Horticulture Extravaganza Set Jan 22- Feb 2, 2015

Horticulture Extravaganza Set Jan 22- Feb 2, 2015

The dream of Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, is for the ornamental sector to develop into an honest-to-goodness industry that will provide employment and livelihood to many Filipinos, men and women.

This was the essence of her message when she inducted the officers of the Philippine Horticultural Society which will stage the Horticulture Extravaganza from January 22 to February 2 next year at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The event will be a big one consisting of a two-day horticulture industry congress, a corporate trade show, a landscaping competition, plant competitions and a commercial section where the growers of ornamental and flowering plants will sell their products to the public. There will be daily lectures on timely horticultural topics.

By the way, three big names in business and public service serve as co-chairmen of Horticulture Extravaganza. They are Sen. Villar herself, businessman Joselito ‘Butch’ Campos of Del Monte and other businesses, and Dr. Elenita Binay, wife of the vice president and a certified plant aficionado.

Months before, the officers and members of Philippine Horticultural Society have already begun threshing out the plans for the big show which is being supported by the local government of Quezon City that will be celebrating its anniversary, the Department of Agriculture and other institutions.

Dorie S. Bernabe, president of PHSI, said she recently talked with the governor of Pangasinan who is giving his all-out support to the big show. The different garden clubs in various parts of the country are participating in the big horticultural event, she said.

In her speech during the induction of the officers of PHSI at her residence in Las Piñas City, Sen. Villar said that the horticulture industry can provide a lot of employment to men and women who can be small-scale entrepreneurs producing plants and flowers for the local as well as the foreign markets. Of course, big time growers can also contribute much to the sustainability of the industry.

She promised that as a member of the Senate, she is ready to initiate pertinent legislations that will uplift the status of the horticulture industry in the country.

PMCP SPEAKER – Meanwhile, Sen. Villar will be the keynote speaker during the opening of the scientific convention of the Pest Management Council of the Philippines (PMCP) headed by Dr. Jocelyn E. Eusebio of PCAARRD, an agency of DOST. This will be on May 6 at the Cebu Mandarin Plaza Hotel in Cebu City. The convention will focus on Harnessing Plant Science, Biotechnology and Organic Approaches for Effective Pest Management.

Horticulture Extravaganza Set Jan 22- Feb 2, 2015
Sen. Cynthia Villar (second from right), inducted into office the officials of the Philippine Horticultural Society which will stage Horticulture Extravaganza from January 22 to February 2, 2015. From left: Bong Rivera, assistant PRO; Botchie Canicula, PRO; Neil Ganigan, auditor; Edna Felipe, assistant treasurer; Remedios Rodis Santelices, treasurer; Leny Fabul, recording secretary; Norma Villanueva, corresponding secretary; Dorie S. Bernabe, president; Sen. Villar, co-chairman of Horticulture Extravaganza; Joselito ‘Butch’ Campos, co-chairman of Horticulture Extravaganza. Not in photo are Wendy Regalado, vice president; and Dr. Elenita Binay, another co-chairman of Horticulture Extravaganza.
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