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You need fresh blooms? Roses, orchids, carnations, mums, and lilies. Flowers of all sizes and colors, and pots and baskets and twigs and ferns. Name it. You will find all of them in Dangwa.
Dangwa the flower market is adjacent to Dangwa Tranco, a bus line on Dimasalang Street that plies the route of Manila to Benguet. The flower market is said to have started around 1976. By the 1980s and the 1990s, the market had surpassed its competitors in Quiapo, Manila and Baclaran in popularity. Today, it is composed of several stalls, big and small flower shops, on the streets of Dimasalang, Dos Castillas, Maria Clara, and Laong Laan. Some of these shops operate 24/7.
The Dangwa bus line makes transport of fresh flowers from Baguio and Trinidad Valley quite efficient. Vendors also source their blooms from other flower farms in the country like Tagaytay City, Batangas, and Laguna to as far as Davao and Cotabato cities in Mindanao. Some shops are said to import from Thailand, too.
Is the trip to Dangwa worth the effort?* Definitely. Here, you can buy flowers at wholesale and retail prices that wont blow your budget. Talk about getting them at 50 to 100% less the price of what you’ll find in the malls! A dozen of roses sells from P150 to P250. Carnation from P170 to P180. A dozen of chrysanthemum for P150. A dozen of mums from P80 to P120. Anthuriums start at P500.
How to Get There
From the LRT Tayuman station, take a jeepney bound to Lardizabal. This jeepney will pass by SM San Lazaro then take Lacson Avenue. It will turn left on Maria Clara Street, where a number of flower shops are located. You can get off here before the jeepney crosses Dimasalang, and explore the area to find your best blooms.
* Traffic can really be horrible in peak seasons like Valentine’s Day and All Souls Day.
** Photos taken with Cherry Mobile Flare.