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