Armed with a new camera I set out for the Quezon Circle to a familiar place called Gaycanco Hall or Century Hall. At least I don't have to ask the incompetent guards of the Quezon Memorial Circle or even the police.
LIke many of my journeys in Manila I meet a calico near the area.
The place was already alive with people when I came in. There was a price for the early birds. BTW the event was headed by the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines. They are a small group of enthusiasts for cacti and succulent here in the country.
Before the program started everyone was given their little cacti and succulent.
|Give aways... everyone was able to take home one.|
This little fellow was supposed to be mine but I decided to give it away.
The lecture was headed by Lito Rom, and he wanted much of the participation of everyone. He didn't want the lecture to be just about him talking and we listening bored.
Of course their President was very eager to share her story about cactus and succulent. She remembers a story of looking for an easy plant. She was told to get a cacti since it doesn't need much watering.
This is a basic lecture on what cactus and succulent is and the first question is what is the main difference between the words. For starters all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. So where does the difference arise? One thing is that cacti have small, round, cushion-like structures called areoles from which spines, branches, hair, leaves and even flowers grow.
We are given families, genus and species of succulents and cacti.
Erly birds were given another set of cacti each.
They also raffled off some big cacti as well. This group is very generous and wants to spread their so called "happiness" to everyone.
This is just one of the series of lectures the group plans on the promotion of the hobby. They are willing to teach and share their knowledge since most of the textbook we get are from the US and these guys know how to deal and properly take care of cactus and succulents.
Membership is worth the the thousand pesos you give for you get back more from the lectures and other meetings as well
If you are interested they are on Facebook: here
EXTRA: a cat and some orchids I saw around the area of the Quezon Memorial Circle