Today is the official opening of the Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show of the Philippine Orchid Society. I am encouraging everyone to visit the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak (translated: Flower Garden) of the Quezon Memorial Circle anytime today, August 30 until September 9.
There are landscape displays and showpiece arrangements to feast your eyes on. Winners of the various show awards had not yet been announced yesterday so to whet your appetite, here are some of the orchids that caught my eye.
I was lucky enough to be among the first batch of guests to see the display. In fact I was there during the judging. Thanks to Rence Chan of the Philippine Orchid Society for inviting me. It is aways a pleasure for me to cover this event. Rence was my tour guide par excellance. He's bubbly personality and his immense knowledge of orchids made the tour all the more interesting. I consider Rence as my personal walking orchid wikipedia.
Of course I didn't go home empty handed. I made a few purchases and all native orchids at that. I'm beginning to be fascinated by small and ugly native species that rarely bloom. I don't know why. Maybe I'll find out the answer soon but that's going to be another post.