By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Over 200 bonsai trees, suiseki viewing stones, and ikebana creations are currently on display in the first one-of-a-kind exhibit in the Philippines.

Dubbed “Sanib Pwersa” in reference to the integration of three Japanese art forms and cultures, the event is a partnership between SM Supermalls, The Philippine Bonsai Society Inc. (PBSI), the Natural Stone Society of the Philippines, and the Ikebono Ikebana Society of Manila #67.

The collaborative effort is aimed to inspire eager plant enthusiasts to venture into the world of the three Japanese art forms that involve dealing with natural elements as well as to give the public a fresh and visually striking appearance. 

Bonsais are ornamental trees or shrubs grown in a pot and artistically  manipulated to keep from reaching its normal size as well to achieve certain shapes or structures. Suiseki is the Japanese art form of appreciating stones that resemble natural objects. Ikebana, on the other hand, is the Japanese art of floral arrangement that adheres to strict rules to create a formal display.

Foreign and local masters on each of the three respective crafts will also be holding seminars and demonstrations on how to create as well as maintain eye-catching bonsais, suisekis, and ikebanas.

The exhibit as well as the seminars are located at The Block Atrium at SM North Edsa from March 22 to 25 and is open to the public.

For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com.