Bulacan Culinary and Heritage Tour part 2

 

Malolos City , Bulacan province -Philippines

Malolos Cathedral also known as Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion Minor Basilica

After we toured the Malolos Cityhall, Our next stop was the Malolos Cathedral which is just a few meters away from the Barasoain Church . The church a neoclassical church completed 1817  destroyed by earthquake in 1873, burned in 1899, and was rebuilt 1902-1936.   A large Statue of  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception stands out even from afar.

Malolos Cathedral interior

Since it was also the practice of rich dioceses during the Spanish colonial regime to name the church under Immaculate Concepcion.  The church is favorite place for weddings, renewal of vows and place for pictorials. The Malolos Cathedral convent served as the presidential palace of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy, during the First Philippine Republic from September 15, 1898 to March 31, 1899.  Gen. Aguinaldo used the convent as his office.

Siar Tree ( Peltophorum pterocarpum  ) is native to tropical southeastern Asia  and northern Australia

Within its parking space stood  a living century-old tree  Freedom Tree ( Kalayaan Tree) which is a living witness to the Spanish revolution.  This is locally known as SIAR ,according to the locals living near the cathedral. This tree used to be commonly planted as ornamental shade tree within the plazas and main avenues with its bright yellow-colored flowers.

historical markers

Unfortunately, It also had its disadvantages, Since  it is a large tree – It can be uprooted when there is a strong typhoon . The century-old tree was examined by tree specialists few years ago and its health is declining due to the bad practice of leaf burning near its tree trunk and thus it was prohibited .

Filipino statues during the revolutionaries represented by Gen. Gregorio del Pilar , Gen. Isidoro Torres; Don Pablo Tecson, Fr. Mariano Sevilla, & Doña Basilia Tantoco.

We went to the ka-mestizohan district .   It was patterned after the old intramuros area where streets are narrow and some of the rich Filipinos ( Chinese , Spaniards , Mexicans mix ) settled.

Pariancillo street

We walked the historic streets of Estrella and Pariancillo .  There is the the Ejercito House which was the Department of War of the First Philippine Republic.

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On the left side of  Pariancillo St. is the Cervantes House which is the Tiongson House with its intricate windows.  ( Pariancillo street was named after the famed Parian district of Manila ) This is where Chinese immigrants and localized Filipino-Chinese settled and allowed to trade before they were moved further north of the Pasig river . The early pioneers were the merchant and mestizos from Manila.

Gobierno del Pilar de Malolos building also known as Meralco building

The group also passed by GOBIERNO del Pilar de Plaza de Malolos or called
Adriano House has been beautifully restored and today and serves as the Meralco Building.  Unlike other buildings around the area, a visit within the compound requires a written permit since this is a private building .  There is a historical marker within the grand staircase in front of the old building.

It was then the Gobierno Militar de la Plaza. Now Just across it is a structure with
sealed half-moon balconies that once served as  jail or (carcel ) .

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casa tribunal walls with ferns and weeds

CASA TRIBUNAL served as town hall of  Malolos in 1859. its now a blank
wall only 4% remains of the structure.

Alberta Uitangcoy – Santos House

This is the 1914 Paulino and Alberta Uitangcoy-Santos House in Malolos, Bulacan.
our group were extremely privileged to visit the house of the acknowledged leader of
the group, Alberta S. Uitangcoy, “iDING”(1865). It is the home of one of the notable Women of Malolos who started a signature petition for Governor General Valeriano Weyler for women in Malolos to have a school in which they can learn Spanish  in 1889.

The lower floor used be a Pharmacy store

the house was burned down and a second house was built,  This second home, completed in 1914, is what we get to visit today. Within the grounds of the house, it had an old well.

 old well

The house was restored few years ago by Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. who’s fore bearers owned the house. Now, the house serves as a venue place, lifestyle museum.

The site also serves as an office for the foundation

The Women of Malolos Foundation Incorporated  ( WOMFI )or   (Kababaihan ng Malolos) relatives and kins were direct descendants of the original Women of Malolos whom Dr. Jose Rizal wrote letter.

 

Ms. Rheeza Hernandez briefing the participants

We were served hot pandesal, coffee and home-made ham in our brief stop-over at the house. We toured the rooms and their wonderful array of old clothes , furniture sets ,kitchen sets, commemorative pins and wood works.

Jamon de Bulakenya/ Hamon de Bulakenya 

Jamon de Bulakenya / Hamon de Bulakenya – It is made from choice cuts of pork belly  ( liempo ) . The use of  pineapple juice ( 2 cups) , beer ( 1 cup ) , 1/4 cup wine , 4 tablespoon sugar , 2 tablespoon of salt , 1 tablespoon of prague powder .  They used to put salitre ( Sodium nitrate ) as preservatives but it was gradually changed.

The difference between this ham compared to the commercial ones that we have tasted , Is that it is mildly flavored and is quite tender. It might be due to the fact that pineapple juice were used for marinating the ham . (pineapple juice contains enzyme bromelian which tenderized meat ) The beer and the wine also somehow neutralized the taste of the ham. The ham is also available for sale at Bistro Maloleño.

pressed ceilings  / hammered iron ceiling  is locally called pinukpok , pukpok 

  Tin -plate ceilings were popularized during the time of Queen Victoria in England. These are mass produced from thin rolled tin-plate – sheets of tin were stamped one at a time using rope drop hammers and cast iron molds.

They were traditionally painted white to create the illusion of hand-carved or molded plaster. Built to withstand the test of time,  many colonial era homes still bear witness to the durability of these ceilings, especially in the absence of moisture damage, which lead to corrosion.

I have seen some nice tin works on the Villavicencio house in Taal , Casa Manila in Intramuros ( probably bought from demolished colonial houses from San Nicolas district in Manila) .

a more colorful and elaborate pressed ceiling at the Santos -Bautista home

The simple interiors were made from choice hardwood panels gave way to white colored steel ceiling art work known as ” pinukpok ” or ” pukpok” by hammering sheets of iron to form intricate design patterns.   It used to be imported from the United States or Europe in which the plates of iron were installed  at the the ceiling of rich aristocrat homes in the late 19th  to early 20th century .

wood mold with intricate pattern

When the rising cost of materials and technology led to local people copying the designs and technology of pressing tin , thereby reducing the cost of materials .  Hence towards the early 20th century there are more homes which were able to afford these iron ceilings.

Using hardwoods as molding material , locally trained carpenters would hammer out thin sheets of iron . They are still labor intensive to make and according to some seasoned architects and interior stylists . They cannot be bought by ordinary wage earners.

beside the present marker , now stood a modern mansion

Women of Malolos marker – an old house once stood

On the left are the ruins that mark the place where Jose Rizal’s historic letter
To the Women of Malolos was read.

Bautista-Santos House

The Bautista-Santos House is ornately sculpted with neo-classical touches is also known as the Secretaria de Fomento.

gazebo

It had a large garden with makopa trees , gazebo and neatly manicured lawn. According to one of the present owners of the house, the garden can be rented-out for special functions like weddings, pictorials and special events.

tour participants carefully listened to the architectural details of the Don Antonio Bautista house

There is a popular myths that if makopa trees were planted extensively in one’s backyard. There will be high chances that there will be spinster and old gentlemen in the family.

  side entrance

 Don Antonio Bautista was an aide of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. 

life-sized statue of Mother Mary dressed in period finery 

The house is indeed a treasure trove of old items and family heirlooms such as paintings done by well-known artists , antique vases, life-sized santos ( saints)

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There were a lot of furnitures , some of which are centuries-old

dining area

The living room area had a lot of paintings from known artists of that period.

Katipunan flag owned by Gat Andres Bonifacio

There is  an old Katipunan flag which is mounted on a wooden frame with shells and mother of pearls that was previously owned by Gat Andres Bonifacio and was kept by his wife Gregoria de Jesus.

The flag was given as a token of gratitude to Mr. Antonio S. Baustista when she visited  him on April 28, 1931 .

We then walked and passed several old colonial houses which dates from late 19th century to the late 1950 and 1960’s.

Dr. Luis Santos house

Another very interesting architectural wonder is the house of Dr. Luis Santos – He is one of the prominent personality and he is the son of Alberta Uitangcoy-Santos . The house was probably built around the early 1931 and was finished in 1933 . This was the start of the art deco style of architecture in the country.

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Don Luis Santos was an eye specialist who cured Maria Rizal ( sister of Dr. Jose P. Rizal) , Fabian dela Rosa ( artist ) and among prominent families of Malolos.

an area which is converted into a library

The house command a very imposing view of a bygone era which reflects the art deco architecture and with its dark wooden panel interiors  speaks of the affluence of the Malolos families of the early 20th century.

Participants of the tour  (  field of architecture and interior design ) assume that the owners had used 3 to 5 kinds of hardwood tree species .

 

 bookshelves  with an unidentified wooden female sculpture holding a lamp

Since our tour group were composed by architects, landscape professors, plant enthusiasts, heritage advocates ,  photo enthusiasts, travel , art historians and bloggers. The caretaker carefully noted some of our suggestion.

 

art deco elements and floral carvings on staircase supporting frame

An apotheosis was painted by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo

The magnificent art works done by Mr. Fernando Amorsolo solicited a lot of amazement from our group. The dark woods highlighted his pastel colored art works.

an old piano , family photos and a Fabian de la Rosa painting

Another master of Philippine painting is proudly displayed at the dining room area .  It is entitled “El Kundiman ” 1932 by Maestro Fabian dela Rosa. The painting shows a beautiful maiden in period traje de mestiza dress performing a kundiman song and entertaining visitors .

Fabian de la Rosa (May 5, 1869 – December 14, 1937) is an artists ,uncle and mentor of Fernando Amorsolo .

sanggumay orchid painting

When the caretakers of the house opened the lights, it further illuminates the beauty of the paintings. It took us a while to marvel and gaze .

Some of the participants also marveled at the intricate art deco grill works and stained glass windows.

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peacock design steel works adorn the doors

Dr. Luis Santos bust and wooden sala chair

Some of the items we saw inside the house were given as gifts or tokens to the family by their friends and patients .

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Santo Entierro – Dead Christ covered by purple cloth 

In one of the rooms inside the house, There is a place with a bed and a life-sized body of Santo Entierro which is covered in purple cloth .

The usual highlight of Good Friday is the Santo Entierro (“holy interment”), which is the name of both the rite and the wooden sculpture of the dead Christ lying supine used in the ritual.

 

fountain sculpture in the garden was done by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino

a pocket garden with ground orchids, pinsarai , miyagos and large taklobo as an added accent

The garden boast of several fruit trees like kamias, mangoes , santol , guavas among others.  Flowering plants included , ground orchids, portulaca ( Vietnam rose)  and a couple of native orchid species like Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay)  and Dendrobium crumenatum ( dove orchid )

 private altar where Our Lady of Lourdes is dedicated

Our group also marveled at the wood ceiling with floral and art deco elements .

 The bathroom is also very interesting part of the house . It was painted by Fernando Amorsolo and it created an illusion of being inside an aquarium or fish tank , according to one of the architects which join the tour. It is one of his rare works of art.
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spiral staircase
Beside the kitchen area, There is a door which had a spiral wooden stairs going to the third floor of the house. This is like the secret room of the house or viewing deck .
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outside view
According to the local historian ,  It is where violin was played during the owners time which serves as a form of entertainment . The room was simple and there are windows which command a magnificent view outside . You can see the surrounding houses and buildings.

The house is not open to the public and we have to pre-arrange our visit days and even weeks in advance.  We were supposed to meet the descendants of Dr. Luis Santos during our visit .

Unfortunately , the meeting was called off in the last minutes due to conflicting schedule .

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 Bistro Maloleño
After a short photo opportunity , the group decided to eat a late lunch at Bistro Maloleño– This is one of the culinary restaurant ” MUST” place to visit . The restaurant and venue place touted as the “Home of Authentic Bulacan Heritage Cuisines”. With the goal of preserving the traditional the traditional cuisine of Bulacan.  The restaurant opened its doors to the public on April 15, 2013
In fact , QTV Channel 11 a sister company of GMA channel 7 top rated show ” ANG Pinaka-YUMMY in Bulacan ” hosted by Mr. Rovilson Fernandez . Viewers and food critics ranked this place as number 2 in Bulacan province and hailed number 1 in Malolos . The restaurant can accommodate between 65 to 75 at any given time.
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Jacobina with white sugar on top – This is more popularly called ” Pinaso” meaning to burn or scorch
Jacobina is a special sweet biscuit pudding made from Jacob’s crackers ( imported from the United States) topped with white sugar and using hot steel turner scorching the surface, the white sugar will eventually turned into brownish in the process of caramelization or glazing.

 I usually refer this dessert as a type of pudding , but some would compare this as a mixture of leche flan , creme brulee or leite creme by the Portuguese.

 This reflect the influences of Spaniards, French , Mexican, Portuguese and Americans  gradually making it as our own unique dessert.
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Pinaso or Jacobina
Normally , this type of biscuit pudding is served only on special occasions like birthdays, debuts , Christmas , New Year or whenever there are foreigners or balikbayans . They usually get the best portion .
 There were a lot of theories and opinions with regards to the creation of this dessert. Some say that this is to extend the shelf life of the biscuits, since they are hard to come-by , hence every piece is important .

Others would say that egg yolks which were byproducts of construction during the Spanish era  were made into different kinds of delicacies . Egg white is normally added as a binding agent together with lime and sand.

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Mrs. Milagros Enriquez is well known and respected authority on Bulacan cuisines and food that were served to heroes and famous personalities
 
Ms. Rheeza Santiago Hernandez told us that most of the cuisine that the restaurant offers were authentic dishes that her aunt taught to the proprietors of the place.
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Our group were treated to a lunch buffet meal and a short lecture /demonstration on how to make the famous jacobina and sweet jamonado.
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mixed vegetables – chopseuy

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Our lunch buffet meal consists of Fried rice , Pochero ala Marcelo H. del Pilar
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Giniling na Baboy ala Cubana , Chopseuy , Tinolang Manok and Ice tea.
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tinolang manok

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Mr. Freddie Talbenito
The group were able to meet the proprietor of the place Mr. Freddie Talbenito who happens to be a coin and paper bill collector.
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Philippines banknote collections featuring Barasoain church
His collections of different banknotes and coins were added attractions to the place. I have him some interesting tips on how to improve his collections and tips on how to present his collection.
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crispy kare-kare
They also have their own family recipe which are  added to the long list of food that were favorite of our national heroes .  Examples  of the family owned-recipe are Seafood Bulaqueño, Crispy Pata Kare Kare , Bulalo Calderetta , Sweet Chicken
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sizzling chicken on platter
The restaurant also accepts catering for all occasions like birthdays, parties, debuts , baptism , conventions .
Address: 1 Valenzuela St., Bulihan Capitol View Park, Malolos, 3000 Bulacan
Phone:0942 824 7876 / Landline : +63 (44) 305-0645
Operational Hours:10:00am to 10:00pm Daily
After the hearty lunch and brief lecture , We went to another culinary icon and 2 more towns within Bulacan province.
Please try to visit these links:
Website Link:

References:

Hand-outs and leaflets provided by the Bulacan Tourism office .

Ocampo , Maria B.  Kalayaan tree: a living witness to Aguinaldo presidency, June 4, 1993

Enriquez, Milagros – Santiago : Kasaysayan ng Kaluto ng Bayan, (Zita Publishing Corp., 1993)

Agoncillo, Teodoro. History of the Filipino People. Garotech Publishing, Quezon City. 1990.

Lansigan, Nicolas P. Living Links with our Past. Herald Printing Services, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. 1983.

Mr. Mario Feir Filipinana Books and other collections

Unit 11-A One McKinley Place , 26th Street Crescent Park West
Fort Bonifacio Global city , Taguig City -Philippines

Mr. Mario Feir together with his collection of Philippine books

I have known Mr. Mario Feir as a stamp collector ( philatelist ) rather than a book collector . We would occasionally bumped with each other during stamp club meetings , Bayanihan Collectors’ Club meetings once in a while . I would also notice had he would also bid for old books and postcards too!

an array of doll collection from different Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam from his trips abroad

Until one of our postal heritage tour participant,  an employee of NCCA told me that Mr. Feir and Mr. Stephen Feldman ( His best friend and also  an avid book collector)  had an extensive collection of Philippine books ( Filipinana)- The term is used by book collectors who specializes in Philippine published books. Normally the quantity of Philippine publication is not that big . While some local published books are meant for students ( mostly textbooks ) which are printed in recycled papers  meant to cater the students and masses.

part of his book collection  and a painting

Bibliophile ( technical term for book lover and collector) , Mr. Feir left New York about eight- years ago to return to the Philippines for good . He brought with him his growing Filipiniana collection, which, after settling into his Fort Bonifacio condominium unit , He decided to opened to students, researchers, collectors, readers. The library also includes ephemera like old postcards, posters, stamps, antique maps and prints, all of which Mr. Feir was kind enough to show to me during my visit. His book collection is about 10,000 volumes and still counting !

Rizaliana collection

The library had a good collection of Jose Rizal title books – aptly called Rizaliana ( Dr. Jose Rizal his life story and works ),  locally published literary works like Noli Me Tangere , El Filibusterismo among others.

old Philippine map

Mr. Mario had quite a good collection of Philippine maps and prints –Cartography Greek term khartes = papyrus (paper) and graphein = to write) The Yuchengco Museum in Makati would also invite him to their exhibit sometime last year . ( Old Philippine maps)

Fort William Mckinley postcards ( during the American regime ) now Bonifacio Global City

Mr. Mario Feir shows off his collection of rare stamps on covers

Collection :

Sir Mario Feir is an avid stamp collector, He started collecting stamps when he was still in his elementary days and still collecting Philippine and various stamps from all over the world. It is safe to assume that he had been a collector of stamps for more than 50 years !

 Spanish -Philippines stamps which dates back to 1854

He had some Spanish -Philippines stamp issued  in 1854.  For serious Philippine stamp collectors ( Spanish era stamps) are considered creme’ dela creme .

certificate of authenticity

With a certificate of authenticity from Comision de Expertos de Madrid this is a private group which are the experts in stamps issued by Spain and her colonies.  He also had a special de-humidifier devise installed in the air-conditioning units just to maintain the collection.

old document with beautiful  hand writing during the Aguinaldo revolutionary period

Feature:

He was also featured in one of Tulay fortnightly digest about 3 years ago , several bloggers , bibliophile , newspapers like Philippine Star ,  and glossy magazines  featured him on several occasions.

Visitors:

Mr. Mario Feir library  have it share of  visitors from various schools , universities , associations , book lovers, heritage advocates, history buff s ,  well-known personalities like Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos , Mr. Butch Dalisay ,  Chef Claude Tayag , NCCA employees, Malacanan Palace-Media communication staffs, stamp collectors among others.   Due to lack of space , He cannot accommodate  big group of people to his condominium unit. On a monthly basis , The library would get 15 to 20 visitors on an average .

Mr. Mario Feir and the author

Anyone who wanted to make research, study or just some time to chat with Mr. Mario Feir must make an apportionment .   Soft-spoken and warm, His eyes brightened up as he proudly showed me his Filipiniana collection and other stuffs  like  various DVD’s movies which numbered a few thousand of pieces, newspaper clippings  ,several art works and a balcony  garden  .  It seems that time flies so fast that it was almost sundown . I told Tito Mario and Sir Stephen  that i will be coming back for more in-depth research and perhaps a quick chit-chat probably in the near future .  Might tag along some fellow history and heritage buffs .  I must commend these people for sharing  their  time ,  home and their extensive knowledge about culture, history, heritage and art !

Contact Information 

Unit 11-A One McKinley Place
26th Street Crescent Park West
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City- Philippines

Phone: (02)856-0957
Please try to call during office hours, Monday-Friday

Website: http://www.asianrarebooks.net/

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/mariofeir.filipinianalibrary

Mrs. Elisa S. Montecastro memoriam- a tribute to a collector and friend

She was fondly called Maam Elisa , I first met her in one of Philippine Horticultural Society’s meeting in 2005 . She was very funny person and is considered as a friend to everyone who knew her. She was down to earth and never forget to share her personal stories and plant adventures to everyone.

A certified globetrotter and plant lover , her house and resort would attests the variety of plants , furniture and wood carving bought from different parts of the country and the world.

I have the chance  of working with her as part of the volunteer committee during the Flora Filipina 2006 held at the Ruins of San Ignacio in Intramuros.  She is quite active in various fields.

 

Mr. Carlos Valeriano Calma Lazaro : A tribute to a landscaper and plant lover

Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro holding a cockatoo on a POS field trip in Meralco Foundation compound in Antipolo, Rizal  dated September 19,  2009.

The author received an unconfirmed sms message late Saturday afternoon March 24, 2012 that Mr.  Carlos Valerinao C. Lazaro suffered a stroke during the afternoon lecture  .  I thought that it was a prankster message. I usually get a lot of sms and unsolicited calls since my number was published in several internet and social networking sites so I always got short message service and calls from real estate agents, insurance underwriters, promotions and other things. I was on my way home when I again received several sms message later that night.

Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro wearing a  striped  light blue shirt during the 63rd Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show opening ceremony at the Quezon City Hall grounds dated August 27, 2009

I told myself, since I am going to the LBHS show tomorrow March 25, 2012 Sunday, it might be good to confirm straight from the people at the show.

Early next day on March 25, 2012, I took a bus ride going to Laguna. My first intention was to see the landscape exhibits, orchids, and plants at the ongoing UPLB plant show.

Traffic is quite moderate along EDSA and SLEX and I arrived shortly before 8:00 am at the show site.

There was a gloomy news that hit me by surprise, “ Alam mo na ba ang balita ? ”, Do you know the news , this was the first greeting that I have receive when I arrived at the show site . Then I told the suki plant trader that I got some sms last night. I thought that someone had been doing prankster things.

Everyone at the show site was very sad. They even invited me to have prayer for Mr. C.V. Lazaro . I joined them for several minutes and after about 3 hours within the show site; Ate Pearlie then approached me, we must try to visit him at the hospital.

We quickly went to the hospital ICU area where we saw about a dozen relatives, Mr. CV’s brother and Mrs. Josephine Lazaro ,  Dr. Ben Vergara and Ms. Vernie Lucero. After a few minutes, his brother sadly announces his demise.  We almost broke into tears, but we need to break in the news to others, no matter how painful and sad.

Mr. Valeriano Calma Lazaro or as he is simply known, “CV,” succumbed to a stroke last March 25, 2012. He was 46.   He is a board member of the Philippine Orchid Society, Los Baños Horticulture Society and an active member of various plant societies. His passion on orchids, plants, tillandsia, gardening and landscaping led him to join these plant societies.

He took up Industrial Engineering at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba, Laguna . Plants and gardens were his real passion.  Even as a child, He always accompanied his mom whenever she attended garden shows.  Their residence off UP Los Baños is surrounded by a beautiful garden. This serene house made almost entirely of bamboo became a popular gathering place for friends, colleagues and even film producers.  The house is almost 60 years old now and it’s still a popular attraction and location shoot place in Los Baños. School children on field trips and tourists often stop to take a look and take pictures. The house was also featured in several travel, lifestyle and home magazine.

House was featured in 2009: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/house-of-bamboo-in-laguna/

It was back in 1985 when CV and his mother turned their plant hobby into a backyard business called Valesol Orchids, which specializes in Vandaceous orchids.  CV studied orchid breeding and bought community pots of orchid seedlings and raised the baby plants over the years.  It was a great challenge but he succeeded and he eventually bred his own Vandaceous orchids.

He had also won numerous awards in orchids, plants and landscaping competition in local shows as well as international shows. His last works are the centerpiece landscape exhibit and winning first place in ornamental landscape competition.  His untimely death during the show was a big loss in the horticultural communities not just in Laguna but also in the country.

Hoya lazaroi

Hoya lazaroi : http://apodagis.com/Hoyas/hoya_species/lazaroi_ap1140.html

Dr. Simeona “Monina” Siar and Mr. Dale Kloppenburg  named a hoya species after him in 2009. The author had pleasant memories of Mr. Lazaro and his warm smiles.

                                                          a slightly different color variety of Hoya lazaroi

Los Baños Flower and Garden Show 2012

Flowering Plants , Exotic Flora and Rare Plants will be exhibited in the annual Los Baños  Flower and Garden Show 2012 t o be held from March 23 to April 1, 2012 at the Senior’s Social Garden within  the campus of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños,  Laguna.  This bi-annual event is being organized by the Los Baños Horticulture Society Inc. (LBHS) in cooperation with Department  of Trade and IndustryLaguna  and together with various commercial plant and garden suppliers.

poster of the event

The show is adopting a theme dubbed, “Gardening: A Lifestyle.” The event will showcase delightful and elegant arrangements . In most private home particularly in the provinces , there are still a lot of plant enthusiasts  which gardening has certainly been a part of the Filipino lifestyle .

Arranging and tending plants are both a relaxing and stimulating activity. It also makes vacant spaces functional and aesthetically beautiful and orderly.   Unfortunately most of the private  gardens  have are slowly loosing to development and lack of interest  among the present generation.  Fast phase lifestyles have led to people not to concentrate on gardening  and choosing the right plants that are suitable to the right environmental conditions.

Mr. Vicente  Chin,  Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro, Ms. Angelita Ibarra of Gintong Talulot, Mrs. Mable Chua of  Flower Box,  Dr. Ben Vergara of Exotica,  Malvarosa Orchids of Dr. Hernando Perez  and Mr. Tony Pajaro are just a few of the leading industry landscape architects , plant propagators and plant breeders will also be on hand to present their landscape designs at the exhibit areas and also sell their  well-cultured flowering and foliage plants to visitors.

The  show will feature a series of free lectures to be given by some of the society’s  top  landscape designers. The show will also highlight their landscape exhibits and as well as the current trends and styles in landscaping.  Lectures  will be conducted  on March 24, 2012  to be conducted by Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro  and  March 31, 2012  at 2:00 pm.

The show’s ribbon-cutting ceremony happens on March 22, with the new UPLB Chancellor Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz as the guest of honor .  In addition to the usual commercial booths , landscape and individual plant competitions  ,there will also be section where native handicrafts, native kakanins ,  agricultural produce  and publications will also be available.

For further information, you could send an email to the Los Baños  Horticultural Society or  Dr. Benito Vergara

bsvergara@gmail.com

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