Highlights of the 5th International Symposium by Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc.

Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI) held a successful two day 5th international symposium at the 8th floor Central Laboratory Building within the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila.


participants at the art work shop

The pre-symposium began last November 13 with pre-registration of local ,international speakers and participants by 1:00pm. At around past 2:00 pm -native tree walk was held within the campus of the university.


ditas and other native trees are planted within the university grounds

Philippine Botanical Art Society founder Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an conducted a 3 hour painting session last November 13 from 1:00 pm to past 4:00 pm.


key note speaker at the symposium

5th International Symposium


group photo


mid-morning breakfast 

5th International Symposium was opening session was held at the 8th floor auditorium of the central laboratory building. The auditorium can host up to 250 participants at any given time while the parallel session was held at the 5th floor of the same building.


Dr. Junichi Fujinuma


A certificate of appreciation and token was given to him after his presentation.


Dr. Nikki Hererson Dagamac


Clarence Gio Almoite, Donita Capili, Justine Garcia, John David Avellaneda and Mr. Rey John Caballero ( inventory of Philippine Native and Non-Native Trees in Selected Public Schools in Quezon City.


mid-morning breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks was catered by wok with me


Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI Mr. Bobby Zapata tresurer) together with University of Santo Tomas – Department of Biological Sciences professors and students.

A cultural and welcome dinner was hosted by the university and the organization.

at the end of the symposium Professor Andrew Patrick Gozon was given the best presenter for the parallel session.

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations. With minor sponsors like Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Development Corporation, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.

Philippine Botanical Art Society’s Exhibit at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants

Philippine Botanical Art Society and Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society members had a successful opening of the art exhibit held at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants at the 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas in Manila.


More than 50 art works mainly orchids flowers, ferns, flowering trees and botanical prints.


Art Exhibits and Exhibitors


Mr. Larie N. Dianco who currently works at the National Museum for Natural History


Ms. Aissa Domingo with her painting 


Ms. Madoline Agudo dela Rosa

Ingress started on November 13 morning until 10:00 pm with several artists who came from Rizal, Bulacan, Quezon City, Las Piñas, Los Baños, Davao and other areas of the country.


Professor Patrick Andrew Gozon of  the University of the Philippines


Ms. Cynthia Gubler together with Spathoglottis plicata




exhibitors, symposium participants and guests


Ms. Carmen Odulio ( president PNPCSI), Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an with Dr. Cecilia Banag-Moran.


ribbon cutting ceremony

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations and minor Sponsors, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Developement Corporaration, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.

Do not forget to visit the art exhibit until tomorrow- November 15, 2019 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas until 5:00 pm !

5th International Symposium of Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society

 Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc. (PNPCSI)  will hold its fifth international symposium on November 14—15, 2019 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), España, Manila. The symposium theme is “Fighting for Philippine Native Flora: Victories, Challenges and Future Directions”.
5th international symposium
Among this year’s highlight includes Botanical Arts Society exhibit, Tree Walks , Environmental Awareness, Mr. Leonardo Co death anniversary are some of the activities at the symposium.
There will be between 250 to 270 participants from different sectors of the society which includes students, volunteers, environmental advocates, heritage groups, academe,  artists, architects, government agencies, international delegates and other affiliate group.  Do not forget to sign-up and join this worthwhile project.
There will be table bourse which will sell different books, memorabilia items, t-shirts, tote bags for those interested.
This symposium is co-presented by University of Santo Tomas, USAID, BINHI and EDC.

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society

PNPCSI is a non-stock, non-profit organization formed to contribute to Philippine native plant research
and conservation by conducting scientific research; providing technical assistance; training and student mentorship; promoting the use of native plants in landscaping and reforestation; and increasing public awareness for the conservation of botanic resources in the country.
Key symposium activities:
1. Plenary sessions
2. Oral paper presentations
3. Poster presentations
4. Commercial exhibits on native plants, resources about Philippine plant diversity and other related
5.) Discussion
There will be a pre- symposium tree walk and a post‐symposium tour for those interested parties.
Kindly deposit your payments to Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) account name and number:
Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society 9761-0004-86. Kindly send a scanned copy of the deposit
slip indicating the names of the participants for whom the payment was made to
pnpcsi.symposium@gmail.com. Please present the same copy of deposit slip on registration day for this
is the only means by which we can trace your payment.
For more inquiries about the symposium, kindly contact pnpcsi.symposium@gmail.com.

Native Tree Walk at University of the Philippines-IB EDC Binhi Project

Philippine Native Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI) together with University of the Philippines -Tourism Institute conducted a whole day tour and walking tour at the Institute of Botany-Binhi Tree Park last September 22, 2019 sunday.


University of the Philippines- Institute of Biology building

The aim of the project is to train tree walk guides on the basics of tree walk and familiarization of the site.


UP- IB atrium

flora and fauna, historical event, public arts, architecture and historical buildings highlight the Lakad-Gunita walking tour which was initiated by the University.


Institute of Biology


However, PNPCSI members are already conducting tours at the University of the Philippines campus as early as 2008 which includes old buildings and in partnership within different organizations and Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.


University of the Philippines-IB EDC-Binhi Arboretum

University of the Philippines- Institute of Biology EDC-Binhi Arboretum


UP-IB EDC Binhi Arboretum map

University of the Philippines -Institute of Biology Arboretum project was funded by Energy Development Corporation is about 1 hectare site which aims to preserve indigenous, endemic, native trees and plants.


President Menie Odulio -PNPCSI President

The training started past 8:30 am with short introduction of the mission and vision  and projects of the society.


University of the Philippines-Tourism student trainers


creeks are still found within the site

The arboretum is a living repository of more than 100 species of native trees and plants.


 Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society members and trainers

The group was able to have a mock tour within the arboretum area and finished the short training by 4:00 pm.

Native Tree Walk at Arroceros Forest Park

Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Incorporated (PNPCSI) volunteers and board members in partnership with several NGO groups together with Winner Foundation conducted a FREE native tree guided tour within Arroceros Forest Park on April 13, 2019 ( Saturday).


 Arroceros Forest Park located between the Metropolitan Theater, Quezon bridge and the Pasig River, is an urban forest that is home to over 1,500 trees. It considered as the “last lung” of the City of Manila.

We arrived at around past 6:00 am at the park and after few minutes saw fellow members Mr. David Ples, Bobby Zapata, Maam Menie Odulio ( president), Mr. Anthony Arbias,  Ms. Irynn Alcantara Abano, Ms.Abigail Garrino, Mr. Ildefonso Bandoma Vista among others.

The group was divided into two group, One handled by Mr. Anthony Arbias and another one handled by Mr. David Ples between 20 to 35 participants per group.

Mature native trees such as Bagras (Eucalyptus deglupta aka Rainbow Eucalyptus), Bitaog (Callophyllum inophyllum), Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Molave (Vitex parviflora) and Red Balete (Ficus concinna) thrive there while many other native species grow under the mature trees as saplings and young trees.

Mr. Howie Severino interviewed Ms. Chiqui Mabanta

The tour started at around past 8:30 am with Mr. Anthony Arvias leading the first group and followed shortly by Mr. David Ples. The group was followed by Mr. Howie Severino and crew of I-witness and we were able to identify at least a dozen native trees within the forest park.

After about an hour or so of walking around the park, the group had a souvenir group photo  before they finish the tour.

There are food bazaars, artists booth, tree planting and a lot of outdoor activities at the park.  I am glad to be back at the park, But there are several issues raised in this activity, One is the gradual lost of forest park, pollution, Manila bay reclamation and construction of a university gym within the premises. It seems that have a big building within the Mehan Garden formerly known as Jardin Botanico de Manila compound in not enough.

firefly group with author ( photo courtesy of Ms. Menie Odulio) 

Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta together with Ms. Menie Odulio

Bid farewell to some members of the group and left past 10:30am on my way to the Manila Central Post office for the Royal Postal Heritage Tour.

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