THE months of August and September are the blooming season of the world famous waling-waling. Scientifically known as Vanda sanderiana, the waling-waling is renowned worldwide as the ‘Queen of all Orchids’ because it has greatly influenced the breeding of modern day orchids that are very popular in the orchid cut-flower and potted orchid trade. It is a Philippine endemic species that is responsible for giving the large saucer size blooms to its off springs. And, because of this very desirable trait, the waling-waling has been heavily gathered from the wild and is now considered critically threatened.
Fortunately the Philippine Orchid Society (POS), through the participation of its members, has undergone efforts in conserving and propagating this endangered orchid that many still exist to this day.
In celebration of its 69th anniversary this coming August 28 to September 7, the POS will be showing off the lovely blooms of the ”Queen of all Orchids” in its mid-year orchid and garden show dubbed as “Enriching Lives and Building Opportunities Through Orchids.”
This show, which is being held in cooperation with the Quezon City Government will be held at the Flower Garden of the Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical road in Quezon City. Together with the sought after waling-waling, the show will feature the best orchid collections of the country’s best orchid growers set in exquisite landscapes. Daily lectures on orchid and plant culture will be held daily for free and a plant bazaar selling orchids, ornamentals, bonsai, fertilizers, pots and many more at farm gate prices will be on site.
There will be a free daily lecture at 2pm, with topics as follows: August 28, Growing orchids in your garden by Andres Golamco, Jr. ; August 29, Flower arrangement for all occasions with Floral Designers’ Circle; August 30, vandaceous orchids species by Wally Suarez; August 31, basics in landscaping by Jimmy Floro; September 1, edible ornamental
vegetables by Ponchit Ponce-Enrile; September 2 , cactus and succulent propagation by Lino Rom; September 3, hoyas as companion crop of orchids by Fernando “Nanding” Aurigue; September 4, the importance of a good substrate by Allied Botanical Corp.; Septmeber 5, growing orchids for fun and profit by Evangeline B. Go; September 6, the exotic species and hybrids of the cattleya alliance by Atty. Hernando Perez; September 7, controlling plant pest and diseases during rainy season by Norberto Bautista.
Show entrance is P50.00 and p40.00 for students and senior citizens with freebies and it opens from 8 am to 6 pm daily.
For more information you may call the POS Secretariat at mobile numbers 957-3524 or 0917-8485468 (Look for Jenny F. Rivera or Jiffy A. Alegre) or visit our facebook firstname.lastname@example.org.