this little piggy went to market

Just off Plaza Calderon in Sta. Ana, Manila, is a little street lined with shops that sell many different things.

We took a walk there one day to see what we would find.

There were pirated DVDs at three for a hundred pesos (US$2).


Clothes, perhaps from China, Vietnam, or Thailand, most of them only available in small sizes.


A rainbow of handbags.


Plastic beads attract with color…


…as do children’s toys.


Ripe golden mangoes, summer’s sweetest fruit.


Vegetables beckon with color.


Eggs come in many sizes and prices.


Name these fruits in ten seconds – go!


Cookies and bread in a bakery window.


The pig bread has raisin eyes. No pigs were harmed in the making of this bread.


Rice cakes of different kinds.


Hot roasted peanuts – garlic, spicy, and “skinless” – are scooped into a small glass a little bigger than a shot glass, then poured into a little brown paper bag.


Parrots for sale at a pet shop.


Tricycles lined up to take shoppers home.


Apart from things, we also found life – teeming, noisy, vibrant, full of itself, basking in the summer sun.

Photos taken with a Nokia XpressMusic cellphone camera.

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5 Comments on this little piggy went to market

  1. TAO
    21 April 2009 at 3:32 pm (4059 days ago)

    Wow! What a variety of items. Thanks for the US$ conversion since I’m far too slow to do it in my head. :) I can’t name any of the fruits other than watermelon and maybe oranges?

    It’s a treat to see such different things. Thanks! Oh, and PIGBREAD! Actually, looks a bit like my pug dogs. :D

  2. Raffy
    23 April 2009 at 2:33 pm (4057 days ago)

    Hehe pig bread kinda looks like lechon:)

  3. chiqui
    22 August 2009 at 8:37 am (3936 days ago)

    hi can you please help me with the location of the bakery that sells the piggie breads? do you still remember the name of the bakery and the location. Thanks. I badly need the info….

  4. jesica
    31 December 2009 at 6:56 am (3805 days ago)

    Very cute lechon bread! Where is the bakery located? I want to give my brother a lechon bread for his upcoming birthday. It’s a good teaser for him as well as a great table centerpiece for his birthday table. Thanks in advance for the info.

  5. Bea
    1 June 2010 at 7:19 am (3653 days ago)

    OMG!!! I love the piggies!! I showed this to my sister and she wasn’t even 3 feet away when she exclaimed, “Sarap!”

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