Senior Social Hall, University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna -Philippines
Senior Social Hall
The Los Baños Horticutural Society in partnership with the University of the Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry– Laguna, PCARRD-DOST opened the biggest garden and horticultural event south of Metro Manila on October 9, 2013.
Dr. Leopoldo Santiago ( UP Class 1951) address the crowd
The event started at about 4:00pm with ribbon cutting ceremony, and a tribute by the organizers to Dr. Ben Vergara. There is also a message given by Dr. Helen Valmayor – member and board of trustees, Message from friends led by Dr. Bart Lapus – Mama Sita Foundation and Dr. Leopoldo Santiago ( UP Class 1951).
Doxology was led by the Church among the Palms and Students from the Los Baños Community National High School.
The bi-annual show ,( one held during March or April ) then ( October ) attracts thousands of plant enthusiasts from Laguna and parts of the southern Luzon , Horticultural Societies , UPLB alumni and students .
awarding of Certificate of Appreciation led by Ms. Virgina M Lasap, Ms. Marina Catipon , Dr. Ben Vergara and Mr. Vicente M. Chin Jr.
The show will also coincide with the University of the Philippines ” Loyalty Day ” where alumni from all walks of life visit the university campus. Featured Plants on display will be the different kinds of Ti-Plants and Orchids .
center exhibit was executed by Exotica, Gintung Talulot and Mr. Vicente M. Chin Jr.
The center exhibit was executed by Gintong Talulot’s of Ms. Lita Ibarra and National Scientist- Dr. Ben Vergara. This year’s theme for the show is ‘Romance in the Garden‘. The themes change constantly to challenge to the members to create meaningful exhibits and trends.
Ms. Irene Marcos-Araneta
She was among the several VIP’ s that was invited to the show. I am also surprise that she loves plants and gardening . I saw that she bought several ornamental plants at the show site.
Ti- Plant cultivar name ” Cameroon”
Oncidium Sweet Sugar
The recent trend for florists and flower arrangement experts is to use live flowering orchids and potted flowering plants as a flower display in homes and center pieces. Aside from longer floral shelf- life, Having a living plant inside your homes or offices will help purify the quality of indoor air.
Oncidium Grower Ramsey
More popularly called ” Dancing Ladies” , ” Dancing Dolls “, These yellow -colored orchids are now making a big come-back, not just for the cut-flowers or planted in gardens but in the LIVE Flower Arrangement displays.
Best Collection of Foliage Plants
LBHS also feature our own plants from our small growers as well as imported plants from members who specialize in importing plants. we also have participants from DTI who will sell native products and delicacies.
Dr. Ben Vergara , Ms. Adoracion S. Bernabe and Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr.
” Ti Plants ” in the Philippines was also launched during the opening ceremony. The handbook cost Php 150 each and is available at the office of LBHS, EXOTICA , Philippine Horticultural Society office in Quezon City.
late afternoon snacks were served to all the invited guest, I just forgot to get the business card of the caterer. Anyway – This is a horticultural show ! We were also given some banana chips courtesy of Mama Sita Foundation.
Here is also a special lecture with Speaker Mr. Ken Love ( Executive Director – Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers) on October 19, 2013 . His Topic: Culinary Uses of Tropical Fruits at 10:00am , So do not miss this chance !
Major Winners of the Horticultural Show
BEST Dendrobium- Dendrobium Popeye
Exhibited by Ms. Lita Ibarra
Third Place: LC Little Irene ” Malvarosa”
Second Place: BC. Malvarosa Sunset
First Place: BC. Chia Lin
Best Fern : Blechnum gibbun
BEST in Show : Ben’s Magic ” andrea” – Ti Plant
Best Cactus and Succulent : Euphorbia sp.
Showcase Landscape Exhibit WINNERS
Second Place – Showcase Landscape Exhibit – Mr. Rey Catipon
First Place- Showcase Landscape Exhibit- Ms. Fe Venenoso
Regular Landscape Exhibit WINNERS
Third Place – Booth Construction and Booth Composition by Mr. Tony Pajaro
Exhibit of Mr. Tony Pajaro
Second Place – Booth Construction by Mr. Vicente M. Chin Jr.
The colorful orchid flower paintings on the exhibit was done by Ira Adlawan writer for Naglalayag ( Silent Passage) film in 2004.
First Place: Malvarosa Orchids
Malvarosa exhibit won 3 awards- 1st Place ” Best Booth Construction ” , 1st Place Booth Composition and Most Outstanding Booth.
I would like to ” Thank” Dr. Ben Vergara , Mr. Ray Catipon , Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. and the officers of LBHS for the warm accommodation during the event! Until the Next Show in 2014!
The show will be until October 20, 2013 !