Flower prices up ahead of Undas in Cotabato City

October 30, 2015 10:58 am 

COTABATO CITY, Oct. 30 -– The prices of flowers have tripled ahead of the All Saints' Day and All Souls’ Day celebration in Cotabato City.

Ordinary flowers which used to cost Php50 a bundle had skyrocketed to Php100 to Php150, flower vendors at the PC Hill Flower Shop said.

A Rogelio Sarmiento, a flower vendor, claimed that prices of flowers, which Filipinos use to show love for the departed loved one, have increased due to typhoon and haze that hit Mindanao last week.

He did not say how the haze affected flower production but said “that is what we were told by flower suppliers.”

Cotabato City flower vendors get supply from Maguindanao upland towns and in South Cotabato and North Cotabato.

Arranged flowers that normally cost Php100, now sells at Php300 while elaborate flower arrangements and bouquets, which can be acquired at Php500 two weeks ago, now costs Php1,500, depending on the kind of flowers and colors.

Roses, the most common composition of potted flowers, including orchids, and anthuriums have tripled from its prices off season.

Sarmiento said the prices are dictated by demand and supply.

Prices are expected to increase further by Saturday and Sunday, All Saints’ Day and on Monday, All Saints’ Day.

Small potted flowers that contained six pieces small red roses with few leaves sells at Php200 Friday morning. “Tomorrow, it will be Php300 or even Php500,” another vendor, Tenorio Salid, said.

Kristine Salazar of Barangay Rosary Heighs 11, Cotabato City who was stunned by the prices of flowers three days before Undas, backed off and decided to proceed to the Cotabato City mega market where she bought assorted flowers at very reasonable prices.

“I will arrange it myself,” she said in an interview, showing bundles of red and white roses. “I have this at about Php100,” Salazar said. “At the flower shop, it may cost more than Php500.” (PNA)

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