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Do you know which among the trees, flowers, birds, or animals you see every day are native?

Until a few years ago, I didn’t know either. I was working on a “Bahay Kubo” illustration when I learned that none of the vegetables in the song are indigenous to the Philippines. This sparked my interest, leading me to uncover more surprising facts. Did you know that beloved flora like Gumamela, Bougainvillea, and even our national flower, the Sampaguita, are exotic species? Meanwhile, natives like Katmon, Salingbobog, or Bagawak Morado remain lesser-known.

Native trees don’t get much recognition too. You might’ve heard of misguided reforestation efforts that make use of Mahogany and Gmelina arborea. Not only are they introduced species, they are also invasive, posing threats to our native flora.

So, why the enphasis on native species?

Ever wonder why a seemingly sturdy tree can be uprooted easily during a typhoon? It might be an introduced species struggling in our local climate. Native trees, on the other hand, gracefully adapt, showcasing resilience in extreme weather. They play a crucial role in preserving biodiversity, forming intricate networks with birds, insects, and other species, offering them homes and sanctuary.

The passion that powers this ever-growing project.

Thanks to Forest Foundation Philippines and our #DrawNativeTreesPH Initiative in 2018, I’ve come to appreciate the important ecological role of native biodiversity. My ongoing mission is to raise awareness about the crucial link between flora, fauna, and forest conservation amidst climate change.

If you’re new to this site, I hope you can explore the creations in the shop that carry the essence of this mission and share them with others. Let’s celebrate and protect our natural heritage.

Philippine native flora and fauna gifts

Your support truly means a lot. <3

Every purchase you make motivates and empowers me to continue creating impactful work that furthers the advocacy. Beyond that, it plays a vital role in supporting reforestation and sustainability initiatives in protected landscapes.

Huge thanks to everyone who has joined this adventure! Together, here is what we’ve achieved so far. ~



I’m Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino illustrator and graphic designer trying to merge education, function, and purpose while sharing memories of the Philippines I grew up with. Here’s why.