so waling-waling is our second national flower alongside ...

@allen0187 (34358)
Philippines
February 4, 2013 11:31pm CST
sampaguita after senate bill no. 5655 was approved on the third and final reading. although i do agree with the points given by both senator edgardo angara and senator loren legarda about the passing of such a bill to update our national symbols so that we will have a better reflection of ur national identiy, i think that the senate needs to prioritize bills that would have a more concrete contribution in enhancing the lives of our country men. don't get me wrong, i also think highly of these senators for including the waling-waling in the list of species under protection but seriously, you spent your time and the tax payer's money for this? anyway, curious as to how the rest of my fellow filipino mylotters feel about this. feel free to chime in everyone.
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@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
5 Feb 13
Hi, I haven't seen a real one, it is quite rare and can command a higher price than the common Sampaguita, one reason they spent a lot of people's money to put it in that category. I heard it is a wild flower, a kind of orchid found in deep forests and tall trees, inaccessible to ordinary people. Maybe some variety has been "domesticated" and grown in home gardens, but like I said, I still has to see a live one until now.
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@allen0187 (34358)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
hi rog0322. not sure where you live but i think the waling waling orchid is available in most of the flower shops in the metro. it is one of the more popular variants because of its scent so it shouldn't be a problem tracking one down. cheers!!!
@rsa101 (16716)
• Quezon City, Philippines
5 Feb 13
Well what can we do about it since it is mandated by law that to declare some things as national symbols it should go through deliberation in the legislative branch of government before it is formally considered as one. Although I am aware of what waling waling is but I really do not know why was it considered as a national flower.
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@allen0187 (34358)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
hi rsa. i figure that there are bigger and more important laws and bills out there that need the senate's attention. plus, exactly your point, i really do not know why it was considered as a national flower and why is there a need to declare a second national flower aside for sampaguita, ain't one national flower enough? lol! cheers man!!!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
5 Feb 13
I don't think they spent like millions of pesos for that senate bill... maybe just a couple of thousands... well, whatever that is... i believe that is money well spent... it is like investing in the future of our country... how... to name a few: 1. Enrich our heritage... 2. A way of protecting and preserving our natural resources... when the Philippine Eagle was declared as a National Symbol... the move to preserve and protect the specie strengthened... so from being a soon to be extinct type of eagle... it is now gearing towards population recovery... the Waling Waling thrives in the forest... so in order to protect it... we must protect our forest... and if we do that... a lot of good things will follow... 3. To avoid confusion in what teachers should teach students... imagine... one teacher told his students that the Philippine National form of transportation is... the... CALESA... where in the world did he get that information??? These are just three reasons... there are more... but i think these will do...
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
8 Feb 13
I am getting the picture and what you mean, i think you are right.. Thanks for the info..
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@allen0187 (34358)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
very insightful and informative post tere!!! thanks for sharing!!! @ pals101, yeah, i too, got the 'picture' with tere's post here. cheers!!!
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@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
8 Feb 13
Waling waling is indigenous in our country so it reflects an identity. Sampaguita is used for years to welcome our visitors.Those are good points.You are right, anyhow, that our lawmakers should focus more of their time on laws that help our economy.National things are mundane and irrelevant in bringing food in our tables
@allen0187 (34358)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
hi there mimiang. yes, waling waling is indeed indigenous to our country unlike sampaguita which can also be found in india. i don't mind having a second national flower especially something that is as beautiful as our waling waling. i'm just curious as to why this was given priority over other more important bills and laws. that is my point exactly and i'm glad you see it as well. cheers!!!
@averygirl72 (16611)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
Yeah, that is right, why are these senators spending a lot of time on minor issues. I wonder if these senators are really doing great in our country. They are celebritized, they have comfortable lives in their senate office but how come lots of Filipinos are hungry and suffering from poverty?
@allen0187 (34358)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
hi averygirl72. i'm sure that the senators are doing their job, although i'm quite unsure who will benefit from the 'work' that the senators are doing??!!! not sure if it is the masses or a select few... anyway, what do you think of waling waling being our country's second national flower? any thoughts averygirl72? cheers!
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
Honestly? If this is something that will contribute to Filipinos being a more cohesive identity rather than just a bunch of people who just happened to live in the same space with some shared bloodlines in their veins, then I'm all for it. There is such a lack of national identity in this country that anything that can help with that, I'm definitely for it. Apart from the "Pinoy Pride!!!" stuff on random blogs, forums and youtube videos -- which, let's face it, easily falls into the trap of being obnoxious -- I don't think Filipinos are much into being Filipinos and their country/culture (except when we're slighted by other countries, apparently, and then it can become too much). Otherwise, more people would comment when places or buildings or creations steeped in history are destroyed for the sake of "development", however dubious that development may be. I also think it was a shame that it wasn't originally our national flower, considering that Waling-waling was a uniquely Philippine-based flower before it was scientifically cultivated by other nations for its scent. I keep hoping the government will fund its cultivation and perfume production since it seemed to be highly prized elsewhere.
@allen0187 (34358)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
hi semicolonp. honestly, i don't see how this contributes to us filipinos having a more cohesive identity. it will take more than a law proclaiming a second national flower to unite this country of ours. that's my take. thanks for participating!!!
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
I guess they don't have anything better to do, hahaha, just kidding. Well, I really don't have any take on this. It's just those issues that happen that you don't have any comments or side to choose from. I was like, MEH, when I've heard this news. I guess our young ones will benefit from this in the future, who knows.
@allen0187 (34358)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
hi xtedaxcvg!!! yeah, i kinda feel the same way, really couldn't care less even if they declared 'white flower' (the chinese ointment) as our national flower. lol!!! i just figure that there are other laws and bills that deserve their attention more over this one. maybe, you are correct and this law will benefit the younger generations more than us 'oldies'. cheers!!!