Wednesday, February 02, 2005


EVERLASTING!! That's what Baguio is known for during the months of March and April when graduation exercises happen. When I was young, our relatives from the lowlands would come and visit us and just before they go back, they would buy these leis as presents to our relatives who would be graduating.

As a person growing up in Baguio, I used to think it was so "baduy" to be wearing one of them. However, as I was scanning through my pictures when I was younger, I just realized I had one hanging on my neck when I graduated from elementary. Oh well, I can't deny it now. It was given by one of my aunts as her way of recognizing my effort to bag an award.

Seriously though, these everlasting flowers are truly what their name implies..everlasting. They make good bouquets when they're fresh and last forever once they're dry. Sad to say that i have never appreciated their beauty until I went around Pike Market in Seattle where a few stores sold them. They were so expensive. A bunch cost about $8.

I bought a few for our home. It must be the presentation that made all the difference. 'gotta show some pictures to my friends who own some flower shops in Baguio when i go home this year.


Blogger JMom said...

Ang aking memory naman, during graduation, everlasting is almost like a status symbol. The more you have, the more popular you are. That is why you see so many who are almost buried in everlasting. If you only have one, para kang kawawa.

So when are you going back this year? Take lots of pics and share, ha? Naghihintay pa akong manalo ng lottery before I can go on vacation :(

11:05 AM  
Blogger ting-aling said...

JMom, that is the other side of the everlasting story but I never wanted one hung on me. Itchy and prickly. But you know, the cut flower farmers I've dealt with learned to variegate them so they came up with better colors, red, pink and white but they were rare..

Yep, the troop is going home this December. We're all excited. 'will take lots of pictures.

6:23 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Nun ding bata ako, our altar used to be adorned with everlasting flowers basta't may galing ng Baguio. And they really lasted long. One year even pa yata.

7:10 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

PS. Galing ng background na tugtog a. Smooth Operator ni Sade. Hanep! Pano ba ginagawa yan?

2:13 AM  
Blogger watson said...

Hello TingAling! The first time I encountered the everlasting bouquet was in Marinduque actually. I was a kid then. They gave it to their visitors. And it was rather itchy. hahaha. Our altar was also adorned with an everlasting garland. It never loses color.

1:03 AM  
Blogger Cerridwen said...

hi ting... i have come across everlasting when I was in visiting Baguio. I bought a lot with the intention of giving it as a souvenir to co-workers and friends along with other stuff but I left them in the hotel and when I realized we were too far to go back. I would love to have some of those here at home.

ANother thing, I used to frequent Pike MArket when I was living in Seattle. Originally started in SOuth Seattle then move to North Seattle. I frequented Bremerton and enjoyed crabbing a lot. Only place I've been crabbing is Seattle - *whew* miss it!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Ate Sienna said...

oo nga.. pang-altar nga namin ang everlasting. kasi hindi talaga sya namamatay ever.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Tin said...

elo! how are you doing? miss your posts na..

1:18 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Kami din, sa altar nilalagay ang everlasting.

I wonder what arrangement you found in Pike Market. Sana you could show us some pictures too. :)

3:54 PM  

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