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RP Issues of 2019











2019, August 28.  Popular Flowers of the Philippines, Series 4

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Sheets of 100




14p  Raffleasia (2,000,000)

45p  Everlasting - (1,500,000)


Graphic Artist:  Rodine C. Teodoro


First Day Covers:  Manila





Popular Flowers of the Philippines, Definitives, Series 4

The genus Rafflesia includes 28 species of parasitic flowering plants scattered exclusively throughout Southeast Asia. Rafflesia are found in the Philippines, in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. These plants emit an odor akin to rotting flesh to attract its prey. These prey include insects such as flies, which aid in pollination.

In the Philippines, samples of the genus can be found mostly in certain areas of Luzon, select areas of Panay, Cotabato, and Davao. Rafflesia consueloae, the newest discovered Rafflesia species in the Philippines, is the smallest rafflesia to date. R. leonardi meanwhile is named after a notable botanist and author, the late Leonardo L. Co. Other representatives of the species endemic to the Philippines are R. manillana, R. philippinensis, R. speciosa, R. lobata, R. schadenbergiana, R. verrucosa, R. mira also known as R. magnifica.

Everlasting Flower, also known as "strawflower"  is a species of plant appreciated for the brightly-colored flowers it produces. These are used as decor; everlasting flowers can be utilized fresh or dried. They come in yellow, orange, pink, brown, violet, red, and white.  In the Philippines, these flowers contribute to the local economy of Baguio and Tagaytay, places of high altitude and cold weather.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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