Exciting Features and Bazaar at Philippine Plant Festival 2019

Philippine Plant Festival 2019 is just barely one month away, This is much anticipated plant show and bazaar was organized by D’true Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. 1976 under the leadership of President Remedios Rodis Remedios -Santelices and Vice President May Tolentino  in cooperation with Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City with media partners Manila Bulletin, Walkwithchan and  blogging community. 

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January 25 to February 5 2019

The show is in partnership with the country’s leading plant organization and plant group such as Philippine Bonsai Society headed by D’ Felicidad Sanches-Gupit and Mr. Bobby Gopiao.

Cactus  and Succulent Society under the leadership of duly elected President Amy Lastimosa

Los Baños Horticultural Society under the leadership of Ms. Marina Catipon , Joseph Salacup and Ms. Tess Encarnacion.

Pangasinan Horticultural and Landscape Society under the leadership of Mr. Mac Pagsolingan, Prince T. Gerona and Ms. Dulce Ruiz.

Philippine Episcia Growers Society headed by Mr. Delmer Rivera Del Rosario

Fern and Aroid Study Group led by past president Patricia “Wendy” Fernando- Regalado

Philodendron Philippines and Philippine Bromeliad Society

Hello Haworthia under Timothy, Marc, Wilson and Von

Tillandsia Philippine headed by Mrs. Doreen Dofitas and Cludio ” Tots” D. Sanchez-Mariscal IV

Agave Philippines headed by Mr. Buchi Romero

Chilli group of Mr. Ponchit Ponce Enrile

Social Media hashtags #ItoAngTrend #PHPlantFestival2019

The bazaar will start from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

There are two entrances, one is at Quezon Avenue and another one is at North Avenue entrance.

Those who might be interested in joining the next plant bazaar, Try to contact PHSI Secretariat -0917-798-1317

Note: Entrance fees at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife is Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid Id’s, Php 30 general public . 

Highlights of the 39th Marian Procession in Intramuros

There are  more than 140 beautifully and elaborately-adorned carriages bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary with her different titles from different parts of the country were part of the 39th Grand Marian Procession.

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Our Lady of Fatima

There were between 70,000 to 80,000 people which visited the grand procession. Most are devotees from different parts of the archipelago.

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Sacta Maria Stella Matutina of Familia Zapanta and Quiocho, Taytay , Rizal province

This also coincide with celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last sunday December 2, 2018.

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foreign tourists at Plaza de España

There are also several foreign tourists and devotees who also took time to visit the processional carriages before the actual procession had started.

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Nuestra Señora delos Dolores de Turumba of Pakil, Laguna devotees

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participants with colorful traje de mestiza

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Virgin of the Poor

The grand marian procession also coincide with the Catholic church observance of the first sunday of advent.

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Our Lady of the Barangay

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Ina Poon Bato carriage with vegetable, fruits, tillandsia and cut flowers

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Tillandsia usenoides

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pineapples, string beans, banana blossom and baskets are part of the elaborate floral and agricultural produce arrangement

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Our Lady of Hope

nuestra-seu00f1ora-de-las-floresNuestra Señora Delas Flores– the image was owned by Mrs. Imelda Ongsiako Cojuangco

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lyre band

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Mary of Help Christians with devotees from Boac, Marinduque dress in Roman Moriones

The grand procession was very festive and was organized by the Confradia de la Inmaculada Conception Foundation in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and different Marian congregations.

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cadets were also drafted and served as escort to the processional image of Our Lady of Fatima

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participants with colorful floral costumes

The three-kilometer procession route are beehives of all sorts of activities. There are people singing, colorful local costumes and devotees distributing devotional pamphlets.

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Our Lady of Holy Rosary of Pacita, Laguna

Most of the processional carriages and the images were arranged as early as lunchtime within Paseo de Magallanes near Bureau of Immigration, Intendencia de Manila and Soriano avenue within Intramuros.

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The solemn parade started at around past 4:00 pm in the afternoon from Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral and will slowly wind its way through the streets of the Walled City.

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beautifully embroidered vestment

The well venerated images include among others the Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat from Cagayan Valley; Our Lady of Guibang in Gamu, Isabela; Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Guimaras, Iloilo; Nuestra Señora de Salvacion; Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion; Our Lady of Lourdes; Our Lady of Fatima; Our Lady of Buen Suceso; Our Lady of Pillar; Our Lady of the Abandoned; Our Lady of Victories; Our Lady of La Salette from Silang, Cavite; Our Lady of Namacpacan from Luna, La Union; Our Lady of Manaoag from Pangasinan.

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La Virgen Dolorosa de Murcia

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Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario del Manaoag with camarero and devotees

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Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija province

Our Lady of Divine Shepherdess or La Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva Ecija; Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu; Our Lady of Soledad of Porta Vaga, patroness of Cavite; Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of Bicol; Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Turumba from Pakil, Laguna; 0ur Lady of La Naval; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Our Lady of the Rosary from Rosario, Cavite; Virgen Milagrosa del Santissimo Rosario from Orani, Bataan.

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39th Marian Procession poster at Casa Manila

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devotees and pilgrims from Catanduanes, Bicol region

Several other highly revered Marian images accompanied by a contingent of Marian devotees from each town or province.

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devotees in light blue barot’s saya

Last year, a replica of the image of Mary, Help of Christians was included in the procession symbolic of the original image which was destroyed during the Battle of Marawi.

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Plaza Roma

Some of the participants and provincial delegates were already at the main plaza before 12:00 noon.

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Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario

Among popular souvenirs are devotional pamphlets, estampitas, salt, handkerchiefs, cloth among others are popular souvenirs of the event.

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sacristans holding candles and rosaries

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consorts with candles from Cavite

There are big plans for next year’s 40th Annual Marian Procession with more images and bigger crowd expected to participate.

Specialty Foods at the 1st San Miguel de Mayumo Festival 2018

There were a lot of specialty foods and products that San Miguel de Mayumo festival .

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 tiangge sa Mayumo festival 2018 entrance arch

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lechon with special liver sauce

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local male and female usherettes

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Sweet Bulakenya ( photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating)

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A ‘s imperial burger, pasta, goto ,crispy pata among others.

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A’s imperial grilled burger

Among the specialty is their grilled burger with large patty, slice lettuce, tomatoes, ketchuo and rich in mayonnaise. This burger can be shared between 3 to 4 people.

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A’s imperial burger

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D’ Baking Mommy booth

D’ Baking Mommy booth is a group of mommies of San Miguel, Bulacan. They specializes on local delicacies, cakes, pastries and chocolates.

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puto flan, puto, sapin-sapin

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Palayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative – specializes in atsara, kutsinta, puto and other native delicacies.

The atsara/ achara had a milder taste compared to the ones being sold in Metro Manila.

Barangay Cambio, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact Person: Anita Dela Cruz ( 0915-664-2711)

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Monnet’s fresh and salted eggs

Monnet’s stall specializes in duck, chicken, quail and balut

Address: Barangay Balite, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact: Monnet Bie 0975-0822569

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Cristy’s pastillas

Cristy’s pastillas and Claudine’s pasalubong is well-known for their innovative products and pastillas.

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different kinds of processed foods

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ube halaya, leche flan, suman, yema cake

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watermelon and cantaloupe/ melon

Contact Person : Mr. Teodoro Velasco/ Contact # 0909331517

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peanuts

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tree saplings and vegetables seedlings for sale

 

Highlights of the 1st San Miguel de Mayumo Festival

San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan celebrated their 1st festival held last September 26, 2018.

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Palabunutan ( pick a prize game) This use to be common in almost every street corner in Metro Manila. Most of the items up for grabs are colorful plastic toys, junk foods, coins, stickers or cards. These type of game are sometimes not allowed within a certain distance from schools. Some unscrupulous vendor solicit some form of gambling among the children. They use to cost a peso several years ago. This one cost Php 5.00 for every pick (bunot)- a number correspond to a prize. In this case, coins or bills.

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fresh water fishes like koi, swordtails, pangasius, gold fishes and mollies for sale

fresh water aquarium fishes also entice children and hobbyists, They are often sold by ambulant vendors.

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food, plants, kakanins, vegetables, fruits are sold at the bazaar

We arrived past 7:00 am at the town’s plaza where Umagang Kay Ganda, a popular early morning show of ABS-CBN channel 2 had a remote broadcast.

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Mr. Squid

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coconut shell race

Sangkayaw is coconut shell race which is popular traditional race in the Tagalog provinces.

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Arnis is national sport and martial art of the Philippines

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local band

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Salangan Vegetable Growers Association ( SAVEGA)

Assorted Vegetables- Mr. Armando Alvarez

Contact :0916-8907953

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different kinds of vegetables

Sir Lebon Ong and the rest of the group bought some vegetables and calamansi at this stall.

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Kim Mig’s chicharon

Address: 1023 San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact : 0922-9150912/ 0926-167-9762

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Liam’s mushroom chicharon, polvoron , mushroom vinegar and other dishes made from mushroom.

Address: #203, San Agustin, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact : 0946-9023982

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Camarillo Farm-Barangay Sibul, San Miguel,Bulacan

Contact Person: Mr. Gino Camarillo (0917-8685806)

Camarillo farm specializes on goat and cattle farm, some of their products includes goat milk soaps and essential oils.

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smoked tilapia and galunggong

The trade fair and flea market area proudly showcased culinary treats, vegetables, kakainins, ornamental plants, watermelon, achara/atsara, pastillas, chicharon, salted duck eggs, preserve longganisa, tocino, pork, farm, dairy products, local food establishments among other products.

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Saint Micheal of Archangel Church

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local agriculture officer, Honorable Mayor Marivee “Ivy” Mendez-Coronel together with Mr. Ervin Garcia and Ms. Nica Santiago -councilor)

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school children in colorful native costumes

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local female usherette in modern Filipiñana attire

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Vedasto R. Santiago High School -Salacot, San Miguel, Bulacan

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school children

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pastillas paper wrappers with artistic designs ( photo courtesy : Mr. Lebon Ong )

These are pastillas wrappers from Japanese papers, made by these women.

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R.I.C Ms. Cecilia F. Dela Cruz ( in red apron) Photo courtesy of Mr. Lebon Ong

Smoked fish produced by Rural Barangay based product development which includes: Tinapang Tilapia, galunggong and bangus.

Contact Person : Ms. Cecilia F. Dela Cruz ( 0997-9000971)

Barangay Pulong Bayabas, San Miguel, Bulacan

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Mayor Marivee “Ivy” Mendez-Coronel, Hon. Nica Santiago together with bloggers, media and industry practitioners ( photo courtesy of Mr. Ervin Garcia )

The group enjoyed the program and the warm hospitality extended to our group. We are honored to be invited to this momentous occasion.

5 Important Highlights at the 13th Water Lily Festival

Villar Sipag Foundation, C-5 Extension, Las Piñas City

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The 13th annual Water lily festival was the brainchild of Las Piñas famous daughter Senator Cynthia A. Villar was packed with families, school children, foreign and local tourists who flocked to the city to marvel at the exhibit display of creative and innovative water lily products and to participate in the handmade paper demonstration using the versatile aquatic blooms.

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water hyacinth ( locally called as water lily)

The water hyacinth ( Eichhornia crassipes) is commonly called by local folks as water lily. This is a non-native, pan-tropical water plant introduced during the later part of the 16th century in our country from Central and South America. Water hyacinth is a free floating aquatic plant and can clog water ways.  This can reach a height of about 1 meter.

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5 Important Highlights 

1.) Exhibit Displays at the Water Lily Arts and Crafts Center ( Las Piñas City), Sta. Rosa Livelihood Organization Inc. (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Cardona Livelihood Products (Cardona, Rizal), Kabuhayan sa Water Lily (Cainta, Rizal), Joneg Foundation (Teresa, Rizal), Pililla Waterlily Weavers (Pililla, Rizal), Maynilad Waterlily Weavers (Potatan, Muntinlupa) and Pateros Weavers.

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ABS-CBN channel 2 ( Umagang Kay Ganda ) segment host -Kaladkaren Davila 

2.) Street Dancing Parade – Students of different schools within the city had participated at the annual street dancing parade. The participants were already at the site by 5:00 am.

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Golden Achers National High School students won the top honors in the street dancing competition and brought home the grand champion trophy and a cash prize of P50,000. ( photo courtesy of Senator Cynthia A. Villar FB)

Dancing students from CAA National High School won the second honors and brought home a trophy and P30,000; while the Las Pinas East National High School dancing group won the third honors and got a trophy and P20,000 in cash.

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first place winner ( street dancing competition ) group photo

Participant groups, with maximum of 50 members each, were required to submit their unique concept synopsis with waterlily as its main component in the costume and props.

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Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 pageant winners ( courtesy of Senator Cynthia A. Villar FB page) 

3.) Search for Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 – Ms. Arlyn Claire M. Sangab of Barangay. Pamplona 1 brought home the Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 crown and P25,000 cash. Her first runner-up, Ms. Rebecca Kirsten S. Lopez of Barangay. Talon 4, won P15,000; while Ms. Rojielen Angela Autencio of Barangay. Pulanglupa 1 went home with a cash prize of P10,000.

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Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 candidates

The pre-judging was held few days ago prior to the announcement of winners. Biggest criteria for judging the winners was 40 percent for the uniqueness and creativity of the contestants’ mestiza ternos, which must be made of 100 percent waterlily and should reflect the natural color of the aquatic plant. Other criteria for judging were physical beauty, 30 percent, and intelligence and wit, 30 percent.  The annual pageant was participated by the 13 barangays.

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2nd Villar Sipag Youth Poverty Reduction 2018 winners

4.) Awarding of 2nd Villar Sipag Youth Poverty Reduction Challenge – There are over 150 entries from different parts of the country.  6 were chosen from Luzon, 2 from Visayas and 2 from Mindanao. This competition was designed to encourage and empower the Filipino youth to embark on activities that will help address poverty related issues in the country.

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Senator Cynthia A. Villar with well-wishers and guests

5.) Birthday Celebration of Senator Cynthia Villar– A simple birthday gathering and salu-salo was held after the awarding of the winners.

Website : http://www.villarsipag.org/

 

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