20 Jun2005

I am back in Manila and gosh is it hot and muggy or what? bday1By all accounts, the month that I was away was wickedly hot, but now we have the twin downer of heat and high humidity! But weather report aside, it was time to hit a market — and better yet, a market having a birthday party. The Salcedo market has turned a year old — a terrific idea, that not only became a reality, it has grown to a substantial size in just 12 months. The residents from around the area are thrilled to have such a nice place to go to on Saturdays, stock up on produce and other goodies, eat some paella, barbeque and ethnic specialties and not have to pay P40 parking to some mall opertor (sorry, I digress into a pet peeve – did you realize that if you go to a mall grocery with your car and spend just P1,000 and pay P40 in parking you have added 4% cost to your groceries!!?)…

To celebrate last Saturday, June 18, the organizers and vendors really outdid themselves. bday2Stalls were filled with more goods (mostly baked, prepared, cooked foods and flowers) for sale. The text brigade and neighborhood banners did their part to attract a huge crowd to the market and heavy traffic in the vicinity was a sign of success. There were more pigs roasted and ready for the chopping boards, a troup of ati-atihan style dancers with dark makeup and bird-like headpieces hopping around to the heavy drone of beating drums (not sure how late sleepers in the nearby apartments felt about all the ruckus), crowds that were at least 2-3 times more than usual, and raffle prizes for lucky visitors (the last photo shows one of the market’s organizers awarding prizes)!

All of the decor, diversions, crowds, etc. were sufficient to keep bday3spirits up and spending high but the keen observer had to realize this is possibly the lowest of the low period for fresh produce. Thankfully, Salcedo Market thrives more on prepared foods rather than vegetables and fruits so many folks wouldn’t even have noticed the rather dismal offerings in the fruit and vegetable arena. Having said that, there were huge santols which are in season, lots of avocados, some remaining lansones and some mangosteen on offer. The leafy greens were looking really tired and there was less stuff brought in from the mountain province than during the cooler months. There was a good selection of imported strawberries (outrageously priced), peaches, cherries, plums etc.

If you haven’t visited the Salcedo Market, please bday4put in on your list of things to do. It has a terrific selection of homemade specialties (isn’t the best food in Manila found in homes, not restaurants?), local and imported produce, terrific baked goods, edited floral and plant offerings, organic herbs and veggies, good coffee and tea, delicious paellas and lechons, and a clean, safe, airy and comfortable environment to spend a lazy Saturday morning! Happy Birthday Salcedo Market!!!



  1. wysgal says:

    I went for the first time last Saturday with my mum and absolutely loved it! My friend (who has a stall that sells baked goods) has been inviting me over for a few months now but I only found the time to go now. It was great!

    I’d love to have lunch there (although the heat is a bit of a challenge) and my mum has committed to going there every Saturday she can.

    Jun 20, 2005 | 8:34 pm


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  3. stef says:

    i for one am so glad you’re back in manila. loved all your new york posts but i kept wanting to see more of all the food and places i’m missing from “back home”. your writing and photos almost make me want to buy a plane ticket.

    Jun 21, 2005 | 12:49 pm

  4. Marketman says:

    Stef I just added a link to your new site. Thanks for visiting so often… back to local posts for a while.

    Jun 21, 2005 | 12:52 pm

  5. schatzli says:

    will certainly be on my list when I come home though my husband is just happy to spend our days in Cebu but this blog has somehow softened his view about Manila markets.

    am back to UK this weekend will probably drive to st trop for a day… its all work at the moment even business lunch that dragged over 3 hrs… but great food that accompanied with h
    it.. too hot 33C

    Jun 23, 2005 | 7:40 pm

  6. Ross Collado says:

    Salcedo Market is quite a treat every Saturday morning.
    I love having brunch since I live around the area.But
    recently it’s unpleasant to go there.It look likes that
    half of the crowd were call center agent
    eating their “kakanin” with american accent.

    Jul 13, 2005 | 1:40 pm

  7. rose aka sunbridge says:

    Going to Salcedo market is usually the highlight of my week.

    You see I work in a call center in one of the numerous buildings in Valero. And I’m on the night shift but, fortunately, have Saturday and Sunday offs. Every Saturday, as long as they’re there, after my 12mn to 9am shift, I can be found in Salcedo Market with my atsi (older sister) who picks me up from work. It’s our bonding session =)

    AND I don’t have an American accent, and I seldom eat kakanin there. Hehehe. =)

    Jul 29, 2005 | 10:21 pm

  8. Rosario Yu says:

    My interest was aroused by your descriptions but still haven’t a clue where Salcedo Market is located! Please can you give me a location and how to get there by car. Thanks. BTW I have just happened on your site and am enjoying browsing.

    Aug 14, 2005 | 2:02 pm

  9. Marketman says:

    Salcedo Market is located in the open “Jaime Velasquez” parking lot directly in front of One Salcedo and Three Salcedo apartment buildings in Salcedo Village Makati. If coming from the Citibank building on Paseo de Roxas, go straight and turn left and you can’t miss it.

    Aug 14, 2005 | 3:49 pm

  10. Lourdes says:

    what are your hours and days of operation? I will bei n manila and staying in makati from feb 3,2007 for 2 weeks.

    Jan 4, 2007 | 7:06 am

  11. Nap says:

    I think it’s 9am to 2pm

    Sep 23, 2007 | 10:56 am


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