Waling-Waling ~ Queen of Philippine Flowers

waling-walingLast Kadayawan Festival, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful flowers around the city.  During the festival we also had an agro-fair where people from different places around Davao could sell their products (like fruits, flowers, animal, handicrafts, souvenir items, vegetables, seedlings etc.)

And it is during this time that you can see the most beautiful flower of all ~ the Waling Waling. Some people sell Waling Waling while some use them as decorations.  Waling Waling also equals Kadayawan. If it’s Kadayawan then it’s also Waling Waling season.

According to wiki:

Euanthe sanderiana is a flower of the orchid family. It is commonly called Waling-waling in the Philippines and is also called Sander’s Euanthe, after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander, a noted orchidologist. The orchid is considered to be the “Queen of Philippine flowers” and is worshiped as a diwata by the native Bagobo people.

Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach originally named Euanthe sanderiana as Vanda sanderiana.

It has two forms, pink and white, also referred to as alba. M. Roebelin discovered the original pink variety in the Philippines in 1881 or 1882. Rudolf Schlechter separated Euanthe from Vandain 1914 due to structural differences in the flowers. For breeding purposes and registration by the Royal Horticultural Society, however, it is still treated as a Vanda.

Euanthe sanderiana is endemic to Mindanao in the provinces of Davao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga where it is found on the trunks of dipterocarp trees at elevations below 500 meters. Over-collected, the plant is considered rare in nature. It is often used in hybridization.

Studies have shown that when raised at high altitude, the plant bears flowers early.

In 2004, there had been a motion in the House of Representatives of the Philippines to declare the “Waling-waling” as the country’s national flower, replacing the Sampaguita.

In 2013, a bill [House Bill 5655 on Feb 04, 2013] was passed by the Philippine Senate declaring the Waling-waling as a national flower alongside the Sampaguita. 

According to some, the current national flower Sampaguita was brought to the Philippines from India and the Middle East, while the Waling-Waling can only be found in the Philippines.  That’s why a lot of people wanted this flower to be our National Flower instead. 😀

Well, I totally agree!  Can you see her beauty? Priceless! That’s Philippines!


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