The local government of Silang in Cavite is boosting tourism, the enrichment of local heritage, arts, and culture, particularly its efforts to brand the town as a center of ornamental plants.
Mayor Alston Kevin Anarna recently signed an executive order creating the Silang Council of Local Heritage, Arts and Culture to serve as catalyst for programs related to tourism development in the locality.
“We want to go into ornamental plants specifically, because during the pandemic, Silang became famous for plantitos and plantitas,” explained city tourism manager Gino Asuncion.
“Arid and Aroids living gallery in Barangay Tartaria is just one of the establishments here that has the most expensive plants in the Philippines worth around Php 1M, and they even have a plant that survived a million years ago,” he disclosed.
According to Asuncion, the LGU plans to launch a month-long celebration with the help of private establishments to form a Horticultural Exposition with the objective of promoting horticultural trends and address food security.