Stately Dracena multiflora

Dracena multiflora Warb. ex P. Sarasin & Sarasin is known by different common names like false yucca, flowering yucca, yucca,flowering green dragon among others.

This species is found in Melanesia, Caroline islands, Palau, Celebes, Sulawesi and the Philippines. This is found in limestone cliffs in many parts of the country. It is one of the native plants found in many provinces like Batanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Nueva Ecija, Polilio islands, Quezon, Mindoro, Palawan, Ticao, Masbate, Sorsogon, Samar, Leyte, Sulu Archipelago among other areas.

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Dracena multilfora growing on an outdoor garden with mounted orchids within a gated subdivision in Novaliches, Quezon City

Specimen sized plants looked stately and serves as focal point in many houses with large manicured garden.

Dracaena L., a member of the family Ruscaceae, was first founded by Sprengei in 1826.

Genus Dracena

The genus name “Dracena” is derived from the Greek word “drakaina“, which means “dragon” referring to the sap or juice of the stems which resembles blood.

Dracaena means Dragon Goddess or a female Dragon. The first named species, Dracaena draco has been used as a medicinal plant in Europe and China. The species is also the symbol of Canary Islands.

This had 120 species which is mostly found in the old world with dozens of hybrids and cultivar varieties.  Some of the popular indoor plants are found in this genus and grown extensively in many parts of the world were Dracaena fragrans, D. goldiana, D. surculosa, D. sanderiana and D. ellenbeckiana have variegated forms used as indoor plants.

Sanseviera is a historically recognized genus of flowering plants, native to Africa, Madagascar and parts of southern Asia on the basis of molecular studies were officially included as part of the genus just about two decades ago, but it is only few years ago that horticulturist began reclassifying the genus.

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Economic Uses

Dracena multiflora is fairy popular in horticultural, ornamental plant industry where this plant was planted in large estate, focal point in landscape, big terracotta pots, subdivision, parks and schools. Some old plants can be spotted growing in Ayala -Alabang in Muntinlupa, BF Homes Parañaque,Greenhills in San Juan,Forbes Park, Urdaneta Village, Bel-Air, Dasmariñas Village in Makati City, Batasan Hills, Corinthian Garden, White Plains, La Vista, Teacher’s Village, Project 6, 7 and 8, Kingspoint Subdivision within Novaliches, Quezon City among others.

This became popular in the late 1960’s, mid- 1970’s, early 1980’s, mid-1990’s and few years ago. This plant can grow as tall as 5 to 6 meters if not disturbed.

Some backyard hobbyist would mount ferns, orchids, hoyas, dischidias and tillandsia on mature stems of the plant. Which add beauty to the bare stems.

This species had naturalized in many parts of tropical Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States.

Small Dracena multiflora would cost between Php 350 to as much as Php 600 in some garden centers in Metro Manila, While bigger ones would cost a few thousand bucks depending on the height and growth.

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Dracena multiflora in bloom within Holy Child Academy Kindergarten section in Katipunan Avenue corner King Ferdinand street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Superstitious Beliefs

A homeowner from Greenhills, San Juan believe that whenever the plant bloom, There will be a distant relative who will get marry. Another grower from Novaliches told the author that dwarfs would come and play whenever the plant is in bloom.

Another old time grower from Quezon City also believe that having Dracena multiflora planted in front of their house attracts positive vibe or chi.

This plant came into limelight when Tiyang Amy or Ms. Amy Perez in her youtube recounted saving her yucca plant from the monsoon rains.

Propagation

The fastest way to propagate this plant is via stem cuttings or by seeds.

Care and Fertilization

For newly planted stem cuttings, part shade is recommended and moving gradually to higher intensity light is recommended.

Keep them hydrated by misting the leaves with water and keeping the soil lightly misted (never soggy) as well with good drainage. Always allow the top soil to dry out before watering. Do not over water.

One can start pruning the older stems just before on the onset of the rainy season to encourage branching.

Apply minimum amount of water soluble balance fertilizer 20N-20P-20K every other week, trace elements and organic fertilizer during growing season which also coincide with the rainy season.

20% loose soil, 60% loam soil and 10% organic compost, combination of 10% coco choir, aged cow dung and rice hull for the mixture.

References, Sources and Bibliographies

Personal communication among local growers and landscapers.

Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines

Dracaena multiflora Warb. ex Sarasin Reisen, Sulawesi 1 (1905) 136; –Pleomele multiflora (Warb.) Merr., EPFP 1 (1922) 205. Philippines, Sulawesi. BATANES, LUZON: Nueva Ecija, Quezon, POLILLO, MINDORO, PALAWAN, TICAO, MASBATE, SULU ARCHIPELAGO. Chiefly on coastal limestone formations.

Lu, Pei-Luen & Morden, Clifford W. (2014), “Phylogenetic Relationships among Dracaenoid Genera (Asparagaceae: Nolinoideae) Inferred from Chloroplast DNA Loci”, Systematic Botany, 39 (1): 90–104

Madulid, Domingo; Winner, National Book Award, Science, 1995. Revised Edition, 2000 with 388 pages. AGAVACEAE: Page 49, Bookmark, Makati, A Pictorial Cyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants.

Philip, D; Kaleena, PK; Valivittan, K & Girish Kumar, CP (2011), “Phytochemical Screening and Antimicrobial Activity of Sansevieria roxburghiana Schult. and Schult. F.”, Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research, 10 (4): 512–8

Dracena multiflora: http://www.phytoimages.siu.edu/imgs/pelserpb/r/Ruscaceae_Dracaena_multiflora

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Shaw, JMH. 2011. Miscellaneous nomenclatural and taxonomic notes mainly relating to cultivated plants. Hanburyana 5: 47-56. [Disporopsis]

Takawira-Nyenya, R, L Mucina, WM Cardinal-McTeague & KR Thiele. 2018. Sansevieria (Asparagaceae, Nolinoideae) is a herbaceous clade within Dracaena: inference from non-coding plastid and nuclear DNA sequence data. Phytotaxa 376: 254-276.

Special Lomi at Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant

Special Lomi is one of the new specialties that one must try while eating at Chedy’s Budbod restaurant. It which had thick fresh egg noodles of about a quarter of an inch which takes its roots from the Filipino-Chinese communities.

This dish became popular in Batangas and nearby provinces. Lomi noodle dish became not just for special occasion but a comfort food especially during rainy season.

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Special Lomi at Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant

Chedy’s Budbod restaurant offers their customer a slighty different twist. Their lomi noodles is in rich broth topped with hard boiled egg, fried lumpia, deep fried liempo, fried garlic and chopped spring onions. It is a complete meal and very filling.

One can adjust to suit their preference by adding more soy sauce, ground pepper, a dash of calamansi and few slices of red chilies will add more flavors and taste to the lomi. This is for an affordable price of just Php 69.00!

Special lomi is now available at Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant which is located within Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

They also accepts bulk orders for and special delivery within Kingspoint Subdivision, Kasiyahan Homes, Grand Monaco Villas, San Pedro IX in Barangay Bagbag, While Goodwill Homes 1, California Village and Sierra Vista in Barangay San Bartolome.

Address: Unit C, Lot 2 Block 37 King Henry corner  #60 Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City 

Operations: Everyday

Operational Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Cellphone : Smart – 09213134475
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Mid-Year Big Sale at 7-Eleven Convenient Store in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

There is a Big Mid-Year Sale set from July 1 to 11, 2020 with 7-Eleven which is one of the largest chain of convenient stores in the country is celebrating their anniversary month.

The convenient store hopes to celebrate by giving back to the community and offering exclusive promos and discounts up to 50% off on over 100 grocery items according to their social media site.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/eiGbbd21YiimdYXVA

tarpaulin posted their super discount sale at 7-Eleven Goodwill Homes 1

 Big Sale Promos at 7-Eleven

According to Mr. Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of Philippine Seven Corporation.

We prepared our big 7-Eleven birthday week with our customers in mind,” “It’s their celebration as much as it is ours. Giving promos and discounts on basic essentials — it’s our own little way to help them save during this time.”
items on display were discounted at 30%
The first stop was 7-Eleven branch in Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. Plan to pay our PLDT due over their Cliqq online payment center, but the branch system is not working that time. We were dismayed over the narrow selection of their items on promo at about 50 items.
My cousin decided to drive us to 7- Eleven Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway which is part of Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches glad to have paid our PLDT due, since their Cliqq payment center is working.
Our last stop was the 7-Eleven Kingspoint Avenue which is located in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches.
Buy 1 Take 1 Assorted Pick A assorted chips and Piattos Cheese flavor
We bought Jack n Jill’s Pic-A which consisted of assorted cheddar mix of Piattos, Nova and Tostillas ( 180 grams) for Php 112.00 ,Piattos, 2 Mountain Dew 1.5 ml, Fita biscuits, two kinds of Pringles and chocolates.
According to the managers and staff, they still more products and the promo period is still few days more.
The discount ranges from 30% from soaps, deodorant, detergents, batteries and other select essentials. While some items have 50% off from July 7 to July 11, 2020.
We are happy that the convenient stores that we visited outlet had all the safety procedures in place.

Exciting New Flavors at Kreme Kurozato Stall in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

Kreme Kurozato Milktea just recently re-opened their stall in Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches after closing from March 15 to late May 2020 during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). The milk tea stall is a start-up business which opened last September 2019.

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Ms. Julie A. Casampol and Mr. Nico R. Wagwag staff of Kreme Kurazato

The origin of the name was Kreme– Creamy, Kuro– Black, Zato-Sugar in Japanese, But the inspiration was from Taiwan. The young proprietors were avid milk tea lovers and took a short course just to learn the craft. All the concept, logo and recipes of their milk teas were from the proprietors.

They decided to open Kreme Kurazato within Goodwill Homes 1 since they would take a short cut route from Kingspoint Subdivision,pass Goodwill Homes 1,California Village and Sierra Vista on their way to Damong Maliit, Novaliches, North Caloocan.

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Kreme Kurozato Milk Teas

While ordering pizzas from Primas Pizza Delivery along Katipunan Avenue within Goodwill Homes 1, we happen to pass the Kreme Kurazato Milk Tea and pause to buy their milk tea.

Since their opening, The milk tea stall had been receiving great reviews from fellow foodies, bloggers, vloggers, milk tea aficionados and residents living within the community.

Exciting New Flavors of Kreme Kurazato

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new flavors

Among the new flavors were Strawberry Cheese Cake, Oreo Cheese Cake, Blue Berry Cheese Cake and Thai Milk Tea.

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Winter Melon Cream Cheese

The future seems bright as there were clamor for more stalls. Kreme Kurozato can be book via LalaFood Delivery charge to the client. Among their well-loved milk teas are Winter Melon Cream Cheese which cost Php 125.00 and Okinawan Brown Sugar. It is not too sweet, the ingredients were made from premium items. Hence, it is worth your money and effort to visit the stall.

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Thai Milk Tea

My nephew told me that they would buy at least once a week at the stall, since there were many flavors.

Their customers demographics comes from all ages from Kingspoint Subdivision, Kasiyahan Village, San Pedro IX, Grand Monaco Villas, Goodwill Homes II in Barangay Bagbag. Goodwill Homes I, California Village, Sierra Vista, Doña Faustina, Greenheight Executive subdivision of Barangay San Bartolome, Torres Village in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Barangay Caybiga, Damong Maliit, Deparo in North Caloocan and residents of Barangay Talipapa in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Note: Prices quoted in this blog were subject to change without prior notification. The author and his relatives are not stakeholders in this featured establishment. All post are the opinion of the author.

Kreme Kurozato Milk Tea

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kremeSo /

Address: Block 5 Lot 3P Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Everyday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Anniversary Promo of I Love Milk Tea within Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches

I Love Milk Tea within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches in Quezon City had their in-house promo since last May 1, 2020. They are celebrating their second anniversary with a large discount on their well-loved milk teas.

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I love Milk Tea, Miss Patatas and Honeyrhaine

The milk tea business is owned by I Love Milktea Inc. They are around for more than 7 years with at least 40 branches and franchises all over the country, the shop is able to provide quality, affordable, good-tasting milk tea without breaking the bank.

Some of our neighbors,friends, nieces and nephews would buy their milk teas at regular basis between two or three times a week. During the Enhance Community Quarantine ( ECQ) period, they are open on a limited capacity and take -out only.

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a customer practice social distancing

Second Anniversary In-House Promo

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2nd anniversary promo poster

 Goodwill Homes 1 outlet had an in-house promo which started last May 1, 2020 and still ongoing with a choice of any three flavored milk tea or fruit teas ( 20 oz) for just Php 199!. According to the staff, the in-house promo is running on an indefinite time period. This is good news for all their patrons and regular buyers!

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bulletin board and reminder

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 bulletin board or freedom board

We also saw some celebrity clientele posted at the freedom board which includes Congressman Alfred Vargas of 5th District of Quezon City, Mr.Rob Sy ( Survivor Philippines season 1- first runner-up), Mr. Carl Bryan Cruz ( PBA draft player), Ms. Maureen Larrazabal ( GMA celebrity) among others.

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I Love Milk Tea menu board

My nephew ordered their famed taro milk tea, caffe macchiato and black forest. These are just some of his favorite flavors. The store had over 42 milk tea flavors to choose from, rock salt and cheese, frappe among others.

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level of sweetness

Got to customized the sweetness to just 25% syrup, Which is still quite sweet for my taste. However some would would put as much as 50% syrup on their milk tea.

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taro milk tea

What i like about the tapioca pearls at their milk tea is that it is bouncy and well-prepared.

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black forest milk tea

Aside from residents of Goodwill Homes 1, they also have customers from Kingspoint Subdivision, Kasiyahan Home, Grand Monaco Villas, San Pedro IX in Barangay Bagbag.  California Village, Sierra Vista in Barangay San Bartolome. Torres Village and even residents from as far as Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Caybiga, Damong Maliit and Valenzuela.

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caffe macchiato milk tea

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counter

Goodwill Homes 1 franchisee stall had a freedom wall, where customers can put their photos, write message and even post their photos. Since the IATF guidelines had been implemented, The branch only allowed take-out and strict social distancing are in place.

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The friendly staff are there to lend a helping hand to everyone and quite helpful. Sometimes, I Love Milk Tea Goodwill Homes 1 branch is also referred as Kingspoint branch because of the close proximity.

Note: All the prices posted are subject to change without prior notification and the in-house promo is valid only at the Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches at a specific time period. The author is not connected with the management of I Love Milk Tea.

I Love Milk Tea and Ms. Patatas

Facebook Page:I Love Milk Tea

Address: Katipunan Avenue corner Amity street ( near security guard house) , Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Everyday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm