Interesting Landscapes at the Flora Filipina 2015 Expo

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

Orchid Landscape Winners

3rd Place Ms. Evangeline B. ” Vangie ” Go

The landscape used old capiz window panels and driftwoods as part of the landscape . White cattleyas, ferns , Dendrobium spectabile from Papua New Guinea , Solomon islands, Irian Jaya of Indonesia  , Dendrobium sanderae and Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum  from the Philippines , mutant dracena and ferns added different shades of  green and yellow tones to the landscape.

2nd Place- Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Farm

This orchid landscape used Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids , Oncidium hybrids , Cattleya hybrids, Paphiopedilum hybrids  , Epidendrum hybrids . Fixtures includes wooden door , steel  frame, adobe stones, pebbles ,  old soft drink bottles.

1st Place -Susan and Manuel Lee

The orchid landscape had Dendrobium hybrids, Cattleya hybrids , Phalaenopsis hybrids, Vanda hybrids , Paphiopedilum hybrids with some native orchid species like Dendrobium uniflorum, Dendrobium sanderae , Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum , Trichoglottis rosea, Trichoglottis latisepala , native asplenium .

Ornamental Landscape Winners

3rd Place-Allied Botanical Corporation

Allied Botanical Corporation is one of the major seeds, fertilizers and fruit suppliers in the country .  The landscape exhibit showcases vegetable and fruit produce like water melon, gourd , red bell peppers, tomatoes , lettuce , herbs ,  sunflowers, celosia ( cockcomb )  , petunia , sorghum, marigold flowers among others.  ( together in the photo: Ms. Dhory Fadriquela )


2nd Place : Professor Juan ” Johnny ” Lim

Professor Johnny Lim won several coveted awards for his bonsai trees .

1st Place: Mr. Fred Salud , Mr. Tata Montilla and ” Late” Atty. Pepito Mercado

The landscape exhibit was created by Mr. Fred Salud together with Mr. Tata Montilla using the collection of cactus and succulents of the late¬† Atty. Pepito Mercado who died just last January 2015. This is some sort of a tribute exhibit. Surprisingly, this landscape exhibit won the grand prize for the ” Best Ornamental Landscape Exhibit ” and ” ” Best Ornamental Plant in the Show “

Here are some of the noteworthy landscape exhibits in orchids and ornamental plant category.

Mr. Manuel and Ms. Susan Lee Рbahay kubo ( nipa hut)  inspired landscape

Philippine Orchid Society community booth

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines

Philippine Bonsai Society

The landscape exhibit features collection of outstanding bonsai set in a gigantic metal frame

NVC Garden

old chairs as additional accent

Nigel Garden

Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Plants

This is another orchid landscape exhibit which features native orchids and rare ornamental plants

Constel Nature Garden

Architect Bimbo Vergara

These are the terracotta pots which are part of the fixtures of the landscape exhibit which combines old windows, hardwood panels , cactus and succulents

Architect Bimbo Vergara exhibit

Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Farm

Mr. Jun Golamco and Mr. Mike Espeso

landscape exhibit  includes bromeliads, nepenthes and old drift woods.

Davao Orchid Society and Ms. Vicky Jimenez

Ms. Doreen Dofitas

Ms. Doreen Dofitas exhibit incorporated tillandsias, bromeliads , aglaonema , philodendron , ornamental plants and old logs.

Ms. Alily Galo and Mrs. Baby Alarcon

Dr. Olivia Sanchez

Dr. Olivia Sanchez from Laguna had a wide variety of ornamental plants on display . gerberas, tillandsias, bromeliads , oncidium, dendrobium, cattleya hybrids and vanda lamellata are neatly arranged

Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plant Farm

Phalaenopsis schilleriana

Mr. Mando Cruz

Mr. Mando Cruz landscape is modern design and the use of steel and recycled materials makes this exhibit a stand-out.

Mr. Mando Cruz


a crowd drawer is the naked aztec-like goddess.

red and black ants climbing up the narra tree

Note: All photos were taken by the author

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67th Annual Philippine Orchid Society show winners

Hardin ng Bulaklak ( Flower Garden ) Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

The  plant show competition are categorized into two major group, Orchids and Ornamental Plants . Since this is an orchid show , the emphasis is given on orchids rather than ornamental plants .  Although the owners/ exhibitor of these plants must enter them a day before the judging commence on the morning of February 28, 2013.  Here are the complete list of the orchid and ornamental plant species, hybrids and their owners/ exhibitor.

Awards: Best Dendrobium, Best Philippine Species and Best Orchid in Show:
Dendrobium goldschmidtianum
Owner: Purificacion Orchids

This orchid species also got cash prize worth Php 10,000 , blue ribbon and glass plaque

Laelia Cattleya Fire Dance ‘Patricia’
Owner: Purificacion Orchids

Laelia Cattleya ( LC )¬† Fire Dance ‘Patricia’ specimen clump with orange red flowers

Best Oncidium: Oncidium Josephine
Exhibitor  : Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia

Award: Best Vandaceous Alliance
Vanda Loke = Vanda luzonica x Vanda lamellata
Exhibitor:  Mr. Rod & Sol Pagcatipunan

Vanda Loke was exhibited by husband and wife tandem of Mr. Rod and Sol Pagcatipunan . According to the owner,  He  crossed this orchid hybrid using two outstanding Philippine orchid species Vanda luzonica and Vanda lamellata . He had been growing this primary orchid hybrid for about 25 years, However since the cross was made by a foreigner and registered this hybrid long time ago . He cannot register it РAccording to some orchid fanciers , This particular hybrid  make a remarkable comeback to the show . The last one exhibited was almost 20 years ago by a different exhibitor.

Award: Best Foreign species
Dendrobium spectabile
Exhibitor: Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie ” Go

This Dendrobium species is a spectacular, medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte in primary rainforests, mangrove swamps and moss forests as well as an occasional lithophyte on rocks from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands at elevations of 300 to 2000 meters although it is most often from 300 to 500 meter elevation.

Award: Best Other Genera – Sympodial Orchid
Grammatophyllum multiflorum forma  citrinum / Grammatophyllum citrinum
Exhibitor: Malvarosa Orchids and Dr. Hernando ” Nani”¬† Perez

Grammatophyllum multiflorum forma citrinum used to be quite rare in cultivation until enterprising Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean and Hawaiian orchid experts began their mass propagation using tissue culture and seed culture in their laboratory using some orchids  from the Philippines . Now this orchid species had become more affordable and have been gaining popularity among orchid hobbyists and commercial growers in the Philippines. Its main disadvantages is their huge size and big growing space.  There have been some changes with the nomenclature elevating this to species status .  However just to be sure ,  I am still referring this orchid using old references.

Award: Best Phalaenopsis
Doritaenopsis Taiwan Red Cat ‘Red Cat’
Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids

Award: Best Paphiopedilum: Paphiopedilum  philippinense variety roebbelenii
Owner: Malvarosa Orchids and Dr. Hernando ” Nani ”¬† Perez

This species is found on the island of Luzon , the Philippines with clear green, ligulate, leathery leaves and blooms on an erect, pubescent, to 20″ [50 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with elliptic, pubescent floral bract occuring in the spring. This species is similar in all aspects to Paphiopedilum¬† philippinense while there is another variety laevigatum which is smaller¬†except this one¬†¬† has larger flowers with longer petals [13 cm or more ].

There is an a yellow-green variety and this orchid species had different shades of color from dark maroon color to pale brown with different shades of color  .   There are Mindoro , Bicol , Samar , Leyte and Quezon  varieties . Some authorities  may elevate this to species level but i still stick to the old nomenclature . The type species Paphiopedilum  philippinense was discovered in Northeast Borneo several years ago.

Award : Best Ornamental Plant in Show – Sansieveria Cordova

 Sansieveria Cordova  a hybrid  is grown and exhibited by Atty. Cirpriano Jose J. Mercado.  According to the owner,  He grow this plant for more than 3 1/2 years !  This ornamental plant won cash prize worth Php 5,000  blue ribbon , glass plaque

This is an Agave  variegated variety  won second place

Cereus monstrous a cactus species from Peru won third place

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Flower of the Sacred Sleep

Aerides quinquevulnera variety farmeri

This beautiful white Рhighly scented orchid,  is one of the most coveted orchid species in the country. Although this orchid species is indigenous to other Asian countries . It is in the Philippines were a popular folklore about the mysterious discovery . The natives who worship an orchid- flower and a priestess who jealously guards this orchid plant seems to add to the mystery of this orchid.

The name Aerides means air-plant. About 20 species belong to this genus of monopodial epiphytes. Most species are easy to grow and have highly perfumed flowers. Aerides odorata is highly variable in color, from deep pink to pure white, and is widely distributed throughout Southeast Asia. Aerides quinquevulnera is from Philippines and New Guinea.

Aerides quinquevulnera had about five or six varieties which is also found in Papua New Guinea .

Dr. Aleko E. Lilius who disclosed that in the northern part of the Philippines – there is a mystery legend where the native inhabitants of Calayan and Babuyan islands – part of the jurisdiction of Cagayan province, practice a secret ritual called ” Flower Fiesta “.

The beautiful ceremony is an ancient tradition probably several hundreds of years . This orchid ritual is called which is attributed to the rare orchid which local people called ” Saguy Yep-Yep ” or ” Flower of the Sacred Sleep” referring to the blooming season of this orchid species¬† .

People worship this orchid for many unknown reasons – part religious , part fertility rites . Some say it is about the spirit that lives on the orchid and guards the islanders .

The orchid is secretly attended by a beautiful priestess , chosen by her ancestors to take care of the orchid .

Dr. Lilius tricked into leading him to the secret location of the rare orchid where he was able to obtain a sizable clump from a huge specimen. Some collectors believed that Aerides odorata variety alba and Aerides quinquevulnera variety farmeri are being worshiped by the natives, since the orchid range also overlapped with each other and both  orchid species are found in the country.

The main blooming season of this orchid species  is between July- August to September .

Some of the better¬† blooming specimen may still command a handsome price tag . The tales of this epic story was repeatedly published in Manila Bulletin , Manila Times and on several Philippine Orchid Review magazines and Philippines’ Book on Orchids by Mr. Andres Golamco Jr. published in 1991.

Some orchid collectors still regard this species in their wish list!

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