First cherry blossom park in the Philippines soon to open in Benguet

Soon, there will be no need to hop on a plane to enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms in Japan. All you’ll need is a bus ticket to catch a glimpse of these beautiful flowers which only bloom once a year.

On Monday, around 30 cherry blossoms and other kinds of trees from Japan were planted in Paoy, Atok. It was led by the local officials of Benguet and officials from Japanese Embassy and Japanese prefecture.

The tree planting was done to celebrate the 40th anniversary of sisterhood of ties between Benguet province and Kōchi Prefecture. The trees will also symbolize heroic act of Filipino and Japanese soldiers during the World War II.

More than 100 cherry blossoms, or “Sakura” in Japanese, were planted in November 2015. However, only few survived because they were propagated wrong time of the year.

“I think it’s a first of its kind in the Philippines,” said Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan.

The temperature in Benguet is pleasant enough for the pink and white flowers to thrive.

In a report by ABS-CBN News, the director of the Department of Tourism (DOT)- Cordillera, Marie Venus Tan, said that the cherry blossom park which will be open to the public will boost the tourism in the province.

The cherry blossom park is 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Baguio City.

Meanwhile, the cherry blossom trees are expected to bloom after three years.

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