Early Sunday morning I went with my niece and nephew to the Palengke (market) to get good and fresh produce and fresh meat. We went around 4am so that we can catch when the butcher delivers the fresh meat. Sunday is the market day here. People really flocked from all over Davao to get the fresh and newly delivered veggies. I mean they deliver everyday, but its really Sunday that the delivery is abundant and lots of variety.
Since living here in Davao, 7 years ago if we go to the market P500 is enough already to buy the veggies that we want for the week. Nowadays we have to spend like P2000 for the weeks worth of veggies. Just a sample a kilo of potato before its 20-30 pesos, now its 60-70 pesos per kilo. Even with the price increase of course people have to go to the market to buy their food though. Can’t complain because its worldwide that’s really suffering right now. Its just sad that I can hear people complaining there. Well, at least at the Palengke they can bargain the price, unlike at the supermarket at the mall.
I really enjoyed going to the Palengke. Really its not just for the veggies and meat but its also nice seeing and meeting lot of people from many walks of life shopping there. The vendors still smiling a lot even though they’re having a hard time. They’re still happy trying to get a decent living. I know its not much for them to earn everyday but still they are satisfied. I’m happy for them. A lot of them the whole family will be selling the veggies or meat in one stall, they take turns in serving the customers. Some members will take care during night time while others sleep, then vise versa. I saw a kid she might have been like 6 years old. She’s helping her mom and dad selling beans. She’s really cute, of course I bought some veggies from her. I also saw a dad and his 4 kids. This family used to be selling Filipino delicacy everyday, the dad was the cook, the mom and the kids (when they were younger) was the one selling the food in the Palengke. Unfortunately, the mom died a few years ago, so now the dad and the kids will just sell their food at the Palengke during weekend because the kids are in school. The dad has other jobs during weekdays. We always swing by there at those peoples stall and buy a lot of their food. These are the food that they are selling like biko (sweet rice with coconut milk and sugar), suman (sweet rice again with similar stuff as the biko and wrapped in banana leaves), palitaw (ground sweet rice and mix with water and drop in boiling water when its cooks, eat it with ground coconut), and a lot more.
Maybe we will bump some of you guys there? Anyway, have fun going to the market and have fun bargaining.