Brides swapping bouquets for onions as vegetable reaches luxury status

Married couples in the Philippines are posing with bouquets of onions as they celebrate their nuptials, because a chronic shortage of the vegetables – linked to cartels – is making them into a glamorous status symbol.

Onion gangs tampering with supply chains are turning the kitchen staple into a scarce commodity, with Congress now investigating why prices have more than doubled in a matter of months.

Filipino couples wanting a final lavish touch on their weddings are turning to the now-luxury items, replacing flowers with a handful of bright onions.

One bride, April Lyka Biorrey-Nobis, a 28-year-old from Iloilo City, walked down the aisle with a bouquet that weighed about 11 pounds. Other attendees wore onion corsages while her bridesmaids walked down the aisle holding onion wreaths.


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