Highlights of the 67th Philippine Orchid Society Annual Orchid and Garden Show part 2

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

Before presenting the set of winners , I must commend University of the Philippines -College of Architecture  for allowing their students to participate in an actual landscaping exhibit.

University of the Philippines – Diliman  landscape architecture students

Although they may not be the best nor the most colorful , I think exposing the students in this kind of exhibition will allow them chance to see and work on an actual landscaping project.  Some of them take time finishing the project laboring  from late afternoon of February 27  to early morning of February 28 . According to some of them , they do not have the money to purchase plants and accessories and most of them would borrow from other members  . I inquisitively gave them some tips on  landscaping and even how an orchid show is being held.

Here are the list of the major winners of the 67th annual orchid and garden show.

Ornamental Landscape Exhibit

Third Place – Ornamental Landscape exhibit by : Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula

Botchie as fondly called by members and friends in the plant societies . He started joining landscape exhibition and competition  since 2007 . He is an active member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines before joining Philippine Orchid Society  .  He is also a board member of the Philippine Horticultural Society .

If i can remember this is not his first time winning a landscape exhibit in the Philippine Orchid Society competition. He won 2nd place ( Ornamental landscape exhibit )  in the 62nd Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show held at the Quezon City hall grounds from August 28 to September 8, 2008 .

Second  Place – Ornamental Landscape exhibit by : Lugar La Huerta – Mr. Vic de Rona

Mr. Vic De Rona is the proprietor of Lugar La Huerta located in Manila Seedling Bank  according to him growing bonsai into perfection started as his hobby .  Now he is one of the most in demand bonsai experts and had participated in various bonsai shows , orchid shows ,  horticulture shows .

crowd admiring the Penjing  or Penzai Bonsai Landscape of Mr. Vic de Rona complete with miniature people made from ceramics.

water and land Penjing (shuihan penjing): This style of penjing effectively combines the first two, including miniature trees and optionally miniature figures and structures to portray a landscape in detail.

First Place – Ornamental Landscape exhibit by : Ms. Vangie Go

This landscape exhibit got ribbon, Php 10,000 cash and glass trophy

Mr. Kelvin Niel Manubay , Ms. Vangie Go and Mayor Ramon Ilagan pose for a souvenir shot taken at the award winning landscape exhibit

Orchid Flower Arrangement Competition ( members of the Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines )

Third Place : Mr. Edgar Martin Littaua

Mr. Edgar Martin Littaua or more popularly called “Egay ” to his friends , He is a production designer, art director, florists and set director . He worked with big television networks like ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5 and GMA channel 7.

Second Place : Ms. Miles Hilario

Ms. Hilario is an eventologist, caterer, fashion designer, floral designer  and beauty consultant. She teaches all kinds of floral arts and crafts on hands-on group lessons or individual tutorials (by schedule). Her flower-shop-cum-boutique-and-beauty-salon Miracle Flowers and Avante Garde Salon is located at Barangay Cooperative Bldg. cor. Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights, Q.C. Tel. nos. 4261007, 4363336, CP # 09176273038 and Florera Flower Shop, 79 Sta.Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan.

First Place : Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia

This Floral arrangement executed by Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia use  living  flowering orchids like Oncidium Josephine makes her orchid flower arrangement display more interesting .  Living orchid plant with  flowers last longer compared to cut flowers, She can  plant the orchids in her backyard after the flower wither . After few months,  the same orchid plant can reward her with nice blooms .

Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia is a proud winner of ” Best Oncidium of the Show” and Best Floral Arrangement

Ms. Susan Gonzales floral arrangement won two award

Ms. Susan Gonzales used  Mokara Sally Leuenberger and Oncidium orchid hybrid .  She used sawdust , native jars , bamboo tray and a wrought iron stand for the Mokara orchid  . The trend now a days is to use living flowering orchids as a centerpiece.

Mokara Sally Uy- Leuenberger is a Mokara hybrid ideal for cut flower

Note : All pictures taken are by the author , for those who wanted to use the pictures and articles please try to link the page and credit the owner.

More articles about the orchid show winners .

Please try to visit the First Part : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/highlights-of-the-67th-annual-orchid-and-garden-show/

Third Part : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/67th-annual-philippine-orchid-society-show-winners/

Highlights of the 67th Annual Philippine Orchid Society – Orchid and Garden Show

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

Quezon Memorial Circle monument served as a wonderful backdrop

It was a sunny afternoon  at the Hardin ng Bulaklak ( Flower Garden )  show site . The judges are still very busy with their final deliberation of the winners . I quickly took the opportunity to take some pictures  of the orchid and plants which was entered in the competition the night before ( February 27, 2013) .

L-R front row Ms. Vangie Go , Mayor Ramon Ilagan of Cainta , Mr.Aldrin Cuña Chief of Staff  – representing  Mayor  Herbert Bautista of Quezon City  and  Mr. Kelvin Neil Manubay

Professor Elias Banquillo and Mrs. Anita Are -members of the Philippine Orchid Society posed at the winning landscape exhibit of Ms. Evangeline  “Vangie ” Go

Other special guest includes media personalities, Philippine Orchid Society members , government officials of Quezon City , Manila and  Cainta .  It was like a mini gathering of those people who have the same passion and hobby in life – plant and orchid growing !

Philippine Orchid Society members

students of Architecture – University of the Philippines – Diliman and other affiliated garden societies like Philippine Horticultural Society , Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines,  Alabang Garden Club, Makati Garden Club , Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated and among others.

L-R Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion-Conde, Mayor Ramon Ilagan , Mr. Kelvin Neil Manubay , Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go and Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula .

Ms. Vangie Go-President of the Philippine Orchid Society address the crowd and introduced the special guest of honor

Architect Bimbo Vergara in his landscape exhibit with Euanthe sanderiana paintings which served as backdrop

Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula received a glass medal for Third Place ” Best in Ornamental Landscape” exhibit

Mayor Ramon ” Mon ” Ilagan invited the Philippine Orchid Society to conduct the show in his municipality and even asked the audience if there are residents in Cainta area. Much to his surprise that there are some who raised their hands and told him their exact addresses.  After the awarding ceremony , Mayor Ramon Ilagan and Mr.Aldrin Cuña- Chief of Staff (representing  Mayor Herbert Bautista ) received live orchid plants with flowers courtesy of the Philippine Orchid Society  as a token of appreciation .

After all the pomp and pageantry of the orchid society , sumptuous early evening cocktail was serve by Ms. Baby De Leon -resident caterer of the society .

Here is a link for the second part :https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/highlights-of-the-67th-philippine-orchid-society-annual-orchid-and-garden-show/

Manila International Automobile Show 2013

The Manila International Auto Show 2013 also called called MIAS holds together the toughest  , biggest ,  fiercest parts and rides in this one grandest gathering of cars, car lovers, collector , enthusiasts, manufacturers, distributors  and drivers. The event will be held at the World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City , Metro Manila from April 4 to April 7, 2013.

Since the show was first conceived in 2005 , There are more than  500, 000 attendees  and  nearly 200 participating companies from the automotive sectors, 500 exhibitors and 400 car display units in the show’s 30,000sqm exhibit area, MIAS is the biggest motoring and driving event in the Philippines held every summer. Features brand new cars, hybrid cars and concept car launches from the country’s top automotive brands, state of the art auto parts and electronic gadgets exhibits, motorsports clinic and demos and on road and off road test drives, Manila International Auto Show is a car enthusiast’s ticket of to cloud nine.

This year’s theme ” Innovation and Technology ” will highlight the technological advances and features that a car of today .

MIAS also covers car contests and recognitions to distinguish cutthroat efforts of car owners and exhibitors, such as car of the year awards, MIAS classic and custom made cars.

 For more information about this upcoming event :

Website : http://www.worldbex.com/Event/Mias

Postcrossing Philippines eyeball in Rizal Park

Rizal Park , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

It was a hot and sunny weather , when small number of postcard collectors met at the historic Rizal Park or Luneta. The event was organized by Ms. Willa Stock – an active blogger, postcard , stamp and letter collector.

In fact , the event was just posted at the Postcrossing Philippines facebook event page last  January 25.  Due to our hectic schedules- (There are many events which overlapped ) few managed to come. I had to skip a heritage talk /art sketch walk in Quiapo ( Bahay Nakpil -Bautista ) earlier .  We were later joined by  Ms. Abigail Kho – a new found convert to our hobby ( postcard and stamp collecting ) .

group picture taken in front of the statute of Dr. Jose Rizal

I managed to skip work in the afternoon ( I had a work on saturday ) just to meet fellow collectors.  Luneta is very accessible to all of us.  We started the afternoon walk  and finding a suitable place ( near the chess area) where Ms. Willa Stock started the short swap meet and on-the spot raffle.

gifts items from Japan

There are some items donated by fellow post-crosser like Ms. Clarissa Sasaki from Japan .

150th Bonifacio stamp design contest

National Historical Commission of the Philippines in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation invites the public to participate in the stamp design contest. the winning entries will be featured in time for the 150th commemoration of the birth of Gat Andres Bonifacio .  There will be two category 1.) OPEN Class 2.) Student  . For more information please visit the website . The theme ” Dangal at Kabayanihan


National Commission of the Philippines: http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/

Stamp design contest: http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/boni/boni-stamp-design.jpg

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