UM Research Team unveils new flower species named after City Mayor Sara Duterte

The University of Mindanao Research and Publication Center unveiled the newly discovered, pink-hued flowering plant dubbed Hoya indaysarae in honor of the city mayor and Presidential daughter, Sara Z. Duterte.

Discovered by the research and conservation team of  Milton Medina, director for for Biodiversity and Environment at the RPC, in the Central Dinagat Islands during their expedition last April 23, 2017, he said the decision to grant the honor naming the new flower species after Duterte was due to her strong, pro- environmental conservation stand for Davao city.

A sample of the new flower specie was preserved and encased in a frame to be gifted to the city mayor.

Researcher Medina with research teammate Analyn A. Cabras, and Dr. Ma. Linda Arquiza, vice president for RPC lead the unveiling of the Hoya indaysarae flowering plant, a new species named after City Mayor ‘Inday’ Sara Duterte, as a nod to her strong pro-environment administration. 

While she could not personally attend the ceremony at the UM Matina campus AVR 2 last March 1, Duterte said in her message delivered by Dr. Ma. Linda Arquiza, vice president of the RPC, that it was humbling to have the new species named after her and that its discovery by a Davao-led team brought honor to the city.

“I am confident that we can look forward to more exciting discoveries in the years to come,” Duterte said in her message.

The flower is now archived with the Central Mindanao University museum.

About the author: Salud Petalcorin