Flower and Garden Show Festival 2014 at Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City-Philippines

special guests of honor includes Ombudsman Conchita Carpio -Morales at the center

In commemoration of Quezon City’s 75th founding anniversary, a Flower and Garden Show Festival will be presented in cooperation with the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (Basapi) headed by Mr.Vic de Rona, Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, Inc. (CSSPI) headed by Ms.Becky Buenaventura, and Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila (IISM) headed by Dr. Divina Lupe Lazaro.

Mr. Joselito Campos Jr. and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe

The special guests of honor’s name was not revealed until the last minute , since there was a security protocol to withheld the names of the top vips except for the foreign dignitaries from Taiwan, Singapore , China, Japan and top bonsai experts .

Mr. Mike Du , Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Ms. Becky Buenaventura

Overall chair Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe said the theme is “Ancient Arts in Modern Times,” the exhibit showcase bonsai, Suiseki, Ikebana floral arrangements, dish gardens, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal plants, ornamentals, cacti and other succulents.

extra-terrestrial ( ET) in stone

The art of dwarfing plants called ” Bonsai and Suiseki (natural rare and unusual stones) is showcased by the members of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines from Metro Manila, Rizal, Marikina, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga and Pangasinan , Laguna chapters.

members of BSAPI and guest of honor

members and invited guests

In the Philippines the Chinese migrants who settled in Binondo, Manila were also growing plants in rocks. This was gleaned from the writings of a Spanish priest Father Pedro Cherino in his book Relacion delas Islas Filipinas in 1590.

bonsai on display

In Chapter 10 he mentioned that the Chinese were growing balite trees (Ficus sp.) on Coral stones which until to this day, is still practiced by bonsai culturists calling it rock-clasping or rock-grown style. In the US . and other countries the art of bonsai started to develop only after liberation from World War ll.

Ms. Joyce Kato ( rightmost)  and members of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila (IISM)  in tropical kimono outfit

The American soldiers who were stationed in Japan brought with them potted plants as well as the knowledge and culture when they were discharged honorably. Now there are many bonsai clubs in the U.S.A. and the most well known is Bonsai Club International with affiliations worldwide.

suiseki on display

The art of  collecting natural stones or Suiseki is also part of the exhibit . The stones come in natural forms, shapes or designs depicting a person, animal, flower or whatever interesting representations untouched by man. There were over 50 natural stones on exhibit and owned by the members of the club.

Ikebana display

There are about a dozen or so display of ikebana by the members of the organization.

economic uses of cacti and succulents

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