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Organic Urban Gardening 102 Seminar at Cedarhills Garden Center

Organic urban  gardening is getting popular in the country . One of the place that conducts a monthly seminar about organic gardening is Cedarhills Garden Center located along 57 Mother Ignacia Street , Quezon City.

This garden center is located near Saint Mary’s College, ABS-CBN channel 2 , Fisher Mall and is located just at the back of Capitol Medical Center.

some of the basic materials and hand-outs

Cedarhills Garden Center is fairy accessible to all modes of transportation. Must say that i am one of the regular ” suki” of the center. I have blogged and wrote a couple of articles which features this center.


This is a one stop shop for those interested with a plant, pots, orchids, tillandsias, cactus, garden supplies , organic mix, fertilizers and even cut flowers from some tenants like Waling Orchids by Puentespina.

The garden center is also known for spreading organic gardening . One can convert ordinary kitchen waste into organic compost material.

 Seminar Topics

Cedarhills Garden Center had several interesting topics that are offered to the general public , gardening enthusiasts and those who wanted to know the basics of growing plants.

1.) Organic Urban Gardening 101 – a 4 hour seminar /workshop with hand-on training on how to prepare organic fertilizer EM, seed soaking and germination, short power point lecture, seedling preparation and plating in seed bedding. This comes with hand-outs, hands-on planting and some free seedlings.

power point presentation

Kuya Gerald Sioco – seminar / workshop facilitator

2.) Organic Urban Gardening 102- a 4 hour seminar/ workshop which is an upgrade on the first module. This comes with lecture and talk, EM ( EMAS) technology preparation, seed soaking , sprouting , seed planting, benefits, planting in containers, transplanting, cutting, bed planting, composting, fertilizer application, pest management, plant ailments, transplanting. There is also a short tour of the facilities and identification of plants.

3.) Basic Cactus and Succulent Workshop – a 4 hour seminar / workshop with introduction to cactus and succulents, pest and diseases , plant classification and dish garden preparation with hands-on demonstration.

planting box

All the seminar/workshop have hand-outs, free snacks and certificate of participation.

Since the seminar area is not big, their minimum number of participants is just about 12 to 20 participants per workshop.

benefits of growing your own produce

soil ph level and types of plants and produce which are compatible

old toy truck is transformed into an interesting planting pot for ornamental plant

begonia planted on an old car tire

planting box with planted herbs , kangkong seeds and pebbles for decoration.

vertical garden using soft drink bottles 

 Seminar/ Workshop Flow

1)    There are exclusive of about 12  participants which were composed of online writers, media, students and interior specialist.  The workshop area has 3 tables, so that makes 4 participants in each table.  Each table has an assistant that will help participants during the workshop. Seminar schedule are normally posted at their FB page. Due to limited area, the maximum participants per session is just 20.

2)   Innovative presentation- Power point presentation, hand-outs , kits and hands-on activities.  This workshop is 80% to 85% hands on.

3)  Participants can borrow gardening kit .  Everything you need during the hands-on activities are provided. dio-it-yourself EMAS,  soil compost , water, soft pots, plant label , seed packet, plant box, seedlings and pebbles.

4)   Attentive to the participants needs.  Cedarhills Garden Center Apron (so we won’t get dirty), OFF Lotion (so mosquitoes won’t come near us), bag container (so our things are safe and won’t be dirty).

5)    Take home kits.  All the things we did in the workshop were given to us to take home.  Try to bring virus free USB portal, if you want to get free copy of the power point presentation . If you forgot to bring USB portal- an active email will do.

6)  Snacks and Other Perks – No one will get hungry since snacks are provided to the participants( part of the workshop package) . Participants must be attentive to details as a short Jeopardy q and a portion contest by the facilitator. Lucky participants can win exciting herbs or plant.

7.) Post-Workshop Assistance.  One can send an sms or an email for questions at their hotlines.

Father’s Day Promotion

Father’s Day Treat

For those interested with the workshop 926-2707 or 0907-ORGANIC to register.
*Up to 20 slots per session. Reservation applies upon payment.

How to Commute:

1.) From Quezon Avenue southbound – There are jeepneys which ply the Quezon Avenue ( route Fairview to Quiapo). ( Capitol Medical Center) try to cross the foot bridge toward Scout Magbanua street and then turn left  short walk toward Mother Ignacia street.

2.) From Quezon Avenue northbound- There are jeepneys which ply the route – take off at Scout Magbanua street ( Capitol Medical Center) and then turn left  short walk toward Mother Ignacia Street.

3.) MRT Quezon Avenue- There are tricycle routes which ply within Mother Ignacia , Panay Avenue and Timog TODA – tricycle drivers will charge -between Php 30 to Php 50 for special fare.






5 Loaves & 2 Fish Restaurant : Cooking from the Heart

5 Loaves & 2 Fish Restaurant was the brainchild of Ms. Dinah Grace M. Miro. She used to help her mother with cooking their food during her childhood days. Her passion is from the heart.

Ms. Dinah Grace M. Miro 

Her interest includes baking and cooking . She was the youngest among the sibling.  During special occasions, she would serve home made specialties to her visitors and friends.

5 Loaves & 2 Fish signage

On September 2011, Her lavosh became one of the top choices at the ” Ultimate Taste Test ” among over 50 Best Food entered at the Mercato Centrale event.

She would eventually opened a stall with her specialties at CCF Tiendesitas in Pasig City. The restaurant have a sitting capacity of between 65 to 68 people at any given occasion.  It is also wise to pre-book the restaurant whenever there is a family occasion and gathering.

inspirational messages on wall

The proprietor had two trade names in mind when they decided to register at the SEC and DTI , but they are already taken . She then prayed so that an appropriate name will be granted. She took the inspiration from the bible.

The Rock with signage of 5 Loaves and 2 Fish restaurant

John 6:1-14 New International Version

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Best Sellers Dishes

Crispy Veggie Lavosh sometimes referred to as Armenian lavash, is a soft, thin unleavened flat bread made in …. Lavash, lavosh, or lahvosh is a gigantic, paper-thin, blistery, tortilla-like flatbread common throughout Armenia, Turkey, and Iran. The bread is served with tomato and coriander salsa dip, chicken liver , pesto burlee and garlic oil with dulong fish . This appetizer is ideal for sharing between 3 to 5 people. Php 250 per serving.

The pesto is a little bit sweet and some of the side dishes are tapered to cater the Filipino palate. One can mix all the four kinds of dips and form an interesting mixture.

Balayan Salad is a combination of green lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes with quesong puti cheese and tinapa flakes with grated parmesan cheese. ( This will be offered starting this month ) The tinapa flakes are mild and does not overpower the taste of the salad.

High 5 Salad– a healthy combination of lettuce leaves, flavorful balsamic vinegar and guava puree blend of pleasant and unique taste. with sundried tomatoes , candied nuts , diced guava , grated parmesan cheese. ( Php 285) per serving

Beef Salpicao is another must have dish, the beef tenderloin  is baked and sliced into cubes. the meat is tender topped with slices of bird’s eye chilies , banana chiliesand fried chopped garlic. This comes with rice. ( Php 375 ) – ideal sharing between 2 to 3 people.

Salmon with Four Kinds of Cheese – Salmon fillet , topped with 4 kinds of cheese and topped with melted cheese on a bed of mashed potatoes. (Php 385) per serving.

Lengua with olives – The ox tongue is cooked perfectly with special sauce .

Pasta with ClamThis pasta is among the best sellers of the restaurant.

Pork Ribs Barbecue with special marinated sauce. This takes at least  4 to 6 hours to cook the pork , hence the meat is tender and tasty.

Pastries and Cakes – The restaurant had a good selection of cakes which can be ordered on per slice or whole piece.

wide array of cakes to choose from

What is nice about the products that they serve is that the company had a special tie-up with the local cooperative of San Isidro which is based from Davao. Like sourcing their cocoa powder from local producers.

The price range is between Php 145 to Php 180 per slice. They are not overly sweet compared to some well-known bakeshop. Among their best sellers are the cheesecake, chocolate cakes, pink guava cakes, matcha green tea cheesecake , dulce de leche,  among others.

array of appetizer meal, main dishes and pastries served at the restaurant


There is a Father’s Day weekend promo from June 16-18! For a minimum spending of P 1,500 single receipt, you’ll get a free glass of wine to go with your sumptuous feast. For reservations, please call 366-5375 or 09971094210

How to Commute:

The place is fairy accessible via all modes of transportation , there is an AUX express route from any parts of the city going to Fairview area , just try to drop off at Ever Gotesco ( Commonwealth ) and one had to cross the foot bridge going to Holy Spirit Drive going to the tricycle station bay.

There are also passenger jeep which ply SM North, Trinoma or Eaton Centris – Php 14.00

For those coming from Sauyo, Bagbag, Talipapa, Novaliches area- there are short cut route going to Holy Spirit drive which traverses several subdivisions .

tricycle station

ordinary fare coast about Php 9.00 per head , while special fare cost Php 30.00

Note: Prices for the menus, cakes are subject to change without prior notice. For more information about the prices and reservations , please visit the links below.

Address: The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive , Don Antonio Heights Subd. Quezon City 

Operational Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00am to 10:00 pm, Friday to Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00pm 

Cellphone : 0920-9170167 / 366-5375

Website: http://www.5loaves2fish.com.ph/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/5loaves2fish.cafe/






Coffee Book : A Hangout Place for Book Lovers and Coffee Lovers

Coffee Book is not your ordinary coffee shop. The restaurant offers ice cold drinks, hot coffee , appetizer meals, cakes, breakfast combo meals and a good place to relax .

Students can also take advantage of their complimentary WIFI while working on their paper , research or simple browsing the internet.

Coffee Book

The place have a sitting capacity of between 35 to 45 people at any given day.  This is near Tierra Pura subdivision and near Pit Stop Food Park . The coffee shop had a tagline “Good Read, Good Food , Good Coffee”.


The place is fairy accessible via Comet hybrid jeepney route from SM North Edsa or Munoz route via Congressional Avenue and Luzon.

different kind of ice cold drinks

There is an interesting array of local and mix fusion dishes at the coffee shop.

New breakfast meals available

meals with egg starts at Php 125

cakes , cup cakes and cookies 

chips with chicken nuggets at Php 120 per order

cookies with M&M

the M&M cookies were as big as palm and one can share this between 2 to 3 people.


lasagna supreme

Lasagna is a little bit sweet with generous topping of cheese, Php 130 per order


rice with egg and sausage

Address :Ground Floor, Pinnacle Building, Congressional Avenue Extension,Tandang Sora, Quezon City

Operation : Everyday

Note : Prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice

HortiKultura Filipina 2018

Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated in partnership with Quezon City government , Quezon City Memorial Circle administration will be hosting HortiKultura 2018 from February 3 to 11, 2018


For exhibitors, sponsors , event partners will be announce soon. There is an active Phsi FB for those who wanted to get information about the show and exhibition.

There will be an organized tour which will be composed of bloggers, media and students on February 3, 2018 saturday from 8:00 am until past 12noon.

King of Dimsum : King Chef at SM North Edsa

King Chef is known for its sumptuous Cantonese dishes mainly dimsum , noodles , fried chicken , seafood.  There are 4 branches in Metro Manila and we have visited all the four branches.

We must say that King Chef is also dubbed by some foodies as” King of Dimsum “as there is a wide array of good dimsums and tasty foods.

different kinds of dishes at King Chef restaurant

In-House Specialties 

Among the specialties includes Beef wanton noodles , Hakaw, Malay kou or Malay cake, Bean Curd roll , Fried Chicken , Spring rolls , Siopao

L-R Malay Kou , Hakaw, Beef Wanton Soup and Bean Curd Roll


Ultimate Barkada Dimsum and Ultimate Hofan Set platter are ideal for sharing between 2 to 4 people .  The dimsum platter also had different kinds of sauces and chili paste.

New Dishes

Starting May 25, 2017 – There will be additional new dishes to be offered .  These included Crispy Beef and Shrimp Rolls, Taro Garlic Siomai , Shallot Stuffed Buns with Shrimp Paste and X.O Seafood Hofan Rolls.

Taro Garlic Siomai 

One MUST Try dimsum is the Taro Garlic Siomai , Fried Siomai with Duck Meat Asado in hoisin sauce and Bean Curd Roll.

Shrimp Salad with fried seaweeds 

spacious and clean 

The SM North EDSA branch sitting capacity is between 120 to 140 and for special occasions and reservations . Try to visit the link and the website

Address : King Chef SM North Edsa 

The Food Circuit, The Block G/F SM City North EDSA, Brgy. Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City

 Contact: 0933.009.9855




Bonsai Global Fusion 2017

Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines in partnership with Quezon City government , Quezon City Memorial Circle management , Department of Tourism presents to the gardening public the 2nd International Bonsai Arts and Culture Biennale and the 2nd International Penjing Creation Conference from July 22 to 25, 2017 .

There will be competition , conference and trade show which will coincide with this event.

Highlights of the 16th Mango Festival at Eaton Centris

Agri-Aqua Network International  ( AANI) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI ), Bureau  of Soils and Water Mangement, Ramgo Seeds, Bayer Philippines, DOST -PCCARRD , Eaton Centris among others presented to the public the 16th Mango Festival from May 12 to 14, 2017.

16th National Mango Festival 

Mango is among the top 3 tropical fruits which is a dollar earner for the country. This is according to the Department of Agriculture report.

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University  L-R Mr. Oscar S. Guerrero Jr. MMSU Nursery Plant Propagator, Ms. Mercy R. Gaño Science Research Specialist and Ms. Bella Gervacio -University Research Associate

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial States University   also had different kinds of mangoes and mango by-products for sale.

There are about 50 stalls selling fresh mangoes, fruit trees, mango products, fertilizers, plastic pots, foods and there is an area in which free seminar and talks are held.

different mango varieties 

Aside from the popular varieties like Carabao , Indian , Pahotan , There are other mango varieties like Jakarta, Roso, Valencia.

different by-products which includes wines 

different kinds of mango by -products which include mango piyaya, mango bisocho biscuits, mango ketchup, mango puree, turrones de manga among others.

mango tree seedlings and other fruit trees for sale

Villar Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation 

Office of Senator Cynthia Villar L-R Ms. Micah G. Vergara, Ms. Iris May D. Azcarraga, Roselyn Rubia-Enriquez and Sherill Ann Del Rosario.

Villar Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation staffs gave away free organic compost to the visitors of the trade fair.

Bureau of Soils and Water Management

There is no entrance fees at the ongoing 16th Mango Festival which will end on May 14, 2017.