A Collection of Philippine Hoyas and their Culture by Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr.

Gancayco Hall, Quezon Memorial Circle – Quezon City-Philippines

L-R Dr. Benito Vergara, Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mr. Fernando B. Aurigue ( photo courtesy of Mr. Noel  ” Botchie” Vincent Canicula)

I first took notice of some hoyas growing in our neighborhood during my elementary days.  The hoya species ( later identified as Hoya carnosa) was growing in a coconut palm together with living Asplenium nidus  and Cymbidium finalysonianum . It was a breath taking sight to see them growing!

Unluckily, i was not too keen in taking photograph of the coconut palm which was eventually chopped -off  more than a decade ago .

Eventually, i was able to obtain some hoya cuttings and some hoya plants growing in our backyard.  Some pesky construction workers were able to get some hoyas – (  blooming season last May 2013 ) they were so lovely that some of them thought that they were orchids! Some of them manage to get some hoya cuttings without my knowledge.

I would also make a research in several libraries about the care and culture of hoyas, however most of them are featured in encyclopedias or some flowering flowers in temperate  countries.

My first e-books about Hoyas was given to me by Mr. Raymundo Ong a lifetime member of the Philippine Orchid Society, columnist and agriculture chemist .

Another handbook was published by PCCARD authored by Dr. Simeona Siar . I manage to buy about a dozen copies at the DOST compound in Taguig( most were given away as gifts to friends).  To gain further knowledge, I also attended the First and Second Flora Filipina organized by the Philippine Orchid Society in 2006 and 2009 . Opps, I missed the 2012 edition ( our office did not grant my 2- day leave ).

Philippine Hoyas- First Day Cover with Hoya pubicalyx cache and souvenir sheet stamps

Philippine Hoyas -First Day Cover with Hoya paziae cache

We manage to lobby in the early 2003 for Philippine Postal Corporation to print  Philippine Hoyas as part of their topical theme issues. The proposal would lay dormant till someone have contacted Mr. Fernando Aurigue which agreed to published his photos.

Unfortunately, most of the stamp advisory committee members have not seen an actual hoya plant!

I started joining hoya groups in yahoo groups and forum sites. Eventually where i would meet Architect Patrick Gozon ( architect, blogger and native tree advocate) and different growers with same interest.  Hoya plant groups started quite recently in the Philippines.  In Europe , Thailand , Singapore and USA , There are serious hoya growers and associations for several decades.

I was informed several months ago by Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula a PHSI board member on the launching of the book. However i did not commit to come at the book launching because of my hectic schedule and work load. But as a support to the Philippine Horticulture Society , i promise to blog about book launching and buy some books!

A Collection of Philippine Hoyas and their Culture

It was a cloudy and rainy afternoon when the program had started with the introduction of the members of the Philippine Horticultural Society. The book was authored by the head of Philippine Horticultural Society ( Hoya Study Group ) Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr.

members and invited guests ( photo courtesy of Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula)

The book was printed at a ridiculous low quantity of 500 pieces – according to the PHSI SECRETARIAT  maybe to save cost ?

The book was printed with the generous help from PCCARD, DOST , Philippine Horticultural Society . To place orders, please contact the PHSI office: Mr. Macky

Tel No.: 632-3770234
Office Address: MSBF Environment Center, Quezon Ave. cor. EDSA,Quezon City

Website: http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph/home/ssentinel/

BAR Digest: http://www.bar.gov.ph/digest-home/digest-archives/64-2007-1st-quarter/1493-janmar07-hoyas-8

7 Responses

  1. wer can i buy your book?

    • Hi, The book was authored by Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr. – It is available at the Philippine Horticultural Society ‘s office, Please call SECRETARIAT Mr. Macky Tel No.: 63-2-3770234
      Office Address:
      MSBF Environment Center
      Quezon Ave. cor. EDSA
      Quezon City

      • The Philippine Horticulture Society should uphold the Intellectual Property Rights and stop selling that Hoya book by Aurigue. Shame, shame, shame!

  2. When I was shown a copy of the book, “A Collection of Philippine Hoyas and their Culture,” authored by Fernando B. Aurigue, my first impression was overwhelming good. The well taken photographs of the various Hoya species made the book worth buying.
    Am I glad that after 31 years since my short article on Philippine Hoya species, which was published in a local garden magazine, The Philippine Gardener (1982), a book is finally published about the plant. Therefore I find eager to read the book en toto.
    Alas, no sooner my eagerness to finish reading the book was replaced by displeasure on how badly the author has treated his work. It started building up from page one to the last. The book is completely lacking in substance.
    Remove all those wonderful pictures and the text part of the book will crumble to nothing. It is largely a plagiarized work, no added contribution from his part. The sloppy statements by the author even corroded much of his fragmented thought. This book is best presented as pictorial guide to the Philippine Hoya, sans all those compositions.
    The weak portion of the book is the text presentation and discussion. The lack of coherence, non-cohesiveness, laps and fumbled statements and non-uniform format, plus unfounded used of categories rendered the book without any substance. The waxy text presentation of the author has shrouded much of his thought.
    Much of the discussion is romanticized; diabolically sweeten, fragmented and jumps around throughout the pages. It does not substantiate the discussion and many times even corroded the presentation. The book is downright lacking intellectual discussion of the subject, not just in particular to the Hoya matter, but equally for the other sub-topics.
    How I wish the author had refrained from using the words “meticulously studied” in describing his own work. If it is, then there would be much less overlooked statements. He should have presented the measurement of the large plant parts in centimeter rather than in an absolute value of millimeter and a fraction thereof. That would have made them more conceivable to the readers. His writing style is not appropriate for the extension of his knowledge. His command for the meaning and use of word is pathetic. He should refine his vocabulary or was it his real intention to mislead the reader? His fragmented thoughts were printed in disorganized manner throughout the pages. He should have presented them in a more orderly and comprehensive manner. The text discussion is largely lacking in citation to make it credible. Above all, the book is void of intellectual discussion about the subject due his plagiarism. Given that, I would have been lenient in appraising his book and give him a high grade. Let his peers described his work as meticulously-studied in millimeter-and-a-fraction thereof!
    The author obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and his Master of Science in the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. Applying their system of grading for academic performance, 1 to 5, with the value of one for excellent and five for failure. I calibrated this UP system to his level of standard of “meticulously-studied” in the absolute value of “millimeter-and-a-fraction thereof” to give this book the value of 2.00 for the pictures of the hoya species that was produced. This is because it will facilitate for easier identification of the Philippine Hoya species. For the text and discussion part of the book, the rating is 5.00 because it is lacking in substance. Therefore, (2.00 for the picture) + (5.00 for text) = 3.50 is the overall grade for the whole book. His nonintellectual text presentation and discussion has totally made his book…Pugad nang Katangahan. Does one have to have a master degree to come out with a stupid book?
    As one of my friends had said, “The book was made to advance a career”. The question remains. With all its faults, will it do so?

  3. This publication, “A Collection of Philippine Hoya and their Culture” by Fernando B. Aurigue is an idiot book. It was a research work directed to create false impression about the Philippine Hoya and of the author. PCAARRD stopped selling the book due to my formal complain on its numerous plagiarism. Likewise the name of the hoya specimens he featured were carelessly done that led to confusions over the proper identity.

    • Hi, Please avoid spamming this site, If you have any complains about the , “A Collection of Philippine Hoya and their Culture”. Try to express your sentiments with the board of directors of the Philippine Horticultural Society.

      • Sorry I am not spamming your site. But after reading that Hoya book by Aurigue in detail, I felt obliged to inform your follower about the odds against that book. No less than the members of the UPLB academe, from were the author obtained his bachelor and master degree had unanimously condemned that publication. Equally for your information, I have addressed that issue to Philippine Horticulture Society with my letter to them dated 24 November 2013. They were silent about it. Likewise, the DOST, PCAARRD and PNRI have formed a review panel over the anomaly so that it would not be repeated. I felt sorry for the author having brought great shame to those ISO certified institutions over his much plagiarized and non-intellectual book. There is no shame, guilt or empathy in his deception. He is now in boiling water. As the saying goes, “Never judged a book by its cover”. Read it first before you write anything about it. Lastly, I personal knows Mr. Aurigue. He is my colleague and I am accepting him for what he is. But it is a different situation about a supposedly professional work. I am judging his book, not his personality. If you want to see all transcripts I made to all the above, I will gladly show it to you. We know each other personally anyway. Thank you.

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