The petals are white, small, and delicately soft. Its scent is strongly sweet, heady, lingering. It could mean so many things to the Filipino. It could be love, sympathy, pleasure, goodbye, or a broken promise. A national heritage-- this is the Sampaguita, the Philppines' national flower, and the inspiration behind the GIG AND THE AMAZING SAMPAGUITA FOUNDATION INC. (GASFI), founded by Ms. Marissa Oca (in purple shirt) in memory of her son, Gig, who loved books and Sampaguita, and passed away at only 17 y.o.
It is the tradition of the Batanes Photo Safari to immerse in reading the children in its various destinations, the GASFI Read-Aloud way, as well as give books to children in collaboration with GASFI and Books Across the Seas.