A three-hectare field filled with the world’s largest flower has been “rediscovered” in an area 80 kilometers from Boracay island.
Called Rafflesia speciosa, the flowering plant was first found in an Indonesian rain forest in 1818 and named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
Including its five petals, the Rafflesia flower is the size of at least three human heads and can weight up to 10 kilograms.
Yesterday, environmentalist Flord Nicson Calawag posted photos of the flowers. He and the “Rafflesia Team” found three hectares full of the plant at the foot of Mt. Madja-as, Bgy Alojipan, Culasi, Antique.
According to Calawag, the area was first discovered in 1976 by a man called Tatay Dimas Maquiling, who is now 64 years old. “Aside from this area, the nearest 1-hectare Rafflesia speciosa site is only 1-hour trek from Bgy Alojipan,” said Calawag.
The public is welcome to visit and see this wonderful plantation in Antique by calling the Culasi Tourism Office via +63 916 3245068.