Several Filipinos endured traffic and high prices in parts of Metro Manila early Thursday to buy flowers for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
As of 7 a.m., traffic was heavy at the Dangwa, Laong Laan and Dimasalang areas in Manila as motorists stopped by stalls to buy flowers, radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported.
The traffic in the Dangwa and Laong Laan areas had been heavy even before dawn on Thursday due to the high number of buyers of flowers, the report said.
On Thursday, prices of popular flowers such as red roses shot up to as high as P500 to P550 per bouquet – more then double the regular price of P250, the report said.
Paper roses were sold at P180 per four-piece arrangement, but their imported counterparts cost as high as P600.
Carnations were sold at P180 per dozen while sunflowers were sold at P120 apiece.
Some vendors charged an additional P120 for adding a decoration such as a teddy bear or a stuffed toy to the bouquet or flower arrangement.
As early as Wednesday afternoon, some vendors had already informed their regular buyers of price increases for Valentine’s Day.
They had told their “suki” the prices of flowers may go up by P100 or more on Thursday, according to a dzBB report late Wednesday. —KG, GMA News