The Philippine forests were once among the richest in the world, in terms of density and diversity of tree species, decades back.
Natural dye producing plants which have high extractives have long been known already to exist in the natural forests in the Philippines.
Bagalunga is popular in Eastern Visayas particularly in Leyte where it is used as construction materials and other wood products.
China has at present more than five million hectares of bamboo plantation and still growing. In recent years bamboo has also been lauded as a source of fabric.