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Winners of Dish Garden at the Philippine Orchid Society’s 71st Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

Miss Evangeline ” Vangie” Go is another big winner at the container or dish garden landscape competition.

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Her winning dish garden landscape exhibit showcases different tillandsia , bromeliads , ferns.

Delia Pionela

Second Place -Ms. Delia Pionela showcased miniature landscape houses with small ornamental plants,Cryptanthus or Earth stars  which accompanied by accessories like miniature dwarfs and stones.  Third Place goes to Rommel Perez

 

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71st Philippine Orchid Society’s Ornamental Plant Landscape Winners

There are several stunning ornamental plant exhibits at the  71st mid-year orchid and garden show organized by the Philippine Orchid Society.

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Mrs. Susan Lee together with her bonsai collection

The big winners of the ornamental plant landscape competition included perennial winners Mr Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee of Lee’s Bonsai Haven. The ” Best Ornamental Plant of the Show” a type of ficus also won first place.

They included their prized collection of bonsai and other fixtures.

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Mr. Rommel Perez vertical landscape and bonsai

Mr. Rommel Perez’s vertical landscape and miniature zen garden with bonsai garnered second place.

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Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula

third place winner is the tandem of Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula and Mr. Jayvee Agustin ( Concrete Jungle).

The tandem also won the following awards:

Best foliage –Alpina rugosa

Best Aroid/1st place – Alocasia nycteris

1st place Philodendron Patriceae

1st place Aglaonema Vangie Go

2nd Place Aglaonema hybrid

3rd Place Aglaonema snow white

3rd Place Anthurium hookerii variegated

 

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Mett’s Plant Art

Mett’s Plant Art used bonsai, variegated chico tree ,sapodilla or sapota , medinilla, ficus with Thai Buddhist head as additional accents in the landscape.

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Thai Buddhist head
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Unigreen

Unigreen stunning vertical landscape with the use of indoor plants and different kinds of green colored hanging plants like Dischidia oiantha , Ophioglossum pendulum Linn., ( ribbon fern ) added to the overall beauty of the landscape.

 

Highlights of the 71st Philippine Orchid Society’s Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

One of the highlight of the 71st Philippine Orchid Society’s Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show are the winners of individual plant and orchid competition.

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Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go won ” Best Orchid in Show”, ” Best Vandaceous Alliance”, “Best Philippine Species ” , ” Best Other Genera-Monopodial ” on a native orchid species that is commonly grown in many parts of the country.

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The big specimen sized orchid Aerides quinquevulnera or Aerides quinquevulnerum with at least thousands of flowers. Sometimes people looked down upon native orchid species for having small flowers , sometimes flowering only once a year or just ordinary ones.

The small flowers have a pleasant smell and if grown properly can be a show stopper. Lovely and very photogenic and instagramers would surely like every nook and cranny of the exhibit.

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Aside from the bragging rights, Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go also won 3rd place “Best Orchid Landscape ” exhibit, She got several glass awards and cash incentives

The show is from September 2 to 16, 2017 and  open from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm and daily lectures or talks starts at 2:00 pm. Minimal entrance fees of Php 30 general public and Php 20 senior citizens and students with valid ID’s.

 

Yordanovi Bulgarian Restaurant at The Food Hive

Yordanovi is an all Bulagarian restaurant which started its operations at nearby Road 3 few years ago. They started serving Bulgarian sausage to their customers and eventually opened a stall at The Food Hive.

The Wolf is also called Meshana Skara  ( all meat platter: Kufte ( meatballs) , Kebapche (Bulgarian Kebab) , Sausage, Shish , Red Wine-Marinated Pork Liver with Slices of Lemon.)

The wolf platter can be shared between 3 to 5 person .

Ms. Maricris Yordanov and Chef Plamen Yordanov

menu board

The stall also showcase its popular sandwiches , salad, bread pudding, home -made ham  and its menus are clearly posted at their stall.

Yordanovi Bulgarian Restaurant is also listed on a popular food and restaurant review site ZomatoPH.

Address: The Food Hive, 80 Visayas Avenue , Barangay Vasra, Quezon City

Operation Hours: Everyday 11:00 am to 11:45 pm

 

Pappare Ristoranti at The Food Hive

Pappare Ristoranti opened last January 2017 at The Food Hive which is located at 80 Visayas Avenue in Quezon City.

The Food Hive

Food Hive is known for their celebrity chefs who got some food stalls within the park.

Mee Gamberi Goreng and Crabonara are among the best sellers 

What is nice about their noodles are they are hand pulled and made fresh.

Ms. Gem Tee 

The stall got its inspiration from Italian zone within New York City . The proprietor  Ms. Gem Tee is opening another concept store along Matapat street near Maginhawa street in Quezon City . The stall had a modern approach and the menus are well posted and with large signage.

Mee Gamberi Goreng is made from handmade egg noodles, kale , shrimp , shitake mushroom, fish cake topped with fried egg , chopped spring onion leaves , fried onion and with secret Goreng sauce. ( Php 250 ) per order . Good for sharing between 2 to 3 persons.

Crabonara is made from handmade pasta , crab fat ( aligi ) , fresh crab meat , guava-smoked bacon and topped with egg cooked at 63 degrees heat. The guava wood gives a distinct flavor to the bacon. One can adjust the flavor by requesting if they wanted a more spicy flavor. ( Php 250 ) per order , ideal for sharing between 2 persons.

Pappare PH had an active social media account and is listed at the popular food and restaurant review site ZomatoPH.

Contact : 0917 830 9290

Operation : Everyday 11:00am to 12:00 midnight

 

A Quick Food Trip at Lola Seseng : Lutong Kapampangan

A quick food trip was organized by the team , while we are covering the Missionaries of Charity event.

Out team arrived a little early at the site and we decided to eat a morning breakfast at the restaurant a few meters away.

The restaurant was formerly called Kainan Kay Tita Tess but was renamed Lola Seseng. The restaurant specialties includes kakanins and dishes from Pampanga province. The family hails from Minalin town.

The restaurant is about 20 years -old and that people within Tayuman , Tondo, Santa Cruz and nearby areas would come and eat .

It had a quaint rustic ambiance with some semi-vintage decor items . The restaurant also offers buro and other famous Kapampangan dishes.

ukelele hung on the wall of the restaurant serves as a decor and those items are also for sale.

Mr. Ramon Avorque -Vice President of Manila Times

menu and prices : palabok Php 35, fresh lumpia Php 35 and fried ubod Php 15

The quaint restaurant had about 40 to 50 sitting capacity, offering home cooked meals, party foods , packed meals and catering services.

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lumpiang sariwa

different kinds of viands

fried rice and longganisa

I have bought 1 order fried rice and 1 longganisa worth Php 45 .00 

Lola Seseng

The group also got an opportunity to talk with Lola Seseng. She is the culinary icon and manages the restaurant.

There is also an active Lola Seseng Fb Page

Address: 842 Tayuman Street, Tondo , Manila 

Operation Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Contact Person : Maricel Maniego

Contact : 252-8850 or 255-0817

Advocacy Behind the Missionaries of Charity : Home of Joy for the Sick Children

Missionaries of Charity Home of Joy for the Sick Children is located along 1030 Tayuman street , Tondo , Manila.

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This was established as a special place which caters to special children, those with down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy , hydrocephalus, children with special needs and even establishing a feeding program to indigent community and homeless that are living within Tondo and surrounding areas.

This is just in front of Manila Cathedral Parochial School or Immaculate Concepcion School and just one ride away from Tayuman LRT station – One can walk or take a jeepney ride from Tayuman with Pritil / Tondo signage for just Php 8.00 minimum fare. There is another compound nearby at the back of the Immaculate Conception Church .

Manila Cathedral Parochial School and Immaculate Concepcion Church

They have a daily feeding schedule for the less fortunate, unfortunately – Due to photography restriction, we were not allowed to take photos except a few snap shots . ( This is to protect the identities of the children and those in the feeding program )

They told us that the children are lucky during Christmas season (charity season) because there are many visitors and donations.  They said that they have less stocks during the lean charity season.

This is not my first time coming to this institution, But what we experience is worth writing, I am also encouraging people who wanted to have a more meaningful birthdays or kind hearted people to donate . In our own personal capacity, we would collect clothes and buy the daily essentials from diapers, biscuits, baby’s dress , toys  and organize some donation drive during the lean season .

Visiting Hours 

Lean season normally falls after Christmas season from February to mid-August, in which there are few individuals , corporate or institutions would give donations to their causes.

One can visit daily from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM except Thursdays

We were met by some sister , volunteers and members of the congregation.  They gave us  prayer leaflets , estampitas of Saint Teresa and gave us a short information and guidelines.

When you visit them,  (Sisters of Charity) will personally allow the people to be with the sick children.  It was really an eye opener for all of us to personally experienced how it is to be with them.

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There were about 75 children with several volunteers or helpers . There are also some homeless people living within the compound. There is also another compound located nearby .

We also saw Brother Peter Francis who is doing his volunteer works, Brother Peter Francis is a French brother from the order of Saint John.

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When then Mother Teresa of Calcutta was still alive, She visited this place several times – One nun recounted that she personally saw her in 1977, 1978, 1984  and in 1995.

There is also a small chapel, where one can take time praying. Just leave your shoes at the entrance.

Mr. Kaizer Chua is a Filipino-Chinese businessman , philanthropist together with his wife and some friends co-celebrated with some of the children . He wanted to have a more meaningful birthday celebration. His group also donated some medicines and  daily essentials like vitamins and baby diapers.

His group is planning to have at least a weekly donation drive to different parts of the country like Isabela and Cagayan region , where their family resides.

The project have donated more than 10,000 pairs of slippers and school supplies to indigent and needy children in the provinces.

Since, most of the nuns and helpers does not use cellphones and telephone line, it would be wise to personally visit them.

A well-known Fil-Chinese bakery also donates pan de sal and pastries to the institution everyday .

We also learned that some schools like Xavier High School, San Juan would conduct regular outreach projects with the institution.

Here are some of the guidelines posted

  • Taking photos is only allowed at the grounds. Strictly no taking of photos and videos at the ward particularly on the sick children.
  • The institution follow an early schedule starting with an early breakfast, lunch at 10:00 AM, snack at 2:00 PM, dinner before 5:00 PM and lights off at 7:00 PM. This schedule gives ample time for the children to rest early and to save electricity. One must also talk very softly as to avoid disturbing the sick children.
  •  The institution takes care of around 75 sick children and helpers attending to the sick children ( During our visit)
  • The institution also take care of sick but not abandoned children from very poor families who bring their sick children to the nuns. The nuns and helpers take care of them and provide them food and medicines. Parents can have weekly visits and take their kids back home once cured.
  • Coordination is a must to those who wanted to donate items to the institution and the institution observe a strict visitation policy.

Address: 1030 Tayuman street , Tondo , Manila 

Contact :0930 123 6398

There is an informal FB group