4th Flora Asiatica 2011- A flower and garden show in Tiendesitas

Bonsai trees and wood sculpture on exhibit

Held from  April 18 to May 8, 2011 this is the 4th time that the horticulture show was held at People’s Village at Tiendesitas in Ortigas , Pasig City.

different kinds of garden accents such as colorful vases, hanging decor , wind chimes are on sale in this booth

Conceptualized by “Flea Market Magnate ” Mr. Henry Babiera,  this is an annual show that started  as a small gathering for plant and garden enthusiasts in this side of Metro Manila.  Dubbed as Flora Asiatica , this show wanted to showcase the different flowers found in Asia and the region.

wooden benches made from hardwoods are on display

” We had buyers that come as far as Thailand , Singapore and even Taiwan” this was according to one of the booth owners , who never fail to participate since the first staging of Flora Asiatica .

People’s Village within Tiendesitas

People’s Village is found within Tiendesitas, this is a  commercial property which sits on a 30,000 square meter area within Frontera Verde, which houses 12 Maranao architecture-inspired pavilions called “villages.” Indigenous materials used in creative ways adorn these villages using chemically-treated cogon grass for roof, old kalesa wheels into chandelier frames to light the restrooms, and duyans (hammock) scattered around to allow shortbreaks amidst frenzied shopping activities. The result is a stylized and unique Filipino architecture. The design of the complex also gives attention to the needs of the disabled and the elderly. The commercial section boast of over 40 traders from different parts of the country and even Asia.

commerical section

The place is  located within a few kilometers from exclusive subdivisions and  condominium estates in which residential plant lovers and landscapers would like to visit, rather than going to other places.

crotons for sale

Codiaeum variegatum (“garden croton” or “variegated croton”; syn. Croton variegatum L.) is a species of plant in the genus Codiaeum which is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It native to southern India, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and parts of the western Pacific islands, growing in open forests and scrub. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3 m tall and has large, thick, leathery, shiny evergreen leaves, alternately arranged, 5–30 cm long and 0.5–8 cm broad. The inflorescences are long racemes 8–30 cm long, with male and female flowers on separate inflorescences; the male flowers are white with five small petals and 20–30 stamens, the female flowers yellowish, with no petals. The fruit is a capsule 9 mm diameter, containing three 6 mm seeds. The stems contain milky sap that bleeds from cut stems.

The garden crotons should not be confused with Croton, a cosmopolitan genus also in the Euphorbiaceae, containing more than 700 species of herbs, shrubs and trees.

Archbishop Jaime Cardinal L. Sin exhibit

Our Lady of EDSA Shrine and  background skyscrapers -EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue

second floor of the EDSA Shrine where the exhibit is being held

EDSA Shrine – Quezon City

February 25, 2011 marked the 25th or  silver anniversary of EDSA People Power was celebrated with great jubilation in all parts of the country.

The theme ” Pilipino Ako, Ako Ang Lakas ng Pagbabago ”  Highlighting the achievements made for the country and the world. The logo with the People Power monument and the portraits of President Corazon C. Aquino and martyred husband Senator  Benigno Aquino Jr. with yellow ribbon

 

 

 

 

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This momentous event capped several years of martial rule which ended in a bloodless revolution 25 years ago.

photo collage of martyrdom of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. in 1983

Part of the celebration was the unveiling of Cardinal Sin’s life sized statue at the nearby Andres Bonifacio drive in Manila  , a commemorative People Power envelope by the Philippine Postal Corporation , job fair , concert , historical tours of EDSA  , photo exhibit , military parade and an memorabilia exhibit of the late Jaime Lachica Sin  Archbishop of Manila  .

The People Power envelope  has two (2) designs with a denomination of P 15.00 nd quantity of 5,000 pieces.  Size: 4 1/8 inches x 9 ½ inches , Printer: Amstar Company, Inc. Lay out Artist: Mr. Jesus Alfredo Delos Santos

The exhibit was opened by Archbishop Socrates Villegas and distinguished guests. The exhibit was held at the second level of the EDSA People Power shrine near Robinson’s Mall , Galleria branch .

head bust of Archbishop Jaime L. Sin

Jaime Sin, also Jaime Lachica Sin (31 August 1928 – 21 June 2005)  Chinese  name: 辛海梅; 辛海棉 Xīn Hǎiméi; Xīn Hǎimián ).

old seminary in Jaro, Iloilo

He was the Roman Catholic archbishop of Manila  known for his instrumental role in the People Power Revolution from February 22 to 25 1986 , which toppled the regime of  President Ferdinand Marcos and installed  Mrs. Corazon Cojuangco- Aquino as the president .During his reign, he was considered an influential and charismatic leader of the country. He is also instrumental in another People  Power II in 2001.

old church bell

photograph taken during his elevation as a cardinal by Pope Paul VI

Cardinal Sin was only the third native Filipino Archbishop of Manila, following centuries of  Spanish , American , Irish  episcopacy.  He was made cardinal  by Pope Paul VI .     When he was the  Archbishop of Manila, he was widely considered  Primate of the Philippines , though no formal dignity has ever been attached to the archdiocese.

University of San Francisco citation

medal -order of Sikatuna  was conferred to his eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin by President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo

This award is conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines, upon diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines, or upon personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs  (DFA), both in the Home Office and in the Foreign Service .

miter , red skull cap and  episcopal bishop ring used by Jaime Cardinal L. Sin during his life time are on display

Miter ( also spelled mitre) from the Greek word  μίτρα, “headband” or “turban”, is a type of headgear now known as the traditional, ceremonial head-dress of bishops and certain abbots in the Roamn Catholic Church. Anglican church  The miter is also used by Anglican Church  some Lutherian  churches, and also bishops and certain other clergy in the Eastern Orthodox and Russian Orthodox .

Skull Cap is also known  called a Zuchetto and it comes in various colours: Red : Cardinal , White : The Pope and members of the Dominican and Norbetine religious orders , Violet: (Called Amaranth Red by the RCC) Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops , Black: Priests and Deacons.

Episcopal Ring -When a Bishop is consecrated as Bishop, he receives a ring representing his office (Cardinals receive their own special ring, also). The Pope’s ring, known as the “Fisherman’s Ring,” is the personal and unique seal of that reigning Pontiff and is (or at least used to be) destroyed on his death.

Back side view of the archbishop vestments exhibit

front side view of the exhibit :

Pallium is worn only by archbishops (in their own dioceses), patriarchs, and the Pope, as symbol of their authority. It’s a band of white wool adorned with 6 small black crosses, worn around the neck with extensions front and back, and pinned to the chasuble in three places about the neck. The non-silk part of the pallium is made of white wool, part of which is supplied by two lambs presented annually by the Lateran Canons Regular on the feast of St. Agnes (21 January). The lambs are solemnly blessed on the high altar of that church after the pontifical Mass, and then offered to the pope, who sends palliums made of their wool to the archbishops.

Bacolo or Crozier (crozier, pastoral staff, paterissa, pósokh) is the stylized staff of office (pastoral staff) carried by high-ranking Catholic prelate  The other typical insignia includes the miter  and the episcopal . This was not exhibited .

Pectoral Cross – is worn usually relatively large, suspended from the neck by a cord or chain that reaches well down the chest. It is worn by the clergymen  as an indication of their position, and is different from the small crosses worn on necklace by many Christians, which have no special significance.

death mask done by Mr. Napoleon Abueva

He retired on 15 September 2003, having reached the age of retirement for bishops under Canon Law. He died at the age of 76 on 21 June 2005 .

The author would thank all the people behind this event . The exhibit will run until second week of  March  . There is no entrance fee.

tarpaulin poster with a chronology of events  are hung across EDSA and nearby White Plains Avenue

People Power Monument with yellow-colored flowers

References:

APA citation. Braun, J. (1912). Zucchetto. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. from New Advent:  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15765b.htm

MLA citation. Braun, Joseph. “Zucchetto.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

Noonan, Jr., James-Charles (1996). The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church. Viking. pp. 191. ISBN 0-670-86745-4.

Ark Avilon

AVILON had its un seeming beginnings when Mr. Jake Gaw, an avid animal hobbyist who,at the age of four had his first encounter with animals while staying at his grandpa’s farm in Sta. Ana,Manila (still quite rural then) mingled among goats, cows, pigs and chickens at the farm. This initial encounter would make such a lasting impression on young Jake that he carried his interest in animals from then on. Thus, from guppies and budgies, Jake over the years extended and expanded his interest and collection to arapaimas and eagles and lions and macaques, pythons,etc.

Mr. Jake Gaw – owner of Avilon zoo

There are two, so to say, crossroads in the history of AVILON. The FIRST was when Jake had to transfer his pet lion to a new home, because his neighbors were concerned about the presence of a full-grown male lion living amongst them inside a subdivision. This search for a new home to house IO led Jake to the scenic countryside of San Isidro, Montalban (later to be called Rodriguez) in the Province of Rizal where he decided to build a weekend place for his family and, of course,home to  his other pets. It was 1992.

By 1994, the land within AVILON had been leveled and the concrete hollow block perimeter walls finished. Several man-made lagoons and ponds were then excavated, and the Big Lagoon where the Pavilion now stands is the largest, comprising an area of 3,000 square meters. Construction of animal exhibits followed, starting off with the Corrals where hoofed animals are being kept, the Multi-Purpose Building (now the Herpetarium) and the Hexagonal Birdcages (now the Avian Exhibit), followed by the Crocodiles and the Hornbills enclosures,and many more.

Avilon had also a big collection of exotic palms, orchids, bromeliads and trees aside from the animals from all over the country and the world.

Ark Avilon

PROPERTY DEVELOPER Ortigas & Co. Ltd. Partnership has added a zoo as one of the newest attractions in its children’s corridor in Frontera Verde, Pasig.

Ortigas Chief Operating Officer Rex C. Drilon II said  “The zoo is meant to add to the wholesome family oriented experience Frontera Verde was built to offer.”

Mr. Drilon said the P24 million, two-storey ark-shaped structure sits on a 2,000-square-meter lot, which is home to over a dozen of animal species.

“The idea of the ark/mini zoo was born here,” in an interview, Zoo Administrator Jake Gaw said.

giant gourami

“The Ortigases were trying to come up with innovative developments for Frontera [Verde]. The original idea was to have a mini zoo and since I had Avilon Zoo in Montalban, I said, ’why not build an ark?,’” he added.

Mr. Gaw said that the Noah’s Ark-inspired structure was born out of a collaboration with Ortigas Technical Planning Manager Art Alcantara.

Avilon Zoo contact information:

Ms. Teena Gaw at 0917-8311224 or call 9418393 and 9489866

Bo. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal
Tel. Nos.: (632) 941-8393 * (632) 948-9866 (63917) 899-5126
Fax: (632) 941-8530
Entrance Fee: Php208.00 or $5.00/person

Ark Avilon

Weekdays 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Weekends & Holidays 10:00 am to 7:30pm

Frontera Verde Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, Pasig City
Telephone Nos. (+632) 706-2992/ 706-2993