If there is a paradise on Earth that is full of treasures, that place is known as the Philippines. Located at the Pacific, Philippines is dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Orient Seas’. The country’s natural resources are as rich as its colorful history. Ever before the colonizers conquered this beautiful archipelago, Philippines was already blessed with so much wealth, making it one of the favorite places to visit by the Chinese, Arabs and Indians. Aside from them, Spaniards was also attracted to settle in the country because of the vast resources that could be found here, including gold, forestry, fruits and animals. These resources were not common in the Western World and because of that, the then-unknown island-nation became a subject for trading which was later known as ‘Galleon Trade’. Moreover, the beautiful and untouched environment and topography created an impression of the archipelago’s virginity. As of the present, the Philippines is still surrounded by different natural resources that capture the tourists all over the world. This article will give an overview of the great flora and fauna that made the Pearl of the Orient Seas a real treasure, not only in the Pacific but all over the world.
The flora of a country refers to the botanical resources of a country. The Philippines has many plants and trees that are truly blessings to the Filipinos. Coconut trees are common in almost every island of the archipelago. This tree is called ‘The Tree of Life’ due to its great uses of its every part. Bamboos are also found here and are useful as typical wood for the national house of the Filipinos, the Bahay Kubo or Nipa Hut. The national tree of the Philippines is the Narra and the strength of its lumber is comparable to the strength of the citizens in whatever calamities in life. The national flower is the Sampaguita and its white petals and great fragrance symbolize the beauty of the Filipinas. Fruits are also everywhere. Mangoes (the national fruit), avocados, chicos, guavas, guyabanos and bananas are products in the country and are usually exported to European countries. The tropical climate of the country enables many plants and trees to grow well in the Philippines. Overall, the Philippine floras are greatly in abundance in the archipelago. Amazingly, these resources are usually represented with values that are common to every Filipino. This makes the whole nation a unique one.
Just like the flora, the fauna in the Philippines is also a remarkable treasure. Because the nation is surrounded by water, it is natural that marine resources also surrounds it. Tunas, sardines and other fishes are rich here in this country. No wonder they become world-class products and are also exported to the Western World. There are so many varieties of fishes that can be found all over the country. Pandaca pygmaea was a fish specie that was once considered as the smallest fish in the world. Experts believe that the biggest pearl was harvested from one of the Philippine seas. Corals are also abundant and serve as attraction spots to foreigners. Marine lives, particularly the endangered ones, are protected by the government agencies for them to be seen by the next generation. Animals in the forests are also part of the government plans. Endangered species are given protection and are extremely prohibited to be hunted. These species include the tamaraws, Philippine eagles, whale sharks and turtles. The national animal, Carabao (water buffalo), is not allowed to be eaten. In the island of Bohol, where the famous Chocolate Hills situated, the smallest known primates are there, known as Tarsiers. Truly, the Philippine islands are blessed with so many things.