75th Philippine Orchid Society’s Bazaar at Quezon City Memorial Circle

Philippine Orchid Society‘s 75th annual orchid bazaar kicked off last February 11 at the elevated garden / runnex garden within the iconic Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

Ms. Delia Pionela of Del’s Orchid and Garden Supplies

75th Philippine Orchid Society Bazaar

Quezon memorial shrine

The bazaar is in partnership with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration and Manila Bulletin.

Mr. Andres Golamco Jr.

There were 40 stalls selling different kinds of plants, cacti, bonsai, ornamental plants, orchids, aroids, flowering plants, gardening supplies among others.

entrance to the orchid bazaar

Unlike the previous shows- there was only one commercial exhibit which promotes hybrid papayas, celosia, vinca, marigold and seedlings for sale near the center of the bazaar.

Other Plant Shows in Metro Manila

We saw some familiar faces and new people in the industry, This is the fourth garden show within Metro Manila – Horti Filipina 2021 held at the Bonifacio High Street from February 4 to 14, 2021– which drew few people due to pandemic and restrictions in Bonifacio Global City ( BGC),Taguig. Arid and Aroid Colors Garden show held from February 6 to 16, 2021 at Robinson’s Magnolia drew a lot of plantitos, plantitas, batang maghahalaman and even new collectors because of the “BIG Scam Sale” last February 13, 2021.

King Louis Flower

Another plant show dubbed ” “Plant Fest” at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong from February 15 to February 26, 2021.

The orchid and garden bazaar of the Philippine Orchid Society is almost 20 days or three weeks!This will offset the lack of landscape exhibit, orchid and plant competition. While a live talk held last weekend about basic orchid culture was shown on the offical FB page of the Philippine Orchid Society.

We think it was quite long for an orchid and garden bazaar,at least customers will have a luxury to canvass plant prices from other bazaars and plant centers in other parts of Metro Manila.

Out of the four plant shows, The Arid and Aroids Colors Garden Show really stand-out and a blockbuster hit! We still have to wait for the last few days of the “Plant Fest” in SM and 1 week of the 75th Annual Orchid Bazaar show and see the results.

It was good that in all of the show that i have attended, there were no entrance fees. The most comfortable ones were at Robinson’s Magnolia and SM Megamall. The air-condition was just right with nice people around.

With the relaxation of the quarantine protocols in the coming few months, visitors and plant enthusiasts wanted to view better and quality exhibits in mid-year shows.

74th Philippine Orchid Society’s Garden Show

Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with Quezon City government, Quezon Memorial Circle administration will be having the 74th annual orchid and garden show to be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020 at the Garden of Joy or Flower Garden within Quezon City Memorial Circle.

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74th Annual Orchid and Garden Show

There will be trade fairs, landscape exhibits, orchid, ornamental plant competition, daily lecture and demonstration.

Entrance fee is Php 50.00 for the general public, Php 30.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card this was based on the last orchid show entrance fee.

Contact Information: Ms. Jenny Rivera or Mr. Jiffy Alegre ( Secretariat)

0917-848-5468 / Landline (+632) 795-735-24

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

10 Important Events at Quezon City’s 80th Anniversary

Quezon City government in partnership with dozens of cause -oriented groups, advocacy group, volunteer organizations, business establishments started the kick-off celebrations on October 12 and 13 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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Quezon City employees from various agencies attended the grand parade

The event was dubbed Pista sa Kyusi which had a two day event celebration.

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Thousands of employees, students, cause oriented groups, bloggers, vloggers and the general public had a rare chance to attend some events, concerts, trade fair, cook-off challenge, art event, sports event, bureau of fire special service section and food fair held within the famed landmark.

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10 Important Events at the Quezon Memorial Circle

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10.) Quezon City hall grand parade- A grand parade which started within Quezon city hall ground and wereheld around past 7:30 am and moved to Liwasang Aurora at the middle of the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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mobile library

9.) Mobile Library exhibit- There were 3 mobile library which is on constant on the move within many parts of the city.

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Quezon City public library (mobile van)

The mobile library provide several valuable services like reading literacy awareness, story telling, puppetryshocas among children and students of the city.

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QCX museum facade

8. Free QCX entrance – students, heritage advocates, bloggers, ordinary people and even foreign tourist were treated to a whole day of FREE entrance at the QCX museum. There are a lot of see and experience at the museum.

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author together with Mr. Paulo Ortega ( juanderingbulakenyo) and two Taiwanese tourists

For those who wanted to know and learn more of the city’s history, heritage, art, culture, advocacy. This is a must visit place.

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trade fair booths

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Care Channels inc.

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Balai Kamay

7. ) Trade Fair- There were over 80 booths which showcases different products, native crafts, organic material, advocacy group, health and wellness, photography group, art association and food.

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Len’s Bibingka and Putong Bumbong

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Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes

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Cook-Off Challenge

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6.) Food Fest – There were several food events held at the site. We were fortunate to witness the barbecue cook-off challenge from 6 barangays within the city.

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There were two representatives from the barangay. One of the challenge includes pork barbecue cooked-off.

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judges included well-known chefs, restaurateurs and qc tourism officers.

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pork barbecue

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5.) Art and Drawing Sessions- several well-known artists showcase their talents in painting and giving free art lessons. There were also art competition among young and budding artist of the city.

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Pop Art booths

Quezon City Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office is inviting businesses to join our collective called POP QC (Proudly Original Products of Quezon City).

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4.) Plant Stalls- There are several plant stalls located within the park. One can choose from different kinds of plants, ornamental flowering plants, herbs, orchids , pots among others.

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herbs and plastic pots for sale

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3.) Zumba and Dance Sessions- The group provides free zumba and dance session. One can just join -in with the group.

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2.) Free wall climbing and demonstration by Bureau of Fire Services

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1.) Garden of Joy and Other Landmarks- This is an important landmark for plant, orchid and horticulture lovers.  This used to be called Flower Garden or Hardin ng mga Bulaklak and now called Garden of Joy.

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Garden of Joy entrance

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum orchid attached to a narra tree

We hope that the orchids, ferns, bromeliads and other plants mounted on the trees within the garden will be properly nurtured taken cared off. Since a lot of the plants were donated by members of plant organization.

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Quezon Memorial Shrine

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Presidential Car Museum

One must also try to visit other well-known landmarks like Quezon Memorial Shrine, Presidential Car Museum, Quezon Heritage House and soon to open President Aquino replica house when one visits Quezon Memorial Circle.

Note : Happy 80th anniversary to Quezon City government and to all the organizers of the event.

Big Winners at the 73rd Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Festival

Big winners at the individual orchid competition at the 73rd Mid-Year Orchid Festival show by the Philippine Orchid Society at the Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak) within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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Most of the Vanda sanderiana orchids at the orchid exhibit were from Dr. Olivia Sanchez, Mrs. Vangie Go and Purificacion Orchids.

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Vanda sanderiana variety alba

The big winners were the orchids competition were exhibited by Dr. Olivia Sanchez, Purificacion orchids, Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee.

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Aside from getting blue ribbon, glass trophy, ceramic vases. Some of the winners also got cash incentives.

List of BIG Winners

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Vanda sanderiana clumps

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1.) Best in Show, Best Vanda sanderiana and Best Cultured Plant

Exhibitor : Dr. Olivia Sanchez

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 2.) Best Dendrobium

Dendrobium jyrdii

 Exhibitor : Panings Garden

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3.) Best Cattleya – (Bc. Binosa x B.nodosa ) Nakompathome Silver

Exhibitor: Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee

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4.) Best Paphiopedilum and Best Foreign Species

Paphiopedilum rothschildianum

Exhibitor : Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

5.) Best Scented Orchid

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Cymbidium chloranthum

Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

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6.) Best Vandaceous Alliance

Vanda Kasem’s x Vanda Chindavat

Exhibitor : Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

7.) Best Other Genera

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Pholidota imbricata

Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

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8.) Best Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis Little Gem Stripes

Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

9.) Best Philippine Species

Pomotocalpa kunstleri

Exhibitor : Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

10.) Best Oncidium Alliance

Oncidium Jungle Monarch

Exhibitor: EnR Orchids

11.) Best Philippine Hybrid

Rhyncattianthe UPCM 1975 Ruby Anniversary

Exhibitor : Dr. Ray Lo

Note: The Orchid festival will run until September 9, 2019 MONDAY – Entrance fees is Php 30 for the general public and Php 20 for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

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- Alimurung ( 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/ Garden of Joy/ 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

Vanda Sanderiana

 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 !

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