15 Pasalubong Treats from Santa Fe, Nueva Viscaya’s OTOP

Santa Fe, Nueva Viscaya is a town rich in natural resources, handicrafts, plants and scenery.  The One Town One Product (OTOP) by Department of Trade and Industries ( DTI) opened in 2017 had a lot of products to offer as pasalubong or treats.

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Santa Fe OTOP Center

15 Pasalubong Treats from Santa Fe, Nueva Viscaya

15.) Key chains and Cellphone holder – The most common souvenir item. They are affordable and easy to bring.

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Santa Fe Orchidarium

14.) Native orchids and ferns- For those who can grow orchids and native plant, Santa Fe had an orchidarium where one can buy some orchids.

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13.) Wood carvings and nativity set- hand carved by the native and indigenous group which inhabit the province.

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12.) Native Hats and Containers- The native hats is nice and containers made from tree fern.

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11.) T-shirts – Ideal gift and remembrance coming from the town.

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10.)  Artificial bonsai trees flowers- These are made by prisoners. Ideal as centerpiece and gift this Yuletide season. One also give hope to the prisoners who took long time to make these trees.

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9.) Handwoven Bags- Handwoven bags ideal for all ages can be bought at the center.

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8. ) Peanut Jams, Strawberry Jams, Guava Jelly, Honey, Suka – One of the most common pasalubong sold at the center.

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7.) Tapis or Wrap Around Skirts- Different pattern or weave. One can buy ready to wear tapis or wrap around skirts.

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6.) Chaleco and Native dress- for men or women

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5.) Baskets- There are different kinds of basket – these are made from rattan, pandan or small twigs.

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basket for fruits or center piece

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3.) Fruit Holders and Bags – There are different patterns and designs to choose from

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baskets

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2.) Palayok- Young children would like to play on these items and they are also ideal as display.

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1.) Broom stick- Walis tambo, walis tingting were the most common item for sale at the Santa Fe OTOP center.

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Santa Fe , Nueva Viscaya province OTOP

Special Guest Mayor Joy Belmonte at 73rd Mid-Year Orchid Show

Honorable Josefina “Joy” Belmonte -Alimurung together with Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza (councilor 6th district), Assistant administrator Attorney Lord, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Quezon Memorial Circle administration staff, affiliated plant societies, invited guests, media, social media bloggers and Philippine Orchid Society members, were treated to a grand ribbon cutting, a tour of the exhibit area and opening of the 73rd mid- year orchid and festival 2019.

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Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa shakes hand with Mayor Joy Belmonte ( photo courtesy of Quezon City press corp)

73rd Mid -Year Philippine Orchid Festival 2019

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l-r Mr. Norberto Bautista, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza and Mrs. Susan Lee ( photo courtesy of Hon. Candy Medina -Atienza)

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blooming phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids were given to the guests of honor

Opening was held late afternoon past 4:00 pm within Hardin ng Bulaklak ( HB/ Flower Garden) the exhibits highlighted the blooming of several varieties of waling-waling  or Vanda/ Euanthe sanderiana which is the highlight of the festival.

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several varieties of Waling- waling on display at the show

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 Vanda sanderiana / Euanthe sanderiana locally known as Waling-waling

It is good that there were some blooming Waling-waling during this time of the year since rainy season started a little bit late.

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table judging of Cymbidium chloranthum and cattleya hybrids

It is also good that table judging for flowering orchids were introduce during this show. This will enable orchid hobbyists and the general public to appreciate the orchid competition winners up close. Most international orchid shows normally present their orchids that way.

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strap leaf vandas with red and white ribbon can trace their parentage to Vanda sanderiana and Vanda coerulea.

The mayor also delighted the crowd with her three good news which were delivered during her speech after the ribbon cutting ceremonies held within Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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carnivorous plants for sale at the commercial stall ( photo courtesy of Dr. Tan)

Commercial Booths and Daily Activities

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schedule of daily talks

62 commercial booths selling different kinds of plants, carnivorous plants, orchid hybrids, ornamental plants, pots, fertilizers, native orchids, ferns, fruit trees, cacti and succulents, flowering annuals, variegated ornamental plants among others.

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 Pagsolingan’s Garden with Rare & Exotic Plants (courtesy of Dr. Roland Salazar )

Rare and Exotic Plants – Dr. Roland Salazar

Address: 106 Mindanao Avenue Garden Center,Mindanao Avenue , Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City

There will be daily lectures or talks starting today at 2:00 pm at the pavilion area within the exhibition site. Entrance fee is Php 30.00 for the general public, Php 20.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card.

73rd Philippine Orchid Society’s exhibit, lectures and commercial trade fair will run until September 9, 2019 !

Philippines Won Big Award at the 13th Asia-Pacific Orchid Conference

The Philippine Orchid Society led by the Mr. Andres ” Jun ” Golamco , Mr. Fin Ramirez and Ms. Corina brought home the “ Most Artistic Landscape Display ” at the 13th Asia-Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC 2019)  held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

The event is from July 23 to 28, 2019 . The orchid show started from July 24 to 28 while the conference was held from July 25 and 26 at the Borneo Convention Center, Kuching ( BCCK).

orchid landscape featured orchid cut-flower varieties, dendrobium, vanda hybrids, ferns, staghorn ferns, bromeliads, tillandsia among others.

13th Asia-Pacific Orchid Conference

The participating countries includes Australia, China,Ecuador, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, United States of America and the Philippines.

The 73rd mid-year Philippine Orchid Society orchid show will be held from August 30 to September 9, 2019.

Note: photo is courtesy of the APOC FB page.

Orchid Festival theme at the 73rd Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Society show

Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration and Manila Bulletin will be having the 73rd Mid-year orchid and garden show. The theme is  “ORCHID FESTIVAL” which will showcase different kinds of orchid flowering during the from August 30 to September 9, 2019 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (Flower Garden area/ Hardin ng mga Bulaklak), Elliptical Road, Quezon City.

Aside from the orchid landscape exhibits, There will be daily lectures, orchid and plant competition.  stalls selling different kinds of orchids, plants, pots, fertilizers and garden supplies.

There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 30 for the general public and Php 20 for students , senior citizens and pwd with valid Id’s.  This is based on the 72nd Mid-Year orchid show.

For more information and details, Please call Philippine Orchid Society secretariat Ms. Jenny F. Rivera or Mr. Jiffy Alegre at 0917-848-5468 / 02-9573524.

Top 12 Pretty Orchids Spotted at Flora Filipina 2019

Flora Filipina International Exposition 2019 is a show with hundreds of native orchids, orchids from other countries and orchid hybrids.

12 Pretty and Award Winning Orchids Spotted at the Show

Here are some of the award winning orchids and the pretty ones, They were exhibited at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) within Quezon Memorial Circle facing East Avenue entrance.

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1.) Best Fragrant OrchidDendrobium anosmum cv Touch of Class – grown and exhibited by Mr. Glanz Ang of Cagayan De Oro.

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2. ) Best PaphiopedilumPaphiopedilum haynaldianum -grown and exhibited by Mr. Godofredo “Fred” Salud. The orchid species also won Best in Show; Best Other Genera (Sympodial) ; Best Paphiopedilum Alliance; Best Philippine Orchid Species.

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Cattlianthe  Candy Ball ” Ruby Red”

3.) Best CattleyaCattlianthe Candy Ball ” Ruby Red”  grown and exhibited by Mr. Jaime Chua of Cebu. ( photo courtesy of Mr. Jaime Chua)

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4.) Best Cultured PlantGrammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum grown and exhibited Mrs. Evangeline “Vangie” Go – There are also some orchid species at the commercial bazaar area.

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Best Vanda Orchid

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5.)  Best Vanda OrchidVanda lamellata x Vanda Tienchai,exhibitor: FIDI

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6.) Best Phalaenopsis Orchid –Doritaenopsis Ching Hua Spring x Golden Poeker by Blooms and Greens exhibited by Dra. Olivia Sanchez

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7.) Vanda lamellata cultivar variety debutante– This was spotted in one of the exhibit booth. The variety had bigger flowers and can be use for breeding hybrids.

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8.) Grammatophyllum measuresianum – This is one of our native orchid species blooming during this time of the year. The orchid species was described in 1889.

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9.) Best Foreign SpeciesDendrobium capituliforum is an orchid species found in New Guinea these occur in coastal areas and in some parts of Solomon Islands.

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10 .) Phalaenopsis hieroglyphicaThis orchid species was spotted in one of the commercial stall area. A rich orchid collector reportedly bought almost the entire stock.  Another plant with flowers had been spotted within the exhibit area and won a blue ribbon.

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11.) Vanda Kultana Fragrance X Vanda luzonica – This orchid hybrid won second prize. This is more free flowering in the lowlands compared its parents.

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12.) Ascocentrum aurantiacum subspecies philippinense– This was recently reclassified under genus Vanda. This is a lovely small flowering orchid species with bright yellow or orange flowers.

The show is until March 5, 2019 and covered three exhibition sites, Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( HB Garden / Flower Garden), Runnex Elevated Garden ( Bonsai and Natural Stone exhibit ) and Walkway Area facing East Avenue ( Bougainvillea and Commercial stalls)

There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 50 for the general public and Php 30 for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities ( with Id’s)