Erna's Ikebana hobby

IT’S been a while since I noticed the beautiful flower arrangement posted by Erna Gamones-Maagad on her Facebook page.

The arrangements took my breath away. It's just beautiful and refreshing to the eyes. I experience inner peace when I see her arrangements. I shared some of her posts on my news page on Facebook because I just love her work. I'm no stranger to Ikebana; I know it is a Japanese term second to bonsai.

The other day, I chanced upon Erna on Facebook and we chatted for a while.

By the way, Erna maintained her youthful looks and school girl charm after retiring as manager of Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) in several branches in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental, northern Mindanao in the Philippines.

We talk about the floral arrangements she made together with her group and answered questions though it was past midnight back home.

For the uninitiated, “Ikebana" is from the Japanese ikeru (????, "keep alive, arrange flowers, living") and hana (??, "flower").

Possible translations include "giving life to flowers" and "arranging flowers." Unknown to her, I have become a fan of her work since last year. I can still remember it was that time when she posted the floral arrangement at St. Augustine’s Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro and I was impressed; it was eye-catching.

From her I learned that Cagayan de Oro has two Ikebana chapters
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