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.

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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

64th Annual Orchid and Garden Show

The 64th annual Orchid and Garden show kicked off  last February 25, 2010 within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound while the landscaped exhibits ,   orchid  and plant competitions  were held at the nearby Greenhouse #2 site of major plant and horticultural exhibits.

After several unconfirmed venue  sites like those at the  Sunken garden within the  Quezon City Hall grounds,  Quezon Memorial Circle  in Quezon City – Ugarte fields  , Makati Park , Makati Cityhall  grounds , The orchid society board decided on the last minute to move the venue of the show back  to Quezon City.

64th annual orchid show poster

This marked the return of the Philippine Orchid Society annual show at the Manila Seedling Bank compound after almost 14 years ! The show theme  focus on climate change,  Hence the annual theme , “Protecting our Orchid Species from Climate Change.”

This event is expected  to enhance interest in the orchid culture.  Thus, it has been the tradition of the Society provide awareness, appreciation and knowledge in the field of orchidology, and with this inspire Filipinos to value and conserve Philippine orchid species and create improved hybrids. There are about 50 commercial ” flea market style ” stalls selling various ornamental plants, orchids, pots, seeds.

Guests of honor included Umagang Kay Ganda host Ms. Bernadette Sembrano- Aguinaldo , Manila Seedling Bank Foundation – General Manager  Mr. Lucito  Bertol and Dr. Helen Valmayor of UPLB  an authority on Philippine orchids.

In addition, the Society aims to be at the forefront in raising the level of awareness and appreciation of its members and orchid enthusiasts alike, in the rich and diverse Philippines orchid flora.

BLC. Chia Lin a Cattleya inter-generic hybrid

The orchid show is also being held to mark the beginning of the blooming season of the Phalaenopsis (butterfly orchids) and  Dendrobium species such as Dendrobium anosmum or Sanggumay .

Malvarosa Orchid – Best Orchid landscape exhibit

Big winner in the”  Best  Orchid Landscape exhibit ”  category is Malvarosa Orchids and ” Best Orchid in  Show ” was  a big specimen -sized  orchid known as  Grammatophyllum multiflorum.

Grammatophyllum multiflorum

Among the newly released orchid hybrid was a yellow colored BLC variety  an orchid named after the former Department of Agriculture Secretary Mr. Arthur Yap .

Best ornamental landscape exhibit winner

Winner for “Best Ornamental Landscape exhibit” went to Mr. Vic de Rona a bonsai  plant collector with a store within the Manila Seedling Bank compound.

There was also a landscape exhibit with a lot of yellow flowering orchids , plants and yellow ribbons  on display purposely celebrating the 24th anniversary of the EDSA People Power .

Here are the daily list of lecture series

Expedition trip to General Nakar, Quezon

I was informed that the Philippine Orchid Society may send 3 representative together with staffs from Manila Orchidarium ( Clean and Green Foundation), SMART Communications to do an initial survey of Barangay San Marcelino within the General Nakar area in Quezon .

Last August 18, during the POS monthly meeting in Mr. Modesto ” Mody” Manglicmot garden within UP Diliman . We were asked to join the so called expedition which is set on August 20 to August 21 (2 days) . Mr. Dennis Sy, Ms. Tina Narzo and I were the volunteers coming from the POS side.

I was quite hesitant  to go , since the publicity and promotion for the forthcoming show is already more than  1 week delayed due to cancellation of classes and office .

the group

August 20, I was already within the MSBF compound as early as 6 am , Most of the group arrived more than 1 hour later. We  rode several  hours passing scenic towns, mountains and road stalls before  our group arrived way past 1pm and the town mayor had treated our group a lunch then we quickly rode a small motorized boat on the way to the San Marcelino area of Gen. Nakar , We went from the mouth of the river to the Pacific Ocean side of the town .

mouth of the river flowing to the Pacific ocean

Our group saw flying fishes and sea weeds on our way, It took us over 1 hour to get to the site since the boat is not moving fast due to the waves. We arrived way past 2pm in the old poblacion area of Gen. Nakar which was destroyed by the landslide in 2004 due to the effect of two bagyo.  Typhoon Muifa and Nanmadol. Virtually the entire town were buried under several feet of mud and big boulders .The flash floods brought down logs from the surrounding mountain while the river had even changed its course !

big logs were left on dry river beds

Our group had saw large logs and house foundations still left as an eerie reminder of what had happened several years ago. According to our guide , Before the disaster in 2004 the area was very beautiful and there were lots of people  with blooming orchids,ornamental plants and nice quaint houses.

Dendrobium crumenatum (locally called white sanggumay )

A few hundred of meters away from the old town , we saw several dead trees which were covered with some common orchid species like Dendobium crumenatum , Liparis, Hoya bilobata, Hoya incrassata ,Bulbophyllum makoyanum , Platycerium coronarium ,weed ferns and an unidentifed Vanilla species !

Vanilla species growing on a tree just several meters away from the shoreline

We had met a lot of nice people and they told us that we were the ones who appreciate their garden and local species, Some people were even curious that we were speaking a weird language which are the  scientific names of these plants!

Even the local names of the orchids and plants were all mixed -up since they only rely from the Dumagats for the names of the plants, orchid species like Dendrobium crumenatum which is called   as dove, pigeon or 1 day orchid  in Metro Manila  were called sanggumay by the local people . Sanggumay is called Dendrobium anosmum here in Metro Manila , Renanthera philippinensis is locally called “Red Waling-waling ” . But since local names were given by the  people ,we are not in a position to correct them , Our group just got the names of the orchids, plants and trees for our reference .

Nepenthes alata (pitcher plant) green variety

It is a settled area and there were no electricity and we just got our drinking water from dug spring , Just simple amenities would do, Even cellphone signals were virtually out! This is due  to the mountain ranges and lack of communication tower .

Syzygium polyephalum ( lipote, balig-ang)

We picked several fruits like guavas , pomelo , lipote ( Balig-ang in Bikol) , bananas , santol . The local people sometimes gave it to our group, edible ferns also abound within the area.

Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax)

There is a tamed  Rufous horn bill (kalaw) perched on a coconut tree. The group saw some sun birds- pollinator of flowers , Philippine hanging parakeet (kolasisi )  , kite and Malayan fantails.

At the end of the second day , The group had counted about 35 species of orchids , 6 species of hoyas and dischidias , 40 species of ferns, 2 dozen native trees, dozen kinds of cut foliage plants, 3-5 species of ginger plant (curcuma, kamia), an epiphytic begonia, 2 species of nepenthes ( pitcher plant) and had a chance to see the World’s Largest Orchid in flower ! Grammatophyllum wallisii and  fond memories of the people living in the area.

Grammatophyllum wallisii

Despite of poverty ,the people had treated us very-well ! there are signs that the place is slowly recovering from the destruction .

Some of the group had a chance to take a bath with the beach. the water is not that salty compared to the rest of the sea side beaches. This was attributed that there are a lot of small streams, rivers and creeks which empty the Pacific ocean.

and some  of us had got “Batong Buhay” as some sort of souvenir from the place!

Paging.. Mrs. Gupit -Natural Stone Society !!!!! We might sign up as members of the society… Hehehehe

The group reported out preliminary expedition details to the town mayor for further evaluation . This would also give an idea on what sort of plants that could be massed propagated for livelihood projects of the town.

To the people and Mayor of General Nakar -Mr.Leovegildo R. Ruzol , Thanks!