Category: Flowers

Trivia about Valentine’s Day

According to church tradition, St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 AD. At the time the Roman Emperor Claudius II issued an edict forbidding marriage. When Claudius II became the emperor, he thought that he can make good soldiers. So, to assure good soldiers, he banned marriage.

St. Valentine saw the trauma of young lovers, so he met them in a secret place and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned this and arrested Valentine and executed him on February 24, 270.


Trivia about the great achievers in Philippine Art

The range of subjects in Philippine contemporary painting can be as wide and varied as the artist's imagination. Even scenes that appear "typical" may be re-interpreted and given new treatment. How often have we encountered landscape paintings with churches, or images of jeepney's, women in groups. or sidewalk vendors? And yet.

Trivia about the Baguio city

In 1900, when the Americans first came  to baguio, it was the only "rancheria," whose dominant feature was a large, low-lying area Kafagway. There were only a few houses and no roads. During the dry season it was a pasture for cattle and horses, but much of the year, it was marshland with a shallow lake where residents hunted for ducks and snipes. Kafagway roughly covered the same area as the present city of Baguio.


Trivia about the Native Orchids

Liparis latifolia

The pseudobulbs of Lrparis latifolia are very close together, somewhat flattened, and up to 9 cm long. The leaves are leathery, acute, about 24 cm long and 5 cm wide The inflorescence is terminal, upright, slightly longer than the leaves, many flowered. The flowers are small in size, brick red, some with a greenish tint, sepals and petals pointing downward. The lip is recurved through '1 80", with a darker color, bilobed; its margin is erose. The pollinarium has four pollinia.


Trivia about the Mother and Child paintings for Pasko 2008


The Madonna and Child as subject of art is definitely Christian in origin and symbol. It fascinated artists for centuries and were made as icons for worship in Christian churches.

In the Philippines, artists have made countless renditions of mother and child from classical to modern art. These paintings reflect the human view of the relationship between the mother and the child. The love the mother gives to her child is made of deep devotion, sacrifice and pain. It is enduring and endless that nothing can destroy it or take that love away.


Trivia about the Philippine – Korea Diplomatic Relations

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Philippines bilateral relations with Korea. Korea is one of the Philippines' largest trading partners. The mutual understanding of Philippines and Korea is shown when the Armed Forces of the Philippines helped fight Korea and its allies during the Korean War better known as Philippine Expedition Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) under the United Nations command with Gen. Douglas McArthur, as commanding general.


Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids V

Epigeneium Iyonii (P17.00)
The pseudobulbs of Epigeneium Iyonii are 5 to 7 cm. long and 2.5 to 4 cm. wide, four-angled, bifoliate. The feathery leaves are oblong, 17 to 25 cm. long, and 3.5 to 5.5 cm. wide. The apex is unequally bilobed. The flower stalk is very long, arching and longer than the leaves. The flowers are large, white and purplish red. It is endemic in Luzon and Samar, found in Bataan, Kalinga-Apayao, Laguna and Rizal.

Thrixspermum subulatum (P21.00)
It has long and pendent shoots, often with side shoots. The leaves are thick, fleshy, shiny and leathery. At the short inflorescences, some flowers appear within a few weeks on many nodes. The flowers do not open completely. The three-lobed lip has a sac-like spur; the large pointed lateral lobes are erect or envelope the column. Found in Bontoc and Ilocos Norte.

Trivia about Rare Flowers of the Philippines

1. Medinilla magnifica – Commonly called rose grape belonging to the family of plants called Melastomataceae Juss., this shrub is a stunning flower endemic to the Philippines. It is usually found in high altitudes growing up to 6 feet. The shrub has either ribbed or winged stem and glossy green leaves with conspicuously pale veins. The flowers are breathtaking growing as a bunch of small pink clusters attached to large pink bracts sheltered by its curved leaves.

2. Strongylodon elmeri – Endemic in the thick forests of the country, this specie along with its more famous cousin Strongylodon macrobotrys (jade vine) are arguably the most beautiful flowers in the world. Strongylodon elmeri is a perennial climbing shrub belonging to the family Fabaceae. The flowers hang in bunches up to 90 cm and each with a spectacular clawlike shape measures up 7.5 cm. Bats usually pollinate these flowers.

Trivia about the Cacti and Succulents

Rebutia sp. (Photo by Johann Espiritu)
Genus of mostly clump forming, spherical to columnar, perrenical cacti with flowers produced in profusion from plat bases, usually 2-3 years after raising from seeds. Much ribbed tuberculate, green stems have short spines.

Turbinicarpus alonsoi (Photo by Johann Espiritu; plant in the collection of Kevin Belmonte)
From Guanajuato, Mexico. First described in 1996 and named after its discover, a Mexican boy named Alonso. It is one of the most beautiful and distinct members of the Genus Turbinicarpus, a group of rare and small sized, globular cacti with spines which are usually papery, hairy or feathery and found only in Mexico. The plants have beautiful flowers. T. alonsoi is solitary, possesses a large tap root, is globose greyish-green or glaucous with a flattened top. In the wild, it grows partly underground, and attains a size of up to 4.4 inches long (11cm), 2.4 to 3.6 inches in diameter (6 to 9cm). The spines are weak and generally falloff from the older tubercles of the plant. T. alonsoi generally flowers from March to October, mainly between April and June. The flowers are cherry red to pink-magenta, with a more intensely coloured mid-stripe.


Trivia about Philippine Architectural Heritage

EI Hogar D. Antonio Melian established in 1910 a building society that issued mortgages called "EI Hogar Filipino." Four years later, in 1904, the four story building of the company, designed and constructed by Irureta-Goyena, was inaugurated on the corner of Juan Luna in Binondo facing the Pasig River. Designed with touches of the French Beaux Arts style, it has an enriched entablature topped with an attic story and a flat roof. It looks deceptively sedate until one enters its discreet entranceway. The double door leads to a center courtyard with balustraded corridors connected by an exuberant Art Nouveau staircase situated along the end of a passageway. With bronze griffins for newel posts and gilt swirling around initialed medallions, the interior speaks of a bygone elegance.

Regina Building One of the earliest structures made of reinforced concrete, a material introduced during the American colonial period. According to sources, the original three-story building was designed by Andres Luna San Pedro. In the early 1930's it was bought by the De Leon family from the Roxas family and a fourth floor commissioned from architectFernando Ocampo. The building is one of Manila's architectural landmarks, and is an example of the Art Deco style. Together with the Perez-Samanillo.