When a flower is named after a particular individual, then she must be really special.
That was how Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida felt when she made a courtesy call to her alma mater, University of the Philippines-Los Banos. During the event, she was presented a bountiful plate of flowers – a hibiscus hybrid in particular – named after her. Imagine how the unique gift/gesture floored our Ara to no end. I can’t remember the last time – if ever there was one prior – that a Bb. Pilipinas winner was given a similar honor.
After her reign is over next year, she can look back and revisit the only place where blooms of Ariella Arida can be seen and appreciated. 😉