SCENE CITY| Flowers and foliage at Ikebana 2017 Exhibit

ONCE every year, Ikebana International Davao Chapter 133 presents its annual exhibit which showcases the Japanese way of flower arrangement using different containers, flowers and foliage. Its continuing effort to promote Ikebana not only benefits the hobbyists but also educates the flower enthusiasts.

OFFICERS and members of Ikebana International Davao Chapter 133 with DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo

OFFICERS and members of Ikebana International Davao Chapter 133 with DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo

Formal opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies were held on August 11, 2017 at the Sam Lanang Premier.

A Public Demo was held on August 12 by Joyce Kato – Ikebana Professor – Ohara & Ikenobo. A free workshop for members was also conducted by Joyce Kato on October 13, 2017.

Celebrating its 47th Anniversary and Annual Exhibit, the event centered on the theme “Peace and Serenity through Ikebana”, having in mind that there is an ongoing turmoil and violence in war-torn Marawi City. The theme was dedicated to the hundreds of casualties and thousands displaced from an event no one expected to happen.

The organization of the Davao Chapter was an outcome of a chance meeting in Tokyo in 1966 between Carmen Guevarra, Chapter President of International Ikebana-Manila and Carmen Marfori-Soriano. Through these two Carmens, a group of flower arrangement enthusiasts formed a nucleus of what emerged as the Ikebana International Davao Chapter 133.

On its 47th year, Davao Chapter 133 has grown in number. Today it is spearheaded by President Arlene “Jing” Puentespina. It is quite appropriate that Jing comes from a family of the biggest producers of cut flowers in the country today- Puentespina Orchids & Tropical Plants. Inc. Lea Imperial, granddaughter of the founding president of the chapter is 1st Vice President while restaurateur and hotelier, Leticia dela Paz is 2nd Vice President.

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