Save Money at Iloilo’s Surprising Super Market

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.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.