LIke every town on the island of Negros, Dumaguete City has its own market. It has been, for as long as I can remember, the heart of this city.
It is grimy, smelly and loud but it is also the most interesting place to visit. You can do just about every piece of business in the market.
There are banks and pharmacies. You can purchase a car or motorcycle. A haircut? There are several barbers and hair salons to choose from. In need of a pedicure? Got that too. Your watch broken? There are at least two watch repair stalls.
Then there is the business of keeping house. Produce from around the island are brought here for sale. Fresh fish are auctioned to vendors to sell. Beef, pork, chicken? The market has them all. If you’re in the market for a new broom, knife or coconut husk floor polisher, you’re in the right place.
The market itself covers roughly four city blocks and has the city cathedral, a local private college, a top hospital and bus terminals sits around its periphery.
If you’re in Dumaguete City, it is definitely worth the time to walk through the market’s maze-like alleys to see how the locals live. Who knows, you might find something you can use.