Gat Andres Bonifacio 150th birth anniversary stamp and coin launching

Monumento Caloocan City- Philippines

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III together with Hon. Ceasar Sarino of the Philippine Postal Corporation during the presentation of the 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp issued by the post office.

(Photo courtesy of¬† Robert Vi√Īas / Malaca√Īang Photo Bureau)

I arrived shortly after 6:30 am near the Monumento Circle,¬† EDSA avenue and some streets were closed by MMDA and the traffic bureau . There were a lot of police men, army , presidential security guards , local city government officials from Caloocan, local schools , descendants of¬† Gat Andres Bonifacio , foreign dignitaries , National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and passers-by.¬† This year’s theme : ‚ÄúBonifacio: Dangal at Kabayanihan.‚ÄĚ

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a Bonifacio Commemorative Coin from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr., during the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio at the Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City on Saturday (November 30, 2013). In photo is Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan. (Photo by Robert Vi√Īas / Malaca√Īang Photo Bureau).

President Benigno S. Aquino III  short speech

(Photo¬† courtesy of Ryan Lim / Malaca√Īang Photo Bureau).

Mr. Wildredo Bas ( center) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and technical staffs

I saw some NHCP employees and technical staffs and they gladly obliged to take a group photo despite of their hectic work load.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel and Professor Xiao Chua of PTV channel 4

I was able to meet Professor Xiao Chua and Ms. Kathy San Gabriel of PTV channel 4 . After a short chat with them – I showed some of the 150th commemorative Andres Bonifacio stamps which they aired LIVE.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel holding the commemorative 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp during the LIVE telecast

Hon. Amado Tetangco ( Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor) Hon. Cesar Sarino ( Philippine Postal Corporation president)

Atty. Gregorio Bonifacio together with NHCP chairperson  Dr. Maria Serena Diokno  presentation of the 150th birth anniversary Andres Bonifacio commemorative stamps

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office РManuel  Quezon III  ( undersecretary )  , NHCP chairperson Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, Atty Gregorio Bonifacio ( descendant )  and Mr. Dante Distrito ( descendant )

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio together with Undersecretary Mr. Manuel L. Quezon III , Dr. Maria Serena Diokno , NHCP Executive Director Mr.  Ludovico Badoy

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio

I had the opportunity to meet some of  Gat Andres Bonifacio descendants from Procopio Bonifacio ( brother ) they are very active with the 150th anniversary preparations in Novaliches . Novaliches is one of the most important stronghold for the Katipunan movement and a lot of prominent old- families like Kabesang Serrano are members of the Katipunan.

Mr. Edardo Bonifacio together with Heroes del 96 Community members

Note: Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio coin are available for SALE at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas while the Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio stamp are available for SALE at the Philatelic Division – Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita , Manila

 STAMP Technical Description

Kind of Issue                              : Commemorative

Perforation                             : 14

Denomination and Quantity ¬†¬†¬† : P10.00 ……..150,000 (4 designs)

Printing Process¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Litho ‚Äď Offset (4 colors)

Souvenir Sheet                          : P150.00 ……8,000 pieces ( quantity)

Paper                                      : Imported Unwatermarked

Date of Issue                              : November  30, 2013

Printer                                     : Amstar Company, Inc.

Last day of sale                         : November  30, 2014 (as stock allows)

Layout Artist                           : Mr. Victorino  Z. Serevo

Sheet Composition                                   : 12 (3 x 4)

Size of stamp                             : 30 mm. x 40 mm.

Size of Souvenir Sheet              : 102.5 mm. x 68 mm.

Designs                                     :

Stamp 1 ‚Äď ¬†¬†Roderick C. Macutay, Pasig City, winner, Open Category

Stamp 2¬† ‚Äst¬† Julius R. Satparam, Legazpi City, Albay, winner, Open Category

Stamp 3 ¬†‚Äď ¬†John Mark Nathaniel Troncales, TUP, winner, Student Category

Stamp 4  Р  Marrion Dabalos, FEU, winner, Student Category

Note” I would sincerely ” THANK ” NHCP¬† people for their accommodation during the event.

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Celebrities and activities during the 67th annual orchid and garden show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) , Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City-Metro Manila , Philippines

Mr. Sandro Hermoso -PTV channel 4 Morning show ” GOOD Morning BOSS ” host interviewed his guest

I have went to the orchid and garden show several times ,  first is  to conduct a guided tour among fellow bloggers/ writers/ media  last March 2.  Then I went there on March 8 , March 9 and March 10  to attend the lecture series .  I have some important guests which went to buy some orchids and herbs just before the end of the show. Being a lifetime member of the society , Members of the organization  have some discounts  from their purchases, aside from the FREE entrance and other Exclusive perks .

group photo opportunity by the hosts of People’s Television Network channel 4 morning show

Media Mileage

 Orchid shows  receives good media mileage  from all forms of media , print, radio, newspapers, television stations and even other forms of social media like bloggers ,  thru Facebook or Multiply account users. Special mention to Manila Bulletin which is the official newspaper partner of the orchid show.

morning show hosts of PTV channel 4 together with their hosts and guests

Dr. Elenita Binay is an honorary member of the Philippine Orchid Society together with Ms. Evangeline ” Vangie ” Go and Ms.¬† Dhory Fadriquela ( Allied Botanical Corporation )

Celebrity Lecturers:

Ms. Evangeline Go together with Ms. Jenny F. Rivera ( POS Secretariat ) raffled-off  $100 to the participants of her lecture.

Ms. Evangeline Go lecture is always jam-packed . one of the participant of the lecture said¬† ” Kahit saang oras mo ilagay ang lecture ni Ms. Vangie ay para kang nasa primetime ” .¬† I must certainly agree with her statement . There is never a dull moment in Ms. Go lecture!

Dr. Hernando Perez gave interesting topics about Cattleyas and his hybridization techniques

Dr. Hernando B. Perez is the current president of University of Batangas and an active board member of the Philippine Orchid Society  .  He had been growing Cattleyas for almost 40 years . He also breeds several orchid hybrids and registered them with the Royal Horticultural Society of London . Some of which had received awards during orchid show both here and abroad.

University of Batangas:

Product Launching and Endorsement

product demonstration on Fast Juicer

Dr. Richard  S. Abendan director of Atformic and Dr. Hernando Perez

Siam Early Grow with Vitamin B1 plus

This is one of the latest liquid plant hormone and nutrient developed and distributed in the Philippines. This plant hormone can be use for newly acquired orchid cuttings such as vanda , cattelyas and dendrobium. This is also good for ornamental plants and even fruit trees.

Siam Fertilizers – This is one of the most popular brands of fertilizers in the Philippines¬† dominating the market for several decades. In fact,¬† some of my aunts who grow orchids , ornamental plants were already using them since the mid 1980’s .¬† Siam fertilizer is distributed in all leading hardware outlets like ACE¬† Hardware, Puregold, Manila Seedling Bank -EDSA Garden House, Ramgo International and Filipinas Agri- Planters Supply in Cubao .

For those interested to become dealers or resellers of the Siam Fertilizer and other products please contact : Dr. Richard S. Abendan -director ( Atformic) 17 Wayan Street , Masambong , Quezon City Telefax (+632) 365-30-42

Website links:

Ramgo International Corporation:


Ace Hardware:

66th Philippine Orchid Society Mid- Year Orchid & Garden Show opening highlights Part1

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak , Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City – Philippines

After several days of torrential rains, the big day happened just few hours ago with the invited guests of honor led by Quezon City officials, Bureau of Plant Industry , president of various horticultural societies ,  plant enthusiasts, media, bloggers were treated into an afternoon of fun and excitement as the much anticipated opening of the 66th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden show unfolded .

L-R Mr. Kelvin Manubay , Ms. Vangie B. Go , Atty Oscar Hilado and Mrs. Marilon Hilado of PHINMA Properties , Dr. Victor Endriga ( represented office of the mayor) ,  Professor Serapion Metilla, Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe.

members  admire the orchid exhibit

PHINMA Properties is one of the major sponsor of the event . One of the three company corporate social responsibilities is “ Bagong Buhay ” which¬† involves Environmental Stewardship. PHINMA Properties makes sure that green practices are implemented not just in its architecture but in other aspects of its business as well. Their new projects will feature use of solar panels, rain water recycling, glass-to-sand processing and waste segregation.

Atty.  Oscar Hilado on his inspirational talk during the opening

  He is now into growing of ornamental plants and an advocate for growing of native orchids. One of his favorite is Vanda sanderiana aka Euanthe sanderiana  locally called ( Waling-waling ) .

crowd listen to Atty. Ocsar Hilado  inspirational talk


Atty. Oscar Hilado and Mrs. Marilon Hilado received a special token gifts from Ms. Vangie B. Go -president of the Philippine Orchid Society and Atty. Rudy Sanidad

Their  environmental practice is to recycle old tarpaulin materials into eco-bags which are hand-crafted in our community livelihood programs.

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PTV channel 4 ( Telebisyon ng Bayan )  staffs and crew were among the media partners which covered the opening day ceremonies.

L-R Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Gutierrez , Mrs. Adoracon S. Bernabe , Dr. Victor Edriga and Ms. Vangie B. Go – president of the Philippine Orchid Society

Ms. Delia Pionela from Quezon province together with Ms.Norma K. Villanueva  pose for a shot at the landscape exhibit executed by Ms. Delia Pionela and her son

Ms. Norma K. Villanueva is a health advocate and a plant enthusiast , She is one of the organizer in the upcoming QC country fair this coming October 17 to 21, 2012 .

Mr. Jun Golamco in his acceptance speech

After a  tour of the exhibit area, the guests and vips were treated to a short program in the pavilion area of the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden )

Mr. Norberto Bautista, Mrs. Laura Bautista , Ms. Imelda Sarmiento and Mrs. Cel Tungol -photo enthusiast and writer

after the short program the guests and vips had an afternoon meal courtesy of resident caterer Ms. Baby de Leon

BLC. Princess Ishtar ” Landerdale ” a tri-generic Cattleya alliance hybrid exhibited by Malvarosa Orchids

Here are the set of Major Winners :

Best Cattleya ” BLC. COED Malvarosa ” exhibitor Malvarosa Orchids

Best Other Genera -Sympodial Orchid ” Cycnoches Jean E. Monniers ” exhibited by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion – Conde

Best Dendrobium – Dendrobium Thongchai Gold X C.K. Ai ” Oka”¬† exhibitor Ms. Erly Ergargue

Best Phalaenopsis – ” Phalaenopsis gigantea ”¬† and¬† Best Foreign species Exhibitor: Ms. Vangie Go

Phalaenopsis gigantea is native to the island of  Borneo. This orchid is found in the states of  Sabah, Sarawak in  Malaysia , Brunei Darussalam  and in Kalimantan in  Indonesia and was described in 1909. Named for its gigantic leaves that can grow more than 70 centimeters in cultivation while there are some unverified reports that some specimen can reach up to more than 100 centimeters ! The massive leaves are pendent , leathery , broadly rounded, pale silvery green and shiny on both surface.

The colors of this species may be rather variable and the flowers have delicately scented.  The color may vary from cream, whitish , yellow , yellow -greenish found clearly at the base of the sepals and petals.

close-up view of the flowers of Phalaenopsis gigantea

Phalaenopsis gigantea produces the biggest leaves of the genus and is the bulkiest leaves of its kind . This Phalaenopsis species is called ” Elephant ears ” in its native habitat of Malaysia and Indonesia because of its large- sized¬† leaves which resembles elephant’s ears .

In the Philippines, there are some growers and orchid hobbyists which grow this particular orchid species for curiosity and for breeding purposes.

Best Other Genera – Monopodial Orchid ” Renanthera philippinensis ” Exhibited By Ms. Vangie Go

A medium sized , monopodial orchid found in many parts of the country particularly near mangrove swamps and lower elevation forest with erect to semi-pendulous stem carrying unequally bilobed apical leaves that can bloom in any time of the year . In some parts of the country , this orchid species is called ” fire orchids ” since the bloody red color of the flowers which looks like blazing fire.

Renanthera philippinensis  is called FIRE Orchids or Red Waling-waling

Folklore :

In parts of Real , Quezon province people there called this orchid species as ” red waling-waling ”¬† Aside from the beauty that this orchid processes, There are a lot of superstitious belief which associate the widespread growing of this species in its native range . Some people believe it can be a lucky charm or good luck plant. Some people believes that the orchids can ward -off evil spirits because of its reddish flower, While some people preserve the flowers for rituals .

Best Vanda sanderiana , Best Philippine Species and Best Orchid in Show exhibited by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde

 Vanda sanderiana

Vanda sanderina or Euanthe sanderiana is an endemic orchid found in the southern parts of the country.  There are some recognized varieties of this orchid species , some of which are exhibited in the ongoing 66th Mid-Year orchid and garden show.

 Closer view of the flowers of Vanda sanderiana aka Euanthe sanderiana

Note : I will be posting a part 2 of this event for landscape exhibits, flower arrangement competition , noteworthy plants and orchids for collection !

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