Most Filipinos are keen into “Market Day” especially for those who live in urban areas. This famous way of creating another source of income to local is working really well so far and I’m honestly considering to actively support this kind of program.
Some towns created their own 1-special “Market Day” of the week. Negros Oriental is one of them, and this for me, it’s the most interesting market day of the towns that I’ve visited.
Malatapay is the name of the small village in Zamboanguita town where famous Negros Market Day in the whole Oriental province is located.
What made this place compelling is the huge area that indulged in bidding, trading, and buying of poultries, cattle, cows, goats, and even water buffalo on cheap price. The massive total numbers of these really made the open area a busy-hustling-fascinating-market.
Local Negrense from all over Negros Oriental assured time to be in Malatapay every Tuesday night to start preparing their goods on their respected stall which they open at 5 am the next day (Wednesday). Various goods are available from vegetables to fruits, coffee, locally made items like t-shirts, placemats, mats made of seagrass leaves or buri, china wares, bamboo furnitures, ukay-ukay (second hand clothes items) to fresh seafood, lechon or roasted pigs, poultries & those that I mentioned about the trading of livestock and open carenderias surrounding the market.
The market, however, is open every Wednesday only, and those stalls are actually not used on the other days. This is to minimize suppliers and vendors’ expenses since they came from different towns of Negros Oriental. Thus, the government supports local’s small businesses.
These vendors sell fresh vegetables and fruits that they personally produce, local items that they personally manufacture and so on.
That’s why I strongly support local vendors during Malatapay Market Day, backing them in my own little way.
What else to do in Malatapay? Have a sumptuous lunch at the cafeteria (small open-ready-food restaurant) just near the beach where the port of Malatapay is located going to Apo Island. It is where you can have the tastes of different Filipino special food, and fresh seafood is always being served here, not to forget the famous Lechon is always present.
So, you may ask, Why Malatapay is interesting for me? It definitely catches my curiosity for every stall and every vendor in this market.
Tell me, What is the most interesting market you’ve visited?
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at email@example.com,