Highlights of the 74th Philippine Orchid Society Opening

74th annual had the opening held February 19 at the Garden of Joy ( formerly called Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ) or Flower Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña

The event was organized by Philippine Orchid Society and affiliate plant society. The event started past 3:00pm and Quezon City symphonic band played the national anthem and opening band.

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Congresswoman Camille Villar

Special guests includes Congresswoman Camille Villar, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña , Taiwan Economic and Cultural Affair Office ( TECO) Representative Dr. Joy Ye.

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crowd – photo courtesy of Ms. Lee Ann Canlas

Highlights

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Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines exhibit

Among the big winners included Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee which won top prize in the orchid landscape exhibit. There is also several bonsai display from Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines ( BSAPI) and flowering bougainvilleas !

Individual orchid and plant competition among members and invited guests. Mr. Jan Lord Lumabao won top prize for his Vanda lamellata flowering orchid entry and second place in the Dendrobium discolor.

The 74th annual orchid show will have the daily lectures or demonstration with flea market bazaar with about 60 stalls selling different kinds of garden tools, plants, orchids, flowering plants, cacti and especially orchids.

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schedule of daily lecture and demonstration

A minimal entrance fees of Php 50 for the general public and Php 30 for senior citizens, students and person with disability.  The exhibit and selling area opens from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily until the show end March 2, 2020.

The daily lecture starts at 2:00 pm from February 21 and the show is until March 1, 2020.

Special Guest Mayor Joy Belmonte at 73rd Mid-Year Orchid Show

Honorable Josefina “Joy” Belmonte -Alimurung together with Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza (councilor 6th district), Assistant administrator Attorney Lord, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Quezon Memorial Circle administration staff, affiliated plant societies, invited guests, media, social media bloggers and Philippine Orchid Society members, were treated to a grand ribbon cutting, a tour of the exhibit area and opening of the 73rd mid- year orchid and festival 2019.

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Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa shakes hand with Mayor Joy Belmonte ( photo courtesy of Quezon City press corp)

73rd Mid -Year Philippine Orchid Festival 2019

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l-r Mr. Norberto Bautista, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza and Mrs. Susan Lee ( photo courtesy of Hon. Candy Medina -Atienza)

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blooming phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids were given to the guests of honor

Opening was held late afternoon past 4:00 pm within Hardin ng Bulaklak ( HB/ Flower Garden) the exhibits highlighted the blooming of several varieties of waling-waling  or Vanda/ Euanthe sanderiana which is the highlight of the festival.

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several varieties of Waling- waling on display at the show

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 Vanda sanderiana / Euanthe sanderiana locally known as Waling-waling

It is good that there were some blooming Waling-waling during this time of the year since rainy season started a little bit late.

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table judging of Cymbidium chloranthum and cattleya hybrids

It is also good that table judging for flowering orchids were introduce during this show. This will enable orchid hobbyists and the general public to appreciate the orchid competition winners up close. Most international orchid shows normally present their orchids that way.

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strap leaf vandas with red and white ribbon can trace their parentage to Vanda sanderiana and Vanda coerulea.

The mayor also delighted the crowd with her three good news which were delivered during her speech after the ribbon cutting ceremonies held within Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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carnivorous plants for sale at the commercial stall ( photo courtesy of Dr. Tan)

Commercial Booths and Daily Activities

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schedule of daily talks

62 commercial booths selling different kinds of plants, carnivorous plants, orchid hybrids, ornamental plants, pots, fertilizers, native orchids, ferns, fruit trees, cacti and succulents, flowering annuals, variegated ornamental plants among others.

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 Pagsolingan’s Garden with Rare & Exotic Plants (courtesy of Dr. Roland Salazar )

Rare and Exotic Plants – Dr. Roland Salazar

Address: 106 Mindanao Avenue Garden Center,Mindanao Avenue , Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City

There will be daily lectures or talks starting today at 2:00 pm at the pavilion area within the exhibition site. Entrance fee is Php 50.00 for the general public, Php 30.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card.

73rd Philippine Orchid Society’s exhibit, lectures and commercial trade fair will run until September 9, 2019 !

73rd Mid Year Orchid Show Daily Schedule

The Philippine Orchid Society will be having the 73rd mid-year orchid and garden show. This year’s theme is “Orchid Festival” which showcase the beautiful, endemic, rare and even the common orchid species blooming this time of the year.

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The 73rd mid-year orchid show will have a daily lectures or talks starting on August 30 to September 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the gazebo area within Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) within Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

There are also trade fair booths, orchid competition, ornamental plant competition.

Entrance fees is Php 30.00 for the general public and Php 20.00 for students, senior citizens and person with disabilities with valid identification card.

Daily Talks and Lecture

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Note/ Disclaimer : The schedule of daily talk and demonstration was posted as of this week. There might be some changes to the speakers and resource person during the date of the lecture. ( Please try to call the Secretariat at least 1 day before the appointed date).

For those who needed a “Certificate of Attendance ” or “Certificate of Participation” during the talks/ demonstration. There is a minimum fee collected for printing of the certificate.

Orchid Festival theme at the 73rd Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Society show

Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration and Manila Bulletin will be having the 73rd Mid-year orchid and garden show. The theme is  “ORCHID FESTIVAL” which will showcase different kinds of orchid flowering during the from August 30 to September 9, 2019 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (Flower Garden area/ Hardin ng mga Bulaklak), Elliptical Road, Quezon City.

Aside from the orchid landscape exhibits, There will be daily lectures, orchid and plant competition.  stalls selling different kinds of orchids, plants, pots, fertilizers and garden supplies.

There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 30 for the general public and Php 20 for students , senior citizens and pwd with valid Id’s.  This is based on the 72nd Mid-Year orchid show.

For more information and details, Please call Philippine Orchid Society secretariat Ms. Jenny F. Rivera or Mr. Jiffy Alegre at 0917-848-5468 / 02-9573524.

Fun Facts in Bonsai Exhibit at Flora Filipina 2019 Expo

There are several amazing and stunning display of bonsai, potted plants and natural stones at the Flora Filipina 2019 Expo.

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natural stones on display

The plant art originates in the Chinese empire and was copied and adapted by the Japanese to what we know now as Bonsai trees. Literally translated “bon-sai” means “planted in a container”.

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Quezon Memorial Shrine pylon serves as a backdrop for the exhibit

The Chinese started creating miniature landscapes over 2,000 years ago.

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natural stones or suiseki

There were 179 bonsai and 176 natural stones (suiseki) on display at the Runnex Elevated Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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Entry Fees

There was an entry fees of Php 250 in which the natural stones are not featured in the magazine. Those who paid Php 750 pesos entry fees are also featured in magazine and other promotional items.

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bonsai with multiple awards

For Bonsai, there is Php 500 entry fees in which bonsai are not featured in magazine. Those who paid entry fees of Php 1,500 are also included in a souvenir magazine feature and other promotional items.

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multi-awarded  bonsai

This is a multi-awarded bonsai, A Taiwanese bonsai collector once offered a handsome amount for this , but the owner refused because of its sentimental value and attachment to this tree. This is at least a century -old bonsai.

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yellow flowering santan ( ixora )

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orange flowering santan ( ixora )

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tamarind bonsai

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The ingress of the bonsai and natural stones started few days before the opening.

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Bantigue ( Pemphis acidula )

At the awarding ceremony, Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines Incorporated (BSAPI) President Vincent Ferrer his Bantigue tree won the “Best In Show Award”  at Flora Filipina Expo 2019.

There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 50 for the general public and Php 30 for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities with valid Id’s.