The Meaning Behind Flowers

Giving flowers to someone you care about has been the staple tradition since time immemorial. So have you ever wondered what the meanings behind flowers are? Surely, giving someone an anemone has a completely different meaning from giving someone a Bouvardia. This article will give you a glimpse as to what those flowers mean so you can be sure that you’re actually exuding the right meaning. Never again will you go to a funeral only to give a daffodil which actually means “you’re the only one”.

Meanings Behind Flowers

Tiger Lily

The Tiger Lily is a fiery flower. With hues of freckled yellows and bright oranges, the Tiger Lily represents strength and pride. The colourful blossom can have petals as long as 6 inches and the stems can reach up to 3 feet. This flower is pretty tough and can withstand harsh weathers – even winter! If you ever wish someone dear joy and utmost prosperity, the Tiger Lily will do the job just right.

Daffodil

One of the more well-known flowers, the Daffodil is famous for its bright yellow color and a petal pattern the spreads out like the sun. The Daffodil is a sign of spring and warmer weather and usually represents romantic and chivalrous gestures. Give this to your significant other and tell him or her “you’re the only one” without uttering a single word. Let the Daffodil’s magic ignite those romantic sparks once more!

Bouvardia

The Bouvardia is found in many places ranging from Mexico (the flowers hometown) to the United Kingdom. The Bouvardia’s petals sit on top of a long stem and has a lot of color variations from dainty pink to pure white, to lively orange. The refreshing blossoms represents fervor, eagerness, and passion and is the perfect gift to someone who’s striving to reach a goal.

Anemone

If your significant other is having a stressful work week, give her an anemone and romantically tell her to calm down. According to Greek and Roman mythology, the Anemone itself came from Adonis the god of beauty and desire. The Anemone’s bright, yet soothing hues of purple and white will surely calm those frantic nerves.

Now You Know!

The meaning behind flowers are often overlooked, but one should really take these nuances into consideration especially if an important event is coming up. Just remember that a flower is a beautiful picture and it paints a thousand words too.

Philippines: A country overflowing with celebrations

Occasions celebrated in the PhilippinesJust like any country, the Philippines has its own set of events celebrated as a nation and marked in every Filipino’s calendar. Included in the list of Philippine National or Regular Holidays are New Year’s Day, Day of Valor, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Labor Day, Independence Day, National Heroes Day, Bonifacio Day, Christmas Day, and Rizal Day. Although not each of these occasions is personally celebrated by Filipinos, it is given so much regard because students and most employees are exempted from going to school and work.

Grand events are also held in various provinces where you can see gigantic and colourful floats and costumes in street parades. Among the festivals in the Philippines, the most popular and well-visited are Sinulog in Cebu, Ati-Atihan in Aklan, Dinagyang in Iloilo, Higantes in Rizal, Moriones in Marinduque, Pintados in Leyte, Sigpawan in Batangas, Kaamulan in Bukidnon, Kadayawan in Davao, Lanzones in Camiguin, Kagay-an in Cagayan De Oro, Masskara in Bacolod, Penagbenga in Baguio, and Bangus in Dagupan. Almost every month there is a major festival happening in one of the country’s province. Fellow Filipinos and foreigners are welcome to join the locals in their festive celebrations.

Aside from these events joined in by a community, there are also commemorative ones celebrated by families. These include Graduation Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, and Birthday. Typically, the family gathers together sometimes with their extended family and also with friends at home. Different types of dishes are served to the guests while the guests give presents to the celebrant. Today, in celebrating these events, some prefer to eat out in a restaurant instead of holding the event at home to make it easier when it comes to preparation.

Anniversaries of couples—married or just boyfriend-girlfriend—are also celebrated. Silver and Golden wedding anniversaries are the most notable ones and usually grandiosely celebrated. For boyfriend-girlfriend couples, there are those who even mark their “monthsary” date every month. Such occasions are usually spent eating out in a fancy restaurant or cooking indoors. Organizations also have anniversaries they call as Foundation Day. Schools are known for this and it is usually celebrated by having a school fair for several days. No classes are held as all students and teachers enjoy the programs and activities prepared by each member of the school community. Companies who commemorate their Foundation Day also gather their employees to a whole or a couple of days of team building activities, awarding of exemplary employees, and sharing of food.

Aside from food being the common denominator in any event and occasion celebrated, there is very good chance you will also have flowers present in event venues, program activities, and as a symbolic present or gift. The stage decorated with flowers, street parades with floats made of flowers, and a bouquet of flowers to complement a surprise gift are just one of the common instances where flowers can be seen.

Whatever the occasion is, as long as fresh flowers are what matter most to you, go to BULAKLAK.COM and your flower expectations will be met. To learn which flowers arrangement is perfect for your celebration, click here and find out more about our products and special services. Order some Bulaklak today!

BULAKLAK.COM takes part of The Man of Himologan 2014

Man of himologan

BULAKLAK.COM has the opportunity to be part of the CDO’s male pageant, The Man of Himologan 2014. BULAKLAK.COM sponsored gorgeous leis for the said event at Rotunda, Limketkai Mall on August 15, 2014. The Man of Himologan is a competition intended for young male Cagayan-on with ages ranging from 18-25 and the winning candidate will automatically become the ambassador to the fellow youth of Cagayan de Oro setting himself as the youth model.

This year’s The Man of Himologan title was given to Romel Arvin Nikko Villafuerte a Med Tech student of Liceo de Cagayan University.

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He was joined in with his fellow candidates who won for the 2nd and 3rd runner up at the stage as they received their titles and awards. Our lovely leis were also used as a congratulation present to the winners and were used to formally welcome the presence of the invited judges for the said event. Overall, The Man of Himologan 2014 was a huge success. The leis from BULAKLAK.COM received positive comments from those people who wore it. BULAKLAK.COM will always live with our slogan “let flowers express it to you” as we showcase our floral arrangements to every Filipinos.

BULAKLAK.COM at Kumbira 2014

_MG_9870BULAKLAK.COM was given the privilege to take part of Kumbira 2014, the country’s longest running culinary show and the premier culinary show in Cagayan de Oro City. We sponsored various floral basket, green foliage in the pot, and exquisite topiaries which was featured at the grand stage during the launching as part of the ribbon cutting ceremony. Indeed, our unique floral arrangements add vibrant color and textures to the event which took place at Atrium, Limketkai Mall which runs from August 13 to 15 this year.

kumbiOne of the highlights that fascinates and gave charm especially to the guests was the distribution of our 18 red lovely roses to the 18 special ladies given by Kumbi, the official mascot of Kumbira and whose name was derived from it, as to commemorate the 18 years journey of Kumbira which is organized by Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA).

ribbon cutting

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by our own City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Regional Director Catalino Chan III of Department of Tourism – 10, Mr. Albino Limketkai and COHARA President Nelia Lee along with government officials and the invited guests.

 

Kumbira features Mindanao’s talented future chefs and professionals coming from different culinary schools, hotels, and restaurants and were gathered to showcase their skills in various contests related to food preparations, presentation, and other categories in the competition.

Understanding Why Men Should Give Flowers

Flowers have been widely used as a present when courting or expressing romantic feelings. It is such a sweet gesture that now in the modern times the real meaning of it has been sometimes neglected. In the olden times, courting was regarded as a formal and dignified act and flowers were symbols used to express emotions that cannot be simply uttered in words.

Understanding Why Men Should Give Flower

Meanings were associated in the giving and receiving of flowers, so a romantic language developed in the Victorian Era. Each bouquet was deemed to have a secret message for the women to interpret. Enlivening this Victorian tradition in today’s era will pour in so much meaning–magic, life, and mystery–in this romantic gesture.

Saying it at the right moment

When anxiety and tension is eating you up and you find it hard to have the right words to say, then maybe this short list of flowers and their meanings can help you.

Carnation – Fascination

Chrysanthemum – Wonderful friend

Daisy – Loyal love

Gladioli – Sincerity

Orchid – Love and beauty

Pink rose – Secret love

Tulip – Declaration of love

White rose – Innocence and purity

Yellow & orange rose – Passionate thoughts

Now that you have the right flower for your sentiments, you can be more confident and get major romance points when you know the timing to bring or send flowers. Be thoughtful enough to remember your significant other in special and important occasions. A number of these events to keep in mind are Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, new baby, ‘Get Well’ wishes, saying sorry, anniversary, or just a simple day to surprise her.

A Victorian gentleman in the modern world

Don’t question why giving flowers is important because the answer is as simple as women like receiving flowers. Although you may know someone exempted to this rule, generally, this has been the set expectation of woman from her beloved. While men think that flowers are expensive and temporary as they die and cannot be consumed or used when alive, its meaning is beyond being just a material gift. So, what is it for you, gentleman?

You become a happy man. According to a research of Rutgers University psychologist Jeanette Haviland-Jones, the act of giving beckons a real smile. And with this smile emanates a positive reaction from you as the giver. Don’t you agree that seeing a smile from your beloved is priceless?

You become the smarter guy. Sending flowers to you sweetheart’s office or home signifies that you have higher emotional intelligence than other guys. A giveaway for you is when her co-workers are impressed, you might just get a quick access on their network of contacts when you need it.

You become a better manager. Not every flower sent out means ‘I love you’. Boost up your staff’s morale by sending a vase or basket of flowers to their work station. You’ll see a good change in productivity and less trace of anxiety on their faces. It’s as good as saying, “Let’s finish this project on time or we’ll be both dead meat.”

Are you still having second thoughts on sending out a bouquet of flowers? Don’t be! Get on your toes now and be a gentleman. To make it easier for you, a wide variety of freshly arranged flowers are available at BULAKLAK.COM. Are you ready to see her priceless smile? Here are flower suggestions for your special someone.

BULAKLAK.COM Sponsored 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit

3rd Mindanao Fasion Summit

 

BULAKLAK.COM  has recently sponsored the 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit held at the Atrium, Limketai Mall on August 8-10, 2014. BULAKLAK.COM provided four exquisite floral arrangements which were used for the ribbon cutting ceremony program. BULAKLAK.COM’s tarpaulins were also displayed in place along the main entrance of the venue. The event started with the ribbon cutting where the production head and staff, designers, models, and our own BULAKLAK.COM staff assembled.

ribbon cuttingFoods were then served after the grand ribbon cutting ceremony in which BULAKLAK.COM team has joined in. As lunch was served, lots of people got intrigued and fascinated by the beauty of those floral arrangements and it receives overwhelming positive feedback from the crowd. More people then inquired and fascinated about the BULAKLAK.COM’S services and products as the event progressed.

 

The Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City

The Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City

 

The main event started at 1pm in which it welcomed a huge crowd. The event was also attended by the city Mayor Oscar Moreno together with his wife and with his entourage.

Fasion designer, Jonnie Navarro and  the entrepreneur Sharee Mae "Chinkee" Te as her model

Fasion designer, Jonnie Navarro and the entrepreneur Sharee Mae “Chinkee” Te as her model

The 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit, a convergence of some of Mindanao’s Most Talented Fashion Designers, features the designer’s sophisticated and unique designs. The highly anticipated and much awaited event also received a great applause from the guests and the crowd as the models started to ramp on the runway.

The Tradition of Giving Funeral Flowers

Gift Giving Funeral FlowersIn the Philippines, while there are many provinces having diverse practices and beliefs, remembering and paying honor and respect to the dead is still a custom widely observed.

Of the many practices, sending flowers to the funeral or placing flowers around the tomb is one of the most common one. Historically, giving of funeral flowers has been a practice a long time ago. Dr. Ralph Solecki, an American archaeologist, documented one of the first discoveries of flowers used for funerals. In his lead, the Shanidar Cave in Northern Iraq was excavated and from the soil samples there, it was revealed that flowers were place on this burial site 62,000 years ago by locals who collected wild flowers from the hillsides and placed these funeral flowers on graves. This has been noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Oldest Form of Human Ritual.

To some experts, the first funeral flowers were intended for two purposes: symbolizing the life cycle from birth to death, life’s fragility and its momentary beauty, and a practical application of masking the smell of the decomposing dead body prior to embalming. Today, flower-giving on funerals has been a practice to express feelings of sympathy for the bereaved family. It is a symbolic way of sharing the burden of grief and loss and showing support to the family of the departed.

When visiting the place of funeral

When you arrive, first thing to do is offer the family your sympathies and condolences. If you find it hard to express your emotions, saying “sorry for your loss” or “condolences to your family” is enough for them to feel that you care. Dark colored attires are usually observed for the dress code, while some families prefer white to ease the feeling of burden.

 

Before leaving the funeral, sign in the register book and fill the details like address or place of work as these may help the family who came and visited. Remember to also keep in touch with the family members even after the burial. Sending flowers after the interment to comfort the family is also acceptable. This will make the family feel that they are still on your mind keeping them comforted.

 

When choosing funeral flowers

In choosing flowers, the top kinds widely used for funerals in the Philippines are Lilies, Roses and Orchids. Types of arrangement may come in a circular wreath or a spray that is designed to be placed on an easel stand. There are also small arrangements called inside pieces that can be displayed inside the casket’s open lid, and another is the funeral or casket spray that can be placed draping over the casket.

The color of the flowers should be considered as you cannot always think about one’s favourite color. Funeral flowers are dominantly white but can be mixed with red or pink flowers. You can also mix it with red to signify love and ardour or pink for blessing, joy, and gentleness. Commonly combined with white flowers are also violet and purple that represents pride, triumph, and vigor. Yellow reminds companionship, new beginnings, and optimism, while green is for strength, flexibility, and hopefulness.

Whether you send flowers during or after the funeral, the intention is always to ease the pain and to comfort the family. In times like this, you should always get the best service from a flower provider. BULAKLAK.COM guarantees you fresh flowers delivered to your chosen recipient in the Philippines. Choose from a wide range of funeral wreaths, sprays, or flower baskets here.