Aroids Festival 2020 at Resort’s World

Aroids Festival 2020 gala night opening was magnificent showcasing several rare varieties, cultivars and different kinds of plants that were on display.

Newport plaza area

The Newport mall plaza was transformed into a mini garden oasis with hundreds of beautiful plants and supplies.

The festival was cooperation with Resort’s World and Newport Mall management in Pasay City.

Mr. Boyet Ganigan, Mr. Emil Yap III among others

There will be stalls selling hard to find plants, pots, potting media, fertilizers, lectures during the duration of the show.

A premium -Anthuriums and Philodendron

Aroids Festival Gala Night 2020

Alcantarea imperialis, Alcantarea imperialis “maroon” and Alcantarea odorata and other bromeliad family on display along with Christmas tree at Newport plaza mall

Plantitos, plantitas,halamoms, plantiquarians and plant enthusiasts would be happy to know that the aroids festival 2020 is one of the biggest aroid and plant show organized since the lock down.

huperzia and tassel ferns

Hard to find and anthurium, aroids, philodendrons, bromeliads, huperzia

Celebrities

Among the long list of celebrity personalities who attended the gala night on November 21 were Plant Daddy of Cebu, Direct Tots, Mr. Emil Yap III of Manila Bulletin, Ms. Gretchen Fullido, Mr. Troy and Aubrey Miles Montero among others.

The festival will run until November 30, 2020 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and is open to the general public.

Note: photos courtesy of Mr. Lebon Ong and Director Tots

25 Common Water and Aquatic Plants Grown in the Philippines

Philippines is an archipelago with hundreds of creeks, stream, lakes, river and water system. Water plants are plenty and the country is rich in biodiversity. However some of the commonly grown water plants are introduced to the country.

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Freshwater Aquarium set-up by: Mr. Achilles Antiquina Lussier

They are classified into Emergent, Submerged, Floating-leaved, Free-floating. Our team made a short list of 25 common water plants grown or found in semi-naturalized state.

We eliminated Ipomea aquatica or Kangkong / Kangkung, since it is used as food. Better  post in another topic.

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water plants grown in cement pond

25 Common Water Plants

25.) Ludwigia sedoides – commonly called Mosaic plant, False Loosestrife. This water plant originates from Brazil, Venezuela. This had become naturalized in many tropical, sub-tropical and even temperate countries.This blooms during June to August which coincide with the rainy season, But this may also bloom during the dry season. Some sell this from Php 50.00 small plant to as much as Php 200 in some online sites.

24.) Myriophyllum aquaticum commonly called parrot’s-feather and parrot feather watermilfoil. Parrot feather gets its name from its feather-like leaves that are arranged around the stem in whorls of four to six. This water plant originally is native of South America and quickly spread via the tropical aquarium trade in North America and elsewhere.

In some countries, Like the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Southern United States.  parrot’s-feather can quickly clogged waterways and ponds. The growth can block sunlight and cause native plants to die because of light deficiency. The organisms that feed on the native plants can die off due to starvation.

This is also commonly sold in Cartimar and in many aquarium pet stores all over the country.

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23.) Limnobium laevigatum is a floating plant commonly called West Indian spongeplant, South American spongeplant and Amazon or smooth frogbit. This floating plant is native to Central and South America and quickly spread all over the tropical and sub-tropical areas due to aquarium plant trade.

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Cypreus alterniflolius

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22.) Cyperus alternifolius, common names are umbrella papyrus, umbrella sedge or umbrella palm,Indian matting plant. This was native to Madagascar in Africa but quickly spread in many parts of the world.

This is commonly seen in rice paddies, pond, creeks,irrigation canals throughout the country. The umbrella palm is sought after for its impressive height that can grow to six feet. It creates a soft backdrop for shorter aquatic plants, but it can grow notoriously fast and spread if not put in a container.

21.) Eleocharis acicularis is a species of spikeedge known by the common names needle spikerush and least spikerush. This is common in most aquarium stores in Cartimar and pet stores.

20.) Echinodorus grandiflorus Commonly called spade-leaf sword, creeping burhead, Amazon spade leaf. There were at least 40 known species of this genus and quite common in aquarium trade all over the world.

It is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina,Venezuela and Florida in the United States of America.

This plant species is quite common is rice paddies, water irrigation ditches, ponds, lagoon and garden center. Immersed plants readily produce flowers and seeds but it can be grown submersed as well.

Small plants are being sold between Php 25.00 to Php 400 depending on the size. Variegated plants are also sold for a little bit higher compared to the ordinary green leaf types.

19.) Lemma minor commonly called duckweed, or lesser duckweed. Lemna minor is the common duckweed works well as a water purifier. It can help control the algae.

Some of the economic importance of Lemma minor is used as animal fodder, bioremediator, for wastewater nutrient recovery, and other applications.  This is common in rice paddy fields, ponds, aquarium trade and lakes. It is also given as a feed to ducks, chicken and goose.

It is found in many areas of the world and have naturalized in Australia and South America. In aquarium trade, it is sold between Php 5.00 for a small cup to as much as Php 50.00

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18.) Ceratophyllum submersum and Ceratophyllum demersum commonly known as the soft hornwort ,tropical hornwort, coontail or coon’s tail . This seems to have naturalized in almost all water system in the country.

Its fluffy, filamentous, bright-green leaves provide excellent cover for newly hatched fish. It is propagated by cuttings.

Sometimes they are so common that backyard hobbyist would give them away as freebies. They are sold between Php 10.00 to Php 50.00 depending on size in online sites.

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17.) Hydrocotyle vulgaris commonly called pennywort, whorled marsh pennywort, shield pennywort, pennyworth, money plant, lucky plant, copper coin, mangkok, Yahong-yahong is a flowering plant found in Europe, North Africa, North and Western Asia. This may have been introduced during the late Spanish colonial rule or early American regime in the country.

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Hydrocotyle vulgaris blooming in a garden plot within Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Sometimes people would mistake this as gotu kola (Centella asiatica), since the leaves are almost the same.  They are sold between Php 20.00 to Php 50.00 in online sites depending on how big the plant.

16.) Azolla pinnata is a species of aquatic fern known by several common names, including mosquito fern, feathered mosquito fern and water velvet. This is common in rice fields and waterways.

15.) Cabomba carolina – This is originally found as an aquatic perennial herbaceous plant native to North and South America. However human migration and introduction spread this water plant in many parts of the world. To some extent, invasive species in Australia, Europe and many parts of tropical, sub-tropical area, temperate areas.

14.) Bacopa monnieri is creeping herb native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Common names are water hyssop,waterhyssop, brahmi, thyme-leafed gratiola, herb of grace,and Indian pennywort.

13.) Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia is a native to the Philippines and commonly sold in tropical aquarium trade. Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia is considered easy to cultivate and will grow in moderately hard water if necessary, though it grows naturally in slightly soft water. It prefers moderate to low levels of light.

This water plant is found in Negros, Panay islands in the Visayas and Southwestern part of Luzon. This is also found in the Bicol region. Some of the problems encountered by local aquarium hobbyists is the over harvesting, water pollution of this species.

12.) Rotala rotundifolia is found in many South-East Asian countries has long, thin leaves and 15-30 long stems, 2-3 cm wide including the leaves. Unlike other Rotala species it is relatively undemanding, although it needs good light to produce red leaves.

11.) Salvinia it is a species of floating fern and is related to the other water ferns, including the mosquito fern Azolla. There were about 12 species are recognized with at least 3 are known to be hybrids. This is commonly seen in ponds, rice fields, water ways, pond, irrigation canals and popular in aquarium trade.

10.) Vallisneria genus was named after an Italian (Antonio Vallisner who lived from  May 3, 1661 – Padua to January 18, 1730) He was an Italian medical scientist, physician and naturalist.

2.) Pistia stratiotes commonly called kiapo, kiyapo, quiapo, kuyapo, cuyapo, apon, loloan, water lettuce, water cabbage, tropical duckweed, Nile cabbage or shellflower- Water lettuce is among the world’s most productive freshwater aquatic plants and considered an invasive species in other countries.

In some countries like India ( famine food), Southern parts of China and Africa. Young leaves are usually boiled to remove the acridity from calcium oxalate crystals.

The district of Quiapo in downtown Manila and the town of Cuyapo in Nueva Ecija was name after this plant. There were abundant kiyapo growing the creeks and river tributaries. Some local garden center sells Pistia stratiotes between Php 10.00 to Php 75.00 depending on the size.

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Eichhornia crassipes or Water hyacinth

1.) Eichhornia crassipes, known as water hyacinth or incorrectly called water lily is an aquatic plant native to the Central and South American countries.

Water hyacinth was introduced to the country by the Spaniards in the late 16th century in the country, It is now found in many parts of the world. Sometimes people would incorrectly called this as water lily and a festival is celebrated yearly in Las Piñas City.

Sipag Villar Foundation provides livelihood opportunity to women by helping them make products from water hyacinth. There are many uses of the stems such as wreath, baskets, mats, woven bags, tissue holder and slippers. Their livelihood advocacy had spread in many areas of the country.

However in many parts of the globe, this plant is considered as invasive species.

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Winners at the Cactus, Succulent and Bromeliad Show at SM MOA

Big Winners of cactus, succulent and bromeliad show were announced few days after the grand festival. The event was organized by Philippine Nurserymen Association and BG event management in partnership with SM Mall of Asia and SM Supermalls with media partner Manila Bulletin and Agriculture magazine.

There were more than 50 stalls selling different kinds of cacti, succulents, orchids, plastic pots, fertilizers, ornamental plants, bromeliads among others.

Cactus, Succulent and Bromeliad festival was successful that at least 50,000 went there during the event.

BIG Winners

The winners got special trophy, ribbons, certificate of appreciation and gift certificate courtesy of SM Supermalls.

Best Caudificorm :  Beaucarnea recurvata
Owner: Christian dela Cruz

2nd Place Caudiciform: Pachypodium Brevicaule

Owner: Mr. Wilson Angel

3rd Place Caudificorm: Jatropha belandieri
Owner : Mr. Francis Karl Calica

Best Euphorbia: Euphorbia stellata
Owner: Mr. Lino Rom

2nd Place Euphorbia: Euphorbia venefica
Owner: Mr. Lino Rom

3rd Place Euphorbia: Euphorbia fruticosa
Owner: Mr. Miguel Syyap

Best Mammillaria: Mammillaria compressa
Owner: Sintiqui Tenias

2nd Place Mammillaria: Mammillaria bocasana cv ‘Fred’ Monstrose Form
Owner: Ms. Jennie Dungo-Sevilla

3rd Place Mammillaria: Mammillaria dolichothele baumii cristata
Owner: Mr. Christopher Oblino

Best Gymnocalycium and Best Cactus: Gymnocalycium baldianum cristata
Owner: Ms. Maureen Cristales

2nd Gymnocalycium: Gymnocalycium anisitsii
Owner: Sintiqui Tenias

3rd Place Gymnocalycium: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii cv ‘Transformer’
Owner: Ms. Jennie Dungo-Sevilla

Best Astrophytum: Astrophytum asterias cv ‘Chocolate Skin’
Owner: Ms. Jennie Dungo-Sevilla

2nd Place Astrophytum: Astrophytum asterias cv ‘Super Kabuto’
Owner: Mr. Francis Karl Calica

3rd Place Astrophytum: Astrophyutum asterias cv ‘Super Kabuto’
Owner: Mr. Wilson Angel

 

 

 

18 Must Visit Booths at IFEX 2019

The 13th edition of  International Food Exposition or ( IFEX-Philippines 2019) from May 24 to 26, 2019 at the iconic World Trade Center along Senator Gil Puyat Avenue ( Buendia Avenue) in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

exhibitor listing

Hundred of local and international companies are located within the exposition site.

people line-up at a buffet station ( Flavors of the Islands)

There are also buffet station which are located within the exposition site. There is also several talks, cooking demonstration and business matching activities.

18 Must Visit Booths at IFEX-Philippines 2019

free taste of mushroom chicharon and drinks

18.) Province of Quezon booth offers different products from homemade nuts to lambanog and pastries.

17.) Heneleban Farm of Northern Mindanao – Federation of dairy farmers.

16.) CDO Food Corporation – Several well known canned food items like Highland corned beef, Ulam burger, San Marino canned tuna, beef patties, tocino, hotdog, Danes cheese among others.

pita bread with angus corn beef

15.) Century Pacific Food– With several well-known canned food products like bagoong, sardines and coconut based products. The booth also offers some free sampling of their dishes prepared by local celebrity chefs.

14.) Universal Canning Inc. – The company specializes on Masters sardines and other well-known canned foods in the market.

13.) Merzi Bread and Pastries – Specializes on traditional biscuits. They are open for resellers and ideal for coffee, bakeshop or pasalubong centers.

Company:  MC & Sons Food Products, Inc. – Merzi Bread ad Pastries

Address; Hervias Village II, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Telephone: (034)435-4444/(034)707-4444 local 140

Mobile : +63-917-7196544

Website:merzci.com.ph

12.) W.L. Foods – The company is best known for their corn snacks, biscuits, candies, powdered juice and instant coffee mixes.

The commercial stalls sells a lot of affordable snack packs which only cost Php 50 per pack.

11.) San Miguel Food Corporation– The booth is one of the biggest at the exposition site. Aside from the canned goods, biscuits, ice cream, margarine, milk products and beverages.

canned beefs, meat loafs were neatly arranged

10. Mama Sitas – is a legacy that spans five generations of fine Filipino cooking. Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes, the woman who inspired the pioneering line of Filipino sauces and spice mixes, had a vision to bring Philippine flavors to the world.

Mama Sita’s booth

The company is known for their spices mix, condiments and popular Filipino recipe books are for sale at their booth.

9.) Philippine Confectionery , Biscuit and Snack Association – Several well known brands in the market are members of this association.

promo packs

8. ) Mega Sardines – Their booth is known for their sardines, corn kernels and mushroom in cans. They also have promo packs with freebies.
 

7.) Momilo Mio and products from Rizal province -Original cheese pie since 1985 they are from the town of Rizal province.

6.)  Dean & Deluca organic coconut juice. The natural coconut juice in attractive packaging is also best partner after a workout, attending yoga classes or brisk walking.

5. ) East West Seed Corporation– Beautiful booth the new flowering varieties of vincas, marigold, petunias, vegetables are displayed.

Department of Agriculture -Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

4.) Department of Agriculture – The government had several booth which promotes small, medium and regional products.

fresh vegetables for sale

Philippine cacao

Philippine Cacao by Great Women Project – Different kinds of Philippine cacao are process at are sold in the local and international market.

3.) Charito’s Delight – Products from Samar province which offers Hopia de Pili, Corioso among others

2.) Tentay Food and Sauces– The company was founded in 1949, Ruperta D. Javier, an enterprising housewife concocted a fish sauce (patis) and fish paste (bagoong) from the fish hauls in the part of Navotas. Aware of the delicious taste of her sauces and proud of it, she simply named both “Tentay” which was how she was popularly called.
1.) Jeverps Manufacturing Company– The company is known for their condiments and other products .

IFEX Philippines 2019  is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and co-presented by the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council, the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc (PhilExport).

There is a minimal entrance fee of Php 100.00 at the IFEX Philippines 2019.

Program Activities set for Homecoming of Ms. Catriona Gray

Ms. Catriona Gray fever has been stirring up with fans creating her likeness in dolls, pastry, sketches and paintings to show their love, admiration and support for the reigning Miss Universe 2018.

There will be road closure and traffic rerouting according to MMDA and local government. Thousands of well wishers and fans will be lining the parade routes.

catriona-gray-parade-route

Press Conference

Prior to the parade, there will be a press conference prior to the parade. The press conference is strictly by invitation only.

welcome-home-banner-miss-universe-2018

Parade Routes

According to the Binibining Pilipinas Twitter and FB account, The parade will kick off at the Hotel Sofitel grounds within Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City, the float parade will proceed to Roxas Boulevard, Kalaw Avenue in Manila, Taft Avenue, Buendia Avenue at around past 2:00pm passing Manila, Pasay and end on Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

On February 23, Saturday, Catriona will have another parade, this time at the Novotel Hotel within Araneta Center, in Quezon City where her journey to the Miss Universe crown started. Festivities and parade start at 4:00 p.m.

Charity Events

Young Focus, LoveYourself PH and Smile Train, organizations closest to her heart. This is in coordination with Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. and Miss Universe organization.

Courtesy Call

A courtesy call is set for number of top officials which is led by Vice President Leni Robredo. Last year, Catriona Gray paid a short courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Television Appearances

Ms. Catriona Gray will be guesting in several television programs and some photo shoot will be held.

Stamp Launching

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) will be launching a special stamps and first day covers on February 27, 2019 to commemorate the rare feat. However no advisory was given if she will grace the occasion.