75th Philippine Orchid Society’s Orchid and Garden Bazaar

Philippine Orchid Society in partnership with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration will be having the 75th annual orchid and garden bazaar to be held from February 11, 2021 to March 2, 2021 at the Quezon Memorial Circle elevated garden area.

75th Orchid and Garden Bazaar Show

Philippine Orchid Society will mark the Platinum Jubilee anniversary which was formed right after the second world war. This will be first of the two orchid shows slated this year . The next one will be held sometime late August to early September 2021.

There will be exhibits, orchid competitions, ornamental plant display, daily talks and bazaar at the evelated garden area, Quezon Memorial Circle within Quezon City.

Those who wanted to view the exhibit and orchids on display, it would be better to visit the show during the first few days of the show. As of the moment there is no posted schedule of daily talks and demonstration.

Entrance fee is Php 50.00 for the general public, Php 30.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card this was based on the last orchid show entrance fee.

For additional information on the garden show and bazaar, Please try to contact:

Secretariat :0917-848-5468 / Landline (+632) 795-735-24 ( office hours- 8:00am to 5:00pm)


74th Philippine Orchid Society’s Garden Show

Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration will be having the 74th annual orchid and garden show to be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020 at the Garden of Joy or Flower Garden within Quezon City Memorial Circle.


74th Annual Orchid and Garden Show

There will be trade fairs, landscape exhibits, orchid, ornamental plant competition, daily lecture and demonstration.

Entrance fee is Php 50.00 for the general public, Php 30.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card this was based on the last orchid show entrance fee.

Contact Information: Ms. Jenny Rivera or Mr. Jiffy Alegre ( Secretariat)

0917-848-5468 / Landline (+632) 795-735-24

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Los Baños Horticulture Annual Show 2012

Senior Social Hall , University of the Philippines, Los Baños , Laguna -Philippines

The centerpiece of 2012 UPLB garden show exhibit was landscaped by Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro of Laguna.

The Los Baños Horticulture  Show which is going on from  March 23 to April 1, 2012 at the Seniors Social Garden at University of the Philippines- Los Baños, Laguna . The show is adopting a theme dubbed, “Gardening: A Lifestyle.” Featured Plant: Flowering Plants

PCARRD booth selling books, brochures , Philippine hoya poster

The event is under the auspices of the Los Baños  Horticultural Society in cooperation with Department of Trade and Industry ( Laguna ) , Philippine Council for Agriculture , Aquatic and Natural Resources Research Department – DOST  PCARRD and the University of the Philippines ( Los Baños ) .

 Annie’s Famous Espasol and Native Delights

 Annie’s Espasol and Native Delights booth at the show, DTI-Laguna is helping the small and medium scale business enterprises  thru marketing and promotion of their products. Most of the customers are students and faculty members of the university, while local tourists  like those from nearby towns and cities are also enticed to buy for “pasalubongs ” take home treats  when they return home from the show.

Kabinsili booth

Kabinsili is a brand of chili powder which is made from  powdered chili pepper from the town of Cavinti , Laguna. The company battle cry ” One Green Thumb Asia ” The company aim is to uphold sustainable development in the production and processing of prime agricultural commodities , embracing the three -prong sustainability approaches .

cute hat shaped native crafts adds beauty to the packaging

According to the manager of  Kabinsili , what makes them different from imported brands is that aside from they provide  social responsibility for sustainable agricultural techniques . They would also promote native handicrafts from the town of Cavinti in Laguna by incorporating in the product packaging .  They are also planning to open their chili pepper farm in the near future for field trips and lectures.

Contact Address : Barangay Silangan Talaongan , Cavinti , Laguna 4013

Email: onegreenthumbasia@gmail.com

Contact Persons : Mr. Melbert Oliveros ( President CEO) 0918-9859461 /0922-9769763

Mr. Noel Villodres ( VP for operations ) 0928-2993362 / 0922-8177318

Exotica – exhibit booth # 9

  Dr. Ben S. Vergara  ( Exotica )  exhibit  won ” Most Educational Booth ”   and ” Special Prize for Booth Construction”  . One feature of the show is  a display of a Practical Living Wall that one can easily put up, especially in a garden with very limited space.

Exhibit booth # 11  won Special Prize for Booth Construction , Most Creative

The use of old window panels, wood  panels, adobe stone blocks with mokaras, semi-terete vandas , ferns , bougainvillea, Ixora from Bangkok.

Exhibit booth #2 landscaped  by Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro

This booth won 1st Prize in Booth Construction , Most Outstanding booth . The careful placement of ferns, flowering plants, bamboos , tillandsias, variegated bamboos, euphorbias  and other fixtures made this exhibit popular not only from the judges but also photographers, students and tourists .

Malvarosa Orchid exhibit booth # 8

Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Plants is known for their quality and celebrity cattleya orchids that were named after famous Philippine celebrities and presidents.

Their booth had colorful arrays of cattleyas species and hybrids, Phalaenopsis, Dedrobium anomum variety dearei / alba , Paphiopedilum, Oncidium hybrids  . The booth won 3rd prize in booth construction and special prize of booth composition.

The orchid landscape exhibit was done by VS orchids with Ixora or Santan which is imported from Bangkok , Thailand , most of the santan were propagated in their Bulacan farm.

Native orchids such as  ( Sanggumay ) Dendrobium anosmum , phalaenopsis hybrids are used in this part of the landscape exhibit .

Hanging flowering plants complement the white trellis

Booth #6 Won Special Prize for Booth Construction and Most Original Design

Mr. Joseph M. Salacup is one of the youngest board member of LBHS

Mr. Joseph M. Salacup started to collect plants , tillandsia , cactus, aroids, succulents , orchids, begonia,  bromeliads since the late 1980’s . Most of the first plants he acquired were given to him as presents. He started growing and propagating the plants in his backyard. Whenever relatives and friends visits their house, Mr. Salacup would give excess plants. He never thought of venturing into a backyard business since he is gainfully employed in one of the IT companies . His passion for growing these exotic  plants led him to become a member of the society. According to his supportive parents , They just tried selling their excess propagation during plant shows .  Plant hobbyists and enthusiasts would buy his plants  ( Our group always buy tillandsias, dyckias , bromeliads, guzmanias and cacti from his stall whenever we visit the show .) We first met him during the 2010 annual show .

Dyckia platyphylla – ” Cherry Cola ” or ” Cherry Coke ” bromeliad from South America  . This is a nice terrestrial bromeliad preference is fast draining medium . When grown in full sun, the leaves take on a striking burgundy or reddish color hence the name ” cherry cola” was coined.  Mature plants can make a stunning , bright orange flower stalk which can reach 4 to 5 feet tall.  This is a focal point in any plant collection . This unique plant is highly sought after by plant hobbyists due to its color and interesting height of its inflorescence .  Just like in any plant show , this is one of my perfect souvenir . However , we have bought some of this bromeliad  species when we last visited the show in 2010 and my own Cherry Coke had a lot of pups waiting to be divided ! I would like to personally thank Mr. Joseph Salacup and the rest of the board members of LBHS who personally toured me during the event.

For those interested in buying  plants and  landscape job
Contact information: SMART 0919-819-8966

Email: joseph_salacup@yahoo.com





Ming’s Garden and Restaurant

bromeliads , guzmanias

Ming’s Garden in Tagaytay a couple of weekends ago. The garden restaurant is owned by former first lady Amelita ” Ming” Martinez  Ramos, hence the name.

Mrs. Amelita Ramos is an honorary member of the Philippine Orchid Society, an orchid lover , environmentalists, educator, sports enthusiast , writer etc…

An orchid was named after her by a Hawaiian breeder Miyamoto registered in 1982 in honor her.

Ascocenda Amelita Ramos

The seed parent is Ascocenda Pokai Victory x Vanda sanderiana variety alba ( pollen parent).

The ambiance is so nice that even inside their comfort rooms have a garden in it. orchids, medinillas , mums, bromeliads, euphorbias, yellow vines and angel’s trumpets, suntans and marigolds are just some of the many species you can find there. The resto also serve nice bibingka, halo-halo and a lot of native delicacies. This place is favorite stopover when visiting Tagaytay.

restaurant menu

When we went to the garden, the place is being used as a location shooting for the late afternoon television series ” Bud Brother” of ABS-CBN channel 2.

Cydista aequinoctialis locally known as Ahos-ahos , garlic vine

The garlic vine is one of the most rewarding, flowering vines that you can grow, unless that you are a vampire. Interestingly  it smells like garlic, Hence the common name implies .  However, it doesn’t smell if the plant is left alone, only when the leaves are crushed. Flowering twice a year you will find it quite often covered with flowers. Flowers start off purple and change to a lighter shade of lavender with age. Eventually fading to almost white. You will see 3 different color of flowers at the same time on the plant. It can be grown in containers or trellis  and should be trimmed after the flowers are gone.

According to the caretaker , television network ,  film makers, bloggers and travel magazines had featured their venue.

Ugu Bigyan- Potter’s Garden & Workshop

Augusto “Ugo” Bigyan, the celebrated  artisan potter who has contributed to the fame of the province . During one of the field trips conducted by the Philippine Orchid Society, the tour  stopped by Ugu’s workshop in Barangay Lusacan, Tiaong Quezon . Philippine culture and arts  are evident with  the fusion  of   Mexican , Spanish , Asian -inspired architecture which dotted the entire compound.

The group was lucky  to meet the famous artisan conducting a short workshop

Ugo Bigyan’s art works are mostly the functional kind. One finds here plates made of soft stone molded after the shape of leaves; glazed three-colored glasses; the enchanting wind chimes; bracelets made from clay; bowls of different sizes and colors but all with simple but exquisite designs.

different potteries on display for sale

A simple candy receptacle or small plate is adorned with twigs where perched ceramic butterflies, bees, fishes  or birds.  The gallery bestsellers prove to be the big tapestries, big jars, plates and dinner sets, and other stoneware. And there are many more. These functional pieces can actually serve as objet d’arts.

jar with fossilized fern design

The gallery enjoys great patronage from well-known individuals, up-scale hotels and posh resorts such as Amanpulo, Campo Travieza, Casa Patricia, El Nido, Hidden Valley and Villa Escudero. Some of his potteries are  also exported to Europe, Japan, Taiwan , Canada, Latin America and United States.

Bigyan workshop and garden is a cluster of houses , with different motives and  architecture styles these also  include the house he lives in, a showroom, a workshop and several smaller pavilion type huts with Balinese and Javanese inspired . Bigyan’s main house was made from simple hollow blocks and coated with reddish terracotta. The front lawn was accentuated with a circular structure made of brick and equipped with throw pillows in woven buri cases, where family and friends can gather and chat, and at night, perhaps, create a bonfire. Another curious accent of the lawn was a rock, which was hollowed out and filled with water where little, floating quiapo plants grew. It was an innovative version of an outdoor potted plant. A winding pathways lead to other houses. The pathways themselves were interesting to look at. Some were made from cement and bricks with glazed, ceramic fishes served as accent. Others are made from old driftwood, which were actually pieces from knocked-down old houses, which Bigyan salvaged and gathered.

Collections of different works of art from different countries like figurines from Thailand, face masked from Indonesia , figurines from Mexico among others.

Broad-leaf-shaped pattern  footsteps made from cement. These footsteps were cast from actual leaves. Most of his clay works with flower and leaf motifs are cast from actual flowers and leaves.The process of embedding the leaves and flowers are called fossilizing .

These pathways lead to other houses. on the  the right of the terracotta house was another house that seemed to serve as workshop, storage and living quarter, behind was the showroom, where  Mr. Bigyan’s work were on display and were on sale. The two houses had a rugged  unfinished look.

interiors in one of the houses inside Bigyan’s compound

The houses are made  of bricks, natural adobe  and cement, they looked unfinished,quite similar to those in movies . The houses and pavilions inside the compound  looked  like ruins. Their  unfinished look was intentionally and was somehow intriguing.

tour group marveled at the orchids and ferns mounted on live trees

Aside from artistically displayed clayware, Ugu’s workshop offers quaint huts with which one can relax and leisurely enjoy a lush  landscaped garden with large mango trees  draped with native  orchids, ferns, creeping plants examples are Dendrobium anosmum, Dendrobium aphyllum, Dendrobium crumenatum , Hoya pubicalyx, Platycerium coronarium , Platycerium grande , Asplenium nidus , tillandsia trimmed with terracotta chimes, fountains and koi ponds.

Hoya pubicalyx a member of Asclepiadaceae

At the end of the tour , Mr. Carlos Valeriano C. Lazaro gave Mr. Bigyan a copy of Philippine Orchid Review magazine.

Contact Information:

Ugu Bigyan: Potter’s garden
alvarez village, lusacan, tiaong, quezon
tel. no.: (042) 5459144
mobile: 0917-5605708
Rates: pottery workshops or demonstrations may also be arranged.

Helpful tips:

1.) They are strict that you pay for the exact amount of headcount that you reserved since they buy the ingredients in the market based on the reservation. Make a reservation at least several days in advance ( minimum of at least 5 persons ).

2.) Best time to buy pottery items in Ugu are during the sale season. There are three sale sessions: first, is the Pahiyas sale on May 15 ); second, on his even birthdays August 14 discounted depending on his age and lastly during the first Sunday of October.

3.) Lunch is usually a fix set depends on what they can buy in the market. You can influence this a bit and try to change some of the items based on your preference.Merienda is also nice time to visit and get a sampling of their sago and gulaman.

4.). You can learn pottery here and decide to stay for a night. Reservations is required .

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