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Senate passes bill declaring Waling-waling nat’l flower alongside Sampaguita



MANILA, Philippines – The Senate approved on Monday a bill declaring the Waling-waling as the Philippine National Flower alongside Sampaguita.

Waling-Waling, also considered “Queen of Philippine Orchids,” is endemic to the island of Mindanao, notably in Davao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga del Sur provinces.

The flower, known for its beauty, became endangered and was almost extinct due to destruction of its natural habitat. It was not until 1985 that Charita Puentespina, an amateur orchidist, pioneered mass production of the flower through embryo culture.

“Orchid lovers all over the world consider the Waling-waling as one of the most unique and beautiful native orchids in the world and that while some adore it, most Filipinos have forgotten its natural beauty,” Senator Edgardo Angara, sponsor of House bill 5655 said in a statement.

Senator Loren Legarda, a co-sponsor of the bill, also said in the statement that “the approval of the measure will place the Waling-waling under protection, as it will mandate the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources to promulgate rules and regulations that will protect, conserve, and propagate the Waling-waling orchid together with Sampaguita.”

According to the bill, the Waling-waling’s  wide popularity among orchid enthusiasts worldwide makes it a possible source of mass export and could therefore contribute to the economic growth of Filipinos. Zoe Rodriguez


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  • $23601969

    Ano ba naman etong mga batas na inuuna sa Senado..  nakaka-bwisit

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHU6XJC5I6HVPBSJN5ES4WLOCY Rey

      oo nga ano ba yan mahiya naman kayo mga senator hnd nakaka2long sa bayan yan! hahaha waling waling!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    hahaha! ang daming problema ang waling waling pa ang inatupag! HAHAHA mga ungas talaga kayo! pagkatapos ng flower, in line with your thinking, you should talk about birds! HAHAHA!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Ano bang pinag gagawa ng mga hinayupak na senado na ito, pati bulaklak pinag abalahan, sayang ang tax ng bayan kung ganito lang ang ginagawa ng mga hayop. Sa halalan huwag nating ihalal ang batang angara dahil masasayang lang ang kaban ng bayan.

  • Crysis_III

    Wala ng ibang makita kundi bulaklak..LOL. Mabuti pa FOI banatan ninyo..

  • symonwho

    There are more important and priority national bills to attend to. With the millions of MOOE funds spent, inuna pa national flowre na meron naman na. @#$%^^&&**().

  • kruger

    Huh?

    What’s next, jueteng as the national pastime?

  • magiting78

    Pambihira..dami po senador ang mga pilipino na gugutom…kailangan po ng mga bagong batas upang sila ay umunlad…Yan lang b ang kayang gawin ng mga senador n may prok barell n 200M gumawa ng bill para s pambansang bulaklak….ampppppppp…chaaaaaa naman oo

  • mekeni62

    so if a visitor asks you  “What is your national flower?” you answer, “Waling-waling alongside the sampaguita.” he he. hindi ba katangahan naman iyan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    this issue should be best referred to the DA or Bureau Of Plant Industry, instead of the senate…maybe they spent millions too on an oversight committee for the waling-waling?.

  • AnastacioMamaril

    Anak ng tinapa naman talaga oh…ang lalaki ng mga pork barrel nila tapos ganito lang ang batas na naipasa…WALING WALING!! 

  • tilamsik

    wait… nasaan na ang issue ng corruption sa senado?… tatabunan ng waling waling?…. waling waling kwentang bill yan… 

  • $23601969

    Malamang lahat gising sa Senado kanina at walang mga nakatulog 

  • tilamsik

    national flowerS?  SANNAMABIT!!!!!  PERA NG TAONG BAYAN ANG PAGUSAPAN NYO hindi waling waling… 

  • tilamsik

    dapat pa bang bumoto ng senador ang tao? para lang tayong boboto ng magnanakaw sa atin at manloloko

  • tilamsik

    ang waling waling… BOW

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002659434378 Silvino Modesto

    ….i don’t care kahit ano pang klaseng bulaklak ang magiging national flower ng bansa natin, basta ayusin lang ng mga kagalang-galang na senador na yan ang pagpapasa ng mga laws na may impact at nakakatulong sa mga mahihirap na mamamayan….dapat hindi lang pagwaldas sa pera ng bayan at pag gasta ng milyon-milyong pork barrel ang atupagin ng mga traditional politicians na to….pataas-taas pa sila ng mga kamay, waling-waling bill lang pala ang ipapasa nila…..pweeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…..cheap naman ng Philippine Senate!!!!!!!!!!….hindi ba kayo nahihiya nyan sa taong bayan?????????????????….

  • superpilipinas

    Filipinos and Filipinas……CAN’T YOU SEE???? ARE YOU STUPID????

    This is the kind of laws our TRADITIONAL POLITICIANS, POLITICAL DYNASTIES, AND SHOWBIZ and TV PERSONALITIES can only do.

    This is in spite of the poverty and the lack of peace and order in the Philippines.

    PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THESE CLOWNS IN 2013. Even if they win for the lack of alternative strong candidates, let’s give them a lesson by making their vote count very low. 

    PLEASE LANG IF YOU LOVE THE PHILIPPINES AND YOU WANT EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF PROGRESS.

    Until we trash these clown, we can’t have FOI and we can’t change for a better Constitution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002659434378 Silvino Modesto

    ….naka barong tagalog at naka americana na nakataas ang mga kamay, kala ko ano ang pinagbotohan nila, Waling-Waling lang pala….how cheap is the Senate of Juan De La Cruz Republic….it’s ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    as they say, you bury your problems under the roses… sub-rosa ika nga. heto ngayon, the ordinary Pinoy’s and Pinay’s problems are buried by the senate under the flowers, sub-waling waling.

  • monses

    Ang inquirer binalita pero un mga senador ang nilagay sa picture,mga waling-waling ba sila?Paki ayos nman ang pag publish ng balita pra nman sa ibang di nakakaalam kung ano un laluna at endangered pala ang flower na yan.Kulang sa pag re-research ang writer.

  • observer1356

    okies lang yan.. basta hindi na pinatatagal pa ang pag-pasa, ok lang yan at wala naman kokontra kay waling-waling… ewan ko lang kay sampaguita o kay jasmine kung po-protesta pa sila… hehehe

  • regd

    And the poor continue to drop like flies.

  • bogli_anakdami

    yehey… waling waling… nasyonal plawer…

    pwedeng ilaga yan at gawing sabaw, tutuo yan…

  • DarkJustice

    HIndi mas importante yung Bill para sa Freedom of Information? Nasaan na ba yun?

  • prince_janus

    walang kwentang balita! ano ba yan? inabangan ko ang balitang tinanggal na ang pork barrel ng  mga kurakot at aprub na ang FOI bill. 

  • http://twitter.com/x2pher05 Chris Gomez

    Anong kabobohan na naman to? Imbes na gumawa kayo ng bill na papabor sa mahihirap mas inuna nyo pa bulaklak? Wala na, sobrang walang pag asa pinas kung ganito lagi ang mga senador natin. Eh balang araw isa sa mg bobo din na yan ang magiging presidente, kaya ako never ako bumoto kasi ayoko dumagdag sa ikakalala ng pangit na sistema. Sabi ng nanay at lola ko mabuti pa daw nung martial law walang mga ganitong batas na gawa ng mga bobo. Eh itsura lang ng mga nasa litrato na to parang may nanalo lang sa tumbang preso. Sana hindi na lang ibinalita to, marami lang ang nabadtrip lalo. Pero ok na din at least alam na kung sino di dapat iboto.

  • Ena

    there are more important issues and bills to discuss instead of this one.

  • boybakal

    This is good.
    Waling waling should be protected as it nears extinction.
    Human can produce and reproduce but waling waling is not as they are always cut.
    Let’s give tree, this flower the protection and recognition it deserves.
    At least tong waling waling nagbibigay ng bango, ang tao baho.

    I THINK that
    I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.
     
    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
     
    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
     
    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;
     
    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.
     
    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7VXJSSFLTENHOIM7UM6J7SP7MM jay

    ho-humm.dito pala napupunta ang tax na binabayad ko.tsk-tsk-tsk

  • Dawn Dare

    When will these nationalist hallucinations stop? What next? National rocks? National underwear? National condiment? National drinking water? National armpit? Seems like lawmakers have a lot of free time and have reduced themselves to renaming roads that everyone else can do.

  • Jake Lopez

    Ang daming dapat asikasuhin ng Senado, bulaklak pa unang inatupag! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    USELESS SENATE, BETTER TO ABOLISH A CORRUPT AND LESS PERFORMING BRANCH OF THE GOV’T .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I2TPPYP3FO4IOTV22ETTAFPBKY Janine

    I admire our government for doing this. kahit busy sila at least nakakahanap sila ng time para asikasuhin ito. I like the waling waling coz si mommy nagaalaga siya nun since bata pa ako.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/76EG2FOPSUWEFUYTJN7CQKUNII Jasper

      Same here. Isa ito sa pinakamaganda bulaklak na nakita ko personally. Kaya nga tawag ng mga bagobo dito ay “Diwata.”

  • JewelAgoncillo

    maganda ang waling walaing and para sa akin ok sya na ganing national flower..mas ok sya kesa sa sampaguita.

  • CarlosAcantillado

    I agree to replace sampaguita with waling waling as national flower, isa sa pinakamagagandang bulaklak ang waling waling sa mundo at we should be proud of it, we should be proud that we have this kind of flower..so im happy that Loren Legarda is pushing to make waling waling as our national flower :)

    • DanielMarquez

      sangayon din ako sa waling waling bilang national flower. ang ganda ng nirerepresent ng bulaklak.. gusto ko ang pagpupursigi ng mga senador natin tungkol dito.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/76EG2FOPSUWEFUYTJN7CQKUNII Jasper

    Okay naman pla ito since for export pala ang goal nila. Sana malaki maitulong nito sa economy natin and im sure it will basta tama lang yung diskarte. Good job! 

    • tommyhilfinger

      actually yung mga ganitong bagay dapat talaga iniisip kasi kung marami naman tayong ganito why not na pagkakitaan natin ito diba? good thinking, Senators!

  • TinaCarunungan

    did you know that waling waling is mostly used in weddings?ang galing lang d ba?gusto ko ang mga naisip nina loren legarda na gawin syang natl flower.. maganda ang sinisimbolo ng bulaklak na walingwaling…

    • JamesCarag

      yeah you’re right, it represents intimate bonding and magandang impression ito lalo na sa  mga foreigners, makikita nila ang kagandahan ng pakikitungo ng mga pilipino!

    • tommyhilfinger

      nice info. Im in favor din na gawing national flower eto. Y not? :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BLLMDTEDB63SB5UGTZNT2DEX6Q Willie

    Ayos! Waling waling naman ngayon. Maiiyak ba ako o matatawa?

  • w33k3nd3r

    Sige! Ipakain nyo yang waling waling sa mga gutom!

  • boybakal

    Plants, trees, animals are all residents of this world.
    So, waling waling, sampaguita, kalachuchi, gumamela, has every right of a citizens like us.
    They are creation of God too.
    Human should respect other livings things too, this earth is not for man alone.

    Besides, Waling waling, Sampaguita, Gumamela nagbibigay ng BANGO, ang TAO nagbibigay ng BAHO.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Palitan na din natin ang National Animal natin from Carabao to Crocodile, tutal naman dagsa ang crocodile sa Congress.

  • RalphGordon

     We can make use of this, I hope local government in the cities or community or schools can come up with a plan to make this flower visible. Thumbs up for Charita, pwede kaya i upload sa youtube kug papaano paramihin ito? magandang activity to para sa mga bata, habang bata pa sila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/F7O37YUT4ZSZ53KXNOAOFQBGZU ikawpr

    hay nako……..

  • bibingkagirl

    “Suporta muna bago batikos”

    Good job! Keep it up. Now, back to the real issues…

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    pati ba naman ito

    pinag sasayangan ng oras
    ng senado

    sandamukal pa ang mas importante

  • Apple Aviles

    an dami naman pde unahing issue sa Pinas mga sir/madam..dapat un inuuna..

  • I’m am Jack’s rage

    Yes! Proudly Dabawenyo! Waling-waling is our symbol. :))

  • Nathaniel Hepowit

    i hope the legislative branch of our country will provide strong programs to improve our educational system; food, healthcare, and job security; green-energy development; local and international relations and financing; natural resource management and protection; innovative and translational research; and system of governance.   



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