These 'cherry blossoms' in Iloilo will make you feel like you're in Japan

Hernani Escullar, Jr. and Bea Zaragosa, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 15 2019 08:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2019 11:44 AM


ILOILO CITY - Seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan is on many people's bucket list. 

Budget-conscious Filipinos, however, don't need to travel far. 

A six-kilometer bike lane at Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Iloilo City features the beautiful rosy trumpet tree. Its scientific name is Tabebuia rosea and is considered the national tree of El Salvador, according to horticulturist and plant enthusiast Luis Antonio Villanueva.

The pale pink color of the rosy trumpet tree shares a resemblance with Japan’s cherry blossoms. 

Its color is perfect with the blue sky, making it great for photos.

Biker Tom Jagodilla is fond of looking at the flowers every day while he does his morning routine.

"Malaking bagay 'yun sa mga nagba-bike o nagwa-walking kasi nakaka-inspire sa mga tao," he said.

While some plants wilt during the dry season, the rosy trumpet tree blooms. 

According to Engr. Al Fruto, assistant regional director of Department of Public Works and Highways Region 6, the rosy trumpet tree was recommended by a private consultancy firm because it could withstand intense heat and limited water supply once it reaches maturity.

The DPWH 6 appeals to the public to refrain from removing leaves, flowers, or branches of the trees. 

If they want to take something home, taking of photos is safer to capture the beauty of the tree, which provides a calm and cool escape this dry season.