THE OFFICIAL FLOWER OF THE CITY OF DAVAO

THE OFFICIAL FLOWER OF THE CITY OF DAVAO, Waling-Waling
Waling-Waling (Vanda Sanderiana)

In August of 1999, then Davao City Mayor Ben de Guzman signed Proclamation No. 15, proclaiming Vanda Sanderiana or better known as Waling-Waling as the official flower of Davao City. 

Here’s a brief history of why Waling-Waling was declared as the official flower of the city. 
The Vanda Sanderiana or Waling-Waling as a symbol is endemic and reflects the character of the people and the place it represents. It is native to the Philippines (can only be found in the wilds of Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga) and nowhere else in the world. 

The plant grows on tall diptherocarps but is never known to be a parasite. It lives on treetops reaching for light of the sun seemingly symbolizing the high aspirations of the people it symbolizes. The orchid plant plays a role in the legends, myths and tradition of the lumads. It has been subject of mytical stories, fiction and legend. One of the most popular fictions about the Waling-Waling is the story Beyond Space and Time by Jesus Manuel Torento. The story was included in the book Orieta: Tales and Legends of Asia, published by Hongkong Books in 1986. (Sourced from Puentespina Flowers)

Since then, it graced many publications, become cover features of countless magazines and papers and a subject of envy to many flower enthusiasts all over the world. Today it continue to bloom as magnificent as it was before, it truly is a perfect symbol of a city that blooms as splendid as ever.

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