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Thursday, April 17, 2014

PHILIPPINES DIARY BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL

PLANT LIFE IN TROPICAL PHILIPPINES
Abundant species of plants from ferns to a variety of trees are due to the fertile volcanic soil, abundant rain and sunshine. These factors contribute to the prolific plant life in the Philippines. Rice is the staple crop of the country, so rice fields thrive in this tropical nation. Coffee plantations could be found in high altitudes of Batangas and Mindanao. Cogon, a kind of wild grass are abundant all over the Philippines (18 percent) while rattan and palm trees which are scattered in the forests are used for commercial products. The coconut palm is a trademark of the Philippines. It was dubbed as the "tree of life" because it is used generally for food and drink. On the other hand, evergreen forests particularly pine grow abundantly in areas with enough rainfall. In addition, bamboos are indispensable for Philippine industry. The Philippines is rich in natural resources. Hence, it was dubbed as "Pearl of the Orient Seas." Ref. W. Oleksy. The Philippines: Enchantment of the World.

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