Hardin ng mga Bulaklak , Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City , Metro Manila- Philippines.
Ms. Becky Buenaventura , Mr. David Du – External Vice President , Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon in orange kimona (President ), Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe in pink Chinese style Filipiniana ( Treasurer ) , Ombudsman Conchita Carpio- Morales ( six from left ) one of the guests of honor, Mrs. Rosie Lovely – Romulo -wife of former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and Mr. Bernabe
It was a cloudy and rainy afternoon when i got a chance to get invited to the exclusive opening of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines Show May 4, 2012 Friday held at the Hardin ng Bulaklak simply called HB garden or Flower garden . I was warmly met by the club’s President Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon and she also gave me a copy of their the souvenir program . This year’s theme ” It’s More Fun in Bonsai and Suiseki In Zen Gardening ” . Connotes the fun and relaxation in bonsai cultivation .
Ms. Victoria Camille Tulad a reporter from GMA Channel 7 and QTV channel 11 interviewed Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe and Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon
This year’s show person is Mr. Victorio De Rona Jr. He is fondly called VIC by plant and bonsai lovers . The group was formed sometime in 2009 and their first show was also held at the Quezon Memorial Circle. The author was fortunate to be invited in their 3 in 1 show last June 25 , 2010. The sudden heavy downpour of the afternoon rain did not dampen the mood of the visitors and invited guests . ” They call it a blessing from the Almighty ” .
a ceremonial gong beater dress in bagobo costume
The special guests of honor included Quezon City Mayor Herbert ” Bistek ” Bautista , Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte , ambassadors wives , diplomatic consulate , and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio -Morales whom is said to be a plant and a bonsai lover .
Mayor Herbert ” Bistek ” Bautista of Quezon City
In an opening speech prepared by the youthful Mayor Herbert Bautista , He warmly welcome everyone who attended the event and the need of urban green spaces such as Quezon Memorial Circle .
Mr. Herbert Bautista admiring the different kinds of natural stones on display
I was shock also to hear from his speech that the old house of former President Manuel L. Quezon in New Manila will be dismantled and will be re-located within the QMC to be renamed Manuel L. Quezon presidential museum . According to Mr. Bautista , The house and lot is being sold by the immediate family member who needed medical assistance . President Manuel L. Quezon stayed in that house for several months .
L-R Professor Serapion Metilla, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio- Morales and Ms. Becky Buenaventura lightning the candle ceremony
According to the event organizers, They had to keep a low key on their guest of honor , since there are several threats in her life.
L-R Mr. David O. Du, Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe , Ombudsman Conchita Carpio- Morales , Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon and Ms. Becky Buenaventura appreciate the different suiseki on display
The author being well- entrenched in the horticultural community kept mum on this issue and decided to have a news black -out on the information . I guess being an Ombudsman does have a pit falls in going to a public events like a bonsai show . It was for her safety and security that the organizers decided not to announce her as guest of honor in their publicity .
Professor Serapion Metilla showing his exhibit
The show attracted about 70 commercial plant stall holders selling a variety of bonsai, potteries and gardening equipments .
exhibit booth landscape by Architect Bimbo Vergara
The talented landscaper exhibitor included Mr. Constancio Basis , Mr. Vicente Ferrer, Mr. Benedict Dela Cruz , Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula, Mr. Sonny Luna, Mr. Cliff Coloma, Mr. Jesz ” Bimbo ” Vergara , Mr. Jonathan Commendador and Mr. Jhun Llaga .
This suiseki is one of the most photographed exhibit
The natural stone above is one of the most photographed item on exhibit , some think this is a phallic object .
a miniature bonsai
There will be daily seminar-workshops throughout the duration of the show. On May 5, 3 p.m., Professor Li Tiong Hong will conduct a bonsai workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Then from 3 to 5 p.m. he will demonstrate Bonsai Branching Techniques.
Pemphis acidula or locally called Bantigue won the top prize
A century-old Batigue bonsai emerged as overall winner or ” Best in Show” at the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance Show and Competition . The owner not only earned the top prizes and but also accolades from bonsai collectors and hobbyists .
Dr. Ronnie Ramos of Cabanatuan Bonsai Society received the award for ” Best in Show ” award from Mrs. Leticia P. Ligon – President of BSAPI
The bantigue tree , nurtured by Dr. Ronnie Ramos of Cabanatuan Bonsai Society in Nueva Ecija, impressed the judges with its shape, dramatic effect and presentation, including the pot used. The judges included well-known international bonsai masters from Taiwan and Indonesia.
miniature village with small trees and plants
The other winners were: garden bonsai, Michael Santiago; penjing, Tonette Gedang; tropical bonsai, Dorie Bernabe; small bonsai, Sonny Luna; best fruiting, Dr. Alexander Rodriguez; forest, Ana de Rona; literati, Ligon; exposed roots, Charlie Miranda; windswept, Benedicta Galgana; cascade, Juan Lim; and rockgrown, Erwin Fabros.
Seminars and Workshop
Other speakers in succeeding days include Mr. Al Villareal on Basic Bonsai; Mr. Vic de Rona on Zen Garden; Professor Serapion Metilla on Indoor and Vertical Landscaping; DENR representative on PAWD CITES Regulations; Fernando Aurigue on Use of Gamma Rays in Plant Variety Development; Professor Serapion Metilla on Innovative Bonsai; and Mr. Elmer Villareal on Guide on Selection and Appreciation of Suiseki. There will also be an on -the spot painting contest on May 6, 2012.
table arrangement courtesy of Chef Velmor – Purple Dish Catering
representatives from QC parks , event organizers , Allied Botanical Corporation (one of the major advertiser in the souvenir program)
The author would like to thank all the organizers , caterer ( Purple Dish Catering and Chef Velmor ) for the sumptuous meal , wonderful and relaxing time visiting the bonsai and suseki alliance opening . Until the next show !
Souvenir Program , 2012 The Bonsai & Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines Incorporated
Office of the Ombudsman : http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph/index.php
Purple Dish Catering : http://www.purpledishcatering.com/