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Department of Agriculture Schedule of Free Seminars

Department of Agriculture– Agriculture Training Institute will be hosting a series of free seminars. This will be held at  Serrano Hall , ATI Building , Elliptical Road , Diliman in Quezon City.

For more information , Please call 929-85-41 to 49 or visit the Websitehttps://www.da.gov.ph/

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Agrilink 2015 Highlights

World Trade Center, Pasay City -Philippines

Agrilink 2015 , the country’s longest agriculture, fisheries , livestock , food sector. The 3-day event started with the ribbon cutting ceremonies by Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. This year’s theme: Regional Agribusiness Development : Cornerstone for Inclusive Growth .

East West Seed Corporation

Website: http://www.eastwestseed.com/philippines/en/index.php

Facebook Page: EastWest Seed Company

Unlike other trade shows, There is no entrance fees – however due to the high volume of foot traffic at the iconic World Trade Center , It is advisable to pre-register several months or weeks prior to coming to the event as long lines at the lobby .

Allied Botanical Corporation

Simply called ABC or Allied Botanical Corporation. This company is among the largest distributor of quality brand condor seeds, annuals, herbs and fertilizer brands like Osmocote , Peters and Klasmann

Website: http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

Trade Fairs opens from 8:30am until past 5:30pm

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

Try or call 09175888799 or email frld.agrilink@gmail.com.

Visitors can also pre-register their attendance through http://www.agrilink.org

Note: I suggest people visiting the trade show to be extra cautious in handling their belongings, there are report of pickpocket incidents .

4th Flora Filipina 2015 Expo : An International Flower and Garden Show

The  4TH Flora Filipina Expo on February 26 – March 9, 2015 at the Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) of Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City. Through the leadership of the Philippine Orchid Society (POS), the country’s various garden clubs and the major key players of the ornamental plant industry will convene in this prestigious event at the iconic heart of Quezon City. A special opening for special guests and invited vips will be held on February 25, 2015 at the Flower Garden .

The event aims to boost the morale of the country’s horticultural industry, with the blessings of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Tourism, and the Quezon City government and Quezon Memorial Circle administration. Some of the minor sponsors includes Del Monte, Philippines,  Allied Botanical Corporation – distributor of Peter’s Fertilizer , Department of Science and Technology ( DOST ),Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARD)  and Manila Bulletin

The Flora Filipina Expo has become a major Philippine tourism event, and it aims to create awareness among Filipino horticulture enthusiasts and also foreign plant growers about the beauty and value of Philippine plant species. This is also an event wherein inviting foreigners to visit our islands and see our wide collection of flora species.

History Timeline

The  1st Flora Filipina was held in cooperation with Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated in 2006 at the iconic San Ignacio Church ruins in Intramuros,2nd Flora Filipina 2009 was held at the Sunken Garden beside the Quezon Cityhall,  3rd Flora Filipina was held in 2012 at the Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) , Quezon Memorial Circle .

The Flora Filipina 2015 Expo is proud to have about 90 commercial booths who will be trading to the public selected and rare orchids, ferns, bromeliads, aroids, palms, flowering annuals, hoyas, epiphytes, bonsai, tree seedlings, seeds, including garden accessories, fertilizers, and pesticides.

The event will be having as many as 30 exhibit booths at the flower garden area.

A 2-day Scientific Conference will also be staged at the Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City on February 26-27, 2015. Topics includes: Taiwan Floriculture & Orchid Industry; Urban Gardening, Cool House Technology for Growing Plant, Ornamental Plant Variety Registration, Import and Export Guidelines, Reclassification of Orchid Genera, Breeding Methods in Floriculture, Potential of Philippine Native Trees for the International Bonsai Market, Edible Ornamental Vegetables, Tillandsia, Terrarium Making, Dish Garden and Flower Arrangement.

Farm Tour

There will be scheduled farm tour on February 28, 2015

Pet Expo

There will also be a pet expo from March 7 and 8 , 2015 – Some of the highlights of the pet expo will be bantam chickens , reptile breeds from all over the world, dogs and cats.

There will also be a free-daily lecture at the exhibit site. With this, the event is expecting more than 25,000 visitors. Foreign delegates and participants from the provinces will be arriving on the last week of February to attend the opening of the event, the conference and the special organized tours.

The Philippines is certainly is a rich plant habitat and is truly an ideal place to grow both tropical and semi-temperate crops. Some of the rare orchid species that can actually be found in the country include the majestic Waling-Waling (Vanda sanderiana), which is the “Queen of the Philippine Orchids,” Vanda luzonica, Phalaenopsis amabilis and other Phalaenopsis species, the Black orchid (Trichoglottis brachiata), various Lady slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum species), just to name a few. This season is the flowering of the Dendrobium anosmum (Sanggumay) and the Butterfly Orchids (Phalaenopsis species and hybrids). For ornamentals, we have the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), various Alocasia species, an assortment of fern species and allies, Hoya and Discidia vines, palms and cycads, and about 27,000 species more of ornamental plants.

Aside from species, the country can grow and mass produce a lot of introduced or imported ornamental plant hybrids like Euphorbias, Hibiscus, Aglaonema, Alocasia, Cacti, Succulents, and Cattleya orchids. With this, the Philippines certainly has much to offer in terms of diversity of garden plants for trade.

The country has a high potential of mass producing and exporting plants abroad, however, we just need to identify problems in marketing which are causing barriers in the expansion of the Philippine plant trade export industry. With this Flora Filipina event, the organizers hope to unite the local ornamental plant industry, provide technical assistance and market opportunities, and in a larger picture push forth the positive growth of the industry.

For further information about the FLORA FILIPINA EXPO, please contact the Philippine Orchid Society Tel. +(632) 929-4425, mobile +63 09178485468 or visit the website at http://philippineorchidsociety.com or Facebook: philorchidsociety@gmail.com

Office Secretariat : Ms. Jenny Rivera or Mr. Jiffy Alegre

Website links:

DOST -PCCARD : http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph

Quezon City : http://www.quezoncity.gov.ph/

Del Monte- Philippines  : http://www.delmonte.ph/

Allied Botanical Corporation: http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

Department of Tourism :http://www.tourism.gov.ph

It’s More FUN in the Philippines : http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

Department of Agriculture : http://www.da.gov.ph/

The Great Eastern Hotel : http://www.greateasternhotelmanila.com/

Note” The Flora Filipina Expo site ( Flower Garden )  will have daily lectures and workshop, There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 20 senior citizens and students with valid Id’s and Php 30 general public – This is based on the entrance fees of the orchid show last year .

* Subject to change

Hortikultura Extravaganza 2015 Opening Highlights

Tropical Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City- Philippines

Special guests of honor includes ambassadors, Hon. Maria Josefina ” Joy ” Belmonte ( Vice Mayor of Quezon City ) Mr. Joselito ” Butch ” Campos ( Del Monte, Philippines )

Philippine Horticulture Society Incorporated in partnership with Quezon City government , Quezon Memorial Circle management , Del Monte Philippines, UNAGROW a division of UNAHCO , Department of Agriculture , Department of Tourism , San Miguel Corporation, Texas Eagle , TORO, The Turf Company  different plant and horticultural organizations from all over the country. This year’s theme “ Yaman sa Paghahalaman ” that there can livelihood opportunities and how to generate money in the horticulture industry .

L-R Dr. Romeo Gutierrez , Vice Mayor Maria Josefina” Joy ” Belmonte and Architect Patricia ” Wendy” Regalado posed at the Japanese-themed landscape by Mr. Vic de Rona

Ms. Maria Josefina ” Joy” Belmonte together with Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines president Ms. Becky Buenaventura posed at the East-West Company landscape exhibit

Quirino High School Choir led the invocation and national anthem

It was a full week of activities which included a 2-day Horticulture Congress held at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management on January 21 and 22, 2015 . 10 floral floats which were accompanied by street dancing , battle of the bands , landscape exhibition, competition , trade fairs and horticultural tours in Laguna and Cavite provinces.

Mr. Jonathan Badon

Mr. Jonathan Badon is ” Best Global Pinoy ” awardee  . He serenaded the crowd in Italian, French love songs .

Ms. Adela Ang – Herbal plants

There were at least 200 trade fair participants from different parts of the country . One of the biggest agriculture group AANI ( Agri-Aqua Network Incorporated ) had proudly showcased different agriculture produce and technologies .

Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula with his award winning landscape exhibit ( His landscape won -Special Commendation )

Garden Wedding by East West Seed Company

An eye catching landscape exhibit was the booth executed by East West Seed Company . The company is one of the largest producer of vegetable seeds, flowering annuals in the country.

Website: http://www.eastwestseed.com/philippines/ph/

Allied Botanical Corporation

Another fascinating exhibit is the vertical landscape with flowering marigolds , petunias, vincas herbs and vegetables .

Website: http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

 Address: No. 15, 21st Avenue, Brgy. Tagumpay,Cubao 1109, Quezon City Philippines
Email: sales@alliedbotanical.com
Tel. Nos.: +63-2- 911-0836 or +63-2-437-6606 to 08
Cell. Nos.: 0917-812-0264; 0922-815-0031; 0922-815-0056
Fax No: +63-2- 911-0159

Mr. Ralph Soriano together with Dr. Elenita S. Binay

 Binondo Fireworks and Firecrackers Lover  Association-president Mr. Ralph Soriano led the fireworks countdown .

The  mission is to  preserve and continue the use of fireworks in celebration, like fiesta, anniversary, funerals,weddings, debuts , inauguration, birthday,tourism,and other pertinent events Along with this giving safety precaution about using fireworks firecrackers is what the organization acquire to achieve

Vision:
To protect the history of fireworks firecrackers tradition culture in Binondo Mla. and local fireworks industry.

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/439655816135493/

BEST FLOAT

Del Monte Philippines – 3rd Place

The float was inspired by pineapple which is the main product of the company. The company won Php 40,000 cash , Trophy

Villar Foundation- 2nd Place

The Villar Foundation float was inspired by water hyacinth plants which are made into various handicrafts, bags, organic fertilizers , slippers and even costumes.  The foundation won Php 60,000 cash and Trophy

King Louis -Grand Prize

King Louis Ornamental Flowers and Plants emerged as the overall champion of this year’s float parade. The company is a veteran in Baguio Panagbenga Flower Festival  . The company bagged home Php 100,000 Cash and Trophy.

Mr. Francis Gener conceptualize and executed the float.

The company had a stall within Quezon Memorial Circle and is one of the biggest potted flowering plant grower in the country.

The event was highlighted with the awarding of the Best in Show, Best in Landscape , Best Float . There will be twice a day lecture which will start on January 24 until February 2, 2015 .

* Note: Special Mention is the League of Orchid Conservationists of the Philippines and Best Fern Group in Thailand .

Website Links:

 UNAHCO:http://unahco.com/global/

San Miguel Corporation: http://www.sanmiguel.com.ph/

Quezon City :http://www.quezoncity.gov.ph/

Horticulture 2014 Conference ( Day 2)

Bureau of Soils and Water Management , Ellipical corner Visayas Avenue , Diliman , Quezon City 

Philippine Horticulture Society Incorporation together with Quezon City government, Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies , Department of Tourism , Department of Labor and Employment ( DOLE), OWWA presented to the public the second day of the conference.

Mrs. Anita Are together with Dr. Jaime Galvez -Tan

Dr. Jaime Galvez -Tan is one of the speakers during the Horticulture 2014 ( Day 2)

conference speakers and participants

After the start of the conference , The participants was divided  into the 2 group . one group stayed at the Convention Hall and other participants joined the speakers at the  Lecture Room 2 for a parallel session.

sumptuous lunch provided by Mama Ely’s Catering Services of Department of Agriculture

what i liked about conferences and technical symposium is the wealth of information that one can get by just attending . The speakers are very capable and are experts in their own fields .

Professor Elena Ragrario

Professor Elena Ragrario – topic : Lesser Known Plants of the Philippines for Health and Wealth

One of her advocacy is the propagation of native trees and its importance

East -West Seed Company

Ms. Marilou Escubi , East-West Seed Company was the guest speaker during the conference.

The company had evolved as one of the biggest seed producer and supplier in the country. They also gave colorful leaflets and sample packs of seeds.

Ms. Adoracion S. Bernabe , Ms. Marilou Escubi and Mr. Fernando B. Aurigue

Horticulture 2014 Conference ( Day 1)  https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/horticulture-2014-conference/

Horticulture 2014: Conference

 Fernando H. Lopez Hall , Bureau of Soil and Water Management, Visayas Avenue corner Elliptical Circle, Quezon City – Philippines

Philippine Horticultural Society in partnership with Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies, Department of Tourism ( DOT), Quezon City government , Department of Labor and Employment ( DOLE) , Overseas Workers  Welfare Administration ( OWWA), Philippine Council for Agriculture , Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development  ( PCCARD) , Los Baños Horticulture Society ( LBHS ) opened to the public a 2-day technical conference. 

L-R Mrs. Remedios Rodis Santelices, Mr. Macky and Ms. Edna Felipe ( registration committee 

Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe and Dr. Ben Vergara

Mr. Micheal A. Calaramo- Northwestern University in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte province

Mr. Micheal A. Calaramo  from Northwestern University talked about ” Establishment and Sustainable Maintenance of a Botanic Garden ” The importance of having a botanic garden in the country, it costs of maintenance, operation and permits .

Mr. Micheal A. Calaramo received a “certificate of appreciation ” from Horticulture 2014 organizers. He is also a board of director of the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc. ( PNPCSI)

Northwestern University: http://www.nwu.edu.ph/

Ms. May Dumlao

Ms. May Dumlao ( PHSI ) immediate past president. She is one of the SECRETARIAT during the conference.

Mr. Ronald C. Costales

Mr. Ronald Costales talked about the different types of Tourism . One of the examples is the Costales Nature Farm

Agriculture Tourism : A World Trend that Brings Better Life to Farmers

Costales Nature Farm  is accredited by the Department of Tourism and  certified organic farm ( NICERT certification number NIC 1201) It is located just below the foot of Mount Banahaw, Brgy. Gagalot,Majayjay , Laguna.  The farm is visited by more than 3000 tourists (local and foreign) every month with different purposes. Farmer visitors want to know and learn how we do organic farming.  Businessmen want to invest and relax at the farm. Students conduct their educational tours.

Mr. Ronald Costales received a ” certificate of appreciation ”  and loot bag from PCCARD-DOST  from Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe ( President – Philippine Horticultural Society) and Professor Fernando Aurigue Jr.

Costales Nature Farm : http://www.costalesnaturefarms.com/

Contact Information: +63 939 9640808
+63 49 576382

Dr. Teresita D. Amore  ( University of Hawaii )and Dr. Surawit Wannakrairoj ( Kasetsart University)

Kasetsart University: http://www.ku.ac.th/english/

University of Hawaii: http://www.hawaii.edu/

Mama Ely’s Catering

Mr. Miguel Bartolome and Ms. Janet Natural

Contact : 0939-3777999

The breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks were prepared by Mama Ely’s Catering ( official caterer provided by Department of Agriculture)

Note: I missed some of the speakers  in the afternoon ,  there was another event invitation  .  I liked all the topics presented and kudos to all the organizers of Horticulture 2014 conference!

Horticulture 2014 for Tourism ,Wellness and Livelihood opening highlights

Tropical Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle, Diliman, Quezon City-Philippines

L-RMs. Monina Abadilla , Mrs. Charita Go,  Dr. Elenita Binay, Senator Cynthia Villar , Mr. Joselito Campos and Mr. Pol Rubia- AANI  Head, Mr. Emmanuel Santos and Mr.  George Mendoza

Philippine Horticulture Society Incorporated together with  Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City government , Department of Agriculture , Department of Tourism, Department of Labor and Employment, OWWA , Department of Foreign Affairs presents to the public the 38th annual horticulture show.

L-R Dr. Romeo Gutierrez, Architect Patricia ” Wendy ” Regalado, Dr. Helen Valmayor, Dr. Teresita D. Amore ( Univeristy of Hawaii, USA ) and Dr. Surawit Wannakrairoj ( Kasetsart University – Thailand)

The plant show is dubbed  Horticulture 2014 with the theme ” Horticulture for Tourism , Wellness and Livelihood started with a simple and memorable exclusive opening for members , invited guests , industry experts , media and government representatives at the Tropical Garden within the Quezon City Memorial Circle .

L-R Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe ( PHSI president) , Dr. Surawit Wannakrairoj ( Kasetsart University) Ambassador Preciosa Soliven ( OB Montessori ) Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Dr. Elenita Binay , Mr. Joselito Campos and Professor Serapion Metilla

 untying of the garland and releasing of pigeons

L-R Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula , Architect Butch Duque, Dr. Elenita Binay , Architect Patricia ” Wendy ” Regalado , Mrs. Ella Gutierrez and Dr. Romeo Gutierrez

L-R Mrs. Remedios R. Santelices , Senator Cynthia Villar, Ms. Edna L. Felipe and Ms. Letty Ligon

A short tour around the exhibition  site / landscape exhibits

Mrs. Remedios Rodis Santelices , Dr. Elenita Binay and Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula

Quirino High School Glee Club

The Philippine  National Anthem and ” AMA Namin” was performed by students of Quirino High School Glee Club of Quezon City .

Mr. Joselito Campos – Honorary Member and Chairperson ( Horticulture 2014) during his “welcome ” remarks

jam-packed audience

fashion show

Ms. Tess Gomez

a short fashion show led my the members of the Philippine Horticultural Society showcased the different flowers blooming at a different time of the year, some of them are old-time favorite like sampaguita, ylang-ylang.

Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula together with Quezon City Vice-Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte

Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe together with Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera-Dy ( BH party-list)

Ms. Letty Ligon, Ms. Jeanne Goulbourne and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe

Ms. Jeanne Goulbourne is an advocate of Philippine textile fabric and Philippine fashion. She is also known for her other advocates like the love for the environment and herbal plants.

Horticulture 2014 show will run until February 3, 2014 – Entrance fees is Php 40 for the general public and Php 20.00 for students, senior citizens and government employees with valid ID’s . There will be daily lectures, seminars, demonstration ,  landscape exhibit , commercial flea market where quality and  affordable plants, gardening supplies , agricultural products, herbs, orchids, flowering plants, vegetable seeds, fruit trees, fertilizers are for sale.

There will also be a 2-day technical conference at the Bureau of Soil and Water Management just beside the Department of Agriculture compound Elliptical Road corner Visayas avenue .

The landscape exhibit and lecture area opens from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Contact Information:

Land line:  377-0234 and (0916-229-9273) (0917-56354-74) Mr. Macky PHSI Secretariat

Visit Website Links:

( Facebook) Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated: https://www.facebook.com/phsi76

Quezon City : http://www.quezoncity.gov.ph/

Department of Agriculture: http://www.da.gov.ph/

Department of Labor and Employment: http://www.dole.gov.ph/

Department of Tourism: http://www.tourism.gov.ph