Lovelier the Second Time: Upcycling at Los Baños Horticultural Society

Los Baños Horticultural Society in partnership with University of the Philippines -Los Baños presents to the general public from October 4 to 13, 2019 the mid- year garden show presenting different exhibits showcasing upcycling.

Aside the the landscaping competition, exhibits, commercial booths, There will be local products for sale.

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There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 30.00 for the general public and Php 20.00 for students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The exhibit site is the Senior Social Hall of the University of the Philippines -Los Baños.

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One of the respected guests of honor included Dr. Salvador Bautista. He is a respected horticulturist and landscape architect. The exhibit and landscape area is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Daily Lectures

Different Strokes for Different People” (Landscaping seminar)
by Dr. Salvador Bautista, Horticulturist and Landscape Architect
Oct. 5 (Saturday) 2PM

“Water Hyacinth as Raw Material for Making Coin Purses and Mats and Bayong-making using Pandan”
by Mr. Renel Batralo of Rolyo Likha
Oct. 7 (Monday) 9AM

“Christmas Decor out of Water Hyacinth”
by Ms. Remy Adedoja of Laguna Water Hyacinth
Oct. 7 (Monday) 2PM

“Breeding and Taking Care of Fighting Fish”
by Ms. Beatrice Lontok of UPLB Limnological Station
Oct. 8 (Tuesday) 9AM

“Drawing Plants”
by Mr. Dan Raralio, Visual Artist
Oct. 8 (Tuesday) 2PM

“Philippine Native Plants and Trees”
by Prof. Pastor Malabrigo, Jr., Plant Taxonomist, Marine Botanist and Biodiversity Expert
Oct. 12 (Saturday) 2PM

Stunning Landscape Exhibits at the Los Baños Horticultural Society 2018

The landscape exhibit executed by Mr. Bong Pionela and Mrs. Delia Pionela emerged as first place in the landscape exhibit at the Los Baños Horticultural Society 2018 mid-year show.

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The exhibition and trade fair bazaar is located at the Senior Social Hall within the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna province.

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Mrs. Delia Pionela pose at the award winning booth ( photo courtesy of Mrs. Delia Pionela)

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The exhibit had some flowering yellow and orange marigolds, ferns, driftwoods, palms and Alcantarea imperialis

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Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. officers together with Dr. Helen Valmayor, Rey Pimentel , Prof. Fernando Aurigue Jr. ( photo courtesy of Mr. Noel Vincent “Botchie” Canicula)

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2nd place landscape exhibit booth

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exhibit booth with ornamental plants and tree ferns

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different kinds of variegated agave, bromeliads, palms and foliage plants

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Alocasia heterophllya cv “Corazon Aquino” won as “Best in Show”

Aside from the landscape exhibits and plant display, There are over 50 stalls selling different items ranging from potted plants, orchids, fruit trees, flowering annuals, cacti and succulents, fertilizers and a trade fair area.

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community booth

This is an exhibit area where winners of Best cacti, Best bromeliad and variegated plants are displayed.

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The exhibition and trade fair area opens from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm starting tomorrow until October 14, 2018.

Note : Photo credit are from Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula, Tar Hata and Mrs. Delia Pionela

Ms. Wilma B.Dumayas -contact person
09297694554 smart
09369860187 globe

Note: There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 25 for the general public and Php 20.00 for students, senior citizens and pwd’s.

RD Farm Vanilla and Cacao Plants Update

We have visited RD Farm several times , The name RD Farm stands for Reyes Despacio family surname . The first one was way back in 2012. For those looking for vanilla orchid cuttings and cacao sapling. This is one of the reputable farms to source your plants.

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For those who wanted to visit the farm , here are a few guidelines set by the proprietor . I got some friends who visited the farm last week and they were amazed with the number of vanilla orchid cuttings and other tree saplings.

Contact Person : Mr. Yet Reyes / ( 0998-2785644-SMART ) (0916-3130156 GLOBE)

Address: 10657 Demarces Village, 4031 Los Baños, Laguna,  Philippines

Cafe Arabelle : Italian and Intercontinental Dishes at the Heart of Solenad

Cafe Arabelle opened its doors to the public in 2015 , Most of the menus are Italian inspired , Intercontinental and Filipinos dishes . The interior is very rustic with live green plants , machuca tiles , wooden tables and chairs in natural colors adds beauty to its rustic old world charm.

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Café Arabelle was named after the daughter of the owners. The proprietor and manager was there to give us a brief on the restaurant’s concept and food.

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The menu board offers American, Italian -inspired , Intercontinental dishes and give them their own twist to make it suitable for the Filipino taste. They were also one of the first restaurant at Solenad to offer buffet promos.  Sitting capacity inside was between 50 to 60 persons with additional 20 more outside .

grilled pancetta 

Grilled Pancetta is simply cured grilled bacon and wrapped in asparagus ( Italian version ). The focus is really on how this happens. This can be done simply with salt, but spices and other seasonings were added to infuse the pancetta with particular flavors. Vegetables such as asparagus , carrots add colors and additional flavor to the dish

buffalo pizza

Buffalo pizza is thin crust with the usual toppings of chopped onions, beefs , sliced red and green bell pepper , ham and cheese. Perfect with tomato ketchup or hot sauce. MUST TRY

ribs with carrots , corn and beans

Arabelle’s Barbecue Marinated Ribs were nicely marinated and the meat is tender. There is also side dish of vegetables of beans, corn kernel bits , sliced carrots and finely chopped parsley and seasonings.  The sauce was tangy and sweet . MUST TRY

 Arabelle’s creamy mushroom pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta had a creamy sauce which is like carbonara . This comes with egg , bacon, mushroom and cheese as toppings.

seafood pasta marinara

 Seafood Pasta Marinara was also good with green mussels ( tahong ) , squid rings ,shrimps and with parmesan cheese toppings . MUST TRY

Arabelle’s special salad with mango dressing

 We would recommend for sharing are the Buffalo Pizza ,Marinated Ribs, Arabelle’s Special  which had a mango dressing that taste similar to a popular ice cream brand in the market .

The restaurant also had a nice selections of Frappes, Juices ,Shakes, Ice Blend and Desserts.

During weekends, they offer buffet brunches at Php499 per head.

Address: Solenand 3, Nuvali , Santa Rosa, Laguna province

Contact : (049) 258 0775

Operational Hours:  11:00AM – 10:00PM everyday 

Acquisition of Our Lady of the Barangay

It was early October when someone at an FB group selling site posted an online ad indicating that he was selling  a statue of a lady with an infant jesus holding in her arms .  it was posted several weeks before I saw the advertisement , taking just a quick glance of the statue , thinking it was made from resin , fiber glass or even paper mache material  ( We think not suitable for an almost outdoor chapel  )   The statue was posted by Mr. Edgardo Gamo Jr. from Laguna province , He is also a well-known artist and collector of many items. We need some durable religious statues for our newly renovated family chapel . The first statues installed were eaten by termites or got destroyed by typhoon .

I took notice of the statue and tried to send  a private message indicating my intention of purchasing the statue . It took  few days around October 19, 2016 before he answered my queries, Since we are not FB friend so it took a while , A few more inquiries had almost sealed our orders, we had to wait until after first week of November before finally deciding on the last piece of item to purchase . It took a few more days again (  out of town trip  ) and a letting someone deposit the agreed amount on November 11 Friday . It was more of a bulk sale ,  He was quite a good sales person and i felt ease with our transaction . Offering a couple of freebie stuffs, which we gladly liked and treasured.

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary statue with pedestal  ( peana is separate )

Peana is a pedestal for religious images , normally carved from wood . The most common depiction is cloud- like formation . It is believed that religious statues hold special place in one’s home and thus peana is created to avoid the statues from touching the altar . It is also blessed by the priest before any religious  statues is placed on it   .

 For more precious religious statues like those made of hardwoods and precious materials like kamagong , molave  narra  , ivory , glass statues or semi-precious stones,  a special holder or container called  “Urna ” sometime made of , glass blown bottles , imported glass casing or house is needed to further protect the image. It used to be widely sold item until the mid-1990’s when fewer and fewer urnas were created . Some people do not want to spend money to house the religious statues .

One of my cousin told me that they have a previous transaction , several years ago – they bought a vintage Santo Nino ring ( circa 1960’s) made from silver which my cousin gave to their mother as a surprise gift . The seller shipped the items on November 15 Tuesday .

On November 16,2016 Wednesday around past 3:30 pm , JRS the courier service delivered the items right in our doorstep ! It was one of the fastest deliveries that we got , Normally when we purchase items online , it take at least 1 to 2 weeks before any courier company would deliver the items in our door step. It was some sort of coincidence that i was home a little bit early .

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Almost everyone were thrilled to see the packages arrived , After signing the form from the courier service , we carefully unpack the items ( 2 separate boxes) and got the biggest disappointment in our lives , Two of the statues got broken arms . The first one ” Our Lady of the Barangay  holding a baby jesus , with two broken arms and Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary holding infant jesus also got a broken arm.  We had to inform the seller about our predicament and he quickly re-assured us of the immediate action .

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I also consulted some religious saint enthusiasts and collectors on how to restore the broken arms . The cheapest and quickest solution was to buy a clear glue which is compatible to wood . It took a few more days before we were able to buy that glue and finally , we were able to stick the broken arms of the statue. ( not all hardware stores had those ).

Our Lady of the Barangay 

Story:

Our Lady of the Barangay was part of the extensive collection of religious items by the original seller made from Batikuling / Baticulin wood or Litsea perottetii, of the laurel family, the wood  which is soft, fragrant when fresh.  This is one of the preferred wood  for carving religious images , statues and chairs in the country .

According to the seller , The statue was made around late  1970’s or early  1980’s  by an unknown artist. He probably acquired the statue late 1990’s and recently got  ” hilamos ng pintura ” – to wash , with fresh coat of paint . The color is quite different from the usual Our Lady of the Barangay that i have encountered . The tapis ( wrapped around dress)  around the saya ( skirt ) had a caramel brownish colored stripes instead of the usual reddish paint.

The image had a white simple veil which extend in front of the image and at the back . This maybe the artist rendition of the Our Lady of the Barangay . The only clue that we got is that this could have been made somewhere in Laguna province within unknown wood carver.

Maybe someone who knows about the origin or maker of this statue can further send some comment or email .

Our Lady of the Barangay 

Our Lady of the Barangay statue is made from fiber glass – The statue is being retailed at Php 1,800 at Saint Paul Religious Store -another rendition of the statue with halo and one of the hands of child jesus is pointing up instead of wide open.  Not all branches of Saint Paul have ready stock of the image , I went to 3 stores SM MOA , SM Manila and SM Megamall with no stock available.

History and Origin of Our Lady of the Barangay

The image of Our Blessed Mother carrying her Son was painted by Mr. Crisogono A. Domingo, an inmate of Santa Barbara Leprosarium. The idea on the image was inspired in Cadiz City in 1954 and the artist , a mere house painter, undertook the work as an offering to Our Blessed Mother for the BIRHEN SANG BARANGAY ORGANIZATION, a Catholic mandated organization in the Philippines.

Birhen Sa Barangay was the title given to the image by Datu Antonio C. Gaston, the founder and leader of the Barangay Sang Birhen Organization. On Oct. 16, 1954 Msgr. Emmanuel Yap, D.D. gave the image his Canonical Blessing and acclaimed it to be an inspired work of art. Hence Oct. 16 has been marked as a Loyalty Day to Our Lady, the Birhen Sa Barangay, and has been chosen as the date for Her Fiesta celebration in Cogon.

On June 12, 1975, the original painting arrived in the Diocese of Tagbilaran for Our Lady’s visitation to the whole province of Bohol – from parish to parish, from central barangays to the remotest ones. This visit lasted for 6 years and 15 days. On Jan.14, 1981 the image was brought back to Bacolod City for the historical visit of the Holy Father, His Holiness Pope John Paul II. On Feb. 20, 1981, at the Bishop’s Palace in Bacolod City, the image was personally blessed by the Holy Father.

Since then, the devotion quickly spread from different towns and cities across the Visayas and reach Luzon as early as the late 1960’s , especially among the Aglipayan and sunday television mass which have the image of the Our Lady of the Barangay being venerated.