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.

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Aqua Fiesta 2011

Tiendesitas  Mall , Pasig City

Aqua Fiesta 2011 signage within the Tiendesitas Mall grounds

This is an opening salvo for this year for fish lovers , aquarium fanatics and hobbyists. The three day event started  from February 25 to 27, 2011 at the Tiendesitas People Village activity center in Pasig  City.

Tiendesitas Mall is also a favorite event site for dog shows , cat shows and fish shows since 2005 .

Aqua Fiesta 2011 poster

The poster showed a rare arowana fish with  event partners collateral  which includes Manila Bulletin ,Asian Betta Alliance, Las Farolas , Tiendesitas , Bureau of Fishes and Aquatic Resources, PHALS, Koi, Philippine Datnioides Group , Manila Bulletin agriculture magazine , People’s Tonight among others.

Mr.Henry G. Babiera addressing the crowd during the opening

The event was graced by prominent people like representatives from the Ortigas corporation to  ordinary fish hobbyists  .  Mr. Henry G. Babiera the special leasing manager of Greenhills and Tiendesitas  , tiangge market magnate, plant connoisseur, antique collector, dog lover and a certified fish collector was also on hand to greet the visitors . According to some friends from the industry , He is developing a zoo-like safari in his hometown in Guimaras .

There is also the expensive collection of Mr.  Carlo/Cetarius  and a sampling of  Mr. Henry Babiera  rare collections /Las Farolas  it is  also said that Mr. Babiera has the very expensive collections of Platinum SR  arowana.

tarpaulin poster of Las Farolas

Las Farolas will soon rise beside ARK Avilon Zoo which will feature fresh water fishes from Mr. Babiera’s collection from different parts of the world. ( the author hope that he can feature Philippine native fishes too!) The construction manager is AMCON Company .

stage area before the formal opening ceremonies

opening day crowd

The aim of the show is to educate the public on how to take care of their fishes, importance of the freshwater aquarium industry , information dissemination  and the experience of  competition among fish hobbyists.

Aquascape tanks for public judging

Morning Glory and Eden is the title of the Aquascape complete with freshwater fishes and live aquatic plants

Aquascape entitled ” The Lawn “, ” Unconventional ” ,” Dream “, ” Links, “Forgotten Trees”

There is also a public voting  in which the public is given a chance to vote on which aquascape tanks  they think is the best. However, Just to make sure of the criteria set there is a separate more experienced  judges for the aquascape competition .

various varieties of Betta fishes exhibited by members of Asian Betta Alliance

Arowana exhibit

Unlike  other fish shows  wherein  judging aqua scape competition is close to the public  . Aqua Fiesta 2011  allowed  public  participation  in which visitors were given a piece of white paper and then write the title of the exhibit whom he/ she thinks is the best executed aqua scape . The winner  will  get the ” Public Vote ” or ”  Visitor’s Choice” at the end of the show.

Wajok Super Red Arowana with the scientific name : Scleropages formosus and a micro chip number  1828161976 were produced in captivity by Indonesian fish breeder P.T. Wajok Intilestari were raffled -off as First Prize

gold fish and koi figurine on sale – large one may fetch Php 1,800 per piece

As for the public, There is no entrance fees and for a minimal purchase of tickets a beautiful arowana courtesy of A1/ Chinatown Pet Center priced at around Php 30,000 were  raffled among the attendees,  while a lucky few  even had Flower Horn fries . There were about 2 dozen commercial booth which sells a variety of stuffs from t-shirt , kois , fish foods,  fish figurines  a soft ice cream and several food stalls.

Opening day buffet meal

Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society booth

According to the PHALS Secretariat here are some of the winners of the raffle:

Thai ZZ by JM Yao: Paul Uy, ticket#281 (prize claimed)
Thai Silk 1: Asian Betta Alliance, ticket#468 (prize claimed)
Thai Silk 2: Jeremy Go, ticket#535 (prize claimed)
Thai King Kamfa 1: Rex Am-Ben Oliniquino, ticket#253 (prize unclaimed)
Thai King Kamfa 2: Randolf A. Tanora, ticket#388 (prize claimed)
Thai King Kamfa 3: Airol Joe dela Rosa, ticket#329 (prize claimed)

Wajok Super Red Arowana  : Maria Victoria Aranilla with ticket # 270 ( prize claimed)

Chubby Musubi tarpaulin poster

Interestingly , There was a food exhibitor from Cavite with a fusion of Filipino, Japanese , Hawaiian and Western style of fast food. The primary origin of the snack is the Japanese onigiri also known as omusubi with sticky rice  formed into triangular or oval shapes wrapped in nori wrapper .  Its  fillings is  with pickled ume / umeboshi , salted slamon , kombo, tarako , katsuobushi or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservatives.

Since then , the Japanese immigrants to Hawaii  brought the recipe but had changed some of the ingredient to suit the western palate.

Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice with a slice of grilled  spam on top and nori  (seaweed) wrapping to hold it together.

several types of Musubi in wrapped in nori wrapper

They call the food stall Chubby Musubi , the friends were both graduate of De La Salle University. According to one of the proprietors , They started their food business  in the early part of 2010 and opened a food kiosk business within La Salle University- Dasmarinas branch in Cavite. Now their operations is in full blast and had a facebook account which advertise their products.

Spamdesal a unique taste to suit hungry appetite

Their spamdesal bun is not your ordinary bun but is said to be from a  local bakery from Cavite, The spam is also different from the commercialized spam  . They even had a local intellectual property patent for their products to prevent other entrepreneurs from copying their unique products. Their spamdesal filling is quite nutritious with vegetable fillings like onions, bell pepper, lettuce  and tomato . Its  market target were the students , teenagers, yuppies  and people on the go.

The owners  said that  they wanted to open the franchising of their food kiosk  in the near future . I hope that they can succeed in their endeavor.

The author would like to congratulate the organizers of the successful Aqua Fiesta 2011.

Marikina B.I.O. highlights

Marikina B.I.O Expo entrance gate

It was a bit overcast weather last September 21, 2010 when the former Marikina Mayor Ms. Maria Lourdes Carlos ” Marides” – Fernando (term of office -2001 to 2010)  was one of the guests of honor during the opening of the Marikina B.I.O. exposition 2010.

Ms. Marides Fernando touring the exhibit together with the author

This event is said to be the first of its kind to be held in Marikina Riverbanks E-Com Building which promotes the place as an event venue which cater to the plant and animal hobbyists specifically those who like snakes , reptiles ,tarantulas.

There is also a butterfly house which was made by the DCEM team and Mr. Allen Mayor they dubbed the butterfly and small garden as ” Garden A Flutter ” . There were at least over 100 live butterflies that were captive bred and then released them in an garden setting complete with the food plants which are needed by the butterflies in order to survive the concrete jungle of the mall.

A portion of the Marikina  ECOM – Hall was literary transformed from ordinary  semi-indoor plants and draped looking passageways , into a garden oasis paradise with creative background lighting effects and colorful landscaped mini-gardens  complete with garden sets .

There is  an orchid landscaped  garden with several varieties of white Dendrobium hybrids , Oncidium hybrids . Orchid plants were some of the most favorite plants among Marikina gardeners , according to one of the visitor  to the expo .  They tend to grow better in the riverside areas and several subdivisions which dotted the entire Marikina .

According to one of the visitors , She always maintained a small garden complete with different varieties of Dendrobium  orchids.

Another landscaped exhibit was done by the  team of Mr. Delmer Rivera, Mr. Otto Marino  and Mr. Lawrence Chan which proudly displayed almost 30  species and hybrids of the Bromeliad family.

Bromeliad Landscape Exhibit

The  colorful landscape exhibit was complemented with a live display of  an iguana ( official mascot of the expo) . This tamed iguana named ” Hector” was an instant crowd drawer of the event. Some of the people though that iguanas are a carnivorous bunch of reptile species similar to Godzilla.

Japanese themed garden landscape

While a  Japanese inspired garden set -up,  complete with bamboo accent  , pagoda garden lamp , various sansieviera plants  ,  mini koi pond with white and colored pebbles accented the whole zen style of minimalist garden.

But kidding aside , Hector became an official goodwill ambassador of the expo much to the delight of the crowd , mostly public school students, Philippine Science Centrum staffs, Marikina Riverbank Mall administration, tenants and some VIPs.

Media partners like Buy and Sell , People’s Tonight , Sonshine Television channel 39 , NBN channel 4 ” She Ka” , DZEC Angel Radio went their way to cover the grand event.

This was probably one of the biggest reptilian  and  plant show  within the  Marikina Riverbanks E-COM Building  in years.  The mall  used to be a venue place of pet and animal shows several years ago until another Filipino – theme style tiangge mall opened in Pasig  which drove most of the animal and pet  shows permanently into Pasig.

Another exhibit from Pangasinan is Ms. Juana Pinkian which exhibited various handcrafted furniture made from old scrap wood . One of her first buyers during the expo is the former mayor.

Ms. Pinkian is a regular “suki” exhibitor in various garden and mall shows. Her down to earth attitude  makes her a good example of woman entrepreneur. Whatever hardships she may encounter  during trade shows, she never gives-up hope .

Other notable exhibitors includes Planet Earth- Australia which sells some of their famous t-shirt line , RK designs , Velasco Trading Company, Reptiles Amphibians and Pet Center , Ms. Juana Pinkian Furniture , Smart Communications , RNK Ornamental Plants and Landscaping , Cats Central  , Vita Herbs and advocacy groups  like World Vision , Green Philippines  and DECM the event management firm.

The aim of the Marikina B.I.O. expo is not just to showcase rare pet and wildlife but also to educate the public to take care of the environment  and the urgent need to fight climate change .

Marikina Biyaya Industriya Organismo Expo 2010

Event: Biyaya . Industriya . Organismo Expo 2010

Venue: Marikina Riverbanks- ECOM Building

Date: September 15 to October 15, 2010 with possible pre-Christmas Bazaar extension

Theme: Pagkalinga at Pagpapahalaga sa Kalikasan

Event Venue: Riverbanks Center, the most unique commercial and recreational, one stop family destination in Marikina City. Riverbanks Development Corporation (RDC) established Riverbanks Center to develop the Marikina riverside into an urban center, enhanced by the river, preserving the ECOlogy and promoting people’s love for nature. With this in mind,  the company tag-line is your  ECO-friendly destination came about, “ECO” referring to ECOlogy, ECOnomy and E-COmmerce.

Marikina Riverbanks B.I.O. Expo 2010 poster

Visitor Profile: Riverbanks E-Com building is accessible to the residents of   Libis, Cubao , Xavierville Village in  Quezon City, Pasig, Antipolo, Cainta, San Mateo , Marikina and other nearby communities come in droves to check out the Riverbanks Mall housing popular retail stores, branded outlet stores, restaurants and favorite fastfood chains at ECO-friendly prices. And with the declaration by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) of two of Riverbanks Center’s buildings as information and technology (ICT) buildings, more spaces will be available for E-COmmerce services, restaurants and much more. Parking is not a problem with ample space for everyone.

Riverbanks E-Com building

E-COM Building :

PEZA registered E-com Bldg. of Riverbanks Center with more than 20,000 sq.m. open floor space to offer is now available for business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and other office tenants. Located at the portal of Marikina City, the new building is very accessible to public transportation like the MRT / LRT and the local public utility vehicles terminal. It is also adjacent to the Riverbanks Mall which houses a food court that offers several food choices at very affordable prices, fast food chains as well as restaurants that are open 24 / 7 . Parking and security will not be a problem with the ample covered parking situated just beside the new ICT building plus the presence of a police station within the area.

Vicinity Map Location:


How to get Here:
1. From Cubao, you may take the Jeepney or FX going to SSS, Fortune, Parang, Calumpang and San Mateo.
2. From Cubao, you may also take the LRT and get off at the Katipunan station and take the Jeepney or FX route mentioned above.
3. From UP, Tandang Sora and Commonwealth, you may take the Jeepney going to Katipunan and get off at the corner of Aurora Blvd. and take the same Jeepney/FX route stated above.

Event Brief:

B.I.O. stands for Biyaya , Industriya , Organismo a term used for the expo which will showcase the bounty of nature , industry and organism will be held at the Marikina Riverbanks E-Com Building . This bazaar trade fair will be held from September 15 to October 15, 2010 . The expo is a major event which caters primarily to showcase some of the country’s top producers from health and wellness products, agriculture , orchids, ornamental plant wholesalers, retailers, pet animals such as reptiles, dogs, cats, insects , fishes , pet accessories, leather , fashion , lifestyle ,travel, handicrafts, landscape artists , food , native products, environment friendly products and services, Non-Government Organizations , Cause – Oriented Association , Advocacy groups , Environmental Advocates.

Trade Fair and Exhibit

Exhibitors and company can join for a minimum period of 15 days and a maximum of 30 days . With its unique feature of different themed sections from petting zoo, reptile center , handicraft area, landscape theme gardens , eco -friendly products and services, organic produce , food section , an activity area and an interactive secretariat , Expect that there is something new every month !

Trade Show Partners and Exhibitors:

Reptiles Amphibians and Pet Center one of the event partners will showcase several exotic and rare pets such as reticulated pythons, tarantulas , caimans, turtles and several unique kinds of pet.

Mandaluyong Garden Club was formed more than 20 years ago when a group of garden enthusiasts formed a group that would educate the people the basics of gardening, plant appreciation and to nurture the environment . through several villages , subdivisions and condominiums within Mandaluyong City. Some of these villages include Wack- Wack, East  Greenhills, Acropolis and some high  rise condominium units. The trend of gardening on condominiums is also encourage by the group.

Metts’ Plant Art – Professor Serapion Metilla will have a landscape exhibit on the venue. His unique tray landscaping styles had earned him numerous awards and commendation from local and intentional  garden , ikebana and ornamental clubs.

Stella Blu – is a catering service with a mix fusion of Asian and Italian style of menu with branches located in Mandaluyong and Makati.

Planet Earth – a company known for their quality t-shirt and glow in the dark -t shirt.

Buy and Sell Philippines– Asia’s first Free Ads newspaper and Philippines #1 Free Ads newspaper will release a pre-event and a post event write-ups.

People’s Tonight – One of the Philippines largest English tabloid will help cover the event.

Manila Bulletin – One of the country’s leading newspaper

Tulay Newspaper – one of the leading fortnightly digest that caters the Filipino- Chinese community . This bi-monthly digest is part of the World News .

NBN channel 4 – a government station will help televised the event.

Pinoy Exchange Forum– One of the leading forum sites in the Philippines

World Vision Philippines – World Vision is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organization dedicated to
working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by addressing the causes of poverty and injustice.

Philippine Science Centrum – Located adjacent to the B.I.O. Expo .

RK Fashion Design – Quality Philippine made fashion accessories with  international awards and recognition for its designs and the use of natural and organic materials and components.

Trade Show Committee:

This trade show was organized by Design Concept and Event Management for Marikina Riverbank Company . This event company started as a small venture 3 years ago which handles corporate functions, event coordination, trade shows , bazaars and exhibits .

Contact Details:

Ms. Erika Ramirez, Mr. Dan Del Rosario , Mr. Louie Rivero – Event coordinators
Telephone # 468-9277
Cellphone # 0916-402-3572

Lopez Museum lecture

The Lopez Memorial Museum would like to invite you to What is in an Amorsolo?:

APreliminary Technical Analysis Of  His Works by Ricky Francisco

on March 27, Saturday, 2-4 pm. The talk will focus on the process and the findings.

Mr Francisco undertook this using data on the styles of the se artists found in

Philippine art history books and o the r materials, and detailed visual examination

of the works using the naked eye and equipment such as stereomicroscope, macrophotography

and digital image manipulation, of the visible properties of the ir works.

For more details, please call 6312417 or email admin@lopez- museum.org