Horticulture 2012 Show – New Trends and Creative Techniques

Charito Planas Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle- Quezon City L-R  Mr. Joselito ” Butch” Campos, Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar , Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe , Quezon City Vice- Mayor Mrs. Joy Belmonte- Alimurong


Landscape of King Louis Farm – a show stopper and a hall of fame awardee

It was a fine sunny afternoon last January 26, 2012 Thursday when the author was invited  to the opening of  Horticulture 2012 held at the Quezon Memorial Circle near the Commonwealth Avenue side. The venue of the show was the Bonsai / Araos Garden, it was recently renamed as Charito Planas Garden in honor of former Quezon City Vice-Mayor 1992- 1995, socio -civic and human rights leader, A former president of the Quezon City Parks Development Foundation Inc., which manages the Quezon Memorial Circle, she is also known as an advocate of women’s causes. – Atty. Charito M. Planas. She is accredited to have gradually developed the area into a horticulture and medicinal plant haven during her term as vice-mayor.

Untying of the garland  led by  board of directors of different  plant societies , members,  guests of honor , vips, and sympathizers

This is a favorite venue area  of various horticultural and bonsai shows. The location was chosen because of its accessibility to joggers, students and passersby. There is a mini cemented stage were programs are held.  There are already several members of the Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated 1976, Philippine Bonsai Society, Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated 2007, Ayala-Alabang Garden Club, Makati Garden Club and Las Piñas Garden Club among others.

Miss Joy Belmonte-Alimurong

This year marked the 37th year of PHSI annual horticulture show with its’ theme ” New Trends and Creative Techniques in Horticulture “ the show featured an array of multifaceted landscape exhibits which showcase some of the   youngest, best and brightest landscapers in the country.

 Mr. Modesto Manglicmot , Architect Oscar Duque,  Mr.& Mrs. Romeo Gutierrez-President of PHSI  ( wearing light green vests ) & Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernanbe in pink and Mr. Joselito Campos

There are around 75 commercial booths where one can buy plants and plant materials from the ordinary ones, to rare and collector’s item plants.

nepenthes alata / pitcher plant being sold in one of the stalls

There will also be a  daily lecture where those interested in gardening and plants can attend.  This year’s over-all show chairperson led by the tandem of  Dr. Romeo Gutierrez and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe or more popularly called Tita Dorie / Dory  by almost all people in the horticultural world.

Mr. Francis Gener being interviewed by a staff and crew of PTV channel 4

Tita Dorie is very active in almost all horticultural societies in the country. She has vast collections of ferns, bonsai, cactus, succulents, orchids, exotic fruits, suseiki, antique furniture and among others, She is also well-known in other parts of the world.

Unigreen Ornamental Farm booth

There is also a member who said ” Kapag si Tita Dorie ang nag-show chairperson ng isang event, bongga ang show”   The show is quite impressive if Tita Dorie is the chairperson. Spectacular Indeed!

Quezon City band

It was around past 4:00pm when the guests of honor arrived led by Vice- Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte, administrators of Quezon Memorial Circle, Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar and Mr. Buth Campos. They were warmly greeted by all the board members of the society and well-wishers,  from various horticultural groups. Kuratong was performed by the Boys Scouts of the Philippines that led the guests of honor in their places at the prepared garland, which was be untied.

boys scout of the Philippines with kuratong

When the guests are already properly positioned the Kuratong had stopped. After the garland was untied, the Quezon City band played a welcoming band. The sunshine ladies and gentlemen then led the guests to the exhibition site – (These are the term given to the group of usherettes and reception committee members of the society.)  After the guest had taken seats, the doxology was led by a group of kids from The Learning Tree Growth Center, Incorporated.

After the doxology , the children performed a modern song using angklung , a traditional bamboo instrument used in many Southeast Asian countries.

kids with angklung

      It was pat 5:00pm when Dr. Romeo Gutierrez -President of PHSI in his welcome addresses the need of gardening in towns and cities.   Dr. Gutierrez is a plant enthusiast, He is also a plant breeder and painting collector .    A short power point presentation was prepared before the opening speech of Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar chairperson of the Villar Foundation, This foundation is known for its meaningful community projects like assistance to OFW in distress, Skills and Livelihood assistance, various environmental projects like water hyacinth handicrafts, River Rehabilitation Programs and Social Enterprises in Las Piñas City.

native baskets  made from water hyacinth with organic compost packs

Horticulturists and environmentalists across the country would always remember the Villars as big players in the horticultural industry; plants are needed to beautify their real estate projects.  Mrs. Villar is very friendly and down to earth person,  Her passion and love for the environment truly reflected on her glowing presence.   ” Iba ang aura ni Mrs. Villar ”  . Mrs. Villar had a different aura, this was according to one of the on-lookers.  Eager members and invited guests requested her to have a photo opportunity. The foundation also gave away native handbags with compost soil packs as a started kit! For those who wanted to know more about the advocacy  and projects of the Villar Foundation here is the link:

Website: http://www.villarfoundation.org/

Another guest of honor is Mr. Joselito ” Buth ” Campos Jr. of  Del Monte Pacific LTD. Philippines and chairperson of Evergreen Holdings,  He also pledge to donate an undetermined amount of money for the Philippine Horticultural Society various projects. He is also known to be a  koi breeder, animal lover, furniture collector and specializes in collecting of rare plants from all over the world.

 Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. members and board of directors

Not to be outdone was wives of former ambassadors, members  various NGO and cause- oriented groups which  donated the trophies to the winners of the show.

Among the exhibitors is Mr. Yuyung LaO who is well known for his many exotic ornamental plant collections  from all over the world . He is also considered as one of the most-in-demand landscaper  not only  in this country but also in other Asian countries.  Mr. LaO  long list of  clientele  included  dignitaries, politicians, resorts ,  well-known celebrities, businessmen and even royalties !  Another exhibitor is  Mr. Boyet Ganigan of Aroids and Arids. He has a big collection of rare plants in Silang, Cavite.  A frequent winner in the field of landscaping and plants , His  fame led him to be featured in some of the country’s top newspaper and blogs .

Landscape booth executed by internationally known landscaper Mr. Yuyong La’O – this exhibit won third prize.

Other exhibitors were Mr. Fred Salud, Professor Serapion Metilla in tandem with Dr. Romeo Gutierrez, Mr. Francis Gener of King Louis Flowers and Ornamental Plants.  Mr. Gener has been a frequent winner in landscape exhibits both local and international.

L-R Mr. Botchie Canicula  , Mrs. Siony Ng , Ms. Rebecca C. Buenaventura &  Ms.Myrna Magalong

  Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula which specializes in fern, variegated plants, anthuriums, cactus , succulents , bromeliads, native plants  and among others.  An entrepreneur at heart , He converted their family  garden into a thematic NVC garden restaurant in San Mateo , Rizal . He was featured in some television shows like Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho ( cactus episode aired last January 10, 2009) on  GMA Kapuso channel 7  and Umagang Kay Ganda of ABS-CBN channel 2 .

Mr. George Mendoza  have their exhibit booths. While, the Philippine Bonsai Society will  exhibit their prized bonsai trees, Natural Stone Society will also display their stone collections.

Best Landscape in Show Award – executed by the tandem of  Mr. Lardy Abundo, Mrs. Teresa Baldonado and Ms. Marilois Estrella

There are also exhibits by Mr. Lardy Abundo, Tess Baldonado and Marilois Estrella, the World Flower Council,  Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Incorporated , Cactus and Succulent Society, the group of Wendy-Fern Study Group or FSG and Ariod Study Group or ASTIG , Mett’s Plant Arts and a community booth for members of the society which displayed their prized collections of plants .

The plants in this landscape exhibit had numerous awards  – executed by Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula

The Horticulture 2012 committee heads  :  Dr. Romeo Gutierrez and Ms. Dorie S. Bernabe, co-chairpersons; Mrs. Teresa Baldonado, commercial; Dr. Romeo Gutierrez, exhibits; Mr. Modesto Manglicmot, physical arrangements; Architect Oscar Duque, security; Mrs. Felicidad S. Gupit, invitation; Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr., judging and awards; Architect Patricia Regalado, lectures and program; Professor Serapion Metilla, publicity; Mrs. Norma Villanueva, secretariat and raffle; Mr. Anthony Arbias, registration; Mrs. Rosita Yu, officers of the day; Mrs. Dorie S. Bernabe, ways and means and reception; and Mr. Vincent Canicula, finance.

Pastor Mike Lacanilao

Another media and radio personality is Pastor Mike Lacanilao a prime time news co-anchor of Ms. Helen Vela of GMA-  Balita ( 1986 to 1995 ) of GMA channel 7.

He is now a bible preacher and his passion over plants and gardening led him to become a member of the Philippine Horticultural Society.

After all the fanfare and impressive opening, the winners were finally announced, the official cater provider Ms. Baby De Leon is also on hand to supervise her staff.

Variegated Tupidanthus ” Best Plant in Show”

Hoya siarae 

Philippine hoyas was exhibited in memory of Dr. Simeona” Monina ” Siar 1962-2011 , She was accredited in identification and naming of new hoya species .

Horticulture 2012-New Trends and Creative Techniques in Horticulture

Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated in cooperation with Quezon Memorial Circle Administration, Quezon City government , media friends,  members of the society  invites everyone to their 36th  annual show.

The show will run from January 26, 2012 to February 6, 2012, for more details please call Mr. Macky PHSI secretariat (02) 377-0234 for more information.

Facebook fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/phsi76

Flora Filipina 2012

The Philippine Orchid Society is pleased to let you know that the time has come for the restaging of our highly successful “FLORA FILIPINA EXPO” on February 24 to March 5, 2012 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, Philippines.

As you may know by now, the Flora Filipina Expo is the Philippines’ biggest Floriculture event that continues to promote the Philippine Floriculture Industry to the International market with the support of the country’s top garden societies and the Department of Agriculture. It is also the event that gives our local growers the opportunity to learn the latest information and technology to make them globally competitive in the field of floriculture.

Since its first inception in 2006, our local floriculture industry has observed a steady rise in the demand for locally grown high value crops by foreign buyers. More foreign buyers have been seen steadily coming in to tap  our local growers as sources for their floriculture requirements confirming the potential of this industry to be one of our country’s dollar earner like our neighbors Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

poster of Flora Filipina 2012 expo

As in the 1st & 2nd  Flora Filipina Expo this event aims to:

  • Launch the Philippine Orchid and Horticultural industries to the world market as a viable source of new and unusual quality plants.
  • Unite all local plants producers and organizations and link them up to a par with international trade and help uplift the economic state of the local plant industry.
  • Bring in new technology that is needed to advance and sustain the domestic plant industry.
  • Keep the local industry updated on new trends and demands in the foreign trade of plants.
  • Inform our foreign counterparts of what the local industry has to offer in terms of industry innovations, new breeding directors, scientific studies, new finds, etc.
  • Promote awareness and interest in the field of horticulture and for it to be recognized as a viable income generating industry.

Towards this goal, we have several activities lined up.

  1. An International Flora Festival, showcasing the rarest and most spectacular plants from the country in magnificent landscape displays. The show will also feature foreign exhibits from other countries, with foreign judges participating in the awards selection.
  2. A 2-day conference o horticultural interest, with foreign and local speakers and delegates.
  3. A trade show of 150 booths of plant and flower companies, for commercial display and sale.
  4. Horticultural tours to private nurseries, tourism areas and collections, available for the delegates to the show. We are also working towards developing horticultural tours that we could make available to tourists on a year-round basis.
  5. Special events to drum-up interest in the show. Concert, flower-arranging competition, floral painting, workshops for plant enthusiasts, painting sessions, etc.
  6. Social events for the delegations to feature Philippine cuisine, music, dances, and entertainment.

The show features an orchid and landscape competition from among the country’s top collectors, breeders and landscape experts at the sprawling open space exhibition area of Quezon City. The commercial section boasts of about 150 suppliers carrying the widest assortment of plants and garden supplies, as well as other specialty booths from the Society’s partners. Entrance fee is only PhP50.00 for adults and PhP40.00 for students and senior citizens with valid ID. Group discounts will also be available.

This momentous social event is also intended to enhance current or prospect linkages and cooperation among domestic and foreign guests and tourists, government attaches, and visionary garden enthusiasts.

This momentous social event is also intended to enhance current or prospect linkages and cooperation among domestic and foreign guests and tourists, government attaches, and visionary garden enthusiasts.

If you have any questions regarding this event please do not hesitate to call me at mobile phone +63917.8431150 (Evangeline Go), +63906.272.0161 (Kelvin Neil B. Manubay) or the Flora Filipina Secretariat at telephone number (02) 929.44.25 and look for Ms. Dhonnah Masaoy.

Press released by : Philippine Orchid Society

Website: http://www.philippineorchidsociety.com/

65th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show

poster of the show

The onset of the monsoon rains marks the staging of the 65th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show of the Philippine Orchid Society (POS).  To be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Diliman, Quezon City, the POS in partnership with the Quezon City Government with media partners Manila Bulletin, Buy and Sell newspaper,Manila Times, Philippine Star, Abante Tonite and  various forum and blog sites like Green Culture Singapore Plant Chaser, Girl Kuripot, Pinoy Exchange– garden section forum,  Collectors’ Connection, Asiafinest among others.The  orchid show is from August 25 to September 5, 2011.

With the advent of environment consciousness, the show will carry the theme ‘Green Living with Orchids’ and will promote environment friendly ways of gardening and orchid growing.  This season’s show is usually in time for the flowering season of our very own Vanda sanderiana or Waling-Waling orchid. Also highlighting this event is be the transformation of a part of the Quezon Memorial Circle park into a tropical paradise showcasing the best of this season’s blooming orchids with a competition for the search of the ‘Best Philippine Orchid Species, the ‘Best Waling-Waling’ and the ‘Best Orchid in the Show’.

There will also be new competition categories in landscaping like the showcase landscaping with much smaller than the usual landscape. This will cater to small time growers and  hobbyists which do not have much space to grow their orchids

The topics for the lectures are as follows:












NOTE:There is a minimal entrance fee: Php 25 general public, Php 20 for senior citizens and students with valid ID’s

For more details about the orchid show please call 929-4425 / 906-5036 or text 0917-848-5468 Secretariat

65th Annual Orchid Show

February 24, 2011 was the opening of the 65th annual orchid show held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

selected group of judges and volunteers

The author was one of the volunteers (clerk) during the judging process of the annual show. The judges were from a selected group of reputable people from the field of horticulture, landscape architects, landscaper, and plant connoisseurs among others.

Commerical section of the show

The process went on smoothly and the deliberation process for the winners also set the mood on whom among the plant owners, exhibitors won the respective categories.

After lunch, When all the final tabulations and ranking were already finished. The author helped in putting the ribbons in the orchids and landscape exhibit booth  winners.

Then, several netizen friends came and visited the show among them is Mr. Ivan Anthony Henares , Mr. Ronald Estayan , Atty. Bom Gomez ( Plant Chaser ) among others. There were also architecture students from the University of the Philippines and  officers from other affiliated plant societies which graced the opening ceremonies.

Quezon City Circle management wanted a year-round show because of the impact it had on their parking revenue.

The bright afternoon sun did not dampen everyone’s mood even if the guests of honor are more than half an hour late! Philippines who’s who in the plant industry ,  experts and media  were there in gracing this momentous event.

L-R Photo caption: Ms. Vangie Go ,Ms. Herlene Bautista- Sarmiento ( sister of Mayor Herbert Bautista ) , Mr. Kelvin Manubay , members of Philippine Orchid Society, distinguished guests  and media.

After all the preparations and ribbon cutting ceremonies, winners were announced and all smiled went to the tandem of Mrs. Ana Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion  which won ” Best in Orchid Landscape” .

First Place in Orchid Landscape

Ms. Mary Ann-Wu and Rap Eugenio tandem landscape exhibit came in second

Mr. Modesto Manglicmot landscape entry won ” Best in Ornamental Plant  Landscape  “

” Best Orchid in Show ” went to Mr. Kelvin Manubay which entered Trichoglottis latisepala a native orchid .

L-R Photo caption

Ms. Harlene Bautista – Sarmiento- sister of Mayor Herbert ” Bistek ” Bautista , Ms. Dorie Fadriquela ( Allied Botanical Corporation – Metro Manila Marketing and Sales , Ms. Mylene Quiñones                 Philippine Orchid Society -Corporate Secretary, Ms. Chit  Mamangun – member of Philippine Orchid Society pose for a souvenir shot during the opening ceremony.

Mr. Manubay said that the 3rd Flora Filipina slated on February 2012 will be held in Quezon Memorial Circle . This will make Quezon City a host City for the second time since 2009. Flora Filipina International Horticulture Show 2012  is not a regular annual event but a held every 2- year gap period .

Dischidia pecteniodes or ant plant in interesting snail containers on sale

There are about 70 commercial stalls which participated in the event , This  is more than the two previous orchid shows  held at the Manila Seedling Bank in 2010 . Everyone in the commercial section seems happy and contented with their brisk sales ! The orchid show is until March 8, 2011.

Floral Designer Circle of the Philippines – flower arrangement competition

Here are the winners:

Best in Show: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Cattleya: BLC. Mahina Yahiro by Malvarosa Orchids and Nani Perez

Best Dendrobium: Dendrobium smilliae by Purificacion Orchids

Best Oncidium: Flying High ‘Stars & Stripes’ by Purificacion Orchids

Best Paphiopedilum: Paphiopedilum haynaldianum by Purificacion Orchids

Best Phalaenopsis: Phalaenopsis amabilis ‘variegated’ by Purificacion Orchids

Best Vandaceous Alliance: Vanda Pimsai x Vanda Pakchong (New Long) by SUL Orchids

Best Philippine Species: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Philippine Hybrid: BLC Rolly Perez by Malvarosa Orchids and Nani Perez

Best Foreign Species: Dendrobium smilliae by Purificacion Orchids

Best Cultured Plant: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Other Genera – Sympodial Orchids: Gram. multiflorum by Purificacion Orchids

Best Other Genera – Monopodial Orchids: Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Ornamental Booth Exhibit:

1st place – Mody Manglicmot
2nd place – Constel Nature’s Garden
3rd place – Mett’s Plant Art Shop

Orchid Exhibit Booth:

1st place – Purificacion Orchids
2nd place – Mary Ann- Wu
3rd place – Purificacion Orchids & Ornamentals

Floral Arrangement:

1st place –   Mr.Egay Littaua
2nd place – Ms.Ella Gutierrez
3rd place – Ms. Florence Ojeda