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Cultural Potpourri: Farm and Garden Agri-Trade Fair 2019 @ SM City Davao

The Mindanao Garden Club, Inc. (MGCI), the organizer of the 82nd Araw ng Dabaw Farm and Garden Agri-Trade Fair held at the SM City Annex Grounds, Ecoland, Davao City, had its formal opening and ribbon cutting-ceremony last March 12, 2019, at 4 p.m.  The annual event which has attracted hordes of plant lovers not only from Davao City but foreigners as well has helped boost the tourism industry of our beloved City.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Araw ng Dabaw Agri-Trade Fair led by Councilor Pilar Braga and MGCI President Vivencio C. Gallego

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was graced by Councilor Pilar Braga (Chairperson of Education, Science and Technology, Arts & Culture) as representative of the ever busy Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.  The plant-loving guests led by SM City Mall Manager Lynette Angala-Lopez, Luz Elda Ramos of the Department of Agriculture, and Eduardo V. Ragaza of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region XI were warmly welcomed by Vivencio C. Gallego, the President of MGCI, who was ably assisted by MGCI Vice-President Mae F. Magnaye, MGCI Treasurer Bethlorgen C. Aton and MGCI Board Member Vicky C. Jimenez.

(l-r): Marilyn Roque, Vivencio C. Gallego, Eduardo V. Ragaza, Luz Elda Ramos and Vicky C. Jimenez

In the short program emceed by Vicky C. Jimenez, the Agri-Trade Fair’s Overall Chairman Vivencio C. Gallego mentioned that this was the first ever Bonsai Show Exhibition and Competition that the MGCI was presenting in joint cooperation with the Bonsai Roots headed by its President Lou Van Steenweek.

Vicky C. Jimenez and Vivencio C. Gallego present a waling-waling to Councilor Pilar Braga

In Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s message read by Councilor Pilar Braga, she congratulated the members of the Mindanao Garden Club, Inc., our local plant and flower entrepreneurs and enthusiasts and everyone else involved in the Araw ng Dabaw Agri-Trade Fair 2019.  “This annual Agri-Trade Fair signifies another year of abundance in harvest for the members of the local floriculture industry.  This is an opportunity for us to showcase Davao’s floriculture and garden industry; and promote the growing market in Mindanao… I commend our local florists and farmers not only for taking part in this activity but especially for your determination and hard work in contributing to the growth of the industry.  It is my hope that this industry will grow further as we continue to promote our locally-grown products in the market…Rest assured that the City Government of Davao will remain supportive of the initiatives that advocate the growth of the floriculture industry and the promotion of organic farming.  May you continue to cultivate excellent quality products and to encourage the continuous progress of the floriculture industry of Mindanao.”

Winners of the MGCI Bonsai Competition

The Judges Lisa Galang and Jocelyn Albances proclaimed the winners of the Bonsai Competition.  In the Small Category, the winners were Romel Regodon (1st), Tommy Inigo (2nd) and Anita Subido (3rd).  The Big Category was lorded by Bethlorgen Aton (1st), Romel Regodon (2nd) and Loreta Pradilla (3rd).  The Bonsai Roots organization also had its own set of winners namely Antonio Bacus, Joel Fanuga, Justina Yu, Edgar Flor Sualon, Dexter Domanillo, Daniel Generoso, Cliff Colen Prospero, Arnie Sara, and Boy Generale.

Winners of the Bonsai Roots competition

Congratulations to the members of the Mindanao Garden Club, Inc. and Bosai Roots and to all the Bonsai Competition winners.  You all did a fantastic job.  Mabuhay.

Dramatic bonsai
SM City Davao Mall Manager Lynette Angala-Lopez and Marketing Manager Pinky Hinong
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