April 25, 2024

SM and PBSI announce a collaboration for the ASPAC-ABBF Convention-PBSI @50 Celebration Seated, left to right: PBSI President Yumie Gupit, SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, ASPAC-ABFF Chair Bobby Gopiao, and SM Supermalls Senior AVP for Mall Operations Perkin So Standing, left to right: SM Supermalls VP for Corporate Marketing Grace Fornier Magno, SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing Jonjon San Agustin, and Show Chair Boy Pangilinan

Letsgoph.com | “Beauty beyond Years, beyond borders.” is the theme that would undoubtedly be the biggest Bonsai-related event in 2023. The Philippine Bonsai Society Inc. (PBSI), the premier and oldest garden club in the Philippines, has the distinction of producing, hosting, and managing a world-class event that will bring together the most prestigious Bonsai clubs from here and abroad from June 10 to 12, 2023 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex.

The signing of the contract, between the officers of the PBSI and the top management of SM Supermalls signals the start of the year-long preparations for the event. The three day celebration that will take place in 2023 commemorates three milestone events. The Asia Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Convention (ASPAC), the Asia Pacific Bonsai Friendship Federation (ABBF), and the 50th founding year of PBSI. 

Executives from the PBSI and SM Supermalls formalize their partnership through a contract signing

This makes the grand partnership a once in a lifetime event where it will feature a convention with foreign delegates from the Asia Pacific, attended by members of ASPAC and ABFF—the Asian group of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF). These events also attract the attendance of hobbyists from other countries outside the Asia Pacific Region. 

Top international Bonsai masters, including masters from Asia, USA, and Europe have been invited to do lectures and demos. Highly experienced local bonsai artists will also do lectures and demos during the 2023 event.

Led by Show Chair and immediate past president of PBSI Lito “Boy” Pangilinan, PBSI has always mounted its shows nationwide with SM Supermalls as the club’s partner. SM Supermalls provides venues nationwide for free and assists the organization logistically. The said events will take place at three locations in the SM Mall of Asia Complex: the main exhibit will be at the Mall of Asia Music Hall, which will feature bonsai trees, suisekis (natural stones), and ikebana (flower) arrangements; at the mall’s Central Atrium (a space adjacent to the Music Hall); and at SM By the Bay where there will be selling booths of plants and anything related to bonsai and garden.

SM Supermalls President Steven Tan and ASPAC-ABFF Chair Bobby Gopiao seal the deal for the ASPAC-ABBF Convention and PBSI @50 Celebration

The show, which will be directed by Mr. Floy Quintos, will showcase an estimated 300 show quality trees, 200 suisekis, and 50-100 ikebana arrangements. There will also be a gallery displaying photos of the best bonsai trees from countries within Asia and the Pacific and By the Bay garden booths will coincide with the bonsai display, drawing plants and nature lovers to SM Supermalls throughout the duration of the exhibit. 

The Asia Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Convention is made up of national bonsai organizations from Asia and the Pacific, led by current Chairman Roberto “Bobby” Gopiao. Only one national club per country is allowed within the organization, with PBSI being a founding member.

Members and officers of The Philippine Bonsai Society Inc. and the executives of SM Supermalls

For more information about the event, you may contact Mr. Lito ‘Boy’ Pangilinan, Show Chairman and Immediate Past President of PBSI, via mobile at 09088869113 or via email at pangilinan_lito@yahoo.com.ph

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