Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 1948










1948, December 8.  Sampaguita - National Flower

Typographed.  Philippine Bureau of Printing.  Perf. 12.5

Singles, Sheets of 50



    3c  Sampaguita - Singles (1,000,000)


First Day Covers:  Manila (Known printed cachets)



Sampaguita - National Flower

The Sampaguita first became the National Flower of the Philippines in 1934. The Philippine government elevated the little flower to its current status when then-Governor General Frank Murphy issued Proclamation No. 652. Interestingly, though, the Sampaguita has been cultivated on Philippine soil since the 17th century.

The flower’s name is believed to come from the phrase “sumpa kita.” Legend has it that once upon a time, a young princess named Lakambini inherited the throne from her deceased father. She lacked ruling experience, however, and so received assistance from Lakan Galing, a kind prince from a neighboring kingdom. The two fell in love. One night, on a hill facing the sea, the prince and princess promised that their love would never end, hence “sumpa kita.” However, Lakan Galing left to pursue the princess’ enemies and never returned, and Lakambini died of a broken heart. She was buried on the hill where she and Lakan Galing made their promise, and the Sampaguita plant is said to have first grown on the princess’ grave.



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