Flora Filipina 2012 venue

Last January 28, 2012 saturday,  Philippine Orchid Society’s officers  had a special  meeting with commercial participants , bloggers , members and invited small group of people to view the location of the Flora Filipina expo site within the Quezon Memorial Circle facing Quezon City Hall.

entrance to the Hardin ng Mga Bulaklak

The place is called Hardin ng mga Bulaklak or simply called HB garden . This botanical garden was in collaboration with Philippine Horticultural Society and Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines which help in the landscaping and donating plants to the botanical center.

commemorative marker

Quezon City government is planning to have this place as a repository of various plants from all over the country and the world .

 cacti and succulent  garden marker

trellis with flowering vines

plastic greenhouse for cactus and succulents

wall  gardening with begonias , guzmania and bromeliads

Mussaenda ‘Doña Aurora’

spathoglottis plicata

map of Flora Filipina 2012 exhibits and commercial booths

Earth Hour 2012

 

The global 60-minute switch-off will extend to the International Space Station, where Earth Hour Astronaut-Ambassador Andre Kuipers shall stand vigil over our imperiled planet as the lights switch off on 31 March, sharing photos and live commentary.Kuipers says he is thrilled to participate in Earth Hour to literally take the globally-significant movement to new heights. “There’s no better way to raise awareness for the future of the most beautiful planet in the whole universe!”Back on Earth, preparations are frenetic. From Angola to Zimbabwe, organizing teams from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and its growing roster of allies are preparing for what is hoped to be the largest environmental celebration in human history.

Philippine Preparations Set, Switch-off Sites Declared

WWF-led switch-off ceremonies are slated for the cities of Makati, Cebu and Davao – though other cities and towns are expected to hold well-organized events to observe the switch-off.

Makati City’s Ayala Triangle Gardens shall be the central hub for Luzon. At 6:30 PM on 31 March, glow-in-the-dark dance troupe Bailes de Luces and the Caracol dancers shall form the vanguard of an Earth-themed parade which starts at the Makati fire station and ends at Ayala Tower One – where WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Rovilson Fernandez shall host a programme with performances from El Gamma Penumbra, Brigada and other groups. No less than Earth Hour founder Andy Ridley shall lead the country’s main switch-off event, hosted by WWF with the help of Ayala Land and the Makati City Government.

Cebu City’s Plaza Independencia shall be the chief switch-off site for the Visayas. A festive street parade led by local Sinulog Dancers shall start from Fuente Osmeña Circle from 5:30 PM onwards. The Cebu switch-off further features a candle lighting ceremony capped off by the release of biodegradable sky lanterns. Cebu’s event is in cooperation with the Aboitiz Group and the Cebu City Government.

SM Davao shall be the main switch-off site for Mindanao. WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Marc Nelson shall host the switch-off, which features a tribal-themed parade around SM Davao at 6:30 PM. Black-light and fire-dancers shall woo the crowd with specialized routines once the city plunges into darkness. The Davao event is in collaboration with SM Supermalls, the Green Alliance and the Davao City Government.

Earth Hour Philippines National Director Atty. Gia Ibay shares, “We’re extremely excited for this year’s switch-off ceremonies. Though the Visayas and Mindanao have always observed their own unique switch-off ceremonies, WWF has traditionally celebrated Earth Hour from Manila. To commemorate our country’s fifth Earth Hour, we thought it high time for WWF to observe the movement across the archipelago – which has always been what we’ve aimed for.”

‘I Will If You Will’ Pledges Snowballing

Earth Hour 2012’s new ‘I Will If You Will’ handle empowers people to share a personal dare with the world by asking everyone what are you willing to do to save the planet?
The concept of ‘I Will If You Will’ centers around providing a social contract between two parties – connecting one person, business or organization to a ‘promise’ and their friends, family, customers or members to a ‘challenge’ – uniting them behind the common goal of creating a positive environmental outcome.

The campaign has taken hold and ‘I Will If You Will’ pledges are now snowballing across cyberspace.

WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Marc Nelson has pledged to swim with sharks – in a Panda costume – and plant trees underwater while munching on a carrot, if 5000 of his Twitter followers pledge to avoid plastic and reuse shopping bags.

Publicity material from WWF:

For more information:
Atty. Gia Ibay
Earth Hour Philippines Director
gibay@wwf.org.ph
Gregg Yan
Earth Hour Philippines Communications Head
gyan@wwf.org.ph

Winners of Horticulture 2012

Award

Plant Art

Owner

First Place

Tillandsia bonsai

Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe

Second  Place

Tillandsia bonsai

Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe

Third Place

Wall Hanging bamboo

Mr. Serapion Metilla

Suiseki

Award

Name of Suiseki

Owner

First Place

Lolo

Mr. Sonny Armamento

Second  Place

Pagoda

Mr. Alexander Lim

Third Place

Green Bear

Mr. Roldan Abundo

Landscape Booth Exhibit

2nd Place Landscape exhibit – executed by Mr. Fred Salud

Award

Owner

Booth Number

First Place

Mr. Roldan “ Lardy “ Abundo, Mrs. Teresa Baldonado, Ms. Marilois “ Lois” Estrella

8

Second  Place

Mr. Fred Salud

2

Third Place

Mr.   Yuyong La’O

1

 

Category/ Sub-category Plant Name Owner Booth Number

Orchid

No Winner

Monopodial

No entry

Sympodial

S.A. Trichoglottis latisepala

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

Ariod

Alocasia sp.

Mr. Roldan Abundo

8

Ariod A

1st Aglaonema “ Christmasday”

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

2nd Aglaonema hybrid

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

3rd Aglaonema “ White Diamond”

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

Ariod B

1st Alocasia sp.

Mr. Roldan Abundo

8

2nd Alocasia cuprea

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

3rd Alocasia hybrid

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

Ariod C

1st Anthurium jenmanii

Arid and Ariods, Inc.

11

2nd Anthurium brownie

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

3rd Philodendron sp.

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

Cactus / Succulent

1st Espostoa lanata ( Old-man cactus)

Ms. Adoracion Bernabe

15

2nd Astrophyllum asterias

Ms. Adoracion Bernabe

15

3rd Gymnocalvium saglionis ( variegated)

Ms. Adoracion Bernabe

15

Succulent

1st Agave geminifolia

Ms. Teresa Baldonado

15

2nd Agave

Mr. Yuyung La’O

1

3rd Gasteria sp.

Ms. Adoracion Bernabe

15

Fern/ Fern Ally

Nephrolepis “ Peruvian Fern”

Ms. Teresa Baldonado

8

Fern A

1st Asplenium colubrinum “ Mutant #1”

Mr. George Mendoza

10

2nd Asplenium “ Cobra”

Arid and Ariods, Inc.

11

3rd Asplenium sp “ Leyte – serrated”

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

Fern B

1st Neprolepis “ Peruvian Fern”

Ms. Teresa Baldonado

8

2nd Platycerium grande

Mr. Yuyung La’O

1

3rd No Winner

Fern Ally

1st Psilotum nudum

Mr. Serapion S. Metilla

6

2nd Selaginella

Ms. Adorcaion S. Bernabe

6

3rd No Winner

Foliage

Ficus dammaropsis

Arid and Ariods, Inc.

11

1st Ficus dammaropsis

Arid and Ariods, Inc.

11

2nd unknown species from Sumatra , Indonesia

Mr. Yuyong La’O

1

3rd Variegated pandakaki

Mr. Roldan Abundo

8

Shrub

1st Leea sp.

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

2nd Loheria sp.

Mr. George Mendoza

10

3rd “ Miyagos “ Oxmoxylon lineare

Mr. Serapion S. Metilla

5

Herbaceous

No winner

Flowering Plant

No winner

Perennial

S.A. Ixora superba

Arid & Ariods, Inc.

11

Annual

No entry

Bonsai

Pemphis acidula ( “bantigue” )

Mr. Bobby Gopiao

3

Local species

1st Pemphis acidula ( “bantigue” )

Mr. Bobby Gopiao

3

2nd Pemphis acidula ( “ bantigue” )

Mr. Bobby Gopiao

3

3rd Manilkara sapota ( “ Chico” )

Mrs. Felicidad S. Gupit

3

Imported Species

1st Premna microphylla

Mr. Bobby Gopiao

3

2nd Ficus microcarpa ( “ Balete” )

Mr. Bobby Gopiao

3

3rd Ficus microphylla

Mr. David Lim

3

Palm / Cycad

Pinanga sp.

Mr. George Mendoza

10

1st Pinanga sp

Mr. George Mendoza

10

2nd Licuala mattanensis “ Mapu”

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

3rd Dwarf dypsis

Mrs. Felicidad S. Gupit

5

Cycad

1st Cycas chamberlainii

Mr. Serapion S. Metilla

5

2nd Zamia (multi-headed)

Mrs. Felicidad S. Gupit

5

3rd No Winner

Bromeliad

Alcantarea hybrid

Arid & Ariods, Inc.

11

Bromeliad A

1st Neoregelia “ Miami “

Mr. Fred Salud

2

2nd Neoregelia  hybrid

Mr. Fred Salud

2

3rd Neoregelia hybrid

Mr. Fred Salud

2

Bromeliad B

1st Alcantarea hybrid

Arid & Ariods , Inc.

11

2nd Alcantarea “ Meriot”

Arid & Ariods , Inc.

11

3rd Vriesea

Mr. Yuyong La’O

1

Other Bromeliad

1st Dyckia sp.

Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe

15

2nd No Winner

3rd No Winner

Variegated / Mutant

Schefflera sp.

Mr. Ramiro Oplas

5

1st Schefflera sp.

Mr. Ramiro Oplas

5

2nd Angiopteris palmiformis

Mr. George Mendoza

10

3rd Camachile

Mrs. Felicidad S. Gupit

3

Mutant

1st Anthurium

Mr. Yuyong La’O

1

2nd Crinum (variegated)

Mr. George Mendoza

10

3rd Asplenium nidus “ Forking”

Mr. Botchie Canicula

12

Best Plant in Show

Schefflera sp. variegated

Mr. Ramiro Oplas

5

Horticulture 2012 Show – New Trends and Creative Techniques

Charito Planas Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle- Quezon City L-R  Mr. Joselito ” Butch” Campos, Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar , Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe , Quezon City Vice- Mayor Mrs. Joy Belmonte- Alimurong

 

Landscape of King Louis Farm – a show stopper and a hall of fame awardee

It was a fine sunny afternoon last January 26, 2012 Thursday when the author was invited  to the opening of  Horticulture 2012 held at the Quezon Memorial Circle near the Commonwealth Avenue side. The venue of the show was the Bonsai / Araos Garden, it was recently renamed as Charito Planas Garden in honor of former Quezon City Vice-Mayor 1992- 1995, socio -civic and human rights leader, A former president of the Quezon City Parks Development Foundation Inc., which manages the Quezon Memorial Circle, she is also known as an advocate of women’s causes. – Atty. Charito M. Planas. She is accredited to have gradually developed the area into a horticulture and medicinal plant haven during her term as vice-mayor.

Untying of the garland  led by  board of directors of different  plant societies , members,  guests of honor , vips, and sympathizers

This is a favorite venue area  of various horticultural and bonsai shows. The location was chosen because of its accessibility to joggers, students and passersby. There is a mini cemented stage were programs are held.  There are already several members of the Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated 1976, Philippine Bonsai Society, Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated 2007, Ayala-Alabang Garden Club, Makati Garden Club and Las Piñas Garden Club among others.

Miss Joy Belmonte-Alimurong

This year marked the 37th year of PHSI annual horticulture show with its’ theme ” New Trends and Creative Techniques in Horticulture “ the show featured an array of multifaceted landscape exhibits which showcase some of the   youngest, best and brightest landscapers in the country.

 Mr. Modesto Manglicmot , Architect Oscar Duque,  Mr.& Mrs. Romeo Gutierrez-President of PHSI  ( wearing light green vests ) & Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernanbe in pink and Mr. Joselito Campos

There are around 75 commercial booths where one can buy plants and plant materials from the ordinary ones, to rare and collector’s item plants.

nepenthes alata / pitcher plant being sold in one of the stalls

There will also be a  daily lecture where those interested in gardening and plants can attend.  This year’s over-all show chairperson led by the tandem of  Dr. Romeo Gutierrez and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe or more popularly called Tita Dorie / Dory  by almost all people in the horticultural world.

Mr. Francis Gener being interviewed by a staff and crew of PTV channel 4

Tita Dorie is very active in almost all horticultural societies in the country. She has vast collections of ferns, bonsai, cactus, succulents, orchids, exotic fruits, suseiki, antique furniture and among others, She is also well-known in other parts of the world.

Unigreen Ornamental Farm booth

There is also a member who said ” Kapag si Tita Dorie ang nag-show chairperson ng isang event, bongga ang show”   The show is quite impressive if Tita Dorie is the chairperson. Spectacular Indeed!

Quezon City band

It was around past 4:00pm when the guests of honor arrived led by Vice- Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte, administrators of Quezon Memorial Circle, Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar and Mr. Buth Campos. They were warmly greeted by all the board members of the society and well-wishers,  from various horticultural groups. Kuratong was performed by the Boys Scouts of the Philippines that led the guests of honor in their places at the prepared garland, which was be untied.

boys scout of the Philippines with kuratong

When the guests are already properly positioned the Kuratong had stopped. After the garland was untied, the Quezon City band played a welcoming band. The sunshine ladies and gentlemen then led the guests to the exhibition site – (These are the term given to the group of usherettes and reception committee members of the society.)  After the guest had taken seats, the doxology was led by a group of kids from The Learning Tree Growth Center, Incorporated.

After the doxology , the children performed a modern song using angklung , a traditional bamboo instrument used in many Southeast Asian countries.

kids with angklung

      It was pat 5:00pm when Dr. Romeo Gutierrez -President of PHSI in his welcome addresses the need of gardening in towns and cities.   Dr. Gutierrez is a plant enthusiast, He is also a plant breeder and painting collector .    A short power point presentation was prepared before the opening speech of Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar chairperson of the Villar Foundation, This foundation is known for its meaningful community projects like assistance to OFW in distress, Skills and Livelihood assistance, various environmental projects like water hyacinth handicrafts, River Rehabilitation Programs and Social Enterprises in Las Piñas City.

native baskets  made from water hyacinth with organic compost packs

Horticulturists and environmentalists across the country would always remember the Villars as big players in the horticultural industry; plants are needed to beautify their real estate projects.  Mrs. Villar is very friendly and down to earth person,  Her passion and love for the environment truly reflected on her glowing presence.   ” Iba ang aura ni Mrs. Villar ”  . Mrs. Villar had a different aura, this was according to one of the on-lookers.  Eager members and invited guests requested her to have a photo opportunity. The foundation also gave away native handbags with compost soil packs as a started kit! For those who wanted to know more about the advocacy  and projects of the Villar Foundation here is the link:

Website: http://www.villarfoundation.org/

Another guest of honor is Mr. Joselito ” Buth ” Campos Jr. of  Del Monte Pacific LTD. Philippines and chairperson of Evergreen Holdings,  He also pledge to donate an undetermined amount of money for the Philippine Horticultural Society various projects. He is also known to be a  koi breeder, animal lover, furniture collector and specializes in collecting of rare plants from all over the world.

 Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. members and board of directors

Not to be outdone was wives of former ambassadors, members  various NGO and cause- oriented groups which  donated the trophies to the winners of the show.

Among the exhibitors is Mr. Yuyung LaO who is well known for his many exotic ornamental plant collections  from all over the world . He is also considered as one of the most-in-demand landscaper  not only  in this country but also in other Asian countries.  Mr. LaO  long list of  clientele  included  dignitaries, politicians, resorts ,  well-known celebrities, businessmen and even royalties !  Another exhibitor is  Mr. Boyet Ganigan of Aroids and Arids. He has a big collection of rare plants in Silang, Cavite.  A frequent winner in the field of landscaping and plants , His  fame led him to be featured in some of the country’s top newspaper and blogs .

Landscape booth executed by internationally known landscaper Mr. Yuyong La’O – this exhibit won third prize.

Other exhibitors were Mr. Fred Salud, Professor Serapion Metilla in tandem with Dr. Romeo Gutierrez, Mr. Francis Gener of King Louis Flowers and Ornamental Plants.  Mr. Gener has been a frequent winner in landscape exhibits both local and international.

L-R Mr. Botchie Canicula  , Mrs. Siony Ng , Ms. Rebecca C. Buenaventura &  Ms.Myrna Magalong

  Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula which specializes in fern, variegated plants, anthuriums, cactus , succulents , bromeliads, native plants  and among others.  An entrepreneur at heart , He converted their family  garden into a thematic NVC garden restaurant in San Mateo , Rizal . He was featured in some television shows like Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho ( cactus episode aired last January 10, 2009) on  GMA Kapuso channel 7  and Umagang Kay Ganda of ABS-CBN channel 2 .

Mr. George Mendoza  have their exhibit booths. While, the Philippine Bonsai Society will  exhibit their prized bonsai trees, Natural Stone Society will also display their stone collections.

Best Landscape in Show Award – executed by the tandem of  Mr. Lardy Abundo, Mrs. Teresa Baldonado and Ms. Marilois Estrella

There are also exhibits by Mr. Lardy Abundo, Tess Baldonado and Marilois Estrella, the World Flower Council,  Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Incorporated , Cactus and Succulent Society, the group of Wendy-Fern Study Group or FSG and Ariod Study Group or ASTIG , Mett’s Plant Arts and a community booth for members of the society which displayed their prized collections of plants .

The plants in this landscape exhibit had numerous awards  – executed by Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula

The Horticulture 2012 committee heads  :  Dr. Romeo Gutierrez and Ms. Dorie S. Bernabe, co-chairpersons; Mrs. Teresa Baldonado, commercial; Dr. Romeo Gutierrez, exhibits; Mr. Modesto Manglicmot, physical arrangements; Architect Oscar Duque, security; Mrs. Felicidad S. Gupit, invitation; Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr., judging and awards; Architect Patricia Regalado, lectures and program; Professor Serapion Metilla, publicity; Mrs. Norma Villanueva, secretariat and raffle; Mr. Anthony Arbias, registration; Mrs. Rosita Yu, officers of the day; Mrs. Dorie S. Bernabe, ways and means and reception; and Mr. Vincent Canicula, finance.

Pastor Mike Lacanilao

Another media and radio personality is Pastor Mike Lacanilao a prime time news co-anchor of Ms. Helen Vela of GMA-  Balita ( 1986 to 1995 ) of GMA channel 7.

He is now a bible preacher and his passion over plants and gardening led him to become a member of the Philippine Horticultural Society.

After all the fanfare and impressive opening, the winners were finally announced, the official cater provider Ms. Baby De Leon is also on hand to supervise her staff.

Variegated Tupidanthus ” Best Plant in Show”

Hoya siarae 

Philippine hoyas was exhibited in memory of Dr. Simeona” Monina ” Siar 1962-2011 , She was accredited in identification and naming of new hoya species .

Winners of PhilPEX 2012

Categories:

A: Postal History                                   Exhibitor                          Award

1. China- Pre- UPU 1778-1872           MR. Robert Tan                 Gold

2. Postal History of the Philippine – Cordillera Mr. Dojie Lutera  Vermiel

B. Traditional Philately                           Exhibitor                               Award

1. Philippines – Pre Philatelic era            Mr. Robert Tan                          Gold

2. Philippines – Japanese Occupation  Mr. Robert Tan                      Large Vermiel

3. Philippines slogans                                 Mr. Hans Becker                   Large Vermiel

4. Philippine Postal system under Japanese Mr. Roberto Jacinto      Vermiel

5. Postage of the Phil. under the Spanish Dominion C.H. Severino D. Bajar M.D. Vermiel

6. Phil. Paquebot markings under the US admin . Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus  Vermiel

7. Phil. Postal System under the US Administration Mr. Roberto Jacinto   Silver

C. Thematic Philately                       Exhibitor                                    Award

1. Hologram                                         Mr. Nilo Dizon                                Large Vermiel

2. Philatelic Terms using Worldwide Birds  Mrs. Paulina Calinawan        Silver

3. Engineering and Architectural Structures   Ms. Ligaya Callejo              Silver

4. Stamp Collecting . The Hobby of A Lifetime  Ms.  Rebecca Go                Silver

5. Painting of the Renaissance Period           Mr. Rouel R. Sevelleno          Silver

6. Jose Rizal                                                             Mr. Allan Mirhan                      Silver

7. Extra Ordinary Stamps                          Mr. Jerson Danseco              Silver- Bronze

8. Pope Benedict XVI                                Msgr. Ramon Tiama                Silver – Bronze

9. Joint Issues                                              Mr.  Gero Zyo Danseco           Silver- Bronze

10. Blessed John Paul 2 . Making of a Saint  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz   Silver- Bronze

11. Living Animals                                 Mr. Max Dexter Go                     Silver- Bronze

12. The History of Painting              Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz                    Silver-Bronze

13. World War II in the Philippines Mr. Allan Mirhan                        Silver- Bronze

14. Philippine Educational System  Ms. Eden Sepagan                       Silver- Bronze

15. Pass the Message                           Ms. Maria Lourdes Watiwat     Silver-Bronze

16. Transport Machines                   Ms. Aurora Malundas                  Silver-Bronze

17. President  Manuel L. Quezon Commonwealth & Republic Issues

( Quezon Philatelic Society )        Bronze

18. Agrikultura , Pangisdaan at Bundok   Mr. Guillermo James Argosino  Bronze

19.  Philippines -Unique Nation   Mr. Norberto Hererra                        Bronze

20. Mga Bayani at Dakilang Pilipino       Guillermo James Argosino    Bronze

21. Philippine Birds                      Mrs. Paulina Calinawan                            Bronze

22. Friends Never Die , They Just Pass Away   Mr. Dionisio Taeza     Bronze

23. Quezon , Philatelically           Msgr. Ramon Tiama                                Bronze

24. Vertebrate Diversity             Mr. Gary Rosales                               Certificate

25. Chinese Zodiac                     Ms. Leslie Tanengsy-Uy Matiao   Certificate

26. Olympic Games                    Mr. Allan Bennet Uy- Matiao         Certificate

27. Philippine Culture               Mr. Allan Bennet Uy- Matiao        Certificate

D. Youth Philately

1.  The World of Music       Ms. Reena de Jesus                                       Vermiel

2. Outer Space -Link for Mankind         Mr. Rainier de Jesus             Silver

3. The Time Giants Ruled the World   Ms. Joanna Argosino            Silver

4. It’s Cat Meow                        Ms. Collie Marquez                                    Silver

5. Tropical Butterfly                Jally Marquez                                             Silver

6. A Story in Stamps             Mr.  Chris Brandon Go                                Silver- Bronze

7. The Summer Olympic Games  Mr. Chris Brandon Go                     Silver – Bronze