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Los Baños Horticulture Show 2017

Los Baños Horticulture Society will be having their annual show at the Senior Social Hall within University of the Philippines Los  Baños campus in Laguna.

The show will be held from April 21 until May 1, 2017 . The plant that will be featured are flowering plants and orchids.

This year’s theme is ” There’s Gold in Recycling ” The show is from 8:00am to 6:00pm. There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 20 for the general public and Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s.

 

 

A Visit to the Ancestral House of Senator Juan R.Liwag of Gapan

Gapan City , Nueva Ecija province -Philippines

Senator Juan R. Liwag was born on June 12, 1906 to  Mr. Diego Liwag and Ms. Isabel Ramos, Juan Liwag finished his elementary schooling as valedictorian at the Gapan Intermediate School. Pin Gapan, Nueva, Ecija. He finished his high school and liberal arts at the University of the Philippines. He completed his law course in the same university as class valedictorian and copped second place in the 1932 bar examination.

family portrait and intricate lattice works on wood 

He started his government service in 1945 as prosecutor in the department of justice. Mr. Liwag was named Judge-at-Large of the Court of First Instance four years later. In 1950, He was appointed District Judge for Albay and Catanduanes part of Bicol provinces. He married Ms. Consuelo Joson with whom he had four children.

Senator Juan R. Liwag photos and memorabilias

In 1952, he was appointed Solicitor- General, a position he held until 1954. In 1961, he was appointed Undersecretary of Justice. He became Secretary of Justice on May 19 of the same year. He was elected Senator in 1963 and served up to 1969.

The interior of the house is furnish with hardwood furniture and fixtures 

There is also a mini-library located at the ground floor . The ceiling is made from pinukpuk , iron sheet ceiling which is among the prominent features of the house . The ceiling is painted white.

collection of spoons from different parts of the world

staircase going to the second floor

Prior to his election in the Senate, Liwag served in various capacities in the executive and judicial branches of the government. He was also one of the most outstanding senator during his time.

art deco -style architecture 

The house had a nice large garden , similar to those found in old houses with large sprawling trees , manicured lawn , orchids , plants , some dogs and gooses. There is also a grand staircase with initial DL – This was probably from initials of his father . The house was built around mid-1920’s.

Architect Amie Singcuenco-Balatbat admires the large specimen sized-Cymbidium finlaysonianum and Aerides quinquivulnera naturalized on a coconut palm

Lakbay Lakad Pamana together with Mr. Ramon Valmonte ( local historian , professor , heritage advocate ) and a couple of guests were able to tour inside the house of the senator .

The house is private, hence a prior permission must be secure for those who wanted to visit .

Note : photos are taken by the author with permission .

For those interested in joining the tour , Call Or Text 0923 346 7575
Email: lakad_pamana@yahoo.com.ph

Gapan Culinary and Heritage Tour FB

References:

(Valenzuela, Rodrigo: “Know Them – A Book of Biographies; p. 102-103, 1966.)

Profile :Office of the Solicitor General

Senate : Senator Juan R. Liwag

Mr. Ramon Valmonte : http://monvalmonte.com/liwag/

Philippine Hibiscus Hybrids Featured on Stamps by PHLPOST Authorities

Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila, Philippines

Philippine hibiscus sheetlet

Philippine Postal Corporation issued a series of Philippine hibiscus ( gumamela) which were developed by plant horticulturists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna province.

First Day Cover with Blocks of Four:

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis – ‘Goria’.     Has medium flowers, regular single, deep rose petals with white eye zone and prominent white vein markings. Plants are bushy, medium height, and a good bloomer.     This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.     Suitable for growing indoors and in containers.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis – ‘Nay Isa’. Has medium to large flowers, fully overlapped single, brilliant yellow petals with splashes of orange on the eye and zone. Plants are tall, bushy with upright habit, and prolific bloomer.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis – ‘Tandang Sora’.     Has a single medium regular flower, and creamy white petals with prominent red eye zone. Plants are very prolific bloomer, upright with average height.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis – ‘Nazaria’. Has medium flowers, cartwheel overlapped single, cerise pink petals with deep red eye zone. Plants are bushy with medium height, and good bloomer.

 Souvenir Sheet:

First Day Cover -Philippine Hibiscus souvenir sheet

Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Emerita V. De Guzman”.     Named after Dr. Emerita V. de Guzman, Filipino scientist who researched the propagation of pure makapuno trees. In particular, she studied the growth and development, in vitro, of the makapuno coconut embryo. Emerita De Guzman research led to the faster propagation of pure macapuno trees and increased makapuno nut production from 3-5 makapuno nuts to 14-19 nuts. Emerita De Guzman also invented tissue culture techniques for the rapid propagation of abaca and banana plants.

Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Helen L. Valmayor”.     Named after Helen L. Villamayor, Philippine Orchids propagator and author of several books on Philippine orchids.     Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Helen Valmayor’ has bright orange petals with yellow edging and pronounced red eye zone. Flowers are medium to large, single, and have overlapped blooms that bloom for two days. Plants have good blooming habit and upright with leggy bush habit. It is part of the UPLB Millennium Hibiscus Hybrids Series.

Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Gelia T. Castillo”. Named after Gelia T. Castillo, noted for being an outstanding Filipino rural sociologist. Dr. Castillo is a figure recognized internationally for her contributions as a social scientist. Her publications are major and definitive works on Philippine agricultural and rural development. Dr. Castillo and was elected as Academician in 1983, and was later conferred as National Scientist in 1999.

Hibiscus rosa – sinensis  ” Dolores A. Ramirez”.     Named after Dolores A. Ramirez, a Filipino national scientist known for her research in biochemical genetics and cytogenetics of plants. After her doctorate Dolores went back to University of Philippines as a professor and researcher. She focused on the cytogenetics of various important Philippine crops, including rice, coconut, banana, sugarcane, ornamentals, legumes, fruits like durian, lanzones, santol and balimbing.  In 1976 she received the Gregorio Y. Zara award in basic research. In 1981 she was the recipient of a Rizal Pro-Patria award for outstanding achievement in biochemical genetics, and in 1985, a UP Professorial Achievement award in agriculture. She was conferred as a National Scientist in 1997.

Technical Description of the STAMPS

Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (30,000)

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Gloria”

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Nay – isa”

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Tandang Sora”

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Nazaria”

 Miniature Sheets of 16   (7,500)

 40p Souvenir Sheets 4  (5,000)

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Emerita V. De Guzman”

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Helen L. Valmayor”

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis “Gelia T. Castillo”

10p  Hibiscus rosa – sinensis  ” Dolores A. Ramirez”

 Layout Artist:  Rodine Teodoro

 Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Stamp size : 30x 40mm

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of  16;  Souvenir Sheets of 4 First Day Cover

Designs:  The design of the stamps came from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) Hibiscus Hybrid “Centennial Series”, dedicated to Filipino women who unselfishly served the cause of the Philippine revolution during the Spanish and American regimes, hence named after them.

10thIblog.ph: A Decade of Blogging and its Future

Malcolm Theater, College of Law , University of the Philippines, Diliman , Quezon City- Philippines

poster of the event

The big tarpaulin poster was posted in front of the College of Law building  .

   Vibal Publishing

Vibal Publishing (https://www.facebook.com/vibalgroup) is one of the  sponsors  at  the #Iblog10 or the 10th Philippine Blogging Summit.

While new, the works of Vibal Publishing has been praised. Here’s one example from Ms Carolyn Ong.

Vibe Bookstore was launched in 2011 which is the first Philippine e-bookstore designed with the needs of Philippine readers and publishers in mind.

For wholesale book transactions, please contact your Vibe account executive at 988-58-00 local 359 , mobile (0917-5049397)

Published materials can be bought in their  online bookstore www.vibebookstore.com

GMA channel 7

GMA Kapuso channel 7 is one of the media sponsors of the blogging summit

GMA News: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMANetwork

Mr. Neil Gregori Garen- Social Media Associate

Villar FoundationThe foundation takes an active part in different social advocates from environmental waste segregation to teaching people on how to be an entrepreneur

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

Sky Cable

Sky Cable is one of the largest cable operator in the country

Website:http://www.mysky.com.ph/

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company ( PLDT)

Website: http://www.pldt.com/

Secretariat

The registration went on smoothly and i have met a lot of new bloggers and first time attendees.

Mr. Carlo Ople

He have some tips on as  bloggers as a new media personalities

Mr. Carlo Ople and Ms. Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Mr. Azrael Coladilla

Mr. Azrael Coladilla is one of the organizer of Toy Convention which attracts thousands of people to the event.

Website: http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/popazrael

Mr. Ginoe Que Gavan of Takpo.ph

He is a runner enthusiast and the founder of Takbo.Ph a community of runners from all over the country and the world.

Website: http://www.takbo.ph/

Mr. Azrael Coladilla, Mr. Vince Golangco and Mr. Ginoe Gavan recived their token of appreciation

I have asked about some unique blogs that they have posted or encountered , Mr. Vince Golangco said that there was a Japanese or Korean lady that have a video blog and what she do is just eat food that were given to her by the advertiser.  Mr. Azrael Coladilla told us about ” The Transit of Venus” are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena and occur in pairs, eight years apart, which are themselves separated by more than a century. Mr. Ginoe Gavan said the rise of the barefoot runners topics which led to some athletic shoes that were made for these type of runners.

Mr. Vince Golangco- of When in Manila.com

Mr. Vince Golangco gave  two interesting tips : 1.) Start Writing  Tip 2 .to 10.  Keep Writing

Website: http://www.wheninmanila.com/

L-R Mr. Fitz Villafuerte, Engr. Grace Nicolas-Bondad, Mr. Jonel Uy and Atty. JJ Disni

L-R Mr. Brad Geiser , Mr. Mannix Borromeo Pabalan, Mr. Jeoff  Solas

Mr. Tonyo Cruz , Atty. Francis Acero and Atty. JJ Disini

group photo

 The organizers raffled-off  souvenir t-shirts  and photo opportunity with all the participants  of the event.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iblog.philippine.blogging.summit

Los Baños Horticulture 2014 Annual Show

featured plant in beautiful containers ( photo courtesy: Dr. Ben Vergara)

Flores de Mayo” is the theme of the flower and garden show in Los Baños this coming April 25 to May 4, 2014. Flowering annuals and shrubs will be highlighted. 


Kalanchoe blossfeldiana -peach colored

New in the Philippine market are several new cultivars of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana.

red form

They will be for sale at the garden show. The latest cultivars in the market are the multi-petalled types with flowers lasting for two to three months on the plant.

white and multi-petal form

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is an evergreen, succulent and herbaeceous perennial.

yellow-form

There are about 120 Kalanchoe species all over the world most of them are native to Madagascar.

Orchids will take center stage since the Los Baños Horticulture Society is honoring the most successful entrepreneur in our group – Ms. Lita Ibarra. Her Gintong Talulot garden has specialized in orchids – Vandas and Dendrobiums.

The same cultivar was featured in the recent Hong Kong Flower Show

Website: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/green/hkfs/2014/en/index.php

Philippine Transit APP Challenge Night!

The Philippine Transit App Challenge, launched by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) alongside the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Cebu City Government in early July this year, netted seventeen (17) entries from which the 10 finalists were chosen.
Ten (10) pre-selected finalists for the country’s first national transport app development competition will present and demonstrate their apps during the hack-at-home event’s awarding ceremony later  14 October 2013, at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City.


These apps focus on empowering commuters to choose the fastest, cheapest, or most convenient commuting options in Metro Manila based on DOTC’s Philippine Transit Information Service (PTIS) database. Some of them target specific market segments, such as tourists who are exploring the city.

They include apps that allow searching for points-of-interest in the user’s vicinity, a guide for going around and exploring Manila by train, one that allows passengers to give a tip to well-behaving jeepney and other public utility drivers through a text message, apps that provide route suggestions via SMS, and a few that combine the transit data with crowd-sourced traffic information for more intelligent trip-planning.

The competition is in line with the transport agency’s push for open data, which entails releasing government information to the public for better transparency, promoting innovation through the use of information technology, and enhancing the delivery of government services.

“This open data initiative has allowed all these developers to create apps which we hope will make commuting in Metro Manila more convenient for many people,” said DOTC Spokesperson  Mr.Migs Sagcal.

The Philippine Transit App Challenge Culminating Night will be held at the GT-Toyota Auditorium at the Asia Learning Center in UP Diliman. Registration starts at 4:30pm. It is made possible by the World Bank and AusAid. For more information, please visit the competition’s official website, http://philippine-transit.hackathome.com/.

Los Baños Horticutural Society show-Romance in the Garden

 Senior Social Hall, University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna -Philippines

Senior Social Hall

The Los Baños Horticutural Society in partnership with the University of the Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry– Laguna, PCARRD-DOST opened the  biggest garden and horticultural event south of Metro Manila on October 9, 2013.

Dr. Leopoldo Santiago ( UP Class 1951) address the crowd

The event started at about 4:00pm with ribbon cutting ceremony, and a tribute by the organizers  to Dr. Ben Vergara.  There is also a message given by Dr. Helen Valmayor – member and board of trustees, Message from friends led by Dr. Bart LapusMama Sita Foundation and Dr. Leopoldo Santiago ( UP Class 1951).

Doxology was led by the Church among the Palms and Students from the  Los Baños Community National High School.

The bi-annual show ,( one held during March or April )  then ( October ) attracts thousands of plant enthusiasts from Laguna  and  parts of the southern Luzon , Horticultural Societies ,  UPLB alumni and students  .

awarding of Certificate of Appreciation led by Ms. Virgina M Lasap, Ms. Marina Catipon , Dr. Ben Vergara and Mr. Vicente M. Chin Jr.

The show will also coincide with the University of the Philippines ” Loyalty Day ” where alumni from all walks of life visit the university campus. Featured Plants on display will be the different kinds of Ti-Plants and Orchids .

center exhibit was executed by Exotica, Gintung Talulot and Mr. Vicente M. Chin Jr.

The center exhibit  was executed by Gintong Talulot’s of Ms. Lita Ibarra and National Scientist- Dr. Ben Vergara. This year’s theme for the show is ‘Romance in the Garden‘.  The  themes  change constantly to challenge  to the members to create meaningful exhibits and trends.

Ms. Irene Marcos-Araneta 

She was among the several VIP’ s that was invited to the show. I am also surprise that she loves plants and gardening . I saw that she bought several ornamental plants  at the show site.

Ti- Plant cultivar name ” Cameroon”

Oncidium Sweet Sugar

The recent trend for florists and flower arrangement experts is to use live flowering orchids and potted flowering plants as a flower display in homes and center pieces. Aside from longer floral shelf- life, Having a living plant inside your homes or offices will help purify the quality of indoor air.

Oncidium Grower Ramsey

More popularly called ” Dancing Ladies” , ” Dancing Dolls “,  These yellow -colored orchids are now making a big come-back, not just for the cut-flowers or planted in gardens but in the LIVE Flower Arrangement displays.

Best Collection of Foliage Plants

LBHS  also feature our own plants from our small growers as well as imported plants from members who specialize in importing plants. we also have participants from DTI who will sell native products and delicacies.

Dr. Ben Vergara , Ms. Adoracion S. Bernabe and Mr. Fernando Aurigue Jr.

 ” Ti Plants ”  in the Philippines was also launched  during the opening ceremony. The handbook cost Php 150 each and is available at the office of LBHS, EXOTICA , Philippine Horticultural Society office in Quezon City.

late afternoon snacks were served to all the invited guest, I just forgot to get the business card of the caterer. Anyway – This is a horticultural show ! We were also given some banana chips courtesy of Mama Sita Foundation.

Here is also a special lecture with Speaker Mr. Ken Love ( Executive Director – Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers)  on October 19, 2013 .  His Topic: Culinary Uses of  Tropical Fruits  at 10:00am , So do not miss this chance !

Major Winners of the Horticultural Show

BEST Dendrobium-  Dendrobium Popeye

Exhibited by Ms. Lita Ibarra

Website: http://www.thaiorchids.com/Dendrobium-Orchids-Wholesale/Dendrobium-B/S-Wholesale/Den-Popeye-Blooming-Size::283.html

Third Place: LC Little Irene ” Malvarosa”

Second Place: BC. Malvarosa Sunset

First Place: BC. Chia Lin

Best Fern : Blechnum gibbun

Website link: http://www.forestferns.co.uk/tree-ferns/blechnum/blechnum-gibbum

BEST in Show : Ben’s Magic ” andrea” – Ti Plant

Best Cactus and Succulent : Euphorbia sp.

variegated bamboo

Showcase Landscape Exhibit WINNERS

Second Place – Showcase Landscape Exhibit – Mr. Rey Catipon

First Place- Showcase Landscape Exhibit- Ms. Fe Venenoso

Regular Landscape Exhibit WINNERS

Third Place – Booth Construction and  Booth Composition by Mr. Tony Pajaro

Exhibit of Mr. Tony Pajaro

Second Place –  Booth Construction by Mr. Vicente M. Chin Jr.

The colorful orchid flower paintings on the exhibit was done by  Ira Adlawan  writer for Naglalayag  ( Silent Passage) film in 2004.

First Place: Malvarosa Orchids

Malvarosa exhibit won 3 awards-  1st Place ” Best Booth Construction ” ,  1st Place Booth Composition and Most Outstanding Booth.

I would like to ” Thank” Dr. Ben Vergara , Mr. Ray Catipon , Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. and the officers of LBHS for the warm accommodation during the event! Until the Next Show in 2014!

The show will be until October 20, 2013 !