Earth Day Jam 2013

Earth Day Jam 2013

Now on its’ 13th year , Earth Day Jam 2013 in cooperation with Department of Environment and Natural Resources, City of Taguig , Earth Day Foundation . This is a FREE concert by artists which aims to create awareness in the environment . Some of the bands performing includes Calla lily,Rivermaya,  Ms. Barbie Almabis, Rocksteddy, Barbie, Moonstar 88, Lou Bonnevie and Kitchie Nadal among others .

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The event will be held  on April 19,2013  . Venue : 9th Avenue corner 34th Street Bonifacio Global City Taguig.

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Leonardo L. Co international symposium

poster of the event

The Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc., in cooperation with the National Museum of the Philippines and the Protected Areas and  Wildlife Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Team Energy is pleased to announce its very own first  international symposium on Nov. 19-20, 2011 in commemoration of its founding president, the top Philippine botanist, Leonardo L. Co. A post symposium excursion follows this event for those who are interested. Kindly see attached files for more information or visit the symposium website on Nov. 19-20, 2011 in commemoration of its founding president, the top Philippine botanist, Leonardo L. Co. A post symposium excursion follows this event for those who are interested. Kindly see attached files for more information or visit the symposium


Los Baños Horticulture Society show- Urban Forest

Poster of the show

The month of October marked one of the biggest celebrations in Los Baños, Laguna . This is the time of the year when plant lovers , enthusiasts , students , and nature lovers from all walks of life troop to the University of the Philippines , Senior Social Hall .

This exhibit had a nipa hut , potted guzmanias and colorful art graffiti as a backdrop

This is a bi -annual show with the theme “Urban Forest,” the show aims to create a landscape that will demonstrate the many ways to bring the forest into your backyard. special feature plants are are the ferns and foliage anthuriums.

Center piece exhibit with ferns, aglaonemas, anthuriums on display

This year’s show chairperson is headed by Ms. Marina Catipon president of Los Baños Horticulture Society Inc., formerly known as Los Baños Orchid Society along with officers and members and Department of Trade and Industry or DTI ( Laguna) this show featured of ferns, moss, begonias, epiphytic flowering bromeliads, orchids and aglaonemas . the venue at the Senior’s Social Garden inside the campus of UP Los Baños .

the event also coincide the 93rd Loyalty Day and alumni homecoming of University of the Philippines, Laguna .

( This exhibit booth also won Most Creative and First Place in Landscape )

The ‘Iligan Fern‘ or ” Pakong Tagulaylay ” (Nephrolepis acutifolia Desv.1895) is a fern that can produce pendulous fronds up to 6 meters.

Distribution: found in Tropical Africa, Tropical Asia and Pacific Islands .It is also commonly called creeping sword fern, Baidik in Marshall islands . This fern is a native fern found on the wetter atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is sometimes seen hanging downward as an air-plant (epiphyte) from trees in damp areas, such as in the few real mangrove swamps in the Marshall Islands.

Some native people of Marshall islands , there is magical association with the cultivation of this fern.

This exhibit had several bromeliad , anthurium species and hybrids, Platycerium coronarium

There is a free lectures on interesting topics about our forest and the environment will be given during the show. On the opening day, for instance, Ms. Rosa Umali will be lecturing on basic weaving methods using dried water lily and old newspapers to produce slippers, placemats, trays, and shopping bags. The next day, Dr. Armando Palijon of the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources will discuss indigenous forest trees for urban landscaping.

Second Place in Landscape exhibit

On October 14, Mr. Julian Anjail and Ms.Elvira Teves of the Los Baños Nutrition Action Office will lecture on local vegetable recipes.

potted poinsettias in this exhibit signal the Christmas season

There are landscape exhibits from the Philippine horticulture and ornamental plant industry. There is also a section of commercial area for plants, garden accessories and landscaping supplies.

Malvarosa Orchids exhibit won ” Most Colorful Landscape ”

There is also a portion were native handicrafts and native delicacies for sale.

Principal exhibit with wooden garden furniture as focal point

The special guest during the opening of the show is Mr.Marlo D. Mendoza, Assistant Secretary for Special Projects of Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR was the guest speaker during the opening.

The show will run until to October 16, 2011.

Bonsai show at SM North EDSA sky garden

SM City North EDSA

Philippine Bonsai Society Incorporated in cooperation with SM City North EDSA mall in  Quezon City  presents the  national bonsai exhibition and competition  from  May 6 to 30, 2011 at the  SM sky garden.

SM Sky Garden was inaugurated last 2009 and is continuously being used as an art exhibition area and as a venue for live plant exhibition.  the garden has  an elevated curvilinear park with a 400-meter canopied walkway cutting across manicured lawns, ponds,trees about 35 retail shops ranging from t-shirt store, ice cream house, international and local restaurants which lined the greenery. SM City North Edsa, which now has a gross lease-able area of 445,000 square meters including the Sky Garden and SM Annex redevelopment.

tarpaulin poster of the event

There is also a gallery where bonsai trees are exhibited and bonsai critique Professor Amy Liang will share her vast knowledge of bonsai culture and the art of making bonsai. There were at  least 40 bonsai were exhibited at the venue , which were also judged by Professor Amy Liang along  with bonsai masters Mr. Chew Yu Xian and Mr. Kuo An Li from Taiwan .

Mr.Roberto “Bobby” P. Gopiao( President of Philippine Bonsai Society) , Mrs. Fely Gupit, Architect Patricia ” Wendy” Fernando- Regalado ( President of Philippine Horticulture Society) and representatives of SM North EDSA Mall , members and VIPs grace the opening and  ribbon cutting ceremonies

Roberto “Bobby” P. Gopiao is a versatile designer and bonsai enthusiast whose love for plants started in an early childhood. He was exposed to nature’s beauty and bounty in the home farms of his maternal grandparents who hail from Angeles City and Mexico, Pampanga. The varied plant collection of his mother, Corazon Panlilio-Gopiao also contributed to Bobby’s interest in horticulture and gardening.

Bobby has been president of the Philippine Bonsai Society since 2003, where he provides leadership to a growing number of bonsai hobbyists and connoisseurs. Aside from winning numerous Best in Show awards locally, he has the unique distinction of winning the Grand Prize and Saburo Kato Award from Nippon Bonsai Club in 2006. He is the only Filipino invited to judge the prestigious First BCI Bonsai Photo Competition sponsored by Bonsai Club International in 2010. He is also the Non-Taiwanese to be invited as judge to the Hua Fong International Bonsai exhibition in Taiwan.

Bonsai  are traditionally an artistic form of horticulture from Japan and China . The concept is to create miniature trees in trays or pots using aesthetic techniques that highlight the tree or shrub’s beauty. Usually, the trees used for bonsai are ficus, kalyos, orange jasmin , bantigue, podocorpus,  lantana,  kamagong, camachile, mulawin aso, mulawin daga,  some unconventional ones are ixora ( santan/ tangpupo ) , hibiscus, tamarind , bougainvillea and even guava can be used as materials for making bonsai.

Bougainvillea bonsai


Although the word ‘Bon-sai’ is Japanese, the art it describes originated in the Chinese empire.  By the year 700 AD the Chinese had started the art of ‘pun-sai’ using special techniques to grow dwarf trees in containers.  Originally only the elite of the society practiced pun-tsai with native-collected specimens and the trees where spread throughout China as luxurious gifts. During the Kamakura period, the period in which Japan adopted most of China’s cultural trademarks, the art of growing trees in containers was introduced into Japan. The Japanese developed Bonsai along certain lines due to the influence of Zen Buddhism.

 Podocarpus / Bhuddist Pine 

Over the centuries, different regional styles would be developed throughout the large country with its many varied landscapes; earthenware and ceramic containers would replace the porcelain ones displayed on wooden stands; and attempts would be made to shape the trees with bamboo frameworks or brass wire or lead strips.  Many poets and writers each made at least one description of tree and/or mountainous miniature landscapes, and many painters included a dwarfed potted tree as a symbol of a cultivated man’s lifestyle.  After the 16th century these were called pun tsai or “tray planting.”  The term pun ching (“tray landscape,” now called  Penjing ) didn’t actually come into usage until the 17th century.


Some historical records would also reveal that the art of bonsai were introduced to the country even before the arrival of the Spaniards  in the 16th century . In 1604, there was a description in Spanish of how Chinese immigrants in the tropical islands of the Philippines were growing small ficus trees onto hand-sized pieces of coral.

In the Philippines , bonsai was later known as Bansoy. Which is is taken from two Filipino word Bansot ( small/ miniature  ) and Kahoy ( tree) . Which literally called ” bansot na halamang kahoy” or ” makahoy ” .

yellow -flowering ixora or santan used as a bonsai material

replica of  Paoay Church in Ilocos serves as a backdrop for the bonsai exhibit

Judging System

This year, Philippine Bonsai Society has adopted the Taiwan system of judging which  is divided into two categories, bantigue and non-bantigue, to encourage more entries . So  for every 15  bonsai trees there is a gold prize, two silvers and three bronzes.  About 30 to 40 percent of the entries can win a prize .  So everybody is happy , this was according to the president of PBS.

Prof. Chew Yu Xian and Prof. Kuo An Li – Taiwanese international bonsai masters

Philippine Bonsai Techniques

According to the Taiwanese judges ,” Filipino bonsai hobyists had gradually evolve . The people  are fine-tuning their aesthetics. Tree and the pot create one harmonious relationship , where in height , shape, color , texture and neatly glazed container pots complement each other. In the past, they merely cultivated a dwarf tree in a pot without much thought. Today, they understand the importance of the pot size, shape and depth in relation to the tree.”

Mr.Pablo Dichitan award winning bonsai

Bonsai Towns

There are towns in the Philippines that thrive in bonsai growing and collecting like San Mateo , Baras, Angono  in  Rizal province, Bamban and Gerona in Tarlac had its own bonsai association , Guiguinto ,Tabang , San Miguel , Baliuag in  Bulacan , Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija,  Sagay City in Negros Occidental , Mt. Apo in Davao, Cebu , La Union and Pangasinan.


Mr. David and Mrs. Belinda Lim pose for a souvenir shoot at their  first prize winning bonsai entry


While there are still people who collects bonsai in the wild,  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR ) with the enactment of Wildlife Act strictly prohibits the collections, sale, trade of bonsai taken in the wild.

According to one of the board of director of PBS, the National Bonsai Association of Taiwan had developed a curriculum for Mariano Marcos University which can properly train future bonsai artist or students.  With proper guidance and growing technique, it is believed that in the near future , Filipino bonsai hobbyists would not take bonsai from the wilderness,  Which like in Taiwan and other Asian countries  bonsai trees are scientifically propagated.

Asean launches International Year of Biodiversity 2010

2010 International Year of Biodiversity  logo and theme

Hosted by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the event was part of the global celebration aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss. The celebration’s theme is “Biodiversity is life.  Biodiversity is our life.”

At the launch, the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General awarded the ASEAN Heritage Parks certificate to the Philippines recognizing the Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Mindanao as the 28th and newest ASEAN Heritage Park in Southeast Asia. The award was received on behalf of the Philippine government by DENR Undersecretary Ignacio and senior DENR officials from Mindanao.

Undersecretary Ignacio said that “with this recognition, the Philippines is now home to three ASEAN Heritage ParksMt. Apo Natural Park in Davao, Mt. Iglit-Baco in Mindoro, and now, Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon. This reinforces the fact that despite its relatively small size, our country is home to an astonishing range of biodiversity. The Philippines stands out in the region in terms of richness of biodiversity as it cradles a treasure trove of plant, bird, marine, insect and other animal species.”

The launch of the International Year of Biodiversity also featured the formal call for nominations for ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity—a recognition program that will award outstanding biodiversity conservation and advocacy projects by corporations, youth and the media.

ACB and the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau presented the ASEAN Regional Clearing-House Mechanism and the Philippine Clearing-House Mechanism, which are both aimed at building strong biodiversity information sharing networks.

– Articles : From the website of ASEAN  Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

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