Sneak Peek of Master Landscape Artist Yuyung LaO’s Garden

Master Yuyung LaO is a well-known, famous and respected master landscape artist in the country. The group were given a sneak peek at his garden last sunday,despite being a busy person.

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several Buddha statues

One of the few landscape artists which drew his inspiration from mother nature, planting materials, natural contour of the land.

aglaonema hybrid

aglaonema hybrid

Despite his stature, Master Yuyung LaO is a respected member of plant societies, a simple down to earth person with a lot of ideas and full of artistry.

Master Landscape Projects

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Mr. Yuyung LaO together with the group

Some of his project includes the Tropical Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle, private garden within Forbes park, well-known personalities, resorts, venue places in many parts of the country. His contemporaries in Southeast Asia is Mr. Wade Wijaya of Bali, An Australian -Indonesian who had several popular resorts projects.

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variegated fern

Another recent landscape project was the recent APEC and ASEAN meet in the country.

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staircases going up

I have seen a lot of variegated plants within the property. The landscape is compact with a lot of beautiful plants. Every nook and cranny of the property is very photogenic.

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According to the master landscaper, It took him over 20 years landscaping in phases within the 1 hectare of property. He harness the natural creek flowing within the property and natural sloping landscape.

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He was able to construct two layers of pond in which giant gouramis and kois lives.  The pond also had a a filter system built on the side of the pond.

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variegated dracena

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concrete staircase with landscape accents

Another nice feature were the tall tree ferns and epiphytes. The key to his success were irrigation, misting system and right media.

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 Buddha statues potteries, owls figurine, turtle figurine are located within the pavilion area

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lunch buffet

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mini greenhouse

There were at least 1,000 known plant species, cultivar varieties, ferns, begonia, bromeliads,water plants, palms which are cultivated.  He also had a small greenhouse in which is cultivates Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids, ferns and other plants.

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begonias

Our group had a fun time at his garden, enjoyed the hearty lunch of grilled tilapia, grilled green mussels, lechong manok, tuna, brownies, orange juice and soft drink.

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Yuyung LaO garden, water features and accents

It was a fun filled day of adventure, sight seeing and learning experience. The private garden is located within San Mateo,Rizal province. It is not open to the general public and thus the author cannot reveal the exact location and other contact details.

Note: Maraming Salamat po, for the warm hospitality and sharing your great knowledge

 

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Dance Festival and Handicrafts Showcase at the 14th Waterlily Festival

Colorful street dancers participated by different school in Las Piñas ,agricultural products and items made from water hyacinth were showcased at the 14th Waterlily festival.

The festival was well-attended by thousands of residents of the city, guests and foreigners. Senator Cynthia Villar, who started the holding of the festivities in 2006, said the festival through the years, has served the purpose of being the show window for the city’s most talented performers and the most beautiful and creative people.

“We are very proud of this festival which we also hold to express our commitment for a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature and the environment, ” Villar said.

14th Water lily ( Water Hyacinth festival)

Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7

Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7 went to cover the festivities and dozens of media correspondents , bloggers and vloggers were present during the event.

different handicrafts made from water hyacinth

The yearly festivity is participated in by more than 2,000 attendees,tourists and spectators coming from nearby areas like Cavite, Parañaque, Metro Manila and as far as Tanay ( Rizal), Bulacan and Laguna provinces.

coin holder, tissue holder for sale

Villar Sipag booth

baskets, bags, plate holder from water hyacinth

Although the water plant is popularly called waterlily . It is known as water hyacinth or ( Eichhornia crassipes ) which was introduced to the country during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade in the mid-16th century.

slippers, bags made from stalks of water hyacinth

The water hyacinth became naturalized in waterways and tend to clogged the system during rainy season. When floral foam was not yet popular, water hyacinth stalks are also used by florists for their floral wreath.

Prizes

Inter-school street dancing competition was held from 6:00am to past 9:00 am. Groups composed of junior highschool students enrolled in the city competed for the following prizes : Champion :Php 50,000, First runner-up, Php 30,000 and Second runner-up for Php 20,000.

high school students in colorful native costumes made from water hyacinth stalks

Winners of the competition was judged according to their water hyacinth costume, props, choreography and technicality.

Mood was festive and people are anticipating next year’s 15th water lily festival 2020.

Winners at the Cactus, Succulent and Bromeliad Show at SM MOA

Big Winners of cactus, succulent and bromeliad show were announced few days after the grand festival. The event was organized by Philippine Nurserymen Association and BG event management in partnership with SM Mall of Asia and SM Supermalls with media partner Manila Bulletin and Agriculture magazine.

There were more than 50 stalls selling different kinds of cacti, succulents, orchids, plastic pots, fertilizers, ornamental plants, bromeliads among others.

Cactus, Succulent and Bromeliad festival was successful that at least 50,000 went there during the event.

BIG Winners

The winners got special trophy, ribbons, certificate of appreciation and gift certificate courtesy of SM Supermalls.

Best Caudificorm :  Beaucarnea recurvata
Owner: Christian dela Cruz

2nd Place Caudiciform: Pachypodium Brevicaule

Owner: Mr. Wilson Angel

3rd Place Caudificorm: Jatropha belandieri
Owner : Mr. Francis Karl Calica

Best Euphorbia: Euphorbia stellata
Owner: Mr. Lino Rom

2nd Place Euphorbia: Euphorbia venefica
Owner: Mr. Lino Rom

3rd Place Euphorbia: Euphorbia fruticosa
Owner: Mr. Miguel Syyap

Best Mammillaria: Mammillaria compressa
Owner: Sintiqui Tenias

2nd Place Mammillaria: Mammillaria bocasana cv ‘Fred’ Monstrose Form
Owner: Ms. Jennie Dungo-Sevilla

3rd Place Mammillaria: Mammillaria dolichothele baumii cristata
Owner: Mr. Christopher Oblino

Best Gymnocalycium and Best Cactus: Gymnocalycium baldianum cristata
Owner: Ms. Maureen Cristales

2nd Gymnocalycium: Gymnocalycium anisitsii
Owner: Sintiqui Tenias

3rd Place Gymnocalycium: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii cv ‘Transformer’
Owner: Ms. Jennie Dungo-Sevilla

Best Astrophytum: Astrophytum asterias cv ‘Chocolate Skin’
Owner: Ms. Jennie Dungo-Sevilla

2nd Place Astrophytum: Astrophytum asterias cv ‘Super Kabuto’
Owner: Mr. Francis Karl Calica

3rd Place Astrophytum: Astrophyutum asterias cv ‘Super Kabuto’
Owner: Mr. Wilson Angel

 

 

 

10 Exciting Booths at the 18th Mango Festival

18th National Mango Festival was held from May 31 to June 2 at Eaton Centris Walk in Eton Centris, Quezon City.

Centris Walk

After we went to SidcorEton Centris Sunday Market, We decided to visit the festival. There were several talks, demonstrations and lecture held at  festival where participants can enrich their knowledge on basic mango cultivation techniques,  pest, diseases, fertilization and how to preserve excess production.

Ilocos Norte grown mangoes

10 Exciting Booths at the 18th Mango Festival

10. ) Wilson’s Tree Bank – offers several tree seedlings of mulberry trees, edible figs and few other tree seedlings.

Bicol mangoes from Yulaik farm

fruit wines

9.) Bicol Mangoes by Yulaik Farm . They also have some fruit wines made from lipote, mangoes. They also process mango sauce, baligang concentrate, dried lipote.

Address: Universal Road, Zone 6, Triangulo, Naga City , Camarines Sur

Contact: #0907-788-3250 / (054) 473-6300

8.) Santa Maria Dairy Farm– Santa Maria dairy farm offers milk, kesong puti, milk gel, milkobar, ice cream and pastillas which is sold for Php 50 per pack.

7.) Philippine Mango Seedling Farm– They have their farm in Candaba , Pampanga province.

6.)  Pampanga Mangoes are sold for just Php 60.00 per kilo

5.) Carlies Handicraft– Ms. Carlita Frades offer handwoven bayong made by the members . They are based in Commonwealth, Quezon City.

Contact : (0932-3153826, 092664441776)

4.) Green Thumb Zambales Dried Mangoes– Aside from fresh mangoes from Zambales, they also have dried mangoes.

3.) Spirulina by Aztec Food Growers Corporation- Their farm is based in Cainta, Rizal province. The ponds are secured and fully enclosed by screen mesh walls and transparent roofing.

Contact: landline 477-2256/ 622-2713 Cellphone :0917-8375280/ 0917-5078539

2.) Villar Sipag Booth– The booth showcases the advocacy program of the foundation like organic composting, urban farming, coco choir making, water hyacinth weaving among others.

They also gave away free organic compost sack for interested group and visitor at the festival.

1.) Guimaras Mangoes– They were sold initially for Php 150 per kilo during the first two days of the festival, But were sold for just Php 120 by the end of the event.

Los Baños Horticultural Society Annual Show 2019

Los Baños Horticultural Society in cooperation with University of the Philippines (Los Baños), Department of Tourism region IV-A and Department of Trade and Industry region IV-A will be having their annual show from April 5 to 14 , 2019.

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There will be several landscape exhibits, individual plant competition, trade fairs and product display at the Senior Social Hall gardens within the university. A minimal entrance fees of Php 25 for the general public and Php 20 for students, senior citizens and pwd’s with valid Id’s. Exhibit and commercial booth opens from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm