12th National Biotechnology Week Trade Fair and Bazaar at Quezon Cityhall

The 12th National Biotechnology Week Trade Fair and Bazaar unfolded from November 21 to December 2, 2016 at the Quezon City hall grounds.  Most of the agricultural based companies stay only for just one week , but the other stalls will continue until December 2.

Allied Botanical Corporation booth with Ms. Lian Delos Reyes

Allied Botanical Corporation had interesting new fertilizer brand in the market – They have Nutribella with different kinds of formulation  ( 20-20-20 , 15-15-30 , 30-10-10 )

Condor Seeds

Aside from fertilizer brand Peters and Osmocote , the company also have different kinds of seeds of vegetables, flowering plants, herbs and organic compost .

Area Sales Manager : Ms. Dorie G. Fadriquela  +63939-9910-8924

Website : http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

Harbest Agricultural Corporation had started their operation on July 1997 as importer and distributor for Known-You Seeds Co. products in the Philippines. The company had expanded to include plastic materials like mulching film, seedling tray, irrigation and greenhouse systems, hand tractors, power sprayers, testing tools and others.

For those asking for Calcium nitrate , the company sells them at Php 60.00 per kilo , the calcium is used in orchids , plants and fruit trees . They also sell urea . One can buy them at their store outlet in Pasig City.

Website: http://www.harbest.com.ph/

East West Seed Corporation booth with Mr. Marvin Mercado ( Marketing assistant )  , Julieanne Dique and William Cruz ( Ads and Promo Assistant)

East West Seed Corporation  booth showcases different kinds of seeds and new vegetable hybrids . The company also sells value seed packs.  They have a demonstration farm and their head office is located in San Rafael , Bulacan .

Monsanto was founded in 1901 and one of the top 100  ” Best Corporate Citizens” by CR Magazine.

Address : 1002 AlPAP 2 Building, Trade Avenue, corner Investment Avenue, Madrigal Business Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa, 1780 Metro Manila

Website : http://www.monsanto.com/

blind masseurs 

There are between 50 to 80 commercial stalls with several agricultural companies , PWD ( People with Disabilities )  and non-government organizations have their stalls at the annual trade fair .

Ms. Shyla Ibañez

This booth sells different products made by Kamza Disabled -The mothers of disabled children and People with Disability are making bags , towels which are sold at the store . They also have Tala Leprosarium – former patients from the leprosarium made beautiful hand crafted reversible dolls and holders.

A purchase of these items would ensure that these people would have sustainable livelihood opportunities.

For those who could not visit the ongoing trade exhibit , The outlet had a stall at the Greenhills Shopping Center , San Juan

Contact : Ms. Shyla Ibañez ( 0909-033-4486)

Husay Pinay (Ms. Arsenia Luna )

Husay Pinay – Uses eco friendly bags made from recycled paper , the group helps women of Quezon City enhances their creativity develop their skills and find livelihood opportunities .

Contact Person : Ms. Adela C. Gaton

0919-203-6471/ 431-66-23

Email :adelagaton@yahoo.com

Tahanan Walang Hagdanan

Website : http://twh.org.ph

Online Store: http://tahanangwalanghagdanan.shopinas.com/

There were at least over a dozen cooperatives and stalls which sells items made by indigent , pwd’s among others . Let us try to patronized their products and have a worth while gifts to our friends , relatives or love ones this Yuletide season.

 

 

 

Orchidarium and Philippine Orchid Society’s New Office

Orchidarium Park, Sunken Lagoon Area, Quezon Cityhall- Quezon City-Philippines

Quezon Cityhall overlooking the sunken garden

It was in the late 1970’s when Quezon City government had developed  the 2.5 hectares man-made lagoon for boating and fishing.garden .

 bridge

Among the attractions were the Our Lady of Peace grotto, a tea house, a rock garden and sister cities markers from several countries.

entrance

 New Westminster City -British Columbia, Canada totem pole ( sister city)

People would refer this place as Orchidarium Park in reference to the orchid species and hybrids that are planted there.

nipa hut as part of the garden fixtures

Philippine Orchid Society members during last November 21 general meeting and election

There used to be an active local garden club which is called Quezon City Orchid Society founded in the early 1980’s which conducts orchid shows and lectures near the compound.

gazebo area

 The Philippine Orchid Society started to have some garden shows at this place around the early part of 2000 until later part of 2009. There are also other plant societies like Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines ( CSSP ) , Philippine Bonsai Society which also held their previous plant shows and bazaar at the site.

plaque

The area is still undergoing some improvements and re-landscaping process .

orchid species like Dendrobium anosmum, Dendrobium aphyllum , Dendrobium busigerium were mounted on frangipani (aka kalachuchi)

It was early 2014 when partnership between Philippine Orchid Society and Quezon Cityhall government to develop, beautify and maintain the area . In fact , members started to donate native orchids and hybrids to beautify the park.

( Grammatophyllum wallisii and Dendrobium anosmum)  are still being introduced on large trees

There was a ceremonial soft-opening on December 22,2014 were members of the society were invited and Mayor Herbert Bautista. There are plans  to put a small laboratory and a green house for the propagation of rare and endangered orchid species for eventual release to the general public.

January 10, 2015 -inaugural ground laying ceremonies

A 50-square meter office with small library ( magazines and books about orchids and plants )  in which people can do research and visit the place. ( The place is not yet open to the general public) .

Vanda Miss Joaquim- Popularly called Singapore Orchid

Vanda Agnes Miss Joaquim is the national orchid of Singapore. This orchid was first found at the garden of an Armenian living in Singapore named Ashkhen Hovakimian.   It was recognized as a hybrid not only by orchid expert Henry Ridley in 1893 and again in 1896, but by other contemporary orchid growers as well as orchid journals including the Orchid Review. Sander’s Complete List of Orchid Hybrids, which distinguished between natural and artificial hybrids, listed Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ as an artificial hybrid.

According to old time backyard hobbyists in the Philippines, This used to be the most ” Loved” and most commonly grown imported orchid hybrids in the 1950’s until early- 1970’s since it can be grown with minimal care and can be grown in almost full sun. I remember that some of our neighbors grew this orchid hybrid around their garden and around the perimeter walls.  Gradually, backyard hobbyists slowly began losing their interest when the more showy semi-terete Vandas hybrids began flooding the market in the late 1970’s but somehow some prized collectors was left.

 Vanda lamellata blooming

A saleslady ( Malvarosa Orchids) told me that it was one of their most saleable orchid in the 1980’s up to the early 90’s. Unfortunately , They also ran out of stock .

Fortunately , There are a few backyard growers and dedicated orchid hobbyists from provinces that still grow this orchid . Hence a few were re-introduced again to the market.

Vanda lamellata ( one of the free flowering native species )

There were at least 50 Philippine orchid species that were introduced at the park. Some of them are the world reknown  Vanda sanderiana ( Waling-waling ), Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay ) , Dendrobium aphyllum ( fairy , lesser or dainty sanggumay ) Dendrobium dearei among others….

Dendrobium dearei and Dendrobium busigerum ( secundum)

A lot of them were planted on living trees, shrubs and palms . Some were mounted on kakawate driftwoods.

Trichoglottis philippinensis

The aim of having a living orchid , native plant collection is to properly educated and showcase to the public and gardeners on how important these species and their vital role in biodiversity conservation.

cacti and succulents

Aside from the dozens of orchid hybrids, ferns, hoyas, cacti, succulents, bromeliads and native trees.

library

Last December 5,2015 Philippine Orchid Society member Mr. Jimmy Yu donated several boxes of magazines and books to be included in the library .

 officers holding the magazines and books donated by Mr. Jimmy Yu last December 5, 2015-( They were officially turn-over to the secretariat ) 

However , a special permit may be requested at the QC parks development administration for the use of the space ( I think there are minimal cost for space rentals)

For those who wanted to donate cash , plants or any form of donation  for the project , you may contact the POS Secretariat at Unit 201 Delsa Mansion ,Scout Borromeo corner Scout Torillo street , Barangay South Triangle ,Quezon City

Contact Persons: Ms. Jenny F. Rivera ( Secretary ) or Mr. Jiffy Alegre

Office : Monday to Saturday -8:00am to 5:00pm

Contact Details:

Landline : 957-3524 , 09178485468

Melchora Aquino Bi-centennial celebrations

Melchora Aquino or more popularly called Tandang Sora is said to be the mother of Katipunan . Part of the citywide celebration is that the body of the heroine will be transferred from her final resting place to be transferred to the  Tandang Sora shrine located at Banlat in Quezon City.

event / celebration logo

On January 5, Tandang Sora’s remains will be exhumed and placed in a flag-draped casket that will be carried by a horse-drawn carriage during a funeral procession from the Himlayang Pilipino to Quezon City Hall.

Military and police personnel will provide escort assistance during the funeral procession.

banner of the event

There will be a funeral ceremony within the city hall compound  where people will have the opportunity to offer their final respects to Tandang Sora, who has been recognized for her exceptional heroic contributions in the struggle for Philippine independence and liberation despite her advanced age.

City hall officials will be joined by descendants of Tandang Sora, especially officers and members of the “Mga Apo ni Melchora (Tandang Sora) Aquino Association Inc., in welcoming the heroine’s remains.

An overnight vigil will also be held at QC Hall hosted by the cultural and tourism affairs office, office for senior citizens affairs, scholarship and youth development program, general services department and the Liga ng mga Barangay.

On January 6, the 200th birthday of Tandang Sora, a memorial mass in honor of heroine will be held 8:00 am at the QC Hall before her remains will be finally transferred to the Tandang Sora shrine for re-interment.

Tandang Sora’s remains will also be carried by a horse-drawn carriage during a funeral procession, this time, from QC Hall to the Tandang Sora shrine.

Tandang Sora100 peso- bill (image taken from philmoney.blogspot.com)

Tandang Sora was featured in local Philippine paper bills, 5 centavo coin and stamps.

1969: Melchora “Tandang Sora” Aquino – Melchora Aquino, 50th Death Anniversary; Set of 3 stamps

(images taken from alexmoises.tripod.com)

“5 Sentimo” coins

( taken from papercoinage‘s website)

For more information try to visit the link:

http://www.gov.ph/the-tandang-sora-bicentennial/

Quezon City 70th founding anniversary

Quezon Memorial Circle

In the aftermath of the devastation by the recent typhoons not only to Quezon City but to the entire National Capital Region and nearby provinces, major events lined up for Quezon City’s 70th Foundation Year Anniversary this October are rescheduled. Read more for the new schedule or contact the Secretariat at 444-7272 local 1116 or 701-4365 for more information.

Quezon Cityhall building with murals

On October 12, the following activities are lined up in celebration of Quezon City’s 70th Founding Anniversary:

Quezon City officials led by Mayor Sonny Belmonte, Vice- Mayor Herbert Bautista and Postmaster General Mr. Hector Villanueva led the unveiling ceremonies

4 commemorative Quezon City stamps depicted  -Manuel L. Quezon and Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon Cityhall, Araneta Coliseum , East Wood in Libis a new technology and business development outsourcing area.

Postmaster General Mr. Hector Villanueva and Quezon City Mayor Honorable Sonny Belmonte

Morning

  1. Flag Raising Ceremony at QC Hall grounds
  2. Mayor’s speech on the 70th Anniversary celebration
  3. Unveiling of the Bonifacio and Rizal monuments at the Quezon City Hall compound
  4. Unveiling and first release of QC@70 commemorative stamps (Legislative Wing Atrium, ground floor)
  5. Blessing of twin tower buildings

Afternoon

  1. Games and activities for barangays (open to all, including QC employees) at QMC
  2. Concert night at QMC, with live band
  3. Fireworks display

Complementary Activities

  1. Sale ng Bayan at all QC malls (up to 70% off)