Chinese Elm (Dans)
Miniature Sheets of 16 (9,375)
Se-tenant Blocks of 8
Mulawin Aso (Valino)
Kamuning Binangonan (Barcelona)
Kamuning Binangonan (Reyes)
Kamuning Binangonan (Hahn)
Miniature Sheets of 16
Souvenir Sheets of Four
6p Lemonsito (Ceballos)
6p Bougainvillea (Ceballos)
6p Bougainvillea (Ceballos)
6p Kalyos (Bernabe)
Alfonso V. Divina
Atty. Vic Ceballos,
Miss Catherine King, Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Ceballos, Emil & Erwin Buencamino
Designs: Photos of Philippine bonsai in the collections of
members of the Philippine Bonsai Society, Inc.
First Day Covers: Manila
Bonsai is a Japanese word that literally means "a plant in a tray."
While its origins trace back to China, the Japanese having
improvised it, this art is no longer exclusive to the Orientals but
is practiced in almost all countries using species available in
In the Philippines, it
is believed that the art of bonsai started during the Spanish time
as there are accounts by Father de Morga, of Balete (Ficus sp.)
trees being planted in containers, although its popularity among
Filipinos is only recent. To date, there are numerous Filipinos
throughout the archipelago who are engaged in this art and for some
have become a way of life, with most of their collection comprising
of local species.
It is an amazing feat
that Filipinos have caught up with this art in such a short span of
time and yet have achieved a mastery of it recognized in almost all
part of the globe, thereby making Philippine bonsai a source of
pride and honor!
Philippine bonsai are featured:
(Tree No. 1, first row-vertical, owner-Roger Mendiola; Tree No. 3,
second row-horizontal, owner-Willy Ortiz and Tree No. 4, second row,
horizontal, owner-Midas Marquez).
Called Ficus retusa or Ficus microcarpa and Chinese Banyan. A
tropical evergreen with a dense canopy with small pointed leaves
held on ascending
branches, the tips of which have weeping habit. Commonly found in
(Tree No. 2, first row-vertical, owner-Rene
A local species usually growing in the wild. No scientific
name known yet. There are counterparts of it in other countries like
Thailand and Indonesia. It has sharp and long thorns.
(Tree No. 3, first row-vertical, owner-Bobby Gopiao; Tree No. 1,
first row-horizontal, owner-Letty Ligon; Trees Nos. 2-3, first
row-horizontal, both owned by Bobby Gopiao; Tree No. 1, second
row-horizontal, owned by Romy Dino).
Called Pemphis acidula. Family of Lythraceae. Commonly found
along tropical coastlines on sandy beaches or rocks and sometimes in
mangrove swamps. Extremely hard and constantly buffeted by strong
waves and gusty winds. Trunks and branches are stunted, crooked or
twisted; leaves are tender velvety and succulent. Flowers are
wrinkled, velvety white or pinkish white. A big favorite among
Filipino bonsai artists.
(Tree No. 4, first row-vertical, owner-Toto Barcelona; Tree No. 1,
second row-vertical, owner-Oding Reyes; Tree No. 3, second
row-vertical, owner-Willi Hahn).
Called Murraya exotica. A compact rounded bush that grows up
to ten (10) feet; densely covered with round green leaves; creamy
small white perfumed flowers held in dense clusters at the branch
(Tree No. 2, second row-vertical, owner-Teddy
Lim). Called Maba buxifolia. Evergreen hardwood tree found along
coasts, leaves oblong or elliptical and leathery. Found in Taiwan,
Cambodia and the Philippines. Wood used for furniture and ornaments.
(Tree No. 4, second row-vertical, owner-Willi Hahn).
Called Haematoxylon campeachianum, belonging to the Legume
Family; native to West India and Central America; grows up to nine
(9) to fifteen (15) meters. This is a crooked-branched small tree
with tiny branches and rough and dark leaves. Leaves have four (4)
pairs of small rounded leaflets, each in the shape of a heart with
the point towards the short stem. Produces small and yellow flowers
with five (5) petals growing in axciliary racenes; hardwood is
source of black dye called logwood.
(Tree No. 4, first row-horizontal, owner-Victor Dans).
Called Ulmus parvifolla, native to East Asia; semi-evergreen;
grows up to eighteen (18) meters, with spreading sinous habit; bark
is mottled with dark gray reddish-brown and cream. Bark is sometimes
smooth or sometimes rough with cracks and fissures that give it the
character of age. Leaves are small, leathery and dark green; smooth
and shiny on top with small blunt teeth. Has inconspicuously small
flowers from August to September.
No. 2, second row-horizontal, owner-Fely Gupit).
Usually found along the coast and has small fruits like small
apples, thus the name. Has black trunk and sharp long thorns.
(upper left stamp in souvenir sheet, owner-Vic Ceballos).
Also known as Limeberry. It has small fruits looking like
berries that are reddish in color and sweet in taste. Grows usually
in colony. Its fruits when crushed have a liquid substance which
when applied on fingernails look like nail polish.
(upper right and lower left stamps on souvenir sheet, owner-Vic
Ceballos). One of the
prolific flowering plants used for bonsai. Contrary to common
notion, its is not a tree but a vine and woody. A favorite as a
bonsai material in the tropics because it is fast growing and
flowers profusely especially during summer.
(lower right stamp in souvenir sheet, owner-Dory Bernabe).
Called Strebus asper. Tropical softwood tree found throughout
the Philippines. Medium-sized with rigid dense branches and rough
leaves with sharp edaes.