Schedule of Daily Lectures at the 71st Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Society Show

The Philippine Orchid Society in partnership with Quezon Memorial Circle and Quezon City government will be having their 71st Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak within Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Orchid show lectures

Starting September 2, 2017 There will be daily afternoon lectures, talks and hands-on seminar with wide range from basic flower arrangements, cactus, cattleya, vanda, fertilization techniques , urban gardening, table flower arrangements and fruit tree container gardening.

There will be landscape , individual orchid competition and trade fairs . There will be a minimal entrance fees of Php 30 general public and Php 20.00 or students and senior citizens with valid Id’s.

 

 

15th Waling Waling Festival Opening Highlights

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 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (L-R): Treasurer-Titat Benedicto, Bacolod First Lady Elsa Leonardia, OHONI Pres, Ms Gigi Campos, Past President Anamer Gatuslao

Reverend Father Jesmar Manato read from the Scriptures and blessed the exhibits and the display. The stage display, which was conceptualized and executed by the showcase committee led by Mrs Soc Monfort, highlighted the waling waling in an tropical indoor garden display of specimen-sized foliage plants. President John Clifton Martyr welcomed all the guests and participants and he expounded on the Timeless Beauty of the Waling-waling, it’s uniqueness among orchids and it’s important role to orchid horticulture. After which, delicious Filipino delicacies were served by QUAN and washed down with their specialty guyabano and bignay shake.

This year’s theme is “Timeless Beauty: The Allure of the Waling” at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City from August 28 to September 5, 2017.

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Waling-waling or Vanda sanderiana is the highlight of the show.

This year, a waling waling plant competition was held and first place went to Ms Gloria Gensoli’s entry of a deeply-colored Vanda sanderiana having 4 mature growths, 2 of which have 2 inflorescence each. Another event participated by the members was a month group flower arrangement competition. And after the leaves have settled, June Group’s entry emerged the best among the bunch.

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There are plant stalls which sells orchids and ornamental plants. If you hurry up and visit, you can view the winners, acquire unique and beautiful plants and even participate in an ongoing photo contest by voting for your favorite waling-waling photo.

Highlights of the First National Swap Meet

There are different collecting groups and collectors went to the first National Swap Meet held at Function Halls 1-3, SMX Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.  The Philippines Toy Group Association’s first major event.

toys at national swap meet

There are a lot of toys on display and for sale . Some will remind childhood days and nostalgia from the past.

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Waycool Geek also had booth during the event. Aside from toys they also have collectible trading cards and NBA cards for sale.

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Another seller present is Mr. Derrick Ko of Retro Toy Collection  Most of his toys are from the 60’s, 70’s , 80’s and mid 1990’s

There are still a lot of collectibles that are quite left out during the national swap meet. Overall had a fun and exciting day hunting for collectible stuffs. Try to visit the National Swap Meet 

 

LOS BAÑOS FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW from October 6 to 15, 2017

Los Baños Horticulture Society Incorporated presents  THE LOS BAÑOS FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW at the University of the Philippines , Los Baños, Senior Social Hall in Laguna.

There will be trade fairs, landscape exhibits, individual plant and orchid competition and product displays.

There will also be a minimal entrance fees of Php 20 general public and Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid Id’s

Special plant feature ” Aglaonema” and there will be beautiful native orchids on display

October 6-15, 2017 | Seniors’ Social Garden, UPLB | 8AM-6PM

Lectures Schedule

There will be lectures and seminars on the following dates:
October 7 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM

TOPIC: Propagation & Management of Aglaonema
SPEAKER: Mr. Vic Chin Jr. — Vice President, LBHS

 October 14 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM
TOPIC: Care of Cactus and Succulents for Beginners
and Advanced Collectors
SPEAKER: Mr. Lino Rom — President, CSSPI

Tales of Fu Luk Shou: Three Chinese Deities

Fu, Lu Shou (Chinese Mandarin ) , Fuk Luk Shou ( Cantonese language)or Hok Lok Siu ( Hokkien language)  are three gods that are sometimes collectively called the “Three Star”, “San Xing” or “Good Luck Deities” with the meaning of blessings, prosperity and longevity. For this reason, it is clear that why these one are a very popular symbol to display in Chinese homes, offices or even business establishments.

My first encounter with these deities was during my childhood days. One Filipino-Chinese neighbor had a three piece set of the Fu Lu Shou  . They are normally placed in living rooms, entrance and on eye level.

San Xing deities were around 20 inches tall and probably bought from Taiwan or mainland China. I would sometimes recall that they would sometimes put small offering on the deities whenever it was a special day. Spotted some San Xing deities last holy week during a short tour on Pasay City.

Where to Place the Fu Luk Shou Deities

According to Feng Shui experts and believers , It is thought to be disrespectful and unlucky to place the deities on low surfaces such as kitchen, bathroom or even bedroom. Do not place the deities on windows and area with low beams.

Daily incense burning candles offering  fresh or artificial flowers are usually offered to these three wise men in hope of them bestowing their gifts on humans.

Some would create a separate altar for these three minor deities.

Origin

Three Lucky Gods in Chinese mythology or in Chinese Taoism.

Fu Xing

The star of Fu Xing is dedicated to Jupiter which is considered very auspicious. The legend tells a story of a government official named Xang Cheng and served at the prefecture of Daozhou during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and had the personal name Yang Gong  or Xang Cheng.

He lived in a village inhabited by midgets or small people in which the emperor discovered this village and was truly fascinated when he visited the place.

The emperor found it too much trouble to revisit the village. Instead he ordered steady groups of short people be sent to his palace every year. These villagers were not allowed to return home.

Xang Cheng took pity on the villagers. He did something brave and almost unthinkable. With great confidence Xang Cheng approached the emperor and pleaded him to stop taking the little people from their homes. He wrote a convincing petition which he then handed loved to the emperor.

Eventually he was immortalized as Fu Xing. Star god of happiness, prosperity and good fortune. Fu is the bringer of good luck.

Lu Xing

Lu is dedicated to the sixth star of the Wen Chang cluster, in the West known as Ursa Majoris. Lu refers to salary and thus he is the star god of social status.

There are different legends or folklore concerning who Lu Xing originally was. One legend is that he was Kuo Tzu-I also known as the Prince of Fen-yang Wang. He was one of the most honored Chinese generals. He died in 781 AD at the age of 84.

Another account was the God of Status is identified with Immortal Zhang  who was probably the same person as Zhang Yuanxiao who lived in Sichuan during the Five Dynasties period  (907-960), lived on Mt. Qingcheng .

In another account, He used to represent a former wise men or a person with imperial background and benevolent.

Shou Xing

Shou Xing is easy to recognize with his long forehead. He carries the peach of longevity and a staff.

Legend has it that Shou Xing has the power to fix the date of every person’s death. He decides beforehand how long every human will live. The digits cannot be changed but they can be tampered with as one story shows.

Photo credit : Mr. Edgardo Gamo Jr.