After attending mass, there are lots of sampaguita lei vendors asking you to buy 3 leis for only 20 pesos. I buy 3 leis every after mass that I usually hang on the hands of the sculpture of the Virgin Mary at home. And this is such a normal thing here in the Philippines. Those fragrant flowers are basically made for sacred sculptures.

Sampaguita also known as Jasminum Sambac is Philippines’ national flower. It is well known for its fragrance. The name Sampaguita is a Spanish term that comes from the Filipino words “sumpa kita,” which mean ‘I promise you.’ Sampaguita is considered a symbol of fidelity, purity, devotion, strength and dedication. (source: theflowerexpert)

There goes my 30 minute art for today. I plan on doing flowers from now up to the whole February. Hope you like it!

~ Melonaide

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