Notice: The title of this entry appears to be politically serious. It sounded good to me that’s why, but the content has little to do (or nothing at all!) with the title, hence this notice. 🙂
For decades now, Sampaguita vendors in Metro Manila have become an ordinary sight, which made me think that they may be good national symbols of our nation’s (economic) status. Vendors from all ages sell Sampaguita to motorists on main stoplights and to worshipers in different churches. You see them any time of the day and night, running after cars and people to sell, with one common goal – that at the end of the day or night, they have something to bring home to feed themselves and their families. (*Sigh…Sigh!) 😦
Unfortunately though, I am not sharing here with you their personal stories (but that could be a good entry soon) because I did not have ample time to chat with them when I took the pictures. Instead, I am sharing several images of Sampaguita vendors in front of the Basilika Ng Nazareno in Quiapo, Manila in one of my Friday visits.
By the way, most articles I have read about Sampaguita vendors in the Metro sell “garlands.” If garlands are for the rear-view mirrors of jeepneys and cars, or adornment for religious images in churches, then so be it.
The Sampaguita flower have lived up to its status as our National Flower. Several establishments, organizations, literaries and what have you are named after this tiny, delicate and simple flower! Read MORE of our Sampaguita for interesting facts!
I tried buying and hanged it in my rear view mirror once. It’s a good air freshener (for a day) and it really smells good!