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The Sampaguita

Giving flowers on Mother’s Day is a typical, endearing way to express our love to our Mothers. I love doing illustrations of flowers, especially the Sampaguita – the Philippines’ National Flower – as a tribute to my lovely Filipino wife. The Sampaguita is a species of jasmine, also known as the ArSampaguitasabian jasmine. Its flowers are white, fragrant, and borne singly or in threes.

The Sampaguita is treasured by Filipinos for its distinct fragrance, and is even used in perfumery and tea-making. The name “sampaguita” is believed to have come from the Filipino words “sumpa kita,” meaning “I promise you.”

In early days in the Philippines, young couples, as a pledge of their love, gave Sampaguitas to each other. That’s why, the Sampaguita garlands are a symbol of my undying promise to love my wife for the rest of my life!

How about you? How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Let me know how you want to signify your endearing love for Mom. Check my illustration of the Sampaguita in the Illustrations page of this site.  Email me at and let’s work together to capture Mother’s essence!