Orchid fantasy show defies gloomy haze
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
While it’s a shame the haze is making some outdoor activities unpleasant during this time, flower lovers were still eager to admire the artistic and exquisite orchid arrangements at the third International Orchid Show 2015 at the Orchid Park, Jalan Astana, Kuching.
Organised by Kuching City North Commission (DBKU) and held over four days from September 10th until 13th, the orchid show themed ‘Orchid Fantasy’ showcased the work of 17 teams from 13 different countries.
Winning the Most Artistic Display was Joo Hung Mo from Korea with his fantastic orchid arrangement depicting the cycle of life.
Meanwhile, Adisak Hongsilp from Thailand won for International Orchid Display, whose elaborate and intricate orchid arrangement has attracted a lot of visitors to take pictures with it.
Second and third place went to SOGA (Singapore Orchid Grower Association) and June Golamco of the Philippines respectively.
For June Golamco who took third place, his floral arrangement was to depict the serenity and peaceful environment of nature.
“Since the theme is ‘Orchid Fantasy’, we decided to come up with an imaginary garden that could be similar to how it is supposed to be presented in the forest.”
Adding a touch of home to his creation, June also put a costume worn by the natives of the Visyas Island of the Philippines where the presentation along with the landscape of the orchid showcasing the natives guarding their homeland and protecting the forest and nature from the enemy.
“That is basically here to showcase us protecting the native habitat,” said June of the costume.
Arranging the orchids in a way that they are found in the nature, June said that unlike normal floral designs where the flowers would be cramped together, orchids found in nature would usually be spaced out.
“You would find them bending in a certain way naturally, and having enough space so they grow very well. In most designs they would be cramped with so much flowers, but in nature when you look around, you find all the orchids spaced out, so that they would have enough light, humidity and enough moisture so that they can can grow properly,” said June.
Using mostly orchids that are endemic in the Philippines, June said that the reason why he used the rare species of orchids was so that Sarawak would also have access to the orchids only found in the Philippines.
Among the orchids that he used in his orchid landscape was the pride of the Philippines called ‘Waling Waling’, the popcorn orchid, the fast growing fire orchid which is useful in breeding multi-flower orchids, the monkey orchid and also a minute red orchid which has yet to be named but is found all year around.
“The third International Orchid Show 2015 today is a continuation of the last International Orchid Show which was held two and a half years ago in 2013. It is organised every two years in conjunction with our yearly city day celebration on August 1st 2015 where Kuching is celebrating it’s 27th anniversary as a city,” said DBKU mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai.
It was also announced by Abdul Wahap that, DBKU also won the bid to host the 13th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference which is to be held in 2019 during the 11th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference 2013 in Konawa, Japan where the conference that is held once in three years will be co organize by DBKU with the Sarawak Corporation Centre and Orchid Woods Sdn. Bhd.
Also present for the third International Orchid Show 2015 were Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu.