Bright red rambutans for sale in the Dumaguete Market

Shopping Dumaguete: Exploring the Local Markets



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Buying fresh food is a part of daily life in Dumaguete, and the local produce market is the best spot to pick up the ingredients you need for breakfast (pamahow), lunch (paniudto), and dinner (panihapon). The Dumaguete Public Market (in the local dialect called the tsangi – pronounced chung-gee) is a hive of haggling, strange smells and brightly colored fruits and vegetables.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    The Dumaguete Public Market is hive of haggling, strange smells and brightly colored fruits and vegetables (click here for a close up view of the Dumaguete Public Market).

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Buyer beware.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    These calamansi are a lot like limes and are used for everything from drinks to providing a pleasant scent for cleaning products.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    The bananas here are plentiful and cheap, although they are generally smaller and sweeter than the gargantuan versions produced by Dole and Chiquita.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    When they're ripe, they're yellow too.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    No egg cartons here, and you can buy just one egg if you want.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Garlic to keep the tropical vampires away.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Peanuts are popular here too.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Avocados are plentiful, I've even had an "avocado shake" which isn't as bad as it might sound.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    The tomatoes seem to be smaller and not as red as the ones back home. I would do anything for some real pasta sauce here!

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    The produce stalls are always brightly colored.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Inside the market, Dumaguetanos are buying selling, prodding, poking, tasting and smelling the fresh produce that is on sale there.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Just weigh what you want to buy and you're on your way.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Sometimes when business is slow the proprietors will take a nap next to their produce stall.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    Bright red rambutans are a local delicacy.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    I am always drawn to the stacks of mangoes since they're my favorite fruit here.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    They're on sale here for 45 pesos a kilo, which is about 37 cents a pound!

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    These jackfruits are enormous (they can get as big as 80 pounds!) and and look like a cross between a pineapple and the roof of Disney’s Epcot Center. I have two guitars made of the wood from the jackfruit tree built by Jun Reputana (click here for to read this story).

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    The actual edible part of the jackfruit comes out in these yellowish translucent pieces. It's not bad either.

  • Dumaguete - Public Market

    Dumaguete - Public Market
    These bright red cilli peppers might be small, but they're potent. I think the green ones are the most deadly!