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Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, October 20, 2011

More trees, more
plants, more life!


In these times of uncertainty, when the world’s climate goes insane and the economies of superpowers remain haywire, we can only ask ourselves: what can we do to help?

Here in our little part of the world, you can be happy to know that the Negros Occidental Garden Club is actively doing its best to improve the environment by pursuing its theme, “More trees…more plants…more life!” This was the “battle cry” during the Oct. 14 opening of the NOGC “2011 Garden Show and Trade Fair”, at the SM North Terminal, which is ongoing until Oct 23.

For months the club had been working hard to make sure that the Garden Show would be a success and more importantly, relevant to the times.

And so on the opening day, with the infectious sounds of the La Carlota Drumbeaters, the club held an early morning motorcade around the major streets of the city. Afterwards, we had the ribbon cutting ceremony with Negros Occidental First Lady, Dr. Marilyn Marañon and former Rep. John Orola, doing the honors. Msgr. GG Gaston delivered the Invocation and then went around blessing each booth which was filled with beautiful plants, small trees, exotic orchids from Mindanao, sweet juicy pomelos from Davao and rare ornamental plants that delighted the plant lovers who came early for the show. The VIPs who attended the opening, delivered important messages on the importance of taking care of our environment.  

NOGC Committee Chair Fe Remitio’s exquisite acrylic oil paintings were also sold out. There were a lot of activities lined up during the duration of the Garden Show. One was a cooking demo by the USLS Institute of Culinary Arts using plant ingredients. Under the watchful eye of Master Chef Richard Ynayan, the young chefs showed their skills and expertise in creating scrumptious dishes which had the audience enthralled.

The club members are so appreciative of all those who helped make the Garden Show a huge success!*

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