Sneak Peek of Master Landscape Artist Yuyung LaO’s Garden

Master Yuyung LaO is a well-known, famous and respected master landscape artist in the country. The group were given a sneak peek at his garden last sunday,despite being a busy person.

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several Buddha statues

One of the few landscape artists which drew his inspiration from mother nature, planting materials, natural contour of the land.

aglaonema hybrid

aglaonema hybrid

Despite his stature, Master Yuyung LaO is a respected member of plant societies, a simple down to earth person with a lot of ideas and full of artistry.

Master Landscape Projects

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Mr. Yuyung LaO together with the group

Some of his project includes the Tropical Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle, private garden within Forbes park, well-known personalities, resorts, venue places in many parts of the country. His contemporaries in Southeast Asia is Mr. Wade Wijaya of Bali, An Australian -Indonesian who had several popular resorts projects.

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variegated fern

Another recent landscape project was the recent APEC and ASEAN meet in the country.

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staircases going up

I have seen a lot of variegated plants within the property. The landscape is compact with a lot of beautiful plants. Every nook and cranny of the property is very photogenic.

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According to the master landscaper, It took him over 20 years landscaping in phases within the 1 hectare of property. He harness the natural creek flowing within the property and natural sloping landscape.

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He was able to construct two layers of pond in which giant gouramis and kois lives.  The pond also had a a filter system built on the side of the pond.

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variegated dracena

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concrete staircase with landscape accents

Another nice feature were the tall tree ferns and epiphytes. The key to his success were irrigation, misting system and right media.

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 Buddha statues potteries, owls figurine, turtle figurine are located within the pavilion area

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lunch buffet

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mini greenhouse

There were at least 1,000 known plant species, cultivar varieties, ferns, begonia, bromeliads,water plants, palms which are cultivated.  He also had a small greenhouse in which is cultivates Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids, ferns and other plants.

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begonias

Our group had a fun time at his garden, enjoyed the hearty lunch of grilled tilapia, grilled green mussels, lechong manok, tuna, brownies, orange juice and soft drink.

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Yuyung LaO garden, water features and accents

It was a fun filled day of adventure, sight seeing and learning experience. The private garden is located within San Mateo,Rizal province. It is not open to the general public and thus the author cannot reveal the exact location and other contact details.

Note: Maraming Salamat po, for the warm hospitality and sharing your great knowledge

 

Delightful Ga Mi Jung Korean Restaurant in Antipolo

Ga Mi Jung is not your typical Korean restaurant. They are in business for about 7 years. This is a MUST dine -in place when you visit Antipolo City, Rizal province

Ga Mi Jung entrance

At first glance, one may think that it is a Korean grocery or Kpop Karaoke, But the restaurant had attracted several loyal clientele over the years.

Ga Mi Jung

There are also a lot of locals and even Koreans who would dined-in at the place. This place is good for friend, family and hang-out place. A small portion had some Korean ice cream and foods.

ground floor

There are some celebrities like Mr. Dennis Padilla, local politicians among others.

second floor

The capacity is 40 ground floor and another 40 at the second floor. The second floor is more traditional as visitors are required to remove their shoes. Furniture and fixture adhere to Korean vibe.

menu board

value meal

The restaurant also serve unlimited samgyeopsal in which one can share between 2 to 4 people.

appetizer

shredded mix vegetables

fried eggplant

scrambled egg with minced carrots and spring onions\

tofu with curry

appetizer like scrambled egg, shredded cabbage with carrots, kimchi and white rice.

Mandu– fried dumpling with sauce

Seonji -Haejangguk  ( Ox Blood Hangover soup ) – This is good with rice, not too spicy and there are bit of coagulated ox blood in rich soup.

Japchae – Korean two kind of noodles,  glass noodles and thick wheat noodles combined. Stir fry cooked in Korean soy sauce, carrots, pork meat and shredded onion leeks leaves topped with sesame seeds.

JokBal

Jok Bal -a Korean dish made from pork pig trotters cooked in soy sauce , spices topped with sesame seeds , sliced fresh tomatoes and fresh lettuce leaves. The meat is wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves, sauce and adding some side dishes before eating.

Galbi Jjim/ Kalbi Jjim – it is a tender, delicious Korean braised short ribs cooked using some spices in soup base. A good compliment with white jasmine rice.

The group ordered rice, Sundae -Gukbap/ Soondae -Gukbap ( blood sausage pork intestine soup) , Galbi Jjim, Japchae, Mandu ( fried dumpling) and Gopchang ( pork intestine soup)

What we love about the restaurant is that they refill the side dishes. The staff were friendly and gave us endless cold water. Our group would rate this restaurant 7.25 out of 10.

Special “Thanks” Ms. Jo Quimpo, Mr. Lebon Ong and Sir. Ramon Calado for the warm invite.

Address: 256, Sumulong Highway, Barangay Mambugan, Antipolo City , Rizal 

Contact: (02) 451 1147 Globe : 0916-9696-921
Smart : 0921-732-9369

Operations: Mondays to Fridays from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Medical and Social Mission to Sito Quinao in Montalban, Rizal

 

The Montalban Mountaineering Club ( MMC) will be conducting their medical and social mission in Sito Quinao helping the indigenous communities which needed some basic necessities like clean clothes, hygiene pack – (examples soap, detergent, shampoo) blankets , towel and slippers . The young ones also needed school supplies and school bags .

For those who would like to donate these items or financial donations , You can send sms or call to Ms. Jane Martinez- Tappa for pick-ups arrangements.

Contact details: 0917-546-7189 GLOBE and 0932-967-2560 SUN

Note : the author is also sending some school supplies and with the help of some kind hearten people

 

Philippine Festival Mask on Stamps Launching in Angono, Rizal

SM ANGONO, Rizal province-Philippines

Philippine Postal Corporation in partnership with SM Angono, Angono government officials, Mr. Nemesio ” NEMI” Miranda , the Angono artists circle and local PNP officials .  Special guests also includes Mr. Theo Arnold of JAV Talent Unlimited Foundation and  Ms. Elizabeth Victoria of Bravo Filipino magazine were also present.

The event was hosted by Ms. Carina Jardin – She is also an artist and collects postcards and stamps .  The public were personally “welcomed ” by Mr. Benny Granados -Assistant Administration Manager of SM Angono and special guest of honor was   Honorable Gerardo V. Calderon ( Mayor of Angono )  and  program host of Lakbayin ang Magandang Pilipinas every Saturday from 8:00am to 9:00am at PTV channel 4 (  government station ) .

Assistant Post Master General for Marketing – Mr. Luis Carlos of Philippine Postal Corporation represented Postmaster General Maria Josefina Dela Cruz during the stamp unveiling ceremony

Featured in the Philippine Festival Masks are the Moriones Festival in Marinduque; Higantes Festival in Angono, Rizal; Tacloban’s Pintados Festival and Bacolod ‘s Masskara Festival

The Moriones stamps, designed by PhlPost in-house layout artist Mr. Jose Antonio Jayme, feature a mask of a biblical Roman soldier as interpreted by local folks.

ceremonial signing of autographs on the first day covers

A ceremonial autograph signing was held and a framed stamps and first day cover set were given to the special guests of honor.

 higante face was featured on the festival mask

The body of the traditional higante (giant) made of bamboo, colorful clothes and a face made of paper mache is depicted in the Higantes stamps designed by Mr. Nemesio Miranda. The Pintados stamps were designed by well-known photographer Mr. Donald Tapan.

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Ms. Coline Grande and Mr. BJ ” Tolits ” Forbes

We met Mr. BJ ” Tolits’ Forbes at the stamp launching , His career started  in 2005  when he joined a contest  of a popular noontime show EAT Bulaga’s ( That’s My Boy) and his big break came from TIDE . He hails from the nearby town of Morong and is also a self-respected artist .

Masskara festival souvenir stamp

PhlPost printed about 5,000 copies of the special limited edition of the colorful Masskara souvenir sheet stamps designed by Mr. Antonio Carranza Jr. It will be sold at P100 each. The masskara stamp had special glitter and had special embossing as special feature.

About 120,000 copies of the three other festival stamps were printed and will be sold at P10 each. According to APMG for marketing Mr. Luis Carlos , These festival masks on stamp issuance will be available at the Angono Post Office and other major post offices nationwide.

Technical Description of the Stamps

10p x 3, Se-tenant Strips of 3, MS12;  100p Souvenir Sheet

Vanilla calopogon: A rare orchid at the backdoor of Metro Manila

Vanilla calopogon Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: p40 (1878)

Local Name: The Beautiful Bearded Vanilla, leafless orchid

Flower Size 1.6 to 1.8″ [4 to 4.5 cm]

History : There are more than 120 species of Vanilla that can be found in tropical areas of the world. However only 5 to 6 species are known to produced the vanillin extract which is essential in aroma therapy, food, cosmetic, baking and ice cream.

Totonac people, who inhabit the East Coast of Mexico in the present-day state of Veracruz, Mexico, were the first to cultivate vanilla. According to Totonac mythology, the tropical orchid was born when Princess Xanat, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover.

world map showing areas where vanilla orchid species can be found

Vanilla is a flavor derived from orchid species of the genus Vanilla. primarily from the Mexican species, flat-leaved Vanilla planifolia .  The word vanilla, derived from the the Spanish word vaina (vaina itself meaning sheath or pod), simply translates as little pod.   people cultivated the vine of the vanilla orchid, called tlilxochitl by the Aztecs, and Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is credited with introducing both vanilla and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s.

Initial attempts to cultivate vanilla outside Mexico and Central America proved futile because of the symbiotic relationship between the vanilla orchid and its natural pollinator, the local species of Melipona  bees.  Pollination is required to set the fruit from which the flavoring is derived. In 1837, Belgian botanist Charles Francois Antoine  discovered this fact and pioneered a method of artificially pollinating the plant. The method proved financially unworkable and was not deployed commercially. In 1841, Edmond albius , a slave who lived on the French island of Reunion  in the Indian Ocean, discovered at the age of 12 that the plant could be hand- pollinated . Hand-pollination allowed global cultivation of the plant.

close-up view of the flower

Origin: Unlike its related cousins from Central and South America , There are about 4 to 6 species of Vanilla orchid species that can be found in the Philippines.  Found in northwestern Luzon provinces , Norzagaray , Angat , San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, Rizal province in dry thickets and on trees in forests at low elevations as a large sized, hot growing climbing terrestrial with a terete stem without leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence .  It is endemic to Luzon island. This orchid species is a climber and is leafless. In my several years of cultivation. The orchid will become active during the onset of the rainy season by producing vines.

On June 29, 1890 , it was recollected in dry thickets in Luzon then later in 1918 Mr. Maximo Ramos collected some in the town of  Burgos , Ilocos Norte on July 20, 1918 . Some specimen was later discovered in Rizal province by Mr. Alejandro , an orchid collector by profession sometime in 1948.  The flower does not last very long, it only bloom 2 to 3 days .

My orchid specimen was given to me by a friend from the Philippine Orchid Society ( Mr. Reynaldo Lucas ) before he left the country sometime in 2008.  According to the book of Ms. Mona Lisa Steiner the orchid species used to be found in Novaliches , Valenzuela , Bulacan areas .  But with the recent developments , one can hardly see any orchid species growing in wild places, most of which are already converted into subdivisions, highways or industrial areas. One last hope will be the La Mesa Watershed area.

Vanilla calopogon climbing vine

The specific name calopogon means ” beautiful beard ‘ refer to this attractive labellum . Its pale greenish lilac colored flowers is a sight to behold.

References and Bibliographies :

Kew Garden: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-211860

Davis S. Reg, Steiner , Mona Liza 1952 New York , USA  page 239 to page 241

The Complete Writings of Dr. Eduardo Quisumbing on Philippine Orchids , 1981 Eugenio Lopez Foundation,  page 103 to 105