Collecticon 2011

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Watch out for the 4th Annual Collecticon 2011- October 8 & 9, 2011 -Robinsons Midtown Mall

Hobbiworx Inc. and in cooperation with Robinsons Midtown Mall brings you on it’s 4th year…

Date : Oct. 8 & 9, 2011
Venue: Robinsons Midtown Mall Atrium, Ermita, Manila
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Admission is FREE

Event Highlights:

Bandai Gundam Gunplay Building Contest
Collectors Display & Exhibit
Toy Auctions
Customizers Clinic & Workshop
New Statues Unveiling
Trivia Contests
Life Size Display
Photo Contest
Superhero Costripper of the Day

For more details and inquiries about Collecticon 2011 or plans to set up a booth exhibit please contact Mr. Dennis Go at: 363-86-43 or 0917-8929768


AGRI-LInk 2011

18th International Agribusiness Exhibition and Seminars
12th International Food Processing, Packaging and Products Exhibition
7th National Fisheries Exhibition and Seminars

Trade Fair Dates: October 6-8, 2011

Venue: World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM), Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, Philippines

Important Dates:

Ingress: October 5, 2011 – 8am to 10pm
Exhibition Dates: October 6-8, 2011 – 10am to 6pm
Egress: October 8, 2011 – 6pm to 10pm

Dress Code: Business Attire


Green Living with Orchids – 65th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

Mrs. Amelita ” Ming ” Ramos , former Philippines First Lady ( 1992 to 1998) , an educator, sports enthusiast, badminton player , horticulture lover , orchidophile ,  and an honorary member of the Philippine Orchid Society was the guest of honor during the opening ceremony held last August 25, 2011

L-R Professor Serapion Metilla, Mr. Kelvin Manubay , Mrs. Amelita Ramos, Mr. Ponchit Enrile, Dr. Romeo Gutierrez

Philippine Orchid Society marked their 65th Mid-Year orchid and garden show with the theme” Green Living with Orchids”  , the theme was chosen in order to promote orchid growing as a good alternative for those people  with limited space , apartment- type and cramped living areas in order to combat global warming .

Mrs. Vangie Go together with Mr. Kelvin Manubay and Mrs. Amelita Ramos pose for a souvenir shot at Lambana Tropical showcase landscape exhibit done by Ms. Vangie Go

Mrs. Vangie Go’s vast celebrity clientele includes senators, congressmen, first ladies from different countries, dignitaries and even presidents .

2×3 showcase landscape exhibit booth – 2nd place in the category

Her exhibit won her second place in 2×3 square meter landscape category, Mrs. Go is a trend setter in Philippine horticulture, an antique collector, orchid collector, bird collector , an entrepreneur among others. Her worldwide fame led to international plant breeders to name her outstanding plant varieties and cultivars like Alocasia Vangie Go among others.

Mr. Neil Boyet Ganigan one of the proprietor of Arids and Aroids received the award from Mrs. Amelita Ramos for winning Best Vandaceous Orchid, Best Waling -waling and Best Orchid in Show.

Mr. Ganigan is a plant and orchid collector. His vast collection included some of the rarest plants from around the world.

Her lectures about Cattleya orchid  growing is jam-packed with crowd, Mrs. Go had a 1 hectare farm in Cavite where she grows her orchids and other rare exotic plants.

Mrs. Vangie Go, Atty. Apolonio B. Anota , Jr. (executive director and board of trustees -Nayong Pilipino Foundation ) and Mrs. Maria Victoria Jimenez

First place in the 2 x 3 square meter orchid showcase landscape exhibit

This showcase booth was exhibited by the husband and wife tandem of Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee, according to the happy winners , they spent approximately  Php 25,000 for this exhibit, which also includes bougainvillea bonsai, tillandsia , ferns, adobe  blocks , coconut choir dust and other fixtures.

Mrs. Susan Lee pose for a souvenir shot at her winning booth

Orchid growing needed only very small space compared to other plants.  In fact ,  hotels, schools, convention centers  , hospitals and even homes are already growing orchids indoors. Buying orchids with flowers is also a good alternative to cut-flowers and flower arrangements in which cases  most of the blooms wither within just a matter of few days, while having a live orchid flower display  can last for almost  three weeks to almost one month in an indoor condition. add to the benefit that these plants emit oxygen which is very vital to our daily lives.

3rd place 2×3 square meter orchid showcase by Mrs. Delia Pionela and Bong Pionela

This showcase 2x 3  sq. meter  exhibit booth was landscaped by Mr. Bong Pionela and Mrs. Delia Pionela of Quezon province. The showcase exhibit booth won 3rd place. old window panels,white pebbles, dendrobium hybrids , bromeliads , anthuriums and ornamental plants complement each other .

Mr. Reinald A. del Valle -Market Development Executive of Allied Botanical Corporation

The lectures conducted by Allied Botanical Corporation during the show is a crowd drawer, The company is known for their fertilizer , potting media and seed products. Their slogan “Kaagapay ng mga Magsasaka” , shows the company commitment in  being partners  with the farmers by sharing technologies and trainings to their clientele  .

2nd place winner in  ornamental landscape exhibit executed by VS orchids ( Mark Spowart)

Unlike in the previous orchid shows, There is a special 2 x 3 square meter category orchid showcase  landscape competition . This is in order to encourage backyard and small- time orchid growers to compete .

3rd place winner in ornamental plant exhibit executed by : Constel Garden

While the 4 x 8 square meter regular landscape exhibit normally is allotted to  the big time farm owners . Sometimes this discourages small time hobbyists to compete and even participate in local orchid shows. The last time POS had this special 2×3 square meter landscape exhibit was in 1999 held at the EDSA Shangri-La Mall in Mandaluyong City.

4×5 square meter landscape exhibit done by Malvarosa Orchid Farm ( First Place)

Times are quite hard and compared several years ago where orchid growing is a fad not only among the rich but also among the ordinary people.

an array of tillandsias , bromeliads and ferns

Now a days if a person live in a small apartment or condo that barely has any free space, or none at all.  Having a small orchid showcase or a flower showcase is not a bad idea !

Mr. Noel Vincent Canicula pose with Mrs. Amelita Ramos

Mr. Noel Vincent Canicula , a member of the Philippine Orchid Society and a board member of Philippine Horticultural Society  is also a landscaper , restauranteur , entrepreneur and a plant collector.

Mr. Carl Balita together with Ms. Joy Belmonte ( Quezon City -Vice Mayor) tapped a television segment , the tandem had a regular television show at Studio 23

How to start a pocket  and indoor garden

Just because your place is small you don’t have to steer clear of your local florist or give away every bouquet or plant you receive. All you have to do is to utilize your space smarter.

Get rid of the clutter. Keep your home free of anything that isn’t needed or wanted, or put it away in storage. That way, there will always be space for a bouquet or plant.

Orchids and Plants Arrangement indoor:

The author would recommend to buy flowering potted orchids and plants whenever there is a  special event maybe  party , important guest or anniversary around the house ,  It is also advisable to use gentler light from lamps is better for smaller condos and apartments. Take advantage of natural light as well by keeping windows free and unblocked. Choose a focal area maybe within the living room or near a good source of natural light , let us say near the windows ,  that you can start having a small pocket garden.

Mirrors can really open up a space. It can also make flower arrangements look bigger (especially if the flowers are placed in a corner where two mirrors meet), making more of an impact. Some may use different live orchid species , some may use the same orchid genus . It totally depends on the creativity of a person .

And if you want to make your place look bigger, avoid bold colors and stark contrasts. You want to stick to paler colors (cream and beige are good) with little contrast. That way, there’s no dramatic start and end – everything just flows gently into each other creating the appearance of a larger space.

Plus choose a ceramic container  to put all those live flowering orchids , It is okey to trim down a few coconut husk and roots in in order to have a nice display of the live orchid display  plus do not forget to put moss in order to retain  the moisture . Humidity is indoor is  lower compared to outdoors .

Manila Bulletin booth – one of the media partners of the event

Here are the Set of Winners:

Best in 2x 3 square meter- Showcase Landscape exhibit:
First Place: Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee
Second Place: Mrs. Vangie Go ( Lambana Tropical)
Third Place: Mr. Bong and Delia Pionela ( Quezon province)

Best in 4×8 square meter- Orchid Landscape exhibit
First Place: Malvarosa Orchids by Atty. Hernando B. Perez
Second Place: Mr. Carlos Valeriano Lazaro, Mrs. Mable Chua, Mrs. Linda Lim, Boyet Ganigan
Third Place: Mrs. Cora Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Purificacion- Conde

Best in 4x 8 square meter-Ornamental Landscape exhibit
First Place: Metts Plant Art by Professor Serapion Metilla
Second Place: VS Orchids and Ornamental by Mr.Mark Spowart
Third Place: Constel Nature Garden By Mr. Constacio Basis

Best Monopodial Orchid : Trichoglottis brachiata of Purificacion Orchids
Best Sympodial Orchid and Best Foreign Species : Epidendrum floribundum of Vangie Go
Best Philippine Species : Aerides lawrenceae of Vangie Go.

Best Vanda sanderiana: Vanda sanderiana ” immaculata ” of Mr. Neil Ganigan (Arid’s and Aroid )
Best Vandaceous alliance and Best in Show : Mr. Neil Ganigan

Best Cattleya : Bc. Mt. Hood Delco Point of Malvarosa Orchids by Atty. Hernando B. Perez

Best Dendrobium: Den. UH 800 x 306 x KB White of VS Orchids and Ornamental

Best Oncidium: Onc. leucochilum of Purificacion Orchids
Best Phalaenopsis: Phal. Sogo Yukidian ‘ V3’ of Purificacion Orchids
Best Cultured Plant: Den. UH 800 x 306 x KB White of VS Orchids and Ornamental Plant


Atrium -SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Lego Philippines in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia , Department of Tourism staged the first ever Philippine map complete with scenic spots  fully made by Lego.

18 Feet X 30 Feet Relief Map of the Philippines

The event is well-received by the crowd and even legion of foreigners were amazed on the exhibit.  One of the foreigner said that the exhibit is very colorful.

Lighthouse in Basco, Batanes

Paoay Church , Bangui Wind Mills in Ilocos Norte

colonial houses in Vigan , Ilocos Sur complete with horse drawn carriages 

World Famous- Banaue Rice Terraces

SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City

Mayon volcano and Butanding (whale shark )

Another eye catching exhibit was the attraction from  Bicol region , the region  is world re-known for their Mount Mayon and Cagsawa Church ruins,  also on display is the Pating – Bulik  popularly called Butanding  on display . Whale watching had become a favorite tourist attraction in the towns  of Pilar, Donsol in Sorsogon province.

crocodile farm in Palawan

Social Responsibility

  Aside from creating awareness about the beautiful tourist spots in our the country , The exhibit also allowed  visitors to make a concrete contribution to our country through the SM Foundation. In the “Brick House for Children” corner, guests are asked to donate P1,000 and in the donor’s name, a Lego house is displayed to symbolize the donation. The SM Foundation will be the lead agency to identify Department of Social Welfare and Development or DSWD’s centers for children who will benefit from this project. According from a reliable source,  the event had already collected more than one hundred thousand pesos !

Bohol chocolate hills and tarsier

Museo Iloilo

Davao Pearl Farm , bust of  Davao Eagle  , Samal houses and Bukidnon provincial capitol

close-up view of vinta from Zamboanga

stilt houses of Sitangkai , Tawi-tawi province

The colorful lego exhibit is until August 27, 2011 and everyone is invited to come and see the many tourism spots , festivals , natural  ,  architectural and man made  wonders of our country. A friend who collects a lot of lego toys  invited the author to come to the opening of the event last August 12, 2011 but the author manage to went to the  venue   a few days later.

9th Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society Show

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Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society ( PALHS ) Fish Show at the People’s Village in Tiendesitas this coming August 19th to the 21, 2011 .

Tiendesitas -People’s Village
PALHS is the largest aquarium organization in the country composed of over 11,000 Filipino aquarium hobbyists. Our organization was founded in 2002 to educate Filipinos on proper and responsible ways of fish keeping, to create a platform for fish enthusiasts to showcase their fish, and to also promote the conservation of our environment.

partners of the event include Manila Bulletin, Las Farolas, Bureau and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Asian Betta Alliance . Unlike other events in Metro Manila , there is no admission fees !

65th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

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The onset of the monsoon rains marks the staging of the 65th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show of the Philippine Orchid Society (POS).  To be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Diliman, Quezon City, the POS in partnership with the Quezon City Government with media partners Manila Bulletin, Buy and Sell newspaper,Manila Times, Philippine Star, Abante Tonite and  various forum and blog sites like Green Culture Singapore Plant Chaser, Girl Kuripot, Pinoy Exchange– garden section forum,  Collectors’ Connection, Asiafinest among others.The  orchid show is from August 25 to September 5, 2011.

With the advent of environment consciousness, the show will carry the theme ‘Green Living with Orchids’ and will promote environment friendly ways of gardening and orchid growing.  This season’s show is usually in time for the flowering season of our very own Vanda sanderiana or Waling-Waling orchid. Also highlighting this event is be the transformation of a part of the Quezon Memorial Circle park into a tropical paradise showcasing the best of this season’s blooming orchids with a competition for the search of the ‘Best Philippine Orchid Species, the ‘Best Waling-Waling’ and the ‘Best Orchid in the Show’.

There will also be new competition categories in landscaping like the showcase landscaping with much smaller than the usual landscape. This will cater to small time growers and  hobbyists which do not have much space to grow their orchids

The topics for the lectures are as follows:












NOTE:There is a minimal entrance fee: Php 25 general public, Php 20 for senior citizens and students with valid ID’s

For more details about the orchid show please call 929-4425 / 906-5036 or text 0917-848-5468 Secretariat

APO turns 60- a diamond jubilee exhibition

APO Philatelic Society 25th anniversary commemorative stamp issue in 1975


The Amateur Philatelists Organization or APO (forerunner of the APO Philatelic Society) was organized on May 28, 1950 by the triumvirate of Messrs. Francisco Arcebal, Carlos Licup, and Mamerto Gallardo. The APO was founded on the paramount objective of bringing the hobby of stamp collecting into the consciousness of beginners and amateur philatelists by motivating them, educating them with proper guidance in the different aspects of philately, and rearing them to be responsible and competitive stamp collectors.

First Meeting

The first organizational meeting of the APO was held on June 11, 1950 with twelve members in attendance. On the third meeting, with 35 members present, the following were elected as the first batch of officers of the club: Francisco Arcebal, President; Joe de Castro, Vice-President; Teodora Fuentecilla, Secretary; Luz Baking, Treasurer; Carlos Licup, Business Manager; Conchita Sigua, Auditor; and Mamerto Gallardo, PRO.

Mr. Dionisio Taeza

Mr. Taeza  is a stamp , paper bill , coin , post card and phone card collector – His various exhibits won several awards during the past several years.A former OFW in Saudi Arabia , he was able to accumulate vast number of collections during his stay in the Middle East Kingdom.  Among his entries priced entries in this exhibition were Pope John Paul 2 stamp collections from different parts of the globe and postcards .

Mr. Dionisio Taeza pose for a souvenir shot – behind him are his collections of Pope John Paul 2 First Day Covers issued by Philippine Postal Corporation

According to Mr. Taeza,  He started  swapping  postcards and letters when  working in Saudi Arabia , It was the height of the snail mail era in order to avoid boredom and to have more friends. With three grown -up children , He  fondly remembers  good-old days of  stamp collecting  and swapping with fellow collectors from others parts of the globe

post card collection

The APO was listed on the Philippine Journal of Philately as the 29th philatelic organization in the Philippines. And this 29th stamp club is now the oldest surviving stamp club in the country today. The first APO Philatelic Exhibition (APOPEX) was held at the YMCA Camus Hall on December 10, 1950. Though modest in its inaugural exhibition, APO has consistently and faithfully put up exhibitions through these last fifty years – a feat unsurpassed by any other club.

The first issue of the APO Newsletter came out in March 1954. Mr.  Carlos Reyes was the editor; Ms. Teresita del Fierro and Mr. Bernardo Sembrano, managing editors. On January 1969, the club published its official organ, APO STAMPS, with newly elected President, Epifanio Paras, as editor.


Although there is the much older stamp-collecting club that is the Asociacion Filatelica de Filipinas organized on May 10, 1925. AFP is accredited with big stamp expositions like FEPEX in 1937, PANAPEX held in 1952, PHICIPEX was also held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first stamp of the country in 1954.According to some old time stamp collector this stamp club ceased their operations in the mid 1960’s.

The 18th APOPEX was held on November 24 to December 8, 1968 to coincide with the observance of Philatelic Week proclaimed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos in response to an APO resolution. President Marcos subsequently signed Proclamation 622, declaring the last week of November of every year as “Philatelic Week.” Hence APOPEX is always held on the last week of November.

A letter from Governor Dwight Filley Davis (birth July 5, 1879 – death November 28, 1945) from Malacañang cancelled aboard ship on November 14, 1930 to US House of Representative Hon. S.K.  Houston

Governor Dwight Filley Davis served as the Governor General of the Philippines from 1929–32.  He is best remembered for founding the Davis Cup Tennis  International Tournament .

The tournament was conceived in 1899 by four members of the  Harvard University  tennis team who wished to challenge the British to a tennis competition. Once their respective lawn tennis associations agreed, one of the four Harvard players, among them is Mr. Dwight F. Davis  who  designed a tournament format and ordered an appropriate sterling silver  trophy from Shreve, Crump and Low company  purchasing it from his own funds. Mr. Davis  is also a  prominent politician in the United States in the 1920s, and served as  US Secretary of War serving as from 1925–29 and served as Governor General  of the Philippines from 1929–32 under US President Herbert Clark Hoover a Republican.

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The APO Philatelic Society has secured its place in Philippine philately with the leadership and governance of its past presidents, carrying the colors of the club on their shoulders through several decades  – bringing joy and happiness to countless member-collectors, who had provided the inspiration and motivation for the club to strive further.

On 1999 APO Philatelic Society elected its female president led by Mrs. Paulina Calinawan , Then together with Philippine Postal Corporation  held a Thematic “ Flowers on Stamp ” exhibit  at the third level on EDSA Shangri-LA Mall in Mandaluyong City on August 27 to September  12, 1999.

APO Philatelic Society golden anniversary stamp issue

The Philatelic exhibition also coincided with the 53rd Mid-Year Orchid Show of the Philippine Orchid Society. Aside from philately, paintings , photographs and landscaped exhibits  of orchids and flowers were displayed and focused on the rare and exotic Vanda sanderiana or Waling-waling. A slogan canceller was also issued to coincide the event.   “ 50 years of stamp Collecting” was approved by the Philippine Postal Corporation on all outgoing mails at the post offices of Bacolod, San Fernando City, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Manila, San Fernando City in Pampanga from May 24 to 31, 1999. This was to commemorate the 49th founding anniversary of the organization.

Apo Philatelic Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary last May 2010 with a luncheon buffet with their outgoing president Mr. Ignacio Tuazon,  a position that he held for almost 10 years. With the election of the new president led by Mr. Jimmy Ang   the organization is expected to be the forefront in Philippine Philately.

L-R Mr. Lawrence Chan ,Mr. Dionisio Taeza, Mr. Jimmy Ang ( President of APO Philatelic  Society) , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus , Mr. Luis D. Carlos ( Philippine Postal Corporation’s Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing) (fifth from left)    Mrs. Elenita San Diego, Manager, Postage and Philatelic Department and the staff of Philatelic Division and Philpost employees graces the opening ceremony of the APO Philatelic Society’s APO @60 Philatelic Exhibition last May 9, 2011 at the Main Lobby of the PhilPost Building in Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila. 

At the tail end of their celebration, APO Philatelic Society held a stamp exhibit within the Manila Central Post Office from May 9, 2011 to May 22, 2011. Among the most popular exhibit topics  are  the Pope John Paul 2 exhibit, Dr.  Jose Rizal and President Noynoy Aquino ..

a luncheon was hosted by Mrs. Elenita San Diego( Head of  Postage and Philatelic Department)   second from left , together with Mr. Dionisio Taeza after the opening 

On its Diamond Jubilee Year,  APO will continue to commit itself to be at the forefront of Philippine philately – propagating the hobby to the next generation of stamp collectors and preparing them to be useful citizens of our country.

The exhibit runs until May 20, 2011. Everyone is encouraged to view the exhibit that features winning philatelic collections here and abroad.


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