HortiKultura Extravaganza 2017 Big Winners Landscape

HortiKultura Extravaganza 2017 show is exciting with the winners are partially announced during the opening .

Winners in Different Categories

Landscape Competition ( large category)

Flora Botanica

Merit Award- Flora Botanica , Tansing Garden, Ram Oplas , Luntiang Sining and Del’s Garden  

Third Place : Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines 

Second Place : Allied Botanical Corporation

First Place: Pangasinan Landscape and Garden Club

Landscape Competition ( small category)

Mr. Noel “Botchie” Canicula 

Merit : Noel Vincent Canicula and Company 

Third Place : Zayra Bulawan and Company 

Second Place : Happy Feet Group 

First Place : Andrew Patrick Gozon and Company 

Note : The panel of judges includes Dr. Susan Aquino-Ong , Architect Vic Lopez Dul-Loog and Mr. Ryan Tayobong and the judging happened last February 1, 2017 

Flower and Garden Show Festival 2014 at Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City-Philippines

special guests of honor includes Ombudsman Conchita Carpio -Morales at the center

In commemoration of Quezon City’s 75th founding anniversary, a Flower and Garden Show Festival will be presented in cooperation with the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (Basapi) headed by Mr.Vic de Rona, Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, Inc. (CSSPI) headed by Ms.Becky Buenaventura, and Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila (IISM) headed by Dr. Divina Lupe Lazaro.

Mr. Joselito Campos Jr. and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe

The special guests of honor’s name was not revealed until the last minute , since there was a security protocol to withheld the names of the top vips except for the foreign dignitaries from Taiwan, Singapore , China, Japan and top bonsai experts .

Mr. Mike Du , Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Ms. Becky Buenaventura

Overall chair Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe said the theme is “Ancient Arts in Modern Times,” the exhibit showcase bonsai, Suiseki, Ikebana floral arrangements, dish gardens, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal plants, ornamentals, cacti and other succulents.

extra-terrestrial ( ET) in stone

The art of dwarfing plants called ” Bonsai and Suiseki (natural rare and unusual stones) is showcased by the members of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines from Metro Manila, Rizal, Marikina, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga and Pangasinan , Laguna chapters.

members of BSAPI and guest of honor

members and invited guests

In the Philippines the Chinese migrants who settled in Binondo, Manila were also growing plants in rocks. This was gleaned from the writings of a Spanish priest Father Pedro Cherino in his book Relacion delas Islas Filipinas in 1590.

bonsai on display

In Chapter 10 he mentioned that the Chinese were growing balite trees (Ficus sp.) on Coral stones which until to this day, is still practiced by bonsai culturists calling it rock-clasping or rock-grown style. In the US . and other countries the art of bonsai started to develop only after liberation from World War ll.

Ms. Joyce Kato ( rightmost)  and members of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila (IISM)  in tropical kimono outfit

The American soldiers who were stationed in Japan brought with them potted plants as well as the knowledge and culture when they were discharged honorably. Now there are many bonsai clubs in the U.S.A. and the most well known is Bonsai Club International with affiliations worldwide.

suiseki on display

The art of  collecting natural stones or Suiseki is also part of the exhibit . The stones come in natural forms, shapes or designs depicting a person, animal, flower or whatever interesting representations untouched by man. There were over 50 natural stones on exhibit and owned by the members of the club.

Ikebana display

There are about a dozen or so display of ikebana by the members of the organization.

economic uses of cacti and succulents

Bonsai and Suseiki Alliance Show at the Circle

Last June 25 , 2010 , The newly formed  Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines (BSAPI), in cooperation with the Quezon Morial Circle Administration, the Legend Hotel Palawan and the Lacelli International Corporation held a special opening rites on June 25 for special guests, members and media representatives , The show was officially opened to the public  from June 26 to July 11, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

poster of the show at the Quezon Memorial Circle

With the theme, “Nature’s Best at the Comfort of Your Home,” the show will also feature lecture-demonstrations on various aspects of plant arts and environmental concerns, a bonsai challenge, on-the-spot painting contest
exhibit, a bonsai workshop,  a flower and garden bazaar. Quezon City is a favorite show site for most plant associations which included the newly formed society.

a Japanese style landscape garden complete with waterfall and wooden bridge

The show attracted several thousand of people from all walks of life while  the bonsai and garden show will last for about 15 days .

officers , members,   international bonsai judges, media  during the formal opening

Notable guests include former QC councilor Hon. Jeorge Banal Sr.,  Supreme Court Justice Hon. Conchita  Carpio – Morales, Dr. Elenita Binay wife of Vice -President -elect Jejomar Binay, Mrs, Joyce Kato , Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe, Professor Serapion Metilla, Mrs. Leticia Ligon , Mr. Nonito Dolera – President Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines, International Bonsai and Suseiki Judges Li Tiong Hong, Li Quo An,Cham Yeon Sien.

The lecture-demos are as follows: “Introduction to Suiseki and Biseki” by Dr. E. Villareal, and “Basic Bonsai Culture Techniques” by engineer A. Villareal, June 28; “Logical Guide to Raising Bonsai” by David Du, and “Bonsai Making with Power Tools” by Mody Manglicmot, June 29; “Miniature Tray landscaping  (Penjing)” by Vic de Rona, June 30; “Anthurium Culture and Hybrids” by Vangie Go, July 1; “Cultural Guide to Growing Sympodial and Monopodial Orchids” by Norby Bautista, July 2; “Benefits of Rock Salt” by Jaime Dyliaco, July 3; “What’s New in Exotic Fruit Trees” by Zac Sarian, July 4; “Gamma Radiation to Produce Mutant Ornamental Plants” by Nanding Aurigue, July 5; “Flower Setting for Wedding Occasions” by Tony Padilla, July 6; “Basic Fern Gardening” by Anthony Arbias, July 7; “The Bounty and Plight of Philippine Hoyas” by Wendy Regalado, July 2 and 8; “Landscaping Using Native Trees” by Patrick Joson, July 9; and “Ikebana for All Occasions” by Ikebana professor Serapion Metilla on July 10.

a mother and child suseiki

Four international members of the board of judges from Taiwan have been invited. They are Li Tiong Hong, director of Bonsai Education of the National Bonsai Association of Taiwan; and NBAT certified judges Li Quo An and Cham Yeon Sien. Chong Hwa Stone Society president Lu Sam Tien will judge the suiseki.

a bonsai tree with several ribbons

Suseiki is an ancient art of natural stone appreciation and collection in which started from China and spreading to Japan where it was improved  . Sometimes gathering stones from the wild  can be illegal or ecologically damaging to take large rocks from the natural environment or national parks. Many landscape supply centers sell large rocks, although you may have to spend time picking through them to find ones with character. Some curious rocks shaped like snakes, dogs, cats and animals were an instant hit among suseiki fanciers and collectors. Unique pieces are eagerly  sought after by collectors .

Natural stones neatly arranged and labeled  for judging

One day after the show opening,  The author hosted a group of photographers from Marikina and also toured students from the Far Eastern University about one  week later.

a group of  tourism students of Far Eastern University toured the show last July 4, 2010

Winners  received the Mody Manglicmot Bonsai and Suiseki Cups.

%d bloggers like this: