Flowers of the North

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Northern Blooms have defined the celebrations for the month of February here.

Benguet flower farmers are bound to make a profit this month with Valentine’s Day rush to buy blooms as well as the upcoming Baguio Flower Festival demanding a myriad of cut flowers from the province.

Virginia Sasa, a flower vendor from La Trinidad, said, “Meron pa rin bumibili ng bulaklak pag ganitong panahon [Valentine’s Day]. Marami din. Mabenta yung Red Roses, yun madalas binibili ditto,” adding it is good to see the tradition of giving flowers during Valentine’s Day continues.


Saa said long-stemmed Red Roses are the traditional and popular kind of flower to be given during Valentine’s Day seen as a symbol of love and passion.

Anthony De Leon, co-chairman of the Executive Committee of Panagbenga 2013 said though the prices of flowers have increased because of Valentine’s Day, it would not affect the prices flowers that would be during the Panagbenga 2013. “Matagal nang na-reserve yung mga flowers na gagamitin sa Panagbenga”, he said.

Flowers used in the float parade and the Largest Carpet of Flowers also come from Benguet flower farms.

De Leon said Panagbenga does not only promote Baguio, but also the Cordilleran Culture. “Sa street dance itself. Kasi, the street dance features the local dances of the region, so that’s one way of promoting the culture and the arts.”

Days before Valentine’s, prices of flowers increase in La Trinidad Flower Shops, nevertheless, flower vendor, Rosalyn Cayat said that they sell their flowers cheaper than those in Baguio and Manila.

Red Roses, a popular choice during Valentine’s Day, which normally cost around 25 – 30 pesos per stem, would increase its price to 40 – 50 pesos per stem. A bouquet of dozen of red Roses can be bought for 500 pesos excluding additional fees for special arrangements and delivery.

The popularity of locally grown flowers during Valentine’s Day extends throughout the entire month of February, not only in Benguet but also internationally. The flowers are indeed in full bloom. (Melissa Mae Tamayo/University of the Philippines intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 14, 2013.


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