SHOP owners in Tacloban City said prices of flowers and candles remain stable despite high demand for the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Allan Cahingcoy, owner of AC flower shop on Burgos St., said that unlike Valentine’s Day, there will be no flower price adjustment this week.
“Even if our suppliers will raise their price, we cannot just adjust it because most of our customers are our friends and regular buyers,” said Cahingcoy, whose shop has been receiving orders since last week.
Cahingcoy gets his supplies from Baguio City, Cebu City, Davao City, and Bohol.
Flower vendor Helen Flowas, 55, who has been operating a makeshift sidewalk store along Gomez St. for about three decades, said a possible increase would be minimal since a lot of people cannot afford to buy expensive flowers.
“Our objective is to sell all our stocks and we won’t take advantage of high demand,” Flowas told PNA.
Prevailing flower prices are the following: Roses (P35 per stem), Carnation (P50 per stem), Lilium (P250 per stem), Gerbera (P400 per dozen), Anthurium (P350 per dozen), Malaysian Mums (P350 per dozen, Asters (P200 per bundle), and Orchids (P500).
Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has stepped up the monitoring of prices of candles as demand is expected this week.
DTI Consumer Welfare Division chief Araceli Larraga said Monday, October 30, that they have been checking candle trading since early October.
“Only one brand of candle has increased its suggested retail price due to high cost of imported wax,” Larraga said.
Based on the DTI’s suggested retail prices for candles, the cost per pack ranges from P29.75 to P136.50 depending on the brand.
Genevieve Homeres, 20, who owns a candle store near the city’s largest cemetery in El Reposo, said there is no increase in prices of their candles.
“We cannot set our own price because we have to follow the DTI’s suggested retail price,” Homeres said.
The trade department will continue its candle price monitoring until early November to check if traders follow the standard price.
During All Saints’ Day, people usually leave flowers and light up candles on the graves of their departed loved ones. (PNA)