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!

Los Baños Horticulture Society -summer show 2011

The Los Baños Horticulture Society (LBHS) show was formally open last April 29, 2011 and will last until May 8, 2011 at the UPLB Seniors Social Garden. Rows of flowering orchids, medinillas, mussaendas,  annuals and perennials covered the UPLB campus.

poster of the show

Like Bulacan, Laguna is the horticulture capital in the southern part of Luzon. Growers from as far as Mindoro, Cavite, Batangas, Quezon, Bicol and even Mindanao would come and visit the place in order to buy some of the exotic ornamental plants, fruit trees and hybrids.

Landscape exhibit executed by well-known landscaper , horticulturist and restauranteur  Mr. Vicente Chin Jr.

Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. had executed the landscape on the main exhibit outside the center hall to emphasize the openness of the area. He is known as the “ Wonderboy ” of Philippine  Horticulture. His vast experience in growing a lot of plants and winning awards from local as well as international horticulture shows earned him this distinction.

Medinilla magnifica or locally called Kapa- Kapa because of the cape -like covering its peduncle . This is an endemic Philippine flowering plant is popular garden plant in the United States , Europe and Asia.

Medinilla is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants  in the family Melastomataceae, native to tropical regions of the Old World from Africa with  (two species) east through Madagascar  (about 70 species) and southern Asia to the western Pacific Ocean islands. The genus was named after Juan de Medinilla , governor of the Marianas Islands in 1820.

The Philippines had more or less 100 species of this genus represented .

East-West Seed Company exhibit 

The center featured annuals flowering plants and vegetables by the East-West Seed Company to show case their plant products. This is also to promote the company among the visitors of the place. The other area is to show case the Horticulture Cluster of UPLB.  The company had showcased the company ‘s new line of flower varieties such the celosia, marigold, pentas, petunia, zinnia, and vinca plants . Most of the seeds are imported from Netherlands, Thailand and USA.

native products like woven mats, hats, native bags on sale

The theme of the show is “Fiesta sa Laguna” where different landscape designs of the exhibitors had featured important products, fiesta celebrations or features of a town in Laguna. The show also had an individual plant and orchid competition where some of the growers and hobbyists competed for the “ Best Plant in the Show”.

Grammatophyllum multiflorum exhibited by Malvarosa Orchids , this orchid species won ” Best Plant in Show” with over 1,000 blooming flowers !

“Fiesta sa Laguna,” theme highlighted the province’s popular fiesta culture. Aside from horticulture and hot springs, the province of Laguna also boast of popular delicacies such as buko pie, buko candies, Gen-Randy’s popular tarts which had tasty fillings like Buko, Langka, Cheese, Macapuno and Cashew, fresh carabao milk, quesong puti, cassava cake, oraro biscuits, mangoes, sweetened pili nuts, cashew nuts among others.   There is also a section were popular religious and charismatic songs are played.

Rancher’s Club arch erected in 1924

old dairy station

UPLB Dairy bar- This is where freshly pasteurized carabao’s milk and cheese are sold to the general public

Milk Reception Room  – milk from carabao are received in this area

 Philippine Council for Agriculture , Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development or  PCARRD  or  had an interesting booth where various instructional materials are sold to the general public.

booth of PCARRD

Try to visit their website: www.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph/

There is also a public lecture held on April 30, 2011 where Mr. Vicente Chin had lectured “Cooking with Herbs” and on May 7,2011 Ms. Irene Bañez will lecture “ How to Make Accessories using Clay”.  Unlike its Metro Manila counterparts, public lectures in Los Baños are only held on Saturdays. According to the organizers, this is to cut down the cost of lecture, since there are very few people who attend lectures held during ordinary days.

Malvarosa Farm landscape exhibit booth

This year’s landscape booths carried a theme and the atmosphere of a particular town in Laguna. The landscape exhibit of Gintong Talulot featured Los Baños while designer Tony Pajaro focused on the town of Calauan.

Second Prize in Booth Construction executed by Gintong Talulot

The town of Pagsanjan is the theme of Mr. Carlos Valeriano Lazaro. Mrs. Mable Chua had featured the products of Liliw and Exotica Garden of Mr. Ben Vergara  – (National Scientist ) had presented the different colorful bougainvilleas of Bay.

Exotica Garden exhibited different varieties of bougainvilleas earning  the award ” Most Colorful Booth”

VS Orchid landscape exhibit booth showing native woven mats, hats  and decorated with buntings

 The towns of Louisiana and San Pablo Laguna was represented in the landscape designs of VS Orchids and Robel Garden

Forest Wood Garden of Myrna Frago had featured one of Laguna’s main produce that is coconut.  Mrs. Myrna Frago landscape exhibit also won several accolades like “ Most Creative, Most Outstanding Booth, First Prize in Booth Construction and First Prize in Booth Competition.

Forest Wood Garden landscaped exhibit

This exhibit booth included pineapples and mangoes as part of the landscape 

The show’s cast of thousands includes flowering plants such as orchids, African daisies, chrysanthemums, bougainvilleas, medinillas, ferns, bromeliads, anthuriums, tillandsias, and a lot of annuals.

crop science cluster tarpaulin exhibit  featuring modern techniques in horticulture and hybridization process

There is a commercial section were over 50 stallholders from different parts of the country sell their products.

The author together with some friends went to the show last May 1, 2011; humid weather and rains shorten the visit of the group.

For more information, kindly visit the LBHS website at http://www.lbhs-ph.org

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