Tropical Gardens, Quezon Memorial Circle- Quezon City , Philippines
Ms. Jo Quimpo, Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe, Mr. Jim Cootes and Dr. Romeo Gutierrez
The Philippines is considered as one of the centers of biodiversity for the genus. Home to at least 110 species which represents about 8 to 10% of the over 1,200 plus Dendrobium species that are found over a wide range of habitats . The Philippine Horticultural Society in partnership with Mr. Jim Cootes, League of Orchid Conservationists Philippines and other garden clubs and societies were invited to the grand launching held yesterday at the Tropical Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle.
Mr. Mickey Bustos ( you tube, Internet sensation and television celebrity ) together with some of his friends. I think they were scouting for a place to shoot his latest video. People around the vicinity instantly recognized him and followed him wherever he went.
Dr. John Clifton Martyr and Ms . Mitch Frankenberger Pellicer emcee of the event
Ms. Ofelia Gelvezon- Tequi
Ms. Ofelia Gelvezon- Tequi is an avid orchid collector and represented the French Orchid Society
Dr. Nelson T. Geraldino
Dr. Nelson T. Geraldino is from University of the Philippines – Manila , an avid Philippine orchid species collector, photographer, professor and doctor by profession. He had a collection of wide array of native orchid species ( and photographs) that were featured in several international publication, magazines and calendars.
( LOC-PHIL ) League of Orchid Conservationists -Philippines members
Quote:” Just came in from PHSI, where I introduced a person who needs no introduction. He brought a couple of orchid publications from Sydney, Australia, Orchids Australia February 2015 issue, where an article of his showed three of my photos of Bulbophyllum papulosum, and Orchid Digest July-Sept 2014 issue, where an article of his showed four photos of my Coelogynes. I got to have a free signed copy of Dendrobinae of the Philippines, where nine of my photos were published. Thank you very much, Jim Cootes . ”
League of Orchid Conservationists Philippines
L-R Mr. Christopher Castillo, Ms. Rowena Aben Daquioag, Mr. Joel dela Cruz and Mr. Niel Maceda
Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon
Mr. Andrew Patrick Gozon is an architect , professor, book author , tropical fish collector, native trees advocate and a blogger.
Doctor John Clifton Martyr
Doctor John Cliffon Martyr is a long time Philippine orchid species collector . I met him several times at the Philippine Orchid Society shows . He is also breeding some orchids species native to his home province.
Mr. Jake Gaw and Ms. Ressie Paz-Navarro
Mr. Jake Gaw is the current president of Fern and Nature Lovers Society of the Philippines and ( Avilon Zoo) . He is an avid animal , fish , orchid and fern collector. Ms. Ressie Paz Navarro is also a exotic animal and native orchid species collector.
Mr. Dennis Dy Kho
Mr. Dennis Dy Kho – He is a car enthusiast, blogger, internet shop owner, stamp , fish and now native orchid collector .
Atty. Bom Gomez ( Plant Chaser)
Atty. Bom Gomez is a plant enthusiasts, blogger and orchid species collector.
Mr. Dennis Umali
Mr. Dennis Umali is from Cavite area. He had several dozens of native orchid species in his home.
Mr. Kurt Tan
Tita Baby de Leon catering staffs
The food were catered by Tita Baby de Leon , resident caterer. Some of the members brought siopao, native delicacies , cupcakes , piyaya, biscuits ,noodles , pop corn and puto .
Every member of the organization had contributed something from setting of tents , shelling out money for catering services, bringing foods and regional delicacies which reflect the BAYANIHAN style of preparation. The mood was very festive and everyone had the opportunity to meet on-line friends .
fried banana flower chips
piyaya and biscuits
( Sweet Lab) Puto Macapuo from Novaliches, Quezon City
fried chicken loli pop
fried lumpia ( spring rolls)
sliced carrots, picama ( singkamas) young beans and cucumber
Ms. Rowena Aben Daquioag holding her famed cupcakes
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Note: The book is finally out of the press, I will rank this book at 8.75 – I wish it could be hardbound for several reasons . For schools and public libraries which may purchase this book , soft bound book tend to tear easily . Sanggumay- ( Dendrobium anosmum ) only three varieties were mentioned in pages- 28,29 and 30. Based on other orchid journals and magazine – There was around 5 to 7 varieties ( hope the author focused more on the other variation ) . Sanggumay is one of the most observed , studied and cultivated species and I think there is no reason why the author limited his description to just three. Photography is quite superb.
Cultural requirements and synonyms were not mentioned, despite some of the Dendrobium species are widely cultivated. Conservation status is also not mentioned . The 142 pages book is worth buying especially those collect and study Philippine native orchid species. This is quite handy