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Philippines: Flower prices sky high for All Saints’, Souls’ Day

It has been a busy few weeks for the Philippines' flower growers and buyers as All Saints’ Day and Souls’ Day are around the corner. On these days, celebrated on the first two days of November, families troop to cemeteries to offer flowers and light candles for the eternal repose of the souls of their departed loved ones. During this time of the year, all over the Philippines, flower prices increase and sometimes even triple their regular prices. 

According to the Cebu Daily news, last weekend, cut flower buyers traveled up north to get the fresh bundles of blooms before the supply ran out, or they might end up with damaged ones.

Jonie Bonganoy, a flower farmer in Barangay Sirao, Cebu City, told the Cebu Daily news that November is the best time of the year since this is when they make good money. For this month’s harvest, Bonganoy started planting the flowers around June, exactly four months before her flowers reached their full bloom in time for the All Souls’ Day, which falls on November 2 but usually celebrated on November 1, which is All Saints’ Day.

And the supply of flowers during the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day should be enough, La Trinidad Cut-flower Ornamental Growers Association told the Sun Star. Association President Andy Colte said, the cut-flower industry was not affected by Super Typhoon "Lawin". "Only greenhouses were destroyed during the past typhoon and only few flowers were affected." Meanwhile, Bahong Captain Belmer Elis confirmed flower produce remains abundant after reports from the 2,000 flower growers. Despite the ample supply, prices are expected to rise as the All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day comes close.

Also the prices of flowers shoot up in Manila’s flower markets as All Soul’s Day draws near. According to radio reports, flower prices at Sampaloc, Manila’s Dangwa Flower Market went up by 20 percent. The market is known for selling imported and local flowers. (source: www.philstar.com)


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