Elvis Presley 75th birthday

Elvis Aaron Presley, in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a  two room home in Tupelo , Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to  Memphis , Tennessee in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

Elvis Presley stamps

Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

a small collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia – courtesy of Mr. Bertol

Memorabilia collector would collect mugs, film, poster, trading cards, postcards,  stuff toys, coins, cars, stamps etc..

Mr. Lucito Bertol

In the Philippines, an ardent fan and collector- Mr. Lucito Bertol ( General manager ) of Manila Seedling Bank Foundation is one of the biggest collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the country.

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Horticulture 2010

The Philippine Horticultural Society ( PHS) the Philippines counterpart of the Royal Horticultural Society-London will be having their 34th annual show , with the theme ” It is a Green World After All ” . The aim of this year show to to promote awareness on the re-greening of our urban metropolis , our garden and homes.

Exclusive Opening will be on January 29, 2009 Friday (By invitation only)

Date: January 30 to February 9, 2010
Venue:
Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Greenhouse #2 . EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

With the effects of climate change and global warming a serious threat to the humanity and to all living things . Re-greening our homes and communities is never far behind.

There will be daily lectures and seminars , national competition for best landscape exhibit, best plant in show , etc . and endless photo opportunities for forumers, bloggers, garden enthusiasts , plant lover, collector of plants from all over the Philippines and the world.

Educational tours from different schools and universities from across the country.

Horticulture 2010 tarpaulin poster at the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue

What to expect from the show?

bonsai on display, rare cactus and succulent collections, natural stones and suiseiki , orchids, ornamental plants, ferns , native trees, landscaping , flowering annuals and perennials , cycads, palms ,plant competition.

Daily Schedule of Lectures

Date Time Topic Lecturer
January 30, 2010 10:00a.m. Vermiculture (Earthworm) Mr. Tony De Castro
2:00 p.m. Avant-garde Flower Arrangement Ms. Pearl Banaag of World Flower Council
January 31, 2010 10:00 a.m. Orchid Growing Mr. C.V. Lazaro
2:00 p.m. Flower Arrangement (Ikebana) Mr. Serapion Metilla
February 1, 2010 10:00 a.m. Dona Aurora and other Mussaendas Mr. Fernando Aurigue
2:00 p.m. Hoyas Ms. Teresa Baldonado
February 2, 2010 10:00 a.m. Urban Gardening Mr. David Balila
2:00 p.m. Growing Native Ferns (Propagation and Culture) Mr. Modesto Manglicmot
February 3, 2010 10:00 a.m. Reishi: Ancient Secret to Traditional Medicine Mr. Dan Perilla
2:00 p.m. Native Trees (Philippine Native Trees for Landscaping) Mr. Patrick Gozon
February 4, 2010 10:00a.m. Cooking Using Edible Weeds Mr. Nonito Dolera
2:00 p.m. Aquatic Gardening Mr. Nestor Gregorio
February 5, 2010 10:00 a.m. Climate Change: Its Causes and Effects Ms. Lourdes Tibig – Ateneo de Manila Observatory

2:00 p.m. starting a native plant collection- Mr. Anthony Arbias

February 6,2010 10:00 a.m. Basic Gardening Made Easy Mr. George Sahagun
2:00 p.m. Anthurium Ms. Vangie Go
February 7,2010 10:00 a.m. Money Making Opportunities in Farming Mr. Zacarias Sarian – Manila Bulletin Agriculture – editor
2:00 p.m. Saikei (Bonsai in Tree Landscape) and Stone Appreciation Mrs. Fely Gupit
February 8,2010 10:00 a.m. Green Irrigation – water wise green irrigation a novel approach Mr. Philip Choo

Entrance fee of P10.00 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s , P20.00 for general public

Horticulture 2010 Show Committee

Show Chairman :Architect Buth Duque
Co- Chairperson: Architect Patricia “ Wendy” Regalado / Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe
Physical Arragement :Mr. Simon Salem
Commercial Stall: Mrs. Tess Baldonado
Ways & Means :Mrs. Norma Villanueva
Publicity: Mr. Serapion Metilla
Invitation: Mrs. Fely Gupit
Lecture Series: Mrs. Lina Gueco
Plant Registration: Mr. George Yao
Judging : Mr. Fernando Aurigue
Awards and Prizes : Mr. Fernando Aurigue
Newsletter / Souvenir Program: Mrs. Elisa Montecastro
Reception:  Mrs. Glo Razon , Vicky Valle, Tess Gomez, Ina Cornejero
Opening Program : Mrs. May Dumlao
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Aurora Lianko
Documentation: Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe
Security :Mr. Victor Losanta
Exhibits : Mr. Orlan
Tickets : Mrs. Gloria Razon
Finance:  Mrs. Elisa Montecastro
Officers of the day Ms. Ina Conejero, Ate Glo, Ms. Tess Gomez, Mrs. Norma Villanueva, Mr. Lawrence Chan, Ms. Vicky Valle, Mrs. Elisa Montecastro , Ms. Ine Lopez, Ms. Virgie Neo

For more information about the show / sponsorship and stall rentals
Contact details:

Architect Buth Duque – Overall show chairperson
Landline # (632) 490-52-39 office hour

Mrs. Teresa Baldonado – Commercial and Booth rentals

Mr. Macky – Secretariat
Landline telephone # (632) 377-02-34 Monday to Saturday -office hours 9:00 am to 6p.m.

Christmas season at the mall

Strolling at Trinoma mall near the MRT station.  I chance upon several Christmas decorative items for sale ! Christmas is already very near.

In the country, Christmas is celebrated in great jubilation and people even start to decorate their homes as early as September.

white reindeer

Christmas is a wonderful time of year and ornaments and decorations add to the overall spirit of the season.

Christmas ornaments are decorations  (usually made of  glass , metal, wood, ceramics, etc. ) that are used to festoon a Christmas tree . Ornaments take many different forms, from a simple round ball to highly artistic designs. Ornaments are almost always reused year after year, rather than purchased annually, and family collections often contain a combination of commercially produced ornaments and decorations created by family members. Such collections are often passed on and augmented from generation to generation.

Ateneo de Manila University sesquicentennial

A new set of stamps was issued by the Philpost to commemorate Ateneo de Manila University 150th anniversary commemorative

Ateneo de Manila University was featured in Philippines stamps when the  university celebrated its 50th year, ( Ateneo de Davao branch ) 60th year in 2008 , 125th year in 1984  and now its 150th anniversary.

erratum: The Ateneo de Davao University (founded in 1948, conferred university status in 1977), while part of the Jesuit university consortium, is a distinct and separate university in its own right.

Apparently, unknown to many, there are a lot of Philatelists and memorabilia collectors from that University attesting to the several stamps that was issued in the past were sold-out !

The 150th commemorative stamp was issued last June 14, 2009 with a Php7.00 denomination ( 4 sets ) and a Php 28.00 denomination .

a. Ateneo de Manila sesquicentennial logo

b. Blue eagle – university logo and mascot

c.  The cross and St. Ignatius of Loyola

d. Dr. Jose Rizal –  Ateneo de Manila University- most outstanding alumni

The stamps were designed by Father Jason Dy, SJ  , Mr.Joel de Leon and Ms. Hilda Kapauan- Abola

Most of the stamps that were issued is said to have been bought by the Ateneo de Manila University .


Ateneo de Manila souvenir sheet ( note : the stamp was sold at a higher price)

Se-tenant Blocks of Four (34,000)
7p Sesquicentennial logo
7p Blue Eagle
7p At. Ignatius de Loyola
7p Dr. Jose Rizal

Souvenir Sheets of Four (7,000)
7p Blue Eagle
7p St. Ignatius de Loyola
7p Dr. Jose Rizal
7p Sesquicentennial logo

First Day Covers: Manila
Official FDCs: 4 different designs, 12,200 issued
Official Souvenir Folders: 3,200 issued

In 1959 , Ateneo de Manila issued their 100th anniversary stamp on the occasion of their centenary.

Amazing display of Cactus and Succulent

Cactus ,  succulent enthusiasts , plant lovers and garden enthusiasts were in for a visual attraction as the officers and members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines (CSSP) organized a grand display of their rarest , most coveted  and favorite plants. As part of the program,  instead of the usual cutting of ribbons ceremony a unique opening presentation untying of garland was  made from a succulent plant scientifically named  Dischidia oiantha or commonly called as  (Tagalog :  Manaog ka Irog) . This versatile plant is a favorite hanging plant in almost every homes throughout the country. The theme of the show was ” Gardening for a Better Environment” .

The event was formally opened by Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., together with  Ms. Joy Belmonte, president of the Quezon City Ladies Foundation, Quezon City  councilor– Mr. Jorge “Bolet” Banal Jr., with Vice Mayor – Mr. Herbert Bautista , presidents of major plant societies across the country were present last November 20,2010 at around 4:00 p.m.

VIP guests posed for a souvenir shot

The opening and awarding  program was held at the Mabini Hall inside the premises of the Quezon Memorial Circle in cooperation with the Quezon Memorial Circle Administration headed by a Engineer Zaldy dela Rosa and the  Quezon City government . There was a live musical numbers by the tandem Peter and Vangie which serenaded the  members and guests of the society.

An interesting display of cactus dish garden ( keeping the Christmas season)

Media partners -Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, bloggers  among others .

The various lectures and demonstrations  attracted many plant lovers, students, and enthusiasts. Commercial participants included an array of  ornamental and flowering plants, cacti and succulents, fruit trees, garden materials, Suiseki or Natural stones, organic fertilizers, natural medicine, bonsai plants, antique furniture, Christmas  décor,  orchids, ferns, garden tools and equipment etc.., While the daily raffles of plants , soy sauce , cellphone, home furniture and other items were a big crowd drawer for the event !

CSSP -President Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe

In 2006 , CSSP  organized a xerophyte (cactus and succulent) garden show.This year can be judged as one of the best show so far. Members and guests have exhibited their best and rarest collections which  competed  for the top honors. The judges did not have an easy time of determining which are the best from all the entries. For the first time in CSSP, a  landscape competitions for  ornamental and flowering plants. The judges, headed by Mr.  Kevin G. Belmonte and  Dr. Nena Evidente among others , eventually came out with the following winners.

Mr. Herbert Bautista was given a cactus dish garden as a token of the society for gracing the event.

President’s Landscape booth – Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe ( a non-competing booth )

The grand top placers are the following: the Best Plant in Show and also the Best Succulent was a caudiciform plant, the Dioscorea machistachys — sometimes called the “turtle back” plant — owned by Anna Ruth Conde and Cora Purificacion of the Purificacion Garden. The Best Cactus was given to an Astrophytum ornatum, “Fukuryu,” was won by Mrs. Rebecca C. Buenaventura ( CSSP) Corporate Secretary .

Winners of the garden show

The following groups were adjudged winners:

Dish Garden Competition

First place – Group 5, head: Becky Buenaventura, members: Elvie Peczon, Julie Hipolito, and Reuben Almazan

Second place – Group 2, head: Aireen Bernal, members: Nolie Perez, Jeff Patiag, and Chit Rufo

Third place – Group 3, head: Tess Gomez, members: Elisa Montecastro, Vicky Valle, Siony Ng, and Charing Tiongco.

Cacti And Succulent Landscape Competition

First place – Arid and Aroids, owned  byMr. Boyet Ganigan and Dr. Jay Silvestre

Second place winner

Second place – DAP Garden owned by Mr. Daniel  Palentinos

Third place – Mett’s Plants Arts, owned by Mr. Serapion Metilla

Ornamental Plant Landscape Competition

King Louis Flowers and Plants- First Place

First place – King Louis Flowers and Plants, executed by Francis Gener

Second place – Constel Nature’s Garden, owned by proprietor Tansing Bais

Third place – Purificacion Orchids by Anna Ruth Conde and Cora Purificacion

Best Ornamental Plant

Aglaonema “Dona Carmen,” owned by the Purificacion Orchids

Here are the results of the other categories for the Cacti and Succulents table exhibit :

Astrophytum

First place – Astrophytum ornatun variety “Fukuryo” owned by Becky Buenaventura

Second place – Astrophytum ornatum owned by Mr. Botchie Canicula

Third place – Astrophytum myriostigma Hakuun hybrid owned by Becky Buenaventura

Other Globular Cacti

First place – Frailea cataphracta, owned by Nolie Perez

Second place – Echinocereus grusonii owned by Eliane Daclis

Third place – Ferocactus latispinus owned by Sally Obien

Mammillarias

First place – Mammillaria sp. owned by Lily Ann Tan

Second place – Mammillaria sp. owned by Anna Ruth Conde

Third place – Mammillaria plumose owned by Lily Ann Tan

Clumping Cacti And Succulents

First place – Monadenium reflexum owned by Purificacion Orchids

Second place – Mammillaria elongate rubra owned by Purificacion Orchids

Third place – Mammillaria sp. owned by Botchie Canicula

Columnar Cacti

Mr. Botchie Canicula received the glass trophy

First place – Cepahlocereus owned by Botchie Canicula

Second place – Cereus sp. owned by Botchie Canicula

Third place – Notocactus leninghausii owned by Becky Buenaventura

Monstrous And Crested Forms

First place – Sansevieria “crested Hanii,” owned by Dan Palentinos

Second place – Euphorbia crested owned by Bimbo Vergara

Third place – Euphorbia ingense monstrous owned by Becky Buenaventura

Variegated Cacti And Succulents

First place – Aloe nubilis, variegated, owned by Becky Buenaventura

Second place – Agave potatorum “Kishokan” var. owned by Becky Buenaventura

Third place – Furcraea Variegated owned by Daniel Palentinos

Haworthias

First place – Haworthia cv. tortousa owned by Elaine Daclis

Second place – Haworthia limifolia variegated owned by Elaine Daclis

Third place – Haworthia truncate owned by Aireen Bernal

Aloes/ Gasterias/ Astrolobas

First place – Aloe Nubilis variegated owned by Becky Buenaventura

Second place – Aloe sp. owned by Botchie Canicula

Third place – Gasteria hybrid owned by Becky Buenaventura

Agaves/ Fucreas And Yuccas

First place – Agave potatorum “Kishokan” variegated owned by Becky Buenaventura

Second place – Agave hybrid owned by Bimbo Vergara

Third place – Agave Victoria reginae, variegated owned by Becky Buenaventura

Sansevierias

First place – Sansevieria masoniana owned by Dan Palentinos

Second place – Sansevieria specks owned by Arid and Aroids

Third place – Sansevieria layranos owned by Arid and Aroids

Pachypodium

First place – Pachypodium lamerei owned by Mely Sibayan

Second place – Pachypodium lamerei owned by Purificacion Orchids

Other Caudiciforms And Pachycauls

First place – Dioscorea machystachys owned by Anna Ruth Conde

Second place – Fockea edulis owned by Purificacion Orchids

Epiphytic And Climbing Succulents

First place – Dischidia sp. owned by Tess Baldonado

Second place – Epiphyllum, owned by PHSI

Third place – Hoya buotii owned by Architect Patricia ” Wendy” Regalado

Xerophytic -Bromeliads

First place – Tillandsia andreana owned by Aireen Bernal

Second place – Tillandsia ampla owned by Purificacion Orchids

Third place – Tillandsia xerographica owned by Botchie Canicual

For the Ornamental Plant category, first place went to the following categories and owners:

BROMELIAD – Alcantarea imperialis owned by Botchie Canicula

AROIDS A – Aglaonema “Dona Carmen” owned by Purificacion Orchids

FERNS & FERN ALLIES – Asplenium serratum owned by Mr. Nonito Dolera

ORCHIDS – Vanda Charles Good fellow x Vanda Udom Gold  by the Philippine  Orchid Society

Annual Flowering Plants

Euphorbia pulchemma “Strawberry & Cream” owned by Francis Gener

Special Awards: Bonsai

First place – Pemphis acidula (Bantigue) owned by Vic and Analyn de Rona

Second place – Pemphis acidula (Bantigue) owned by John Mateo

Third place – Malabayabas – owned by Mr.  Lincon Yu

SUISEKI

First place – Water Falls owned by Jerome Bulos

Second place – El Nido owned by Erwin Paolos

Third place – Matang Baka owned by Jerome Bulos

Interesting Notes:

Succulent (plant)  A plant adapted to drought-prone climates or periodic arid conditions (water deprivation) and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues (stems, roots, or leaves) that act as internal reservoirs sustaining life when external water is not available or periodically insufficient. Succulents   have also adapted plant systems that maintain metabolism with minimal exchange of water with the environment.

( Succulence) meaning the plant adaptation.

Some Philippine  growers tend to include succulent plants such as bromeliads , hoyas , dischidias in the grouping.

Collectors may tell that all cactus are succulents but not all succulents are cactus. Succulent plants come from many plant families.

Cactus make up the family Cactaceae and are mostly spiny succulents. Cacti are succulent xerophytes that have adapted the three main plant parts to survive in low moisture conditions.

A xerophyte is a plant adapted for life to a xeric (or dry) environment with a limited supply of water but does not need to be a succulent. They are often described as drought escaping, enduring, or resisting. All succulents are basically xerophytes but not all xerophytes are succulents

Caudiciforms (appearance of the plant) , Caudex ( bulging plant part near the base)example Adenium obesum locally called Bangkok Kalachuchi.

The terms are derived from the Latin word caudex meaning tree. This is a nontechnical term used to describe a plant which has a thickened root or stem, often of a large bottle or round form. A “true” caudiciform should have a water storage rather than a food storage organ in the fattened portion.

In some Asian countries like in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan Vietnam collectors often include any plant that has a fat lower portion that they find attractive enough to cultivate.

cactus and succulent collectors are sometimes called xerophyte collector.

Mr. Ramon Calado orchid and ornamental farm in Antipolo

This is the simple yet well-maintained production area and farm of Mr. Ramon Calado

rows of Dendrobium hybrids seedlings

Mr. Ramon Calado is a well-respected orchid and plant breeder for over 35 years and had bred several hundreds of registered orchid hybrids from different genera . Aside from orchids, he also mass produce several varieties of ornamental plants varieties from the ordinary ferns to mutant varieties .

Mr. Ramon Calado

Some of the country’s top farm producers sourced their orchid hybrids and ornamental plants from Mr. Calado . Most of his orchid hybrids are highly sought after by local and even foreign collectors  due to their superior flower forms and quality plants.

orchid seedling on flask

He also had a laboratory facilities were seedlings of orchids and other ornamental plants.

collection of native ferns

For appointments :

Mr. Ramon Calado

(02) 782-64-45

Qi Pao dress

The cheongsam is a female dress with distinctive Chinese features and enjoys a growing popularity in the international world of high fashion.

The name “cheongsam,” meaning simply “long dress,” entered the English vocabulary from the dialect of China’s Guangdong Province (Cantonese). In other parts of the country including Beijing, however, it is known as “qipao“, which has a history behind it.

When the early Manchu rulers came to China proper, they organized certain people, mainly Manchus, into “banners” (qi) and called them “banner people” (qiren), which then became loosely the name of all Manchus. The Manchu women wore normally a one-piece dress which, likewise, came to be called “qipao” or “banner dress.” Although the 1911 Revolution toppled the rule of the Qing , Ching (Manchu) Dynasty, the female dress survived the political change and, with later improvements, has become the traditional dress for Chinese women.

Easy to slip on and comfortable to wear, the cheongsam fits well the female Chinese figure. Its neck is high, collar closed, and its sleeves may be either short, medium or full length, depending on season and taste. The dress is buttoned on the right side, with a loose chest, a fitting waist, and slits up from the sides, all of which combine to set off the beauty of the female shape.

The cheongsam is not too complicated to make. Nor does it call for too much material, for there are no accessories like belts, scarves, sashes or frills to go with it.

Another beauty of the cheongsam is that, made of different materials and to varying lengths, they can be worn either on casual or formal occasions. In either case, it creates an impression of simple and quiet charm, elegance and neatness. No wonder it is so much liked by women not only of China but of foreign countries as well.

Chinese dress may be traced to the conservative and modern look –

Qi pao, the classic dress for Chinese women, combines the elaborate elegance of Chinese tradition with unique elements of style. The high-necked, closed-collar Qipao .

The Qipao  can display all women’s modesty, softness and beauty. Like Chinese women’s temperament, the Qipao Cheongsam is elegant and gentle, its long-standing elegance and serenity makes wearers fascinating. Mature women in Qipao / Cheongsam can display their graceful refined manner. A Qipao or Cheongsam almost varies with a woman’s figure.

What serves as a worthy testament to the beauty of the Qipao  is, however, it does not require the wearer to pep up the look with accessories like scarves and belts. Designed to show off the natural softness of the female form, it also creates the illusion of slender legs. The overall picture: practical, yet sexy.

Because of its particular charm Chinese dress Qipao / Cheongsam is like a wonderful flower in the colorful fashion scene. Another beauty of the Qipao / Cheongsam is that it is made of different materials and can be worn either on casual or formal occasions.

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