Highlights of the Flora Filipina 2019 Opening

Flora Filipina 2019 which is a project by the Philippine Orchid Society in partnership with Quezon City government, Department of Tourism, Department of Agriculture with media partner Manila Bulletin had a grand opening held at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) area within Quezon Memorial Circle.

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international and Filipino delegates ( photo credit Mr. Norberto Bautista)

The opening was capped with a ribbon cutting ceremony around past 4:00 pm. Lion dancers with drum beaters paving a post Chinese New Year vibe at the opening.

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lion dancers

There were cultural performers dancing popular Filipino folk dances. International delegates, members, invited guests were serenaded with Filipino music.

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Allied Botanical Corporation landscape exhibit

Allied Botanical Corporation or simply called ABC presented a beautiful landscape exhibit using their popular flowering annuals, marigolds and sunflowers.

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Malvarosa landscape exhibit

The landscape exhibits have several flowering gerberas, marigolds, aglaonemas, tropical foliages, Phalaenopsis hybrid orchids, Rhyncostylis gigantea, strap leaf vandas, Dendrobiums and BLC type hybrids.

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cacti and succulent landscape exhibit ( third place)

This landscape exhibit showcases several variegated agaves, tillandsias and succulent plants. This landscape carefully used some upscale material from old wooden window panels, and utility poles among others.

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Mrs. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go landscape exhibit

Mrs. Evangeline ” Vangie” Go orchid landscape exhibit booth won several awards. The award also includes ” Best Orchid Landscape ” award.

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The orchid landscape exhibit included different orchid species and hybrids. Among the gorgeous blooming  Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumays), Vanda lamellata,   Vanda lamellata var. boxallii, yellow and reddish flowering cattleya hybrids, strap leaf vandas. oncidiums and Epidendrums hybrids.

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Grammtophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum

Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum have hundreds of greenish yellow flowers that is a big head turner at the landscape exhibit area.

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side portion of the landscape exhibit ( photo courtesy of Mr. Jaime Chua)

The accents included old capiz window panels, wooden doors and old ceramic vases.

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The orchid landscape exhibit also use some old drift woods finished with bermuda grass and white pebbles.

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orchid landscape exhibit

This orchid landscape exhibit won second place at the competition.

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orchid landscape # 5

This orchid landscape exhibit was executed by Ms. Rona Latorre use different kinds of strap leaf vandas, oncidiums, cattleyas, Phalaenopsis orchids, ferns and old logs. This won third place in the orchid landscape exhibit.

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Indonesian themed orchid landscape ( photo courtesy of Mr. Jaime Chua)

This landscape exhibit was executed by Mr. Rudy T. Mintarto, Mr.Bagus Asharnanto and Mr.Win. They used several cut-flower orchid varieties, wooden face mask, head gear and costumes from Indonesia.

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Palawan landscape exhibit

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ornamental landscape exhibit #13

Mr. Godofredo ” Fred” Salud is the person behind this award winning “Best Ornamental Landscape” exhibit booth. He is also the person behind the Solaire Resort and Casino gorgeous lobby landscape.

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ornamental landscape

The plants included some Paphiopedilum haynaldianum with dozens of flowers, Dischidias, bromeliads,anthuriums, Alcantarea imperialis, Alcantarea odorata, Tillandsias , Dracenas, Begonias and Aglaonema hybrids.

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multi-awarded winning landscape exhibit

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award winning plants with large blue ribbons

Alcantarea imperialis c.v.” rubra”- Best Variegated Ornamental Plant, best Cultured Ornamental Plant and Best Ornamental Plant in Show- owned and exhibited by Mr. Godofredo ” Fred” Salud

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Mrs. Delia and Mr.Bong Pionela ornamental landscape exhibit

Mr. Bong Pineda executed this lovely landscape which used several flowering guzmanias, bromeliads, crotons, foxtail palms, ferns, flowering bougainvilleas and Tillandisa usneoides.

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Mrs. Delia Pionela posing for a souvenir shot ( photo credit Mrs. Delia Pionela)

Alcantarea imperialis c.v .” julietta” – Best Bromeliad in Flora Filipina 2019

For those who wish to visit the exhibit area, There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 50.00 for the general public and Php 30.00 for students, senior citizens and pwd’s with valid ID’s

Exhibit areas is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Flora Filipina International Exposition is until March 5, 2019.

Note: Photo credits Mr. Jaime Chua, Mrs. Delia Pionela, Mr. Norberto Bautista and the author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interesting Landscapes at the Flora Filipina 2015 Expo

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

Orchid Landscape Winners

3rd Place Ms. Evangeline B. ” Vangie ” Go

The landscape used old capiz window panels and driftwoods as part of the landscape . White cattleyas, ferns , Dendrobium spectabile from Papua New Guinea , Solomon islands, Irian Jaya of Indonesia  , Dendrobium sanderae and Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum  from the Philippines , mutant dracena and ferns added different shades of  green and yellow tones to the landscape.

2nd Place- Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Farm

This orchid landscape used Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids , Oncidium hybrids , Cattleya hybrids, Paphiopedilum hybrids  , Epidendrum hybrids . Fixtures includes wooden door , steel  frame, adobe stones, pebbles ,  old soft drink bottles.

1st Place -Susan and Manuel Lee

The orchid landscape had Dendrobium hybrids, Cattleya hybrids , Phalaenopsis hybrids, Vanda hybrids , Paphiopedilum hybrids with some native orchid species like Dendrobium uniflorum, Dendrobium sanderae , Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum , Trichoglottis rosea, Trichoglottis latisepala , native asplenium .

Ornamental Landscape Winners

3rd Place-Allied Botanical Corporation

Allied Botanical Corporation is one of the major seeds, fertilizers and fruit suppliers in the country .  The landscape exhibit showcases vegetable and fruit produce like water melon, gourd , red bell peppers, tomatoes , lettuce , herbs ,  sunflowers, celosia ( cockcomb )  , petunia , sorghum, marigold flowers among others.  ( together in the photo: Ms. Dhory Fadriquela )

Website: http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

2nd Place : Professor Juan ” Johnny ” Lim

Professor Johnny Lim won several coveted awards for his bonsai trees .

1st Place: Mr. Fred Salud , Mr. Tata Montilla and ” Late” Atty. Pepito Mercado

The landscape exhibit was created by Mr. Fred Salud together with Mr. Tata Montilla using the collection of cactus and succulents of the late  Atty. Pepito Mercado who died just last January 2015. This is some sort of a tribute exhibit. Surprisingly, this landscape exhibit won the grand prize for the ” Best Ornamental Landscape Exhibit ” and ” ” Best Ornamental Plant in the Show “

Here are some of the noteworthy landscape exhibits in orchids and ornamental plant category.

Mr. Manuel and Ms. Susan Lee – bahay kubo ( nipa hut)  inspired landscape

Philippine Orchid Society community booth

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines

Philippine Bonsai Society

The landscape exhibit features collection of outstanding bonsai set in a gigantic metal frame

NVC Garden

old chairs as additional accent

Nigel Garden

Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Plants

This is another orchid landscape exhibit which features native orchids and rare ornamental plants

Constel Nature Garden

Architect Bimbo Vergara

These are the terracotta pots which are part of the fixtures of the landscape exhibit which combines old windows, hardwood panels , cactus and succulents

Architect Bimbo Vergara exhibit

Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Farm

Mr. Jun Golamco and Mr. Mike Espeso

landscape exhibit  includes bromeliads, nepenthes and old drift woods.

Davao Orchid Society and Ms. Vicky Jimenez

Ms. Doreen Dofitas

Ms. Doreen Dofitas exhibit incorporated tillandsias, bromeliads , aglaonema , philodendron , ornamental plants and old logs.

Ms. Alily Galo and Mrs. Baby Alarcon

Dr. Olivia Sanchez

Dr. Olivia Sanchez from Laguna had a wide variety of ornamental plants on display . gerberas, tillandsias, bromeliads , oncidium, dendrobium, cattleya hybrids and vanda lamellata are neatly arranged

Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plant Farm

Phalaenopsis schilleriana

Mr. Mando Cruz

Mr. Mando Cruz landscape is modern design and the use of steel and recycled materials makes this exhibit a stand-out.

Mr. Mando Cruz

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a crowd drawer is the naked aztec-like goddess.

red and black ants climbing up the narra tree

Note: All photos were taken by the author

Please visit these links:

BIG Winners at Flora Filipina Show 2015 part 1

BIG Winners at Flora Filipina Show 2015 part 2

66th Philippine Orchid Society Mid- Year Orchid & Garden Show opening highlights Part1

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

After several days of torrential rains, the big day happened just few hours ago with the invited guests of honor led by Quezon City officials, Bureau of Plant Industry , president of various horticultural societies ,  plant enthusiasts, media, bloggers were treated into an afternoon of fun and excitement as the much anticipated opening of the 66th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden show unfolded .

L-R Mr. Kelvin Manubay , Ms. Vangie B. Go , Atty Oscar Hilado and Mrs. Marilon Hilado of PHINMA Properties , Dr. Victor Endriga ( represented office of the mayor) ,  Professor Serapion Metilla, Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe.

members  admire the orchid exhibit

PHINMA Properties is one of the major sponsor of the event . One of the three company corporate social responsibilities is “ Bagong Buhay ” which  involves Environmental Stewardship. PHINMA Properties makes sure that green practices are implemented not just in its architecture but in other aspects of its business as well. Their new projects will feature use of solar panels, rain water recycling, glass-to-sand processing and waste segregation.

Atty.  Oscar Hilado on his inspirational talk during the opening

  He is now into growing of ornamental plants and an advocate for growing of native orchids. One of his favorite is Vanda sanderiana aka Euanthe sanderiana  locally called ( Waling-waling ) .

crowd listen to Atty. Ocsar Hilado  inspirational talk

 

Atty. Oscar Hilado and Mrs. Marilon Hilado received a special token gifts from Ms. Vangie B. Go -president of the Philippine Orchid Society and Atty. Rudy Sanidad

Their  environmental practice is to recycle old tarpaulin materials into eco-bags which are hand-crafted in our community livelihood programs.

Please visit the link : http://www.phinmaproperties.com/index.html

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PTV channel 4 ( Telebisyon ng Bayan )  staffs and crew were among the media partners which covered the opening day ceremonies.

L-R Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Gutierrez , Mrs. Adoracon S. Bernabe , Dr. Victor Edriga and Ms. Vangie B. Go – president of the Philippine Orchid Society

Ms. Delia Pionela from Quezon province together with Ms.Norma K. Villanueva  pose for a shot at the landscape exhibit executed by Ms. Delia Pionela and her son

Ms. Norma K. Villanueva is a health advocate and a plant enthusiast , She is one of the organizer in the upcoming QC country fair this coming October 17 to 21, 2012 .

Mr. Jun Golamco in his acceptance speech

After a  tour of the exhibit area, the guests and vips were treated to a short program in the pavilion area of the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden )

Mr. Norberto Bautista, Mrs. Laura Bautista , Ms. Imelda Sarmiento and Mrs. Cel Tungol -photo enthusiast and writer

after the short program the guests and vips had an afternoon meal courtesy of resident caterer Ms. Baby de Leon

BLC. Princess Ishtar ” Landerdale ” a tri-generic Cattleya alliance hybrid exhibited by Malvarosa Orchids

Here are the set of Major Winners :

Best Cattleya ” BLC. COED Malvarosa ” exhibitor Malvarosa Orchids

Best Other Genera -Sympodial Orchid ” Cycnoches Jean E. Monniers ” exhibited by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion – Conde

Best Dendrobium – Dendrobium Thongchai Gold X C.K. Ai ” Oka”  exhibitor Ms. Erly Ergargue

Best Phalaenopsis – ” Phalaenopsis gigantea ”  and  Best Foreign species Exhibitor: Ms. Vangie Go

Phalaenopsis gigantea is native to the island of  Borneo. This orchid is found in the states of  Sabah, Sarawak in  Malaysia , Brunei Darussalam  and in Kalimantan in  Indonesia and was described in 1909. Named for its gigantic leaves that can grow more than 70 centimeters in cultivation while there are some unverified reports that some specimen can reach up to more than 100 centimeters ! The massive leaves are pendent , leathery , broadly rounded, pale silvery green and shiny on both surface.

The colors of this species may be rather variable and the flowers have delicately scented.  The color may vary from cream, whitish , yellow , yellow -greenish found clearly at the base of the sepals and petals.

close-up view of the flowers of Phalaenopsis gigantea

Phalaenopsis gigantea produces the biggest leaves of the genus and is the bulkiest leaves of its kind . This Phalaenopsis species is called ” Elephant ears ” in its native habitat of Malaysia and Indonesia because of its large- sized  leaves which resembles elephant’s ears .

In the Philippines, there are some growers and orchid hobbyists which grow this particular orchid species for curiosity and for breeding purposes.

Best Other Genera – Monopodial Orchid ” Renanthera philippinensis ” Exhibited By Ms. Vangie Go

A medium sized , monopodial orchid found in many parts of the country particularly near mangrove swamps and lower elevation forest with erect to semi-pendulous stem carrying unequally bilobed apical leaves that can bloom in any time of the year . In some parts of the country , this orchid species is called ” fire orchids ” since the bloody red color of the flowers which looks like blazing fire.

Renanthera philippinensis  is called FIRE Orchids or Red Waling-waling

Folklore :

In parts of Real , Quezon province people there called this orchid species as ” red waling-waling ”  Aside from the beauty that this orchid processes, There are a lot of superstitious belief which associate the widespread growing of this species in its native range . Some people believe it can be a lucky charm or good luck plant. Some people believes that the orchids can ward -off evil spirits because of its reddish flower, While some people preserve the flowers for rituals .

Best Vanda sanderiana , Best Philippine Species and Best Orchid in Show exhibited by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde

 Vanda sanderiana

Vanda sanderina or Euanthe sanderiana is an endemic orchid found in the southern parts of the country.  There are some recognized varieties of this orchid species , some of which are exhibited in the ongoing 66th Mid-Year orchid and garden show.

 Closer view of the flowers of Vanda sanderiana aka Euanthe sanderiana

Note : I will be posting a part 2 of this event for landscape exhibits, flower arrangement competition , noteworthy plants and orchids for collection !

 Please visit the link for the second part : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/66th-philippine-orchid-society-mid-year-orchid-garden-show-opening-highlights-part-2/

Horticulture 2011 a plant show with a mission

Plant connoisseurs and garden lovers flock to this year’s Philippine Horticultural Society garden show at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation in Quezon City. After all, the event is showcasing the creative landscape designs by some of the country’s leading plant growers and aficionados.

members , officers, special guests pose for a souvenir photo shoot at the entrance of greenhouse #2 within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound

The exclusive opening ceremonies were held last January 28, 2011 , friday at around past 4:00 pm .The  very important guests list includes Mr. Lucito Bertol ( Manila Seedling Bank Foundation chair)  Madam Katsura ( wife of the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines ) ,Hon. Raquel S. Malangen (councilor  4th district of Quezon City)   , representative  of the Vice Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte , members of other affiliated plant societies , members, media and others.

ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by invited guest of honor

The colorful opening ceremonies marked the societies’ 35th anniversary , with most of the guests wore beaded Filipinana inspired formal wear . The show’s mission is to educate the people on how important conservation and using native plants in gardening . After all the country is one of the riches in terms of floral diversity in this part of the world.

Ms. Wendy Regaldo in her opening speech

Through its daily lecture – people from all walks of life learn the importance of a green environment and its ability to somehow combat climate change .

Madam Katsura – wife of the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines received a token ( Platycerium grande) from Architect  Patricia ” Wendy ” Regalado -President of Philippine Horticultural Society Inc.

Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula pose in his landscape exhibit

The highlights of this year’s event was the awarding of the  best landscape exhibit , best in show, best Philippines species . The show also paid tribute to Mr. Leonardo Co -founder and president of Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. which was killed  in Leyte last year.

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society , Inc. exhibit booth

 

Mr. Leonardo Co memorabilia exhibit

A candle lighting ceremonies also capped the emotional opening .  Special mention to Mr. Karl Aguilar a blogger friend who also went to the show .

candle lightning ceremonies by Mr. Botchie Canicula, Professor Serapion Metilla and Mr. Modesto Manglicmot

The list of participants include the members of the Philippine Orchid Society, Malvarosa Orchids, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society,  King Louis Plants and Flowers, Aroid Study GroupHoya Study Group and Fern Study Group of the PHSI, Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines , Professor Serapion Metilla, George Mendoza, Botchie Canicula, Vic De Rona, and the group of Jun Golamco, Bong Makawile, and Lawrence Chan.

Landscape exhibit made by the tandem of Mr. Jun Golamco, Mr. Wilfrido G. Macawile and Lawrence Chan

Dominating the show are our very own Philippine plant species such as tree ferns, birds nest ferns, cycads, aroids, bonsai trees, orchids, Hoya (flowering vines), flowering and shade trees, fruit trees,  and the colorful plant hybrids.

Mr. Vic de Rona and his wife received the plaque ( first place landscape exhibit )

Surrounding the exhibit are  about 70 commercial stalls selling various garden plants, orchids, bonsai, bromeliads, fruit trees, cacti, and an assortment of garden accessories.

Mr. Norberto Bautista – board member of Philippine Orchid Society received the  award from the organizers for winning the  second place in landscape exhibit

Ms. Susan Calo Medina – television host – Travel Time and media personality

BLC. Christine Bersola- Babao – a cattleya hybrid -named after ABS-CBN channel 2  news person by orchid breeder Atty. Hernando Perez

Mr. Jun Golamco lectured on native orchids, ferns, pitcher plants

Here are the list of the winners of the 35th annual Philippine Horticulture Society , Inc. show

Landscape Exhibit booth

Most Innovative Landscape Exhibit – Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines

Third Place- Mr. George Mendoza ( Booth #3)

Second Place- Malvarosa Orchids / Philippine Orchid Society ( Booth #10)

First Place – Lugar Huerta – Mr. Vic de Rona

Liparis condylobulbon

Best Philippine Species -Mrs. Teresa Baldonado

Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata”

Best Plant in  Show- Mr. George K. Mendoza

Other Lists of Winners

Horticulture 2011 Winners
Category (Sub-category)   / Plant Name  /  Owner

Orchid
Monopodial       No-Winner

Sympodial ( Species)    BLC. Olga Severino  Martel  Malvarosa
Local Species    Liparis condylobulbon    Teresa Baldonado
Aroid    Raphidophora sp.”variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Aroid A    Aglaonema Sirimanee Red    Georgae K.Mendoza
Aroid B    Alocasia cuprea    Botchie Canicula
Aroid C    Raphidophora sp.”variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Cactus and Succulent    Agave agustifolia “alba”    Adoracion S.Bernabe
Cactus     Astrophytum myriostigma    Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Succulent    Agave parviflora    Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Variegated & Mutant    Agave angustifolia “ alba”    Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Fern/Fern Ally    Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Fern A    Asplenium colubrinum    George K.Mendoza
Fern B    No Winner
Fern Ally    Psilotum nudum    Botchie Canicula
Variegated & Mutant    Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Foliage     Sorombrom    Serapion Metilla
Tree    Sorombrom    Serapion Metilla
Shrub    Leea species    Botchie Canicula
Herbaceous    Brown spiderwort (Sederasis friscata)    Botchie Canicula
Miniature    Dypsis lutescens (mutant palm)    Fely Gupit
Variegated& Mutant    No Winner
Local Species    Loheria sp.    George K.Mendoza
Flowering Plant    Indian Beads Clerodendron    RodrigoEugenio
Perennial     Indian Beads Clerodendron    Rodrigo Eugenio
Annual    No entry
Bonsai    Desmodium sp.”BlueBell”    Vic de Rona
Single    No Winner
Grouping    Malabayabas    Vic de Rona
Local Species    Desmodium sp.”BlueBell”    Vic de Rona
Palm/Cycad   No Winner
Palm  No Winner
Local Species    Korthalsia laciniosa
Bromeliads    Tillandsia ( xerographica x chiapensis )    Rene Dofitas
Bromeliads A    No entry
Bromeliads B (Special)    Variegated Aechmea hybrid    Botchie Canicula
Variegated & Mutant    No entry
Other Species & Hybrids    Tillandsia ( xerographica x chiapensis )    Rene Dofitas
Curiosity/S.I. Plant    Nepenthes globosa    WilfridoG. Macawile
Large    No entry
Medium    Nepenthes globosa    WlfridoG. Macawile
Small    No entry
Variegated and Mutant