Category: Flowers

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.

Trivia about Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Postal patrons can avail themselves of the flowers and chocolates that the mailman will deliver for them or to their loved ones.

Also, with the special limited edition of Valentine’s Day stamps to be issued by PhilPost, Filipinos can definitely relate with their love ones through love letters.

NCR Regional Manager Bernardito Gonzales said that PhilPost will deliver chocolate and flowers to make this Valentine’s Day celebration a memorable one.


Trivia about the Valentine’s Day 2009

Valentine's Day is a special day celebrated every 14th of February. A celebration that speaks about love. Love in every aspect of life. Love for God, family, friends, etc. But this special day is most celebrated by lovers as they express their love in their own different ways.

It is expressed by colorful and fragrant flowers that will serenade the heart of the recipient. Heart-shaped gift items, food items such as chocolates and balloons are given to loved ones to celebrate their affections.


Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids II

Phalaenopsis fuscata

Phalaenopsis fuscata has short, erect stems. The leaves are slender, ovobate, up to 30 cm long, 6 cm wide, greyish green. The few-flowered inflorescence is spreading, bent to nearly pendent, up to 40 cm long, longer than the leaves. The flowers are fleshy, shiny wax-like, about 30 mm in diameter. The margins of the sepals and petals are bent backward. The lip is three-lobed; the middle part has a central keel; the front part is shell-formed. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.

Phalaenopsis stuartiana

Phalaenopsis stuartiana has a little less intensively mottled leaves compare to P, schilleriana, some plants being nearly pure green. They are green below and up to 35 cm long. The inflorescences are many-flowered, erect to overhanging, branched, and up to 75 cm long. The flowers, which reach 70 mm in diameter, are white to yellowish. The lateral sepals and the lip bear numerous brownish spots. The lip is three-lobed; the mid-lobe has a callus between the lateral lobes and in the apical part are anchor-like appendages. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia connected to a stipe with a large viscidium.


Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids I

Phalaenopsis philippinensis has mottled leaves that are up to 35 cm long and 9 cm wide. The inflorescence grows up to 40 cm long, is erect to bent, mostly branched, many-flowered. The flowers, which reach 55 mm in diameter, are white. The lateral lobes of the lip are intensively yellow. The middle portion on the lip bears a callus between the lateral lobes; in the apical part it has two thread-like appendages. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia connected to a stipe with a large viscidium.

Phalaenopsis fasciata is similar in form to P. amabilis but smaller. The leaves, which grow to 25 cm long, are yellowish green. The inflorescence is spreading, longer than the leaves. The flowers are shiny, wax-like, around 50 mm in diameter, and appear two or three at a time. The lip is three-lobed; the middle lobe has a central keel and few hairs on the apical part. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.

Trivia about the Native Orchids

Liparis latifolia

The pseudobulbs of Lrparis latifolia are very close together, somewhat flattened, and up to 9 cm long. The leaves are leathery, acute, about 24 cm long and 5 cm wide The inflorescence is terminal, upright, slightly longer than the leaves, many flowered. The flowers are small in size, brick red, some with a greenish tint, sepals and petals pointing downward. The lip is recurved through '1 80", with a darker color, bilobed; its margin is erose. The pollinarium has four pollinia.


Trivia about Philippine Architectural Heritage

EI Hogar D. Antonio Melian established in 1910 a building society that issued mortgages called "EI Hogar Filipino." Four years later, in 1904, the four story building of the company, designed and constructed by Irureta-Goyena, was inaugurated on the corner of Juan Luna in Binondo facing the Pasig River. Designed with touches of the French Beaux Arts style, it has an enriched entablature topped with an attic story and a flat roof. It looks deceptively sedate until one enters its discreet entranceway. The double door leads to a center courtyard with balustraded corridors connected by an exuberant Art Nouveau staircase situated along the end of a passageway. With bronze griffins for newel posts and gilt swirling around initialed medallions, the interior speaks of a bygone elegance.

Regina Building One of the earliest structures made of reinforced concrete, a material introduced during the American colonial period. According to sources, the original three-story building was designed by Andres Luna San Pedro. In the early 1930's it was bought by the De Leon family from the Roxas family and a fourth floor commissioned from architectFernando Ocampo. The building is one of Manila's architectural landmarks, and is an example of the Art Deco style. Together with the Perez-Samanillo.

Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids III

Mariposa – Phalaenopsis amabilis (P30.00) – The leaves of this orchid are few, broadly ovate-oblong, blunt apically, fleshy and leathery, long and about 5" wide. Inflorescences are slender and gracefully arching. Flowers which vary in size are white, flushed with yellow on the lip and more or less marked and striped with red around the calli. Sepals are oblong and blunt at tips. Petals are clawed, mostly broadly rhombic-cuneate, blunt and somewhat emarginate apically.

Sanggumay – Dendrobium superbum (P50.00) – The leaves of this specie are fleshy, glossy-green, oblong-Ianceolate, acutish up to 5" long, flattened and borne in two (2) ranks. Inflorescences are usually 2 flowered, almost stalkless, borne on the leafless pseudobulbs. Flowers vary in colour, the typical phase with mauve-purple sepals and petals. The lip has 2 deep purple blotches in the throat, the flaring part of which is veined with deeper purple. Flowers are extremely fragrant.

Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids V

Epigeneium Iyonii (P17.00)
The pseudobulbs of Epigeneium Iyonii are 5 to 7 cm. long and 2.5 to 4 cm. wide, four-angled, bifoliate. The feathery leaves are oblong, 17 to 25 cm. long, and 3.5 to 5.5 cm. wide. The apex is unequally bilobed. The flower stalk is very long, arching and longer than the leaves. The flowers are large, white and purplish red. It is endemic in Luzon and Samar, found in Bataan, Kalinga-Apayao, Laguna and Rizal.

Thrixspermum subulatum (P21.00)
It has long and pendent shoots, often with side shoots. The leaves are thick, fleshy, shiny and leathery. At the short inflorescences, some flowers appear within a few weeks on many nodes. The flowers do not open completely. The three-lobed lip has a sac-like spur; the large pointed lateral lobes are erect or envelope the column. Found in Bontoc and Ilocos Norte.