Highlights of the 67th Philippine Orchid Society Annual Orchid and Garden Show part 2

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

Before presenting the set of winners , I must commend University of the Philippines -College of Architecture  for allowing their students to participate in an actual landscaping exhibit.

University of the Philippines – Diliman  landscape architecture students

Although they may not be the best nor the most colorful , I think exposing the students in this kind of exhibition will allow them chance to see and work on an actual landscaping project.  Some of them take time finishing the project laboring  from late afternoon of February 27  to early morning of February 28 . According to some of them , they do not have the money to purchase plants and accessories and most of them would borrow from other members  . I inquisitively gave them some tips on  landscaping and even how an orchid show is being held.

Here are the list of the major winners of the 67th annual orchid and garden show.

Ornamental Landscape Exhibit

Third Place – Ornamental Landscape exhibit by : Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula

Botchie as fondly called by members and friends in the plant societies . He started joining landscape exhibition and competition  since 2007 . He is an active member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines before joining Philippine Orchid Society  .  He is also a board member of the Philippine Horticultural Society .

If i can remember this is not his first time winning a landscape exhibit in the Philippine Orchid Society competition. He won 2nd place ( Ornamental landscape exhibit )  in the 62nd Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show held at the Quezon City hall grounds from August 28 to September 8, 2008 .

Second  Place – Ornamental Landscape exhibit by : Lugar La Huerta – Mr. Vic de Rona

Mr. Vic De Rona is the proprietor of Lugar La Huerta located in Manila Seedling Bank  according to him growing bonsai into perfection started as his hobby .  Now he is one of the most in demand bonsai experts and had participated in various bonsai shows , orchid shows ,  horticulture shows .

crowd admiring the Penjing  or Penzai Bonsai Landscape of Mr. Vic de Rona complete with miniature people made from ceramics.

water and land Penjing (shuihan penjing): This style of penjing effectively combines the first two, including miniature trees and optionally miniature figures and structures to portray a landscape in detail.

First Place – Ornamental Landscape exhibit by : Ms. Vangie Go

This landscape exhibit got ribbon, Php 10,000 cash and glass trophy

Mr. Kelvin Niel Manubay , Ms. Vangie Go and Mayor Ramon Ilagan pose for a souvenir shot taken at the award winning landscape exhibit

Orchid Flower Arrangement Competition ( members of the Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines )

Third Place : Mr. Edgar Martin Littaua

Mr. Edgar Martin Littaua or more popularly called “Egay ” to his friends , He is a production designer, art director, florists and set director . He worked with big television networks like ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5 and GMA channel 7.

Second Place : Ms. Miles Hilario

Ms. Hilario is an eventologist, caterer, fashion designer, floral designer  and beauty consultant. She teaches all kinds of floral arts and crafts on hands-on group lessons or individual tutorials (by schedule). Her flower-shop-cum-boutique-and-beauty-salon Miracle Flowers and Avante Garde Salon is located at Barangay Cooperative Bldg. cor. Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights, Q.C. Tel. nos. 4261007, 4363336, CP # 09176273038 and Florera Flower Shop, 79 Sta.Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan.

First Place : Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia

This Floral arrangement executed by Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia use  living  flowering orchids like Oncidium Josephine makes her orchid flower arrangement display more interesting .  Living orchid plant with  flowers last longer compared to cut flowers, She can  plant the orchids in her backyard after the flower wither . After few months,  the same orchid plant can reward her with nice blooms .

Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia is a proud winner of ” Best Oncidium of the Show” and Best Floral Arrangement

Ms. Susan Gonzales floral arrangement won two award

Ms. Susan Gonzales used  Mokara Sally Leuenberger and Oncidium orchid hybrid .  She used sawdust , native jars , bamboo tray and a wrought iron stand for the Mokara orchid  . The trend now a days is to use living flowering orchids as a centerpiece.

Mokara Sally Uy- Leuenberger is a Mokara hybrid ideal for cut flower

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More articles about the orchid show winners .

Please try to visit the First Part : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/highlights-of-the-67th-annual-orchid-and-garden-show/

Third Part : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/67th-annual-philippine-orchid-society-show-winners/

Bonsai show at SM North EDSA sky garden

SM City North EDSA

Philippine Bonsai Society Incorporated in cooperation with SM City North EDSA mall in  Quezon City  presents the  national bonsai exhibition and competition  from  May 6 to 30, 2011 at the  SM sky garden.

SM Sky Garden was inaugurated last 2009 and is continuously being used as an art exhibition area and as a venue for live plant exhibition.  the garden has  an elevated curvilinear park with a 400-meter canopied walkway cutting across manicured lawns, ponds,trees about 35 retail shops ranging from t-shirt store, ice cream house, international and local restaurants which lined the greenery. SM City North Edsa, which now has a gross lease-able area of 445,000 square meters including the Sky Garden and SM Annex redevelopment.

tarpaulin poster of the event

There is also a gallery where bonsai trees are exhibited and bonsai critique Professor Amy Liang will share her vast knowledge of bonsai culture and the art of making bonsai. There were at  least 40 bonsai were exhibited at the venue , which were also judged by Professor Amy Liang along  with bonsai masters Mr. Chew Yu Xian and Mr. Kuo An Li from Taiwan .

Mr.Roberto “Bobby” P. Gopiao( President of Philippine Bonsai Society) , Mrs. Fely Gupit, Architect Patricia ” Wendy” Fernando- Regalado ( President of Philippine Horticulture Society) and representatives of SM North EDSA Mall , members and VIPs grace the opening and  ribbon cutting ceremonies

Roberto “Bobby” P. Gopiao is a versatile designer and bonsai enthusiast whose love for plants started in an early childhood. He was exposed to nature’s beauty and bounty in the home farms of his maternal grandparents who hail from Angeles City and Mexico, Pampanga. The varied plant collection of his mother, Corazon Panlilio-Gopiao also contributed to Bobby’s interest in horticulture and gardening.

Bobby has been president of the Philippine Bonsai Society since 2003, where he provides leadership to a growing number of bonsai hobbyists and connoisseurs. Aside from winning numerous Best in Show awards locally, he has the unique distinction of winning the Grand Prize and Saburo Kato Award from Nippon Bonsai Club in 2006. He is the only Filipino invited to judge the prestigious First BCI Bonsai Photo Competition sponsored by Bonsai Club International in 2010. He is also the Non-Taiwanese to be invited as judge to the Hua Fong International Bonsai exhibition in Taiwan.

Bonsai  are traditionally an artistic form of horticulture from Japan and China . The concept is to create miniature trees in trays or pots using aesthetic techniques that highlight the tree or shrub’s beauty. Usually, the trees used for bonsai are ficus, kalyos, orange jasmin , bantigue, podocorpus,  lantana,  kamagong, camachile, mulawin aso, mulawin daga,  some unconventional ones are ixora ( santan/ tangpupo ) , hibiscus, tamarind , bougainvillea and even guava can be used as materials for making bonsai.

Bougainvillea bonsai


Although the word ‘Bon-sai’ is Japanese, the art it describes originated in the Chinese empire.  By the year 700 AD the Chinese had started the art of ‘pun-sai’ using special techniques to grow dwarf trees in containers.  Originally only the elite of the society practiced pun-tsai with native-collected specimens and the trees where spread throughout China as luxurious gifts. During the Kamakura period, the period in which Japan adopted most of China’s cultural trademarks, the art of growing trees in containers was introduced into Japan. The Japanese developed Bonsai along certain lines due to the influence of Zen Buddhism.

 Podocarpus / Bhuddist Pine 

Over the centuries, different regional styles would be developed throughout the large country with its many varied landscapes; earthenware and ceramic containers would replace the porcelain ones displayed on wooden stands; and attempts would be made to shape the trees with bamboo frameworks or brass wire or lead strips.  Many poets and writers each made at least one description of tree and/or mountainous miniature landscapes, and many painters included a dwarfed potted tree as a symbol of a cultivated man’s lifestyle.  After the 16th century these were called pun tsai or “tray planting.”  The term pun ching (“tray landscape,” now called  Penjing ) didn’t actually come into usage until the 17th century.

Source: http://www.bonsaiempire.com/bonsai-history

Some historical records would also reveal that the art of bonsai were introduced to the country even before the arrival of the Spaniards  in the 16th century . In 1604, there was a description in Spanish of how Chinese immigrants in the tropical islands of the Philippines were growing small ficus trees onto hand-sized pieces of coral.

In the Philippines , bonsai was later known as Bansoy. Which is is taken from two Filipino word Bansot ( small/ miniature  ) and Kahoy ( tree) . Which literally called ” bansot na halamang kahoy” or ” makahoy ” .

yellow -flowering ixora or santan used as a bonsai material

replica of  Paoay Church in Ilocos serves as a backdrop for the bonsai exhibit

Judging System

This year, Philippine Bonsai Society has adopted the Taiwan system of judging which  is divided into two categories, bantigue and non-bantigue, to encourage more entries . So  for every 15  bonsai trees there is a gold prize, two silvers and three bronzes.  About 30 to 40 percent of the entries can win a prize .  So everybody is happy , this was according to the president of PBS.

Prof. Chew Yu Xian and Prof. Kuo An Li – Taiwanese international bonsai masters

Philippine Bonsai Techniques

According to the Taiwanese judges ,” Filipino bonsai hobyists had gradually evolve . The people  are fine-tuning their aesthetics. Tree and the pot create one harmonious relationship , where in height , shape, color , texture and neatly glazed container pots complement each other. In the past, they merely cultivated a dwarf tree in a pot without much thought. Today, they understand the importance of the pot size, shape and depth in relation to the tree.”

Mr.Pablo Dichitan award winning bonsai

Bonsai Towns

There are towns in the Philippines that thrive in bonsai growing and collecting like San Mateo , Baras, Angono  in  Rizal province, Bamban and Gerona in Tarlac had its own bonsai association , Guiguinto ,Tabang , San Miguel , Baliuag in  Bulacan , Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija,  Sagay City in Negros Occidental , Mt. Apo in Davao, Cebu , La Union and Pangasinan.


Mr. David and Mrs. Belinda Lim pose for a souvenir shoot at their  first prize winning bonsai entry


While there are still people who collects bonsai in the wild,  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR ) with the enactment of Wildlife Act strictly prohibits the collections, sale, trade of bonsai taken in the wild.

According to one of the board of director of PBS, the National Bonsai Association of Taiwan had developed a curriculum for Mariano Marcos University which can properly train future bonsai artist or students.  With proper guidance and growing technique, it is believed that in the near future , Filipino bonsai hobbyists would not take bonsai from the wilderness,  Which like in Taiwan and other Asian countries  bonsai trees are scientifically propagated.

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