Highlights of the 68th Mid-Year Orchid and Pet Show Opening at the Quezon Memorial Circle

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( HB ) , Quezon Memorial Circle,  Quezon City -Philippines

L-R Ms. Vangie Go ( Philippine Orchid Society -President ) , Senator Cynthia A. Villar , Mr. Leandro ” Dax”¬† Gazmin at the waling -waling landscape exhibit.

It was quite a bit overcast weather when the Philippine Orchid Society welcomed special guests of honor at the 68th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show. This year’s theme is ” The Great Orchid and Pet Show” .¬† A lot of the members of the society are also into pets and other hobbies . There is something new to be showcase, added a member of the organization which prefers to be anonymous.

waling -waling orchid in full bloom with tag number 4043

¬†The guests were amazed to see the lovely waling-waling orchid landscape exhibit of Ms. Vangie Go. Her landscape exhibit won second place and her waling-waling won ” Best Waling-waling ” of the show.¬† She is one of the¬† well-known orchid growers and hobbyists in the country which specializes in Vanda sanderiana. Unlike other orchid species or hybrids . Waling-waling orchid species is a slow grower , from seed flask to community pots and to blooming size¬† . It can take between 5 to 8 years for the orchid to bloom. Vanda sanderiana was named after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander by taxonomist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach .

Quezon Cityhall Lancaster Band

There was a long list of special guests which included Mayor Herbert Bautista , Vice Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy ” Belmonte , former First Lady Amelita ” Ming ” Ramos , ASEC¬† Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) director¬†Mr. Leandro ” Dax”¬† Gazmin ,¬† Chief Executive Officer and President- Del Monte -Philippines Mr. Joselito ”¬† Butch”¬† Campos, Senator¬† Cynthia A. Villar and Mr. Aldrin C. Cu√Īa- Quezon City Administrator .¬†

guests of honor were toured around the site

The event started past 4:00pm , When the ribbon cutting ceremony had started.  The special guests of honor were accompanied by QC Lancaster Band with members of the Philippine Orchid Society , invited guests and members of other plant societies.

interesting display of ikebana flower arrangement

There are over a dozen entry of the ikebana freestyle flower arrangement .What i noticed is that the participants are using living potted flowering orchids instead of the traditional cut-flowers . According to one of the participant in the competition, the flower shelf-life is longer compared to the cut-flowers.

Architect Bimbo Vergara

Among the top 5 winners is Architect Bimbo Vergara РHe won 2 merit award ( BLUE ) First Place and ( RED ) Second Place . He used 2 live succulent plants , a Renanthera matutina a fire orchid species  which is found in Southeast Asian countries.   He completes the freestyle arrangement with a pedestal , tea cup and a standing Buddha to accentuate the design. Congratulations !


Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia

Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia is the President of the Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines . She had competed in numerous flower arrangement competitions locally and abroad.¬† Her entry is a pink unifoliate cattleya orchid .

Tillandsia xerographica

Tillandsia xerographica used to be rare both in cultivation and in the wild . But due to the help of different backyard hobbyists , farms and conservation efforts in their native Central and South America.  It is more abundant in cultivation .  The species is still threatened in the wild,  due to habitat destruction , over -collecting and insect infestation. The species is still listed in CITES .

CITES: http://cites.org/common/com/pc/14/X-PC14-08-Inf.pdf

santan bonsai

Santan is called Ixora , The flowering shrub has many uses and health benefits that include the extracting the barks , roots and even flowers .  Boiled ixora roots and stems can cure diarrhea, nausea, cough, asthma, wounds , sores and sometimes santan tea is made from dried flowers. The compact flowers are also used into leis making . 

Ms. Vangie Go is one of the big winners of the show

Some bonsai enthusiasts use santan shrub as a material for making bonsai. Santan can be very compact and their young stems can be trained and shaped into topiaries and are planted near temples. 

potted flowering orchids

flowering orchid hybrids and waling-walings were given as a token to the invited guests

L-R ASEC Hon. Leandro Gazmin, Atty . Rudy Sanidad, Mr. Jun Golamco and Mr. Kelvin Neil Manubay

A short program commenced after the short tour of the exhibition site , awards were given to the winners and small token of appreciation were given to the guests of honor .  A light afternoon snacks was served by resident caterer Ms. Baby De Leon.

bonsai exhibit

Professor Juan T. Lim is a bonsai and antique collector for several years, He is also active in many plants and animal clubs.  He had one of the most massive exhibit which delighted every visitors of the show.

Agoho bonsai or Casuarina equisetifolia

His prized winning Agoho bonsai or ( Casuarina equisetifolia) is at least 20 years -old . The tree species is found from Vietnam, Burma, Indo-China, French Polynesia , New Caledonia , Vanuatu , Australia and the Philippines

Professor Juan T. Lim

After the opening ceremonies, We were able to interviewed Mr. Lim and told him about his impressive bonsai .¬† He was very happy to win the award ” BEST Bonsai ” of the show .¬†

We all went to the commercial section and did some window shopping , Some extended their opening hours past 7:00pm to accommodate last minute buyers . I will be posting the list of the winners in landscaping competition , ikebana flower arrangement, ornamental plants, orchids and the BEST in SHOW Winners. 

The orchid show will run until September 8, 2014 . There will be a special 2-day PET SHOW -September 6 and 7 were different kinds of pets will be exhibited and there will be a pet competition and lecture scheduled on September 7, 2014 by Ms. Tiffany Cham.



66th Philippine Orchid Society Mid- Year Orchid & Garden Show opening highlights part 2

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

Mrs. Luz Santa Ana

Mrs. Luz Santa Ana a member of the Philippine Orchid Society who started to collect orchids and various ornamental plants.  According to her, growing plants is her passion and it gives her relaxation.

She prefers growing semi-terete vanda hybrids, dendrobium orchids, cattleya , Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumays ) and aglaonemas .

Ms. Erly Egargue and Ms. Rona La Torre orchid landscape exhibit

Ms. Erly Egargue pose for a souvenir shot at her Dendrobium Thongchai Gold X C.K.Ai ” Oka” – Winner for ” Best¬† Dendrobium in Show “

Ms. Erly Egargue is known to many as Ms. Erly , proprietor of EnR Orchids located in Manila Seedling Bank . She started as a sales lady of plants and orchids before venturing into a plant business. A first time landscape exhibitor , She almost missed entering her Dendrobium Thongchai Gold X C.K. Ai “Oka” in the competition if not for the persistent pleading from her friends who think that her orchids had a big chance of winning in the competition. Her last minute decision in entering the competition rewarded her with ” Best Dendrobium orchid ” in the Philippine Orchid Society’s 66th mid-year orchid and garden show.

Malvarosa Orchids landscape exhibit

Malvarosa Orchids landscape exhibit

This landscape exhibit showcase  yellow colored orchid flowers

Mrs. Delia Pionela landscape exhibit showing different kinds of commercially used bromeliads , neoregelias , tillandsia, medinillas and oncidium orchids.

Dendrobium orchid hybrids in native baskets by Atty. Rudy Sanidad

potted flowering orchid arrangement is slowly gaining popularity in most parts of the world which included the Philippines . Now posh hotels, hospital lobby , presidential palace , private residential places often uses live flowering orchids or ornamental plants for their main focal point, wedding display, funerals and even special occasions.

Live potted Dendrobium  candy stripe display serves as a flower arrangement in Manila Peninsula Hotel

Having live potted flowering plants as display had its own advantages Рfirst they provide a flower arrangement during the occasion ( live flower arrangement can last  from 2- weeks to 1 month ) compared to cut-flower arrangement  ( which can only last for days ).

White Phalaenopsis hybrids serves as a focal point in the main lobby and reception area of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City, Philippines

Second, They improve the air quality indoor. Third, after the event, The potted plants can also serve as a token gifts or give-away for the guests .
Although having a potted plants arrangement can be a little bit more expensive than cut-flower arrangement.

orchid landscape exhibit of Mr. Jun Golamco , Mr. Mike Espeso and Mr. Edwin Francisco

Third Place – ” Best Orchid in landscape exhibit ” by Mrs. Anna Ruth Purificacion-Conde

Second Place – ” Best Orchid in landscape exhibit ” by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Anna Ruth Purificacion- Conde

First Place – ” Best Orchid in Landscape exhibit ” by Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie ” B. Go -president of the Philippine Orchid Society

Varunees Garden -ornamental landscape exhibit

Ms. Vangie Go ornamental landscape exhibit

Her exhibit consists of rare Tillandsia xerographica , variegated dracena , bromeliad , exotic ferns

Mr. Jun Golamco and Mr. Mike Espeso for a souvenir shot

This ornamental landscape exhibit was done by the tandem of Mr. Jun Golamco , Mr. Wilfredo Macawile and Mike Espeso , they incorporated various pither plants, ferns, tillandsias , bromeliads and other ornamental plants . They won Third Place in Ornamental Plant Landscape exhibit.

Second Place in Ornamental Plant Landscape exhibit

First Place in Ornamental Plant Landscape exhibit ( Mett’s Plant Art )

This ornamental vertical landscape exhibit was done by the landscape team of Professor Serapion Metilla . With limited spaces in urban areas and limited growing space. growing vertical garden is popular abroad and is slowly gaining popularity in the country.

Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines is a group of flower enthusiast and¬† hobbyists which provides an alternative style in their flower arrangement . Their members are often invited in several garden related events , ikebana association and flower arrangement competition in the Philippines and abroad.

Flower Arrangement Competition Winners  Theme :

( Treasures from the Sea )

Third Place : Mr. Egay Littaua

Second Place: Ms. Dhory Alvendia

First Place: Ms. Miles Hilario

Ms. Miles Hilario is a multi-awarded floral designer and a member of the Floral Designers` Circle of the Philippines. She is also an eventologist, caterer, fashion designer and beauty consultant. She teaches all kinds of floral arts and crafts on hands-on group lessons or individual tutorials (by schedule). Her flower-shop-cum-boutique-and-beauty-salon Miracle Flowers and Avante Garde Salon is located at Barangay Cooperative Bldg. cor. Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights, Q.C. Tel. nos. 4261007, 4363336, CP # 09176273038 and Florera Flower Shop, 79 Sta.Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan.

This is a non-winning floral arrangement which imitates an underwater jelly fish and ship sailing with the use of dead sea shells, sands and rocks as accents .

close-up view of the jelly fish style of flower arrangement

This is one of the most popular flower arrangement among the visitors and the members . If there is a special prize for this competition, this arrangement¬† will win an award for¬† ” Crowd Favorite “.

Capping the two -week long orchid and garden show is the daily lectures on different gardening topics from orchids, bonsai, landscaping , fruit trees, nutritional requirements for plants, flower arrangements , tillandsia and other related fields .  For those who wanted to link this article , please do so .

Mr. David  Astley -editor and photographer of Growing Orchids in the Tropics is a member of the Philippine Orchid Society and a photo enthusiast

Note : After several years of blogging , I have increase the size of pictures being uploaded in my site and hopefully with much support from the blogging community and several avid readers and followers  from around the world .  My heartfelt Thanks and Maraming Maraming Salamat sa inyong pagbasa at pagtangkilik .

Please visit the link for the first part : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/66th-philippine-orchid-society-mid-year-orchid-garden-show-opening-highlights/

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