Press Conference of HortiKultura Filipina 2018

HortiKultura Filipina 2018 is an international gardening event organized by Philippine Horticultural Society, Quezon City government with affiliate plant societies and its members.

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The press conference was well attended by online writers, media personalities and social media influencers.

The garden show is set from February 3 to 11, 2018 with 5 proposed venues within QC Memorial Circle. These includes, Hardin ng mga Bulaklak , Tropical Garden, RUNNEX Garden , QCX and Rock Garden as sites of the exhibition.

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Aside from plant and landscape competition, there will be daily lectures or talks from  industry leaders, backyard hobbyists and practitioners.

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 “Grow Local , Bloom  Global ” focuses on several factors like promoting local plant and horticulture industry,  buying local produce and local plants. This also encourages ordinary backyard growers and propagators to propagate more endemic, indigenous and local plants.  There are so many endemic and indigenous ornamental plants , flowers and trees which are found in the country . These have a lot of demands abroad.

This is a big income potentials for a country which only had .02% of the world’s floriculture industry share.

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Mr. Zacarias Sarian – PHSI honorary member

Mr. Zacarias’ Zac ” Sarian is a respected journalist , farmer and Ramon Magsaysay awardee .

He retold some interesting stories of people who got successful in growing plants . There was one who grows pinsarai/ pinasaray Asparagus densiflorus and keeps on propagating the ornamental plant . The grower started with few mother plants and only released  the plant had grown big.  S

mall plants were priced Php 2.50 small ones but when grown into bigger plant in few months, the ornamental plant would cost Php 5.00. This had attracted some niche clientele. This was way back in the 1980’s.

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Mr. Niel ” Boyet ” Ganigan

Del Monte, Philippines is one of the major sponsors of the event, The company will have several cooking demonstrations during the show.

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There will also scheduled walking tour on exhibits, pocket events, on the spot painting contests, terrarium set-up , flower arrangements, acoustic nights, installation art, daily raffles and street dancing from several Quezon City public schools.

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Participants were delighted to have been served light snacks which consists of pancit puti sa kinsay at kamias, meat ball with noodles, fried banana heart, turon with hibiscus tea and camote juice. This was courtesy of Tita Baby de Leon ( resident caterer of the organization)

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 online media writers, social media influencers and PHSI for a souvenir photo

Special Mention

Special mention is the interesting flower arrangement by King Louis Flowers, La Colina Adorada ,Camille Bernabe ,My Mothers Garden by Vincent Ferrer , tokens by Luntian Sining of Norma Villanueva, Arids and Aroids, Ashitaba Tea by Adela Ang , Cora Mina by Zayra Bulaean,   Ms. Tiffany Cham for the Terrarium and Aquascape , Professor Serapion Metilla for the bonsai display. Manila Bulletin and GMA online

Those interested in getting stalls or a guided tour within the exhibition area , try to call 0917-712-6392 or 577-5234 Ms. Angel ( SECRETARIAT)

 

 

Cactus Fiesta Fair 2 at Robinson’s Place , Manila

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines in partnership with Robinson’s Place, Ermita will be having a 3-day show from Nov 17 at 10 AM to Nov 19 at 10 PM

The event is dubbed ” Cactus Fiesta Fair 2″ after the successful Cactus Fair 1 held last  May 5, 6, and 7, 2017  at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak within Quezon Memorial Circle.

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There will be cacti exhibit and short talks about cacti and succulents. Try to visit FB event page for more information about the event

Contact Person: Ms. Amy Lastimosa (Secretary) – Cactus & Succulent Society of the Philippines  

Mobile 0905 356 5353

 

 

Highlights of the ASEANPEX 2017

ASEANPEX 2017 had about 400 exhibit frames of non-competing stamp collection . The exhibition is dubbed ASEANPEX 2017 which featured ASEAN member countries that were displayed at Hall #1 SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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Highlights

The opening highlights includes a traditional bagobo and tiboli cultural dances by world reknown Bayanihan Dance Company and a ceremonial practice of blowing the conch shell dates back to the ancient times.

The opening started at about past 9:30 am with hundreds of PHLPOST employees, students, stamp collectors, international guests in attendance.

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After the brief ribbon cutting together with several ambassadors from Singapore H.E. Kok Li Peng, H.E. Thanatip Upatising of Thailand, H.E. Mr.  U Win Naing of Myanmar and India . There was another small cultural performance at the stage area.

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This year’s organizing committee includes PHLPOST, Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Business Lines Department with several government department having booths at the site.

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Mr. Dennis Dy Kho , Mr. Rodrigo Ong and Mr. Isidro Tan were among the local stamp collectors in attendance

The exhibition was sponsored by SM Investment CorporationFilmetricsMama Sita’s Foundation with the active support from Philippine Philatelic Federation, local stamp collecting clubs.

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Cultural show includes cultural performance by the world famous Bayanihan Dance Company, Meet and Greet with PHLPOST Living Legends, Talks and Activity on Philately, Stamp Launchings, ASEAN Cosplay among others.

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Filipino Olympians ( silver medalists) , Manny Pacquiao, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss Universe 1969, 1973 and 2015 were among famous Filipino living legends that was featured in local Philippine stamps. It is quite rare of a living person to be featured in local stamps.

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Mr. Willard Cheng ( ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter and correspondent ) a stamp ambassador was also one of the invited guests during the occasion. Former president Fidel Valdez Ramos also went to the exhibition late afternoon of November 4 and shared his personal stories of his stamp collection.

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There were some stamp printer. one such booth is from The Netherlands. At some point especially in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, Some of the Philippine stamps were printed in that country.

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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas also got a booth at the ASEANPEX 2017. This makes the coin and paper bill collectors happy since some of them were not able to purchase the POPE Francis commemorative online.

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We bought some limited commemorative stamp ( King Bhumibol Adulyadei cremation ) from Thai POST and we also took time buying some Elvis Presley Sheet from an international dealer selling them at Php 50.00 per sheet.

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We also queue in line for some limited commemorative stamps from PHLPOST. Just like the previous ASEANPEX 1996. There was no entrance fees and one can roam around with hall 1 of SMX Convention Center for the whole day and enjoy the event.

I saw Philip Reyes, Crispulo Verbo Arquero, Dennis Dy Kho, Isidro Tan, Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Josefina Cura, Alfonso Cruz, YPS members among others.

What is commendable are the local stamp exhibits from serious stamp collectors who shared their collections of technical knowledge thru the years or decades of collecting.