10 am – Vegetable Urban Garden by Mr. David Balilia
2 pm – The Wildlife Act, Mr. Norby Bautista

5 Feb
10 am РPhilippine Begonias: Megadiversity under threat, Professor  Rosario Rubite
2 pm – Asplenium ferns by Ms. Vangie Go

6 Feb
10 am – Basic Gardening, led by Mr. Jorge Sahagun
2 pm – Indoor Gardening, Mr. Serapion Metilla


Justice for Leonard Co- 40 trees for 40 causes

Last  November 15 2010, Sir Leonardo Co and two of his companions fell from a hail of gunfire while collecting seedlings of endangered trees for reforestation in the town of Kananga , Leyte , fired upon by the very elements sworn to protect us.

In memoriam : Mr. Leonard Co’s name will forever be immortalized in Rafflesia leonardii named by Dr. Julie Barcelona and Mr. Pieter B. Pelser 2008.

Leonard Co’s violent and untimely demise has left an immense void in the front line struggle for conservation and the rippling effect of his sudden departure can only be guessed at but may never be truly quantified- Most certainly we are left with fewer options to pursue.

The author saw a post of his untimely death on face book , While some friends started a text brigade over his death . Shock with disbelief and anger over what had happened.  It took some time to absorbed  and accept  to this person which dedicated all his life in pursue of conservation and preservation of Philippine biodiversity !His untimely death also sparks a grave twists on the conservation efforts in the country.

‚ÄúWhat we do know is that EDC had informed the Philippine Army Command responsible for security in the area of Professor Co‚Äôs planned route and activities and had received positive confirmation for them to proceed before they entered the area,” EDC president Richard Tantoco said.

‚ÄúWhat occurred subsequently remains unclear at the moment, but we will cooperate fully with the investigators tasked to find out precisely what happened,” Tantoco added.

Mr. Leonard Co’s light conversation with members of Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc¬† taken last June 2010.

The author being one of the original founding member and board of directors ( 2007 to 2008)  of the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. felt that scientific and horticultural organization throughout the world had been left of the  herculean task that Leonard Co set out to undertake.

relatives, friends, sympathizers form a group called ” Justice for Leonard Co ” movement

He spent a lifetime exploring and gathering precious data on the rapidly diminishing forested regions of the country.

tree saplings and green placards

Last December 23, 2010 on the eve of his 40th day of his death , the author together with the Mr. Co’s relative, friends, sympathizers , members of AGHAM party list among other join in mourning with the rest of the world in Professor Co’s untimely death.

Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr. planted a tree sapling

The event started with a short prayer by friends, family members and sympathizers .

Planting of various tree sapling donated by friends, DENR and relatives highlighted the commemoration of Sir Leonard Co’s death. This would also serve as a reunion for his friends, fellow advocates and environmental lovers within the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife visitor’s center.

Ms. Jo Quimpo planted a tree sapling

After the tree planting a simple buffet meal was served by the members of the Co’s family , Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc.

Mr. George Yao planted a tree sapling

Base on the geography of the area, the tree where Leonard and his team were standing around when they were shot is 30 to 40 meters away from the military’s ridge position.  Leonard’s position was actually the lower ground relative to the nearby surroundings. Beyond Leonard’s position is a steady upward slope. To one side is a rock wall and the other is part of the EDC geothermal complex.

the author planted a tree sapling

The volume of fire from the ridge area was directed mainly towards the direction where Leonard Co and his group was standing. This can be interpreted that the main target was Leonard and his companions and none other. What was also clear from the CHR hearing, according to the testimony of Dr. Racquel Fortun and the PNP ballistics comparison tests, was that there were bullets fired from the guns assigned to the military on the lower ground with their shells found at locations approaching that of Leonard and company.

members and guests during the lunch meal hosted by relatives , DENR and PNPCSI

The DOJ report was also silent on the fact that the military had the opportunity to clear and control the site for a full 23 hours after the shooting. The PNP SOCO team was able to gain access to the site only at 11 a.m. of the following day. The burden is on the military to show that nothing happened to the evidence during this intervening time. Where are the slugs and shells of rest of the 245 bullets that the military had fired?

Grace circling around the World

This was a life long dream of one of the country’s most respected Filipino- Chinese Christian school of a slightly built young lady, Mrs. Julia L. Tan. This lady happened to be an underprivileged widow with five small children.

To some people, She was someone to be pitied and not to be taken in seriously. Yet the ambitious widow never gave up her dream, amidst many hardships, financial difficulties and other circumstances, She founded Grace Christian High School which is located within the Grace Village, the Grace Gospel Church and Grace Christian Church.

Modern Grace Christian College facade

60 years later, Grace Village occupies over 12 hectares of prime land in Quezon City and is a well-known center of education in the Northern part of Metro Manila. Grace Christian School now boasts of over 4,500 students and is considered as one of the largest Filipino- Chinese schools in the country.

artist sketch of the high school building

Life Story:

Mrs. Julia L. Tan finished her high school in Iok Tek Girls School in Amoy now in the Province of Fujian in China on 1926. She remained in that school to teach. Her fathers encouraged her to continue her studies in  Hwa Nam University in Foochow (Capital City) to study medicine. During those years, women in China seldom even went to pursue even high school much less even finishing a degree in college.

She was quite a unique woman, and took up medicine in 1927. But in her freshman class, each student was required to raise white mice, to observe and handle them. This was a major shock to her. Too embarrassed to tell at anyone, she got very sick. When her father knew about her illness, he contacted the college president, who eventually discovered the real reason for her illness.

She was allowed to transfer to another course that was her one true love ‚Äď Education. This became her life long career, which became the pillars of the third biggest Christian school in the world.

In 1935 she married Mr. Henry Tan an Economics graduate of Saint John’s University in Shanghai . Together they went to the Philippines for their honeymoon. Fascinated and

Beholden by the unique charm of the country. The young couple finally settled in Manila.

Mr. Henry Tan opened business-selling pianos but Mrs. Julia Tan was unhappy with the set-up . She eventually applied for a substitute teacher at the Philippine Cultural High School (1936) . She also taught at the Saint Stephen High School, becoming a supervisor the following year (1936 to 1939).

Grace Christian Church within Grace Village

After the war, The largest Chinese church in Manila (United Evangelical Church) asked Mrs. Tan to start a new Filipino- Chinese school and to be its first principal, After much prayers and consultation. She accepted the position and started the Chia ‚Äď Nan¬† School also known as Ka Lam School.

(Later renamed Hope Christian High School) She gave her full-time to this institution, often returning home past 8pm or 9pm. Her full dedication to teaching had led to the growth of the school. After four years of much dedication and tireless efforts, Chia- Nam was enrolling some 650 students.

In March 1949, Mr. Henry Tan aged 44 died, Leaving Mrs. Julia Tan with 5 small children. A few months after in 1950, Mrs. Julia Tan decided to leave her beloved Chia- Nam School, which was located in the heart of Chinatown district.

At that time, during one of her lowest time of her life, She met Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Spahr , the husband and wife tandem were strongly burden for a Christian school which had the support and vision of the Baptist church mission boards in Bloomfield , New Jersey to establish a Christian institution in the Philippines.

The union of the two families were gradually known as ‚Äú Sparhr-Tan Family‚ÄĚ . Mrs. Tan opened her house which was then located on #349-A Tanduay Street, Quiapo for Sunday worship. This started the Grace Bible Church.

tarpaulin poster of the 60th founding anniversary of Grace Christian College

Founding of Grace School

The vision of founding a school was told to a small group of regular church worshippers.  Filipino- Chinese Christian businessman Don Alfonso Sycip and his sons John and Paul Sycip . The businessman allowed the school to be built on their land in Nagtahan Street.

With no collateral, Mrs. Juliet Tan went to China Banking Corporation and secured Php 90,000 loan to built a school. It was granted. “ Just sign here “, said the bank president, Mr. Dee Se Kiat , a long time family friend.

Even though the school was not yet constructed, a group of 185 students from Kindergarten to Junior High School was already enrolled. “ By seer faith “. As soon as the three story wooden building, with the capacity of 1,600 was finished for just a three-week period.

By school year 1961, the school student population had already reached 1, 400 capacity. Mrs. Tan had eventually gone to search of a land for the school eventual expansion. It took over 5 years. Finally a large tract of land, formerly rice and vegetable fields, was finally been purchased.

Mrs. Julia L. Tan negotiated for the purchase of the rice field from several owners. She then invited five Christian businessmen friends to form the March Development Corporation for the sale of residential lots to school parents and community friends. Samuel Dee was its president and the members were Meritto Lim, Wang Ta Peng, Johnny Liuson, and Paul Sycip.

For the continuation of the Lord’s work in the Manila area, Grace Christian Board of Trustees voted favorably on the recommendation of Mrs. Tan and Dr. & Mrs. Spahr to donate in its entirety the Nagtahan school buildings to the Grace Bible Church for the opening of a Filipino Christian School. Thus¬† the Christian Academy of Manila coming into existence in our former premises in August, 1967.

part of the original school facade built in the mid- 1970’s – this was featured in the stamp

In July 1968, Mr. Johnny Cheng,  donated the school gymnasium on behalf of his beloved mother, Mrs. Cheng Tsai-Jun, on the occasion of her 60th birthday anniversary. The third building project РGymnasium Рwas again completed in August, 1969.

The fourth project, the Kindergarten complex, was completed in September 1973. It now enrolls more than 700 pre-school students. The fifth project was the completion of the Elementary Annex in 1980.

Grace Christian Church

Under the leadership of the Principal, Mrs. Tan, and with the help of interested parents, alumni and friends, the new location in Sto. Domingo Street in Quezon City was developed into a quiet, beautiful community, now known as Grace Village, with the school and church as its center. At present, the school has an administration building, a four-storey High School wing, three-storey Elementary buildings, Kindergarten complex and related educational facilities. Modern 1,500-seat Grace Christian Church ministers to the school’s students, parents, and friends in the Grace Village.

koi pond inside the school  is a haven for students and faculties

Now, Grace Christian High School started it expansion  in 2007  and  had a tertiary level . From humble beginning in 1950 , Hired faculty and staff increased from 30 to 300. The school is considered as one of the largest Christian schools not only in the country but also the world. With thousands of alumni scattered all over the world .

Start of Grace Village

‚ÄúThree church were started through the ministry of Grace Christian High School. The Grace Bible Church (in 1949) in the school‚Äôs original site in Nagtahan St.,, Manila, the Grace Gospel Church (in 1952) also in Nagtahan ST., but later located at nearby Pi√Īa St., and the Grace Christian Church (in 1966) with its location inside Grace Village, continue to shine as beacon for Jesus Christ.

‚ÄúFounder Mrs. Tan‚Äôs original and continuing vision was that the ‚ÄúThe GCHS school‚Äôs spiritual home (for students, parents, and alumni) should be the church, and the GCC church‚Äôs missions field to be the school.‚ÄĚ The school desires the spreading of the Gospel to Grace Village residents, students, alumni, parents ‚Äď in connection with the outreaches of Grace Christian Church

‚ÄúIn 1986, the school had a big boost in the coming of Dr. & Mrs. James L. Tan to reinforce the school administration. Dr. Tan, who is a Department of Science and Technology ‚ÄúBalik Scientist Awardee,‚ÄĚ possesses a Doctor of Science degree with a minor in Education from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He started what is now the GCHS Computer Center, the Kumon Math Center, the Discovery Learning Center, and the Multi-Media Resource Center, which provide Computer Studies and other Sciences and Math support programs for our students and also our faculty and most recently, the Robotics Program which is now one of the highlights of our school.

“Each school year hundreds of students come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. A good number of alumni have given their lives to full time Christian service, and many have returned to work at their Alma Mater and had become valuable assets to the teaching and non-teaching force.

GRACE VILLAGE, with the school as its educational center and first resident came to be. On August 2, 1996 the main door of the new school building was officially opened.

tarpaulin poster of the stamp launch

Stamp Launching

red colored cloth covered the stamp issue before the unveiling ceremonies

Four stamps including a souvenir sheet which commemorates Grace Christian College¬† Traditional Chinese ÁĻĀťęĒŚ≠ó:ŤŹ≤ŚĺčŤ≥ďŚüļÁĚ£śēôťĚąśÉ†Ś≠łťôĘ /Simplified ÁģÄšĹďŚ≠ó:ŤŹ≤ŚĺčśĶúŚüļÁĚ£śēôÁĀĶśÉ†Ś≠¶ťôĘ 60th anniversary ( Diamond Jubilee) were launch last December 16, 2010 at the school audio-visual room inside campus , while a second presentation was made to the students on the Grace Christian Church were Dr. James L. Tan ( President ) were on hand to present the framed stamps to the students, faculties and members of the community .

Dr. James L. Tan – President of Grace Christian College in his welcome address

The group went to the school several minutes before the stamp launch .¬† A power-point presentation were presented to the crowd and top school officials led by Dr. James Tan¬† and Mrs. Judith Tan , Dr. Zenaida Lumba – Dean of Grace Cristian College ,¬† Philpost stamp advisory committee member Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak , Mrs. Elenita San Diego ( Postage and Philatelic Department- Philpost ) Post Master General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus – board member Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and the author .

ceremonial unveiling of the stamp

L-R Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak , Mrs. Judith Tan , Dr. James L. Tan, Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman , Mrs. Elenita San Diego

The group was warmly received by the president of the college  , While various Christian hymns were accompanied during the stamp launch .  It is indeed a heart warming experience for all those people that were present during the momentous occasion.

students and faculties seated listening to the speech

Dr. James Tan during his speech said that ” He is an avid stamp collector and fondly recalled former names of countries like Siam ( now Thailand ) , Rhodesia ( now Zimbabwe )¬† and valued old stamp issues like those from China and Pre-war Philippine stamps .

presentation of framed stamps to Dr. James Tan and Mrs. Judith Tan led by Post Master General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman assisted by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak, Mrs. Elenita San Diego , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus  and the author

Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman received a token gift  from President James L.Tan and Mrs. Tan

” It is interesting to note that collecting stamps is very informative and educational ” You learn a lot of things like the former names of other countries, It may also be an investment ! ” ” You can go to the Philpost and you can still buy stamps at their face value ” according to Dr. Tan.

After launch , the group also received token gifts,  free  campus tour  and pack lunch .

souvenir group photo led by Dr. James Tan, Atty. Antonio De Guzman ,  college dean , professors and school staffs

Note: This is the fifth Filipino- Chinese school to issue commemorative stamps on their  founding anniversary .

Technical Description of the Stamp

Kind of Issue: Commemorative

Denominations and Quantity: Php7.00 / 150,000 pieces

Date of Issue: December 16, 2010

Last date of Sale: December 15, 2011 (as stocks allow)

Sheet Composition: 40

Size: 40 mm x 30 mm

Souvenir Sheet: Php28.00 / 8,450 pieces

Size: 170 mm. x 80 mm

Perforation: 14

Printing: Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper: Imported Unwatermarked

Printer: Amstar Company, Inc.

Designer: Marie Jayzel Lim Te

Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak / Victorino Serevo

Grace Christian College commemorative stamp

Design: Stamp 1: (Upper left)
It shows the new building which is now known as the Grace Christian College, located at Grace Village, Quezon City, with the GCC’s official logo.

Stamp 2: (Lower left)
In July, 1966 the concrete and modern building of GCHS was built in the Balintawak area, North of Quezon City, on what used to be rice fields. This beautiful edifice rose to be the symbol of the integration of academic excellence
and Biblical truths in education.

Stamp 3: (Upper right)
It focuses on the Grace Christian College anniversary logo with the bible verse taken from Psalm 111:10. Backed up by its 60 years in existence, GCC, with more than 10,000 graduates scattered all over the Philippines and other parts of the world, they bring with them the Grace-an Spirit which is contained in the College logo : Grace and Truth.

Stamp 4: (Lower right)
It shows the new ramp building elementary wing of the Grace Christian High School, together with its founders, Ms. Julia L. Tan and Dr. and Mrs. Edward Spahr.

For more information :

Ms. Jen-Jen Hau at Tel. No. ( 02) 387-0237; Cellphone 0916-3026499; or e-mail  at: info@gcc.edu.ph.

Website link : http://www.gcc.edu.ph/




Taipei International Flora Show 2010


bell-tower with various bromeliads and ferns

All pictures courtesy of Philippine Orchid Society

The 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, this exhibition is an invitation to those with green fingers to enjoy the splendid floral displays and swap gardening experiences with exhibitors and international experts.

a wishing well accompanied the huge bell-tower said to the replica of Cagsawa Church

Philippine exhibit during the construction phase

The Philippines is one of the 33 international exhibit being showcased in the exposition  and likewise among the official participants to the Global Garden Competition . According to the organizers of the event, the  exhibit is one of the top drawers and is one of the most beautiful landscaped in the expo.

Philippine exhibit

The theme ” River, Flower, New Horizon “. The six month expo will run until April 26, 2011. The Philippine landscape which can be easily distinguished with a large bell tower which represents the ruins of the old Cagsawa Church in Albay with¬† lavishly decorated¬† red and white¬† stripped¬† neoregelias which is¬† a type of¬† bromeliad¬† and native ferns .

colorful ornamental plants, aglaonemas , phalaenopsis hybrids, anahaw palm (Livistonia rotundifolia ) accompanied by gigantic festival mask and photo of Mayon Volcano as backdrop

The area is surrounded by a moat which is surrounded like a river . The entire country pavilion  is a reminiscence of old medieval period during the Spanish colonial regime and to symbolized that the country is a group of islands.

sansievaras , dracenas , colorful dendrobium hybrids with Philippine made bird cages – Photo of Palawan underground river as a backdrop

The pavilion is enclosed with 10 meter high wall , which resembled old Intramuros . The booth also had different Christmas decoration from different parts of the archipelago which reflects the rich colonial heritage of the country.

This exhibit with different varieties of guzmania , ornamental plants and adorned with native fans . At the background  is the Banaue Rice Terraces which is considered as the 8th wonder of the world.

Religious statues like the Virgin Mary  dotted the colonial village  ambiance .  Christmas lantern made from capiz and complete with its lighting  fixtures dotted the major exhibit areas.

white sand pebbles, native bamboo baskets, shells, star fish and  bamboo fountain are part of the landscape accents which featured heritage houses of Vigan in Ilocos Sur

This biennial flower show is organized by the Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government and supervised by the Council of Agriculture.

white flowered spathiphyllum ( peace lily) , asplenium nidus , cryptanthus , cycad dotted the landscape .

sandy beach of Boracay served as a colorful backdrop in this pocket garden

capiz windows with dramatic lightning effect ,highlighted picturesque Philippine sandy beaches , scenery, man-made wonders and colonial villages .

side view of the exhibit : different  paphiopedilum , phalaenopsis hybrids , Platycerium grande , ferns, Medinilla species and tropical ornamental plants

The exhibit showcase a walk- in passage way , where visitors can tour the various landscape exhibit with pocket gardens adored with different kinds of orchids like lady’s slipper , butterfly orchids, dendrobium , vandaceous hybrids and ornamental plants¬† like bromeliads, tillandsias, ferns, golden miyagos¬† among others.

Bell tower with sentinel watch tower ( replica of Intramuros ) at night

landscape exhibit is accompanied with  colorful photographs  highlighting famous tourist spots like the  Banaue Rice Terraces, Vigan Heritage Village, Hundred Islands, Palawan Underground River, Mayon Volcano, Boracay , Chocolate Hills .

Chocolate hills photograph with various aglaonema hybrids, dracenas, ferns

There is also an indoor exhibit areas , which King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flowers proudly exhibited their plants. A promotional booth ( Philippine Orchid Society ) which also doubles as a tourism booth also showcased the various tourist destination of country .

King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flower landscape exhibit ( indoor space)

According to the Taipei International Flora Exhibition website , some of the must seen outdoor gardens include Netherland exhibit, Sultanate of Oman , Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Fujian garden, Expo orchard among others.

Philippine Orchid Society promotional booth

Commemorative Stamp Issue : article from Taiwan post

commemorative stamps

The 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo, which will be held from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, is the first international horticultural exposition ever held in Taiwan to be recognized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. The expo will demonstrate Taiwan’s culture and arts, its strength in horticulture, its concern for the environment, and its cutting-edge technological achievements. Apart from promoting the domestic flower and tourism industries, the expo will also serve to strengthen international exchange and raise the ROC’s international image. Chunghwa Post is releasing two souvenir sheets on November 6, 2010 to mark this grand occasion. These sheets are designed by Delta Design Corporation and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.

colorful phalaenopsis hybrids – Taiwan is the world’s top producer and exporter of this orchid

The expo‚Äôs logo is an orchid blossom made up of five human figures that seem to be dancing in Peking opera. The five converge in a tumbling rhythm. Each of the five figures represents a separate continent and has a different color‚ÄĒred, orange, blue, green or purple. Inspired by the seasons of nature, the mascots of the expo are fairies representing five flowers: the lily, the sun flower, the moth orchid, the hydrangea, and the tulip. During the expo period, the Expo Dome in the Yuanshan Park Area will serve as the venue for an ‚ÄúOlympics of flowers.‚ÄĚ In addition to the nine thematic shows on exhibit there, an international indoor floral design competition and the Taiwan International Orchid Show 2011 (which is one of the three biggest orchid shows in the world) will also be held there. One of the souvenir sheets comprises nine NT$5 stamps, each depicting a species of orchid, for a total value of NT$45. The other souvenir sheet comprises ten NT$5 stamps, for a total value of NT$50. Each of the mascots is represented by two stamps. The logo of the expo can be found in each stamp and in both marginal inscriptions.


Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club under the auspices of the Philippine Philatelic Federation and in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation , City of Manila on the occasion of its 15th anniversary held a stamp exhibition and competition¬† from December 2 to 17 , 2010 .

NBN channel 4 media guesting by the author last November 29, 2010 . The author was interviewed by Ms. Veronica¬† ” Nikki” Baluyot- Jimenez

The opening ceremonies took place at around past 10 :00 am with several distinguished guest of honors which included Mr. Alfredo Gabot Р( Chairman of the Board -Philpost Corporation ) ,  Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman Р(Postmaster General -CESO 1 )  , Mrs. Elenita San Diego Р(Postage and Philatelic Department ) , Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol Р(Finance Department  ), Atty. Tetangco -personal representative of Mayor Alfredo Lim, Mr. Hans Becker from Luxemburg and International Philippine Philatelic Society correspondent  , Mr. Pio Rodriguez ,   Mr. Robert Tan -President ( Philippine Philatelic Federation) and  members of other philatelic organizations .

L-R Mr. Han Becker, Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol, Atty. Antonio De Guzman, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, Mr. Robert Tan

Back : Mrs. Elenita San Diego , Mr. Lawrence Chan, Mrs. Elsie Loyola

The theme for this anniversary was “Appreciation and Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting.” This¬† exhibit is considered the much anticipated event of the year among Philatelists.

Chairman  Alfredo Gabot in his welcome address

Other partners included YKL Photo Company for the much needed documentation process , media partners like Studio 23, NBN channel 4, Buy and Sell Newspaper , Commuter Express, PINAS Sikat Newspaper,UNTV channel 37 , Philippine Star ,  Sonshine Radio and Television Channel 39 , Tulay fortnightly digest ,  Philpost media among others.

trophies , medals and token gifts for the winners and  guests of honor

Local politician which supported the event included the office of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim , Vice-Mayor Francisco ” Isko ” Moreno Domagoso , Congressman Trisha Bonoan- David( 4th district )¬† , Councilor Mrs.¬† Jocelyn Quintos ( 4th district ) , Councilor Don Juan Bagatsing ( 4th district) Minority Floor leader , Councilor Ms.¬† Maria Sheila ” Honey ” Lacuna – Pangan (4th district) Majority Floor leader , Barangay Chairman¬† 403 zone 41 – Ms. Sonia L. Luyahan, Kagawad Don Pasetes among others.

Philatelic clubs like Filipino – Chinese Philatelic Society , Cebu Philatelic Society, Naga Philatelic Society , International Philippine Philatelic Society , Quezon Philatelic Society which allowed their members to actively participate in the event.

The planning stage for the exhibition started early on the first quarter of the year, but lack of philatelic exhibition frames and other minor problems  prompted the board to postpone the event for the last quarter of the year.

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion winner of GOLD for his exhibit  received the trophy

Organizing a stamp exhibit is not that easy , with few resources available,  a handful of volunteers, few sponsors ,  mounting an exhibit is a big task.

Mr. John Co received the vermiel trophy for his stamp exhibit entitled ” Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese”

Series of queries arouse , Like can we invite stamp collectors with adequate philatelic materials good enough for exhibition ? Do we have the budget for the event ? Where can we get support ? Will the media cover this event?¬† Is the security enough? Judging criteria ?¬† Will the the public come to the event ? Who will document the event?¬† those are some of the problems foreseen by some of the board members of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Philippine Philatelic Federation.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala an avid collector of stamps from Quezon¬† received the vermiel award ” Youth Category ” for her stamp exhibit entitled ” Queen Elizabeth II “

Foreseeing the first problem , this anonymous person came to the rescue  . This person had already  took the bitter pills in painstaking  conceptualizing and to a big extent, funding  the metal frames intended for this event.

After all, without the frames , all the stamps collections from private collectors across the country cannot be exhibited properly.

L-R group picture with Mr.Pio Rodriguez ( Chairman- Judging Committee FILPEX 2010) , Mr. Robert Tan ( President РPhilippine Philatelic Federation ) , Mr. Hans  Becker and Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman ( Postmaster General)

What was envisioned as a simple stamp exhibit became a reality  ,  The start of the mounting of stamps in the philatelic  board started 3rd week of November while judging took place on November 27 , 2010.

The original opening  date of the exhibit was further move to December 2, 2010 after some minor set backs.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala¬† posed for a souvenir photo at her exhibit ” Queen Elizabeth II ”

Some of the excited participants came early ,  Special mention to the family of  Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala, Mr. Abet Alcala who came all the way from Quezon province .

Mr. Allan Vergara winner of silver medal for his exhibit entitled ” Apocryphal Zoology” posed for a souvenir shot

The winners of the stamp competition was also announced during the event , eliciting admiration from the huge crowd which composed of collectors, students , Philpost employees and passersby .

Mr. Gerson Danseco from Quezon Philatelic Society received¬† a medal for his exhibit entitled¬† Dog’s – Man’s Best Friend which won a silver-bronze .

Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz of Naga Philatelic Society received several medals for her exhibits . She had entered 4 exhibits all of which won silver-bronzes

After the announcement of all the winners , as a token of gratitude to their unwavering support for the event  framed PNOY stamps each were given to Chairman Alfredo Gabot and Atty. Tetangco .

Atty. Tetangco (personal representative of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim)  received a  token framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan , Chairman Gabot, Atty. Antonio De Guzman

Chairman Alfredo Gabot received a framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan as a token of gratitude

A lunch buffet meal was served to the selected guests at the conference room courtesy of Mr. Robert Tan , where a book authored by Mrs. Mina Gabor ( Philippine Stamps ) was given by the Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion posed in his winning exhibit entitled¬† ” Philippine Telegraph ” . His exhibit is said to be worth millions of pesos

Group of students and teachers went on a field trip at the post office  during the exhibit opening

Ms. Eyesha Endar a correspondence from PNAS Sikat Newspaper interviewed Mr. Robert Tan

Ms. Zara Siera of Naga Philatelic Society won a bronze medal¬† for her exhibit ” Trees”

Several days later on December 6, 2010,  Hon. Secretary Herminio B.  Coloma Jr. (Presidential  Communication Office  ) went to the Philpost and was met by Mrs. Elenita San Diego, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Robert Tan and warmly received by Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

The author would like to thank all the people who help in making this event a huge success ! Until next time.

Here are the WINNERS:

A. Traditional Philately

Exhibit Title                                            Exhibitor                                         Award

1. Philippine Telegraphs             Mr. Emmanuel   Encarnacion       Р  Gold

2. Postal System Under the Japanese  Occupation   Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus  РLarge Vermiel

3. USPI¬† 1898 to 1908¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus¬†¬† –¬† Large Vermiel

4. USPI Special Delivery 1901 to¬† 1941¬†¬†¬† Mr. Dojie Lutera¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† –¬†¬† Large Vermiel

5. Philippine Railway Mail Service 1900 to 1978     Mr. Dojie Lutera   РVermiel

B. Thematic Philately

1. Philatelic Terms¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus –¬† ¬†¬† Vermiel

2. Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. John Co¬†¬† –¬†¬† Vermiel

3. Apocryphal Zoology                                 Mr. Allan Vergara           Р   Silver

4. Water Birds                                                   Ms. Paulina Calinawan    Р   Silver

5. An Affair to Remember                            Mr. Dionisio Taeza         Р  Silver- Bronze

6. Yes, They are Stamps                        Msgr. Ramon Tiama          Р      Silver- Bronze

7. Welcome to the World Babe¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Maria Lourdes Watiwat –¬† Silver- Bronze

8. Flowers¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Paulina Calinawan¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬† Silver – Bronze

9. Joy to the World                                  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz            Р   Silver РBronze

10. Dogs- Man’s Best Friend¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. Gerson Danseco¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – ¬†¬†¬† Silver – Bronze

11. Democracy Lost, Democracy Restored¬† Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz¬†¬† –¬† Silver Bronze

12. Christianization of Bicolandia           Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz    Р   Silver- Bronze

13. Trees                                                           Ms. Ma. Zarah C. Sierra    -Silver- Bronze

14. Dogs                                                            Ms.  Penafrancia Ruiz        РSilver РBronze

15. Music Genre¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† Mr. Stanley Siu¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬† Silver- Bronze

16. Philippine Constitution¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Zeida Aurora B. Garfin¬† –¬† Bronze

17. Memoirs of PMA¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Maria¬† Lourdes Watiwat¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬† Bronze

C. Youth Philately

1.¬† Queen Elizabeth II ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† –¬† Vermiel

2.¬† Transportation on Land, Sea, Air¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Jally D. Marquez ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† –¬† Silver- Bronze

3. Philatelic Forays Across the Curriculum Ms. Colie Marie D. Marquez  РSilver- Bronze

D. Guest Exhibitors

1. Spanish -Philippines Pre-Philatelic Period          Mr. Robert Tan

2. China -Pre- Philatelic Period                                    Mr. Robert Tan

3.  Maximaphilately ( Maximum cards)                   Mr. Hans Becker

4. Philippines 1935 to 1970                                          Mr. Hans Becker

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