Utzurrum: Of floral art and a children’s fest

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

THE practice of Ikebana stretches back to 500 years ago. In Japan, the art of arranging flowers and plants in a vase has been carefully systematized and this is called “Kado.”

CVCM. Some of the CVCM members who attended the Children's Festival are (standing, from left) Pat Makabenta, Maribel Datan, Virgie Datan, another CVCM member, Midori Ichinomiya, Trinidad Modina, Bambi Cabaero and Aimee Quilaton. Seated are (from left) Dr. Nancy Bayani, Myrna Cuizon, Socorro Cermeño Valencia and Ester Acero.
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In 538 A.D., monks started to arrange flowers to decorate altars of temples. In the Heian period (794-1192) appreciating flowers in a vase unrelated to religious worship also became popular.


But it was during the Kamakura period that flower arranging acquired a philosophical meaning to it. Later on, aristocrats and monks gathered during the Tanabata Festival (festival of the star Vega) where they competed in flower arranging contests.

In our Queen City of Cebu, we give credit to flower and plant enthusiast, Zelia Borromeo to bringing the art of Ikebana and propagate this, until a group was formed called, Ikebana International of Cebu, Chapter 145.

For more than two decades now, they have been holding Ikebana seminars, training sessions and various workshops. And today, we proudly feature the fruits of their labors of love and art. Venue was Montebello Villa Hotel, where these green-thumbed ladies did their thing. Kudos, ladies!


The Catholic Volunteers for Charity Movement (CVCM) recently held a Children’s Festival where more than 300 kids from various parishes flocked together, for a day of food, glorious food!

Think tank was CVCM foundress Socorro Cermeño-Valencia, whose indefatigable energy and enthusiasm, released a flood of cash and donations in kind, for the occasion. Funds were generated from caroling at different homes last Christmas and these went to feeding programs and relief goods during calamities.

The venue for the activity was the Guadalupe residence of member Virgie Rallos Datan, where the kids relished the apples donated by Mr. and Mrs. Pichai Theamtusana and the fruit juices from Dlyza and Tessa Lumagsa.

CVCM would also like to express their appreciation to the following generous souls: Rep. and Mrs. Tomas Osmeña, Msgr. Carlito V. Pono, Rose Borja-Lim, Nena Espina vda. De Garcia, Junjun Davide, Fely Go, Doring Avila Canizares, Anita Cabahug-Trasmont, Esperanza Briones-Blanco;

Nena Fernan-del Rosario, Dr. Rosario Ramas-Cañeta, Bob and Marisol Manuel, Atty. and Mrs. Vicente Urgel Sr., Atty. Jovito Montesclaros, Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Solon, Tina Ebrada, Julina Pando Muertegui, Martinita Jordana, Dr. and Mrs. Ruban Escarda;

And rounding out the list are the following: Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Perez, Mildred Cavan-Cuizon, Aida Cavan-Ugalde, Douglas and Tessie Sanson, Boy and Zenaida Albano, Helen Mapula, Atty. Buddy Solima, Romulo and Edwina Quijada, Menchu Ybud, Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Flores, and many more, God bless you all!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 14, 2013.


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