9th National Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition 2019

Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (BSAPI) cordially invites you to its 9th National Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition and Competition from APRIL 26 to MAY 6,2019 at Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC).

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There will be hundreds of tropical bonsai trees in their summer splendor. More than 200 viewing stones are also expected to grab your attention.

Workshop and  will be held at QCX Museum.

For inquiries : 0917-5200121 / 0917-7944435/ 0945-2209970

 

 

 

3rd Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines 2012 Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak , Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City , Metro Manila- Philippines.

Ms. Becky Buenaventura , Mr. David Du – External Vice President , Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon in orange kimona  (President ), Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe in pink  Chinese style Filipiniana  ( Treasurer ) ,  Ombudsman Conchita Carpio- Morales ( six from left ) one of the  guests of honor, Mrs. Rosie Lovely – Romulo -wife of  former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and Mr. Bernabe

It was a cloudy and rainy afternoon when i got a chance to get invited to the exclusive opening of the  Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines Show  May 4, 2012 Friday held at the Hardin ng Bulaklak simply called HB garden or Flower garden . I was warmly met by the club’s President Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon and she also gave me a copy of their the souvenir program . This year’s theme ” It’s More Fun in Bonsai and Suiseki In Zen Gardening ” .  Connotes the fun and relaxation  in bonsai cultivation .

Ms. Victoria Camille Tulad a reporter from GMA Channel 7 and QTV channel 11 interviewed Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe and Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon

This year’s show person is Mr. Victorio De Rona Jr. He is fondly called VIC by plant and bonsai lovers .  The group was formed sometime in 2009 and their first show was also held at the Quezon Memorial Circle. The author was fortunate to be invited in their 3 in 1 show  last June 25 , 2010.   The sudden heavy downpour of the afternoon rain did not dampen the mood of the visitors and invited guests .  ” They call it a blessing from the Almighty ” .

a ceremonial  gong beater dress in bagobo costume

The special guests of honor included Quezon City Mayor Herbert ” Bistek ” Bautista ,  Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte , ambassadors wives , diplomatic consulate , and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio -Morales whom is said to be a plant and a bonsai lover .

Mayor Herbert ” Bistek ” Bautista of Quezon City

In an opening speech prepared by the youthful Mayor Herbert Bautista ,  He warmly welcome everyone who attended the event and the need of urban green spaces such as Quezon Memorial Circle .

Mr. Herbert Bautista admiring the different kinds of natural stones on display

        I was shock also to hear from his speech that the old house of former President  Manuel L. Quezon in New Manila will be dismantled and will be re-located within the QMC to be renamed Manuel L. Quezon presidential museum . According to Mr. Bautista , The house and lot is being sold by the immediate family member who needed medical assistance .  President Manuel L. Quezon stayed in that house for several months .

L-R Professor Serapion Metilla, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio- Morales and Ms. Becky Buenaventura lightning the candle ceremony

According to the event organizers,  They had to keep a low key  on their guest of honor , since there are several threats in her life.

L-R Mr. David O. Du, Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe , Ombudsman Conchita Carpio- Morales , Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon and Ms. Becky Buenaventura appreciate the different suiseki on display

The author being well- entrenched in the horticultural community kept mum on this issue and decided to have a news black -out on the information .  I guess being an Ombudsman  does have a pit falls in going to a public events  like a bonsai  show  . It was for her safety and security that the organizers decided not to announce her as  guest of honor in their  publicity .

Professor Serapion Metilla showing his exhibit

The show attracted about 70 commercial plant stall holders selling a variety of bonsai, potteries and gardening equipments .

exhibit booth landscape by Architect Bimbo Vergara

The talented landscaper exhibitor  included Mr. Constancio Basis , Mr. Vicente Ferrer, Mr. Benedict Dela Cruz , Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula, Mr. Sonny Luna, Mr. Cliff Coloma, Mr. Jesz ” Bimbo ” Vergara , Mr. Jonathan Commendador and Mr. Jhun Llaga .

This suiseki is one of the most photographed exhibit

The natural stone above is one of  the most photographed item on exhibit , some think this is a phallic object .

a miniature bonsai

There will be daily seminar-workshops throughout the duration of the show. On May 5, 3 p.m., Professor Li Tiong Hong will conduct a bonsai workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Then from 3 to 5 p.m. he will demonstrate Bonsai Branching Techniques.
Pemphis  acidula or locally called Bantigue won the top prize

A century-old Batigue bonsai emerged as overall winner or ” Best in Show” at the  Bonsai and Suiseki  Alliance Show and Competition .  The owner not only earned the top prizes and  but also accolades from bonsai collectors and hobbyists .

Dr. Ronnie Ramos of Cabanatuan Bonsai Society received the award for ” Best in Show ” award from Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon – President of BSAPI 

The bantigue tree , nurtured by Dr. Ronnie Ramos of Cabanatuan Bonsai Society in Nueva Ecija, impressed the judges with its shape, dramatic effect and presentation, including the pot used. The judges included  well-known international bonsai masters from Taiwan and Indonesia.

miniature village with small trees and plants

The other winners were: garden bonsai, Michael Santiago; penjing, Tonette Gedang; tropical bonsai, Dorie Bernabe; small bonsai, Sonny Luna; best fruiting, Dr. Alexander Rodriguez; forest, Ana de Rona; literati, Ligon; exposed roots, Charlie Miranda; windswept, Benedicta Galgana; cascade, Juan Lim; and rockgrown, Erwin Fabros.

Seminars and Workshop

Other speakers in succeeding days include  Mr. Al Villareal on Basic Bonsai; Mr. Vic de Rona on Zen Garden; Professor  Serapion Metilla on Indoor and Vertical Landscaping; DENR representative on PAWD CITES Regulations; Fernando Aurigue on Use of Gamma Rays in Plant Variety Development; Professor Serapion Metilla on Innovative Bonsai; and Mr.  Elmer Villareal on Guide on Selection and Appreciation of Suiseki. There will also be an on -the spot painting contest on May 6, 2012.

table arrangement courtesy of  Chef Velmor – Purple Dish Catering

representatives from QC parks , event organizers ,  Allied Botanical Corporation (one of the major advertiser in the souvenir program)

The author would like to thank  all the organizers , caterer ( Purple Dish Catering and Chef Velmor ) for the sumptuous meal ,  wonderful and relaxing time visiting the  bonsai and suseki alliance  opening . Until the next show !

Sources:

Souvenir Program , 2012 The Bonsai & Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines Incorporated

Office of the Ombudsman  : http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph/index.php

Purple Dish Catering : http://www.purpledishcatering.com/

Sanib Pwersa Bonsai Exhibit at SM North

Philippine Bonsai Society Incorporated in partnership with several bonsai association,Natural Stone Society of the Philippines and Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila No. 61 will be having their bonsai exhibit at SM North EDSA from March 22 to 25, 2019 at SM North Edsa, The Block in Quezon City. The exhibit also marks the 47th anniversary of the organization.

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The exhibit will include bonsai, suiseki and ikebana from their members.  The exhibit is open to the public with talks and lectures will be posted.

Great bonsai masters Like Master Kunio Kobayahi from Japan, Professor Amy Liang ( Taiwan) Master Yen Tzi Ying , Master Wu Jian Zhang ( Taiwan) , Professor Tom Elias ( Suiseki ) from the United States of America and Dr. Jun Balderama ( Philippines) for Ikebana are some of the speakers at the talks.

For inquires , Please try to contact +63 918-929-4153 Mr. Elvis Magadia

 

 

 

Fun Facts in Bonsai Exhibit at Flora Filipina 2019 Expo

There are several amazing and stunning display of bonsai, potted plants and natural stones at the Flora Filipina 2019 Expo.

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natural stones on display

The plant art originates in the Chinese empire and was copied and adapted by the Japanese to what we know now as Bonsai trees. Literally translated “bon-sai” means “planted in a container”.

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Quezon Memorial Shrine pylon serves as a backdrop for the exhibit

The Chinese started creating miniature landscapes over 2,000 years ago.

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natural stones or suiseki

There were 179 bonsai and 176 natural stones (suiseki) on display at the Runnex Elevated Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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Entry Fees

There was an entry fees of Php 250 in which the natural stones are not featured in the magazine. Those who paid Php 750 pesos entry fees are also featured in magazine and other promotional items.

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bonsai with multiple awards

For Bonsai, there is Php 500 entry fees in which bonsai are not featured in magazine. Those who paid entry fees of Php 1,500 are also included in a souvenir magazine feature and other promotional items.

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multi-awarded  bonsai

This is a multi-awarded bonsai, A Taiwanese bonsai collector once offered a handsome amount for this , but the owner refused because of its sentimental value and attachment to this tree. This is at least a century -old bonsai.

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yellow flowering santan ( ixora )

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orange flowering santan ( ixora )

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tamarind bonsai

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The ingress of the bonsai and natural stones started few days before the opening.

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Bantigue ( Pemphis acidula )

At the awarding ceremony, Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines Incorporated (BSAPI) President Vincent Ferrer his Bantigue tree won the “Best In Show Award”  at Flora Filipina Expo 2019.

There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 50 for the general public and Php 30 for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities with valid Id’s.

Schedule of Flora Filipina 2019 Conference

Flora Filipina 2019 Conference is one on the parallel event that the Philippine Orchid Society in partnership with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle management, Department of Tourism, Department of Agriculture with sponsorship from Del Monte, Philippines, Villar Sipag Foundation, Allied Botanical Corporation and Manila Bulletin as one of the media partners.

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I have posted an article few months ago, with an old poster. There will also a commercial bazaar area, exhibition, conference and farm tours.

There will be a special opening on February 23, 2019 which is for members of the society, invited guests , foreign delegates and special media accredited invites.

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This will be followed by a 3-day scientific conference with the theme “Achieving Global Competency in Floriculture” from February 24 to 26 at the Brentwood Suites,Brentwood Suites, #6 Dr. G. Garcia Street, Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City 1003 Philippines.

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Three main groups of the exhibition and conference includes the Bonsai and Suiseki, Boungainvillea and the Floriculture Industry.

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There will be a special package rate of Php 6,500 if one is planning to attend the 3-day event with inclusive of handouts, morning and afternoon snacks. lunch and certificate of attendance.

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Bonsai and Suiseki – Php 1,300 Early Bird Rates / Php 1,500 Regular

Boungainvillea -Php 1,500 Early Bird Rates / Php 2,000 Regular

Floriculture Industry -Php 2,500 Early Bird Rates / Php 3,000 Regular

Try to call any of the contact information at the e-poster from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm Mondays to Saturdays.

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Contact Persons: Miss Jenny F. Rivera / Mr. Jiffy Alegre POS Secretariat

Roving Landline( +632)  957-35-24 Cellphone  (+63) 917-8485468 / (+632) 929-44-25 /  Email: philorchidsociety@gmail.com

Office Address1: Quezon City Hall Orchidarium Area / Lagoon Area Garden, East Avenue corner Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

Office Address 2: Unit 209 Delsa Mansion, 44 Scout Borromeo corner Scout Torrillo Streets, Barangay South Triangle 1103 Quezon City.

Note: For those who wanted to visit the exhibition area, There will be a minimal entrance fees of Php 50.00 general public and Php 40.00 for students, senior citizens and PWD with valid ID’.

There are daily lectures, talks and program which starts at 2:00pm