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5 Public Markets in the Philippines Worth Checking Out

Because the idea of public markets should not sound as bad as it seems.

By: Eunice Sheene Fulgencio | January 13, 2018
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Weekends are a godsend. After working for eight to ten hours for five days straight, you finally have the time to catch up on your sleep, enjoy your social life, and do the things you’re passionate about. But with adults, the weekends do not merely consist of these fun, laidback things. There are many errands to run and obligations to attend to, so much so that the skill of time management becomes crucial.

You have laundry to wash, appointments to attend, and the meal preparations to do for the week ahead. And you all know there is nothing worse than unsanitary and unorganized markets to find meat and produce that are fresher than those found in grocery stores. But amongst the long list of public market in the Philippines, here are a few diamonds in the rough:

1. Marikina Public Market

Where: Captain Venciong Street, Marikina City

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Marikina Public Market has a strict ‘’no plastic bag’’ policy.

Image: Marikina Public Market’s Facebook Page

Often regarded as one of Metro Manila’s most well-maintained public markets, Marikina Public Market offers a clean and orderly shopping experience even if it’s right in the center of a busy city. And since the entire city of Marikina has banned any use of plastics, the experience is also very eco-friendly. The place offers fresh produce and meat at the wet market section while dry goods such as clothing, shoes, and toys can be found in the dry market section.

2. Baguio City Public Market

Where: 38 Rajah Soliman Street, Baguio City, Benguet

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Baguio City Public Market offers Baguio delicacies at much cheaper prices.

Image: Ray Tarol

Apart from having many tourist spots and being one of the prime travel destinations in the entire country, Baguio City’s public market is also worth checking out. Baguio City Public Market boasts of being the four C’s: cool, clean, complete, and cheap. Very well-maintained and not at all humid thanks to Baguio’s cooler temperature, the market also has a wide variety of products to choose from and haggling is even possible. You can find all of Baguio’s delicacies here—from peanut brittle and ube jam to fresh strawberries and even antique trinkets—and since they are not yet exported, they come at much lower prices.

3. Cubao Farmer’s Market

Where: L1, Farmers Plaza, 59 General Araneta, Cubao, Quezon City

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Cubao Farmer’s Market is one of the cleanest in the entire metro.

Images: L, @fall1979; R, Pi Angelie Batara

Deemed as the cleanest wet and dry market in Metro Manila, Farmer’s Market in Cubao is easy to navigate with its wide stalls and spacious area. It is also very strategically located and is accessible to many market-goers who are looking for fresh produce and meat. Also, from its name alone, it features harvests from farmers all around the country with habanero chili peppers from Baguio being an example. It also features a Dampa, which is a row of restaurants that can cook your fresh seafood bought from the market.

4. D’Talipapa Market

Where: Between Boracay Main Road and White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan

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D’Talipapa is a seafood haven in the middle of the paradise that is Boracay Island.

Images: L, ; R, @gaz_dicko

Right in the center of paradise known as Boracay Island is a wet market that sells freshly caught seafood. And even though it experienced a tragic fire last September, it has literally risen from the ashes and still operates today, though currently still with basic stalls. Much cheaper compared to the ones offered in the bars and restaurants that occupy the island, the options from D’Talipapa are guaranteed fresh because they are caught in the surrounding bodies of water. Bargaining is also not out of the question. Prawns, lobsters, oysters, and other shellfish are sold together with local souvenirs from the island. There is also a chain of restaurants in the area that can cook the seafood and where buyers can enjoy a complete meal as well.

5. Maramag Public Market

Where: Maramag, Bukidnon

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Maramag Public Market is thought to be the cleanest in the entire country.

Image: Elrey Ramos Jover

Going as far as being labelled as the “cleanest market in the entire country,” the Maramag Bukidnon Public Market sheds a whole new light to the term “market” in the Philippines. With organized stalls, good ventilation, and spotless public toilets in both the wet and dry sections, the market also offers fresh produce, meat, and seafood which the vendors can also cook for the customers.

These public markets do not only sell a wide variety of produce and meat, they also make public market shopping bearable—enjoyable, even. And although all these public markets might not be accessible to you, you should definitely give them a visit once the opportunity strikes.

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About Eunice Sheene Fulgencio
Eunice knew that she’d be writing for the rest of her life from a very young age. Naturally introverted, she is selective with how she uses her time and who she spends it with. Has a penchant for sweet treats, sentimental proses, and online personality quizzes. A true-blue INFJ.
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