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. Cuña- 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 – He 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.

 

Mindanao Avenue Garden Center: A New Garden Center in Quezon City !!!!

106 Mindanao Avenue, Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines

Mindanao Avenue Garden Center

It was several months ago (around December 2013) , When i noticed  some plant stalls that have sprung-up along Mindanao Avenue near the Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches -Quezon City .

GVM Lucky Stone

GVM Lucky Stone had 2 branches ( Novaliches and Lagro)

Block 167 lot 23, Commonwealth Avenue Extension, Greater Lagro , Quezon City

Land line : 409-1260

rocks , stones, and garden accessories

Address: Quezon Avenue corner Agham road Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City

Landline: 494-76-38 Telefax : 436-53-28

Cellphone ( 0905-422-6966)

The area used to be a vacant lot being rented out to a trucking company  . I noticed  the beehive of activities started late December 2013 and early January 2014 when i saw some trucks load of plants and gardening materials that were busy unloading their stuffs.

Jack Waterfalls and Garden

Jack Waterfall and Garden specializes in man-made waterfalls and landscaping gardens. They sell concrete pots, indoor fountains, pedestal, koi ponds, grotto, wall fountains .

Landline – 379-63-03

Mobile-0916-798-4894

clay pots

When i visited the old Manila Seedling Bank Foundation last December 2013.   Some tenants told me that they they are looking for a place and they are still in negotiation with the lot owner in Mindanao Avenue , where they can relocate their plant and garden stalls.

Mang Victor

Mang Victor is one of the plant stall tenants in Greenhouse # 3  within Manila Seedling Bank compound . He specializes on native plants, orchids and ornamental plants.

Ms. Vangie Go- plant stall

I saw Ms. Vangie Go at her newly re-opened store within the center.  The selling area is smaller than what she used to have at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation. She is still renovating her new place .

plant stall

The big move happened on the first week of January 2014 when almost all of the tenants were forced to find a place for their plants and gardening supplies . Each plant stall is allotted around 50 to 70 square meters . It is a whole lot less space compared to what they have when they are still at the Manila Seedling Bank compound.

stall selling bonsai

 They are now in the process of making it to a community . Each stall specializes in a particular plants or products .

semi-terete vandas

eatery

The combined area is around 3,600 square meters with around 30 stalls owners . Most of them are from Greenhouse #3 in Manila Seedling Bank hence they decided to include it in the signage.

Note: Mindanao Avenue Garden Center is also called ” Garden City ” by some of the tenants .  The 200 plus tenants were relocated in  different garden centers like  Farmers Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon Memorial Circle and Mindanao Avenue with the largest number of stall holders.

Philippine Orchid Society- Christmas get together

Purificacion Orchid Haus, Manila Seedling Bank compound, Quezon City-Philippines

Mrs. Luz Santa Ana

 Philippine Orchid Society’s board of directors and members decided to donate the Christmas party funds to the  Philippine National Red Cross -Quezon City chapter to help the Typhoon Haiyan  (local name :  Yolanda) . In lieu of what happened , some members decided to contribute home cooked meals , home-made specialties ,  regional specialties and have a more meaningful Christmas . The  simple get together was attended by about 40 members and some special invited guests.

 Philippine Orchid Society members

The simple get-together started at around past 6:00PM. I arrived at around past 8:30 pm at the venue area after the disappointing  Neon Invasion Fun Run ( December 7, 2013) held nearby Quezon Memorial Circle  .  Almost everyone had already finished their meals except for 1 or 2 guests.

Philippine Orchid Society members

The pot luck meal  is still very impressive, almost everyone brought something to share , ube , mocha cake and egg pie by Mr. Frandel Recto, Lechon by Ms. Vangie Go, Pancit Canton , Pancit Malabon, Spaghetti, Traditional Ham, Tanigue , soft-drinks , coffee,  beer, candies , barbecue, local fruits and desserts ! It was more than what  everyone was expecting ! FOOD Fiesta Galore !!!!

Ms. Vangie Go – President of the Philippine Orchid Society

There were some parlor games and karaoke at the site. i was too busy eating and chatting with some of the members and invited guests that i forgot to join their parlor games !!!!

Ms. Nena Covey

Ms. Nena Covey is one of the 5 winners of ” Early BIRD ” she arrived at the venue before 6:00PM.

Ms. Vangie Go and Ms. Sol Pagcatipunan – exchange gift

Then there was the attendance raffle , early bird gifts  , exchange gifts , chit chats with fellow orchid and plant enthusiasts . 2014 promise to be BIG and preparations for the 2015 Flora Filipina International Exposition will set a bar higher in the Philippine horticulture industry.

Ms. Jenny F. Rivera ( office secretary)  hand over the check to Philippine National Red Cross -Quezon City chapter last December 11, 2013 .

Note: I must say that i am proud to be a lifetime member of this society. A society who knows how to care and share whatever small “things” that we can muster to save in our own little way. I hope that every legitimate NGO group can also help our society and in nation building !

Sleeping Beauties of the Orchid World lecture of Ms. Vangie Go

Pavilion area, Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City-Philippines

participants

It was a rainy afternoon when at least 70 people attended the lecture of Ms. Vangie  Go . The lecture was focused on the sleeping beauties of the orchid world.   Some of the early attendees patiently waited  at the lecture area .

native orchid species

Ms. Vangie go started to differentiate the kinds of orchid genus and their cultural requirements.

participants eagerly listen to her lecture

 Many orchids require a rest period .  In temperate regions , As days get shorter and temperatures drop in the autumn, cut back on water and fertilizer. In the wild, dormancy occurs naturally when rains decrease or temperatures drop. Some orchid species  like Dendrobium anosmum at the end of the flowering cycle for most orchid plants that all orchids need a resting period—some going into such deep rest or dormancy that they ap­pear almost dead. In a state of nature this rest is provided by the change of seasons. It will be found that those plants requiring a long spell of complete rest in the greenhouse come from regions where long periods of hot wind occur. During such times these plants shrivel and dry, giving no sign of life.

L-R Mrs. Lucy Tan  and Ms. Vangie Go

Mrs. Lucy Tan is a member of the Philippine Orchid Society . She won a specimen sized Dendrobium bullenianum .

Mr. Ed Choa , Ms. Vangie Go and Mr. Wilson Dee

Mr. Ed Choa and Mr. Wilson Dee  both plant hobbyists won Dendrobium anomum and an Anthurium hybrid during the lecture of Ms. Go

Aside from being dormant , Some orchids will shed their leaves . In the native habitat of many orchids these extremely dry seasons will be followed by tor­rential rains, during which the plant awakens and puts forth new growth that will culminate in bloom.

children and their moms pose for a souvenir shot

After the short lecture she raffled -off interesting orchids and imported ones like Catasetum and Anthurium hybrids.

Ms. Vangie Go award winning orchid showcase landscape exhibit

Two lucky participants also won Php 1,200 pesos cash ! She is one of the most generous resource speaker and aside from imparting her vast knowledge to the public, she also share a lot of plants to the newbies .

BIG Winners at the Philippine Orchid Society’s 67th Mid-Year Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden ) Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City – Philippines

Senator Cynthia Villar , Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe and Mrs. Remedios Rodis- Santelices

After weeks of  heavy rains and southwest monsoon . Warm and sunny weather prevailed . Everyone hoped and prayed that the opening will have a sunny weather  so that the visitors and guests will not be drench in  the torrential rains .

L-R Ms. Vangie Go , Atty Rodolfo Sanidad and a priest

Orchid and gardening shows also serve as a platform to meet different people and industry experts. You can also meet fellow plant and orchid hobbyists .

L-R Ms. Vangie Go, Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe and Senator Cynthia Villar

The festive and colorful opening  led by  a live band from the Quezon City government .  A priest was invited to bless the commercial booths, exhibit area and the immediate vicinity  . It had been quite some time since  i have witness a priest  at the opening of the orchid show !  Senator Cynthia Villar  , members and invited VIPs,  led the ribbon cutting ceremony .

L-R Mrs. Remedios Rodis-Santelices , Mrs. Susan Lee, Mr. Kelvin Neil Manubay, Honorable Senator Cynthia Villar, Mrs. Corazon Purificacion , Ms. Vangie Go and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde

L-R Ms. Tess Bong-ao ( First Bloom Orchid and Ornamental Plant Farm) together with Senator Cynthia Villar

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the invited guests and vips were given a short tour of the show much to the of  the stall holders , visitors and media .

Senator Cynthia Villar viewing the flower arrangement

Mrs.  Cynthia Villar had a small pool of media writers and senate media covering her visit at the show. Television stations like PTV channel 4, UNTV channel 37 , Manila Bulletin , Philippine Star , Philippine Daily Inquirer representatives were also there covering the show.

Ms. Dhory Fadriquela, Senator Cynthia Villar, author and Mr. Ronnie Cruz Bernardo ( Helicon Projects)

Well- known social media people also played a very important role in the event .  Plant Chaser  ( Atty. Bom Gomez) , Mr. Azrael Coladilla , Helicon Projects , Collectors’ Connection , LOL Philosopher, Our Philippine Native Trees , Ms. Andrea Agillon  among others,  helped in the information dissemination such as posting them on gardening forums, facebook, twitter accounts, internet sites .

Ms. Vangie Go together with Dr. Elenita Binay

L-R Mr. Kelvin Manubay , Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion-Conde, Mr. Manuel Lee and Mrs. Susan Lee, Senator Cynthia Villar, Atty. Rodolfo Sanidad

Mrs. Cynthia Villar and Dra. Elenita Binay received a pot of  phalaenopsis flower and fern as a token of appreciation by the society

After the brief tour of the garden bazaar and landscape exhibit area. There was a short program in which the winners of show were announced.

Major WINNERS of the 67th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

Ms. Dhory Alvendia – President of the Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines – Her exhibit won First Place –Paphiopedilum philippinense  ( Best Paphiopedilum )

Contact : (0917) 5302822  GLOBE

FREE- Style Flower Arrangement WINNERS

First Place – Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion-Conde with ribbons, glass award and Php 5,000 cash

Second Place- Ms. Baby Alarcon

Third Place: Ms. Dhory Alvendia – Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines

Orchid  SHOW Winners

BEST Vanda sanderiana ( Waling -waling ) and BEST Orchid in the Show

Exhibitor  : Ms. Vangie Go

BEST  Philippine Species: Phalaenopsis equestries variety  “alba
Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids and Ornamentals

BEST Cattleya & Best Sympodial Orchid – BLC.  Spring Queen ” Blushing Bride” Exhibitor  : Malvarosa Orchids

BEST Foreign Species & Best Monopodial Orchid :

Christensonia vietnamica – Exhibitor : Malvarosa Orchids

Christensonia vietnamica Haager 1993- A newly discovered genus and species in early 1990’s  that is found in Vietnam in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests and savana-like woodlands at elevations of sea level to 700 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial epiphyte with a stem enveloped by leaf bearing sheaths carrying 2 ranked, leathery, praemorse leaves that blooms in the summer on a axillary, short to 4″ [10 cm] long, to 7 flowered inflorescence. This orchid used to be classified under Vanda . Blooming season is from June to late August .  Flowers can last for several days and even weeks.

Best Dendrobium : Dendrobium heterocarpum

Exhibitor: Ms. Vangie Go

Best Paphiopedilum : Paphiopedilum philippinenseExhibitor : Ms. Dhory Alvendia ( Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines )

Best Oncidium Alliance  : ( Oncidium florida x lanceanum ) ‘annette’

Exhibitor: Malvarosa Orchids

Best Phalaenopsis : Phalaenopsis Hsinying Charm ” Sakuraame” Exhibitor : Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Plants

Best Cultured Plant : Kagawara Christie Low – Exhibitor: Mrs. Susan & Manuel Lee

Ornamental Plant WINNERS

Best Bonsai : Pemphis acidula – Exhibitor: Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee

Best  Fern Allies :  Psilotum nudum – Exhibitor :  Professor Serapion Metilla

 BEST Other Genera -Foliage Plant : Nepenthes truncata 

 Best Bromeliad : Neoregelia Johannis -Exhibitor : Malvarosa Orchids

Best Cacti and Succulent : Euphoria sp. – Exhibitor: Architect Bimbo Vergara

Best Flowering Plant : Medinilla sp. 

Exhibitor : Mr. Oliver Ang

Best  Foliage Plant : Beutcarnia recorbata ‘ variegated’

Exhibitor: Ms. Vangie Go

Best Aroid: Agalaonema White Diamond

Exhibitor: Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula

BEST Ornamental Plant in the SHOWAsplenium musifolium ( mutant form)

Exhibitor: Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula

BEST Orchid Landscape Showcase  Exhibit – the word showcase was used since 2012 because of the smaller area that was covered

Third Place: Purificacion Orchids

Second Place: Purificacion Orchids

First Place: Ms. Vangie Go

Best Ornamental Landscape Showcase

Third Place: Philippine Horticultural Society, Landscape by : Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula

Second Place: Lambana Tropical Garden -Landscape by : Ms. Vangie Go

First Place: Susan and Manuel Lee

Landscape by: Mr. Kelvin Niel Manubay

The Philippine Orchid Society’s 67th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show will run  until September 9, 2013 . The next orchid show will be held by late February 2014 or the 68th Annual Orchid and Garden Show.

Note: I will be posting some interesting plants and other highlights of the orchid show in my next post !!!! To all those who came , Maraming, Maraming Salamat Po!

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