I spotted two wild beauties in the ‘Kurbada sa Porog’ in Bulusan. The curve highway road located in a cliff overlooking the vast panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean is a species-rich area where several of my flora photos were sourced. Just a few meters from here is an old lava flow route that exits hot waters on its way to the ocean still reeking with sulfuric scent and popular among the locals for its healing powers.
These species of wild flowers from this area are familiar to the locals judging by the spontaneous answer of its local name – Kuliba-o for the white ones. The red ones I’m sure has a local name too.
Kuliba-o is not only pure beauty. The tree is a popular building material for vernacular architecture specifically the nipa hut or bahay-kubo. The trunks and branches of the Kuliba-o are mainly used as framing for the nipa and/or anahaw palm leaves thatched roofing. Not only that. This tree also provides the material for the carabao wood contraption for carrying heavy loads attached to its body referred to as ‘patuloy’ by locals.
On its own in the wild the Kuliba-o tree is a thing of beauty. And for its uses and utilitarian services for domestic needs, the tree is simply incredible.
Kurbada sa Porog :
Photos: Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines