What’s that secret? It also grows the largest flower in world, the rafflesia.
Rafflesia has approximately 28 species and is a parasitic flowering plant found in southeastern Asia.
A coffee farmer, Romulo Labrador, of Barangay Mansalanao, La Castellana, Negros Occidental has already seen these flowering plants since 2014 inside the protected area of Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.
But, Romulo only recently knew last May 16, 2017 what the flowers were when he told one of the representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) he was accompanying during a survey for a riverbank rehabilitation project not to step on it. He was informed that those were not ordinary flowers.
After the LGU confirmed that the blooms were rafflesias they fenced the riverbank. It is to protect the area where it was mostly seen blooming. Sadly, since the area is part of the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park and is also protected by the DENR it is not open to the public. It is also said that other farmers reported the same species of flower are found in Barangays Sag-ang and Cabagnaan.
The LGU observes that it starts to bloom between the months of April and May. The rafflesia, once fully bloomed, dies after 3 days.
For more info, contact the La Castellana Tourism office at (034) 473-0472.
(with reports and photos courtesy of Romeo Subaldo / ABS-CBN Bacolod)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (PhP 75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of PhP 400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.
From Bacolod, ride a bus at the south terminal going to La Castellana (1.5 hours).
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