EXPECT an increase in flower prices if you plan to buy them for your loved ones’ graves on All Souls’ and All Saints’ Days this week.
Flower sellers in Cebu increased their prices starting October 29 as sudden weather changes have affected flower stocks in some areas in Cebu, particularly in Cebu City’s mountain barangays.
Dorina Gonzales, 41, a flower seller at the Carbon Public Market, said the increase of the prices of flowers may hurt their business unless they adjust.
“Naa gyuy higayon nga maalkanse sad mi. Samot pa kung dili gyud mahalin (There are times that we lose. All the more if the flowers are unsold),” Gonzales told SunStar Cebu on Sunday, October 29.
From P70 last year, the price of chrysanthemums has increased to P80 per bundle.
The price of golden yellow flowers has increased from P70 to P80 a bundle.
The price of dendrodiums also increased from P100 to P120 a bundle.
Malaysian mums have increased from P150 to P260 a bundle, while baby’s breath prices increased from P100 to P120 a bundle. The latter are often used in floral arrangements.
Gonzales usually gets her flowers from Barangay Sirao in Cebu City.
To promote sales, she and other sellers are allowing their customers to haggle.
“Pwede pa ma-hangyo para mahalin gyud (They can haggle, just so the flowers are sold out),” Gonzales added.
Marcelina Heñales, also a flower seller, said that with limited supply in the mountain barangays in Cebu City, flower sellers are securing their stocks from other areas.
Heñales said she now sources her flowers from Manila, particularly from the Dangwa Flower Market.
Meanwhile, as the holidays draw closer and before bus terminals start to get busier than usual, Carlito Momongan decided to take advantage of the weekend to get to his hometown in Barili, Cebu.
Momongan said that with few people coming to the Cebu South Bus Terminal during the weekend, he decided it was a good time to go home while the holiday rush has not kicked in.
Another traveler, Juanita Aniñon, also took advantage of the weekend to go home early to her hometown in Oslob.
With her three kids in tow, Aniñon said it was advantageous to get a bus just a few days before the end of the month rather than wait it out during the Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 holidays. (Nov. 2 is a regular workday.)
“Lisud baya magbyahe kung daghan kang bata gidala, mao nang maayo gyud ning sayo-sayo ta. Makapili pa ta ug nindot nga lingkuranan ug dili pa gyud alimuot (It’s hard to travel when you’re bringing many children, that’s why we left early. We can choose our seats and it’s not too hot),” Aniñon said. (JKV)