Dangwa Flower Market
Dangwa is a popular fresh flower market in Metro Manila. It is composed of more than 50 stalls set-up along Dos Castillas and other parallel streets in Dimasalang, Sampaloc, Manila. Prices of flowers in the area are both negotiable and affordable. On a regular day, roses can be bargained for as low as P50 a dozen. During special occasions like Valentine's Day and All Souls' Day, prices of key products have been known to soar by as much as six times. The term Dangwa is believed to have been taken from the name of a nearby bus station, the Dangwa Transport terminal.
Considered a center of flower retail in the Metro, Dangwa showcases the richness of floral products in Luzon. A wide range of blooms are offered day in and day out, from roses, zinnias, marigolds, and chrysanthemums, to anthuriums, gerberas, daisies, and tulips. Rare flowers can also be bought at some select stores here but have to be ordered at least a week before needed. While most of the stalls cater particularly to individual customers, there are also wholesale flower retailers in the area that answer to large orders. Some bigger flower shops even accept deliveries. Ornamental petals and leaves, floral supplies and decors, and accessories like laces and ribbons are also available in Dangwa.
While a great number of people flock the flower depot to buy flowers, there are also some who visit to get their flowers arranged. Stores in Dangwa take arrangement orders for special affairs like weddings, debuts, wakes, fiestas, and other church celebrations. Flower arrangement, like other services in the area, is also very inexpensive.
The flower market is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is generally believed that the best time to go to there is between 1 and 3 o'clock in the morning when fresh stocks of flowers have just arrived. Some experienced customers of the flower market however hold that fresh blooms are unloaded in Dangwa as early as 8 to 10 in the evening, hence the best time to buy is a few hours before midnight.
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