Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Buying fish at Iloilo City Public Market The markets of Iloilo Province are listed below, but first a few comments on why I love to shop at the markets, using the Iloilo Central Market as an example.  The Iloilo Central Market is everything the modern Western supermarket is not.  The Central Market is vast and cavernous, it’s dark, damp and smelly, with hundreds of stalls selling everything from bolo knives to chicken’s feet.  We love shopping there.  At first the market seems a chaotic jumble, but once you eyes adjust to the dim light, the senses settle down, you can see that the market is organized in sections based on what’s being sold and that the merchants there are well-established businesses, with their own clientele of “sukis” — regular customers.  Many well-heeled Filipinos do most of their shopping at the markets, being driven there by their drivers in their SUVs. It’s unfortunate that the Iloilo public market facilities are so ramshackle, so obviously neglected.  Millions and billions are put into new flyovers and swanky airports which the average Filipino will never use, but the public markets are allowed to deteriorate even though they are depended on …