Sampaguita Symbolizes the Filipino’s Sense of Commitment to a Vow
Sampaguita or Jasminum sambac it is widely cultivated for its attractive and sweetly fragrant flowers. The flowers may be used as a fragrant ingredient in perfumes and jasmine tea. It is the national flower of the Philippines, where it is known as sampaguita. It was declared as the national flower in 1934 during the American occupation of the Philippines under the administration of General Frank Murphy.
Sampaguita has a smooth velvety petals tend to coil as they surround a golden corolla. The flowers are in bloom all year round from evergreen woody vines. However, they have been observed to blossom only at night, starting at around six to eight in the evening. The blooms will all too soon wither after 12 to 20 hours. Although the closest derivation of the name sampaguita is the Sanskrit word sampenga for champaca, legends have it that the name was derived from the words sumpa kita ( I vow to you).
It’s a story about a pair of star-crossed lovers, in which the girl is a pretty maiden with soft and delicate features similar to that of the sampaguita’s. The year round blooms symbolize her vow not to leave her beloved, even after her death. She fulfilled her promise through the sweet scented flowers that sprung from her grave, as she makes her presence felt each night when the flowers come into bloom.
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