PostcrossingPH Leap Year Meet-UP at Manila Central Post Office

PostcrossingPH had a special leap year meet-up get together at the Philatelic and Resource Center within the Manila Central Post Office.


PostcrossingPH members

A special postcard was created by some members of the group to commemorate the special meet-up with thousands of postcards send to friends and postcard collectors in every corner of the globe.


February 29, 2020 is a leap year and it only occurs once every four years. Some of the members came all the way from Laguna, Antipolo, Bulacan and other parts of Metro Manila.

In this age of internet and social media, There are still people who still cherish getting a postcard or greeting card with all the traditional hand writings, stamps and postmarks.


 PostcrossingPH Meet-Up


courtesy of Ms. Ali Lao


Prof. Wil Monzon together with Ms. Ali Lao

There were at least 35 members who came in full force and a traditional jack en poy contest was held.  At the end of the game Ms. Ali Lao from Binondo won the postcards.


Ms. Erika Jacolo

I also met Ms. Erika Jacolo who sells different kinds of postcards and other collectibles.


Mr. Xian Lim

There was also a television series shooting entitled ” Love Thy Woman”  inside the post office lobby were celebrity Mr. Xian Lim was there.


Reconnect with Nature in Greenhills Mall

Greenhills Mall in cooperation with Plant Project PH brings to the gardening enthusiasts, students and general public three day bazaar, talks, art exhibit, plant workshop entitled  “Reconnect with Nature” at the Central Mall, Fountain Area, Greenhills Shopping Mall, San Juan, Metro Manila from February 27-29, 2020.

live entertainment show which delighted customers and visitors

Reconnect with Nature

People from all walks of life enjoyed the bazaar and exhibit with feast for the eyes live orchid flower arrangement.

native baskets and fruits

art session

There were over 20 table sellers which promotes different products, services and art sketches from different parts of the metropolis.

Another highlight of the event was live performance, nature pop-up stories, art exhibit,  talks and demonstration workshop on how to take care of tillandsia, cacti, succulent and ornamental plants.

I visited the bazaar and met the organizer of the event who told me that they will be having future shows and partnership with Greenhills Mall and Estancia Mall.

cacti and succulents



showcase exhibit of paintings, cacti and succulents

Unlike other shows, There were no entrance fees and free workshop.



Meet and Greet with Councilor Ariel Argañosa of Majayjay, Laguna

Tito’s and Tita’s of Manila FB group visited the towns of Majayjay, Liliw, Nagcarlan and Los Baños in Laguna province.

We left past 4:30 am at Eaton Centris in Quezon City and the first van arrived past 8:00 am at the church plaza of Majayjay Church.


Majayjay had a lot of interesting places and saw a lot of native orchids, ferns, hoyas along the old trees and ancestral houses.

Meet and Greet


candid shot

Honorable councilor Ariel Arcenal Argañosa Jr. (PDPLBN) of Majayjay met us for a short walking tour of the town’s old ancestral houses, shrines, historical places and market place.


He was the youngest elected councilor in the town and god a seal of good financial keeping by the Department of Interior and Local Government ( DILG).


Nuestra Señora de la Porteria shrine


group photo together with the barangay captain

In behalf to the members of the group, The author would like to express his gratitude and warm “Thanks” to all the people of Majayjay who extended their gracious hospitality.

Photo courtesy of Councilor Ariel Argañosa Jr., Mr. Ferdi Bolislis and Ms. Mabelle Tenorio

All Plant Show at Evia Lifestyle Center

Philippine Nurserymen Association in collaboration with Arid and Aroids Event Management, Philippine Bonsai Society Inc., Succulent Club of the Philippines, Plant Hatter,Succulent and Spikes and Plantaholic Garden among others will be part of the ” All Plant Show” at the Atrium area, Evia Lifestyle CenterDaang Hari, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas, Metro Manila from February 28 to March 1, 2020.

There are no entrance fees during the 3-day event and the general public is invited to attend the series of talks, lectures, workshops, plant sale ! The show opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm during mall hours.


All Plant Show

Special plants on display were Aloes, Cacti, Bonsai, Aroids, Flowering Plants, Orchids, Bromeliads, Tillandsias and others.


Schedule of Daily Talks and Demonstration

February 29, 2020

SATURDAY 1:00 pm – #TeamCrush headed by Dran Dreb Macam and Mark Eleazar, 2:00pm – Terrarium Making by Mr. Christian Dela Cruz of House of Thorns 4:00pm – Aloe Culture and Breeding by Mr. Boyet Ganigan of Arid and Aroids, 5:00 pm-7:00pm – Succulent Forms and Update – by Succulent Club of the PH and Masitera 7:00pm – Plantscape Lecture and Exhibit by Mr. Marion Dela Cruz of Plantaholic

March 1, 2020

SUNDAY 2:00pm – Bonsai 101 4:00pm – Bonsai for Kids by Cavite Bonsai Club, Southern Manila Bonsai Club and Cavite Bonsai and Suiseki Society  6:00pm – ArteKultura by Ms.Jan Veran dela Cruz of My Piece of Earth

Contact Person : Ms. Savanna Lamsen ( 0915-775-5755)

Note: Schedule of daily talks and demonstration were subject to change without prior notification from the organizers of the event. It will also depend on the availability of the resource speaker.

Highlights of the 74th Philippine Orchid Society Opening

74th annual had the opening held February 19 at the Garden of Joy ( formerly called Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) or Flower Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.


Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña

The event was organized by Philippine Orchid Society and affiliate plant society. The event started past 3:00pm and Quezon City symphonic band played the national anthem and opening band.


Congresswoman Camille Villar

Special guests includes Congresswoman Camille Villar, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña , Taiwan Economic and Cultural Affair Office ( TECO) Representative Dr. Joy Ye.


crowd – photo courtesy of Ms. Lee Ann Canlas



Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines exhibit

Among the big winners included Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee which won top prize in the orchid landscape exhibit. There is also several bonsai display from Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines ( BSAPI) and flowering bougainvilleas !

Individual orchid and plant competition among members and invited guests. Mr. Jan Lord Lumabao won top prize for his Vanda lamellata flowering orchid entry and second place in the Dendrobium discolor.

The 74th annual orchid show will have the daily lectures or demonstration with flea market bazaar with about 60 stalls selling different kinds of garden tools, plants, orchids, flowering plants, cacti and especially orchids.


schedule of daily lecture and demonstration

A minimal entrance fees of Php 50 for the general public and Php 30 for senior citizens, students and person with disability.  The exhibit and selling area opens from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily until the show end March 2, 2020.

The daily lecture starts at 2:00 pm from February 21 and the show is until March 1, 2020.

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