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.
Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa shakes hand with Mayor Joy Belmonte ( photo courtesy of Quezon City press corp)
73rd Mid -Year Philippine Orchid Festival 2019
l-r Mr. Norberto Bautista, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza and Mrs. Susan Lee ( photo courtesy of Hon. Candy Medina -Atienza)
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.
several varieties of Waling- waling on display at the show
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.
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.
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.
carnivorous plants for sale at the commercial stall ( photo courtesy of Dr. Tan)
Commercial Booths and Daily Activities
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.
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 50.00 for the general public, Php 30.00 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 !