May as the month of gorgeous flowers

May 24th, 2015

With May considered Heritage Month ‒ and the month of flowers ‒ the Philippine Postal Corp. has issued stamps featuring the Philippine flower gumamela.

PHLPost said the special postage stamps particularly feature the Hybrid Gumamela to promote the country's unique heritage here and abroad. got to know that the Gumamela stamps were released on the 12th of May in celebration of National Heritage Month. Tina Panganiban-Perez

Featured on the stamps are four varieties of gumamela:

  • the single, large-flowered white "Tandang Sora"

  • the yellow "Nay Isa"

  • "Goria"

  • "Nazaria"

All are "known to be the first locally developed Hibiscus hybrids in the country", PHLPost said.

The stamps' design stemmed from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Hibiscus Hybrid "Centennial Series", dedicated to Filipino women who PHLPost said "unselfishly served the cause of the Philippine revolution during the Spanish and American regimes".
Goria has medium flowers, regular single, deep rose petals with white eye zone and prominent white vein markings. Its plants are bushy, medium height, and a good bloomer.

Nay Isa has medium to large flowers, fully overlapped single, brilliant yellow petals with splashes of orange on the eye and zone. Its plants are tall, bushy with upright habit, and prolific bloomer.

Tandang Sora has a single medium regular flower, and creamy white petals with prominent red eye zone. Its plants are very prolific bloomer, upright with average height.

Nazaria has medium flowers, cartwheel overlapped single, cerise pink petals with deep red eye zone. Its plants are bushy with medium height, and good bloomer.