Reopening of Sidcor Eton Centris Sunday Market

It was December 6, 2020 when the famed Sidcor Eaton Centris Walk Sunday market bazaar had finally reopens their business to the general public.

This was after more than 8 months of non-operation due to the coronavirus 2019 lockdown. Since the organizers had to observe strict social distancing rules set aside by IATF, Quezon City local government regulations.

a marshal check on one’s temperature, physical distancing, face mask ,face shield and hand sanitation

Fewer that the pre-covid 2019 stall were able to get stalls within the sunday market. From between 400 to 430 stalls before March 15, 2020 the stalls only numbers about 200 which was just 50% few months ago.

Hand sanitizers, an area to wash and bigger stalls were present at the sunday market.

Centris Walk

Sidcor Eton Centris Sunday Market

Eros & Beamth hand made soaps

It is quite good to finally see again some old time vendors selling their products and to hear some of their stories. One of such seller is Eros and Beamth hand made soaps.

Dining area

Yan Ching-Original Fresh Chinese Lumpia

We were quite happy to see that our “suki” Fresh Chinese lumpia / vegetable spring roll is still around. the price of their well-loved lumpia had increased from last March.

We ordered some lumpia rolls and ate them at the dining area.

Bibingka

poinsettias , tillandsia, bromeliads, ornamental plants and flowering orchids are for sale at this stall

Plant Section

Brendz Garden

There are some familiar faces and stalls at the Sunday market , but it was not that lively and not many stalls compared 8 months ago. Ms. Brenda had a lot of ornamental plants , tillandsias, bromeliads, aglaonema for sale.

variegated ficus elastica

Business is still quite slow during the duration of our visit. First visited the sunday market on December 6 then December 13, 2020.

crotons

Hoya publicalyx

Asplenium musifolium aka bird’s nest fern, dapong babae for sale

different types of bromeliads, guzmanias and aechmea in bloom

Microsorum and Huperzia phlegmaria on sale

A specimen sized Microsorum and Huperzia phlegmaria / tassel fern growing together. This was later bought by a doctor.

The sellers are also quick to showcase their plants for sale and hope that they will have bigger sales in the upcoming weeks.

Opening of AgriKultura Farmers Market in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

AgriKultura Farmers Market open to serve customer who lives within Goodwill Homes 1 in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

The farmers market used to be known as Doris Wong Chinese Food stall before the coronavirus 2019 lock down last march.

AgriKultura Farmers Market

The concept of the AgriKultura Farmer Market is to bring fresh vegetables, meat, poultry, spices, fish, fruits and basic food essentials like rice, sugar, salt, soy sauce, sauce, cooking oil, honey to the general public who had a hard time buying fresh produce in public market at a reasonable price.

Mr. Narco Atienza -manager of AgriKultura Farmers Market

There are two sections of the market, one caters to retail/ per kilo and wholesale- those purchasing per sack or more.

The organizers are planning to add live potting plants and herbs among other produce in the following weeks.

The farmers market is located just beside Don C Lechon manok and liempo and near Goodwill Homes community center.

Those living within Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Kasiyahan Town homes, Grand Monaco Villas, El Pueblo One condominium, Kingsville (Barangay Bagbag), Goodwill Homes 1, California Village, Sierra Vista, Torres Village (Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon) and immediate surrounding may try to visit this farmers depo.

Note: The author is not the owner and is not connected with the management of the AgriKultura Market

AgriKultura Market

Address : Lot 1, Block 3, Katipunan Avenue,Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Contact : 0906 430 4599

Operations : Everyday from 5:00am to 9:00pm

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

 

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

 

 

 

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