Category: Flowers

Trivia about Valentine’s Day

According to church tradition, St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 AD. At the time the Roman Emperor Claudius II issued an edict forbidding marriage. When Claudius II became the emperor, he thought that he can make good soldiers. So, to assure good soldiers, he banned marriage.

St. Valentine saw the trauma of young lovers, so he met them in a secret place and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned this and arrested Valentine and executed him on February 24, 270.


Trivia about the Baguio city

In 1900, when the Americans first came  to baguio, it was the only "rancheria," whose dominant feature was a large, low-lying area Kafagway. There were only a few houses and no roads. During the dry season it was a pasture for cattle and horses, but much of the year, it was marshland with a shallow lake where residents hunted for ducks and snipes. Kafagway roughly covered the same area as the present city of Baguio.


Trivia about the Mother and Child paintings for Pasko 2008


The Madonna and Child as subject of art is definitely Christian in origin and symbol. It fascinated artists for centuries and were made as icons for worship in Christian churches.

In the Philippines, artists have made countless renditions of mother and child from classical to modern art. These paintings reflect the human view of the relationship between the mother and the child. The love the mother gives to her child is made of deep devotion, sacrifice and pain. It is enduring and endless that nothing can destroy it or take that love away.


Trivia about the Philippine – Korea Diplomatic Relations

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Philippines bilateral relations with Korea. Korea is one of the Philippines' largest trading partners. The mutual understanding of Philippines and Korea is shown when the Armed Forces of the Philippines helped fight Korea and its allies during the Korean War better known as Philippine Expedition Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) under the United Nations command with Gen. Douglas McArthur, as commanding general.


Trivia about Rare Flowers of the Philippines

1. Medinilla magnifica – Commonly called rose grape belonging to the family of plants called Melastomataceae Juss., this shrub is a stunning flower endemic to the Philippines. It is usually found in high altitudes growing up to 6 feet. The shrub has either ribbed or winged stem and glossy green leaves with conspicuously pale veins. The flowers are breathtaking growing as a bunch of small pink clusters attached to large pink bracts sheltered by its curved leaves.

2. Strongylodon elmeri – Endemic in the thick forests of the country, this specie along with its more famous cousin Strongylodon macrobotrys (jade vine) are arguably the most beautiful flowers in the world. Strongylodon elmeri is a perennial climbing shrub belonging to the family Fabaceae. The flowers hang in bunches up to 90 cm and each with a spectacular clawlike shape measures up 7.5 cm. Bats usually pollinate these flowers.

Trivia about the Cacti and Succulents

Rebutia sp. (Photo by Johann Espiritu)
Genus of mostly clump forming, spherical to columnar, perrenical cacti with flowers produced in profusion from plat bases, usually 2-3 years after raising from seeds. Much ribbed tuberculate, green stems have short spines.

Turbinicarpus alonsoi (Photo by Johann Espiritu; plant in the collection of Kevin Belmonte)
From Guanajuato, Mexico. First described in 1996 and named after its discover, a Mexican boy named Alonso. It is one of the most beautiful and distinct members of the Genus Turbinicarpus, a group of rare and small sized, globular cacti with spines which are usually papery, hairy or feathery and found only in Mexico. The plants have beautiful flowers. T. alonsoi is solitary, possesses a large tap root, is globose greyish-green or glaucous with a flattened top. In the wild, it grows partly underground, and attains a size of up to 4.4 inches long (11cm), 2.4 to 3.6 inches in diameter (6 to 9cm). The spines are weak and generally falloff from the older tubercles of the plant. T. alonsoi generally flowers from March to October, mainly between April and June. The flowers are cherry red to pink-magenta, with a more intensely coloured mid-stripe.


Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids IV

Dendrobium Victoria-Reginae. This orchid has pendent bulbs that are up to 50cm long, often branched near the base; the nodes are slightly swollen. The leaves are up to 8cm long and 2cm wide. The short inflorescence appears on older sterne and bear 3 to 12 flowers. The flowers reach 30mm in diameter. The simple lip has at its center five dark violet stripes. The pollinariurn consists of two pairs of naked pollinia. As D. Papilio, it is an inhabitant of the moist, cool, mossy forest of high altitudes. Its bluish color clearly separates it from all other Dendrobium species in the country.

Geodorum Densiflorum. This orchid specie comes from a genus of about 10 species of rarely cultivated but unusually attractive terrestrial orchids. Pseudobulbs, almost round, somewhat compressed, are underground and from which rise a few broad stalked, folded leaves and erect elongate inflorescence. Flowers are medium-sized, not widely opening which are carried sharply pendulous, that do not last long, and they are waxy, fragrant, and colored. No hybrids are known. Nervilia Plicata. About 65 species of nervilia are known. These terrestrial orchids have solitary, stalked, heart-shaped leaves, which are sometimes variegated that arise from subterranean round tubers.

Trivia about Valentine’s Day stamps

February 14 is Valentine's Day, It is a worldwide celebration of love and romance, From flowers to felicitations, cards to caresses, telegrams to telephone calls, stamps to sweetie pies are how lovers from all over the world spend Valentine's Day and express their feelings in the most romantic way,

This year's Valentine stamps depict simple things in life that one can easily identify with in everyday simple love and romance,

Trivia about Celebrating Pasko 2011

The design of said stamps were made in animated Christmas symbols showing colorful Christmas Bells, the famous Christmas flowers called “Ponsiettas”, colorful Christmas gifts, such as card, candy cane, teddy bear and other boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapper, and a colorful Christmas lantern.


Trivia about the Philippine Fruits

Atis.  Philippine name for Sweet Sop, Sugar Apple, and Custard Apple.  Atis was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish times. It is a small tree that grows between 10 to 20 feet high when fully matured with oblong leaves and green heart-shaped fruits with polygonal tubercles. The atis fruit has a white, sweet flesh and black seeds.

Pomelo (Suha). Found throughout the Philippines, usually planted. A small tree, 6 to 13 meters in height. Spines, solitary, sharp and long. Flowers are white, fragrant.  Fruit is large, up to 20 cm in diameter.  Pulp is pale yellow, pink or red, with large distinct vesicles.