February 24 and 25, 2012

Bureau of Soils and Water Management Convention Hall

Visayas Avenue corner Elliptical Road, Diliman

Quezon City, Philippines



24th February 2012, Friday (Dr. Benito S, Vergara, Moderator).

8:00 AM        Registration (Ms. Laura R. Bautista and Secretariat)

9:00 AM        Invocation (The Prayer)

Philippine National Anthem (Lupang Hinirang)

Welcome Remarks (Ms. Evangeline B. Go, Chairperson, Flora Filipina Expo 2012 and President, Philippine Orchid Society)

Introduction of the Guest of Honor (Ms. Anna Ruth P. Conde, Vice Chairperson, Flora Filipina Expo 2012)

Address of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (Hon. Sec. Proceso J. Alcala)

10:00 AM       Coffee Break

10:15 AM      Ornamental Plant Industry Development in Thailand (Dr. Setapong Lekawatana, Director of Vegetable, Flower, Ornamental Plant and Herbal Plant Production Promotion Division, Bureau of Agricultural Commodities Promotion and Management, Department of Agricultural Extension, Bangkok, Thailand)

11:00 AM      Ornamental Plant Industry Development in India (Mr. P. Mukundan, Agri-Horticulturist and Nurseryman, Chennai, India)

11:45 AM        Lunch Break

1:00 PM  The Role of Yatazam Gardens in Ornamental Plant Industry Development in Indonesia (Mr. Gregori Garnadi Hambali, Plant Breeder-Botanist, Bogor, Indonesia

1:45 PM        Challenges and Opportunities in Philippine Floriculture Industry (Dr. Kazunari O. Kitamura of Uni-Green, Inc., Batangas)

2:30 PM        The Philippine Floriculture Industry and Available Packages of Technology (Dr. Jocelyn E. Eusebio, Director of Crops Research Division, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development)

3:15 PM        Coffee Break

3:30 PM        Philippine Plants with Export Potential (Mr. Anders J. Lindstrom, Curator of Botanical Resources, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Thailand)

4:15 PM   Ornamental Plant Variety Development in the Philippines (Dr. Pablito M. Magdalita, Institute of Plant Breeding, Crop Science Cluster, University of the Philippines Los Baños)

5:00 PM        Announcement

25th February 2012, Saturday (Ms. Doreen Dofitas, Moderator

9:00 AM        Current Trends in Orchids and the Future of Philippine Species (Dr. Teresita D. Amore, Assistant Researcher, Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, University of Hawaii in Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii,  U.S.A.)

9:45 AM        Orchid Breeding Trends in Singapore (Mr. JB Tay, 3rd Vice President and Awards Chairman, Orchid Society of South East Asia and Advisor to the Orchid Business Cluster in Singapore)

10:30 AM        Coffee Break

10:45 AM        Orchid Cut Flower Production and Marketing (Mr. Wong Kiang-Ho, President Commercial Orchid Growers Association of Malaysia)

11:30 AM        Mass Propagation and Re-establishment in Natural Habitats for Conservation and Sustainable Trade of Endangered Philippine Orchids (Prof. Nestor C. Altoveros, NPGRL, Institute of Plant Breeding, Crop Science Cluster, University of the Philippines Los Baños)

12:15 PM        Lunch Break

1:30 PM  Propagation and Utilization of Philippine Native Species for Landscaping and Urban Greening (Dr. Armando M. Palijon, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB)

2:15 PM        Developments in Bromeliad Breeding in the Philippines (Mr. Rene D. Dofitas, Bromeliad Breeder, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)

3:00 PM        Coffee Break

3:15 PM        Fern Propagation and Breeding for Commerce (Ms. Barbara Joe Hoshizaki, Los Angeles International Fern Society, U.S.A.)

4:00 PM        Importance of Plant Variety Registration and Protection (Dr. Vivencio R. Mamaril, Executive Assistant, National Seed Industry Council, Bureau of Plant Industry, Philippines)

4:45 PM        Announcements

5:00 PM        Closing Remarks (Mr. Fernando B. Aurigue, Chairman, Third Flora Filipina Conference Committee)


NOTE:  This program is subject to change and will be finalized on or before February 23, 2012 when the invited foreign speakers must have arrived.  The title of the lecture may also vary from what has been presented above but the lecture topic remains the same.  Thank you for your kind understanding, and we hope that you will be very much interested to attend.  See you at the Third Flora Filipina Conference!




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