Gumamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Art by Rio Sebastian

Prints of this original watercolor artwork are on sale on greeting cards, poster prints, together with other Filipino-theme gift items on my online shop via

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The Hibiscus flower, locally known as Gumamela in the Philippines is one of the most celebrated flowers in the country. In fact, it frequently appears in local stamps. And if I’m not mistaken, also in coins, at some point between the 70’s and the 80’s.

As a kid, I remember picking its flowers and leaves, crushing them to mix in water for blowing bubbles.

Gumamelas always take me back to fond memories of my childhood in the Philippines.

The artist at Lucban Pahiyas in 2005

I came to this festival two years in a row because I loved it so much! 💕

I am originally from the Philippines, but I have lived and worked in Singapore as an I.T. Engineer for almost ten years, and then moved to Toulouse, France with my family since 2017.

As a watercolor artist, I had no formal training. I have only self-learned to paint via tutorials on the internet. Back in the early 2000’s, I took a crash course in photography back in the Philippines, and took a short course on Drawing at La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore in 2014.

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