Public markets in The Philippines like many other countries in Asia are social hubs for vendors and farmers alike. Through the galvanized sheet roofing and on the muddied floors, are simple home-based business models that generate profit enough to support households, and many times, extended families.
Markets in larger cities open in the early morning and slow down by 11:00am. In the provinces, specialized market days are set up in covered courts to supply townships for the week. Never mind the published international warnings of salmonella outbreaks from unrefrigerated chicken. The stench of the wet market, occasional visits from unidentifiable flying insects, and vocalized screaming- a form of true ‘marketing’ in the background are all characteristics of what local charm and modernity cannot replace.
This adventure is the beginning of a pledge to get to know our country better. We hope you make it yours too.