The ladies of UP Phi Delta Alpha chose to commune with nature on its 58th founding anniversary, held in Carolina Bamboo Garden. A banner filled with well wishes welcomed the Sorority, with the marvelous foliage serving as the backdrop.
Sis Kay kicked off the event by sharing her excitement on having the sisters in her bamboo garden and continued her short speech by providing a brief description of the place. The ladies were then lined up based on the decade they joined the sorority and each group had the chance to address the attendees.
The gray Saturday morning of July 18 had the perfect weather for a short trek up the incline filled with bamboos. Sisters learned about the different types of bamboos, their uses and identifying characteristics.
After the climb, refreshments and snacks were served in the pavilion. Sis Isa brought some delectable sweets, to the delight of our dessert-loving residents. A speaker talked about Carolina Bamboo Garden’s history and facilitated an in-depth review of the opportunities in bamboo planting. Strategic questions were raised by the sisters who are interested in pursuing this endeavor, which Sis Kay warmly answered.
After the Q&A, the talk shifted to the topic of butterflies since host plants can be acquired from the garden as well. This excited our sisters, and Sis Vicky even requested host plants which can attract fireflies. (Unfortunately, none are unavailable for now). But we are keeping our fingers crossed, hoping these host plants will be discovered soon!
Sis Conchita Carpio Morales also dropped by to join the event and graciously posed for multiple photos. Bamboo shoots were then given out to everyone so they can experience the joys of planting them at home. Afterwards, the group trotted off to Flor’s Garden for lunch.
Sis Kay definitely had everything well laid out, and the guests were greeted by a band playing a festive beat. Flor’s garden is truly a hidden paradise; with a pool area extending to the edge of the hill, showing a breathtaking view of Antipolo’s lush woodland. The exquisite location apparently has its hidden treasures as well, as various plants having therapeutic purposes are also being grown in the area.
The scrumptiously healthy lunch was followed by games, more photo sessions, and gales of laughter. It was absolutely one of the well-attended fellowships of the sorority, marking another chapter in Phi Delta Alpha’s colorful timeline.