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Jan 16, 2014
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Two big events are going down next month: the 7107 International Music Festival in Pampanga and, of course, Valentine's Day!

We're pretty sure you've been given a heads-up on the former—andun ang Red Hot Chili Peppers eh! So, this time around, let's focus on the most romantic day of the year by taking on this question: Handa ka na ba?

Valentine's is still almost a month off so your answer's probably no. However, if there's one thing we've learned from the long lines at flower shops and the number of jowas who become disgruntled and disappointed during February 14, it's this: It certainly pays to prepare early.

With that in mind, we welcome you to FHM's Valentine's Day Primer! We hope this can help you become a true Mister Swabe come February 14.


THE PRICES TO EXPECT WHEN BUYING ROSES IN DANGWA

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When it comes to flowers, Dangwa Flower Market in Sampaloc is the place for flowers on the cheap. There are no updated SRPs yet, although here are the price ranges for the flowers from last year's Valentine's Day:

  • A bundle of roses: P300 - P350
  • A bouquet of roses: P500 - P550
  • One-piece Baguio rose: P50 - P60
  • Three stems Baguio rose: P150 - P170
  • Half-dozen roses: P350 - P375

This year, cold weather is affecting flower plantations in Baguio. There are no reports yet though if this could result to a price increase. To be safe, add P50 to P100 pesos to last year's Dangwa prices (i.e. a one-piece Baguio rose might now go for P100) to account for any price hikes that's likely to happen.


THE PRICES OF ROSES IF YOU'RE GONNA BUY FROM BIG-TIME STORES

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If you have more funds and is looking for a popular flower store to buy your roses from, prepare to shell out much more than buying in Dangwa. For example, a simple nine-stem rose arrangement from Designer Blooms sells for P1,600 while a rose bouquet from Holland Tulips can cost you a minimum of P3,600. Expensive, we know, but as they say, minsan lang naman sa isang taon so sulitin mo na!

NEXT: Tools that can help you save up for Valentine's!


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