Ayala Triangle , Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas , Makati City -Philippines
The Philippine Bonsai Society in partnership with Natural Stone Society of the Philippines , Bonsai Clubs International ( BCI ), and Ayala Triangle presents to the general public the 42nd annual Philippine Bonsai Society’s international exhibition and competition. The foreign delegates arrived a few days before the opening ceremony and traveled some tourist spot like Tagaytay , Cavite area.
Senator Cynthia Villar and international delegates
The event started with the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony and different bonsai delegates from Asian countries like Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand .
Philippine Bonsai Society board of director and members
Special guest of honors includes Senator Cynthia Villar and international bonsai delegates . The special opening was held on March 17 at around past 4:00pm with members wearing their finest Filipiniana costumes .
One of the highlights of the opening is a cultural presentation and dance featuring different dances from Asian countries .
There were 350 different kinds of bonsai on display . They range from flowering shrubs, fruit bearing trees to native trees and imported ones.
cascading type of bonsai
There is a free bonsai lectures and demonstrations, basic and advance bonsai workshops, a Suseiki competition with a critique session, a driftwood arts exhibition and a plants and garden bazaar offering bonsai plants, ornamental, garden supplies and other garden products for sale .
The Philippine Bonsai Society, Inc. (PBSI) has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1973, continuously spreading its mission and vision in all corners of the Philippine archipelago.
The event is well attended and there are several hundred of people attended the opening gala . There are also invited guests from diplomatic offices and media people.
flowering ixora / santan bonsai
Ixora or locally known as santan is another beautiful shrub that can be used as a bonsai material .
The PBSI, started as an informal group of enthusiasts back in 1973, and became a non-stock, non-profit association in 1975 with Rose Laurel Avanceña as the founding president. Today, PBSI is an internationally recognized association with close to 500 active members and a sizable and growing followers among provincial bonsai clubs. The organization’s roster includes some of the country’s top practitioners who have earned distinctions in renowned local and foreign competitions.