Asia-Pacific Bonsai Friendship Federation




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A P B F F    Activities


The Asia Pacific Bonsai Friendship Federation (ABFF) was established in Manila on February 28th, 2003 coincided with the ASPAC VII conducted by the Philippine Bonsai Society, Inc. The federation members include The Philippine Bonsai Society, Inc., Thai Bonsai Association, Malaysia Bonsai and Suiseki Society, Vietnam Natural and Traditional Beauty Association, Taiwan National Bonsai Association, Korea Small Bonsai Association (note: now replaced by Korea Shoshin Bonsai Association), Singapore Penjing & Stone Society and Indonesian Bonsai Society.

The name “Asia-Pacific Region” was established at the 4th WBFF Board of Director’s Meeting in Munich in June 3, 2001. The federation adopted the same name to represent the region. While carrying the name ‘Asia Pacific”, it does not include China, Japan and Australia/New Zealand as each of those countries represents as a region in WBFF.

The ABFF Presidents:

  • Mr. Y.W.Junardy - 2003-2005
    Prof. Amy Liang - 2005-2007
    Mr. Montri Suksermsongchai - 2007-2009
    Mr. Roberto ‘Bobby’ Gopiao - 2009-2013
    Ms. Hoang Ny - 2013-2015
    Dato’ Pui Khiang Khang/Mr. Kim Sae Won - 2015-2017).

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Regional Activities

The 2015 ABFF Convention & Exhibition - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 5-8 June 2015 Theme of “Enjoy Bonsai, Enhance Relationship”

The 2015 ABFF Convention & Exhibition was conducted by The Vietnam Natural and Traditional Beauty Association at the National Rin Rin Park, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 5-8 June 2015. The event was participated by 198 overseas delegates from 18 countries: Thailand, Taiwan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Italy, USA, Puerto Rico, Philippine, Czech Republic, France, Australia, Japan, Lebanon and Vietnam.

The opening was attended by HCM People’s Committee, Member of the Executive Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and WBFF Director for Asia Pacific and WBFF International Consultant.

Over 800 spectacular bonsai which were strictly collected and chosen from various regions in Vietnam were displayed in this event.

Conducting the bonsai demonstration were:

  • Prof. Amy Liang (Taiwan)
    Mr. Kunio Kobayashi (Japan)
    Mr. Kim Seok Ju (Korea)
    Mr. Vaclav Novak (Czech Republic)
    Mr. Liu Chuanguang (China)
    Mr. Sujay Shah & Mrs. Ruppa Shah (India)
    An interesting presentation on the History of Stone Art was also conducted by Dr Thomas Elias (USA)

The ABFF Convention meeting unanimously agreed and elected Dato’ Pui Khiang Khang, President of Malaysia Bonsai & Suiseki Society, as the new ABFF President and Mr. Kim Sae Won, Chairman of Korea Shoshin Bonsai Association, as the ABFF Vice President for the period of 2015-2017.

The 13th Asia Pacific Bonsai and Viewing Stones Convention & Exhibition

Minutes of Convention Meeting (ASPAC 2015)

The 13th ASPAC was conducted jointly with the BCI 2015 Convention. The convention was conducted on 17 November 2015 at Guangdong Hotel, Guangzhou. The meeting was attended by country representatives from 11 Asia Pacific countries, i.e. Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and USA.

Mr. Hu Yun Hua officially opened the meeting by welcoming all the participants to attend the 2015 BCI and the 13th ASPAC in Guangzhou. He further updated the programs and reported that the event will showcase 388 selected bonsai, bonsai demonstration by bonsai experts from China and overseas, viewing stones lectures and bonsai/stone tours. He hoped the meeting will come up with solid decision as to the country hosting the next ASPAC.


Mr. M. Paiman expressed his great pleasure that for the second time we managed to conduct jointly an international event. The first was a joint event between 7th WBC and 12th ASPAC in Jintan, China in 2013.

Special guests attending the meeting were:

  • Mr. Jiro Fukuda, Chairman of WBFF
  • Mr. Yukihiko Konishi, WBFF International Consultant
  • Mr. Hatsuji Kato, Chairman of the 8th WBC Saitama Convention 2017)
  • Dr. Thomas Elias, BCI President/WBFF International Consultant

General Country Activities

• Regional Bonsai Exhibition during the Inauguration of Bogor Chapter of Indonesia Bonsai Society 2017

• National Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition by Tangerang Chapter of Indonesia Bonsai Society, 2016

• Grand Indonesian Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition - Bandung and Bali 2014

  • With theme of “Friendship • Culture • Green”, the event was conducted in commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of The Indonesian Bonsai Society (PPBI) in cooperation with the Indonesia Suiseki Association. Featuring more than 1000 selected bonsai from all over the country and 200 suiseki, this represents the biggest ever exhibition conducted. The event was attended by around 200 delegates from 20 countries.

  • Demonstration by International Bonsai Masters included: Shinichi Nakajima (Japan), Min Hsuan Lo (Taiwan), Ng Sing Fat Hong Kong), Huang Jiu Wei (China), and Mr. Jose Luis Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)

• International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale – Yogyakarta 2014

  • With the theme of “When Art and Culture Meet Through Bonsai”, this event was jointly organized by the Forum Hobby Indonesia (FHI) and Indonesia Bonsai Art Club Association (Aksisain), supported by the Sultan of Yogyakarta Kingdom and Governor of Yogyakarta Special Province, Vredeburg Fortress Museum and Culture & Tourism of Yogyakarta. The event was in concert with the celebration of 258th Anniversary of the Kingdom of Yogyakarta. Attended by more than 200 overseas delegates from 20 countries, this is the first bonsai exhibition ever done with new presentation concept to accommodate creative and innovative inspiration, to collaborate bonsai art with other art forms.

  • Bonsai Demonstrations were conducted by international masters:

William N. Valavanis (USA) Prof Amy Liang (Taiwan)
Mauro Stemberger (Italy)ary Chong Yong Yap (Malaysia)
Cheng Cheng Kung (Taiwan)ary Sulistyanto Soejoso (Indonesia
Zheng Zhi Lin (China)ary Manoj Kumar and Shrikrishna Gadgil (India)
Isao Omachi (Japan)ary Pedro Morales (Puerto Rico)
Robert Steven (Indonesia)ary Jun Ilaga (Philippines)


Royal Floria Festival, 2016 International Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition and Competition.

This was held at the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden Putrajaya, this event was conducted by the Malaysia Bonsai & Suiseki Society (MBSS) in partnership with Putrajaya Floria Sdn Bhd with the support of the Federal Territories Ministry and the Tourism and Culture Ministry.

Her Majesty opened the show which attracted a record breaking 800.000 visitors. It was participated by over 100 bonsai societies and delegates from China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea, Singapore and India. On the occasion, MOU was signed between MBSS and Korean Bonsai Growers Cooperative.

Bonsai Show at @ Muar
11 - 20 March 2016

Perak Bonsai and Suiseki Show @ Ipoh 8 - 13 March 2016

Miri City Bonsai Open Competition @ Miri 16 - 18 Sep 2016

The 12th Bonsai & Stone @ Kuching
15 - 20 Dec 2016

The Philippines

The Philippine 2015 Show and Competition - Quezon City,
May 13 - 20, 2015

The Philippine Bonsai Society Inc. held its 2015 National Bonsai Exhibition and Competition at the Flower Garden area, Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

The national competition and exhibition has been the mecca of bonsai enthusiasts all over the Philippines, wherein it has been a tradition that bonsai trees from the different end points of the country gather together for the Spirit of Bonsai.

BCI Annual Bonsai Convention & Exhibition hosted by the Philippines Bonsai Association Inc. in Quezon City
17 - 20 March 2016

The Philippine Black Scissors National Show, Quezon City 28 Apr – 8 May 2016


Singapore Penjing and Artistic Stones Exhibition and Competition was in the Garden by the Bay, Singapore,
23 - 31 July 2016