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Orchid fantasies and bonsai grandeur at the 72nd Philippine Orchid Society show

Orchid and bonsai lovers will be very happy to know that there are a lot to see at the ongoing Philippine Orchid Society show at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The show is in partnership with the Quezon City government and with generous sponsors Del Monte- Philippines   , Villar Sipag Foundation 


bonsai and plant enthusiasts from Republic of China ( ROC/ Taiwan) which were invited by Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee.


A colorful cultural dance presentation by the students of San Vicente Elementary School of Quezon City. This is a precursor for the upcoming Flora Filipina International Show in 2019.


L-R Mrs. Norma Villanueva ( PHSI president) and Mrs. Gloria Angara ( wife of Senator Edgardo Angara )

The show started with a colorful lion dance past 4:00 pm last March 8 with hundreds of invited guests from different organizations, international bonsai masters from Republic of China, Mrs. Gloria Angara, Dr. Preciosa Soliven, Mr. Joselito ” Butch” Campos Jr., Dir. Mundita Lim, Ms. Camille Villar and members of the organization.


bonsai and cacti on display

There are also about 130 bonsai trees and cacti in decorative ceramic pots on display- Mostly from the personal collection of Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee and the late Modesto Manglicmot Jr. There were about 2 dozen suiseiki ( art of stone appreciation and collecting ) too.


Allied Botanical Corporation booth

Try to visit about 70 commercial stalls from different parts of the country selling different items from plastic pots, bonsai, native orchids, fertilizers, seeds, cacti , succulents , fruit trees , ornamental plants, ferns and even pitcher plants.

Manila Bulletin is among the news print media partner of the show.

There are daily lectures, workshops and seminars which starts at 2:00 pm. There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 30 for general public and Php 20 for senior citizens and students with valid Id’s. The show is until March 19, 2018.





List of Big Winners at HortiKultura Filipina 2018 Show

Philippine Horticultural Society in partnership with Quezon City government , Quezon City Memorial Circle administration , Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture with sponsors like Del Monte Philippines, MDS Godspeed Exhibit Company, Uratex , Manila Bulletin, San Miguel , NutriAsia, King Louis , East West Seed Company, Allied Botanical Corporation, Harbest Agriculture Company among others had extended the exhibit and trade fair for a few more days.

There will be a few days extension for those planning buy plants for valentine’s day and chinese new year like cacti, succulents, flowering orchids , green foliage plants which are auspicious during this season.

Here are the list of the potted plant winners

1. Best in Aroids – Variegated
Anthurium “White & Green”
by Kenneth Cruz;

2. Best in Cycads – Dioon Edule by
Prof. Serapion Metilla

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3. Best in Bromeliads – Bromeliad
Species by Mac Pagsolingan;

4. Best in Ferns & Fern Allies –
Asplenium Nidus by Lardy Abundo;


5. Best in Orchids – Bulbophyllum by
Ruth Conde


Schefflera tupidanthus “variegated” 

6. Best in Variegated and Mutants –
Schefflera Tupidanthus by Dankin’s

7. Best in Foliage – Ginger Alpinia
Regosa by Yuyung La’O

8. Best in Phil. Native Species –
Coelogyne Pandurata by Ruth Conde

9. Best in Cacti – Mamillaria Bocasana
cv “Fred” by Boyet Ganigan;

10. Best in Succulents – Adenia
Venenata by Lily Ann Tan


“CSSPI Pres. Emeritus Adoracion
Bernabe Cup”
Winner: Lily Ann Tan

*BEST PLANT IN SHOW – Schefflera
Tupidanthus by Dankin’s Garden

Credit- List of plant posted from Philippine Horticultural Society FB page.

Press Conference of HortiKultura Filipina 2018

HortiKultura Filipina 2018 is an international gardening event organized by Philippine Horticultural Society, Quezon City government with affiliate plant societies and its members.

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The press conference was well attended by online writers, media personalities and social media influencers.

The garden show is set from February 3 to 11, 2018 with 5 proposed venues within QC Memorial Circle. These includes, Hardin ng mga Bulaklak , Tropical Garden, RUNNEX Garden , QCX and Rock Garden as sites of the exhibition.


Aside from plant and landscape competition, there will be daily lectures or talks from  industry leaders, backyard hobbyists and practitioners.

2019 THEME

 “Grow Local , Bloom  Global ” focuses on several factors like promoting local plant and horticulture industry,  buying local produce and local plants. This also encourages ordinary backyard growers and propagators to propagate more endemic, indigenous and local plants.  There are so many endemic and indigenous ornamental plants , flowers and trees which are found in the country . These have a lot of demands abroad.

This is a big income potentials for a country which only had .02% of the world’s floriculture industry share.


Mr. Zacarias Sarian – PHSI honorary member

Mr. Zacarias’ Zac ” Sarian is a respected journalist , farmer and Ramon Magsaysay awardee .

He retold some interesting stories of people who got successful in growing plants . There was one who grows pinsarai/ pinasaray Asparagus densiflorus and keeps on propagating the ornamental plant . The grower started with few mother plants and only released  the plant had grown big.  S

mall plants were priced Php 2.50 small ones but when grown into bigger plant in few months, the ornamental plant would cost Php 5.00. This had attracted some niche clientele. This was way back in the 1980’s.


Mr. Niel ” Boyet ” Ganigan

Del Monte, Philippines is one of the major sponsors of the event, The company will have several cooking demonstrations during the show.

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There will also scheduled walking tour on exhibits, pocket events, on the spot painting contests, terrarium set-up , flower arrangements, acoustic nights, installation art, daily raffles and street dancing from several Quezon City public schools.


Participants were delighted to have been served light snacks which consists of pancit puti sa kinsay at kamias, meat ball with noodles, fried banana heart, turon with hibiscus tea and camote juice. This was courtesy of Tita Baby de Leon ( resident caterer of the organization)


 online media writers, social media influencers and PHSI for a souvenir photo

Special Mention

Special mention is the interesting flower arrangement by King Louis Flowers, La Colina Adorada ,Camille Bernabe ,My Mothers Garden by Vincent Ferrer , tokens by Luntian Sining of Norma Villanueva, Arids and Aroids, Ashitaba Tea by Adela Ang , Cora Mina by Zayra Bulaean,   Ms. Tiffany Cham for the Terrarium and Aquascape , Professor Serapion Metilla for the bonsai display. Manila Bulletin and GMA online

Those interested in getting stalls or a guided tour within the exhibition area , try to call 0917-712-6392 or 577-5234 Ms. Angel ( SECRETARIAT)



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.

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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


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.

Susan Lee exhibit
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 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