IN PHOTOS: Where to find ‘cherry blossoms’ in the Philippines

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IN PHOTOS: Where to find ‘cherry blossoms’ in the Philippines
The blooms may not be the exactly like Japan's iconic sakura, but they are distant cousins sharing the same ancestor

MANILA, Philippines – Do you want to see cherry blossoms and thought of going to Japan to see it?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go Tokyo or Osaka to have that Instagram-worthy photo. There may not be cherry blossoms parks here in the Philippines, but there are trees here that closely resemble it.

Dasmariñas, Cavite

At the De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas City, Cavite, hospital staff and medical students enjoy the lush view yearly.

The bloom looks like it comes from Trumpet Trees, due to it trumpet-shape flowers and clustered crowns. It closely resembles Tabebuia or Handroanthus.

Photo courtesy of Mio Caguicla

It may not be exactly like Japan’s famous sakura (Prunus serrulata), because those only grow in temperate climates. But they are like distant cousins – they share the same ancestor which are Eudicots.

Photo courtesy of Mio Caguicla

Tabebuia or Handroanthus grow in neotropical climates like Latin America, or tropical countries like Southeast Asia.


PARKING LOT. The hospital's iconic tree is located at the parking lot. Photo from Mara Mercado/Rappler

Antipolo, Rizal

A breathtaking view of these blossoms can be also found inside Assumption Antipolo in Rizal. Assumption Antipolo is also known for its PACEM Eco-Park.

Photo courtesy of Layna Santos

Photo courtesy of Layna Santos

Puerto Princesa, Palawan 

In Palawan, a different tree takes centerstage. Locally known as Balayong (Cassia nodosa), the tree is endemic in Palawan and is also known as “Palawan cherry.”

Balayong is a medium-size tree that produces light pink or white flowers in clusters. For locals, it is a symbol of feminine dominance, female beauty, and love in the language of herbs.

In 2017, the Puerto Princesa City government invested P250 million to build the Balayong Park that are in full bloom every February up to summer.

The city even hosts the must-see Balayong Festival every last week of February up to March, in celebration of the blooms.

What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to these destinations while the blossoms are there! – Aika Rey/

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