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

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