Doctor Daniel Farnacio’s Lc. Bella Blue Bird Won Best Cattleya at the 71st Mid-Year Orchid Show


Lc. Bella Blue Bird is a bluish cattleya orchid hybrid which won the “Best Cattleya”   of the 71st Mid-Year Orchid and Garden show at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City .

Lc. Bella Blue Bird

Lc. Bella Blue Bird

The cattleya is still quite rare in cultivation and had been grown into a marvelous specimen sized by Doctor Daniel Farnacio.

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Doctor Daniel Farnacio

He was interviewed by award winning television documentary QTV channel 11 and GMA channel 7 or his passion in collecting orchids and plants. He had spend quite a fortune in building his greenhouse and orchids.

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His efforts are rewarded with a lot of his cattleya orchids entered in the competition won awards.

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Highlights of the 71st Philippine Orchid Society’s Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

One of the highlight of the 71st Philippine Orchid Society’s Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show are the winners of individual plant and orchid competition.

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Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go won ” Best Orchid in Show”, ” Best Vandaceous Alliance”, “Best Philippine Species ” , ” Best Other Genera-Monopodial ” on a native orchid species that is commonly grown in many parts of the country.

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The big specimen sized orchid Aerides quinquevulnera or Aerides quinquevulnerum with at least thousands of flowers. Sometimes people looked down upon native orchid species for having small flowers , sometimes flowering only once a year or just ordinary ones.

The small flowers have a pleasant smell and if grown properly can be a show stopper. Lovely and very photogenic and instagramers would surely like every nook and cranny of the exhibit.

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Aside from the bragging rights, Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go also won 3rd place “Best Orchid Landscape ” exhibit, She got several glass awards and cash incentives

The show is from September 2 to 16, 2017 and  open from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm and daily lectures or talks starts at 2:00 pm. Minimal entrance fees of Php 30 general public and Php 20 senior citizens and students with valid ID’s.


Different Color Variation of Waling-Waling at Mr. Jaime Chua’s Farm

Waling-waling is in blooming season this time of the year. Its flowering season usually at the start of the rainy season. July , August up to late September are the  blooming season for this orchid species. Some population can bloom by late October or February in higher elevations are also reported in Davao and Cotabato provinces. Orchid fanciers and collectors would always look for outstanding colors, variations, proliferousness.


Scientific Name

Vanda sanderiana or Euanthe sanderiana  better known as the Waling-Waling to common people.


Vanda sanderiana (pale form)

This orchid species was named after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander a noted orchidologist. The orchid is considered to be the “Queen of Philippine flowers” and is worshiped as a goddess by the indigenous Bagobo and Manobo tribes. Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach originally described named this orchid Vanda sanderiana in 1882.


Legendary Goddess

It has two several forms pink and white, also referred to as alba. It was discovered around August 1880 . The natives called the legendary air-plant waring-waring which Roebelin was told, meant “beautiful goddess.” The Diangans -Bagobo who lived around the foothills o the big mountain had another name for it: Diwatang Madayaw. Literally translated, it meants ” Beautiful lady from heaven.”


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This particular orchid species is the highlight of the annual Kadayawan Festival, the upcoming Negros Horticultural Society Show Augsut 28 to September 5, 2017 and the Philippine Orchid Society forthcoming show from September 2 to 16, 2017 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Mr. Jaime Chua is a plant and orchid collectors for many years and he is also a landscaper, plant judge.


He had about 500 mature Waling-Waling orchids mounted growing on palm tree trunks and on trunks of Anonang trees or scientifically called Cordia dichotoma . His farm boasts of different color variations and sizes.

He had a farm located at Busay , Cebu province. Busay is about 304.01 meters or 997.42 feet elevation , which is still considered as lowland. But the topography and his cultural techniques, fertilization, climate are some of the reasons of his success in growing this particular orchid.

This orchid species does not like a lot of wind movement unlike the typical Vanda species.


Vanda sanderiana with 9 spikes

Mr. Jaime Chua has been collecting outstanding Waling-Waling specimen orchid which he uses in his breeding program. He had several Waling-Waling crosses which he multiplies through tissue culture. He also breeds other Philippine orchid species.

The latest has 9 flower spikes that were still unopened as of August 19, 2017. Aside from the common form and color of Waling-Waling, Jaime has Waling-Waling with dark pink petals, petals with a tinge of orange, albata and alba.


Vanda sanderiana variety albata Photo courtesy: Mr. Jaime Chua 

The Philippine Orchid Society which was founded in 1946 also uses the orchid in the logo .

Bibliography and References :

Graphic Magazine 1957

pages 227 to 229 Philippine Orchids, Reg S. Davis and Mona Liza Steiner ,published M & L Licudine Enterprises , 941 Quirino Avenue Don Galo, Paranaque, copyright 1952

pages 30 to 32, Davao Floriculture Journal , copyright 2000

online reference:

The Boy Who Cried for Books: Loosing a University but Gaining a Universe

Matalino Street, Quezon City , Philippines

I have met Mr. Justin Adriel Donato de Castro via common friend and adding him on Facebook a couple of months ago . I was looking for cheap books and a person with advocacy to share. It took several weeks of chatting and sending sms before i got a chance to met this person.


Justin is not an ordinary 19-year old teenager struggling to finish school and dreams to become a lawyer, but there are some factors like tangle of family problems.

He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder ( last year ), a manic depressive illness, after several attempts to kill himself, primarily because of the conflicts in his family.

On December 26, 2014 – a day after last Christmas, Justin ran away from home after a heated argument with his mother.

“I was forced to move out of my apartment in New Manila. I came back a few days later to get my clothes, but the lock on the door to the apartment had been changed,” he said. He started to apply at a call center,  The call center turned him down because he did not have an address. “Your English is good but you are unstable,” according to the interviewer.

L-R Ms. Nikki Kawaguchi , Mr. Justin Adriel Donato de Castro ( boy who cried for books) , Mr. Christian P.Laos ( Emilio Aguinaldo College  3rd year communication art student ) and Ms. Camillee Eloriaga (Emilio Aguinaldo College )

How did it Started?

He had P2,500 in his pocket and using Php 2,000 as start-up capital.  He decided to buy 23 bottles of pure honey, which he had been taking for quite sometime.

Wearing a loose shirt, a pair of shorts and flip-flops, surrounded by street kids from the area.

He started selling  bottled honey to passers-by along Tomas Morato street . He would budget whatever money he had by living on the street. “I started doing it out of sheer necessity. I need to survive. I have to feed myself,” he said.

Between December 27, 28, 29 , 30 and 31, 2014,  He was able to attract a number of people because of his ability to communicate , knowledge of the products and good looks!  “But it was not a hit so I had to think of something else”.

A book lover since childhood,  He thought of selling secondhand books, His first 14 books was bought last January 3, 2015 from thrift shops in Underground bookstores ( Manila Cityhall)  and Recto in Manila.

Favorite Book and Past Time

One of his favorite book is  – Paulo Coelho’s novel Veronika Decides to Die. The book tells the story of a woman who has a blissful life but decides to end it by overdosing with sleeping pills. Aside from reading books, He also loves to watch movies and hear music .

Viral and Internet Sensation

When he started peddling honey within Tomas Morato area, He already attracted a number of students and people which started to upload his photos and items in the internet and other social networking sites .

He started to re-sell the books and picked a spot under a tree in front of a coffee shop on Tomas Morato where he usually hung out. There, he spread out the books for passersby to see. But soon the guards at the coffee shop would not let him peddle his stuffs and eventually he had to moved somewhere.

He sits on one spot and calls on passersby to check his secondhand books, which are priced from P50 to P350. Since then , his story has drawn the admiration of some book lovers, who have offered to help him.

Soon, a creative consultant designed a logo for him for free, another book lover offered to set up his online bookstore and another people offered to donate their books.

Like an ambulant vendor, he hopped from one place to another where he was allowed to sell his books.  On weekends, the guards at a bank allowed him to display his books on the sidewalk. Despite being evicted everywhere, De Castro never felt belittled.

“I don’t like sympathy. I am proud that I am selling books. I’d rather sell knowledge in this country where prostitution is prevalent and where illegal drugs are everywhere,” he said.

At night, De Castro sleeps in apartelles ,open space behind his locked apartment . Now, he is staying with friends around Quezon City area.  He have moved to several places , eventually another Coffee shop along Maginhawa street hosted him for several weeks.

Why was it called ” The boy who cried books” ?

Justin explained why he came to be called “the boy who cried books.”

He said at one point after his attempts to kill himself, his father started not to take his acts seriously.

“You are like the boy who cried wolf,” his father told him, he said.

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Life Lesson:

He talks about 5 essential things about his new business

1.) Marketing and Advertising– How people will remember his business and branding.

A Facebook page, “theboywhocriedbooks,” has been set up for him so people will know what titles he is offering and where he can be found. There are several blogs , websites and QTV channel 11 had already featured him.

2.) Finance ( which he hates the most) Liquid cash- De Castro said he opened a bank account to save his earnings. He recounted how those 73 days in the streets changed him .  Right now, He had about  P35,000 worth of books .

3.) Accounting and Budgeting–  How to properly balance the money and recording his expenses on a notebook.

4.) Management Objectives ( how to transport the book from one place to another, not much money for renting a space )

5.) Life– He said he could never forget his father’s words. Now, he said, whenever buyers come, he asks them, “What is your wolf? What are your problems?”

“I have been selling books for 73 days now,” he said. “From 14 books, the titles have increased to almost 800 books.” He would like to return back to college and finish his degree.


“Faith in Humanity”  , ” Sharing the Happiness” and ” Selflessness”   , These are among some of his advocacies that he always share with people around him.  There are a lot of simple people who helped him when he was  peddling his book and one of them is Letlet , a small guy who help stop the cars in order for him to cross the street. That simple gestures means a lot to him.


He is currently helping another kid , Jomel ( street kid) – who used to lived around the Tomas Morato Avenue but since then, the family moved out to Pasig area. He would shell-out a couple of thousand of pesos every month to help the kid and his family .

He is also active promoting several advocates together with other cause -oriented groups .

Motivational and Inspirational Speaker:

There are a lot of schools and universities which invites him to be a motivational and inspirational speakers, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila . His only requirement is that he would be allowed to wear shorts , ordinary t-shirts and slippers.

His word of wisdom: Progress is the only Good, Forward and Creativity is the fuel , Forward is the only Direction.

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He envision a shop to be a depository of books, a space for people like him who do not have a store where they can sell and talk about books at night time there would be a space where homeless people can stay .  If the venture succeeds, He can share the space with other small booksellers.  He is planning together with some help from friends to set-up a space within Kamuning , Quezon City area.

He may temporarily loose studying in a university but what he gained is vast wealth of experience and a universal knowledge in life.

Note: For those who wanted to help this person, you can reach him via Twitter via the hashtag #TheBoyWhoCriedBooks, or visit his Facebook site. You can also contact him at 09357054087.

Don Peterson courtesy call to the Philpost officials

Business Processing Office , Manila Central Post Office ,Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita , Manila -Philippines

Mrs. Amelita Cunanan , Mr. Nemi Miranda and Mr. Don Peterson

Mr. Don Peterson started collecting stamps at the age of ten by the influence of an uncle who is an avid stamp collector . Don’s increased interest in stamp collection, soon earned him the presidency  through a merger of the  Stamp Collectors Club of Washington (founded 1927) and the Washington Philatelic Society (founded 1905). Then in 2006 , saw the  birth of the Washington Stamp Collectors’ Club in 2006.

L-R Mr. Nemi Miranda , Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus , Mrs. Amelita Cunanan, Mr. Don Peterson , Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion , APMG-Operations Mama S, Lalanto al haj

Mr. Don and the rare few, were the founders of this noble organization and was honored to be its first president.

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Aside from WSCB, He is an active member of many philatelic societies; One of such stamp clubs  is the  International Philippine Philatelic Society ( IPPS ) which was incorporated in 1974 .  The organization had an approximate  300 worldwide members  of stamp collectors ( philatelists ) who are serious in collecting Philippine issued stamps and even postcards.

L-R APMG-Operations Mama S. Lalanto al haj , Mr. Dojie Lutera, Ms. Franz Ruiz , Mrs. Elsie Loyola , Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Don Peterson ,  Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus and  National Historical Commission of the Philippines representative

Due to his vast stamp collection and expertise , He is an active member of the  American Philatelic Society and had garnered numerous award-winning exhibits  at both national  and international exhibitions .

L-R Mr. Dojie Lutera , Mr. Don Peterson and Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion

Spanish -Philippines issues

The Philippines is the first country in Asia to issue postage stamps, according to Mr. Peterson , There are two levels of difficulty which captivated his interest and they both formed the basis of his successful collection.

L-R Postmaster General- Hon. Maria Josefina dela Cruz, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mrs. Elsie Loyola , Ms. Franz Ruiz and Mr. Dojie Lutera

For his Spanish- Philippines collection, He received the position of an international authority on stamps and postal history. In his own right, He is a regular contributor  writer to several stamp magazines , IPPS journal and on-line sites . He has authored over three hundred philatelic articles on topics of the Spanish- Philippines era .

Postmaster General and CEO of the Philippine Postal Corporation – Honorable Maria Josefina dela Cruz and Mr. Don Peterson

One of the highly sought after book entitled, “Postal History of the Spanish Philippines”, 1556-1898, had won several  awards as an international philatelic literature.

During his courtesy call to the Philippine Postal Corporation officials led by Postmaster General and CEO Mrs.Maria Josefina dela Cruz , APMG Mama S. Lalanto al haj , Stamp Advisory Committee members and Philippine Philatelic Federation  members –   He likes Philippine stamps because of the simplicity of the designs and beautiful works of arts .

He also presented an IPPS Journal to Mrs. Maria Josefina dela Cruz during the courtesy call and was given an opportunity by the stamp advisory committee to speak some insights of his experiences in collecting Philippine stamps .  Mr. Peterson will be having a hectic schedule in his visit to the country. He will be visiting key cities like Cebu  City and Ozamiz  in Mindanao where he will be meeting old friends and acquaintance .

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