Horticulture 2013:” Gardening with a Heart” opening highlights

Charito Planas Garden , Quezon Memorial Circle ,  Quezon City-Philippines

L-R Ms. Norma Villanueva , Ms. Joy Belmonte -Alimurong ( Vice-Mayor of Quezon City¬† ) Mrs. Amelita ” Ming ” Ramos,¬† Hon. Herert Bautista ( Mayor of Quezon City¬† ) Ms. May Dumlao ( President -Philippine Horticultural Society ) and Mr. Ralph Diaz ( Vice President -Philippine Horticultural Society )

L-R Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula , Engineer Zaldy¬† A. Dela Rosa ( Parks Development and Administration Department – PDAD, Quezon City) Mayor Herbert Bautista,¬† Mrs. Amelita Ramos ( former First Lady 1992-1998) Mrs. Joy Belmonte -Alimurong , Ms. May Dumlao , Ms. Norma Villanueva and Architect Butch Duque

It was a bright sunny afternoon when the members, officers , invited vip’s , government officials , media and garden aficionados marked another milestone in the Philippine gardening scenes. It was Philippine Horticultural Society‘s 37th Annual Garden Show.

group picture

This is the first plant show for 2013 and the preparation started last 2012.¬† This year’s theme ” Gardening with a Heart ” connotes a lot of idea.¬† From passionate gardeners which derived their love and devotion thru gardening , to heart shaped plants .

officers and members

Special invited guests were former first lady Mrs. Amelita Ramos, Mayor Herbert Bautista , Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Mr. and Mrs. Flor Tarriela , presidents of various gardening societies and garden clubs. After a short tour of the exhibits and few photo opportunities , The invited guests of honor gave interesting speech . One of the more notable ones by Mayor Herbert Bautista¬† said ” He planted hundreds of seedlings¬† within public elementary schools ”¬† most of those tree seedling are now full grown trees !¬† Mrs. Amelita Ramos focused on the importance of gardening and beautification drive during his husband’s six year-term .

Mr.  Ed Tarriela and Mrs. Tarriela together with May Dumlao and Ms. Norma Villanueva

Mrs. Floriencia Gozon -Tarriela is the current chairperson of Philippine National Bank . She  also serves as a Director of Tuloy Sa Pagunlad Inc., Kilosbayan, Philippine Bible Society, and Summer Institute of Linguistics. Most weekends, she develops an herbal sanctuary in her five-hectare garden in Antpolo City .

Flors Garden website: http://florsgarden.com/

Her garden is named Flor’s Garden . The garden serves as a laboratory designed to substantiate a campaign that she and her husband  advocates.  A few months ago  the garden host a sanctuary of Philippine hoyas  and other hoya species found in other countries . His husband Mr. Ed Tarriela- a corporate lawyer also helps wage to help promote healthy living among Filipinos.

She also wrote some books about plants,¬† recipe for weeds, A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Gardening .

L-R Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula , Mrs. Amelita Ramos and Dr. Romeo Gutierrez

NAPA Restaurant: an American ‚Äď Italian restaurant in Scout Borromeo , Quezon City

NAPA Restaurant ,# 2 Scout Borromeo Street, Quezon City- Philippines

Napa Restaurant signage is very visible within Scout Borromeo street in Barangay South Triangle with ample area .

I had a privilege last January 24, 2013 to join an eyeball and a victory party  (Filipino Bloggers Worldwide) organized by Ms. Sumi Go that was held in the heart of the busy Barangay South Triangle area. This area is known for its restaurants, condominiums, medium- sized malls that are perfectly located just a stone throw away from two popular television stations.

According to some old time residents , This area used to be a quiet and lazy residential area even up to the late 1970‚Äôs when commercialization started converting the residential lands into tall condominium units and business establishment.¬† The restaurant used to be called Bistro Napa located at IL Terrazo in Quezon City.¬† The place used to be an old residential house, then converted into¬† a pre-school¬† run by ABS-CBN Children’s Center¬† for about a decade, before it was re-adapted as a restaurant and bar by its present owners.


Much of the foundations of the old-house was retained and was enhanced by the present proprietors (Kudos for its re-adapted re-use).

used wine bottles  as a lightning fixtures in the restaurant

It had an open area perfectly fit for occasions like garden events, baptism, meetings, and a hangout place for barkadas.

Napa restaurant outdoor area serves an an ideal place for couples or small group its garden -like theme is perfect for moonlighted date or team building

NAPA restaurant had function rooms that can hold private affairs from company team- buildings, seminars, meetings, family reunions, parties, media conference and special events ranging from 20-120pax.

chicken buffalo wings -one of the signature dishes of the restaurant

According to Chef Joseph Apolinario , the name was derived from NAPA Valley in California that is known for its grape vineyards  and agricultural lands. Another interesting trivia is that one of the proprietor hails from the NAPA Valley region hence they choose the name.

Ms. Ruby Rodriguez with her family dining at Napa Restaurant ( photo credit :  Napa Restaurant)

Celebrity clients:

There are some celebrities and government employees, is said to have been regular clientele of the restaurant among them  were Ms. Ruby Rodriguez, Mr. Piolo Pascual , Mr. Gerald Anderson , Mr. JM de Guzman , MTRCB Chairman Atty. Toto Villareal, PBA player Mark Barroca and Artista Academy celebrities of TV channel 5.

Artista Academy of TV channel 5 press conference ( photo credit : Napa Restaurant )

The garage area was converted into an outdoor patio style setting, perfectly fit for those people who wanted to admire the various flowering and ornamental plants carefully arranged in a landscape.

This area used to be a garage  , now this was converted into a semi-outdoor  dining area by the proprietors

The friendly staffs and crews were very accommodating and even escorted us to our dining area. The new location comes an updated menu, with a focus on comfort food like pizza, pasta, cakes, spare ribs, spicy buffalo chicken wings, sweet potato chips, lava cake and other popular favorites.

painting are hung on the wall serves as gallery for the art collection

Gallery: The wall of the restaurant had a several collections of paintings and object d‚Äô art (collection by one of the owners)¬† ‚ÄďThis is another reason to visit this restaurant.¬† Aside from the yummy food that they serve, their restaurant offers a visual treat.

wine bottles serve as lightning fixtures in the restaurant

What I like most about this restaurant is their ability to convert their used wine bottles  as accents for their lightning effects and retaining the structure of the old residential house.

Filipino Bloggers Worldwide group picture (Photo credit :Napa Restaurant )

Food Menu :

We would like to Director Rich Ilustre and Chef Joseph Apolinario and the whole Napa Restaurant & Bar team, Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event for us. Maraming Maraming Salamat po sa inyong lahat!

The restaurant will have their valentine’s day treat

How to get there: From MRT (EDSA -Quezon Avenue station) take a short walk 10 to 15 minutes or take a tricycle/ pedicab ride going to Scout Borromeo street ( Php 25 special )

 Public transportation (from Manila, and South areas) take the PhilCoa and Fairview buses /jeepneys and go down at the Quezon Avenue / National Bookstore/ Tropical Hut area then a short walk for about 5 minutes. The restaurant is located just about 2 blocks away from Quezon Avenue.

I would give my few cents of ratings

 Location: 8/10

Parking: 8/10

Ambiance: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Food: 8/10

Drink: 9/10

Price: 9/10

Facilities: 9/10

Address: Napa Restaurant and Bar-12 Scout Borromeo St.,
South Triangle, Quezon City , Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 414-8272

Operations: Monday to Thursday

11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00pm to 1:00 am

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

11:00am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 2:00am

* The restaurant also accepts reservations for events

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Napa-Restaurant-Bar/177409372345905

67th Annual Philippine Orchid Society -Orchid and Garden Show

67th Annual Philippine Orchid Society Orchid and Garden show poster

The Philippine Orchid Society’s 67th Annual Orchid and Garden Show be held from February 28 to March 11, 2013. The show is in cooperation with Quezon City government , Quezon Memorial Circle with media partners Manila Bulletin , Agriculture magazine , Philippine Star , Philippine Daily Inquirer and PTV channel 4 .
Venue: Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle ,¬† Quezon City near Max’s / Serye Restaurant .
This is the first of the two orchid shows that the Philippine Orchid Society will be hosting for 2013 , World-renown orchid Dendrobium anosmum aka locally known as “sanggumay ” , Phalaenopsis and other native orchids which bloom during this time of the year are exhibited.
poster of the lecture series

Other highlights of this event is the orchid and ornamental landscape competition , individual orchid and ornamental plant competition. flower arrangement competition , daily lectures and seminars are being conducted by the industry top experts , practitioners and academe .

school and university educational field trips and special guided tours upon special appointments and arrangement can be secured .

For more information try to contact : Ms. Jenny Rivera ( 929-44-25) Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Mr. Lawrence Chan– lifetime member , orchid plant enthusiast , writer and blogger will conduct a guided tour for photographers , bloggers, writers and students on March 2, 2013 saturday from 8:30 am to past 12noon. details to follow .

( entrance fee based from last orchid show Php 30 pesos for general public and Php 20 pesos for student with valid ID’s , and senior citizen )

Note: Photography is allowed.

Philippine Horticultural Society 2013 show- Gardening with a Heart

Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated, in partnership with the Quezon Memorial Circle administration , Quezon City government , Agri -Aqua Network Incorporated and other plant societies presents ” Gardening with a Heart ”¬† .

The show will run from February 1 to February 6, 2013 . Exclusive opening will be held on January 31,2013 which is exclusive for members, invited guests , vips, media and writers.

The venue of the event is the Charito Planas Garden . Entrance Fees is Php 20 for the general public, Php 10  for students , senior citizens and government employees.

schedule of daily lectures, landscape exhibit participants and activities

Highlights of this yearly show are the daily lectures/ seminars, on the spot painting contest for elementary and high school students, urban gardening , flower arrangement competitions, story telling, dish gardening competitions, medicinal plant gift giving , landscape exhibition and individual plant competition.

For more information and inquiries about the show please call : Maky PHSI Secretariat 377-0234 for details.

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