Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (L-R): Treasurer-Titat Benedicto, Bacolod First Lady Elsa Leonardia, OHONI Pres, Ms Gigi Campos, Past President Anamer Gatuslao
Reverend Father Jesmar Manato read from the Scriptures and blessed the exhibits and the display. The stage display, which was conceptualized and executed by the showcase committee led by Mrs Soc Monfort, highlighted the waling waling in an tropical indoor garden display of specimen-sized foliage plants. President John Clifton Martyr welcomed all the guests and participants and he expounded on the Timeless Beauty of the Waling-waling, it’s uniqueness among orchids and it’s important role to orchid horticulture. After which, delicious Filipino delicacies were served by QUAN and washed down with their specialty guyabano and bignay shake.
This year’s theme is “Timeless Beauty: The Allure of the Waling” at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City from August 28 to September 5, 2017.
Waling-waling or Vanda sanderiana is the highlight of the show.
This year, a waling waling plant competition was held and first place went to Ms Gloria Gensoli’s entry of a deeply-colored Vanda sanderiana having 4 mature growths, 2 of which have 2 inflorescence each. Another event participated by the members was a month group flower arrangement competition. And after the leaves have settled, June Group’s entry emerged the best among the bunch.
There are plant stalls which sells orchids and ornamental plants. If you hurry up and visit, you can view the winners, acquire unique and beautiful plants and even participate in an ongoing photo contest by voting for your favorite waling-waling photo.
“Sanggumay“, scientifically called Dendrobium anosmum a fragrant native Philippine orchid, is being celebrated in the First Sanggumay Festival presently ongoing at the 888 Chinatown Square in Bacolod City.
L-R: NOOS president Dr John Clifton Martyr, Mr Rex Ramos, Dr Marilyn Marañon, NOOS VP Ms. Tina Magbojos
sanggumay orchids in bloom
This orchid species blooms during this time of the year and brings with it memories of warm summers in the province. Spectacular displays of long canes holding dozens of large fragrant blooms ranging from white , pink , purple with different varieties . This is also one of the most common and cultivated native orchid species in the country.
ribbon cutting ceremony
The festival opened with ribbon cutting ceremonies led by Mr. Rex Ramos, manager of the 888 Chinatown Square, and Dr. John Clifton Martyr, president of the Negros Occidental Orchid Society (NOOS).
Welcome remarks: Gist of message.” We need to bring back our heritage orchids, the orchids and plants we grew up with, we need to plant more trees to help counteract climate change, and to take good care of God-given nature/environment for our enjoyment and for our children’s future” .
Bacolod Garden Club Prexy Carissa Ma-alat (2nd from L) and Garden Club members gracing the opening.
Special guests included Dr. Marilyn Marañon, first lady of the province of Negros Occidental and Miss Carrie Ma-alat, president of the Bacolod Garden Club and other garden club members.
commercial stalls selling different kinds of plants, orchids , fruit bearing trees
Blessing of exhibits was done by Reverend Father Binay Marwan. The central exhibit was a understated but elegant arrangement up of Sanggumays in varying shades of purple and a lone white form, blooming slipper orchids and various ferns and ornamental plants . Eleven NOOS members participated as commercial exhibitors selling their collection of various foliage and flowering plants.
The show is conceptualized and organized by the Negros Occidental Orchid Society. The orchid festival show is open the public during mall hours and there is no entrance fees and will continue until April 9, 2016.
The Negros Occidental Orchid Society in partnership with 888 Chinatown Square, Bacolod will be hosting their 1st Sanggumay Festival from March 31 to April 9, 2016.
The theme of the show is ” a Celebration of Native Philippines Species ” which showcase the annual blooming season of Dendrobium anosmum and other important native Philippine species .
There will be free public lecture and orchid displays at the activity area , The will also be 11 commercial booth by the members of the society selling different kinds of orchid species, orchid hybrids,succulents, trees, ornamental plants , garden supplies. Open to the Public, Free Entrance.
For more information about the event, Please try to call or send sms to Dr. John CLifton Martyr- President of the Negros Occidental Orchid Society at 09228389603
Ribbon cutting with NOOS president Dr John Clifton Martyr and Guests of Honor Mrs. Josefa Puentevella (Bacolod Mayor’s wife), Dr. Marilyn Maranon (neg occ gov’s wife) and Mrs Elsa Leonardia (bacolod congressman’s wife) (L-R)
Waling waling inspired painting by Noos member Marq Herrera
Noos board member agnes cuenca, noos vp tina magbojos, mrs elsa leonardia, noos pres dr jc martyr, noos board socorro monfort, noos board milagros luzette olmedo (L-R)
There are several participants who went to the exhibit.