Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac)– the flower not the Philippine rock singer– is a sweet-scented tropical flower belonging to the wide genus of Jasmines (Jasminum). Sampaguita is also known as the Philippine Jasmine, Arabian jasmine or Pikake in Hawaii.
The sampaguita is originally from India and could have been imported into the Philippines in the 17th century from the Himalayan areas.
Adopted in 1934 as the national flower of the Philippines, the flower is widely used in the country in official and various social and religious occasions such as weddings, birthdays, school graduations, funerals and other ceremonies. Street vendors sell it to motorists and jeepney drivers used to hang sampaguita garlands on their windshields.
Mabuhay ang sampaguita!