2013 Garden Club Officers Inducted

The newly-elected officers and directors of the Negros Occidental Garden Club were inducted into office at the club’s Christmas party at the Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City on Monday. The inducting officer and guest speaker was the Hon. Cynthia Villar, former representative for the Lone District of Las Piñas City.

The 2013 Negros Occidental Garden Club board (l-r) Tessie Aplaon, special projects; Lita Cruz, special events; Luisa Javellana, media support; Jane Lizares, 2nd assistant secretary; Emma Lipa, 1st assistant secretary; Zenaida Guzon, secretary; Daphne Javelosa, 2nd assistant treasurer; Ilde Guerrero 1st assistant treasurer; Carissa Maalat, 1st vice president; Hon. Cynthia Villar, inducting officer; Lourdes Mercado, president; Gigi Flores, 2nd vice president; Celia Ferrer, treasurer; Necena Ong, auditor; Viol Caram, PIO.

The 2013 Negros Occidental Garden Club board (l-r) Tessie Aplaon, special projects; Lita Cruz, special events; Luisa Javellana, media support; Jane Lizares, 2nd assistant secretary; Emma Lipa, 1st assistant secretary; Zenaida Guzon, secretary; Daphne Javelosa, 2nd assistant treasurer; Ilde Guerrero 1st assistant treasurer; Carissa Maalat, 1st vice president; Hon. Cynthia Villar, inducting officer; Lourdes Mercado, president; Gigi Flores, 2nd vice president; Celia Ferrer, treasurer; Necena Ong, auditor; Viol Caram, PIO.

In her acceptance speech, incoming president Lourdes Mercado said her priorities will include the 2013 Garden Show, which she hopes will be the best ever, as well as expanding the club’s successful ‘Full Meal’ programme for undernourished school children.

“The club will also continue its long tradition of public service by offering to assist with beautification projects and we will also be looking at mounting several fund-raising events,”  she added.

Garden Club 2013 president Lourdes Mercado with guest speaker and inducting officer the Hon. Cynthia Villar,

Garden Club 2013 president Lourdes Mercado with guest speaker and inducting officer the Hon. Cynthia Villar,

During the party, the club made donations to the Philippine Mental Health Association and to Gawad Kalinga for a new housing unit; the fifth house the club has donated.

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Garden Club celebrates 50 years

Launches special school project

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Negros Occidental Garden Club, under the presidency of Fe Remitio, has launched a special program designed to provide meals for undernourished children in Bacolod schools.

The Negros Occidental Garden Club presented a donation to the Rizal Elementary School for the Full Meal program. (l-r) Club members Mepa Conde, Daphne Javelosa, Ilde Guerrero. Rizal Elementary's  Raquel Barredo and May Bautista; club members Lourdes Mercado, Jean Visitacion, Gigi Flores
The Negros Occidental Garden Club presented a donation to the Rizal Elementary School for the Full Meal program. (l-r) Club members Mepa Conde, Daphne Javelosa, Ilde Guerrero. Rizal Elementary’s Raquel Barredo and May Bautista; club members Lourdes Mercado, Jean Visitacion, Gigi Flores”

Called ‘Full Meal’, the program kicked-off on Monday at the Rizal Elementary School with an initial batch of 40 children classified by the Department of Education as ‘severely wasted’.

Launches special school project  As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Negros Occidental Garden Club, under the presidency of Fe Remitio, has launched a special program designed to provide meals for undernourished children in Bacolod schools.  Called ‘Full Meal’, the program kicked-off on Monday at the Rizal Elementary School with an initial batch of 40 children classified by the Department of Education as ‘severely wasted’.  Said Lourdes Mercado, chair of the club's working committee: "The project aims to supply at least one full meal a day for those children most in need. This will mean they can continue to attend school as they look forward to a nourishing meal each day. We all want our children to be healthy and cheerful."  For its part, the school is required to grow and maintain a sustainable vegetable garden, handle the cooking of the meals, identify those children most in need and follow-up the physical growth of each child.  "This is a very beneficial project," said May Bautista, Principal 4 at Rizal Elementary. "Some families are too poor to feed their chidden properly and when there's hunger it makes it very difficult for a child to focus on lessons. So the Full Meal program will be a great help."  The project will run until December at which time the club and school will determine the next stage.  As part of Full Meal, the club will also host a Christmas party at the school for the children, teachers and volunteer helpers.  Founded in 1962, the Negros Occidental Garden Club is one of the oldest and most active clubs of its kind in the Philippines. It aims to promote, encourage, foster and cultivate interest in garden floriculture and community beautification as well as support local charitable projects.
First day of the Full Meal program at Rizal Elementary School

Said Lourdes Mercado, chair of the club’s working committee: “The project aims to supply at least one full meal a day for those children most in need. This will mean they can continue to attend school as they look forward to a nourishing meal each day. We all want our children to be healthy and cheerful.”

For its part, the school is required to grow and maintain a sustainable vegetable garden, handle the cooking of the meals, identify those children most in need and follow-up the physical growth of each child.

Hm, tastes pretty good. A pupil tucks into a Full Meal
Hm, tastes pretty good. A pupil tucks into a Full Meal

“This is a very beneficial project,” said May Bautista, Principal 4 at Rizal Elementary. “Some families are too poor to feed their chidden properly and when there’s hunger it makes it very difficult for a child to focus on lessons. So the Full Meal program will be a great help.

The project will run until December at which time the club and school will determine the next stage.

As part of Full Meal, the club will also host a Christmas party at the school for the children, teachers and volunteer helpers.

Two pupils tending an Okra plant in the school's vegetable garden

Two pupils tending an Okra plant in the school’s vegetable garden

Founded in 1962, the Negros Occidental Garden Club is one of the oldest and most active clubs of its kind in the Philippines. It aims to promote, encourage, foster and cultivate interest in garden floriculture and community beautification as well as support local charitable projects.

Youngest member for Garden Club

The Negros Occidental Garden Club has welcomed its youngest member to the fold.

Club president Peps Remitio inducted seven year-old Lorien Ysobel Gamboa at its monthly meeting held recently at the Pavillon Hotel.

Garden Cub president Peps Remitio inducts seven year-old Lorien Ysobel Gamboa. Looking on is club membership committee chair Daphne Javelosa

Garden Cub president Peps Remitio inducts seven year-old Lorien Ysobel Gamboa. Looking on is club membership committee chair Daphne Javelosa

According to grandmother Ruska Gamboa, who is also a club member, Lorien loves flowers and gardening, especially growing plants. She is the daughter of ABS-CBN presenter Ryan Gamboa and spouse Carmela.

“It was Lorien’s idea that she join the club and she’s very excited about it. The club has often talked about attracting younger members, well, this is an excellent start”, said grandmother Ruska.

This year the Garden Club celebrates its 50th anniversary. It aims to promote, encourage, foster and cultivate interest in garden floriculture and community beautification as well as support local charities.

Negros Occidental Garden Club August birthday celebrators at the club's recent monthly meeting at the Pavillon Hotel (l-r) Baby Gonzaga, Edith Robillo, Olivia Fos.

Negros Occidental Garden Club August birthday celebrators at the club’s recent monthly meeting at the Pavillon Hotel (l-r) Baby Gonzaga, Edith Robillo, Olivia Fos.

Negros Occidental Garden Club

Peps Remito, president of the Negros Occidental Garden Club, inducted five new members into the club at its monthly meeting at the Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City on Saturday. Inducted were (l-r) Olive Fos, Jean Visitacion, Bertha Galindo with sponsor Necena Ong; Mary Joy Halipa, Lily Go with sponsor Vicki Sherratt; club president Peps Remitio and club membership chair Daphne Javelosa.

Peps Remito, president of the Negros Occidental Garden Club, inducted five new members into the club at its monthly meeting at the Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City on Saturday. Inducted were (l-r) Olive Fos, Jean Visitacion, Bertha Galindo with sponsor Necena Ong; Mary Joy Halipa, Lily Go with sponsor Vicki Sherratt; club president Peps Remitio and club membership chair Daphne Javelosa.

 

Negros Occidental Garden Club January birthday celebrators at the club's monthly meeting at the Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City on Saturday (l-r) Robert Harland; Bi-eng Ong; Marietta Laguardia; Glo Tajanlangit; Emma Montinola; Ivy Visitacion, Ma. Alodia Eliza; Ilde Guerrero; Yoly Vidad

Negros Occidental Garden Club January birthday celebrators at the club's monthly meeting at the Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City on Saturday (l-r) Robert Harland; Bi-eng Ong; Marietta Laguardia; Glo Tajanlangit; Emma Montinola; Ivy Visitacion, Ma. Alodia Eliza; Ilde Guerrero; Yoly Vidad

Across the seas. Ratka Swartz from Rittman, Ohio, is visiting Negros this month. She joined her sister Ruska Gamboa, wife of the late Roy Gamboa, former vice governor of Negros del Norte and Occidental, at the Negros Occidental Garden Club's monthly meeting on Saturday at the Pavilion Hotel in Bacolod City. This is Mrs Swartz's third visit to Negros.

Across the seas. Ratka Swartz from Rittman, Ohio, is visiting Negros this month. She joined her sister Ruska Gamboa, wife of the late Roy Gamboa, former vice governor of Negros del Norte and Occidental, at the Negros Occidental Garden Club's monthly meeting on Saturday at the Pavilion Hotel in Bacolod City. This is Mrs Swartz's third visit to Negros.

 

2012 Garden Club Officers Inducted

The newly-elected officers and directors of the Negros Occidental Garden Club were inducted into office at the club’s Christmas party at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City on Tuesday. The inducting officer was retired judge, the Hon. Emma Labayen.

The 2012 Negros Occidental Garden Club board (l-r) Dr. Nena Nolido, social events; Ivy Visitacion, media affairs; Robert Harland, PIO; Daphne Javelosa, 2nd assistant secretary; Emma Lipa, 1st assistant secretary; Mepa Conde, secretary; Fe Remitio, president; Judge Emma Labayen, inducting officer;  Lourdes Mercado, 1st vice president; Gigi Flores, 2nd vice president; Ilde Guerrero, 1st asst. treasurer; Daday Javellana, 2nd asst. treasurer; Necena Ong, auditor; Lita Cruz, special projects and events.

The 2012 Negros Occidental Garden Club board (l-r) Dr. Nena Nolido, social events; Ivy Visitacion, media affairs; Robert Harland, PIO; Daphne Javelosa, 2nd assistant secretary; Emma Lipa, 1st assistant secretary; Mepa Conde, secretary; Fe Remitio, president; Judge Emma Labayen, inducting officer; Lourdes Mercado, 1st vice president; Gigi Flores, 2nd vice president; Ilde Guerrero, 1st asst. treasurer; Daday Javellana, 2nd asst. treasurer; Necena Ong, auditor; Lita Cruz, special projects and events.

In her acceptance speech, incoming president Fe Remitio said her priorities will include creating wider awareness among the public of environmental care and the greening of our surroundings as well as helping to find solutions to flooding and climate change problems.

Negros Occidental Garden Club December birthday celebrators at the club's Christmas party at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City on Tuesday (l-r) Lorrie Baliguas, Ester Monfort, Daisy Lim & Linda Yulo

Negros Occidental Garden Club December birthday celebrators at the club's Christmas party at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City on Tuesday (l-r) Lorrie Baliguas, Ester Monfort, Daisy Lim & Linda Yulo

“We shall also continue the club’s long tradition of public service by offering to assist with beautification projects. We’d also like to invite experts to teach and train us on the issue of eliminating insecticides and pesticides so we can pass on this expertise for the benefit of the community,” she added.

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

Garden Club Makes GK Donation

Issued by the Negros Occidental Garden Club. For further information, please contact club member Robert Harland on 433 2036 or 0916 343 7048.

Issued by the Negros Occidental Garden Club. For further information, please contact club member Robert Harland on 433 2036 or 0916 343 7048.

The Negros Occidental Garden Club is continuing its support of Gawad Kalinga with a donation by its members for the building of a GK house at Barangay Banago. A check for Php70,00 was presented to Bobby Magalona, GK Negros Occidental Provincial Head, at the club’s monthly meeting in the clubhouse at Las Villas on Saturday.

This will be the second GK house sponsored by the club.  Members also pledged support for an another GK unit in Banago and an additional Php70,000 will be presented to GK this week.

Club President Dr. Nena Nolido (3rd right) presenting a check for Php 70,000 to Bobby Magalona. (l-r) Lita Cruz, Fe Remitio, GK ‘Champion’ Tony Meloto, Joe Gatuslao, Mila Chiu.