“If you’ve bought high quality roses in the Philippines, chances are you’ve come across the Philippine Cut Flower Corporation! The Philippine Cut Flower Corporation (PCFC) was the one that literally invented the cut flower industry in the country when it started the first full-scale rose production in 1983″ (islandrose.net). Since then, it maintained its pioneer status in the business.
Today, the PCFC has been joined by other growers and has been recognized as an independent contributor to the Philippine Economy. In addition, it is the largest retailer and wholesaler of roses in the country and it specializes in growing popular Dutch and French variety flowers using state-of-the art greenhouse facilities in the cool climate of Tagaytay City, Philippines. You can find what the PCFC does to protect the environment while farming on a commercial level here: Environmental Friendly Farm.
Our teambuilding’s side trip to the Philippine Cut Flower Corporation last May 21 of the current year was very timely considering that the entire month of May celebrates Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) although it is not literally a flower festival like the famous Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City. It is actually a festival for Virgin Mary where a pageant called Santacruzan takes place on the last day to honor Reyna Elena and Constantine on their efforts in finding the True Cross in Jerusalem. Flowers, especially roses, make an integral part of the celebration because it’s what Catholics offer to Jesus’ Mother for her purity and exemplary kindness.
This sidetrip became memorable for me not only because of what I stated earlier but because I had the privilege of using a DSLR (Nikon D50) courtesy of my officemate. Thank you, pal, for letting me play with your superb toy.
Taking pictures of these beautiful flowers has never been this effortless. The difference is big as you can tell instantly from the pictures below which one is taken by a DSLR and which one is captured by a point-and-shoot.
The cool clime on this part of the island is pretty evident on the flowers’ healthy looks, particularly their vibrant colors. No wonder PCFC erected its center of operations in Tagaytay City.
For more information about the Philippine Cut Flower Corporation and in case you want high quality roses to be delivered right to her doorstep (or to his doorstep), visit this website: www.islandrose.net.
PS: Nikon D50 & GE X5
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