Oliba is the leaf frond of choice for the celebration of Palm Sunday in Bulusan. Although not technically a palm (it is a cycad), it is the traditional ‘palm’ for the event in our town. Only the matured leaves are harvested for the Palm Sunday’s festivities which is more sustainable than harvesting the young shoots of the true palms.
These photos were taken 2 days earlier with the younger leaves of the oliva daintily showing curly rows of leaflets. The curls straighten as it matures into dark green and stiff palm looking leaves. These are gathered for blessings during Palm Sunday.
Cycas revoluta is the scientific name of oliba. More about oliba here:
Photos: Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines