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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, October 22, 2016
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Bonsai exhibit ongoing

The Bacolod Bonsai Society has about 100 bonsai trees on display at the Bacolod Government Center grounds, in line with the celebration of this year's MassKara Festival.

BBS secretary Josie Velez said that this is a first of its kind bonsai exhibit in Negros Occidental, and most of the displays are incorporated in a competition.

“This is to make the public aware that this organization exists in the city to cater those interested in buying and growing bonsai,” she said, adding that the bonsai society was created in December 2015.

The varieties displayed in the exhibit were mostly Ivy, Ficus, Bauhinis, Bantigue, Bougainvillea, Santan and Green Island. Some are rare bonsais that are not endemic in the Philippines.

“BBS has already around 60 members who usually collect and cultivate bonsai and we plan to expand through the bonsai workshops we give to those who are interested,” Velez said.

The exhibit also included a 3-day seminar and workshop for bonsai making and cultivation, which was attended by some members and other bonsai enthusiasts in Bacolod City.

Theirlecturer was Manila based bonsai master and it was open to the public with free admission.

“Making bonsai is also a form of art and it takes patience to create a fully-grown bonsai,” Velez said adding that it takes more than two years to grow a bonsai.

She added that the bonsai group also advocates for organic feeding of the bonsais and away with the use of synthetic fertilizers.

Velez also said that the society encourages the youth to join this kind of recreation instead ofbeing involved in unproductive activities so their creativity will be developed.

The five-day event will end on Sunday and Velez said they are open to interested customers who want to buy their bonsais.*MLG

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