While All Saints’ Day is a day for remembering the saints and All Souls’ Day, our dearly departed, they are considered days of celebration instead of mourning. And as flowers are symbols of remembrance, the flower business blooms during these occasions.
All Saints’ Day (November 1) is a family day as well as a reunion day. In a manner of speaking, it is a get-together of the living and the dead. The destination for this once-a-year and all-day affair is free and open to the public: the cemetery or memorial park.
All Saints’ Day in Filipino is called Undas
, or Undras
in Batangas Tagalog. Tradition dictates that families and friends visit the cemetery and offer flowers and candles for the dead
. Roses, orchids, gladioli, lilies, anthuriums, gerberas, chrysanthemums, mums, rados, alstromeria, asters, and baby’s breath are the staple flowers for this occasion.
Cut flowers are fresh flowers or flower buds that have been cut from its plant and suitable for bouquets, wreaths, topiary, corsage, and other special flower arrangements
. These flowers can be easily bought per stem, in bundles, or already arranged.
Most of the flowers in Batangas are sourced from Dangwa in Manila and Baguio. Anthuriums are ordered from a local flower farm called Agrikultura Pilipinas . Orchids usually come from Lucena, Quezon, but are sometimes sourced locally. Of late, the prices of flowers from Baguio and Dangwa are affected by the changing weather conditions, but the shops still try to offer their elegant arrangements at affordable prices.
There are two occasions when flowers are most in demand and bought at peak prices: Valentines’ Day and All Saints’ Day. The average price increase during these occasions is between 50 and 100 percent.
With All Saints’ Day just around the corner, here is a list of the best places to shop for flowers in Batangas. You’ll get to know about what prices to expect as well.
Garcia’s Flower Shop
Orchid is an expensive but favorite symbol of love, remembrance, and respect on All Saints’ Day. (Photo courtesy of Garcia’s Flower Shop)
To the Batangueños, there is only one name that is synonymous with flowers—and that is Garcia Flower Shop. The shop has been around for four decades. Its current location on JP Laurel St., Tanauan City, is the original address where the present owner’s father started the business.
Garcia Flower Shop’s longevity in the business speaks a lot about its reputation. It has established its name as a go-to flower shop in Batangas. Without claiming the title, it has almost become the official flower shop of Tanauan City and its nearby towns like Malvar, Talisay, and Sto. Tomas. Garcia Flower Shop has a lean and mean workforce but hires additional hands when the demand gets higher. On All Saints’ Day, prices of flowers double. For example, a basic flower arrangement that is priced at PhP100 on regular days can be priced at P250 if you buy on or very close to All Saints’ Day.
Little Dangwa in Lipa City
(Photo courtesy of Dangwa Floral Shop)
The flower business is always alive along Morada St. in Lipa City, where flower shops abound. There are around 20 flower shops along the stretch of the street. It is Lipa City’s version of Manila’s Dangwa. The flower stalls do not look fancy but flowers can be bought there at more affordable prices.
The oldest of the flower shops in the area is Highland Flower Shop . According to the owner, Miss Lani Bautista, she started the business in 1993 with a capital of PhP10,000. Even though prices are competitive because flower shops are adjacent to each other where Highland Flower Shop is located, the business continues after more than 10 years. Highland has a branch in Ibaan, Batangas.
The other flower shops along Morada St. include Te Amo, Bloomery Flower Shop, Flores de Mayo, Petals & Blooms, Kartz, Kelsey, and R&A Flower Shop , just to name a few. Arranged flowers for All Saints’ Day range from PhP250 to PhP1000, or even higher depending on the type of flower.
Flowers in all forms and colors
The local market is a reliable place to find one’s needs, including flowers. Stalls there may not have a prominent business name display but the frequent customers (suki) just know where to find what they need. Most of the market stall owners have been in business for years, even decades. When All Saints’ Day is approaching, it is customary in Batangas that makeshift flower stalls in the marketplace mushroom. And like in regular shops, the prices of flowers in the market also shoot up when the day comes—starting at PhP150, but still negotiable.
Sidewalks near the cemeteries and memorial gardens
Flowers are sold along the streets near cemeteries and memorial gardens on All Saints’ Day.
Those who do not have time to shop can always opt to buy flowers on their way to the cemeteries or memorial gardens. The flowers sold by sidewalk vendors are usually a bit pricey but that’s the trade-off for hassle-free buying.
“Say it with flowers,” an old ad slogan stated. Flowers have an inherent eloquence. What words cannot express, flowers can. Depending on the occasion, flowers can mean a lot of things. On All Saints’ Day, flowers serve as symbols of the longing and love we have for our departed loved ones.
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Prices may change without prior notice.