By Joey Natividad
NAGA CITY (BicolToday.com/26-Aug-2102) – Mourners in Secretary Jesse Robredo’s wake had cleaned up the city’s flower shops during the 3-day internment at the Archbishop’s Palace, that left out other mourners in other funeral parlors flowerless for their dead.
On Thursday of the third day, flowers and wreaths were gone in the flower shops that other mourners went out to nearby towns in search of flowers and wreaths they could lay their hands on. The shortage had pushed up the prices that a simple flower arrangement had fetched up to a price of PhP 1,000.
Hundreds of wreaths and flower arrangements were lined up on the palace gate walls and the aisles and pathways which were placed by thousands of mourners from all walks of life. Some came from Mindanao and the Visayas just to pay their last respect for the Interior and Local Government Secretary who died in a plane crash with two others off Masbate sea on Saturday afternoon, August 18.
Several funeral parlors in Naga and nearby towns, which have their own grieving customers mourning for their dead, had noticed the absence of flowers and wreaths in their rooms which were common during wakes on ordinary days.
The transfer of Robredo’s remains from Naga City to Malacañang Palace on Friday for a much-honored State Funeral until Saturday will not end the flower shops’ woes.
Flower shop owners anticipate that the return of Robredo’s remains in Sunday in the city until cremation on Tuesday will again create very strong demand for flowers and wreaths. But, stocks were already cleaned up and suppliers are reported to have run out of available flowers in their farms. Some owners planned to get flowers from Divisoria in Manila to meet the demand for next week activities.
It is expected President Noynoy Aquino and his entourage of government officials will attend Tuesday internment at the Basilica Minore. Thousands of mourners and visitors will crowd the Basilica grounds. The President will award the Legion of Honor to the late Secretary Robredo with the rank of Chief Commander, the highest honor the State can offer. [BicolToday.com]