Pomona, FL (PressExposure) November 03, 2009 -- Dangwa Flower Market is one of the most popular places in Manila in terms of philippine flower shops [http://www.flowersexpress.com.ph/promos.aspx]. Flowers are usually found inside shopping centers and malls. Shopping centers such as Farmer's Plaza in Cubao is one of the many popular places for a Filipino to buy their flowers. Malls such as Robinsons and SM are also popular places to buy unique and beautifully designed floral arrangements. But other than these places, Dangwa Flower Market is also a popular place for a Filipino to buy flowers, but there are several differences between Dangwa and these other venues.
Dangwa Flower Market is situated in the heart of the busiest place in the Philippines, Manila. What made this place popular is the flower market is composed of more than 50 philippine flower shops [http://www.flowersexpress.com.ph/promos.aspx] set-up along Dos Castillas and other parallel streets in Dimasalang, Sampaloc, Manila, unlike those found in shopping centers and in malls. Another major advantage of Dangwa Flower Market from other places is the cost of flowers sold in the market. 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.
Prices, however, would significantly change in special occasions like Valentine's Day and All Souls' Day. Prices of of key products have been known to soar by as much as six times, such as the roses in Valentine's Day and marigold as well as orchids in All Souls' Day. But what else do we know about the Dangwa Flower Market other than it's relatively cheaper prices and wider collection of flowers?
The term Dangwa is believed to have been taken from the name of a nearby bus station, the Dangwa Transport terminal. The flower market was said to have started on 1976. The market was then surrounded by middle-class neighborhoods. During the 80's and the 90's, the market has surpassed the fame of competitors in Quiapo, Manila and Baclaran. It is said that the market's golden years is during the time when Imelda Marcos was the First Lady.
At the time when Marcos was still president of the Philippines, the market is said to provide flowers for big philippine flower shops [http://www.flowersexpress.com.ph/promos.aspx] which in turn decorated the Malacanang Palace. This was one of the many historical events that happened in the market. Another is when Lito Atienza was mayor of Manila. At that time, the street was heavily reconstructed to make the market more a flower market than just a street. Lamp posts were designed like flowers and the tiles used for the floor clearly suggest that this is a flower market.