Because we’ve been unhappy with the lack of adequate parking at Guimaras’ New Site Market, we’re purchasing more of our vegetables in nearby Iloilo City. Ukay-ukay stalls selling used clothing crowd out the parking spaces at our island province’s former premier market. The sale of used clothing in the Philippines is supposed to be prohibited. However, this particular regulation doesn’t seem to apply to Guimaras.
Save Money at Iloilo’s Surprising Super Market
First of all, many rules and regulations are legislated in the Philippines but enforcement of some laws are non-existent. As a result, I’m not surprised that the ukay-ukay outlets continue to ply their trade inside a public market.
Therefore, since we had to travel to Iloilo City, we stopped by Iloilo’s surprising Super Market. Now this is no brick and mortar establishment. It’s an open air market a couple of blocks from Robinsons Mall. Vendors with stalls of vegetables and other products at bargain prices line the streets.
The vendor that I had the following picture taken with was somewhat shy:
I usually hang back. Occasionally a vendor might charge my wife more if a “rich” American like me accompanies her. We call it the “skin tax.” However, this particular retailer was honest and didn’t overcharge us.
Here’s the price list for the vegetables we purchased:
Lettuce (4 heads) 160 pesos a kilo, 3.20 US dollars
Onions 65 pesos a kilo, 1.30 US dollars
Carrots 42 pesos a kilo, 84¢
Potatoes 102 pesos a kilo, 2.04 US dollars
Pipino (Cucumbers) 31 pesos a kilo, 62¢
Kamote (Sweet Potato) 47 pesos a kilo, 94¢
Batchoy 30 pesos a kilo, 60¢
Total Cost: 542 pesos, 10.84 US dollars
Above all, you can’t beat the price on lettuce at “The Super.” Store bought lettuce at the SM City Supermarket isn’t fresh and costs at least three times as much. The lettuce from this outlet comes from outside of Bacolod City.
If you’re a foreigner living in Guimaras or Iloilo City you might already be aware of “The Super” Market. However, I’ve spoken to some expats who didn’t know the market even existed. Next time you’re in the big city be sure to check it out.