Celebrating life and Cherry blossoms in the Philippines

One of the things in my bucket list is to see the cherry blossoms in Japan or Korea. Thanks to COVID-19, I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon. Thankfully, there is a variant of Cherry Blossoms in the Philippines (aka balayong). These are the Palawan ones (Cassia nodosa x Palawan Cherryand we have some of these trees here in Ormoc City.

Palawan Cherry Blossoms, Philippines

🌸 Cherry blossom season is fleeing; the beautiful burst of white and pink Sakura blossom erupts just as quickly as it returns to dormancy, allowing only a span of 3 to 4 weeks for us to enjoy their beauty. Despite the fear that runs rampant at present, they are a lovely reminder that we should enjoy life because it is fleeting. That’s what makes it so beautiful. So, go out there and appreciate the air, the sunshine, and the blossom. 🌸

Palawan Cherry Blossoms, Philippines
Credits to Joel Ngo

It’s pretty fun to see them bloom once a year. They might not be as scenic as the ones from other countries, but here’s hoping they’ll plant more of these here so we get an abundance of blooms each summer. Those ones above can be found just behind the Ormoc Doctor’s Hospital, while the one below is in my sister-in-law’s front yard.


So, I just flipped a new page and added another chapter in my life. I’m grateful for small things, big things, and everything in between. Life is like being on a swing: ups and downs but always a good time! 


The rope reminds us there’s always hope. When you’re up, you know you’ll get low. So, keep pushing yourself forward to rise again! Happy birthday, self!


Maria Franco

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