Plant connoisseurs and garden lovers flock to this year’s Philippine Horticultural Society garden show at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation in Quezon City. After all, the event is showcasing the creative landscape designs by some of the country’s leading plant growers and aficionados.
members , officers, special guests pose for a souvenir photo shoot at the entrance of greenhouse #2 within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound
The exclusive opening ceremonies were held last January 28, 2011 , friday at around past 4:00 pm .The very important guests list includes Mr. Lucito Bertol ( Manila Seedling Bank Foundation chair) Madam Katsura ( wife of the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines ) ,Hon. Raquel S. Malangen (councilor 4th district of Quezon City) , representative of the Vice Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte , members of other affiliated plant societies , members, media and others.
ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by invited guest of honor
The colorful opening ceremonies marked the societies’ 35th anniversary , with most of the guests wore beaded Filipinana inspired formal wear . The show’s mission is to educate the people on how important conservation and using native plants in gardening . After all the country is one of the riches in terms of floral diversity in this part of the world.
Ms. Wendy Regaldo in her opening speech
Through its daily lecture – people from all walks of life learn the importance of a green environment and its ability to somehow combat climate change .
Madam Katsura – wife of the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines received a token ( Platycerium grande) from Architect Patricia ” Wendy ” Regalado -President of Philippine Horticultural Society Inc.
Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula pose in his landscape exhibit
The highlights of this year’s event was the awarding of the best landscape exhibit , best in show, best Philippines species . The show also paid tribute to Mr. Leonardo Co -founder and president of Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. which was killed in Leyte last year.
Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society , Inc. exhibit booth
Mr. Leonardo Co memorabilia exhibit
A candle lighting ceremonies also capped the emotional opening . Special mention to Mr. Karl Aguilar a blogger friend who also went to the show .
candle lightning ceremonies by Mr. Botchie Canicula, Professor Serapion Metilla and Mr. Modesto Manglicmot
The list of participants include the members of the Philippine Orchid Society, Malvarosa Orchids, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, King Louis Plants and Flowers, Aroid Study Group, Hoya Study Group and Fern Study Group of the PHSI, Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines , Professor Serapion Metilla, George Mendoza, Botchie Canicula, Vic De Rona, and the group of Jun Golamco, Bong Makawile, and Lawrence Chan.
Landscape exhibit made by the tandem of Mr. Jun Golamco, Mr. Wilfrido G. Macawile and Lawrence Chan
Dominating the show are our very own Philippine plant species such as tree ferns, birds nest ferns, cycads, aroids, bonsai trees, orchids, Hoya (flowering vines), flowering and shade trees, fruit trees, and the colorful plant hybrids.
Mr. Vic de Rona and his wife received the plaque ( first place landscape exhibit )
Surrounding the exhibit are about 70 commercial stalls selling various garden plants, orchids, bonsai, bromeliads, fruit trees, cacti, and an assortment of garden accessories.
Mr. Norberto Bautista – board member of Philippine Orchid Society received the award from the organizers for winning the second place in landscape exhibit
Ms. Susan Calo Medina – television host – Travel Time and media personality
BLC. Christine Bersola- Babao – a cattleya hybrid -named after ABS-CBN channel 2 news person by orchid breeder Atty. Hernando Perez
Mr. Jun Golamco lectured on native orchids, ferns, pitcher plants
Here are the list of the winners of the 35th annual Philippine Horticulture Society , Inc. show
Landscape Exhibit booth
Most Innovative Landscape Exhibit – Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines
Third Place- Mr. George Mendoza ( Booth #3)
Second Place- Malvarosa Orchids / Philippine Orchid Society ( Booth #10)
First Place – Lugar Huerta – Mr. Vic de Rona
Best Philippine Species -Mrs. Teresa Baldonado
Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata”
Best Plant in Show- Mr. George K. Mendoza
Other Lists of Winners
Horticulture 2011 Winners
Category (Sub-category) / Plant Name / Owner
Sympodial ( Species) BLC. Olga Severino Martel Malvarosa
Local Species Liparis condylobulbon Teresa Baldonado
Aroid Raphidophora sp.”variegata” George K.Mendoza
Aroid A Aglaonema Sirimanee Red Georgae K.Mendoza
Aroid B Alocasia cuprea Botchie Canicula
Aroid C Raphidophora sp.”variegata” George K.Mendoza
Cactus and Succulent Agave agustifolia “alba” Adoracion S.Bernabe
Cactus Astrophytum myriostigma Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Succulent Agave parviflora Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Variegated & Mutant Agave angustifolia “ alba” Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Fern/Fern Ally Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata” George K.Mendoza
Fern A Asplenium colubrinum George K.Mendoza
Fern B No Winner
Fern Ally Psilotum nudum Botchie Canicula
Variegated & Mutant Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata” George K.Mendoza
Foliage Sorombrom Serapion Metilla
Tree Sorombrom Serapion Metilla
Shrub Leea species Botchie Canicula
Herbaceous Brown spiderwort (Sederasis friscata) Botchie Canicula
Miniature Dypsis lutescens (mutant palm) Fely Gupit
Variegated& Mutant No Winner
Local Species Loheria sp. George K.Mendoza
Flowering Plant Indian Beads Clerodendron RodrigoEugenio
Perennial Indian Beads Clerodendron Rodrigo Eugenio
Annual No entry
Bonsai Desmodium sp.”BlueBell” Vic de Rona
Single No Winner
Grouping Malabayabas Vic de Rona
Local Species Desmodium sp.”BlueBell” Vic de Rona
Palm/Cycad No Winner
Palm No Winner
Local Species Korthalsia laciniosa
Bromeliads Tillandsia ( xerographica x chiapensis ) Rene Dofitas
Bromeliads A No entry
Bromeliads B (Special) Variegated Aechmea hybrid Botchie Canicula
Variegated & Mutant No entry
Other Species & Hybrids Tillandsia ( xerographica x chiapensis ) Rene Dofitas
Curiosity/S.I. Plant Nepenthes globosa WilfridoG. Macawile
Large No entry
Medium Nepenthes globosa WlfridoG. Macawile
Small No entry
Variegated and Mutant