Flowers and Ikebana

Manila Ikebana Installation and Workshop

Last year as part of my Philippine trip, I stayed a few days in Manila after our Iloilo visit to attend to some personal errands; catch up with family and friends; and do Ikebana.


It was a great opportunity for me to create some Ikebana arrangements for the Diocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino. And the day after that, I had a workshop in collaboration with Zaan Japanese Tea House.


Ikebana for the Church Altar


The Diocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino is located in Bago Bantay, Quezon City. Creating Ikebana for its altar was a big challenge. First, it was my first time to decorate it. Second, the gold color of the altar and its intricate design are are beautiful as they are and should be highlighted. Choosing the right colors should be well-thought. Third, it is quite huge. And lastly, I had to be within in their usual budget for the weekend mass.


Flower shopping spree at Dangwa Flower Market


Going to Dangwa Flower Market in Manila is always an adventure for me. I enjoy walking from one end of the street to the other end while my eyes are looking for materials. It is always a pleasure to find a variety of leaves, flowers, and even some fruits or berries. This time around, I was lucky to find tall papyrus plants to use for the church. I paired it with some red and green Dracena leaves, Gardenia leaves. carnations, yellow mums, gerberas and torch flowers.


Tropical flowers for the Lector’s podium


Under the Main Altar Table


Papyrus for the Crucifix


Beside the Tabernacle


A Low Arrangement near the Tabernacle

My Ikebana Arrangements for the Diocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino



My Ikebana Arrangements at the Altar


Ikebana Workshop at Zaan Japanese Tea House


The next day still in Quezon City, I conducted a Basic Ikebana Workshop in collaboration with Zaan Japanese Tea House. It was a good opportunity to introduce the basic Sogetsu-style Moribana Ikebana using the plants and flowers that are available locally. We had a good and diverse group composed of young and young-at-hearts.


The workshop was into parts. The first part is a brief introduction of Ikebana followed by a demonstration of the basic upright Moribana arrangement. The participants did a great job as they created their first Ikebana using a kenzan.


Choosing their materials for Shin, Soe, and Hikae


The Participants’ First Try on Basic Upright Moribana

The second part is review of the steps from the first activity while adding their own style in terms of plant and color combinations. For this activity, they used a small basket with floral foam so that they can bring their creations at home.



Basic Upright Moribana to Take Home


A Group Photo with our very kind host, Ms. Non Iwamoto.


Happy weekend everyone!

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