How To Make Flower Arrangements

taste of the orientEveryone now is very excited on how to make their own floral arrangements. Now, will give some simple tips to make a very easy floral arrangement without exerting too much effort to make it really look perfect!

Here are the steps:

  1. Prepare or get a flower vase that has about 10 to 13 inches high for your flowers may it be, roses, sunflowers, carnation etc.
  2. Prepare also your ideal flowers. 5 stems of roses would be good for 1 vase, but it actually doesn’t matter if you have a big size of flower vase then it can accommodate more flower arrangements.
  3. With regards to how much water you should put to the flower vase, you can actually put a full of waters on your vase. Just make sure to change the water few days to prevent the growth of the bacteria.

 

Do you have more ideas on how to make flower arrangements? Share it with us. Have a great one!

BULAKLAK.COM’S Notebooks + Pens Distribution at Linabo, Bukidnon

Linabo Elementary SchoolEverything was set and was placed in order as BULAKLAK.COM team prepared for their first ever notebook distribution held at Linabo, Bukidnon particularly in Linabo Central School, Lalawan Elementary School, and Paiwaig Elementary School. As a company that supports Department of Education flagship program Adopt-a-School Act of 1998, also known as Republic Act 8525, BULAKLAK.COM aims to empower student’s right to education especially to the impoverished children who can’t afford to have brand new notebooks, pens, and pencils. ONE BUY. ONE FILIPINO is BULAKLAK.COM social mission program and it serves as its driving force towards its endeavor.

September 26, 2014 marks the very first day of BULAKLAK.COM’s notebook distribution. Notebooks, pens, and pencils, were packed and are ready for distribution. As the team headed to Linabo, Bukidnon, their hearts were filled with excitement and joy. The team arrived early morning, at Linabo Central School, the first school to have received notebooks, pens, and pencils. The school teachers and principal greeted them with their smiles and lead them directly to the school auditorium where the notebook distribution will be held. Students across all level from special education students, kinder, up to grade six flocked their way inside the school auditorium as they were all excited to receive their brand new notebooks, pens, and pencils. The program started with the grand opening remarks by the school teachers and principal. They all greeted the team tender-heartedly with the students paying full attention on the event. Before the distribution had started, the team gave a token of appreciation to the teachers as a gift to commemorate them for their hard-works, undying love, and dedication for their students. They all received BULAKLAK.COM bags and fresh red roses. As the team started to distribute notebooks, pens, and pencils to the students, the auditorium was filled with mix-emotions from teachers, parents, to students, and even from the BULAKLAK.COM team. Smiles were just visible to everyone’s faces and no words could describe the joy that the team experienced during the first ever notebook distribution. Every student just received their notebooks and pens and they are just excited to get into their classroom to use those for their lessons.

The second notebook distribution was held at Paiwaig Elementary School but this time the road that lead the team to get there is rough enough and it just made the trip even more challenging. As soon as the team arrived, they were all amazed to see the exact location of the school where it is located on top of the mountain and just below from it is the valley with greenery ambiance. It is literally away from the city where most of the students have only limited school supplies and barely enough resources to provide them computers that you see from schools at urban areas. Most of the students only wear slippers when they go to school. The team started the program with the giving of BULAKLAK.COM bags to the teachers. The team has seen their dedication towards their profession for their students even though it was their first time seeing them. Then the team gathered the students around the classroom and started the notebook distribution. Only smiles and no other expression other than happiness could describe how grateful they were as they received those school supplies. Indeed, it was worth the trip.

The last stop was held at Lalawan Elementary School. The very unique feature about this school is that it was situated in the middle of rice fields and hills. Wherever you look, there are only mountains, plants, and rice fields. The team got impressed about the passion that this students have on their studies. The transportation going to this school is only limited by tricycles and vehicles that could race down through the rough road. But still, it gave them no reason not to go to school. The notebook distribution took place inside the classroom where everyone was excited. Same from the other schools, the team first gave a BULAKLAK.COM bags to the teachers as to commemorate their love and dedication towards their students. As soon as the team started to distribute the notebooks, pens, and pencils, the teachers were delighted seeing their students receiving new notebooks and pen. After all, at the end of the day, what’s left for the teachers are the memories that are priceless and can’t just easily be forgotten by anything else.

 

A total of 4,020 of notebooks and pens were distributed to 1,352 students on that very eventful day. Each of the students received three notebooks and pens. Truly, no other things that can’t make a person more contented other than sharing what they have to the people in need. By giving these students their basic school supplies, they will always have the hope to become better students and achieve their dreams in life.

ONE BUY. ONE FILIPINO: THE BULAKLAK.COM CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM

Buy One. One FilipinoBULAKLAK.COM is known to be the first Online Filipino Flower Marketplace in the Philippines that was soft launched this January 12, 2014. As its main concept, BULAKLAK.COM helps to promote the creativity of the Filipino Florist around the world, as well expressing “LOVE” in the most convenient way for those people who are away from their loved ones.

However, this is not only what BULAKLAK.COM was made for. The company thought that integrating “Corporate Social Responsibility” in BULAKLAK.COM business model is a great way for great cause that make such a difference to create a good life for every Filipino. But, what is Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR? Well it is about how a company manages the business process to produce an overall positive impact on society. It is a way of company to make a difference in a simple but yet powerful way.

The founders was inspired the story of Blake Mycoskie on how he started his company TOMS Shoes and “One for One” movement or better known as “Buy One Give One” (BOGO or B1G1) in the United States of America. In 2006, Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he founded TOMS Shoes with the One for One concept. TOMS “One of One” initiative is very simple: with every pair of shoe sells, they donate a pair of shoe to someone in need.

ONE BUY. ONE FILIPINO is BULAKLAK.COM social mission program. With the goal of giving back to the community by supporting Department of Education flagship program Republic Act 8525, also known as the Adopt-A-School Act of 1998. As simple as the school notebook, pencil and ball pen are actually serve as a key for a better education. However not all could afford to buy new notebook, pencil and ball pen every year, especially the students from public schools. Children play a big role in the society and management believe the children are the hope of the nation. The founders said, “As we extend this little help to them, by providing these children with notebooks, pencils and ball pens to write on, we can contribute in making their future brighter. As what Jose Rizal the Philippine National Hero would say, “Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan” (The young is the hope of the nation). Helping the youth means helping build a better future for not only for them but for the nation.

ONE BUY. ONE FILIPINO concept is for every flower arrangement purchased, BULAKLAK.COM give notebooks, pencils and ball pens to a student in need. In this initiative, the triad of generosity, compassion, and joy is evident from the BULAKLAK.COM partner florists who are given a chance to have more business and promote their floral arrangements in the entire Philippines and global market, customers who wants to express emotions to their loved ones to the students beneficiaries who will receive notebooks, pencils and ball pen for every flower arrangement purchased.

ONE BUY. ONE FILIPINO is a program to slowly create a sustainable solution to help Filipino children finish education and improve economy in the local community through the businesses and jobs created. The goal is one day to provide yearly free basic school supplies to all student in need at the public school. Buying a flower arrangement from BULAKLAK.COM creates happy people—a customer, a partner florist and a Filipino student.

It is never too late for the Filipino youth. Spread the joy today. Extend a helping hand with ONE BUY. ONE FILIPINO.

Gift Suggestions for Filipina Women

Giving gifts has been a culture widely practiced thought out the globe. In the Philippines, Filipino men are fond of giving a sentimental item to the dear women in their lives, while Filipina women show great appreciation toward this generous gesture.

BLOG BANNER6 copyWhether you are a man thinking of giving a gift to a Filipina friend, girlfriend, relative, or a co-worker, or a woman just fond of giving presents to her friends, here is a list of 10 gift ideas.

  1. Jewelry – When giving jewelry, your relationship with the recipient and your intention must be considered. Jewelry, being a pricey gift, will mean that the recipient is also precious to you. Earrings, bracelet, or short necklaces are the most common jewelry given as a gift. And if you are planning for a marriage proposal, there goes the diamond ring.

 

  1. Chocolate – Trust us, every girl loves chocolates, even if she says she’s watching her figure. A gourmet dark chocolate or chocolate with almonds is a good choice.

 

  1. Favorite color – If you already have an idea what her favorite color is, then go choose an item among this list and get the one available in that color. Women have a sense of inclination to their favorite color, so it will definitely be appreciated by her.

 

  1. Stuffed toy – This cute present is popularly given to those girls in their mid-20s and below. A bear stuffed toy, box of chocolates, and bouquet flowers are the three most popular items bundled together as a suitor’s gift.

 

  1. Music and movies – Amidst the digital copies of tracks and films, a hard copy of her favorite artist’s album or her favorite chick flick movie is still something worth keeping. Add a sweet dedication for the recipient goes well together with this present.

 

  1. Perfume – A perfume can serve as your present for a romantic occasion. Even if the recipient already uses a specific scent, adding another one to her collection makes it a great idea. Now, she can try out other fragrances and choose the one that is best for a specific occasion.

 

  1. Fashion – A woman will always have an interest in fashion no matter what type of personality she has. A purse, bag, dress, or a pair of shoes will surely delight her. Just pick the classic styles if you are a bit unsure of her preference.

 

  1. Hobby-related – If she is into sports or dancing, then a sports outfit for her activities will be a good choice to surprise her. You always have the option to add something sentimental or more feminine to go with this type of present.

 

  1. Book – Not all women like to read, but when choosing a book for a gift, do not limit it to fiction books. You may consider an inspirational book or go to the bestselling novels shelves and run through the choices.

 

  1. Cook book – Whether a Filipina knows how to cook or not, there is always a part of them that wants to try it. This is a gift suggestion to a friend or a relative. If she is into baking, you may also consider a nice electric mixer.

 

Once you have picked from the list, make your present even more special by adding a bouquet of flowers or even just a dozen of roses. Flowers put the romantic theme when you think you cannot be mushy enough. BULAKLAK.COM provides you only hand-picked freshly arranged flowers delivered to your loved one’s doorstep. Even when you are away, BULAKLAK.COM helps bridge the distance. Check all Philippine delivery destinations here.

Philippines: A country overflowing with celebrations

Occasions celebrated in the PhilippinesJust like any country, the Philippines has its own set of events celebrated as a nation and marked in every Filipino’s calendar. Included in the list of Philippine National or Regular Holidays are New Year’s Day, Day of Valor, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Labor Day, Independence Day, National Heroes Day, Bonifacio Day, Christmas Day, and Rizal Day. Although not each of these occasions is personally celebrated by Filipinos, it is given so much regard because students and most employees are exempted from going to school and work.

Grand events are also held in various provinces where you can see gigantic and colourful floats and costumes in street parades. Among the festivals in the Philippines, the most popular and well-visited are Sinulog in Cebu, Ati-Atihan in Aklan, Dinagyang in Iloilo, Higantes in Rizal, Moriones in Marinduque, Pintados in Leyte, Sigpawan in Batangas, Kaamulan in Bukidnon, Kadayawan in Davao, Lanzones in Camiguin, Kagay-an in Cagayan De Oro, Masskara in Bacolod, Penagbenga in Baguio, and Bangus in Dagupan. Almost every month there is a major festival happening in one of the country’s province. Fellow Filipinos and foreigners are welcome to join the locals in their festive celebrations.

Aside from these events joined in by a community, there are also commemorative ones celebrated by families. These include Graduation Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, and Birthday. Typically, the family gathers together sometimes with their extended family and also with friends at home. Different types of dishes are served to the guests while the guests give presents to the celebrant. Today, in celebrating these events, some prefer to eat out in a restaurant instead of holding the event at home to make it easier when it comes to preparation.

Anniversaries of couples—married or just boyfriend-girlfriend—are also celebrated. Silver and Golden wedding anniversaries are the most notable ones and usually grandiosely celebrated. For boyfriend-girlfriend couples, there are those who even mark their “monthsary” date every month. Such occasions are usually spent eating out in a fancy restaurant or cooking indoors. Organizations also have anniversaries they call as Foundation Day. Schools are known for this and it is usually celebrated by having a school fair for several days. No classes are held as all students and teachers enjoy the programs and activities prepared by each member of the school community. Companies who commemorate their Foundation Day also gather their employees to a whole or a couple of days of team building activities, awarding of exemplary employees, and sharing of food.

Aside from food being the common denominator in any event and occasion celebrated, there is very good chance you will also have flowers present in event venues, program activities, and as a symbolic present or gift. The stage decorated with flowers, street parades with floats made of flowers, and a bouquet of flowers to complement a surprise gift are just one of the common instances where flowers can be seen.

Whatever the occasion is, as long as fresh flowers are what matter most to you, go to BULAKLAK.COM and your flower expectations will be met. To learn which flowers arrangement is perfect for your celebration, click here and find out more about our products and special services. Order some Bulaklak today!

BULAKLAK.COM at Kumbira 2014

_MG_9870BULAKLAK.COM was given the privilege to take part of Kumbira 2014, the country’s longest running culinary show and the premier culinary show in Cagayan de Oro City. We sponsored various floral basket, green foliage in the pot, and exquisite topiaries which was featured at the grand stage during the launching as part of the ribbon cutting ceremony. Indeed, our unique floral arrangements add vibrant color and textures to the event which took place at Atrium, Limketkai Mall which runs from August 13 to 15 this year.

kumbiOne of the highlights that fascinates and gave charm especially to the guests was the distribution of our 18 red lovely roses to the 18 special ladies given by Kumbi, the official mascot of Kumbira and whose name was derived from it, as to commemorate the 18 years journey of Kumbira which is organized by Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA).

ribbon cutting

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by our own City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Regional Director Catalino Chan III of Department of Tourism – 10, Mr. Albino Limketkai and COHARA President Nelia Lee along with government officials and the invited guests.

 

Kumbira features Mindanao’s talented future chefs and professionals coming from different culinary schools, hotels, and restaurants and were gathered to showcase their skills in various contests related to food preparations, presentation, and other categories in the competition.

Understanding Why Men Should Give Flowers

Flowers have been widely used as a present when courting or expressing romantic feelings. It is such a sweet gesture that now in the modern times the real meaning of it has been sometimes neglected. In the olden times, courting was regarded as a formal and dignified act and flowers were symbols used to express emotions that cannot be simply uttered in words.

Understanding Why Men Should Give Flower

Meanings were associated in the giving and receiving of flowers, so a romantic language developed in the Victorian Era. Each bouquet was deemed to have a secret message for the women to interpret. Enlivening this Victorian tradition in today’s era will pour in so much meaning–magic, life, and mystery–in this romantic gesture.

Saying it at the right moment

When anxiety and tension is eating you up and you find it hard to have the right words to say, then maybe this short list of flowers and their meanings can help you.

Carnation – Fascination

Chrysanthemum – Wonderful friend

Daisy – Loyal love

Gladioli – Sincerity

Orchid – Love and beauty

Pink rose – Secret love

Tulip – Declaration of love

White rose – Innocence and purity

Yellow & orange rose – Passionate thoughts

Now that you have the right flower for your sentiments, you can be more confident and get major romance points when you know the timing to bring or send flowers. Be thoughtful enough to remember your significant other in special and important occasions. A number of these events to keep in mind are Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, new baby, ‘Get Well’ wishes, saying sorry, anniversary, or just a simple day to surprise her.

A Victorian gentleman in the modern world

Don’t question why giving flowers is important because the answer is as simple as women like receiving flowers. Although you may know someone exempted to this rule, generally, this has been the set expectation of woman from her beloved. While men think that flowers are expensive and temporary as they die and cannot be consumed or used when alive, its meaning is beyond being just a material gift. So, what is it for you, gentleman?

You become a happy man. According to a research of Rutgers University psychologist Jeanette Haviland-Jones, the act of giving beckons a real smile. And with this smile emanates a positive reaction from you as the giver. Don’t you agree that seeing a smile from your beloved is priceless?

You become the smarter guy. Sending flowers to you sweetheart’s office or home signifies that you have higher emotional intelligence than other guys. A giveaway for you is when her co-workers are impressed, you might just get a quick access on their network of contacts when you need it.

You become a better manager. Not every flower sent out means ‘I love you’. Boost up your staff’s morale by sending a vase or basket of flowers to their work station. You’ll see a good change in productivity and less trace of anxiety on their faces. It’s as good as saying, “Let’s finish this project on time or we’ll be both dead meat.”

Are you still having second thoughts on sending out a bouquet of flowers? Don’t be! Get on your toes now and be a gentleman. To make it easier for you, a wide variety of freshly arranged flowers are available at BULAKLAK.COM. Are you ready to see her priceless smile? Here are flower suggestions for your special someone.

BULAKLAK.COM Sponsored 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit

3rd Mindanao Fasion Summit

 

BULAKLAK.COM  has recently sponsored the 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit held at the Atrium, Limketai Mall on August 8-10, 2014. BULAKLAK.COM provided four exquisite floral arrangements which were used for the ribbon cutting ceremony program. BULAKLAK.COM’s tarpaulins were also displayed in place along the main entrance of the venue. The event started with the ribbon cutting where the production head and staff, designers, models, and our own BULAKLAK.COM staff assembled.

ribbon cuttingFoods were then served after the grand ribbon cutting ceremony in which BULAKLAK.COM team has joined in. As lunch was served, lots of people got intrigued and fascinated by the beauty of those floral arrangements and it receives overwhelming positive feedback from the crowd. More people then inquired and fascinated about the BULAKLAK.COM’S services and products as the event progressed.

 

The Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City

The Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City

 

The main event started at 1pm in which it welcomed a huge crowd. The event was also attended by the city Mayor Oscar Moreno together with his wife and with his entourage.

Fasion designer, Jonnie Navarro and  the entrepreneur Sharee Mae "Chinkee" Te as her model

Fasion designer, Jonnie Navarro and the entrepreneur Sharee Mae “Chinkee” Te as her model

The 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit, a convergence of some of Mindanao’s Most Talented Fashion Designers, features the designer’s sophisticated and unique designs. The highly anticipated and much awaited event also received a great applause from the guests and the crowd as the models started to ramp on the runway.

The Tradition of Giving Funeral Flowers

Gift Giving Funeral FlowersIn the Philippines, while there are many provinces having diverse practices and beliefs, remembering and paying honor and respect to the dead is still a custom widely observed.

Of the many practices, sending flowers to the funeral or placing flowers around the tomb is one of the most common one. Historically, giving of funeral flowers has been a practice a long time ago. Dr. Ralph Solecki, an American archaeologist, documented one of the first discoveries of flowers used for funerals. In his lead, the Shanidar Cave in Northern Iraq was excavated and from the soil samples there, it was revealed that flowers were place on this burial site 62,000 years ago by locals who collected wild flowers from the hillsides and placed these funeral flowers on graves. This has been noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Oldest Form of Human Ritual.

To some experts, the first funeral flowers were intended for two purposes: symbolizing the life cycle from birth to death, life’s fragility and its momentary beauty, and a practical application of masking the smell of the decomposing dead body prior to embalming. Today, flower-giving on funerals has been a practice to express feelings of sympathy for the bereaved family. It is a symbolic way of sharing the burden of grief and loss and showing support to the family of the departed.

When visiting the place of funeral

When you arrive, first thing to do is offer the family your sympathies and condolences. If you find it hard to express your emotions, saying “sorry for your loss” or “condolences to your family” is enough for them to feel that you care. Dark colored attires are usually observed for the dress code, while some families prefer white to ease the feeling of burden.

 

Before leaving the funeral, sign in the register book and fill the details like address or place of work as these may help the family who came and visited. Remember to also keep in touch with the family members even after the burial. Sending flowers after the interment to comfort the family is also acceptable. This will make the family feel that they are still on your mind keeping them comforted.

 

When choosing funeral flowers

In choosing flowers, the top kinds widely used for funerals in the Philippines are Lilies, Roses and Orchids. Types of arrangement may come in a circular wreath or a spray that is designed to be placed on an easel stand. There are also small arrangements called inside pieces that can be displayed inside the casket’s open lid, and another is the funeral or casket spray that can be placed draping over the casket.

The color of the flowers should be considered as you cannot always think about one’s favourite color. Funeral flowers are dominantly white but can be mixed with red or pink flowers. You can also mix it with red to signify love and ardour or pink for blessing, joy, and gentleness. Commonly combined with white flowers are also violet and purple that represents pride, triumph, and vigor. Yellow reminds companionship, new beginnings, and optimism, while green is for strength, flexibility, and hopefulness.

Whether you send flowers during or after the funeral, the intention is always to ease the pain and to comfort the family. In times like this, you should always get the best service from a flower provider. BULAKLAK.COM guarantees you fresh flowers delivered to your chosen recipient in the Philippines. Choose from a wide range of funeral wreaths, sprays, or flower baskets here.

Gift-giving Tradition in the Philippines

Gift-giving Tradition in the Philippines

Gift-giving is one of the traditions widely practiced in the Philippines. With over a hundred cities in the country having different cultures, you can certainly think of creative ways to bring about this tradition.
For almost every occasion and every activity there is always a chance to give gifts. In corporate events, a company have their guests receive common giveaways like planners, pens, notepads, or even flash drives. Another practice in business is sending flower arrangements or a food basket to your new business partner, while huge flower arrangements are best to give on the day of a business or store opening.
In gatherings, guests usually bring food even when there is already an overflowing amount of food for everyone. Dessert or finger food is the most usual choice you can carry with you as a guest. More often than not, before leaving the host’s place, they will ask you to take home food placed in plastic containers. Aside from the food, a nicely arranged perfumed flowers to complement the ambience of a gathering is also a good idea. This type of gift can also be used by the host as a table centerpiece.
When it comes to dating and courtship, if you are the guy, for you to be taken seriously and to show courtesy to the family, you have to visit them and introduce yourself formally. When paying a visit, as a suitor, you should be armed with “pasalubong”, or gifts like a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, stuffed toy, or even food. In tradition, it is said that you are to court also the family of the girl you are purusing.
It is always important to remember that aside from the gift-giving tradition, paying respect is always top of the list. When talking to elders using the Filipino language, saying “po” and “opo” are staples. Handshake for business or non-personal relationships and hand-kissing, or better known as “mano” for family encounters are gestures you should observe to show respect.
Whether the intentions for gift-giving is personal or for business, it is notable to take the relationship building at a pace for Filipinos have high regard on trust which takes time to be earned. Making a good impression when giving tokens or gifts is not bad but it shows how much value and time you put into your generous gesture. A gift that is nicely wrapped or packed is creates the first-hand reaction. The quality of the gift you bring is not appreciated by how expensive it is, but by its value of importance or even just by the mere act of thoughtfulness.
In any occasion, gathering or visit you are headed to, rely only at BULAKLAK.COM with you flower arrangements. BULAKLAK.COM is an online flower marketplace that only delivers freshly arranged flowers so you will never have to lose that good impression. For a selection of flowers perfect for any occasion, click here. A flower arrangement from BULAKLAK.COM puts a smile on every Filipino’s face.