Sampaguita , Jasminum sambac
, was adopted as the national flower of the Philippines by American Governor General Frank Murphy in 1934. The selection of sampaguita , which is native to India , was based on its traditional and historical significance. The white, star-shaped blossom is popular for its ornamental value, fragrance, and the role it plays in the legends and traditions of the Filipino people.
On Flower Day, December 8, 1948, the Bureau of Posts issued a single 3c stamp featuring the sampaguita.
First Day Covers