In the lecture, I encouraged listeners to butt-in so that we could readily exchange informations on certain tree species. I always learn a lot from my audience, I would like tov think I learn more than what they learn from me. I prepared a slide show with close to a hundred Philippine trees suitable for landscape use, but only got to discuss about 20 species (Q.C. circle busted an electrical transformer thus a brown-out and my laptop battery went empty). But we got a good round of information exchange for certain important species like kamagong (Diospyros blancoi), molave (Vitex parviflora), katmon (Dillenia philippinensis), dita (Alstonia scolaris), kamuning (Murraya paniculata), lipote (Syzygium polycephalum), kahoy dalaga (Mussaenda philippica), paho (Mangifera altissima), antipolo (Artocarpus blancoi), buri (Corypha elata) and a few more trees. I hoped to discuss all 100 trees but circumstances intervened and reserved the other trees for another day. Maybe I could arrange my own inquest for this plants and invite participants for an exchange of plant information.
Incidentally the horti show had a good exhibit and retail area despite the controversies that surrounded the organization. But the current trend of plant collectibles has led to cycads and agaves priced in the thousands of pesos ( would you buy a cycad for 100 thousand pesos?). A few years back i could buy agaves for a few measly hundred pesos but now everything seems to be selling not lees than a thousand. I pity the young generation who get to start the hobby in this time.