Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Beautiful Flowers of Baguio City Philippines

The Beautiful Flowers of Baguio City Philippines

Baguio City is the coolest city in the Philippines. The weather is good and the scenery are fantastic. In addition to its splendid charm and beauty are hundreds of different colorful and pretty flowering plants that scattered anywhere else in the city.

On your way up to Baguio City either via Kennon Road, Marcos Highway or Naguilian Road, you’ll already witness thousands of Everlasting flowers cascading from the mountain slopes and alongside the roads.

Although Baguio City is not the “flower capital” of the Philippines, it is the major supplier of flowers for Central and Northern Luzon aside from the fact that it is the “vegetable capital” of the country.

Feast your eyes with the “Gallery of Beautiful Flowers” from the summer capital of the Philippines – Baguio City.

 Flaming beautiful flowers...

The yellow and red flaming flowers above were photographed in front of Baguio City Cathedral, one of most recognizable landmarks of this "city in the sky".

These bouquets of flowers are commonly named as "Lucky Money Plants". These plants are believe to bring luck to the owner.

A beautiful variety of Daisy

These Giant Drooping Bell flowers were taken near "Lourdes Grotto" one of the most popular tourist destinations for those who believed in the "Blessed Virgin Mary".

Red flowers of a flowering tree

This flower is locally known as "Kalatsutsi"

Most of these lovely flowers were photographed around "Burnham Park" which is located at the center of the city. Boating is one of the most popular activity on this beautiful park with plenty of beautiful flowers.

These flowers were photographed in a lagoon at Wright Park which is located near "The Mansion" - the official residence of the President of the Philippines in Baguio City.

 Red Roses

Pink and White Carnation

A Red Anthurium

There are also numerous souvenir items and “dwarf cacti” in Baguio City.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Most Popular Fruits in the Philippines

 The Most Popular Fruits in the Philippines

The Philippines, being a tropical country, has plenty of fruit-bearing trees. Here are some of the most popular and commonly eaten fruits in the country.

Apples are very popular in the Philippines...of course we are just importing them.. and one of the most popular variety is the Fuji apple.

During holiday seasons...fruits are very popular most especially during New Year's celebration because of the common belief that more fruits on the dining table would mean more prosperous year for the family.


(Lansium domesticum)

Lanzones is one of the most famous Philippine fruits. The leading Lanzones provinces in the country are Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Camiguin. A new variety of Lanzones had emerged recently- the "latexless" Lanzones. This fruit is particularly abundant during the month of October and November.

(Nephelium mutabile)
Another very common fruit in the Philippines is Rambutan. they are widely grown from the island of Luzon down to Mindanao. In Luzon, popular provinces that produce Rambutan includes Nueva Vizcaya, Laguna and Quezon.

(Citrullus lanatus)

Watermelon is the best fruit to quench your thirst during hot summer days. Watermelon is known in Filipino language as "PAKWAN". In the Ilocano dialect, it is more popularly known as  "SANDIA". Watermelons are available from December to April with prices ranging from P20 to P300 pesos depending on the size.
(Annona squamosa)

Apple Sugar is a sweet tasting fruit that grows in tropical and subtropical areas. I have two Apple Sugar tree in my yard. Fruits are particularly abundant during the months of September, October and November. The Sugar Apple fruit on the above photo is the largest fruit of its kind that I have seen. I harvested it on one of my Sugar Apple tree and it weighed more than a kilo and had a circumference of 12 inches. The fruit emerge not on the branch but on the trunk which is why it is particularly huge.

(Chrysophyllum cainito)

Star Apple is known in the Philippine language as KAIMITO. This sweet tasting fruit and best eaten when chilled is not star in shape at all. But when it is cut in halves this is what it looks like...

To further justify why it was named Star Apple, the tiny yellow flowers of this fruit are star-like in shape.

(Cocos nucifera)

One of the commonest fruit you'll find in the Philippines is the Coconut Fruit locally known as "BUKO". This fruit is medically important and of course, economically important for the country because it is one of the leading export fruit products of the Philippines alongside with pineapple, banana and mango fruits. Medically, the fruit is very useful in treating kidney related problems.

(Mangifera indica)

Mango is one of the most nutritious and delicious fruits from the tropics. It is also one of the leading export product of the Philippines. It is native to India but very popular in the Philippines.

(Syzygium samarangense)

This tropical fruit is of great importance especially to people who are diabetic and people with high blood sugars. This fruit is highly recommended for diabetics and high blood sugars. This is native to the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.

(Pithecellobium dulce)

This fruit is known locally as KAMATSILI and is also known in English as Manila Tamarind and Guamachili. These fruits are particularly abundant in the Philippines during the months of February, March and April.

Green Ponkan is a variety of Ponkan grown in Nueva Vizcaya, one of the provinces of Region II or more popularly known as Cagayan Valley region. This citrus fruit is also grown in other parts of the country. The Chinese variety is orange in color while this variety is green to yellow green.

(Citrus nobilis)

Tangerine Orange a variety of citrus fruit locally known as DALANGHITA. This is a very rich vitamin C fruits.

(Manilkara zapota) 

Chico is one of my most favorite fruits. This sweet tasting fruits grows well anywhere else in tropical areas of the world. Its smell is comparable to the smell of a wine hence, a person who drinks wine is said to have a smell similar to Chico.


(Calamus manillensis)

Yantok is a vitamin C rich tropical fruit known in the Ilocano dialect as "Littoko" They can be found in forested areas in the Philippines. It is the fruit of the Rattan plant used in making furniture and other valuable products like baskets and others.


(Bactris gasipaes)

This unique and colorful fruit of the tropics is well known and it has been used for centuries as food. The fruit is frequently stewed in salted water.It can be be eaten raw, peeled and dressed with salt and honey also.


Of course our list will be incomplete without including one of the healthiest fruits and considered the "complete food"- the ever popular and widely grown and cultivated  BANANA. Well, I am proud to say that the Philippines is one of the leading producers of bananas in the world.


One of the most popular and important fruits in the world is Grapes. We call this healthful and beneficial fruit - UBAS. Although some variety of grapes are grown in the Philippines, the country is dependent on importing the sweetest and the best tasting grapes in the world. Grapes grown in the Philippines are a bit sour-tasting.

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