By Ria Fernandez
It is the time of the year again when people flock to Dangwa, Manila to buy flowers for their loved ones.
“It’s a lot cheaper here,” said Emil Tolidares when asked why he prefers to go to Dangwa for flowers for his wife every Valentine’s Day.
Merlie Canarejo said their flowers are higher compared to the same period last year because of lesser supply due to frosting in Baguio and other sources.
“Probably, the prices will start to go down after Feb. 14,” Canarejo said.
A stem of sunflower wrapped in a plastic sheet costs P250.
A bouquet of assorted flowers depending on the number of stems ranges from P400 to P800.
For roses, a bouquet of light-colored ones can be bought at P650 to P1000.
While four stems of Ecuadorian red roses and a dozen of Baguio red roses are sold at P1200 and P1300, respectively.
There are also shops offering customized bouquets for as low as P400.
“I prefer this…because I get to choose the beautiful flower combinations which my mother likes,” said Mary Anne Sugasta.
But some customers opted for flowers in pieces as their price starts at P100 each.
“It’s because I spend less with this instead of buying an already arranged bouquet of flowers,”
Nina Torres, who was preparing to surprise a special friend, told the Manila Bulletin.
Others, meanwhile, look for stuffed toys, chocolates, perfume and other items arranged in bouquet as they last longer than flowers.
“Their prices are just the same with flower bouquets,” said Rea Sendin, vendor.