from the plural Spanish word manzanitas
Mansanitas are local fruits that look like very small apples.
Filipinos jokingly refer to these fruits as “cherries” because Western-style cherries don’t grow in the tropics.
Scientific names of fruits referred to as mansanitas:
Rhamnus jujuba and Zizyphus mauritiana
The Filipino word for ‘apple’ is mansanas and for ‘cherry’ is seresa.