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Sampaguita – ang pambansang bulaklak

Nakikita nating nilalako sa kalsada ng mga bata na nagsasabing, “Bili na po kayo. Pambaon lang bukas.”

Nakita ko itong trailer ng pelikulang ito na kasali sa Cinemalaya 2010.

Filmmaker’s Production Notes: I was thinking of a topic for my first screenplay in a coffee shop in Tomas Morato when a child selling sampaguita flowers came to me and asked if I could buy his last garland so he could go home. I asked him: where did the flowers come from? And this started this journey with the sampaguita. I was first intrigued by the sampaguita being our national flower. It is a symbol of our nation. If I follow its journey, would I get a glimpse of my country? As I immerse myself more on the topic, I become all the more excited to tell its story. I learned that the flowers were harvested in the province, mostly in Pampanga and Laguna. When I went to Floridablanca, Pampanga at early dawn, I was amazed to see people with gas lamps on the vast sampaguita fields. By the roadside, they seem like fireflies. People are harvesting sampaguita in the dark because until now, there is no electricity in their place. I interviewed the children who harvest the flowers. They tell me that they only study in the daytime. They cannot study at night. Despite this condition, the children in the province, are still more optimistic about the future. They want to be teachers and doctors. They still dream of a better future.   All the children in the film are actual sampaguita harvesters and vendors. The film is based on actual interviews with the children prior to production.  [READ MORE...]

Bakit nga ba bata kadalasan ang mga sampaguita vendors?

(photo by eye speye)

Pero hindi na limited sa garlands ang gamit sa sampaguita ngayon.  Ginagamit na rin ang sampaguita ngayon sa arrangement at styling ng mga florista sa kasal.

sampaguita bridal bouquet

Naka-post sa W@W ang iba pang pictures ng iba’t-ibang gamit sa sampaguita sa kasal. :)

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6 responses to “Sampaguita – ang pambansang bulaklak

  1. Nyrel Locsin ⋅

    so at least hindi lang para sa mga “Poon” at Graduation ang Sampaguita ..pwede na rin sa Wedding…Good Job!!!

  2. Charmaine Coloma-Robinson ⋅

    Very informative!

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