Opening Highlights of the 70th Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Society’s Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( HB -Flower Garden ) , Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City-Philippines

Philippine Orchid Society in partnership with Quezon City government , Quezon City Memorial Circle, Del Monte-Philippines, Villar Foundation , Goodwill Bookstore and members of different plant societies and garden clubs mounted a successful opening at the Hardin ng Bulaklak ( HB or Flower Garden) within Quezon Memorial Circle.

This year’s theme “ Building Bridges Through Orchids” enabling orchid growers to bridge orchid growing with other industries.

Philippine Orchid Society ‘s officers , special guests of honor and members

Among the prominent guests of honor includes Congresswoman Emmeline Aglipay-Villar , Sensei Ryugetsu Nakagawa , Mr. Tatsuo Kitagawa of Japan International Cooperation Agency , Quezon City government and Taiwan Bonsai Society members.

Quezon City Symphonic band

The event started with Quezon City Symphonic band played the national anthem and festive tunes. while ribbon cutting ceremonies started past 4:00PM which the guests of honor also toured the exhibition area and awarding ceremonies were also announced during the opening.

guests and media toured the exhibition area

 

L-R Mrs. Maria Teresa Cancio-Suplico of Goodwill Bookstore and lifetime member of the organization , Ms. Sally Uy Leuenberger of SUL Orchids of Davao and Ms. Evangie ” Vangie ” Go -President of the Philippine Orchid Society 

 

L-R Mrs. Lucy Tan , Mrs. Ellen Vallesteros and Mrs. Susan Lee at the registration area

The afternoon fanfare and opening ended with a fellowship cocktails. From August 26 to 29, there will be a photo contest where 3 amateurs and 3 professional photographers can compete at take photos of the orchids, ornamental plants or exhibits at the show. The winners will be awarded at the ceremony during the Manila Intentional Book Fair 2016   . 

Orchid Landscape Winners

 

Third Prize : Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Anna Ruth Purificacion -Conde

The orchid landscape exhibit of mother and daughter tandem had different orchid hybrids and species from the country . The best Euanthe sanderiana or Waling-waling of the show was owned by the Purificacion Orchids. There are also interesting sculpture using stones and wires which looked-like ants and spiders .

Second Prize: Ms. Evangeline Go

 Sensei Ryugetsu Nakagawa, Ms. Evangeline Go and Congresswoman Emmeline Aglipay-Villar. Her orchid landscape exhibit had Waling-Walings ( Euanthe sanderiana) pink and ordinary forms, Dendrobium , Phalaenopsis , Kagawaras, Mokara hybrids

 

First Place: Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee

The exhibit booth of husband and wife tandem showcased the different Phalaenopsis , Cattleyas, Dendrobiums , strap-leaf Vanda hybrids , ornamental plants,ferns,episcias, begonia  and Kiyapo ( Quiapo ) or water lettuce.

 Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee together with special guests and members

Mr. Lino Aromin from Baguio

The show will be until September 5 with daily lectures starts at past 2:00pm . Entrance fees for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s is at Php 20.00 and Php 30.00 for general admission.

14th Waling-waling Festival

The Negros Occidental Orchid Society ( NOOS) is presenting to the public the 14th Mid-Year Orchid Show. The show which is known as Waling-waling festival will showcase the bloom of the majestic Waling-waling orchid .

The venue will be held at the fountain area Robinson’s Place from August 9 to 17, 2016.

 

 

Rare and Endangered Orchids Shine at the Orchid Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak , ( Flower Garden ) , Quezon Memorial Circle-Quezon City-Philippines

Waling-waling  ( pink form) – Queen of Philippine Orchids owned by Ms. Vangie Go

Best Orchid in SHOW 

Best Vanda sanderiana

The Philippines is rich in biodiversity and is one of the riches in orchid and plants. One of the reason “why” the Philippine Orchid Society conducts their show during this time of the year despite it is rainy is because of the blooming season of the rare and endangered Vanda sanderiana or commonly called Waling-waling . 

Waling-waling which is endemic to Mindanao flowers in their native habitat during this time of the year .  However there were reports that when the waling-walings are brought to a slightly higher elevations ( maybe more than 500 meters above sea level ) flowering can be much earlier. 

Collectors around the world would use Vanda sanderiana as breeding stock and breed them with other Vandaceous orchids from Thailand, Myanmar , Vietnam , Indonesian and Malaysian orchid species. The result is very outstanding colors and shape of their orchid hybrids.

Ms. Vangie Go is one of the big winner in this category , She won 1st prize ( entry number 4043  ) 2nd ( entry number 4041) and 3rd prize (entry number  4046 )

Here are the list Major WINNERS at the Philippine Orchid Society’s 68th Mid-Year Orchid and PET Show:

Blc. Malvarosa Breeze ” Pink “

 Best Cattleya -Exhibited by Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Farm

Dendrobium Lucky Stripe

Best Dendrobium – Exhibited by Dr. Olivia Sanchez

Oncidium MayFair ” Yellow Angel ”

Oncidium MayFair ” Yellow Angel ” is owned by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Ms. Ana Purificacion -Conde, It can grow long spikes and large yellow flowers without the usual pale brown stripes at the center.

close-up view of the flowers ( photo courtesy : Architect Chieo Ongteco )

Best Oncidium Alliance- Exhibited by Mrs. Corazon  Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion -Conde

Grammatophyllum multiflorum

This is a special type of Grammatophyllum multiflorum, according to Mr. Kelvin Neil Manubay ( vice president of the Philippine Orchid Society  )  – It is a 4-N variety which have bigger flowers .  It is called Tetraploids have 4 sets of chromosomes . It usually result in bigger plants, bigger blooms, better color, longer spikes and faster growing .

Best Philippine Species / Best Other Genera / BEST Sympodial Orchid – Exhibited by Mrs. Susan and Manuel Lee

Phalaenopsis Hsing Ying Webber ” Happy ” X Ching Hua Valentine

Best Phalaenopsis – Exhibited by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion – Conde

Trichoglottis atropurpurea

Best Other Genera – Monopodial Orchid – Exhibited by Mrs. Corazon Purificacion and Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion – Conde

Paphiopedilum Maudiae x praestans

Best Paphiopedilum – Exhibited by Atty. Hernando B. Perez – Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Farm

 

Highlights of the 68th Mid-Year Orchid and Pet Show Opening at the Quezon Memorial Circle

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( HB ) , Quezon Memorial Circle,  Quezon City -Philippines

L-R Ms. Vangie Go ( Philippine Orchid Society -President ) , Senator Cynthia A. Villar , Mr. Leandro ” Dax”  Gazmin at the waling -waling landscape exhibit.

It was quite a bit overcast weather when the Philippine Orchid Society welcomed special guests of honor at the 68th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show. This year’s theme is ” The Great Orchid and Pet Show” .  A lot of the members of the society are also into pets and other hobbies . There is something new to be showcase, added a member of the organization which prefers to be anonymous.

waling -waling orchid in full bloom with tag number 4043

 The guests were amazed to see the lovely waling-waling orchid landscape exhibit of Ms. Vangie Go. Her landscape exhibit won second place and her waling-waling won ” Best Waling-waling ” of the show.  She is one of the  well-known orchid growers and hobbyists in the country which specializes in Vanda sanderiana. Unlike other orchid species or hybrids . Waling-waling orchid species is a slow grower , from seed flask to community pots and to blooming size  . It can take between 5 to 8 years for the orchid to bloom. Vanda sanderiana was named after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander by taxonomist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach .

Quezon Cityhall Lancaster Band

There was a long list of special guests which included Mayor Herbert Bautista , Vice Mayor Maria Josefina ” Joy ” Belmonte , former First Lady Amelita ” Ming ” Ramos , ASEC  Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) director Mr. Leandro ” Dax”  Gazmin ,  Chief Executive Officer and President- Del Monte -Philippines Mr. Joselito ”  Butch”  Campos, Senator  Cynthia A. Villar and Mr. Aldrin C. Cuña- Quezon City Administrator . 

guests of honor were toured around the site

The event started past 4:00pm , When the ribbon cutting ceremony had started.  The special guests of honor were accompanied by QC Lancaster Band with members of the Philippine Orchid Society , invited guests and members of other plant societies.

interesting display of ikebana flower arrangement

There are over a dozen entry of the ikebana freestyle flower arrangement .What i noticed is that the participants are using living potted flowering orchids instead of the traditional cut-flowers . According to one of the participant in the competition, the flower shelf-life is longer compared to the cut-flowers.

Architect Bimbo Vergara

Among the top 5 winners is Architect Bimbo Vergara – He won 2 merit award ( BLUE ) First Place and ( RED ) Second Place . He used 2 live succulent plants , a Renanthera matutina a fire orchid species  which is found in Southeast Asian countries.   He completes the freestyle arrangement with a pedestal , tea cup and a standing Buddha to accentuate the design. Congratulations !

 

Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia

Ms. Dhory S. Alvendia is the President of the Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines . She had competed in numerous flower arrangement competitions locally and abroad.  Her entry is a pink unifoliate cattleya orchid .

Tillandsia xerographica

Tillandsia xerographica used to be rare both in cultivation and in the wild . But due to the help of different backyard hobbyists , farms and conservation efforts in their native Central and South America.  It is more abundant in cultivation .  The species is still threatened in the wild,  due to habitat destruction , over -collecting and insect infestation. The species is still listed in CITES .

CITES: http://cites.org/common/com/pc/14/X-PC14-08-Inf.pdf

santan bonsai

Santan is called Ixora , The flowering shrub has many uses and health benefits that include the extracting the barks , roots and even flowers .  Boiled ixora roots and stems can cure diarrhea, nausea, cough, asthma, wounds , sores and sometimes santan tea is made from dried flowers. The compact flowers are also used into leis making . 

Ms. Vangie Go is one of the big winners of the show

Some bonsai enthusiasts use santan shrub as a material for making bonsai. Santan can be very compact and their young stems can be trained and shaped into topiaries and are planted near temples. 

potted flowering orchids

flowering orchid hybrids and waling-walings were given as a token to the invited guests

L-R ASEC Hon. Leandro Gazmin, Atty . Rudy Sanidad, Mr. Jun Golamco and Mr. Kelvin Neil Manubay

A short program commenced after the short tour of the exhibition site , awards were given to the winners and small token of appreciation were given to the guests of honor .  A light afternoon snacks was served by resident caterer Ms. Baby De Leon.

bonsai exhibit

Professor Juan T. Lim is a bonsai and antique collector for several years, He is also active in many plants and animal clubs.  He had one of the most massive exhibit which delighted every visitors of the show.

Agoho bonsai or Casuarina equisetifolia

His prized winning Agoho bonsai or ( Casuarina equisetifolia) is at least 20 years -old . The tree species is found from Vietnam, Burma, Indo-China, French Polynesia , New Caledonia , Vanuatu , Australia and the Philippines

Professor Juan T. Lim

After the opening ceremonies, We were able to interviewed Mr. Lim and told him about his impressive bonsai .  He was very happy to win the award ” BEST Bonsai ” of the show . 

We all went to the commercial section and did some window shopping , Some extended their opening hours past 7:00pm to accommodate last minute buyers . I will be posting the list of the winners in landscaping competition , ikebana flower arrangement, ornamental plants, orchids and the BEST in SHOW Winners

The orchid show will run until September 8, 2014 . There will be a special 2-day PET SHOW -September 6 and 7 were different kinds of pets will be exhibited and there will be a pet competition and lecture scheduled on September 7, 2014 by Ms. Tiffany Cham.

 

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