Saturday, March 23

Sanib Pwersa Bonsai Exhibit at SM North Edsa: Mesmerizing Union of Art and Nature

“Bonsai represents the three virtues or shin-zen-bi, which translates into truth, goodness and beauty.”

When nature thrive, there is always something beautiful and precious around us. Nature is often associated with feelings of tranquility, a zen-like sense of being that is calming and endearing. Art on the other hand represents ingenuity- a means of creative expression. When you combine nature and art together you’ve got something more profound such as bonsai, ikebono, suiseki and ikebana which are ancient Japanese art disciplines that are being enjoyed by many people today.

SM Supermalls has once again presented a worthy and unique exhibit of precious bonsai trees in pots, viewing stones, and ikebana arrangements plus workshops by Masters of the craft. Dubbed as “Sanib Pwersa- Art + Nature Bonsai Competition and Exhibit”, this public and free event was held at The Block at SM City North Edsa last March 22 to 25.

With more than 200 bonsai trees, ikebana masterpieces and suiseki viewing stones on exhibit, this is now the biggest bonsai show in the country and the very first of its kind at SM Supermalls. 

So delighted to meet the Bonsai Master Kunio Kobayashi from Japan and learned some valuable tips.

A roster of distinguished lecturers – National Bonsai Association of Taiwan Bonsai Master Amy Liang, Bonsai Master Kunio Kobayashi from Japan, Bonsai Master Yen Zi Jing from Taiwan, Bonsai Master Wu Jian Zhang from Taiwan, Expert on Viewing Stones Thomas Elias from USA, Expert on Viewing Stones Hiromi Nakaoji from Japan, and Ikenobo Professor Romeo Balderrama, Jr. from the Philippines conducted talks for the public.

Grateful to SM Supermalls for promoting culture and the arts. Together with The Philippine Bonsai Society, Natural Stone Society of the Philippines, and Ikebono Ikebana Society of Manila #67, art and bonsai enthusiasts have experienced a serene ‘green’ moment while at the mall.

(1st photo) With Mr. Anthony Gedang- founder of Natural Stone Society of the Philippines - NSSP
(2nd photo) former Secretary of Justice Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre II is an avid Bonsai enthusiast.

SUISEKI ☯️The Japanese word, suiseki, is defined as a single stone that has the power to suggest something in nature far greater than itself. (Matsuura, 2010). It is also known as Viewing Stones. 

IKEBANA is the art of Japanese floral arrangement that conforms to strict guidance and formality.

I considered myself lucky to witness such a blissful and invigorating event. Thank you SM Supermalls, for championing movements and events that are worthwhile. 

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