New Book On Philippine Hoyas Out

New Book On Philippine Hoyas Out
Fernando B. Aurigue showing his new book on Philippine hoyas.

A new book titled “A Collection of Philippine Hoyas and their Culture” will be launched on August 17 at the Gancayco Hall at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The new book on this often-ignored ornamental plant is authored by Fernando B. Aurigue, senior science research specialist of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology.
The book contains the latest updates on Philippine hoyas which have remained a minor commercial ornamental although interest is fast becoming keen. Hoyas, by the way, are mostly air plants that are often found perched on trees in their native habitat. There are some, however, that are bush-like with upright or pendent stems. They are valued for their flowers with different colors, coming in globose or ball-shaped umbels.
The author started working on the book in 2007 when his research proposal on hoyas and other ornamental plants was approved by the old PCARRD. Nanding saw the need to come up with an updated book on the identification of available hoyas as well as how to culture them. That’s because a few local nursery people have discovered that many foreign gardening enthusiasts are interested in buying local hoya species. The problem then was the lack of references on the proper identification of the available plants.
In this new book, 54 indigenous and endemic species are featured in full color for easy identification. Indigenous, by the way, are native hoyas but which are also found in other countries. Endemic, on the other hand, are species that are found only in the Philippines.
It turns out that the Philippines is the center of hoya diversity in the world, meaning the country has the most number of indigenous and endemic species. The book has enumerated 22 indigenous species and 88 endemic species.
In an interview, Nanding revealed that 10 new endemic species have since been added to the list. This makes the number of endemic species to 98. This is not yet the end. Nanding expects that more new indigenous and endemic species will be discovered sooner or later. The good thing is that with the availability of molecular techniques in the identification of species, a more science-based revision of the Philippine hoyas would be forthcoming. He also hopes that more mutants and hybrids will be developed to add to the existing novelty and diversity for the greater appreciation of growers and collectors.
Aside from providing easy identification of the featured hoyas, the book also discusses breeding techniques that include cross pollination, artificial pollination and natural pollination. Also featured are seed extraction and germination, seedling transplanting, flower induction, potting and repotting, clonal propagation, and many other cultural practices.
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2 thoughts on “New Book On Philippine Hoyas Out

  1. When I was shown a copy of the book, “A Collection of Philippine Hoyas and their Culture,” authored by Fernando B. Aurigue, my first impression was overwhelming good. The well taken photographs of the various Hoya species made the book worth buying.
    Am I glad that after 31 years since my short article on Philippine Hoya species, which was published in a local garden magazine, The Philippine Gardener (1982), a book is finally published about the plant. Therefore I find eager to read the book en toto.
    Alas, no sooner my eagerness to finish reading the book was replaced by displeasure on how badly the author has treated his work. It started building up from page one to the last. The book is completely lacking in substance.
    Remove all those wonderful pictures and the text part of the book will crumble to nothing. It is largely a plagiarized work, no added contribution from his part. The sloppy statements by the author even corroded much of his fragmented thought. This book is best presented as pictorial guide to the Philippine Hoya, sans all those compositions.
    The weak portion of the book is the text presentation and discussion. The lack of coherence, non-cohesiveness, laps and fumbled statements and non-uniform format, plus unfounded used of categories rendered the book without any substance. The waxy text presentation of the author has shrouded much of his thought.
    Much of the discussion is romanticized; diabolically sweeten, fragmented and jumps around throughout the pages. It does not substantiate the discussion and many times even corroded the presentation. The book is downright lacking intellectual discussion of the subject, not just in particular to the Hoya matter, but equally for the other sub-topics.
    How I wish the author had refrained from using the words “meticulously studied” in describing his own work. If it is, then there would be much less overlooked statements. He should have presented the measurement of the large plant parts in centimeter rather than in an absolute value of millimeter and a fraction thereof. That would have made them more conceivable to the readers. His writing style is not appropriate for the extension of his knowledge. His command for the meaning and use of word is pathetic. He should refine his vocabulary or was it his real intention to mislead the reader? His fragmented thoughts were printed in disorganized manner throughout the pages. He should have presented them in a more orderly and comprehensive manner. The text discussion is largely lacking in citation to make it credible. Above all, the book is void of intellectual discussion about the subject due his plagiarism. Given that, I would have been lenient in appraising his book and give him a high grade. Let his peers described his work as meticulously-studied in millimeter-and-a-fraction thereof!
    The author obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and his Master of Science in the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. Applying their system of grading for academic performance, 1 to 5, with the value of one for excellent and five for failure. I calibrated this UP system to his level of standard of “meticulously-studied” in the absolute value of “millimeter-and-a-fraction thereof” to give this book the value of 2.00 for the pictures of the hoya species that was produced. This is because it will facilitate for easier identification of the Philippine Hoya species. For the text and discussion part of the book, the rating is 5.00 because it is lacking in substance. Therefore, (2.00 for the picture) + (5.00 for text) = 3.50 is the overall grade for the whole book. His unintellectual text presentation and discussion has totally made his book…Pugad nang Katangahan. Does one have to have a master degree to come out with a stupid book?
    As one of my friends had said, “The book was made to advance a career”. The question remains. With all its faults, will it do so?

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