65th Annual Orchid Show

February 24, 2011 was the opening of the 65th annual orchid show held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

selected group of judges and volunteers

The author was one of the volunteers (clerk) during the judging process of the annual show. The judges were from a selected group of reputable people from the field of horticulture, landscape architects, landscaper, and plant connoisseurs among others.

Commerical section of the show

The process went on smoothly and the deliberation process for the winners also set the mood on whom among the plant owners, exhibitors won the respective categories.

After lunch, When all the final tabulations and ranking were already finished. The author helped in putting the ribbons in the orchids and landscape exhibit booth  winners.

Then, several netizen friends came and visited the show among them is Mr. Ivan Anthony Henares , Mr. Ronald Estayan , Atty. Bom Gomez ( Plant Chaser ) among others. There were also architecture students from the University of the Philippines and  officers from other affiliated plant societies which graced the opening ceremonies.

Quezon City Circle management wanted a year-round show because of the impact it had on their parking revenue.

The bright afternoon sun did not dampen everyone’s mood even if the guests of honor are more than half an hour late! Philippines who’s who in the plant industry ,  experts and media  were there in gracing this momentous event.

L-R Photo caption: Ms. Vangie Go ,Ms. Herlene Bautista- Sarmiento ( sister of Mayor Herbert Bautista ) , Mr. Kelvin Manubay , members of Philippine Orchid Society, distinguished guests  and media.

After all the preparations and ribbon cutting ceremonies, winners were announced and all smiled went to the tandem of Mrs. Ana Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion  which won ” Best in Orchid Landscape” .

First Place in Orchid Landscape

Ms. Mary Ann-Wu and Rap Eugenio tandem landscape exhibit came in second

Mr. Modesto Manglicmot landscape entry won ” Best in Ornamental Plant  Landscape  “

” Best Orchid in Show ” went to Mr. Kelvin Manubay which entered Trichoglottis latisepala a native orchid .

L-R Photo caption

Ms. Harlene Bautista – Sarmiento- sister of Mayor Herbert ” Bistek ” Bautista , Ms. Dorie Fadriquela ( Allied Botanical Corporation – Metro Manila Marketing and Sales , Ms. Mylene Quiñones                 Philippine Orchid Society -Corporate Secretary, Ms. Chit  Mamangun – member of Philippine Orchid Society pose for a souvenir shot during the opening ceremony.

Mr. Manubay said that the 3rd Flora Filipina slated on February 2012 will be held in Quezon Memorial Circle . This will make Quezon City a host City for the second time since 2009. Flora Filipina International Horticulture Show 2012  is not a regular annual event but a held every 2- year gap period .

Dischidia pecteniodes or ant plant in interesting snail containers on sale

There are about 70 commercial stalls which participated in the event , This  is more than the two previous orchid shows  held at the Manila Seedling Bank in 2010 . Everyone in the commercial section seems happy and contented with their brisk sales ! The orchid show is until March 8, 2011.

Floral Designer Circle of the Philippines – flower arrangement competition

Here are the winners:

Best in Show: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Cattleya: BLC. Mahina Yahiro by Malvarosa Orchids and Nani Perez

Best Dendrobium: Dendrobium smilliae by Purificacion Orchids

Best Oncidium: Flying High ‘Stars & Stripes’ by Purificacion Orchids

Best Paphiopedilum: Paphiopedilum haynaldianum by Purificacion Orchids

Best Phalaenopsis: Phalaenopsis amabilis ‘variegated’ by Purificacion Orchids

Best Vandaceous Alliance: Vanda Pimsai x Vanda Pakchong (New Long) by SUL Orchids

Best Philippine Species: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Philippine Hybrid: BLC Rolly Perez by Malvarosa Orchids and Nani Perez

Best Foreign Species: Dendrobium smilliae by Purificacion Orchids

Best Cultured Plant: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Other Genera – Sympodial Orchids: Gram. multiflorum by Purificacion Orchids

Best Other Genera – Monopodial Orchids: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Ornamental Booth Exhibit:

1st place – Mody Manglicmot
2nd place – Constel Nature’s Garden
3rd place – Mett’s Plant Art Shop

Orchid Exhibit Booth:

1st place – Purificacion Orchids
2nd place – Mary Ann- Wu
3rd place – Purificacion Orchids & Ornamentals

Floral Arrangement:

1st place –   Mr.Egay Littaua
2nd place – Ms.Ella Gutierrez
3rd place – Ms. Florence Ojeda

Horticulture 2011 a plant show with a mission

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 GroupHoya 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

Liparis condylobulbon

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

Orchid
Monopodial       No-Winner

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

Taipei International Flora Show 2010

 

bell-tower with various bromeliads and ferns

All pictures courtesy of Philippine Orchid Society

The 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, this exhibition is an invitation to those with green fingers to enjoy the splendid floral displays and swap gardening experiences with exhibitors and international experts.

a wishing well accompanied the huge bell-tower said to the replica of Cagsawa Church

Philippine exhibit during the construction phase

The Philippines is one of the 33 international exhibit being showcased in the exposition  and likewise among the official participants to the Global Garden Competition . According to the organizers of the event, the  exhibit is one of the top drawers and is one of the most beautiful landscaped in the expo.

Philippine exhibit

The theme ” River, Flower, New Horizon “. The six month expo will run until April 26, 2011. The Philippine landscape which can be easily distinguished with a large bell tower which represents the ruins of the old Cagsawa Church in Albay with  lavishly decorated  red and white  stripped  neoregelias which is  a type of  bromeliad  and native ferns .

colorful ornamental plants, aglaonemas , phalaenopsis hybrids, anahaw palm (Livistonia rotundifolia ) accompanied by gigantic festival mask and photo of Mayon Volcano as backdrop

The area is surrounded by a moat which is surrounded like a river . The entire country pavilion  is a reminiscence of old medieval period during the Spanish colonial regime and to symbolized that the country is a group of islands.

sansievaras , dracenas , colorful dendrobium hybrids with Philippine made bird cages – Photo of Palawan underground river as a backdrop

The pavilion is enclosed with 10 meter high wall , which resembled old Intramuros . The booth also had different Christmas decoration from different parts of the archipelago which reflects the rich colonial heritage of the country.

This exhibit with different varieties of guzmania , ornamental plants and adorned with native fans . At the background  is the Banaue Rice Terraces which is considered as the 8th wonder of the world.

Religious statues like the Virgin Mary  dotted the colonial village  ambiance .  Christmas lantern made from capiz and complete with its lighting  fixtures dotted the major exhibit areas.

white sand pebbles, native bamboo baskets, shells, star fish and  bamboo fountain are part of the landscape accents which featured heritage houses of Vigan in Ilocos Sur

This biennial flower show is organized by the Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government and supervised by the Council of Agriculture.

white flowered spathiphyllum ( peace lily) , asplenium nidus , cryptanthus , cycad dotted the landscape .

sandy beach of Boracay served as a colorful backdrop in this pocket garden

capiz windows with dramatic lightning effect ,highlighted picturesque Philippine sandy beaches , scenery, man-made wonders and colonial villages .

side view of the exhibit : different  paphiopedilum , phalaenopsis hybrids , Platycerium grande , ferns, Medinilla species and tropical ornamental plants

The exhibit showcase a walk- in passage way , where visitors can tour the various landscape exhibit with pocket gardens adored with different kinds of orchids like lady’s slipper , butterfly orchids, dendrobium , vandaceous hybrids and ornamental plants  like bromeliads, tillandsias, ferns, golden miyagos  among others.

Bell tower with sentinel watch tower ( replica of Intramuros ) at night

landscape exhibit is accompanied with  colorful photographs  highlighting famous tourist spots like the  Banaue Rice Terraces, Vigan Heritage Village, Hundred Islands, Palawan Underground River, Mayon Volcano, Boracay , Chocolate Hills .

Chocolate hills photograph with various aglaonema hybrids, dracenas, ferns

There is also an indoor exhibit areas , which King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flowers proudly exhibited their plants. A promotional booth ( Philippine Orchid Society ) which also doubles as a tourism booth also showcased the various tourist destination of country .

King Louis Ornamental Plants and Flower landscape exhibit ( indoor space)

According to the Taipei International Flora Exhibition website , some of the must seen outdoor gardens include Netherland exhibit, Sultanate of Oman , Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Fujian garden, Expo orchard among others.

Philippine Orchid Society promotional booth

Commemorative Stamp Issue : article from Taiwan post

commemorative stamps

The 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo, which will be held from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, is the first international horticultural exposition ever held in Taiwan to be recognized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. The expo will demonstrate Taiwan’s culture and arts, its strength in horticulture, its concern for the environment, and its cutting-edge technological achievements. Apart from promoting the domestic flower and tourism industries, the expo will also serve to strengthen international exchange and raise the ROC’s international image. Chunghwa Post is releasing two souvenir sheets on November 6, 2010 to mark this grand occasion. These sheets are designed by Delta Design Corporation and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.

colorful phalaenopsis hybrids – Taiwan is the world’s top producer and exporter of this orchid

The expo’s logo is an orchid blossom made up of five human figures that seem to be dancing in Peking opera. The five converge in a tumbling rhythm. Each of the five figures represents a separate continent and has a different color—red, orange, blue, green or purple. Inspired by the seasons of nature, the mascots of the expo are fairies representing five flowers: the lily, the sun flower, the moth orchid, the hydrangea, and the tulip. During the expo period, the Expo Dome in the Yuanshan Park Area will serve as the venue for an “Olympics of flowers.” In addition to the nine thematic shows on exhibit there, an international indoor floral design competition and the Taiwan International Orchid Show 2011 (which is one of the three biggest orchid shows in the world) will also be held there. One of the souvenir sheets comprises nine NT$5 stamps, each depicting a species of orchid, for a total value of NT$45. The other souvenir sheet comprises ten NT$5 stamps, for a total value of NT$50. Each of the mascots is represented by two stamps. The logo of the expo can be found in each stamp and in both marginal inscriptions.

64th Mid-Year Orchid Show

Manila Seedling Bank Foundation  , Quezon City -Philippines

poster of the event

The Philippine Orchid Society or simply known as  (POS), country’s premier orchid club, held its 64th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show in line with their 64th Anniversary at the Manila Seedling Bank  Foundation compound in EDSA corner  Quezon Avenue ,  Quezon City  from August 12 to 23, 2010.  The exclusive opening ceremonies  held last August 12, 2010 was open to members, distinguished guests, affiliated garden societies , media and sympathizers.

Quezon City -Vice Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte , Mr. Chito Bertol-Manager of Manila Seedling Bank Foundation  , Mr. Modesto Manglicmot and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe were among the prominent guests of honor  present during the ribbon cutting ceremony

Dubbed with the theme “Protecting Our Orchids from Climate Change”, the show focused on the conservation and protection of our Philippine orchid species. It also featured the best orchid blooms of the season set in landscaped exhibits executed by the country’s top orchid collectors and landscapers.

First place winner of ” Best Orchid Landscape”  by Mr. Rap Eugenio , Ms. Mary Ann-Wu , Dr. Jay Silvestre and Mrs. Rosie Santos

Second place winner ” Orchid Landscape ”  – Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion

Dr. Hernando B. Perez – Malvarosa Orchid – Third place winner ” Orchid Landscape exhibit” with colorful arrays of cattleyas, vandas,  native huts , ferns , dendrobium orchids


Mr. Vic de Rona of Lugar La Huerta won  ” First Place ornamental landscape exhibit


Constel Nature  Landscape of Mr. Constacio Basis won second place in the ornamental landscape exhibit


Professor Serapion Metilla – Mett’s Plant Art won third place in the ornamental landscape exhibit

The overall show chair of this mid-year show is Mrs. Mary Ann Castillo -Wu. The guest of honor during the show is Ms. Joy Belmonte -Vice Mayor of Quezon City ,  Mr. Lucito Bertol , prominent members various horticultural societies , media and members of  the Philippine Orchid Society.

There were about 50 commercial ” flea market ” style stalls within the MSBF compound aside from the hundreds of plant stalls within the compound.

( left) Best Vandaceous Alliance – Vanda Gordon Drillon X Vanda Dr. Anek exhibited by Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion

parent of this orchid hybrid may be traced back its origin from our native Vanda ” Euanthe ” sanderiana and a cross between  a Thai species.

Star of the 2010 mid-year show

The pinkish colored

( right) – Vanda sanderiana owned by Dr. Jay Silvestre – ”  Best Vanda sanderiana

” Best Other Genera -Sympodial Orchid ” and ” Best Cultured Orchid Plant” won by the mother and daughter tandem of Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion  – Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis


” Best Philippine Hybrid ” – LC. Annette Castro “Dainty” exhibitor  Malvarosa Orchid of Atty. Hernando Perez – This cattleya hybrid was bred in the country and was registered in Royal Horticultural Society in London .

“Best Phalaenopsis ” Phalaenopsis Zuma’s Pixie ” Taida Little Cutie ” exhibited by Mrs. Rosie Santos

The event started with a ribbon cutting ceremony, awarding of the winners in their respective categories like ” Best Orchid Landscape Design ” , ” Best Orchid in Show ” , ” Best Ornamental Landscape Design ” , ” Best Philippine Orchid Species” , ” Best Cattleya ” , ” Best in Show” among others. After the awarding ceremonies , strong afternoon monsoon rain poured prompting some invited guest to leave the place. Light afternoon cocktail was served .

” Best Cattleya ” Cattleya Pink Diamond – owned by Mrs. Mable Chua

Aside from the bragging rights , ribbons, awards, there is also a price money amounting to Php 10,000 for the ” Best Orchid Landscape Design ” winner and ” Best Orchid in Show”.

Note: all photos are courtesy of Mr. Art Serbio and Philippine Orchid Society

Philippine Orchid Society won top prizes in Singapore Show

Mrs. Evangeline Go and Atty. Rudy Sanidad pose at the winning exhibit booth of Philippine Orchid Society

picture courtesy of Philippine Orchid Society

The Philippines Orchid Society’s persistent participation in international orchid shows has again paid off after winning three major awards at the  Orchid Show of the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA) in Singapore held from July 15 to 22, 2010 . With close to 300,000 people coming to see the show. This is considered as the biggest horticulture and orchid show in this side of the world.

Winners received trophies , certificate , plaque and cash prizes

The exhibit booth had several dozen cut-flower varieties of dendrobium , ornamental plants,  unusual fern species from the Philippines , native hats from different parts of the archipelago. There are 31 landscape exhibits which represented some 17 countries.  Serious orchid and plant collectors from different part of the globe showcase their native orchids, plants and newly registered hybrids. There is also a daily lecture, conference and plant bazaar where plant aficionados can buy plants.

indoor lecture area

Mr. Kelvin Manubay, president of the POS, announced this after the exhibiting team headed by Ms. Evangeline Go and Atty. Rudy Sanidad won first place in the Orchid Landscape Category (10 square meter ) .

award reap by the organization

first place in the Best Orchid Species Category( Grammatophyllum multiflorum ), and the Reserved Champion Award for the Best Orchid in the Show ( Grammatophyllum multiflorum).

Grammatophyllum multiflorum an endemic orchid species found in the country

According to  the POS president  “the Philippine Orchid Society (POS) has been participating in International Shows to promote the local floriculture industry in preparation for the staging of its 3rd Flora Filipina Expo to be held on February 2012.” So far the Philippines has won top honors in six international shows which include two in China, one in Taiwan one in Taipei, one in Malaysia, and this recent win in Singapore.

crowd admiring one of the exhibit landscape booth