Pinoys troop to Bocaue, Bulacan to buy fireworks, firecrackers-A A +A
Monday, December 30, 2013
NO MATTER how the government tightened the campaign against fireworks and firecrackers, many Filipinos are still eager to welcome the 2014 in a traditional way.
Kirby Valenzuela, a college student, traveled straight from Bataan to the "Fireworks Capital of the Philippines" in Bulacan to buy fireworks and firecrackers for the New Year's Eve celebration.
“Hindi talaga maiwasan. Nakasanayan na kasi kaya kahit magkampanya sila na huwag nang magpaputok hindi pa rin,” he said.
Valenzuela said that yearly, he take advantage of the season to earn extra money and sell firecrackers in his own town.
“Kaunti lang kasi ang nagtitinda ng paputok sa Bataan kapag ganitong panahon kaya opportunity ko ‘yun para makapagnegosyo. Pandagdag-baon lang sa pasukan,” he said.
Valenzuela sell the fireworks with aat leat 10-percent mark up, depending on the product’s demand.
Just like Valenzuela, Dave Mariano, an overseas Filipino worker from Dubai intentionally went home to celebrate New Year.
“Iba pa rin talaga pag may paputok o pailaw. Wala kasi ito sa ibang bansa kaya nakakamiss. Hindi pwedeng walang ganito sa New Year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Susan Forbo, a fireworks store owner said that prices increased due to their limited stocks.
“Kahit sabihin mong mahirap ang buhay, marami pa din bumubili. Hindi maiiwasan talaga. Paubos na nga ang tinda naming, mukhang mas maaga mauubos ngayon kumpara noong nakaraang taon,” she said.
Five star – from P26/pack to P35/pack
Kwitis – from P2.50 to P10/piece to P4 to P12/piece
Bawang – from P1.50 to P17/piece to P3 to P20/piece
Whistle Bomb – from P2.50 to P25/piece to P4 to P30/piece
Fountain – from P10 to P500/piece to P30 to P900/ piece
Daylight – from P55 to P65/piece to P60 to P70/piece
Trompillo- from P8 to P65/piece to P10 to P70
Family Package - P12,000-P50,000
Forbo advised those who wanted to buy fireworks in Bocaue, Bulacan to buy earlier to avoid higher prices and lack of stocks of their desired product.
However, Forbo said that the trend has changed, people nowadays are much interested in fireworks display rather than blasting firecrackers.
“Mas naaaliw na kasi ang tao ngayon sa makukulay na nakikita sa ere, kaysa ‘yung puro ingay lang,” she said.
On the other hand, Rosel De Guzman, a baranggay kagawad said that there is no report of any untoward incident in the town yet.
“Fortunately wala pa naman nangyayaring may nandukot, nagnakaw o nasunugan. Hopefully wala naman this year, red alert pa din ang mga officials until December 31,” she said.
De Guzman added that having the huge police and other security personnel visibility is a big help in maintaining peace and order in the area.
Bocaue police said that the estimated number of buyers they were expecting to flock the town is around 2,000 up to 3,000.
"Sa ngayon nasa 70 percent palang kami ng expected namin. Inaasahan namin na bukas pa o mamayang gabi dadagsa ang tao," the police said.
Stores in Bocaue will be open until the evening of December 31. (Sunnex)