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Sunday, July 01, 2007

SOUTHEAST ASIA's National Flowers





They inspire our poets. Soften our hearts. They lift our moods and color our beloved country. They perfume the air, express our feelings, show our love...and most of all, they represent our entire nation. These are the national flowers of our region...








Be proud of who you are. Be proud to be Southeast Asian.


Which of these flowers is the most beautiful to you?



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SEE THEM ALL HERE:

Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Philippines,
Vietnam, Singapore, Burma, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia.

26 Comments:

MISTERHUBS said...

The Vietnamese lotus is the prettiest of the bunch, IMHO.

Sanne Dee said...

Oh, Sofia! You are as pretty as these flowers. You look almost unreal! :)

I reckoned Indon's flower's unique and classy. It's won my vote. :) 74783

aries said...

oh it's sofia up there!?

magandang araw, sofia.

Sofia for BiSEAN said...

Hello Aries and Misterhubs. Thank for dropping by. Pisanu said you're in the Philippines, any idea if they have day spas in Cebu City?

Oh Sanne, you are very kind. Unreal? Hahahaha. My mother taught me that pout. I hate my lips! And my eyes are too big.

You started the voting > The Moon Orchid of Indonesia is very elegant.

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

Since Misterhubs and Sanne casted a vote, I edited the post. Let's have a little fun...

I pick the Sampaguita Jasmine of the Philippines. I love the sweet smell.

Bjarne of Norway said...

OH WOW!!!!!!! Pretty flowers! Vietnam's Lotus is spectacular!

Googoosh said...

The picture didn't give justice to the Burmese Sandalwood flower. It looks prettier up close. That one is my choice.

Mohandas said...

All of it can be seen in other countries except Singapore's Vanda. It gets my vote for uniqueness.

MISTERHUBS said...

@ sofia: I think the Shangri-La Hotel in Cebu has a day spa although I haven't gone there yet.

aries said...

i go for sampaguita

(flashback 2 years)
the management threw out a party and i got wasted and on the verge of throwing up. my officemate gave me a necklace of sampaguita to smell on. it did work and it held off my puke til i got home.

Tongkat Ali said...

The Bunga Raya gets my vote! Malaysia boleh!

Hanifa said...

Indonesia's Moon Orchid, hands down.

Xtian said...

Vietnam's Lotus say a lot about the country. And it look majestic in the wild against the muddy waters.

Ariana said...

Vietnam.

Nam Nguyen said...

Apart from being a very nice flower, lotus comes to symbolise purity and incorruptibility in the Vietnamese culture. In addition, it is a flower that closely associates with Buddhism, thus is also synonymous with being sacred. For those reasons (and a bit of bias being a Vietnamese), I vote for lotus flower.

Cranberry Joos said...

Indonesia's orchid. So delicate on the outer part but intense on the center. I love it.

Ricci said...

The opposite of Vietnam's lotus Cranberry...intense on outside but gentle and peaceful inside. Vietnam gets my choice.

riain said...

The Philippines' National Flower is disputed actually from the Jasmine (Sampaguita) to the Waling-Waling (Vanda Sanderiana)- to which I would prefer the latter.


The Philippines is home to more than a thousand species of orchids, and Waling-Waling is the most beautiful and the rarest of them all - and it was discovered in Davao around 1880 by Carl Roebellin, a German explorer for the Orchid House of Sanders. Waling-waling is on the Philippine list of endangered species, and this orchid can never found anywhere in the world. Waling-waling is an ethnic term that means "graceful movement of a butterfly in flight", the orchid is famous for its large and colorful hubrids and grows in the tree trunks in the rainforests of Davao, Sultan Kudarat and other parts of Mindanao. My parents has one in their humble orchid collection it is very beautiful during blooms that it is simply breathetaking.

Rothima(Cambodia-កម្ពុជា) said...

Cambodian Roum Doul is the best smell that you will never know. And We also have Roum Jek (Kind of our flower). At daytime, its smell is simple, but at nighttime, wow unbelievable! Its smell is great. If you don't trust when you come to Cambodia, pls try it yourself.
Roum Doul & Roum Jek, we've loved...

Anonymous said...

The Rom Doul is the serenity of evening fragrant smell when the sun goes down. Its colour and petal is abit simple at the first look, but the Rom Doul is extremely unique in style. You will never know its taste if you do not try it!

Anonymous said...

i remember as a child we were told that the jasmine (locally called sampaguita) was chosen to be our national flower because it was a small, very simple white flower and yet it was very fragrant. It was to be a reminder to Filipinos that simplicity and purity are virtues that bring "fragrance" to the soul and that each Filipino should aspire to be simple and virtuous.

Anonymous said...

All of the flowers are marvelous.
I vote for the Sandalwood flower of Burma for its uniqueness of blossoming only once a year in the country. Its the new year time when we celebrate water festival and they look very nice on a girl, in a silver cup or on a tree. BTW, now it's the new year time... Happy new year to everyone! =D

hamza said...

ameer hamza,

i'll go for sampaguita....for its simplicity, purity and frangrance.

Mylee said...

Dok Champa, not only that it looked beautiful it smelled very sweet.

Term papers said...

Love to see those Heart touching flowers. Greatly admire your work. This blog is a must visit for me daily. Thanks for all you do. One of the best of the best. Hope you get enough.

Anonymous said...

oh by the way, the Singapore national flower is Vanda Miss Joaquim. What is shown is the wrong Orchid.

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