A Glimpse of Baguio City Public Market

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(Note: This has been published in my other blogging site (click here) and reposted here with revisions. Contents including photos are mine unless specified otherwise.)

WARNING: CONTAINS PHOTOS OF SLAUGHTERED/BUTCHERED ANIMALS AND FRESH CUT MEAT IN COLOR. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.

One of the alleys in the market

It was still dark when I accompanied my sister to the city market. We had to go purchase some stuff we needed for cooking. We had to go early to avoid the rush and so that we can start early and accomplish more that day. Also, it's when produce are arriving or have just arrived which makes them fresh. One of the reasons why tourists like Baguio City is that highland products are fresh and cheap as compared to the same goods sold in their own places but at an expensive price.

We got there and I thought it would be less chaotic. I was wrong. It is the same as it is any time of the day at the market - busy, busy, busy. Only the minor alleys were almost empty just like the photo above. I did not expect it to be that busy for I do not go to the market this early. What I see on the other parts of the market, which is less activity, is not the same in most areas.

A trader unloading his produce

The market was claustrophobic especially the main roads where traders/farmers load and unload their goods. Cars had to drive ever slowly and people have to watch where they are going. Either you crash into a moving car or someone. The road is wide enough for two cars but because of limited space and no parking or loading/unloading area, one side of the road is used as parking. Thus, it is just one-way road for cars.

There was that sense of rush. Everything was on the move, transactions everywhere. Every item must be sold and thus there was competition. People sell the same stuff at the same price more or less. Aside from that, there were opportunistic fellows waiting for the right time to take away what they can grab from you. So the chaos and noise would make one anxious.

We started with the colorful vegetable and fruit sections. Some vendors were still setting up while others seem to have never left.

Highland and lowland vegetables sold at the Hanger Section
Some of the many fruits stands scattered throughout the market

I didn't know they added stalls in this part of the market. This used to be an empty space but now more meat and fish stalls were added.

Fresh meat and seafood section
Fish unloaded to big plastic basins and delivered to designated stalls
Some of the fresh sea products that were sold in the market

We did buy the fish that we needed here. It is more convenient for us for we did not have to explore more of the market for the kind of fish that we needed. Sea produce are imported from the lowlands mostly Pangasinan and La Union which are the nearest. Our mountains in return supply them with our vegetables.

Again, I would like to reiterate this one. That is if you have reached this far.

WARNING: FROM THIS POINT ON, PHOTOS OF SLAUGHTERED/BUTCHERED ANIMALS AND BLOODY FRESH CUT MEAT IN COLOR ARE POSTED. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.

We then headed to the wet market where fish and meat were supposed to be sold. Only then did I find out that the other level of fish and meat section was under repair. No wonder the other vendors were relocated some place else. This was our final stop before heading home after buying the kind of meat that we needed. There were heads of cows that I saw but I am not sure if those were still being sold and if they do, what kind of dish will you make out of them.

Different kinds of cut meat on display
A head of cow on a pail
Vendors cutting meat to appropriate sizes

I used to see a lot of kids and adults alike selling plastic bags then. Now they are selling reusable bags. Eco bags some call but I do not see anything eco-friendly about it. They are mass produced and cheap but they break in places depending on what you put in it. They do last longer than plastic sometimes but still are just for limited use. I saw this kid on our way home. I commend her for at this early time of the day she was there at the market selling bags. Some of these kids are persistent. Even if they see you already have a bag, they still insist that you buy from them.

We did not go to the areas of the market for we got what we needed. There is a more "presentable" area where tourist can buy fresh products like strawberries and souvenirs. Before the market is the right place to go for there were just a few souvenir shops. Now, anywhere in town you can see the same products sold everywhere.

Do you like going to the market? Show us what your market looks like.

Thanks a lot for your reading.

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Hi friend. Hindi rin naman ako masyadong nagpupunta sa palengke. Minsan nga napapanganga nalang ako na may mga nabago na pala na wala naman iyon nung last kung punta. Mga ganun po na eksena. Ewan sa palengke kasi feel ko palaging magulo.๐Ÿ˜Š

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2 years ago

Ganun din ako. Madalang lang din ako sa palengke. Kadalasan sa may bungad lang o sa paligid lang nya ako bumibili ng kelangan kasi halos nandun na rin lang naman lahat.

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2 years ago

Thanks to this, it felt like I have been there myself. For some reason, markets (most especially the wet section) are my least favorite place to go and I have never been into one for many years.

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2 years ago

It's not my favorite part of the market too. It's wet and smelly so I stay away there as much as possible. Plus the canals here are not flowing that well so rancid smell of decaying meat and what-have-you can fills the air.

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2 years ago

Precisely the same reasons I don't go myself๐Ÿ˜Š

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2 years ago

Haha! But I really hope the city can remedy this.

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2 years ago

Time will tell :D

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2 years ago

I like the way you described the feel of being in the market. It's like really taking us there. I find it brave for people to be able to take pictures in crowded, and "sometimes dangerous" areas. I've seen baguio market but i never really attempted to go through since like you said it is crowded. haha

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2 years ago

Now it is more sort of "acceptable" to be taking photos anywhere and anyone with the advent of smartphones. Although that is the case, I still have to do it stealthily or real quick and not attract attention lol!

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2 years ago

It's true that with cellphones, people and places are more tolerant of photo-taking. Also, easier to do it stealthily as you did. LOL.

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2 years ago

Right? Or you can pretend taking selfie lol!

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2 years ago

They way you described the market, I could almost imagine being there and taking in the smell of the market. Your photos are sharp and captures the market feel. Fun as the market sound, I'd probably have gone for the strawberries and souvenirs instead. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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2 years ago

I'd go for souvenirs too if I was visiting another place :D It's amazing how phones can take this kind of photos even in low light. They have advanced so far :D

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2 years ago

Hanggang souvenir shops lang ang napuntahan ko sa Baguio. Gusto ko bumalik ulit. Ang linis ng market nyo. ๐Ÿ‘

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2 years ago

Mukhang malinis lang yan. Siyempre di ko pinakita un di kaaya-aya lol!

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2 years ago

I agree with the eco bags. Naalala ko nung last Baguio 2018 namin na dami nga nagbebenta rco bags. Kami naman si kalimot naiwan sa room yung mga bags tapos yung iba nasa kotse. Kaya nung madami na kami nabili sa market eh no choice kami kundi bumili ng tinitindi kasi di na namin magawang mabitbit. Namiss ko tuloy Baguio. Waiiiiit. Meron ako nakitaan sa Instagram before na resto/s sa Baguio. Si Grumpy Joe naaalala ko tapos meron pa din isa. Sana bukas pa sila kapag makabalik ako Baguio. P.S. ngayon lang ako nakakita ng ulo ng baka na patay na. Usually yung skull sa mga movies ang nakikita ko.

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2 years ago

Dami ko na nga collection dito ng eco bag. Lagi din namin nakakalimutan kung maggrocery or may bibilhin sa market lol!

Meron pa naman si Grumpy Joe kaso nalipat na ng location. Malapit na siya sa Wright Park at Mines View. Mas maluwang na rin ata pero gang ngayon lagi pa din pinipilahan. Pero alam mo ba? Di pa ako nakain dun kahit minsan haha!

Ung mga skull, sa mga ibang bahay, ganyan nakadisplay :D May mga cafes at bars din na may ganyan na display.

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2 years ago

Parang gusto ko tuloy pumunta sa market. Tagal ko na hindi nagagawi don dahil sa pandemic haha. Parang ang linis dyan, samin minsan mo lang makikitang malinis pag may bibisita. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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2 years ago

Tinatry naman na gawing malinis kahit papano hehe. Pero syempre kadalasan madumi pa din :D Nagiging crowded na nga ulit ngayon e parang walang pandemic. Eto kasi pre-pandemic pa.

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2 years ago

Sabagay kahit dito. Sadyang ang kukulit din ng mga tao talaga.

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2 years ago

So informative and detailed article we have there. It makes me wanna go to Baguio and see those things with my two bare eyes.

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2 years ago

You are welcome anytime. Baguio is now open to tourists :D

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2 years ago

Mag iipon ako.

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2 years ago

Namiss ko jay slaughter house naimas sabaw da jay ya. Wen a palengke day fave ko hehee

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2 years ago

Nabayag garuden han kamin nakapan ijay. Last samet jay nagkakadwaan mi da Ethan di inmay ditoy bago nagpandemic.

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2 years ago

I love markets so much. Thank you for giving us this glimpse of Baguio City Market.

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2 years ago

It's like I belong to a certain place if I visit their market :D

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2 years ago

That's it! Visiting markets gives you a real look at the places. The belonging sensation. I like that. :)

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2 years ago

I wonder if they do close actually ๐Ÿ˜‚ tried to visit that market at 11pm and the market is already busy..my fave there is the Garcia coffee shop.. that's where i buy coffee beans everytime I go there.. and i now miss their hazelnut ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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2 years ago

I think it's common in cities it is still alive at night just like the day :D However, Baguio has not been like this I think around 10-15 years ago. I remember then that the streets are almost empty at night unlike now there are still people and businesses open 24/7, at least pre-pandemic :D

Yes, Garcia is the go-to for coffee. There are many other places to buy coffee here but Garcia is still the famous one.

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2 years ago

I'm not sure if they have online shop.. but think I'll check it one of these days.. I really love their coffee ๐Ÿ˜

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2 years ago

They do have an fb page but I'm not sure if they ship their products https://www.facebook.com/garciascoffee

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2 years ago

Upon reading this i feel like im also there hehe you explained every details well. Baguio is one of my dream destination. To witness how cold the weather there. In our market here, it looks the same lot of people, stall everywhere and shouting people. It seems chaotic and you need also to be careful and mindful with your belongings.

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2 years ago

The city is now open to tourists :D I hope you can visit Baguio soon.

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2 years ago

I love markets, but they really don't exist here like they do with you :(

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2 years ago

Better come to our markets then and let's go for a tour :D

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2 years ago