2011 Garden Show – a ‘Blooming’ Success

The 2011 Negros Occidental Garden Show at SM City was “an outstanding success with record numbers of exhibitors and visitors” said

One of the many exotic plants on display at the Garden Show

One of the many exotic plants on display at the Garden Show

Negros Occidental Garden Club president Glo Tajanlangit at the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Thousands of gardening fans flocked to the colorful, ten-day show to enjoy a huge array of flowers, trees and garden-related items from many parts of the country giving plant lovers a great choice of plants and products to take home for their own gardens.

With the theme ‘more trees, more plants, more life!’ it featured some 45 booths with beautiful plants, trees, exquisite orchids from Mindanao, fruits from Davao and rare ornamental plants.

Club member and local artist Fe Remitio enchanted visitors with her charming acrylic oil paintings of plants, birds and local scenes. Her entire show was sold out within days with all proceeds generously donated to the club and the Promised Land Ministry of Ikthus, Baolcod.

The show also featured daily highlights and lectures including floral arrangements, organic pesticides, landscaping and a cooking demo by ICA students.

The Garden Club would like to thank everyone who helped to make the 2011 show such a great success. The next Negros Occidental Garden Show will be held inOctober 2013.

A token of appreciation to club member and local artist Fe Remitio (2nd right) for her generous donation from the sale of her paintings. With (l-r) Negros Occidental Garden Club president Glo Tajanlangit, awards committee chair Daphne Javelosa and Garden Show chair Lita Cruz

A token of appreciation to club member and local artist Fe Remitio (2nd right) for her generous donation from the sale of her paintings. With (l-r) Negros Occidental Garden Club president Glo Tajanlangit, awards committee chair Daphne Javelosa and Garden Show chair Lita Cruz

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Mystery of the Six Fingers

By Robert Harland

What did King Henry V111’s second wife Anne Boleyn probably not have, but American blues guitarist Hound Dog Taylor, English

Baby Hubbarb - six fingers on each hand. Six toes  on each foot

Baby Hubbarb - six fingers on each hand. Six toes on each foot

music hall comedian Little Tich and Hannibal Lecter definitely did? The answer is the condition known as polydactyly or six fingers on one hand.

The rumor that Anne Boleyn had six fingers is thought most likely to have been one of the many fictions put about by her detractors to discredit her. But all of the others did, though we have to acknowledge that Hannibal Lecter was not real.

Polydacyly is a fairly common congenital physical anomaly that often runs in families. Interestingly, African Americans, more than other ethnic groups, can inherit a 6th finger.

The extra digit is usually a small piece of soft tissue that can be removed. Occasionally it contains bone without joints. Rarely is it a complete, functioning digit, though in 2009 a baby named Kamani Hubbard was born in Daly City in California with six fully formed and functional fingers and toes on his hands and feet. Bay Area doctors said they’ve never seen a case so remarkable.

Baby Hubbarb seemed so perfect at birth no one noticed. “Nurses and doctors told me he was six pounds in good health, that was all they said,” said Miryoki Gross, Hubbard’s mother.

But his dad Kris Hubbard noticed this spectacularly rare case of polydactyly: 6-perfect fingers on each hand and six perfect toes on each foot, which went well beyond a general trait that runs in his family.

“Some family member have had six fingers, not completely developed. But not the toes,” said the 34-year-old Hubbard, a postal worker.

In fact Hubbard himself had nubs of sixth fingers removed as a child as these non-functional digits routinely are.

But baby Hubbard’s case is so astonishingly rare according to doctors, and because the extra digits are functional, it’s not a deformity to be discarded.

But not everyone is so lucky. Renowned West Indian cricketer Sir Gary Sobers was born with six fingers on each hand. The family could not afford a doctor to operate so as a child Sobers himself removed the extra non-functioning digits “with the aid of catgut and a sharp knife.” He went onto to become one of the world’s great cricket players.

The world record holder for the highest number of digits is a boy named Akshat from India. He was born with seven fingers on each hand and ten toes on each foot, for a total of 34 digits.

Younghusbands score for child protection

Team Azkals members Phil and James Younghusband, two of the most famous Filipino-British faces in the country,  joined the British

Phil Younghusband in action with children from the Payatas football club in a friendly football match during the British Embassy’s 'Score a Goal for Child Protection' held on Philippine-British Friendship Day on 20 October. This event puts the spotlight on safeguarding children. (Mark Ypon photo)

Phil Younghusband in action with children from the Payatas football club in a friendly football match during the British Embassy’s 'Score a Goal for Child Protection' held on Philippine-British Friendship Day on 20 October. This event puts the spotlight on safeguarding children. (Mark Ypon photo)

Embassy on 20 Octoberat the British School Manila in ‘Score a Goal for Child Protection’, an event celebrating Philippine-British Friendship Day.

“There may be no better example of Philippine-British friendship than working together to protect our children and young people.  Hopefully this event will create new awareness of this important work. Every child matters and has the right to be protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation,” said British Ambassador Stephen Lillie.

The Younghusband brothers, who trace their roots to both the UK and the Philippines, conducted a football clinic for underprivileged children from the Payatas and Mango football clubs. This was followed by a friendly match between the Younghusbands, the children and some British Embassy staff headed by Deputy Ambassador Trevor Lewis.

The evening was capped by a reception where guests signed the ‘Child Protection in Sport for Development’ a pledge for adults and coaches which sets out basic standards of behavior that adults should follow when involved in sporting activities with children.

ICA Culinary Demo at Garden Show

ICA student Ken Cosuyon serving the cucumber and pineapple quencher

ICA student Ken Cosuyon serving the cucumber and pineapple quencher

Students from the Institute for Culinary Arts (ICA) at the University of St. La Salle showed off their skills to members of the public and the garden club at the Negros Occidental Garden Show at SM City on Tuesday with a demonstration of dishes using plants as ingredients.

Among the dishes prepared several included an unusual ingredient – edible red gaway flowers. And to wash the dishes

ICA students Gabino Cuñada and April Lobaton showing their skills with a special garden salad

ICA students Gabino Cuñada and April Lobaton showing their skills with a special garden salad

down students offered everyone cups of a refreshing cucumber and pineapple quencher.

The Garden Show, which features a wide range of flowers and trees plus daily presentations and lectures, is open daily from 8:00am to 8:30pm at the SM North Covered Car Park. It closes Sunday, October 23.

Magical Hong Kong Disneyland

By Robert Harland

Mickey Mouse and girlfriend Minnie

Mickey Mouse and girlfriend Minnie

Having visited Disneyland in Los Angeles and Disney World in Orlando, Florida, I was not sure what to expect when I had the chance to spend a day at Disneyland in Hong Kong recently. Sure it’s smaller than its US counterparts, but it’s every bit as entertaining and, as Disney people like to say, every bit as magical as its American cousins.

Hong Kong Disneyland got off to a slow start after it opened in 2005, with poor attendance figures. But today, as it celebrates its 6th birthday, business is booming with visitors numbers at record levels. And it’s now making a profit.

Chinese travel boom

Robert Jr and mum Stessie meet a wizard at Disneyland

Robert Jr and mum Stessie meet a wizard at Disneyland

The boom in travel by mainland Chinese coupled with the growing affluence of Asia’s new middle-classes are fueling the explosion in visitor numbers to Hong Kong theme parks like Disneyland.

And a visit to Disneyland is certainly a treat for the whole family. It encompasses all that is essentially Disney ­ the rides, the shows, the mascots, and of course, the world-famous parade.

And a quick look at tripadvsior.com, that worthy barometer of visitor opinion, shows that the vast majority of customers really enjoyed their time there. One British visitor commented that “Disney is all that is good about Hong Kong.” An Australian visitor asked “How can you not be happy at Disneyland.”

Go on a weekday

Certainly my family and I plus Tom Hall, a British friend from Taiwan, did indeed have a great day there. We went on a Tuesday which is a quiet day for the park. This meant lines were not that long so we were able to enjoy more attractions in one day than you would on a weekend.

Apart from the grand parade, which was very well done, we enjoyed the many attractions on offer. We especially enjoyed the 3D movie, Festival of the Lion King and the Jungle River Cruise.  We also had a delicious Chinese lunch at the Crystal Lotus restaurant.

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Robert Jr, my three year-old son was in the line to meet his hero Mickey Mouse. But, alas, by the time he reached Mickey and his girlfriend Minnie, the wee lad was fast asleep and nothing would wake him. Never mind, we’ll definitely go again one of these days.

Robert Jr had fallen asleep by the time he reached his hero Mickey

Robert Jr had fallen asleep by the time he reached his hero Mickey

So, if you are visiting Hong Kong then Disneyland is definitely a must-see. Whether you are traveling  with children or not there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget to watch the Grand Parade and Firework Play after a whole day’s play.

If you do plan to visit Hong Kong and need a modestly priced, but good quality hotel, my favorite is the Ibis in North Point on Hong Kong Island. Stunning harbor views, very clean and a great location.

Those wonderful Church Bulletins

Church bulletins are a constant source of unintentional humor. Most are written by well-meaning parishioners.  These sentences appeared in recent church magazines or were announced in church services – they are all genuine.

Those wonderful Church Bulletins

Those wonderful Church Bulletins

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’

Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not
worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.

Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in
the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back
door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large
double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours’.

2011 Garden Show Opens at SM

The 2011 Negros Occidental Garden Show and Trade Fair opened today at SM’s North Transport Covered Car Park Terminal

City Councilor Em Ang (2nd-r) with (l-r) Garden Club President Glo Tajanlangit, Club Director Ivy Visitacion and Garden Show Chair Lita Cruz (Robert Harland photo)

City Councilor Em Ang (2nd-r) with (l-r) Garden Club President Glo Tajanlangit, Club Director Ivy Visitacion and Garden Show Chair Lita Cruz (Robert Harland photo)

Guests of honor at the opening were Dr. Marilyn D. Marañon, First Lady of the Province, Atty. John Orola, Chairman of the Bacolod City Tourism Council, City Councilor Em Ang and Anmer Gatuslao, President of the Negros Occidental Orchid Society-

City Councilor Em Ang (2nd-r) with (l-r) Garden Club President Glo Tajanlangit, Club Director Ivy Visitacion and Garden Show Chair Lita Cruz (Robert Harland photo)

City Councilor Em Ang (2nd-r) with (l-r) Garden Club President Glo Tajanlangit, Club Director Ivy Visitacion and Garden Show Chair Lita Cruz (Robert Harland photo)

Organized by the Negros Occidental Garden Club as part of the MassKara Festival, the show features a wide range of rare and exotic flora plus fruit trees, flowering plants, herbs, orchids, landscaping, outdoor furniture, acrylic oil paintings and exotic

Special guests at the Garden Show Msgr. Gigi Gaston and Atty. John Orola  (Robert Harland photo)

Special guests at the Garden Show Msgr. Gigi Gaston and Atty. John Orola (Robert Harland photo)

plants from Mindanao.

There will also be daily highlights including lectures from top gardening experts, cooking demonstrations, flower arranging and small area landscaping.

Admission to the show is P10, while children under 12 can enter for free. It will open every day at 8:00am and close at 8:30pm.

An exhibitor getting ready for the show  (Robert Harland photo)

An exhibitor getting ready for the show (Robert Harland photo)

Preparing for a Natural Disaster

Joemarie Vargas, head of Bacolod City’s Disaster Management Office, will be the guest speaker at this Saturday’s monthly Bacolod Expats’ Group lunch at Nature’s Village in Talisay.

Disasters usually strike suddenly and swiftly

Disasters usually strike suddenly and swiftly

Vargas, who has been involved with safety and disaster issues for many years, will tell the foreign community and their families about the city’s plans to address calamities like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and other disasters.

A natural disaster can strike at any time

A natural disaster can strike at any time

“Disasters, whether natural or man-made, can strike at any time. By being adequately prepared, it’s possible to greatly reduce the impact of a catastrophe. With so many disasters happening every day around the world, it will be valuable – and perhaps even life-saving – for us to know what plans are in hand should one hits us,” said a spokesman for the Expats’ Group.

2011 Garden Show slated for October 14

The Negros Occidental Garden Club's annual show at SM, October 14- 23

The Negros Occidental Garden Club's annual show at SM, October 14- 23

The 2011 Negros Occidental Garden Show and Trade Fair will run from October 14 to 23, bringing plant and gardening enthusiasts from many parts of the Visayas to Bacolod City.

This popular event, the biggest of its kind in the region, is staged every two years by the Negros Occidental Garden Club as part of the MassKara Festival. It will be held at the North Transport Covered Car Park Terminal of SM City.

The theme this year is more trees … more plants … more life! As well as a wide range of rare and exotic flora, the show will feature fruit trees, flowering plants, herbs, orchids, landscaping, outdoor furniture, dried fish from Cadiz, dairy products from La Carlota, acrylic oil paintings and exotic plants from Mindanao.

There will also be daily highlights including lectures from top gardening experts, cooking demonstrations, flower arranging and small area landscaping.

More trees ... more plants ... more life!

More trees ... more plants ... more life!

Admission to the show is P10, while children under 12 can enter the show for free. It will open every day at 8:00am and close at 8:30pm.

The show will kick off on Friday morning, October 14 with a motorcade through the city followed by the grand opening. On the final day of the show, there will be a raffle draw for cash prizes. Raffle tickets are P20 each.

The Negros Occidental Garden Club was founded in 1968 to promote, encourage, foster and cultivate interest in garden floriculture and community beautification. All proceeds from the show will help the club continue its community work including support for charitable institutions such as Gawad Kalinga and the Philippine Mental Health Association.

Masskara on-the-spot painting competition this Saturday

The Bacolod Cultural Foundation is sponsoring a special Masskara Festival on-the-spot painting competition this Saturday for artistic young Bacolod school children.

The competition, to be held at he Sea Breeze Hotel from 8am to 12 noon, is being run in cooperation with the West Visayas Chapter of the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers. Some 12 local public schools will participate.

First prize is a cash award of Php3,000. Second is Php 2,000 and third is Php1,000 plus three consolation prizes of Php500 gift certificates.

Submitted on Thursday, October 6, 2011