Alibaba Versus Tattoos Corn Chip

Alibaba is brand name for corn chips manufactured by Frank & David Snack Foods Corporation in Pandi, Bulacan.

Alibaba Corn Chips

Alibaba Corn Chip- Nacho Cheese and Barbecue flavors

Net Weight is 100 grams + 20% FREE which gives this corn chip a total weight of about 120 grams. There are two flavors barbecue and nacho cheese.

Tattoos Corn Chip

Tattoos Corn Chip

Tatoos is a brand manufactured by W.L. Food Corporation. Net Weight is 100 grams +20% FREE which give this corn chip a total weight of about 120 grams.

However, Tatoos corn snack had rich flavors, available in natural fried garlic and cheese. We bought cheese flavor for comparison. There are no barbecue flavored corn chip available.

Price wise, We have made some comparison while roaming at these well-known supermarket chains within Quezon City. We bought these chips in all the supermarkets in the same day.

LandMark, Trinoma, SM North Edsa- Hypermart and Ever Supermarket.

Price comparisons: Alibaba – Php 19.25 , Php 22.50 , Php 23.75

Tattoo Р  Php 21.50, Php 22.50, Php 24.25

Price-wise Landmark, Trinoma branch is a few peso cheaper compared to the other two.

We think that Ever Supermarket had the more expensive retail price due to many factors, longer operation hours with smaller stocks on hand.

Taste Test: Since we could not eat all the corn chips at the same time, we took some sampling for 10 people ranging from 8 years-old to 80 years-old! Just to give fairness and their own opinion for both products.  We only used Nacho Cheese flavored chip of Alibaba and Tattoos -Cheese flavored corn chip. Both products have nutrition facts posted at the back of the label. Tattoos have much smaller one posted at the back of their label compared to Alibaba.

Alibaba and Tattoos

Alibaba and Tattoos

Color- 6 out of 10 respondents prefer Tattoos over Alibaba. According to them Alibaba looks more natural at first glance.

Flavor- Both corn chip brand are salty with 8 out of 10 respondents indicating that these chips can be partnered with beer or water. Only to be eaten once in a while or at least twice a month.

2 respondents also noticed that the corn chips ( Tattoos ) had a lot of broken pieces, compared to Alibaba.

4 respondents do not like the powdery dark cheese flavoring of ( Tattoos)

Overall, Alibaba wins hands-down with 6 respondents preferring this brand over 4 respondents who prefer Tattoos.

Note: The taste test happened last September 3, Sunday while watching a home movie. The outcome only reflect the 10 respondents who were invited by the author. The author nor his immediate family members are not connected with these two food corporation, thus no compensation in any form whether in cash or in kind were given in exchange for the honest taste test review .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners of Dish Garden at the Philippine Orchid Society’s 71st Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

Miss Evangeline ” Vangie” Go is another big winner at the container or dish garden landscape competition.

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Her winning dish garden landscape exhibit showcases different tillandsia , bromeliads , ferns.

Delia Pionela

Second Place -Ms. Delia Pionela showcased miniature landscape houses with small ornamental plants,Cryptanthus or Earth stars  which accompanied by accessories like miniature dwarfs and stones.  Third Place goes to Rommel Perez

 

Necklace Orchid Reign Supreme as Best Cultured Orchid at the 71st Mid-Year Show

Necklace orchid, Rosary Orchid, Rattlesnake Orchid, Rat’s Tail Orchid are the common names given to a beautiful native orchid that is found over a wide climatic areas and elevation throughout the country.

Scientifically called Pholidota imbricata, This orchid species is found in many provinces throughout the country. This range from sea level up to more than 1,800 meters in elevation.

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Pholidota imbricata

We  documented some Pholidota imbricata growing wild within La Mesa watershed area when the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. conducted a short preliminary tour within the forested areas of the watershed about a decade ago.

Older residents of Novaliches , Fairview, Valenzuela, Bagong Silang, Norzagaray and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan would definitely recall seeing some of these orchids growing on molave, narra, duhat or mango trees. Unfortunately the flowers are quite minuscule and hardly noticeable especially when the orchids are growing at least 30 to 100 meters above ground.

Philippine Orchid Society’s Show

This species is one of the most commonly exhibited genus whenever there is annual or mid-year show hosted by the Philippine Orchid Society. When grown as specimen sized plant- One can admire the flowers from dozens or even hundreds of inflorescences.

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Pholidota imbricata

This orchid was exhibited by Purificacion Orchids and won the “Best Cultured Plant ” ¬†at the 71st mid-year orchid and garden show. ¬†Which means that this was grown into large specimen blooming sized orchid.

In sunday or orchid flea market, this orchid species whenever without flower can easily be mistaken as Coelogyne¬†orchid. Some of the small clump can be bought for a few hundred of pesos smaller ones with a couple of pseudo bulbs can be bought for just Php 50.00. ¬†Just a couple of clumps can be a conversational attraction in one’s garden.

One can easy naturalized this orchid on cultivated trees and MacArthur palm.

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Pholidota imbricata

Name

W.J. Hooker established this genus of sympodial orchids in 1825 when he adopted a manuscript name of Dr. John Lindley. The generic epithet is from the Greek pholidotos = scaly, referring to the scales on the bracts of the inflorescences of some species.

Blooming season is between July, August , September and until October.¬†Flower¬†size is about 1/2 ( 1.25 to 1.50 cm)¬†in filtered light with clustered, conical, angular, wrinkled or sunken, dull pale green to dull brown pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, sub-plicate, ovate-oblong to linear-lanceolate, coriaceous, prominently veined, gradually narrowing into the pseudo-petiolate base, dark green leaf with a lighter underside that can have red spots and blooms with a terminal, smooth, terete, erect-arcuate then drooping, 20″ [50 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that has a zigzag which can carry between 10 to at least 80 small flowers.

Distribution 

Pholidota imbricata is found in central China, Tibet, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, western Himalayas, Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam,Cambodia,Borneo, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sumatra, Moluccas, Sulawesi, the Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Santa Cruz, Vanuatu and Queensland,  Australia

References and Bibliographies: 

Davis , Greg, Steiner, Mona Liza, page 163 to 165 , Philippine Orchids ,Copyright 1952 / re-print 1982

Cootes, Jim Philippine Orchid Species , 2001

IOSPE: http://www.orchidspecies.com/pholimbricata.htm

The American Orchid Society : http://www.aos.org/orchids/orchids-a-to-z/letter-p/pholidota.aspx

Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/pages/1135052/overview

71st Philippine Orchid Society’s Ornamental Plant Landscape Winners

There are several stunning ornamental plant exhibits at the  71st mid-year orchid and garden show organized by the Philippine Orchid Society.

Susan Lee exhibit

Mrs. Susan Lee together with her bonsai collection

The big winners of the ornamental plant landscape competition included perennial winners Mr Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee of Lee’s Bonsai Haven. The ” Best Ornamental Plant of the Show” a type of ficus also won first place.

They included their prized collection of bonsai and other fixtures.

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Mr. Rommel Perez vertical landscape and bonsai

Mr. Rommel Perez’s vertical landscape and miniature zen garden with bonsai garnered second place.

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Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula

third place winner is the tandem of Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula and Mr. Jayvee Agustin ( Concrete Jungle).

The tandem also won the following awards:

Best foliage –Alpina rugosa

Best Aroid/1st place – Alocasia nycteris

1st place Philodendron Patriceae

1st place Aglaonema Vangie Go

2nd Place Aglaonema hybrid

3rd Place Aglaonema snow white

3rd Place Anthurium hookerii variegated

 

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Mett’s Plant Art

Mett’s Plant Art used bonsai, variegated chico tree ,sapodilla or sapota , medinilla, ficus with Thai Buddhist head as additional accents in the landscape.

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Thai Buddhist head

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Unigreen

Unigreen stunning vertical landscape with the use of indoor plants and different kinds of green colored hanging plants like Dischidia oiantha , Ophioglossum pendulum Linn., ( ribbon fern ) added to the overall beauty of the landscape.

 

Doctor Daniel Farnacio’s Lc. Bella Blue Bird Won Best Cattleya at the 71st Mid-Year Orchid Show

 

Lc. Bella Blue Bird is a bluish cattleya orchid hybrid which won the “Best Cattleya” ¬† of the 71st Mid-Year Orchid and Garden show at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City .

Lc. Bella Blue Bird

Lc. Bella Blue Bird

The cattleya is still quite rare in cultivation and had been grown into a marvelous specimen sized by Doctor Daniel Farnacio.

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Doctor Daniel Farnacio

He was interviewed by award winning television documentary QTV channel 11 and GMA channel 7 or his passion in collecting orchids and plants. He had spend quite a fortune in building his greenhouse and orchids.

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His efforts are rewarded with a lot of his cattleya orchids entered in the competition won awards.

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