With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, vendors from Manila’s Dangwa flower market are getting creative with the arrangements that they are selling. 

Instead of the usual flower arrangements, some vendors are now selling bouquets of coffee sachets, eggplants, assorted vegetables used to cook pinakbet, chilis, face shields, and many more.

Each bouquet costs from P350 to P500. 

Babes Castro, one of the flower vendors at Dangwa, said the bouquets are a “practical” choice for those who wish to give gifts to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

“‘Pag bumili sila ng talong bouquet, eh di mato-torta nila, maiihaw nila, masasawsaw nila sa bagoong, eh di mauulam nila,” she told reporters on Friday, Feb. 12.

“Mas maganda ang talong na local, mahahaba (Local eggplants are better because they are longer),” she jokingly added when asked if the eggplant bouquets she are selling are imported.

The pinakbet and coffee bouquets are other great gifts that can also keep one’s partner well-fed.

Meanwhile, one can buy a chili bouquet if they want to celebrate a “hot” Valentine’s Day, Castro said.

As the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, one can give their loved ones face shield bouquets to help them stay safe from infection. 

The flower vendor admitted that they suffered big losses due to the COVID-19 crisis, so she hopes the unique bouquets would attract more customers.

“Pang-attraction sakanila ‘to, kung ano ‘yung uso dito, ‘yung uso ngayon (This is to attract customers, this is what’s trendy),” she said.

“Kailangan din namin makabawi dahil lugi (We have to recover from this because we suffered losses),” she added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/02/12/tired-of-flowers-manila-florists-sell-coffee-eggplant-face-shield-bouquets-ahead-of-v-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tired-of-flowers-manila-florists-sell-coffee-eggplant-face-shield-bouquets-ahead-of-v-day)