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/

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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:

Aug. 26 (FRI) -GROWING MONOPODIAL ORCHIDS by MR.  CV LAZARO

Aug. 27 (SAT) -BONSAI GROWING by MR. MODESTO MANGLICMOT

Aug. 28 (SUN  ) -DEVELOPING NEW  HYBRIDS WITH ORCHID SPECIES    by MR. JUN GOLAMCO

Aug. 29 (MON) – THE  POTENTIAL OF PHILIPPINE ORNAMENTAL SPECIES  AS  A COMMERCIAL CROP by MR. ANTHONY ARBIAS

Aug. 30 (TUE) -MARKETING PLANTS THRU THE INTERNET AND EBAY   by  MR.JOSE ‘TATA’ MONTILLA

Aug. 31 (WED) – PHILIPPINE ORCHID SPECIES CARE by  MRS. ANNA RUTH CONDE
Sept. 1 (THU) -FLOWER ARRANGING WITH ORCHIDS  by Mr. ANTONIO PADILLA

Sept. 2 (FRI) -PLANT NUTRITION by ALLIED BOTANICAL

Sept. 3 (SAT) -GROWING CATTLEYAS FOR FUN & PROFIT PART II by MS. VANGIE GO

Sept. 4 (SUN) -INDOOR GARDENING by PROF. SERAPION METILLA

Sept.5 (MON) -UNDERSTANDING ORCHIDS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT by MR. WALLY SUAREZ; and

(3:00PM) START YOUR OWN FLOWER GARDEN by EAST WEST SEED COMPANY

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

65 years of love affairs with Orchids

A 65 YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH ORCHIDS

In celebration of its 65th Year Anniversary as the premier orchid and garden club of the country, the Philippine Orchid Society will be staging its much awaited Annual Orchid and Garden Show on February 25 to March 7, 2011 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. The aim of the show is to transform part of the QMC grounds into an orchid paradise in order to promote orchid conservation and environmental protection. This shows will carry the theme ‘Green Living with Orchids’ and will focus on environmentally friendly ways of orchid growing to lessen our carbon footprints on mother nature.

The show will feature the best orchid blooms of the season set in landscaped exhibits executed by the country’s top orchid collectors and landscapers. A competition will also be on hand to select the best orchid and the best garden landscape of the show. Free lectures on orchid care will be given daily at 2 p.m. by orchid experts and a plant bazaar will be set up for those who wish to buy orchids direct from the growers. The topics for the lectures are as follows:

FEB. 25: GROWING VANDACEOUS ORCHID

By: CV LAZARO

FEB. 26: STARTING AN ORCHID & PLANT BUSINESS

By : SALLY LEUENBERGER

FEB. 27: GROWING CATTLEYAS FOR FUN & PROFIT

By: VANGIE GO

FEB. 28: AN INTRODUCTION TO ORCHID SPECIES

By: ANNA RUTH P. CONDE

MAR. 1:  INTRODUCTION TO ORCHID HYBRIDS

By: JUN GOLAMCO

MAR. 2:  NOTEWORTHY NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE GARDEN

By: ANTHONY ARBIAS

MAR. 3:  BONSAI GROWING

By: MODESTO MANGLICMOT

MAR. 4:  URBAN GARDENING & FERTILIZATION

By: ALLIED BOTANICAL CORP.

MAR. 5:  THE ART OF DISH GARDENING

By: SERAPION METILLA

MAR. 6:  FLOWER  ARRANGING FOR ALL OCCASSIONS

By: TONY PADILLA

MAR. 7:  AN OVERVIEW OF THE PHILIPPINE WILDLIFE ACT

By: NORBERTO BAUTISTA

MAR. 7 (3pm) START YOUR OWN FLOWER GARDEN

By: EAST WEST SEED COMPANY

3rd Pinoy Organic Fair at the Quezon Memorial Circle

I was invited last May 26 to the 3rd Pinoy Organic Fair organized by the Agri-Aqua Network Incorporated at the Quezon Memorial Circle . This year’s theme ” Celebrating the Philippine Organic Agriculture Law” aims to promote and the signing of President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo the organic law.

Poster of the Event

Every year the festival sees the growth not only of the Organic Groups in the country joining the Festival but also the growth and access of the Organic Movement per se and the Organic Farming to more and more interest groups and the public.

Daily lectures are a big crowd drawer

There were about 50 exhibitors which were invited to the event with product sampling, organic certified produce, daily free lectures and seminars was conducted.

A trader selling  “Malunggay” products

Scientifically called Moringa oelifera , “Sajina” in the Indian Subcontinent, and “Moringa” in English, it is a popular tree. Many Asians use the leaves of Malunggay (Sajina) like spinach and also the fruit it produces as a vegetable, like asparagus. Both the leaves and the fruits are very nutritious, which contain many vitamins like Vitamin C and other minerals. For centuries, people in India, Indonesia , Philippines, Malaysia,   Thailand  and Vietnam have been eating these leaves as a part of their food.

a dealer of moringa aka malunggay capsule

Aside from the traditional fresh leaves or vegetables, powder or supplement form, tea. Some product where malunggay leaves is included are bread, oil (for cooking and cosmetic ingredients), shampoo ,  conditioner, ice cream, malunggay capsules, noodles enhanced with malunggay powder and among others.

organic and hand made soap

booth selling organic fertilizers,educational handouts

Victoria Laundry Powder has been around for several years—maybe more than a decade, even—and in the last couple of years, has been readily available in the major supermarket chains. It’s actually something I intentionally seek out in a supermarket. Most major supermarkets already carry this brand .  Although price -conscious customer still prefer the commercial brands.

Booth of Victoria Laundry  Detergent

According to the proprietor ,  Victoria Laundry Powder dates back to several years ago.  Some people may developed an allergic  reaction to regular, commercial detergents.  Victoria is one of the brand , that is organically certified environment friendly to us, and we started using it on our clothes—and our rashes quickly left. It’s really great for people who have sensitive skin because, since it doesn’t use any harsh detergents, and is made from completely natural ingredients, it doesn’t leave a residue on your clothes that can cause rashes and irriations. This also means that it’s gentle on the hands, and it won’t cause wounds for those who do a lot of hand washing.

The organic detergent is locally manufactured and  distributed by Dalia Herbal Community Herbal Enterprises, Inc., at (632) 6354926. Their office is at Bo. Kapitolyo in Pasig.

Price: Around Php150.00 for a 1 Kilo box.

The company won numerous award internationally. Good for the environment because it’s biodegradable. Good for those with sensitive skin and for people whose skin reacts badly to harsh chemicals. Gentle enough for use with baby clothes. Tough enough to really take out dirt. You use less powder to wash the same amount of clothes.

Organically grown  turkey

These are some of the organically grown turkey which are fed with natural feeds and free roaming . The company which exhibited the turkey also produces cold-cuts and turkey hachlings intended for the local market.