Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons / Philippine Lemon Flower in BloomDecember 8, 2012
We have this plant for almost five years now, but the global climate change must have worked on it since it only started having flowers, well, even with only less than a dozen of them these past few months. I was ecstatic. So, I grabbed my cam to shoot the flower bud; and how it looks like in full bloom.With scientific name Citrus microcarpa, “Kalamansi/Calamansi” is how we call this fruit in Filipino language; in English, “Philippine Lemon.” This is a favorite juice drink in the country, and can be used to give flavor to many popular dishes like pansit [noodles], chicken and pork barbeques, lugaw or congees, etc. It has medicinal qualities and guaranteed to be good for those with cough and colds; and proven best with honey. [For more scientific info, click, http://www.stuartxchange.com/Kalamansi.html
It’s December. It is suppose to be cold in Manila but we do not feel it. It actually seems to be like summertime still [March to May]. An important feast to celebrate here is nearing: Christmas. Sadly, typhoon Pablo which battered Southern Philippines last week caused landslides attributed to illegal cutting of forest trees. Today, nearly 500 people had been confirmed dead. All coconut trees, banana plantations, and all crops gone. Many are still missing and thousands homeless. The landscape changed into images of swept towns and villages. Mindanao Region has never been as badly devastated as these recent years.