AUTHENTIC HALLOWEEN DECOR
by Marketman of Market Manila, Oct 19,2011
Puentespina Orchids & Tropical Plants, Inc. That’s the only name you need to remember this Halloween. The holidays are looming like the first wave of a massive tsunami. We are so behind on the planning this year due to work with the restaurants, travel and other commitments that I feel a bit stressed. We planned a “hybrid” Canadian-American Thanksgiving dinner for this weekend and next weekend is an annual gathering of staff, their families (with kids!) for the trick-or-treating Halloween celebration in our area… so I wanted to spruce the house up a bit. My go-to favorite at this time of year? Puentespina’s main “warehouse” at the Manila Seedling Bank in Quezon City.
I can’t believe I left my camera at home. Once I got to Puentespina, I spied a large selection of decorative (though edible apparently) gourds in all sorts of weird shapes and color combinations. I have featured these gourds before, here, here and here. To one side of their area was a place set-up as you would see in any rural farm-stand set-up in North America selling pumpkins, with straw scarecrows, some of them dressed, and wheelbarrows filled with hay and lots of different pumpkins. Except that you are in the heart of Quezon City. Dried branches of curly willow and orchid roots in range of brown and sandy colors together with all the orange and greens provide more material for your holiday needs.
Inside their walk-in chillers, my jaw dropped momentarily! Not only were there hundreds of regular jack-o-lantern type pumpkins ranging from 3-8 kilos or so on the shelves, but they also had JUMBO pumpkins, ranging from say 10-30 kilos in size.