Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2018











2018, April 23.  Philippine Flowers, Series 1

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100



   1p  Sampaguita (Jasmin sambac)  -  2,500,000

   5p  Gumamela  (Hibiscus sp.)  -  1,250,000

12p Kopsia  (Kopsia fruticosa)  -  500,000

35p  Pasaw (Pseuderanthemum reticulatum)  500,000



First Day Covers:  Manila





Philippine Flowers Definitives - Series 1

Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac).  National flower of Philippines, grown in the tropics, mostly for its rich fragrance.  Its complex chemical composition makes it a worthwhile option for medicinal and ornamental purposes. Sampaguita is a flowering shrub with small fragrant white flowers and is a species of jasmine. According to a Filipino legend, a jasmine shrub grew on the grave of an ill-fated lover who waited for the other to fulfill a promise. Thus, the name sampaguita is derived from the words "sampai kita", which means "I promise you".

Gumamela (Hibiscus sp.).  A shrub that grows from one meter up to 4 meters high. Gumamela is also known as Hibiscus, China Rose and Shoeflower. In the Philippines, Gumamela is cultivated as an ornamental plant. The gumamela flower comes in many colors: red, yellow, orange, white, purple, pink and other color combinations.

Kopsia (Kopsia fruticosa).   Tall bush with simple leaves. Growth is not rapid but does well when given good treatment. Marcots and cuttings are the normal ways of propagated. An ornamental commonly grown in groups in gardens.  It has pale green leathery leaves, and the delicate five-petaled flowers are white or a very pale pink, with a vivid crimson center. 

Pasaw (Pseuderanthemum reticulatum).   A fantastic foliage plant, having bright lime green and yellow leaves.  The small, white flowers have purple-pink spots that are concentrated at the base of the petals.  It requires full sun, though it behaves quite well in semi shade.  The spikes of white flowers with pink centers are conspicuous.  It will grow anywhere in the garden, even quite close to the sea front, but it needs to be kept well pruned, and will grow easily from cuttings.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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