Magic of the Night

Get ready to be dazzled by the spectacular lights and sights of the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 2012 ‘Magic of the Night’, happening at the Putrajaya Lake Waterfront, Precinct 2, Putrajaya from 30 June to 8 July 2012. 

Terengganu Float - 2011 Overall Best BoatFor 9 consecutive nights visitors to Putrajaya will be captivated by remarkable and stunning display of lighted boats cruising for 3km along the Putrajaya lake from 8.30pm to 10.30pm nightly. This year’s flotilla will comprise 15 boats representing various Malaysian states and organizations, including 2 international floats from China and Kenya.

Image of the Night Floral Parade 2011

Organized by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 2012 ‘Magic of the Night’ is held in conjunction with the Floria Putrajaya 2012, an annual floral exhibition organized by Perbadanan Putrajaya since 2007. This year’s Floria Putrajaya is themed “Bougainvillea-Enduring Beauty”.


For further information, please visit 

Tourism Malaysisa and Putrajaya Floria 2012 

Save the Date - Horti Asia 2012

Long-time readers of my blog might remember when I went on a buying spree in Thailand's Chatuchak Plant Market.  Even before leaving Bangkok, I swore I would go back.  

Now here is a perfectly good reason to go plant chasing in Bangkok again.  Thailand is gearing up to host . . .

Horti ASIA 2012, poised to become the most massive horticulture trade show in ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations), will present a platform to the entire horticulture and food sector - from producers to retailers - to come together and do business.

Horti ASIA 2012 aims to support the current fast growing horticulture and floriculture industries in the South East Asia region and act as a platform to share new innovations and trading necessary technologies in order to improve the horticultural industry.

In addition, Horti ASIA 2012 will be a center stage to exhibit His Majesty The King's agricultural initiative projects to celebrate his 84th birthday.

The event will be held at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Thailand. 

For more information, visit the official website:  Horti ASIA.

Green Living with Orchids

The Philippine Orchid Society, Inc. is hosting its 65th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show at the Quezon Memorial Circle on August 25 to September 5, 2011.

Entrance fee:

PHP 25.00 (~USD 0.60) for  the general public.

PHP 20.00 (~USD 0.50) for students and senior citizens with valid ID's.

The following lectures are scheduled throughout the course of the show and all start at 2pm unless otherwise indicated:

Aug 26 Growing Monopodial Orchids by Mr. C.V. Lazaro
Aug 27 Bonsai Growing by Mr. Modesto Manglicmot
Aug 28 Developing New Hybrid using Philippine Species by Mr. Jun Golamco
Aug 29 Growing Unusual Native Plants by Mr. Anthony Arbias
Aug 30 Marketing Plants Thru the Internet and eBay by Mr. Jose "Tata" Montilla
Aug 31 Philippine Orchid Species by Ms. Ana Ruth Conde
Sept 1 Flower Arrangment by Mr. Antonio Padilla
Sept 2 Plant Nutrition by Allied Botanical Corporation
Sept 3 Growing Cattleyas for Fun and Profit II by Ms. Vangie Go
Sept 4 Indoor Gardening by Mr. Serapion Metilla
Sept 5 2pm Understanding Orchids in their Native Habitat by Mr. Wally Suarez
Sept 5 3pm Start Your Own Flower Garden by East West Seed Company


I hope to see you there especially during the long weekend. 

For my post on the Philippine Orchid Society Show earlier this year, click on this link.

Fiesta sa Laguna

(trans:  Fiesta in Laguna)


  • "Fiesta sa Laguna" garden show



  • Seniors Social Garden, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna


  • April 29 to May 8, 2011


Featuring landscape booths by Gintong Talulot, Tony Pajaro, CV Lazaro, Mable Chua, Exotica Garden, VS Orchids and Robel Garden.  

The East-West seed company will also be showcasing its new line of flower varieties such the celosia, marigold, pentas, petunia, zinniak, and vinca plants.  

The other half of the central hall will showcase the Horticulture Cluster of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB).



Paul T. Isley III in Manila

Paul T. Isley IIIWell respected and highly regarded Tillandsia expert Mr. Paul T. Isley III of Rainforest Flora, Inc. is coming to Manila!

Paul Isley was introduced to tillandsias while a student at UCLA in the 1960's. He was fascinated by these incredibly unique looking plants that grew with no soil. A few years after he graduated from UCLA from with a degree in Economics, he and a friend traveled through Mexico and Guatemala collecting some plants. Paul flew back up to Los Angeles from Guatemala City in the summer of 1974 and a few months later he began gluing them onto pieces of grapewood and offering them at swap meets and arts and crafts fairs.

- from the Rainforest Flora, Inc. website


Mr. Isley published his first book "Tillandsia" in 1987.  

This comprehensive book on "air plants" details botanical, cultural and historical information about Tillandsias.

It has over 350 photographs and illustrations which beautifully complement the wealth of information Mr. Isley provides.  He discusses plant care in general then delves into the details of over 50 species.  There are also chapters on history, botanical nomenclature, pronunciation, taxonomy, evolution and biology.

Personally, this my go-to book for any air-plant related concerns.  The pages are well thumbed-through and I find that I refer to the book more often than any of my other botanical books.

When you read a book that much and said book has a sequel, then it is only natural to want to have that sequel as well.  In fact, if you check the book section on the right side bar of my home page the sequel is listed as topping my list of must-haves.

Book price, P6,000.00. Available starting April 17, 2011.

It is with great pleasure, therefore, for me to announce that Mr. Isley will be in Manila to give a lecture on Tillandsias and to launch his second book, Tillandsia II (of course).  

Longer than the its predecessor, this book is now considered the most comprehensive book ever written on Tillandsias.

Definitely a must-have for Tillandsia collectors!

Definitely a must-have for ME!!!




To reserve a copy of of the book, send an email to Rex Puentespina.


List of Winners

Philippine Orchid Society's 65th Annual Orchid & Garden Show

Best in Show:  Trichoglottis lattisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Cattleya:  BLC. Mahina Yahiro by Malvarosa Orchids and Nani Perez

Best Dendrobium:  Dendrobium smilliae by Purificacion Orchids

Best Oncidium:  Flying High 'Stars & Stripes' by Purificacion Orchids

Best Paphiopedilum:  Paphiopedilum haynaldianum by Purificacion Orchids

Best Phalaenopsis:  Phalaenopsis amabilis 'variegated' by Purificacion Orchids

Best Vandaceous Alliance:  V. Pimsai x V. Pakchong (New Long) by SUL Orchids

Best Philippine Species:  Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Philippine Hybrid:  BLC Rolly Perez by Malvarosa Orchids and Nani Perez

Best Foreign Species:  Dendrobium smilliae by Purificacion Orchids

Best Cultured Plant:  Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay

Best Other Genera - Sympodial Orchids:  Gram. multiflorum by Purificacion Orchids

Best Other Genera - Monopodial Orchids:  Trichoglottis latisepala by Kelvin Neil B. Manubay


Ornamental Booth Exhibit:

1st place - Mody Manglicmot
2nd place - Constel Natures Garden
3rd place - Mett's Plant Art Shop


Orchid Exhibit Booth:

1st place - Purificacion Orchids
2nd place - Mary Wann Wu
3rd place - Purificacion Orchids & Ornamentals


Floral Arrangement:

1st place - Egay Littaua
2nd place - Ella Gutierrez
3rd place - Florence Ojeda


Green Living with Orchids


What:  65th Annual Orchid Show of the Philippine Orchid Society

Where:  Quezon Memorial Circle

When:  February 25 to March 7, 2011



February 25 - Growing Vancdaceous Orchid by CV Lazaro

February 26 - Starting an Orchid & Plant Business by Sally Leuenberger

February 27 - Growing Cattleyas for Fun & Profit by Vangie Go

February 28 - An Introduction to Orchid Species by Anna Ruth P. Conde

March 1 - Introduction to Orchid Hybrids by Jun Golamco

March 2 - Noteworthy Native Plants for the Garden by Anthony Arbias

March 3 - Bonsai Growing by Modesto Manglicmot

March 4 - Urban Gardening & Fertilizaion by Allied Botanical Corp.

March 5 - The Art of Dish Gardening by Serapion Metilla

March 6 - Flowering Arranging for all Occasions by Tony Padilla

March 7

- An Overview of the Philippine Wildlife Act by Norberto Bautista

- Start Your Own Flower Garden by East West Seed Company


For more details about the orchid show please call 929-4425 / 906-5036 or text 0917-848-5468