Atis. Philippine name for Sweet Sop, Sugar Apple, and Custard Apple. Atis was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish times. It is a small tree that grows between 10 to 20 feet high when fully matured with oblong leaves and green heart-shaped fruits with polygonal tubercles. The atis fruit has a white, sweet flesh and black seeds. http://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/atis.htm
Pomelo (Suha). Found throughout the Philippines, usually planted. A small tree, 6 to 13 meters in height. Spines, solitary, sharp and long. Flowers are white, fragrant. Fruit is large, up to 20 cm in diameter. Pulp is pale yellow, pink or red, with large distinct vesicles. http://www.stuartxchange.org/Suha.html
The Philippine Postal Corporation will come up with the 2011 First Quarter Issue featuring the Topicals Philippine Hoyas stamps on March 8. It is classified as a “Special” kind of issue with denomination of P 7.00 with quantity of 100,000 pieces and 5,000 pieces of souvenir sheet of P 28.00, respectively.
According to PCARRD-DOST website, “Hoya, commonly called wax plant, belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family. They are once part of the Apocinaceae family. In the Philippines, hoyas can be found all over the islands at all altitudes. As early as 1837, Philippine Hoyas was mentioned in the publication of Flora de las Islas Filipinas. To date there are 51 species which have been identified.”
The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a new denomination (P9) which pays the new registration fee for local mails in the new series of definitive stamps featuring some Philippine Native Orchids.