20th World Orchid Congress

All the people from the horticultural world will be converging to the island country of Singapore from November 14th to 23, 2011 for the 20th World Orchid Congress.

2011 World Orchid Congress – Singapore logo and theme

courtesy of the organizing committee

Singapore will host this event after about 48 years . The last one was the 4th Orchid Congress way back in 1963. The people from the island country are already very busy in their publicity and promotion of the event .

Since winning their bid to host the event. There will be a scientific conference , an international orchid and garden show , plant and orchid competition , landscaping , and lots of travelers form all parts of the globe will come to this garden city .

For further inquiries, please contact:

20th WOC Secretariat
c/o National Parks Board Headquarters
1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569
Tel: +65-64719945 / +65-64718404
Fax: +65-64674832
Email: secretariat@20woc.com.sg

20th World Orchid Congress Organizing Committee

Dr. Kiat W. Tan Chairman, WOC Organising Committee
Dr. John M Elliott Chairman, Conference
Dr. Wong Wei Har Chairman, Orchid Show
Dr. Khoo Chong Yee Chairman, Judging
Ms Peggy P G Tan Chairman, Social (Hospitality, Events & Tours)
Ms Michelle Lim Chairman, Marketing & PR
Syed Yusof Alsagoff Adviser to Orchid Show
Mr Kenneth Er Member, WOC Organising Committee
Ms Ong Chui Leng Member, WOC Organising Committee
Mrs Wendy Chew-Ngo Secretariat
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Asean launches International Year of Biodiversity 2010

2010 International Year of Biodiversity  logo and theme

Hosted by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the event was part of the global celebration aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss. The celebration’s theme is “Biodiversity is life.  Biodiversity is our life.”

At the launch, the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General awarded the ASEAN Heritage Parks certificate to the Philippines recognizing the Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Mindanao as the 28th and newest ASEAN Heritage Park in Southeast Asia. The award was received on behalf of the Philippine government by DENR Undersecretary Ignacio and senior DENR officials from Mindanao.

Undersecretary Ignacio said that “with this recognition, the Philippines is now home to three ASEAN Heritage ParksMt. Apo Natural Park in Davao, Mt. Iglit-Baco in Mindoro, and now, Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon. This reinforces the fact that despite its relatively small size, our country is home to an astonishing range of biodiversity. The Philippines stands out in the region in terms of richness of biodiversity as it cradles a treasure trove of plant, bird, marine, insect and other animal species.”

The launch of the International Year of Biodiversity also featured the formal call for nominations for ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity—a recognition program that will award outstanding biodiversity conservation and advocacy projects by corporations, youth and the media.

ACB and the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau presented the ASEAN Regional Clearing-House Mechanism and the Philippine Clearing-House Mechanism, which are both aimed at building strong biodiversity information sharing networks.

– Articles : From the website of ASEAN  Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

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15th World Building and Construction Expo 2010

Worldbex 2010 or the Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition is Asia’s Biggest and Most Attended construction exposition. It has become an indespensible source of information and technology for the past 13 years. An industry-by-word, WORLDBEX is the scale which Filipinos use to gauge world-class exhibitions.

Date : March 17 to 21, 2010

Worldbex will continue its triumphant display of excellence and leadership in mounting world-class expo for the building and construction industry. Furthermore, it will feature more than a plethora of op-notch and comprehensive products and services in the construction industry.

Why Exhibit at WORLDBEX 2010?

– It is in Worldbex where numerous global ties have been established and various opportunities have been opened for the country’s professionals.
– It is an ideal venue for business.
– It is the proverbial meeting of minds in the international construction industry.
– It is a venue for launching and promoting innovative products and technologies in the building and construction world.
– It expands business-matching opportunities for the big and sall players in the industry here and abroad.
– As a gateway to the expanding Philippine market, it is supported by the industry’s leading organizations and trade offices.
– Expected visitor base of 130,00 with over 800 exhibition booths from 20 countries.

Visitor’s Profile

• Property Developers
• Interior Designers
• Architects
• Engineers
• Contractors
• Trade Professionals
• Product Designers
• Distributors
• Importers / Exporters
• Construction Developers
• Government Representatives
• Consultants
• Direct Corporate Users
• Purchasing Officers

*** FREE ENTRANCE ***

Exhibitor’s Profile

• Building Materials, Equipment and Services
• Construction Materials, Equipment and Services
• Interior Designs
• Renovation Products
• Mechanical Engineering Systems
• Electrical Engineering Systems
• Construction Promotions
• Information Technology
• Telecommunications
• Real Estate
• Housing

Articles from : WorldBEX 2010 website

Women Entrepreneurship on Women’s month

March is celebrated all over the country as ” National Women’s Month ”  with a lot of activities from woman’s  rights , family planning, reproductive health , gender equality ,  trade fairs , conferences  and even rallies !

FORUMS, BOOTHS, AND EXHIBITS ON BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND IDEAS

Visit over 200 booths and exhibits that showcase business ideas and opportunities in health & wellness, beauty & cosmetics, fashion & accessories, food & culinary business, technology, direct-selling, franchising, and so much more!

FREE SEMINARS ON STARTING A BUSINESS AND WOMEN’S ISSUES

Attend free seminars on the how-to’s of starting your own business: from knowing your strengths and your ambitions, to finding business opportunities, to marketing your products and finding  capital. Plus, talks on women’s health, education, good governance, and other issues and concerns facing women today.

GO NEGOSYO-PCW INSPIRING WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Get to know the Filipinas who have not only excelled in their fields but who also embody admirable traits of compassion, concern for others and care for community, and integrity.

LAUNCH OF THE GO NEGOSYO BOOK “100 INSPIRING STORIES OF SMALL ENTREPRENEURS: TAGUMPAY MULA SA KAHIRAPAN”

Have your books signed by the women and men are featured in Go Negosyo’s fifth book “100 INSPIRING STORIES OF SMALL ENTREPRENEURS: TAGUMPAY MULA SA KAHIRAPAN“. Ask them how they started their business, how they overcame challenges, and how they grew their negosyo.

Plus, freebies, giveaways, games, and exciting performers and guests await!

FEU- Silang tour

Last February 27, 2010 saturday. FEU alumni affairs office led by Mr. Matin Lopez, Mr Rafael Jamison, Ms. Estrella V. Supan -Ampatin  and about 35 other faculties, staffs, students, alumni went to  FEU -Silang in Cavite.

The tourist bus was already waiting for the group at around past 1pm , Due to a political rally held at  Plaza Miranda in Quiapo almost everyone except those already in FEU came in late.

We were introduced to each other by Mr. Martin Lopez to each other and after the usual formal acquaintances , the group went in for the much needed ride . The bus passed-by the historic Quiapo district , Ayala bridge , Luneta then to Manila coastal road going to Cavite.

We arrived past 3:00 P.M. at Far Eastern University- Silang , Cavite . The campus was  designed by Archion Architects while the  College Building B was  designed by Architect Pipo Garcia. The building is almost half complete with only the furnishing , electrical layout and landscaping job that are needed to make the complex fully operational by June 2010 .

There was also another small group led by Dr. Jose U. Uranza – an FEU NMRF board of trustees who also inspected the site.

Earth Hour 2010

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for an hour to make their stand against climate change.
In 2008, it had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4,000 cities in 88 countries officially s switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
DOE Secretary Angelo Reyes, Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan of WWF-Philippines, Ambassador Francis Chua of Green Army Philippines network foundation and Catherine Maceda of SWITCH Group will spearhead this year’s Earth Hour in the Philippines.
In their letter to the Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists, they said “plans are under way once again as we join the global community in launching Earth Hour 2010.”
The letter said that for Earth Hour 2010, cities and towns all over the world will switch off their lights for on hour at 8:30 p.m. on March 27 sending an even stronger message to take action against global warming

On the 27th of March 2010 at 8:30 PM, cities and towns across the world will turn off their lights for  one hour – Earth Hour – sending a powerful global message that it’s time to take action on global warming.

For the past two years Earth Hour has brought together about one billion people around the globe, in more than 1000 cities from businesses, governments, and communities sending a message to world leaders in the lead-up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen. We needed to commit to reducing green house gas emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change impacts especially on the most vulnerable communities and to ensure the survival of our planet.

The United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference 2009 was a historical gathering that brought together world leaders, to tackle the most challenging crisis of our time. We needed a deal, we needed commitments, and we needed the political will to be able to initiate action against climate change. However the outcome of Copenhagen was unable to fulfill the objectives of keeping global warming below the widely agreed 2 degrees C high risk level.

This year Earth Hour is even more important and significant. This year, Earth Hour 2010 will empower individuals to commit to the challenge of finding the courage to solve the climate change crisis. It will continue to send a strong message to our world leaders for change by calling upon individuals, communities, and governments to turn out their lights for an extra hour.

In what we hope will be the world’s largest mass participation event, Earth Hour 2010 will be the culmination of over one billion people around the globe, in more than 6000 cities, towns and municipalities from business, government and the community turning off lights for one hour on one night. Earth Hour 2010 aims to send a message to world leaders that we, the citizens of the planet, demand commitment to actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of the planet. 2010 is the ultimate year for humanity to address the problem.

Last March 2009, the Philippines ranked first amongst all nations who participated in Earth Hour 2009. From Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao, 647 local government units and communities switched off their lights, and iconic buildings and landmarks went dark. This year WWF is aiming for the support of at least 15 million Filipinos nationwide. In the midst of the darkness, the Philippines will shine again.

Earth Hour is a message of hope and action. Imagine what we can do if we act together.

Article: from WWF Philippines and Earth Hour

64th Annual Orchid and Garden Show

The 64th annual Orchid and Garden show kicked off  last February 25, 2010 within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound while the landscaped exhibits ,   orchid  and plant competitions  were held at the nearby Greenhouse #2 site of major plant and horticultural exhibits.

After several unconfirmed venue  sites like those at the  Sunken garden within the  Quezon City Hall grounds,  Quezon Memorial Circle  in Quezon City – Ugarte fields  , Makati Park , Makati Cityhall  grounds , The orchid society board decided on the last minute to move the venue of the show back  to Quezon City.

64th annual orchid show poster

This marked the return of the Philippine Orchid Society annual show at the Manila Seedling Bank compound after almost 14 years ! The show theme  focus on climate change,  Hence the annual theme , “Protecting our Orchid Species from Climate Change.”

This event is expected  to enhance interest in the orchid culture.  Thus, it has been the tradition of the Society provide awareness, appreciation and knowledge in the field of orchidology, and with this inspire Filipinos to value and conserve Philippine orchid species and create improved hybrids. There are about 50 commercial ” flea market style ” stalls selling various ornamental plants, orchids, pots, seeds.

Guests of honor included Umagang Kay Ganda host Ms. Bernadette Sembrano- Aguinaldo , Manila Seedling Bank Foundation – General Manager  Mr. Lucito  Bertol and Dr. Helen Valmayor of UPLB  an authority on Philippine orchids.

In addition, the Society aims to be at the forefront in raising the level of awareness and appreciation of its members and orchid enthusiasts alike, in the rich and diverse Philippines orchid flora.

BLC. Chia Lin a Cattleya inter-generic hybrid

The orchid show is also being held to mark the beginning of the blooming season of the Phalaenopsis (butterfly orchids) and  Dendrobium species such as Dendrobium anosmum or Sanggumay .

Malvarosa Orchid – Best Orchid landscape exhibit

Big winner in the”  Best  Orchid Landscape exhibit ”  category is Malvarosa Orchids and ” Best Orchid in  Show ” was  a big specimen -sized  orchid known as  Grammatophyllum multiflorum.

Grammatophyllum multiflorum

Among the newly released orchid hybrid was a yellow colored BLC variety  an orchid named after the former Department of Agriculture Secretary Mr. Arthur Yap .

Best ornamental landscape exhibit winner

Winner for “Best Ornamental Landscape exhibit” went to Mr. Vic de Rona a bonsai  plant collector with a store within the Manila Seedling Bank compound.

There was also a landscape exhibit with a lot of yellow flowering orchids , plants and yellow ribbons  on display purposely celebrating the 24th anniversary of the EDSA People Power .

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