Morning in Bloom

Located at the foothills of Mount Apo, Makilala town in North Cotabato is a known producer of tropical fruits such as durian, mangosteen, lanzones and rambutan.

The tropical fruit trees provide a shade ideal for growing anthuriums. Anthurium growers provide additional income among residents who work as planters, harvesters and packers.

Although anthurium plants produce flower all year round, the period from October to March is its peak season. The flowers are being sold to as far as Metro Manila.

GOOD HARVEST. Evelyn Lim shows her harvest of anthurium flowers which is being sold for 40 pesos per dozen at a buying station in Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato in this photo taken on October 28, 2015. GOOD HARVEST. Evelyn Lim shows her harvest of anthurium flowers which are being sold for 40 pesos per dozen at a buying station in Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato in this photo taken on October 28, 2015.

Datu Bienvenido Macalos harvests anthurium flowers at a farm in Purok 4, Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato. Datu Bienvenido Macalos harvests anthurium flowers at a farm in Purok 4, Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato.

Evelyn Lim harvests anthurium flowers at her farm in Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato where she also grows fruit trees like durian, mangosteen and lanzones. The tropical trees provide a good shade for her anthuriums. Evelyn Lim harvests anthurium flowers at her farm in Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato where she also grows fruit trees like durian, mangosteen and lanzones. The tropical trees provide a good shade for her anthuriums.

HITCHING A RIDE. Anthurium harvesters ride a tractor that ferries them from their farm to the buying station. HITCHING A RIDE. Anthurium harvesters ride a tractor that ferries them from their farm to the buying station.

BASKETS IN BLOOM. Farmers deliver a basket full of anthuriums to a buying station in Purok 3, Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato province. BASKETS IN BLOOM. Farmers deliver a basket full of anthuriums to a buying station in Purok 3, Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato.

An anthurium dealer covers his goods at a buying station as they meet the demands for flowers this season. An anthurium dealer covers his goods at a buying station as they meet the demands for flowers this season.

HANDLING. A packer layers a piece of newspaper to protect anthurium flowers from bruises during transportation. The flowers will be transported by bus to General Santos City. HANDLING. A packer layers a piece of newspaper to protect anthurium flowers from bruises during transportation. The flowers will be transported by bus to General Santos City.

The rain did not stop the harvesters in bringing their goods to a buying station. Anthuriums cost 40 to 95 pesos per dozen. The rain did not stop the harvesters in bringing their goods to a buying station. Anthuriums cost 40 to 95 pesos per dozen.

HORSEPOWER. Sealed and protected from rain and sun, anthuriums are being transported by a horse to the buying station in Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato. HORSEPOWER. Sealed and protected from rain and sun, anthuriums are being transported by a horse to the buying station in Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato.

A sidewalk vendor along Davao-Cotabato highway in Makilala, North Cotabato sells a bundle of anthurium flowers for 20 pesos.Each bundle has six stems of anthurium flowers. A sidewalk vendor along the Davao-Cotabato highway in Makilala, North Cotabato sells a bundle of anthurium flowers for 20 pesos. Each bundle has six stems of anthurium flowers.