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Two weeks ago I saw on my newsfeed on Facebook some really awesome pictures of a public market. I thought at first it’s somewhere from other countries in Asia. I didn’t really look at the text or anything. Then I saw it again, so I checked it out. I was so amazed and so happy that the place, it’s here in the Philippines in Maramag, Bukidnon in the island of Mindanao to be exact. It’s shocking, don’t you think? I never thought it could happened here in the Philippines. I’ve dreamed of places like this for so many years. I’ve seen places like this on TV. I’ve seen the Pike’s Market in Seattle and it’s really clean and orderly. In Europe I only saw that on TV. As you know the public market in the Philippines most really smell bad.

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We like to watch cooking shows and those shows traveled to many places in Europe especially Spain. Seeing the public market there I’m in awe of it. Loved their market there, you can just eat at the side walk. They had so many different vendors for almost everything. They’re selling almost anything. I’m so wishing we had like that here. I’ve seen also some public market here in our neighboring Asian countries. Some of those countries have nice and so clean public markets. They have fresh seafood, meats and produce that the vendors will cook for you there on the spot. They also cooked some exotic foods. Bob and I will always says we want to try their food because it looks so good.

Speaking of Maramag we’ve been to that area too many times. It’s one of the many stops to go to Cagayan De Oro. One time we stopped by there for a friend to check out his sort of bed and breakfast. I forgot the name of his B&B though. Not been in that area for awhile now. Honestly it’s not really a big of a town. So good that they started the trend here  hopefully the rest of the Philippines will follow.

I really wonder why that small town can make their public market so nice and clean? Here we got so many big cities but the market were so super dirty and smells bad. We’ve been living here in Davao for almost 14 years. I think I only saw the Bankerohan so clean and orderly when there was that conference held here in the city a few years back. I’ve never seen the market so clean again after that. The Agdao market is the same too. Well, maybe less smelly I guess than Bankerohan. Same in GenSan, I’ve never seen that market there to be so clean either.

I’m so hoping that Maramag will be the beginning of the public market clean up around the Philippines. If the people of Maramag can do it I’m sure the rest of the public market vendors all throughout the Philippines can do it. I think the public market officials all over the Philippines need to see and meet up with the officials in Maramag and learn from them. It’s really a must for them to do it. Majority of the People in the Philippines go to public market to buy almost everything they need in the house especially their food. Reason public markets are way cheaper than in the grocery mall.

The people that will be shopping there also be discipline to not be throwing their garbage wherever they want. Do you think we all can do this? I really hope so. I hope it’s not too late. Do you think people will like the idea of being discipline what to do? Don’t throw garbage all over the place? Don’t spit anywhere? Please be orderly?

I’m hoping really for the best for the people here. I hope they like the change if ever.

Mabuhay!

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Todd A. Beck
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Very eager to see those again. 🙂

Todd A. Beck
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Feyma, I have been to several wet markets in Iloilo and Barbaza and just loved them. The most beautiful fish colors I have ever seen. 🙂

Feyma Bayoy Martin
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Hi Todd, have you seen the place? If you did, lucky you. Cheers!

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bigp

Two steps forward, 1& 9/10 steps back. The Philippines is slowly moving from 3rd world to World Class. Ten years ago (give or take a few years) Olongapo was a very clean City. Now 99 out of a hundred young people here will stand beside a trash can & throw their wrappers on the ground.

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lgbalfa

feyma,

unlike others who write stories on your site, i find your articles refreshing and the content to be more enjoyable on life in the philippines. maybe because you were born / raised in the country you can offer great, candid opinions. thanks for sharing your views.

Chasrand
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Chasrand

Hi Feyma,

I have shopped many times at Maramag Market when up in the Bukid.
It’s all down to the previous Mayor who refused to let in the likes of Gaisano etc, to protect local small business.
It was built around a decade ago to improve the local shopping experience and help local small business.
It’s a nice experience in such a small town.

I think the B&B you were referring too is the Maple Leaf that was run by Don Mulligan (Canadian) and his wife Cristie.
Sadly, Don passed away a few weeks ago from liver cancer.

Take care.

Chasrand
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Chasrand

It looks like I was drunk when I wrote the above, lol.
I’m quite sober though, I think the site has some kind of error.

marjorie
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marjorie

I’ve just read the last three articles and the letter i is missing from all the comments.
Looks as if the gremlins have got in there.

Marjorie Bonser
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Tried to say in my comment on LIP that the letter I has disappeared from all the comments

Bob Martin
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It is something that is being worked on.

marjorie
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marjorie

Strange how your brain still reads it OK.

AJ UK
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AJ UK

I’m so glad that you wrote that as I thought I had gone mad and everyone was employing SMS text!

David Desorcy
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such a beautiful place

David Desorcy
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I love the selection, but way too crowded, not enough room in the isles. Really would not want to eat in there. I love the atmosphere.

Feyma Bayoy Martin
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For sure David. I had a feeling Dumaguete market it’s similar to our Bankerohan here in Davao.

David Desorcy
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I go to the Dumaguete market a few times a week, it is quite an adventure.

Bob Martin
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Very much so!

Steve A
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Steve A

Maramag is between Davao and CDO?

Steve A
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Steve A

Very nice place

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