|Against the backdrop of lush greens|
|Metchie on a fallen tree|
Rafflesia is in the botany limelight as the genus of the biggest single flower. The Makiling Rafflesia might not be the biggest, but to see a species in bloom is quite a rare experience. The makiling Rafflesia might be R. manilensis. Together with a few more friends, Noel, Ernie and Metchie, we set on our own journey to find one still in bloom.
|The Makiling Rafflesia|
|Ernie who found the fresh bloom|
|Metchie trying to smell the stinker|
|Ron and Noel checking out the specimen|
After a few more minutes of observing the Rafflesia and the surrounding flora, we went down the mountain trail with large smiles and the precious memory of personally encountering the largest stink flower of Makiling. We hope that we get to find it again when we climb the mountain in many years to come.