Flower Shop in Manila
Philippine Blooms is a brand name ot Citiflora Flower Shop. It began in 1996 along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City and was under the name of Flowers & Vines. Currently, it is located at 2558-A Opalo Street, San Andres Bukid, Sta. Ana, Manila. Philippine Blooms Flower Shop is one of the best flower shops in Manila City. As a result of the owners’ decades of experience in the flower industry, Philippine Blooms / Citiflora became known for fresh quality flowers, elegant floral designs, and excellent customer service provided by a team of well-trained florists and caring customer support staff.
Before establishing Philippine Blooms / Citiflora, Larry Darroca has worked as a florist at reputable flower shops, one of which is located in Muscat, Oman and owned by an international European company. After several years of training abroad, Larry came back to the Philippines to work in one of the most prestigious companies in Makati City. He pursued his passion and worked once again as a floral designer; and later on, he also became an event stylist and a visual stylist for the same company. To finally demonstrate the fruits of his labor and training, he established Citiflora in 2008 in Project 6, Quezon City. Larry shared his talent in flower arranging to young aspiring florists and worked to develop his signature style.
Philippine Blooms / Citiflora Flower Shop became a big success and has made several appearances in the following TV shows: Unang Hirit (GMA 7, October 2011), Good Morning Club (TV 5, July 2013), Good Morning Club (TV 5, October 2013), Good Morning Club (TV 5, February 2014), and Kabuhayang Swak na Swak (ABS-CBN, September 2015). In 2013, Citiflora also sponsored for Miss World International.
As a way to share blessings to the Filipino community, Larry Darroca joined the Rotary Club of Makati San Antonio (RCMSA), District 3830 in 2015 and Children of Notre Dame Org., Inc. (COND) from 2016 to 2018. He was given the opportunity to contribute to peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. He was elected as Club President of RCMSA in 2017, and Org. President of COND in 2016. As President of these organizations, he led several service projects which involved donating school supplies and drinking water facilities, gift giving, food feeding, tree planting, and medical and dental missions. These service projects were held in different locations including San Antonio Village, Makati City; Western Bicutan, Taguig; Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; Sto. Niño, South Cotabato; Basco, Batanes; Araceli, Palawan; Cabading Eco Park, Antipolo City; Baseco Compound, Manila City; Bustos, Bulacan; Taytay, Rizal; and San Jose, Nueva Ecija.
Since the business became a success, Citiflora was able to put up a branch in Manila City, which is the capital of the Philippines. It is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and former military prison. It is also the most densely populated city proper in the world. It was the first chartered city by virtue of the Philippine Commission Act 183 on July 31, 1901 and gained autonomy with the passage of Republic Act No. 409 or the "Revised Charter of the City of Manila" on June 18, 1949.
Manila, alongside Mexico and Madrid are considered the world's original set of Global Cities due to Manila's commercial networks being the first to traverse the Pacific Ocean, thus connecting Spanish Asia with the Spanish Americas, marking the first time in world history when an uninterrupted chain of trade routes circled the planet. Manila has been damaged by and rebuilt from wars more times than the famed city of Troy and it is also the second most natural disaster afflicted capital city in the world next to Tokyo yet it is simultaneously among the most populous and most wealthy cities in Southeast Asia.
The Spanish city of Manila was founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. The date is regarded as the city's official founding date. Manila was also the seat of power for most of the country's colonial rulers. It is home to many historic sites, some of which were built during the 16th century. Manila has many of the Philippines' firsts, including the first university (1590), light station (1642), lighthouse tower (1846), water system (1878), hotel (1889), electricity (1895), oceanarium (1913), stock exchange (1927), flyover (1930s), zoo (1959), pedestrian underpass (1960), science high school (1963), city-run university (1965), city-run hospital (1969), and rapid transit system (1984; also considered as the first rapid transit system in Southeast Asia).
The term "Manila" is commonly used to refer to the whole metropolitan area, the greater metropolitan area or the city proper. The officially defined metropolitan area called Metro Manila, the capital region of the Philippines, includes the much larger Quezon City and the Makati Central Business District. It is the most populous region of the country, one of the most populous urban areas in the world, and is one of the wealthiest regions in Southeast Asia. The city proper is home to 1,780,148 people in 2015, and is the historic core of a built-up area that extends well beyond its administrative limits. With 71,263 people per square kilometer, Manila is also the most densely populated city proper in the world.
The city is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay. The Pasig River flows through the middle of the city, dividing it into the north and south sections. Manila is made up of 16 administrative districts: Binondo, Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Port Area, Quiapo, Sampaloc, San Andres, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa and Tondo, while it is divided into six districts for its representation in Congress and the election of the city council members. In 2016, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network listed Manila as an "alpha –" global city.