Baguio flowers sell fast despite price increase

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Baguio City (CNN Philippines) — Flower and candle vendors along Harrison Road and in the Ganza parking area in Baguio City are experiencing brisk sales despite an increase in prices of blooms due to the recent onslaught of Typhoon Lando.

Flower vendor Marietta Bagayan said the demand for flowers and flower arrangements increased as early as Wednesday (October 28) and are expected to peak from Friday until Saturday.

Diplat said the supply of flowers remain stable but flower prices increased from P10 to 30 per  bundle due to the effects of the typhoon that affected several flower farms in Benguet towns.

But despite this increase, she said customers continue to patronize their stalls as many bear the increase as the giving of flowers and candles for All Saints' and All Souls' Days only happen once a year.

On Sunday, she expects her fellow retailers to drop prices of blooms by as much as 50-percent as demand decreases, and also to dispose of their remaining flower stocks.

Aside from cut flowers also on demand, she said, are potted flowering plants, which are easier to transport and are easy to rejuvenate after several hours of travel to lowland provinces.

Majority of flowers sold in Dangwa in Metro Manila are being propagated in Benguet.

The province produced more than 30 million metric tons of cut flowers in 2014, making it the top flower producer and supplier for most of Luzon including Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao and providing farmers of millions of pesos in earnings annually.