70th Annual Orchid Show Highlights

Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak) Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

Philippine Orchid Society members and officers

Mr. Joselito ” Butch ” Campos -Del Monte, Philippines CEO & Senator Cynthia A. Villar

The Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with Quezon Cityhall, Quezon Memorial Circle administration, Department of Tourism , Department of Agriculture   with sponsorship from Del Monte- Philippines, Pioneer Epoxy , Allied Botanical Corporation had opened the 70th annual orchid and garden show at the Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) within Quezon Memorial Circle.

registration area

l-r Mrs. Susan Lee , Senator Cynthia A. Villar , Mr. Kelvin Niel Manubay Jr. and Mr. Joselito Campos Jr.

Guests of honor includes Senator Cynthia A. Villar , Mr. Joselito Campos Jr. ( Del Monte -Philippines ) Dra. Elenita S. Binay , Quezon city government and officers of other plant societies .

Quezon Cityhall lancaster band

l-r Ms. Dory Fadriquela together with Senator Cynthia A. Villar and Mr. Joselito Campos Jr.  .

group photo

Allied Botanical Corporation booth is one of the most photographed exhibit at the 70th annual orchid and garden show . It showcase most of the company products such as flowering annuals and vegetables . The company also won 2nd place in ornamental plant landscape competition. 

Senator Cynthia Villar

Senator Cynthia A Villar is one of the guests of honor at the show . She said ” Greeting , First of All , Thanks you very much to the Philippine Orchid Society for inviting me once again to attend this yearly event . I consider myself na suki na dito sa taunang orchid and garden show. and as before , I am very happy to be here with all of you once again.

Ms. Miles Hilario

Ms. Miles Hilario won the first place in freestyle flower arrangement with the emphasis on orchid flowers. She is a member of Floral Designer’s Circle of the Philippines .

Architect Bimbo Vergara

Architect Bimbo Vergara won 3rd place in the ornamental plant landscaping competition . He also took home the ” Best Ornamental Plant ” of the 70th annual orchid and garden show .

induction of officers

Newly elected officers were inducted by Senator Cynthia Villar and took their oath of office . They have a tenure from 2016 to 2017 when the next Philippine Orchid Society elections will take place.

group photo

Ms. Vangie Go , Ana Ruth Purificacion -Conde , Mr.Manuel Lee and Mrs. Susan Lee,   Architect Bimbo Vergara , Ms. Miles Hilario took home several prizes and awards.

Fortune Catering Services

Fortune Catering Services was the official caterer of the event. They started to cater various events and functions of plant societies since last year . The lechon was sponsored by Philippine Bonsai Society . The meal that the catering had provided was already an early evening meal.

For those who wanted to avail of their catering services , the minimum is 55 people at Php 300 per head or Php 16,500. They are based in Makati .

Contact Person : Mr. Eric Ang

Contact Details : 254-9686 /254-97-03


Email :ericang1019@yahoo.com


A Tour of Buhatan River

Buhatan , Sorsogon City , Sorsogon province -Philippines

Buhatan River Eco-Adventure is an initiative of the people of Barangay Buhatan, its council and the Samahan ng mga kababaihan ng Buhatan (a newly formed people’s organization).

Buhatan river with nipa palms

This eco-adventure offers kayaking, floating cottage with restaurant that traverse the 5 kilometer river from the local tourism post up to Sorsogon Bay area. Night Cruise is also becoming popular since there are fireflies sightings along the river banks .

floating cottages along the Buhatan river

Floating cottage restaurant also offers local kakanin such as hinagom, linukay, taro chips and chocolate tablea. Other activities that one can enjoy are recreational fishing like bentol (local way of fishing using a modified square fish net) and bingwit, mangrove planting, bird and firefly watching.

Kayak costs around Php100 pesos per hour for 2 persons while floating cottage is around Php1,500 pesos for 10 persons. If there are less than 10 people , It is considered as a private tour .

road widening project

There are a lot of bright prospects happening with the area. There is also the road widening project which aim to ease the vehicular traffic within the province.

muscovy ducks

Buhatan River Eco-Adventure was launched last  April 6, 2015 . They are inviting everyone who wants to experience, support ecotourism spots and projects of Buhatan. The 5km river traverse will take around 4-5 hours (almost half-day) so, plan ahead and contact +639399381215

Purok Roxas

We also visited Purok Roxas for a brief tour and meeting with the relatives of my aunt who lives within the area. We ended the visit with a positive vibes .

Note: All photos are all from the author

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