Highlights of the 5th International Symposium by Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc.

Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI) held a successful two day 5th international symposium at the 8th floor Central Laboratory Building within the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila.


participants at the art work shop

The pre-symposium began last November 13 with pre-registration of local ,international speakers and participants by 1:00pm. At around past 2:00 pm -native tree walk was held within the campus of the university.


ditas and other native trees are planted within the university grounds

Philippine Botanical Art Society founder Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an conducted a 3 hour painting session last November 13 from 1:00 pm to past 4:00 pm.


key note speaker at the symposium

5th International Symposium


group photo


mid-morning breakfast 

5th International Symposium was opening session was held at the 8th floor auditorium of the central laboratory building. The auditorium can host up to 250 participants at any given time while the parallel session was held at the 5th floor of the same building.


Dr. Junichi Fujinuma


A certificate of appreciation and token was given to him after his presentation.


Dr. Nikki Hererson Dagamac


Clarence Gio Almoite, Donita Capili, Justine Garcia, John David Avellaneda and Mr. Rey John Caballero ( inventory of Philippine Native and Non-Native Trees in Selected Public Schools in Quezon City.


mid-morning breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks was catered by wok with me


Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI Mr. Bobby Zapata tresurer) together with University of Santo Tomas – Department of Biological Sciences professors and students.

A cultural and welcome dinner was hosted by the university and the organization.

at the end of the symposium Professor Andrew Patrick Gozon was given the best presenter for the parallel session.

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations. With minor sponsors like Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Development Corporation, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.


13 Lovely Products at the Sinag UST SHS Entrepreneur Bazaar

University of Santo Tomas Senior High School Entrepreneur Bazaar is a 4-day event held from November 12 to 15, 2019 within Tan Yan Kee parking lot and at the Quadricentennial park ( Q Park) within the University of Santo Tomas campus in Sampaloc, Manila.


Q plaza bazaar area

The theme is “Pusong Tomasino, Gawang Milenyo, Para sa Pilipino” is a project of grade 12 students who have entrepreneurship subjects.


booths at Q plaza

This is their 3rd year to showcase their products and services at the bazaar.


Tan Yan Kee parking lot bazaar booths lay out

There were between 40 to 50 booths spread in two location sites. Each booth had between 4 to 6 group of business model. Each business model have 4 to 6 students selling variety of products or services.


Q plaza bazaar booths lay out

The bazaar is the final outcome whether their products / services can be bought by their fellow students, alumni or the general public.


ABM2 booth at Tan Yan Kee parking lot

It is interesting to note that a lot of the products sold were environment friendly, advocacy base, sustainable origins or products which help indigent/ ethnic communities.


Mr. Kenyon Lim of Handy Pepper


bracelets and necklace from tribal lumads of Mindanao

Almost all of the start-up companies had social media accounts like FB, Instagram, Twitter or even webpage in order to reach out to potential buyers and customers. The bazaar is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Tan Yan Kee parking lot bazaar

13 Lovely Products Spotted at the Sinag UST SHS Bazaar


13.) Pasma Go– creative name with nice pouch and packaging material.


12.) Labaggie is a product by Siklab- laundry bag which can double as bag. it is sold for just Php 399.00.

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SikLab.co/

There is also a promo that if one buys two labaggie bag, One can get 10% discount.They also sells cellphone case and bag holder.


11.) Syesye Baskill – This is quite innovate products which is acts like deodorant patch.


10.) Retropolitan – Sells different kinds of stickers, which can be used in scrap book, postcards and other items.


9.) Plant It Gift Tag– This serves as dual purpose for this holiday season. One can write greetings to special friend or love one this season. The tag is made from recycled paper and it also had seeds which can be germinated and planted in a pot with soil. It is Php 10.00 per label.


8.) Esscent – This product is retailed at Php 49.00 with lavander, autmn, sea breeze, lemon grass , rose petals . The company had twitter : @aromanti_co / instagram:@aromanti.co/ Facebook: Aromanti Co.


7.) Je Shoes Organic Cleaner– This is a sustainable way to keep your shoes clean. I forgot to ask the seller, if there are chemicals which are harmful to the environment.


6.) Diwata Co. Platable pen– Another nice environmental products that help minimized the garbage problem. The pen is made from organic wood.


seeds can be planted after using the pen

coriander, chili, bell pepper, tomatoes, spinach, parsley


5.) Leatherette pouch bag for laptops and notepads.


leatherette container for laptops or notepads


t-shirts, bag tags and stickers for sale

4.) Advocacy Shirts– According to the seller at the Q Plaza, If an individual or person purchase this shirt, a certain percentage goes to the advocacy. However the seller fail to mention on where does the proceed goes. Then what is the advocacy group that are supporting?


3.) Moskit-O! – Nice packaging and bug repellent citronella scent is just being sold for Php85.00


2.) Satriccal Shirt – Creative prints and catchy design.


1.) Handy Peppy – This is a nice way to protect. This is being sold for only Php 50 and aptly called Tiger’s Eye Security. Some parts are made from recycled bottle caps and can be refilled.


Sinag UST SHS Entrepeneur Bazaar

Do not forget to visit these booths, until today.

Note: Some of the booths exhibited until yesterday. One can purchase their products in their online social media sites.

Philippine Botanical Art Society’s Exhibit at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants

Philippine Botanical Art Society and Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society members had a successful opening of the art exhibit held at the 5th International Symposium on Native Plants at the 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas in Manila.


More than 50 art works mainly orchids flowers, ferns, flowering trees and botanical prints.


Art Exhibits and Exhibitors


Mr. Larie N. Dianco who currently works at the National Museum for Natural History


Ms. Aissa Domingo with her painting 


Ms. Madoline Agudo dela Rosa

Ingress started on November 13 morning until 10:00 pm with several artists who came from Rizal, Bulacan, Quezon City, Las Piñas, Los Baños, Davao and other areas of the country.


Professor Patrick Andrew Gozon of  the University of the Philippines


Ms. Cynthia Gubler together with Spathoglottis plicata




exhibitors, symposium participants and guests


Ms. Carmen Odulio ( president PNPCSI), Ms. Bing Famoso-Tac-an with Dr. Cecilia Banag-Moran.


ribbon cutting ceremony

Among this year’s sponsors at the symposium includes Binhi, Energy Development Corporation,USAID, University of Santo Tomas (Department of Biological Science ),Center for Conservation Innovations and minor Sponsors, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Geiser Macland, John Rendel’s Printing Services, Diamond Office Furniture, Cityville Realty and Developement Corporaration, PaI / Pilipinas Auto Group Inc, Zapata Holding Corporation.

Do not forget to visit the art exhibit until tomorrow- November 15, 2019 8th floor Central Laboratory, University of Santo Tomas until 5:00 pm !

5th International Symposium of Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society

 Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc. (PNPCSI)  will hold its fifth international symposium on November 1415, 2019 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), España, Manila. The symposium theme is Fighting for Philippine Native Flora: Victories, Challenges and Future Directions.
5th international symposium
Among this year’s highlight includes Botanical Arts Society exhibit, Tree Walks , Environmental Awareness, Mr. Leonardo Co death anniversary are some of the activities at the symposium.
There will be between 250 to 270 participants from different sectors of the society which includes students, volunteers, environmental advocates, heritage groups, academe,  artists, architects, government agencies, international delegates and other affiliate group.  Do not forget to sign-up and join this worthwhile project.
There will be table bourse which will sell different books, memorabilia items, t-shirts, tote bags for those interested.
This symposium is co-presented by University of Santo Tomas, USAID, BINHI and EDC.

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society

PNPCSI is a non-stock, non-profit organization formed to contribute to Philippine native plant research
and conservation by conducting scientific research; providing technical assistance; training and student mentorship; promoting the use of native plants in landscaping and reforestation; and increasing public awareness for the conservation of botanic resources in the country.
Key symposium activities:
1. Plenary sessions
2. Oral paper presentations
3. Poster presentations
4. Commercial exhibits on native plants, resources about Philippine plant diversity and other related
5.) Discussion
There will be a pre- symposium tree walk and a post‐symposium tour for those interested parties.
Kindly deposit your payments to Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) account name and number:
Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society 9761-0004-86. Kindly send a scanned copy of the deposit
slip indicating the names of the participants for whom the payment was made to
pnpcsi.symposium@gmail.com. Please present the same copy of deposit slip on registration day for this
is the only means by which we can trace your payment.
For more inquiries about the symposium, kindly contact pnpcsi.symposium@gmail.com.


Robinson’s Place , Midtown , Ermita , Manila -Philippines

L-R Ms. Marilou Acuña ( Fly Ace Corporation ), Chef Sau Del Rosario, Mr. Rian Wilfred Cajiles ,   Ms. Monique Siguenza , Mr. Christopher Elijah John Asiddao, Ms. Teresa Conde – Fly Ace Corporation ) and Ms.Ana Marie ” Nana ”  Ozaeta ( editor in chief – Food Magazine )the Philippines’ Largest Selling Culinary Magazine by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. 

University of Santo Tomas students

There were 12 TEAMS competing in this year’s edition .  The winning team ( UST ) got  gift packs from Uratex , Solane, Fujidenzo, Chef’s Classic,Whirlpool , Technogas, Allegro Beverage Corporation,  Fly Ace Food Corporation .


The winners will also have a chance to be featured on some of the top magazines, blog sites, newspapers and television sites. Aside from the trophies, bragging rights , plaques and CASH Prize of Php 15,000 . The team got an overall score of 86%.

The winning teams will also have a chance to participate in several projects of the company.

Robinson’s Place- Midtown Atrium

The place is jam-packed with so many people from all walks of life . The criteria for judging is based on Product Output 30% , Leadership and Group Dynamics 20% , Presentation and Delivery 20% and results from the Jolly Boot Camp 30%.

students busy preparing their dishes

The group got their inspiration from the Empanada de Kaliskis from Malolos City , Bulacan . This is an heirloom pastry which is flaky , deep fried , stuffed with meat.  It’s origin dates back in 1820 and the dish is still an all time favorite among people visiting the province. I have eaten this several times whenever i got a chance to visit Malolos.


The group ‘s had the ability to improvise and even innovate the dough adding Malunggay ( Moringa oleifera)  , Kesong Puti ( carabao white cheese ) , Bulacan longganisa ( Bulacan sausage) then using Jolly’s mix mushroom, garbanzos, water chestnuts and salted black beans .

presentation and packaging

Ms. Monique Siguenza ( UST student) and her vast knowledge of her hometown heirloom recipes  from Bulacan province  help them edge the competing teams.

Technological University of the Philippines

Ms. Marilou Acuña ( Fly Ace Corporation ), Chef Sau Del Rosario, Mr. Marivic Malerab , Ms. Nieliza T. Beriso , Mr. Wilnor P. Bataller ,  Ms. Teresa Conde – ( Fly Ace Corporation ) and Ms.Ana Marie ” Nana ”  Ozaeta

The team got 85.28% which is a close shot in winning the grand title.

malunggay waffle cake with cherry and peach topping

Based on the crowd support and cheers – TUP ( Team La Winima) got the loudest cheer among all competing schools.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran

students – Mr. Ancel Jeff Beso, Ms. Queen Mary Anne Boliche and Mr. Cyril Jerome Manning ( Team and Babies ) . The team got 84%

Pollo con Champiniones

Group Photo

Freezing Hot Pineapple Mint

This dessert was created by Saint Louis College of Valenzuela

Far Eastern University ( Nicanor Reyes St. Sampaloc , Manila )

The students of Far Eastern University L-R Mr. Rolando Mendoza II, Mr. Marvin Del Rosario and Mr. Raymond Cailles


Uratex booth gave away interesting notepads ,ball pens to those who registered at their booth.

Appetite magazine booth

Link to previous article: University of Santo Tomas winners

Link to last year winners: Jolly University Grand Cook Fest 2014

This event is sponsored by Solane, Whirpool, Uratex, Fujidenzo, Technogas, Chef’s Classics, Allegro Beverage Corporation and Kenwood.  Official media sponsors include Appetite , FOOD , Breakfast , Entreprenuer , Chalk, ANC, Asian Food Channel and Whenin Manila.com .

The author would like to ” Thank” Ms. Mj Cordova , Fly Ace Corporation for the invitation and accommodation extended .

Office : 7th Floor, Fly Ace Corporate Center, 13 Coral Way, Central Business Park, Pasay City Tel. No.: (632) 807-9999 Fax No.: (632) 807-9999 local 737 & 842 E-mail: info@flyacecorp.com

Website: fly ace corporation

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/FlyAceCorporation

Uratex: http://www.uratex.com.ph/

Solane: http://www.solane.com.ph/

Fujidenzo : http://www.exatech.com.ph/fujidenzo

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