Big Winners at the 73rd Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Festival

Big winners at the individual orchid competition at the 73rd Mid-Year Orchid Festival show by the Philippine Orchid Society at the Flower Garden ( Hardin ng mga Bulaklak) within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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Most of the Vanda sanderiana orchids at the orchid exhibit were from Dr. Olivia Sanchez, Mrs. Vangie Go and Purificacion Orchids.

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Vanda sanderiana variety alba

The big winners were the orchids competition were exhibited by Dr. Olivia Sanchez, Purificacion orchids, Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee.

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Aside from getting blue ribbon, glass trophy, ceramic vases. Some of the winners also got cash incentives.

List of BIG Winners

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Vanda sanderiana clumps

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1.) Best in Show, Best Vanda sanderiana and Best Cultured Plant

Exhibitor : Dr. Olivia Sanchez

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 2.) Best Dendrobium

Dendrobium jyrdii

 Exhibitor : Panings Garden

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3.) Best Cattleya – (Bc. Binosa x B.nodosa ) Nakompathome Silver

Exhibitor: Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee

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4.) Best Paphiopedilum and Best Foreign Species

Paphiopedilum rothschildianum

Exhibitor : Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

5.) Best Scented Orchid

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Cymbidium chloranthum

Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

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6.) Best Vandaceous Alliance

Vanda Kasem’s x Vanda Chindavat

Exhibitor : Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

7.) Best Other Genera

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Pholidota imbricata

Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

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8.) Best Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis Little Gem Stripes

Exhibitor: Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

9.) Best Philippine Species

Pomotocalpa kunstleri

Exhibitor : Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental

10.) Best Oncidium Alliance

Oncidium Jungle Monarch

Exhibitor: EnR Orchids

11.) Best Philippine Hybrid

Rhyncattianthe UPCM 1975 Ruby Anniversary

Exhibitor : Dr. Ray Lo

Note: The Orchid festival will run until September 9, 2019 MONDAY – Entrance fees is Php 30 for the general public and Php 20 for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

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Special Guest Mayor Joy Belmonte at 73rd Mid-Year Orchid Show

Honorable Josefina “Joy” Belmonte -Alimurung together with Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza (councilor 6th district), Assistant administrator Attorney Lord, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Quezon Memorial Circle administration staff, affiliated plant societies, invited guests, media, social media bloggers and Philippine Orchid Society members, were treated to a grand ribbon cutting, a tour of the exhibit area and opening of the 73rd mid- year orchid and festival 2019.

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Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa shakes hand with Mayor Joy Belmonte ( photo courtesy of Quezon City press corp)

73rd Mid -Year Philippine Orchid Festival 2019

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l-r Mr. Norberto Bautista, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza and Mrs. Susan Lee ( photo courtesy of Hon. Candy Medina -Atienza)

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blooming phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids were given to the guests of honor

Opening was held late afternoon past 4:00 pm within Hardin ng Bulaklak ( HB/ Flower Garden) the exhibits highlighted the blooming of several varieties of waling-waling  or Vanda/ Euanthe sanderiana which is the highlight of the festival.

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several varieties of Waling- waling on display at the show

Vanda Sanderiana

 Vanda sanderiana / Euanthe sanderiana locally known as Waling-waling

It is good that there were some blooming Waling-waling during this time of the year since rainy season started a little bit late.

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table judging of Cymbidium chloranthum and cattleya hybrids

It is also good that table judging for flowering orchids were introduce during this show. This will enable orchid hobbyists and the general public to appreciate the orchid competition winners up close. Most international orchid shows normally present their orchids that way.

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strap leaf vandas with red and white ribbon can trace their parentage to Vanda sanderiana and Vanda coerulea.

The mayor also delighted the crowd with her three good news which were delivered during her speech after the ribbon cutting ceremonies held within Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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carnivorous plants for sale at the commercial stall ( photo courtesy of Dr. Tan)

Commercial Booths and Daily Activities

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schedule of daily talks

62 commercial booths selling different kinds of plants, carnivorous plants, orchid hybrids, ornamental plants, pots, fertilizers, native orchids, ferns, fruit trees, cacti and succulents, flowering annuals, variegated ornamental plants among others.

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 Pagsolingan’s Garden with Rare & Exotic Plants (courtesy of Dr. Roland Salazar )

Rare and Exotic Plants – Dr. Roland Salazar

Address: 106 Mindanao Avenue Garden Center,Mindanao Avenue , Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City

There will be daily lectures or talks starting today at 2:00 pm at the pavilion area within the exhibition site. Entrance fee is Php 30.00 for the general public, Php 20.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card.

73rd Philippine Orchid Society’s exhibit, lectures and commercial trade fair will run until September 9, 2019 !

Different Color Variation of Waling-Waling at Mr. Jaime Chua’s Farm

Waling-waling is in blooming season this time of the year. Its flowering season usually at the start of the rainy season. July , August up to late September are the  blooming season for this orchid species. Some population can bloom by late October or February in higher elevations are also reported in Davao and Cotabato provinces. Orchid fanciers and collectors would always look for outstanding colors, variations, proliferousness.

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Scientific Name

Vanda sanderiana or Euanthe sanderiana  better known as the Waling-Waling to common people.

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Vanda sanderiana (pale form)

This orchid species was named after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander a noted orchidologist. The orchid is considered to be the “Queen of Philippine flowers” and is worshiped as a goddess by the indigenous Bagobo and Manobo tribes. Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach originally described named this orchid Vanda sanderiana in 1882.

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Legendary Goddess

It has two several forms pink and white, also referred to as alba. It was discovered around August 1880 . The natives called the legendary air-plant waring-waring which Roebelin was told, meant “beautiful goddess.” The Diangans -Bagobo who lived around the foothills o the big mountain had another name for it: Diwatang Madayaw. Literally translated, it meants ” Beautiful lady from heaven.”

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waling-waling pinkish color

This particular orchid species is the highlight of the annual Kadayawan Festival, the upcoming Negros Horticultural Society Show Augsut 28 to September 5, 2017 and the Philippine Orchid Society forthcoming show from September 2 to 16, 2017 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Mr. Jaime Chua is a plant and orchid collectors for many years and he is also a landscaper, plant judge.

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He had about 500 mature Waling-Waling orchids mounted growing on palm tree trunks and on trunks of Anonang trees or scientifically called Cordia dichotoma . His farm boasts of different color variations and sizes.

He had a farm located at Busay , Cebu province. Busay is about 304.01 meters or 997.42 feet elevation , which is still considered as lowland. But the topography and his cultural techniques, fertilization, climate are some of the reasons of his success in growing this particular orchid.

This orchid species does not like a lot of wind movement unlike the typical Vanda species.

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Vanda sanderiana with 9 spikes

Mr. Jaime Chua has been collecting outstanding Waling-Waling specimen orchid which he uses in his breeding program. He had several Waling-Waling crosses which he multiplies through tissue culture. He also breeds other Philippine orchid species.

The latest has 9 flower spikes that were still unopened as of August 19, 2017. Aside from the common form and color of Waling-Waling, Jaime has Waling-Waling with dark pink petals, petals with a tinge of orange, albata and alba.

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Vanda sanderiana variety albata Photo courtesy: Mr. Jaime Chua 

The Philippine Orchid Society which was founded in 1946 also uses the orchid in the logo .

Bibliography and References :

Graphic Magazine 1957

pages 227 to 229 Philippine Orchids, Reg S. Davis and Mona Liza Steiner ,published M & L Licudine Enterprises , 941 Quirino Avenue Don Galo, Paranaque, copyright 1952

pages 30 to 32, Davao Floriculture Journal , copyright 2000

online reference:  http://www.orchidspecies.com/euanthesanderiana.htm

15th Waling-Waling Festival at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod

This year the Orchid and Horticulture Organization of Negros, Inc. will be celebrating the 15th Waling-Waling Festival with a theme “Timeless Beauty: The Allure of the Waling” at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City from August 28 to September 5, 2017. There will be displays of the precious collection of blooming Waling-waling of the members of the org. There will be displays showcasing how orchids can be used in flower arrangements and a photo contest also featuring the Waling-waling. Lectures will be held on orchid propagation and basic orchid fertilization among others.

After the warm summer months, the Habagat brings in the moonsoon to water the parched lands in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. This abundance of rain after months of dryness, triggers as a form of celebration, the blooming of the Queen of Philippine Orchids, the magnificent Vanda sanderiana, more popularly known as the Waling-Waling. During these times, festivals and shows are being held extolling its unique beauty and proclaiming its importance in orchid horticulture through the multitude of hybrids made from it.

All orchid and plant enthusiasts and hobbyists are invited to visit and enjoy this once a year display of the Waling-waling.

PHLPost Releases New Orchid on Stamps

Philippine Postal Corporation released a new set of stamps which features 2 Philippine orchid hybrids and 2 hybrids on its souvenir sheet and 1 endemic Philippine orchid on the common Php 12.00 stamp , Trichoglottis atropurpurea on souvenir sheet – souvenir sheet cost Php 48.00 plus 12% VAT . = Php 53.76 

Orchids is quite popular subject in local philately and there is high demand for stamp collectors , since these orchids species and hybrids cannot be easily grown .

orchid species and hybrids souvenir sheet 

The 2 Philippine orchid species includes Trichoglottis atropurpurea Reichb.f. 1877 which is endemic to the country and Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi Blume & Rchb.f. 1860 which is also found in other Asian countries.

Waling -waling also known as Euanthe sanderiana  or Vanda sanderiana Rchb.f 1882 .  Dendrobium sanderae variety luzonicum is found endemic to Central and Northern Luzon at an altitude of 1,000 meters to over 1,700 meters in elevation.

The two other orchid are hybrids Phalaenopsis Ching Hua and Rhyncholaeliacattelya Hsingying Rouge

Technical Description

DENO & QTY: P48.00—5,000 pcs.
DATE OF ISSUE: September 30, 2016
LAST DAY OF SALE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
SIZE OF STAMPS: (30mm x 40mm)
SHEET COMPOSITION: 4 Designs (Sheetlet of 16)
SIZE OF SOUVENIR SHEET: 12.5cm x 7.5cm
PERFORATION: 12.5 to 14 holes per 20mm
PRINTING PROCESS: Litho- Offset (4 colors)
PAPER: Imported Unwatermarked
PRINTER: Amstar Company, Inc.
GRAPHIC ARTIST: Victorino Z. Serevo

There are 96,000 pieces with 5,000 copies of souvenir sheet . The stamp is available at the main post office.

Please bear in mind that FDC and souvenir sheets had additional 12% VAT aside from the face value

References:

Vanda sanderiana : https://renz15.wordpress.com/tag/vanda-sanderiana/

http://www.orchidspecies.com/phalcoruucervi.htm

http://www.orchidspecies.com/euanthesanderiana.htm

http://www.orchidspecies.com/densanderae.htm

http://www.orchidspecies.com/trichbrachiata.htm

Philippine Postal Corporation : https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/stamp-releases.php