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Friday, January 24, 2014

"Palengke" (Public Market)

Palengke is a Tagalog term for a type of public market common throughout the Philippines. It comprises numerous stalls arranged in rows and columns under a shared roof. Most of the time, the stalls are categorized based on the type of product sold. Categories include meat, seafood, produce and dry goods.

palengke, public markets, Binmaley
Public Market in Binmaley, Pangasinan

Many regard the palengke as the cost-efficient alternative to supermarkets, where prices are fixed. Tawaran (haggling) with vendors is a common practice. Eateries that offer affordable food, also known as carinderia are commonly located at palengke spaces.

palengke, public markets, Malolos, Lina's Refreshment
Lina's Refreshment at the Public Market in Malolos, Bulacan

On the other hand, the palengke is much dirtier compared with a typical supermarket. A greater amount of chaos also exists because of the crowds.

palengke, public markets, Malolos
An Alley at the Public Market in Malolos, Bulacan

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