Waling-waling has been declared as one of the Philippine’s national flower. The Senate passed and approved House Bill no. 5655 declaring the beautiful Waling-waling as our national flower too. We now have two national flowers, the other one is Sampaguita. I welcome the idea of having two national flowers since Waling-waling is really a rare species of orchids used to be found only in the Philippines.
With the passing of the bill, according to Sen. Loren Legarda who co-authored measure together with Sen. Edgardo Angara, Waling-waling is now under special protection. The bill will mandate the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources to promulgate rules and regulations that will protect, conserve, and propagate the waling-waling orchid. Since the discovery of Waling-waling in 1882 in the rainforests of Mindanao, it has become the most sought-after flower. Unfortunately, it also paves the way for this exotic flower to be near extinction.
The waling-waling is famous for as “the Queen of Philippine Orchids.” The National Museum of the Philippines earlier confirmed Waling-waling native to the Philippines and endemic to our country, while the Sampaguita is native to India and Arabia. As I’ve mentioned, Waling-waling is used to be found only in the Philippines but it is now believed these rare orchids has more varieties in other countries, particularly in Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Hawaii.
If you have noticed, PinayMom.org banner has Waling-waling on it. Is it because Pinay Moms’s are rare too? What do you think? 😉source: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/-waling-waling–as-nat-l-flower-pushed-103215416.html