Exotic, brightly coloured flowers of more than 1,000 species of orchids are one of the most beautiful accessories of the country. Moreover, almost 900 kinds of orchids are actually endemic, which makes them even more attractive both for local people and tourists. One rare species called Waling-waling is known as the Queen of flowers of the Philippines. In 2013, it was declared the national flower of the country.
Usually, orchids grow in Philippine tropical jungles, on the slopes of the rocks, and other hard-to-reach places. As a result, these flowers are believed to be one of the most attractive objects for photographers. Blooming seasons vary depending on the variety. Waling-Waling orchid normally flowers twice a year—August to September and February to March (sometimes the blooming season may be extended or shortened a little). During this time, you can visit one of the numerous city gardens or prepare yourself for an adventurous trip to the wild forest—the result of your photo-shoot will be equally excellent.
One of the best places to spot these flowers is the City of Davao, particularly the area at the foot of Mount Apo, known as the Philippines’ Highest Peak. Owing to floral abundance, the city is also named the orchid capital of the Philippines. Also, every September, Quezon City hosts a great Orchid Show which particularly highlights the national flower of the Philippines.