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Vanda ustii

This is a discussion on Vanda ustii within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; It has been sometime when I last posted this. Endemic to the highlands of northern ...

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    Default Vanda ustii

    It has been sometime when I last posted this. Endemic to the highlands of northern Luzon.


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    Lovely colored blooms, Nelson! And I really love the ants!

    How do the mud slides effect you? Do you have family or friends at risk? I heard that the village was remote, but in catastrophes, nothing is ever remote.

    Best wishes for any with family effected!

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    Default Thank you, Julie.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    Lovely colored blooms, Nelson! And I really love the ants!

    How do the mud slides effect you? Do you have family or friends at risk? I heard that the village was remote, but in catastrophes, nothing is ever remote.

    Best wishes for any with family effected!

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    The mudslide occured in the island of Leyte, which is in the eatern part of the Viasayan island group of central Philippines. My parents and relatives are in Panay, another island to the western part of Visayas, so it is unlikely that I have relatives in Leyte.

    Leyte is where Imelda Marcos of the shoe collection fame, came from. That is also the island where General Douglas McArthur landed to formally liberate the what was formerly Commonwealth of the Philippines from the Japanese in World War II.

    Orchidially speaking, Leyte has been surveyed botanically and is home to quite a number of remarkable orchid species, amongst which are the alba form of Aerides lawrenciae and a number of species phals, like Phalaenopsis lueddemanianna.

    The Philippines is prone to both man-made and natural disasters. We bear the brunt of 20-25 typhoons a year, and we've had our share of earthquakes, floods, and spectacular volcanic eruptions. You can say that I live in a very interesting place. After each disaster the country is a bit poorer, but we're still alive. And, our orchids are comparable to anyone else's.

    Thank you for your concern. It is good to know that the rest of the world cares, and waits for us to smile, once more.

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    Well we do care! And your orchids are such a wonderful testament to the richness and cultural beauty the Philippines offer us!

    Many thanks,
    Julie

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    Our thoughts are with all who are affected by this disaster!

    Nature is not always kind but it is a sign of resilience and something to be proud of that the filipino's suffer these events and move on and smile once again!

    Thank you also for bringing us the beautiful pictures of the plants from your country!

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    Love the blooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    Well we do care! And your orchids are such a wonderful testament to the richness and cultural beauty the Philippines offer us!

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    Could not be said better, I agree.

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    Great looking Vanda!!! Love the buttery yellow color!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntgerald
    The mudslide occured in the island of Leyte, which is in the eatern part of the Viasayan island group of central Philippines. My parents and relatives are in Panay, another island to the western part of Visayas, so it is unlikely that I have relatives in Leyte.

    Leyte is where Imelda Marcos of the shoe collection fame, came from. That is also the island where General Douglas McArthur landed to formally liberate the what was formerly Commonwealth of the Philippines from the Japanese in World War II.

    Orchidially speaking, Leyte has been surveyed botanically and is home to quite a number of remarkable orchid species, amongst which are the alba form of Aerides lawrenciae and a number of species phals, like Phalaenopsis lueddemanianna.

    The Philippines is prone to both man-made and natural disasters. We bear the brunt of 20-25 typhoons a year, and we've had our share of earthquakes, floods, and spectacular volcanic eruptions. You can say that I live in a very interesting place. After each disaster the country is a bit poorer, but we're still alive. And, our orchids are comparable to anyone else's.

    Thank you for your concern. It is good to know that the rest of the world cares, and waits for us to smile, once more.
    Hi to all member of this forum!

    I think the government should have been very keen with its reforestation projects in all over the country !
    They should start planting endemic and indigenous tree species in the wild and not acacia mangium or other imported species!

    As a part of the POS conservation group our group main objective is to provide education , photograph, catalogue and to some extent plant and reintroduced orchids , ferns and plant species into semi- protected places like La Mesa Dam , the Manila Orchidarium in the historic Luneta park.

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    Educating the general public is the key and of course trying to figure out a way for people to utilize the lands to make a living without destroying nature is the way to go, i.e. co-inhabitation with nature! In the US, we got this problems all the times (not just in the Phillippines) ... The point is with developing countries, people there must realize at some point that their natural wonders and resources are the best things they got and not everything must be sacrificed for economic development. Once nature got destroyed, culture and civilization will be gone with the way of the Mayans and the ancient Khmer.

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