Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City -Philippines
group participants at the hardin ng mga bulaklak ( HB garden )
It is orchid and garden show again this time of the year and we decided to open a guided tour around the orchid show , Quezon Memorial Shrine , Joy of Urban Farming and Quezon Heritage House. There were 35 participants with the status ” Going ” at the 69th mid-year orchid show tour Facebook event page . About 20 managed to showed-up during the duration of the tour, while some choose to stay at the orchid show site and enjoy the exhibits.
We were joined by a small group of bloggers, freelance photographers, educators , students , senior citizens and environmental advocates.
Vanda sanderiana -locally called Waling-waling
This is the highlight of this year’s annual show the blooming season of the rare Vanda sanderiana .
Vanda sanderiana variety alba
There is the pale alba form at the booth of Purificacion orchids which marveled the tour participants.
There seems to be a lot going inside the orchid show , Aside from the regular plant bazaars , there are daily lectures and special on the spot painting contest ( september 1)
Mr. Lino Rom’s commercial booth
However, some netizens are not very happy with the increased of the entrance fees from the usual Php 20 student and senior citizens and Php 30 for general public to Php 40 students and senior citizens and Php 50 general public .
Joy Urban Farming
But unknown to them , there is pick a price and special raffle to the visitors of the show. Some of the tour participants won Philippine Orchid Society key chains and epoxy .
sala set at the Quezon Heritage House
tour participants at the Quezon Heritage House
Dr. Tess Obusan of Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista was also there to join us. By the time we finished the tour, there were only about a dozen of us.
Note: I would like to “Thank ” the following organizations which granted the permits and other necessary hand-outs- Quezon City government -office of vice-mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte, Quezon City Tourism Office, Communication Coordination Center , National Historical Commission of the Philippines – Ms. Janice and Philippine Orchid Society