LOOK: Tree in Cavite resembling ‘cherry blossoms’ of Japan goes viral

  • Photos of local sakura-like tree in Cavite is now circulating in social media
  • The viral tree is located in Dasmariñas, Cavite inside De La Salle University Medical Center
  • The tree is actually called ‘balayong, a native to Palawan

We’ve been fascinated by Japan’s famous ‘sakura’ flowers. But wouldn’t it be nice if Philippines have local cherry blossoms? Definitely yes!

The cherry blossoms are just picture-perfect that even foreigners look forward to visiting the country at its full bloom season. In fact Japan has this so called ‘Cherry Blossom Festival’; for this year it began last March ‘til April.

We all know that sakura tree only grows in countries with tepid climates, meaning, Philippines is off the list. But photos posted online looks a lot like the pink cherry blossoms. How could this be possible?

No need to go to Japan to see cherry blossoms.

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A N I M O B L O S S O M S ? #CherryBlossomsAtLaSalle

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Turns out that this blossomy pink-flowered tree is not sakura but a native from Palawan called ‘balayong’.

These sakura-like flowers in Cavite could be found in De La Salle University Medical Center. Curious netizens came to check out since photos of this tree circulated online.