Binmaley exec anchors success of tourism campaign on planted Cherry Blossom trees

May 15, 2015 11:40 am 

BINMALEY, Pangasinan, May 14 — Cherry Blossom trees can be grown in cold countries as well as in the tropics.

This was bared by Josefina Victorio, consultant of the municipality of Binmaley, who said the success of their tourism program "Blooming Binmaley" depended much on the Cherry Blossom trees they planted one year ago.

She said Mayor Simplicio Rosario led the planting of 70 saplings of Cherry Blossom trees on May 1, 2004, the same day they launched their tourism campaign dubbed "Blooming Binmaley".

Now, one of those trees is now taller than him, said Victorio, who stands at about five feet and two inches. However, the Cherry Blossom tree is expected to bear flowers only after six years.

"If they do, we need not go to Japan, Korea or Washington D.C. in the U.S. anymore just to see Cherry Blossoms, said Victorio who recounted seeing much of these blooms when she was in Japan last year.

The saplings of the Cherry Blossom tree was donated to the municipality by a concerned citizen of Binmaley who obtained these from the Manila Seedling Bank and which has certified that this kind of tree, which is indigenous in Japan, can be planted in tropical countries.

The Cherry Blossom trees that they planted would bear white and pink flowers.

"We have our beach as our only tourist attraction, that was why we thought of Cherry Blossoms to lure more tourists into our town," said Victorio, now one of the senior citizens of Binmaley.

She said the 70 saplings donated were planted in front and around the municipal hall and municipal parks in the poblacion area. All these are now robustly growing as they are being watered daily especially this summertime.

He said Mayor Rosario invited all the barangay captains from 33 villages during the first anniversary of "Blooming Binmaley" last May 1 where he challenged them to also plant Cherry Blossom trees.

As a matter of fact, other saplings of Cherry Blossom trees will soon be made available to the municipality.

Rosario said with the aid of private citizens, he will launch a contest in September this year to choose the Best Barangay Bloom based on any flowering plants, the winner of which will receive P60,000.

Victorio clarified that the "Blooming Binmaley", backed up by private citizens, is a non-political program and she believes that anyone who will be the town mayor later on, will still continue the program.

Binmaley is the aquaculture capital of Pangasinan. It produces from fish ponds and rivers not only milkfish but also siganid, tiger prawns, sea bass and other marine products. (PNA)

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