Big Winners at Cactus Fiesta Fair 4

Cactus Fiesta Fair 4 was organized by National Cactus and Succulent Organization of the Philippines Inc. (NCSOPi) in partnership with UN Square Mall, Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine held a successful 3 -day cacti and succulent bazaar. There are a lot of entries made by members of the organization.

 Big Winners 

Best Pot-in-a-pot
Owner: Jim Ong

Photo courtesy of Mr. Mark Buizon

second place : Mr.  Jerome Daclison

third place: Mr. MJ Cruz

Best Frailea: Frailea mammifera forma cristata

Plant Owner:  Ms.Savanah Lamsen
Photo courtesy of: Plantaholic

Best Discocactus: Discocactus cristallophylus variegata
Plant Owner: Mr.  Joelious Montecalvo
Photo courtesy of : Mr. Joelious Montecalvo

Best Mammillaria: Mammillaria elongata
Plant Owner: Sintiqui Tenias
Photo courtesy of :Mr. Karl Calica

Best Echeveria: Echaveria imbricata
Plant Owner: Mr. Michael Co / Photo: Mr. Micheal Co
Best Sansevieria: Sansevieria rorida
Plant Owner: Ms. Jen Veran-dela Cruz / Photo : Ms. Jen Veran dela Cruz
Best Euphorbia: Euphorbia cylindrifolia var. tubifera
Plant Owner: Mr. Jim Ong / Photo : Mr. Jim Ong
Best Tillandsia Rosette Species and Best Tillandsia Species: Tillandsia xerographica
Plant Owner: Mr. Joshua Banzuela / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Bulbous Tillandsia Hybrid and Best Tillandsia Hybrid: Tillandsia Joy
Plant Owner: Mr. Soysoy Palma / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Bulbous  Species Tillandsia: Tillandsia seleriana
Plant Owner: Ms. Lanie Quianzon / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Small Tillandsia Species: Tillandsia loliacea
Plant Owner:  Ms. Aireen Bernal / Photo:  Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Small Tillandsia Hybrid : Tillandsia Rio Hondo x Tillandsia ionantha Guatemala
Plant Owner: Ms. Sandy Inigo- Dos Remedios / Photo : Mr. Tan Wee Zee
Best Tillandsia Rosette Hybrid : Tillandsia Eric Knobloch x Tillandsia Capitata Maroon
Plant Owner: Mr.  Marco Llagas
Photo by: Mr. Tan Wee Zee
The winners were given a special trophy made from cacti and the winners were chosen by panel of local and international judges who were experts in the field of cacti, succulents and tillandsia.
Note: all the winners list were given and posted by (NCSOPi) at their official FB page and secretariat.

Highlights of Cactus Fiesta Fair 4

National Cactus and Succulent Organization of the Philippines Inc. (NCSOPi)  in partnership with UN Square Mall, Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine.

UN Square Mall facade

Tillandsia paintings

The bazaar, exhibit and lecture area were located at the 3rd level of UN Square Mall.

Dwende in a pot by Jennica Garcia Uytingco

There were over 40 plant table bourse sellers, selling cacti soil mix, pots, cacti, succulents, orchids, ornamental plants, hoyas,tillandsias, bromeliads, ornamental plants, fertilizers and among other stuffs.

collectible pins, keychains and button pins for sale

My Piece of Earth booth

Pick a Plant booth

There is a portion which serves as an exhibit area or display area for cacti and succulents.

interesting array of different genera of cacti and succulents on display

The short talk started past 11:00 am with Mr. Mark Buizon ( what is your soil mix), they are the ones behind Mastera. According to the speaker, They started as an organic farm and event manager before venturing into cacti and succulent propagators and business.

Mastera had a booth within the fair but their products are available for sale at Lazada, Shopee and delivery options like grab and lalamove.

Among their popular items includes, organic pesticide made from neem oil, vermicast, cabonated rice hull , pots, greenhouse UV plastics and other items.

Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine booth

Another lecture was held past 1:00pm with Mr. Marlon Valdellon ( Cactus and Succulent for Beginners).

There were beautiful trophies and ribbons for the winners of the cacti, succulents and tillandsia competition

UN Square Mall is accessible to all modes of public transportation. The mall is near LRT Line 1 UN Avenue station and just beside Manila Police district.

Cactus Fiesta Fair 4 in UN Square Mall

Cactus Fiesta Fair 4 was organize by National Cactus and Succulent Organization of the Philippines Inc. (NCSOPi)  in partnership with UN Square Mall, Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine. The exhibit will be held from April 5 to 7, 2019.

Schedule of Activities


The opening will be held on April 5, 2019 with a simple ribbon cutting ceremonies at past 9:00 am and there will be talks, lectures, raffles, table top competition, live plant auction and sale from some of the exhibits.


In line with this event, Pick a Plant ( one of Singapore’s largest plant retailers and seller of Tillandsia) will be having their booth at the exhibit. For those who will buy plant at their booth there is a chance of getting free tillandsia.


table top competition guidelines

Table top competition set aside two major categories: Cactus and Succulent. The winners of the competition will get cash prizes, ribbon and trophy. acceptance of  entries will be from April 5 at 9:00am to April 6 – 12:00 nn.


pot in a pot challenge

Another exciting competition which is open to the general public is the pot in a pot challenge in which dish garden from size 8 to 10 inches in diameter will be accepted.  The organization had an active FB page with more than 100,000 members, making this one of the largest plant group in the country.

Contact Persons: Mr.Ronald Panelo or Mr. Karl Calica ( +63 995 937 1001) via FB  Email :

Please mark your calendar and unlike other plant shows, This does not have any entrance fees !




Spectacular Bonsai Displays at Sanib Pwersa at SM North

Spectacular bonsai, natural stones, ikebana arrangement greeted members, visitors, guests of Sanib Pwersa exhibit held at SM North,The Block in Quezon City.


bonsai on display

This was thru the efforts of three major plant organizations in the country. The Philippine Bonsai Society Inc., Natural Stone Society of the Philippines and Ikenobo Ikebana Manila number 67.


free style flower arrangement

Celosia cristata  was used in this flower arrangement.  It is called cockscomb flower since the shape and color flower looks like the rooster head.


The Gentle Walk of the Giant

natural stones exhibited by Architect Jesus Galahad “Bimbo”  Vergara which won “Gold ” award .  The exhibit was entitled ” The Gentle Walk of the Giant” because the the pattern and unique shape of the stone.


Pong Pagong Knockout

Another big winner is Mrs. Norma K. Villanueva. Her exhibit entitled “Pong Pagong Knockout” won “Gold” award. The natural stone looked like a sea turtle in resting mode.


There were also free public lectures from the industry leaders and it held for free.

Los Baños Horticultural Society Annual Show 2019

Los Baños Horticultural Society in cooperation with University of the Philippines (Los Baños), Department of Tourism region IV-A and Department of Trade and Industry region IV-A will be having their annual show from April 5 to 14 , 2019.


There will be several landscape exhibits, individual plant competition, trade fairs and product display at the Senior Social Hall gardens within the university. A minimal entrance fees of Php 25 for the general public and Php 20 for students, senior citizens and pwd’s with valid Id’s. Exhibit and commercial booth opens from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm



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