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Here come the Sunflowers in Tagum

“Here comes the sun”, we may hum this familiar tune as summer fast approaches.  In Tagum City, the Tagumenyos hum to a different tune –‘here come the sunflowers!’

Second season in bloom of the sunflowers

Having gone viral on social media in its first blooming season just before Christmas, the latest tourist attraction was inaugurated in front of the New City Hall of Tagum last November 12, 2018.  

Aerial view of the Sunflower Garden by Rhonson Ng

The small hill was temporarily a spot for sunflowers and plants before the administration decided in developing the area.  Known for being the City of Parks, Tagum now welcomes the Sunflower Garden as its newest addition to instagram-worthy places in the city.  

sunflowers up close

According to City Information Officer Edwin Lasquite, the small hill measures 700sq meters and was planted with 8,500 seedless variety of yellow corona sunflowers (Sunrich Orange F1) from Japan.  Currently, around 8,200 are thriving, with a life expectancy of a full month up to 35 days (from sprouting to full maturity).  Its flower diameter is around 18-21 centimeters.

Tagum Tourism Officer Ed Lasquite with Rhonson, Jojie and Ian

A few days ago, Ed Lasquite invited us to witness its second season in bloom, and we were armed with cameras and drones for an aerial view of the yellow wonders responding to the sun. At this early morning, they were facing the New City Hall. By late afternoon the heads will be turning around.  This is a well-known characteristic of the large flowering heads tracking the sun’s movement, a phenomenon called heliotropism. 

Aerial view of the Sunflower Garden on a hill by Rhonson Ng

During its full bloom, visitors turned up as many as a thousand per day, according to Lasquite.  It needs another 55 days to grow in full bloom once more, giving the hill a chance to rest in between. The government is said to be open for bookings on prenuptials, weddings and romantic proposals.

Thank you, Ed and tour quide Isabeyl Rose Abapo of the City Tourism, for accompanying me and colleagues Ian Garcia and Rhonson Ng, with the usual sumptuous lunch at Miko’s Brew before we went back to Davao.  

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The author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It's More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017.  A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.

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