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Sunday, October 07, 2018


Trip to Malvarosa Farm

When you think of Cattleyas, the first think that will come into your mind is Orchids !!!! and Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Farmis one of the local farms which supplies the local market.

Philippine Orchid Society organized field trip

Dr. Hernando Perez started growing orchids as a hobby in the late 1960’s. The orchids were mostly given to him by his clients and friends . He started to acquire his specimen orchids in 1973.

He began his operation as a backyard hobby. He and his partner decided to go into full operation in 1989. Hence ” Malvarosa ” orchids was born. The name was derived from Malvar – the town’s name were the orchid farm is located and Rosario stand for the name of his wife.


The company initially focused on their production on Cattleyas , they continued to expand their production to other orchid genera such as Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, Phalaenopsis , Doritis , Vandas and other native Philippine orchid species.

The company is is producing ornamental plant varieties. In 1990 , the company started their maiden operation. The company initially to sell their orchids via catalogs and word of mouth .

The farm was hit by a super Bagyong Rosing ( Typhoon Angela ) in 1995 , The typhoon destroyed most of the greenhouses which were built on wooden bases. The damaged caused their orchid stocks got diseases, thus the company stopped temporarily their operation. Slowly after the rehabilitation of their greenhouses ( now built of steel frames and concrete).

The farm started to re-acquire new stocks and started mass propagation of new orchid hybrid cultivars.

a pair of peacock roaming the property

The company is proud to have named over 100 Cattleya hybrids,2 dozen Phalaenopsis croses, a dozen Dendrobium and 2 Vanda hybrids crosses registered with the Royal Horticultural Society of England.

Cattleya hybrids have been awarded ” Best Philippine Hybrids ” included BLC. Corazon Aquino , BLC. Malvarosa Sunrise, BLC. Malvarosa Sunset, BLC. Malvarosa Princess, LC. Annette Castroamong others.

BLC. Corazon Aquino ( yellow form)

The company had consistently won awards in the orchid shows and exhibit of the Philippine Orchid Society , Philippine Horticultural Society, Los Banos Orchid Society , Philippine International Flora and Fauna Garden Exposition among others.

Best Orchid landscape exhibit – Batangas Road Show of the Philippine Orchid Society held May 10 to 18, 2008 at SM Batangas City -Barangay Pallocan

A visit to their farm would show all the trophies , medals, ribbons that the company received during its 20 year operation. The farm had some peacocks, native chickens, native deers which roamed the property.

The farm can be visited via appointment:
For further inquiries :
Ms. Beth Quidagen (+632)409-6731 / (+632)638-2355
Telefax (+632)636-0504


Mr. Henry Chua was an officer of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club from 2002 to 2004. He started collecting stamps at an early age , He used to manage a bookstore in the province of Pampanga.

picture courtesy of : Mr. Henry Chua

He was one time an associate editor from 1994 to 2004 of Peoples’ Journal Group of company ( People’s Tonight) – a popular national tabloid written in English .

Old photograph – Rizal’s execution

Personal collections included books, old photographs,music, old movies, first day covers, Philippine stamps , Japanese stamps, Thailand stamps, United Kingdom, Australia, Hongkong, Taiwan, China , United States , popular Japanese anime characters like Doreamon, Conan, Astroboy, Gundam, Hello Kitty among others.

stamp albums in a book shelve

He is also an active blogger , according to him ” It is like in the field of journalism ” you need to be updated with a lot of things. His blog site was nominated at one time as “Best personal blog site” !!!.

collection of stamps, Marilyn Monroe, painting framed and hung on one side of his room

His wife’s hobby included caring for over half a dozen Rugrats cats- this breed is almost similar with Persian cats with shorter hair. 2 large aquarium with different colored cichlids , a bengal cat and chow-chow dogs…

If these were not enough, their garden boast of several Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, Aglaonema and Euphorbias .

Interested persons who wanted to trade or buy stamps are required to have an appointment with Mr. Chua in Quezon City

For those who are interested in his blog and wanted to trade.


Wedding Anniversary of Corazon Aquino & Ninoy Aquino

October 11, 2009 marked the 55th wedding anniversary of the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

Photo taken from the book : Ninoy Ideas & Ideologies page 9 : copyright 1993

The couple were married on October 11, 1954 on a simple ceremony. Kris was emotional after Christian Bautista sang the song.

“I don’t think my dad could have become the man he became and the hero for all of us if he didn’t have a wife like my mom. And… my mom would never have become the symbol of democracy for our country kung hindi siya naging asawa ni Ninoy Aquino,” Kris said.

Photo taken from the book : Ninoy Ideas & Ideologies , page 8 : copyright 1993

“Finally, they’d be together in their wedding anniversary,” Kris added. “No matter how much we missed our parents, knowing that they’re together now, gives us some measure of comfort.”