This year’s HortiKultura 2017 opening salvo was well-attended by hundreds of participants from different garden clubs, plant society members , government officials , non -governmental organization groups , media and bloggers .
Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. officers and invited guests of honor
This year’s theme ” Global Trends in Horticulture ” aimed to open the local floriculture and horticulture industry to outside market . The ongoing trend is also in line with several aspect of tourism , like farm tourism , walking tours among others .
Ms. Norma K. Villanueva (president PHSI ) , Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and Ms. Camile Bernabe
Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. which organized the event , is also celebrating their 41st anniversary .
The event started past 4:00 pm with the traditional landscape exhibit tour , ribbon cutting ceremonies and light snacks was served after the opening and announcement of the winners.
Quirino High School choir
It was a bit overcast skies and rainy weather persisted , but this did not dampen the mood of the people .
Philippine Horticultural Society officers and guests of honor
This year’s guests of honor included Quezon City Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy ” Belmonte -Alimurong , Del Monte -Philippines chairman , Mr. Joselito ” Butch ” Campos , Quezon Memorial Circle officials , Ambassador Preciosa Soliven , Mr. Jake Gaw of the Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines among several others.
This year’s big winners are from Pangasinan Horticultural and Landscape Society led by Mr. Mac Pagsolingan which bagged First Place in the landscape competition ( Large category)
Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon team landscape
Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon and his team Mr. Ferdinand Lao , Ms. Amethyst Gonzales , Mr. Gilbert Obor , Ms. Rona Chua . Ms. Liza Holazo and Ms. Camille Bernabe won the First Place in the landscape competition ( Small category)
Mr. Bimbo Vergara’s waling-waling painting exhibit
Ms. Delia Pionela – Del’s Garden
Professor Juan Lim together with some of his award winning bonsai
There will be a lot of activities at the HortiKultura 2017 show – Entrance fees is Php 20 for the general public , Php 15 for students , teachers and senior citizens with valid Id’s – The show will run until February 15, 2017
Note : Will post the full set of winners , all photos are from the author