MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill declaring the waling-waling as the country’s second national flower after the sampaguita.
Sen. Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Education, Arts and Culture committee, sponsored House Bill No. 5655 authored by Reps. Garcia-Albano, Palmones and Primicias-Agabas.
Waling-waling comes from the orchid family and is dubbed as the “Queen of Philippine Orchids.” It is endemic to Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga.
“The waling-waling orchid is hereby declared as another national flower, together with sampaguita, which was declared the national flower of the Philippines in Proclamation No. 652 on February 1, 1934 by Governor-General Frank Murphy,” the proposed legislation read.
In a statement, Angara noted that “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,” he added.
Sen. Loren Legarda, who co-sponsored the measure, for her part said: “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.”