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Baguio City Market
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The Baguio City Market is one of the most interesting
public markets in the Philippines. It is crowded and lively, and offers many fascinating locally-made items from Baguio and the provinces of Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, etc.

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Handmade native bags on sale in Baguio City Market

These include:

Handicraft items: textiles (such as bags, blankets and sweaters), Igorot woodcarvings, Ifugao baskets, jewelry (including silver filagree jewelry), brass, dried or "everlasting" flowers, and everyday items such as grass brooms.

Food items: meat (such as Baguio sausages), fish, rice, eggs, tobacco, fresh vegetables, fruits, peanut brittle, cashew brittle, sweet strawberry wine, and honey.

The fruits include mouthwatering strawberries (and strawberry jam), which are grown in the cool mountain areas of nearby La Trinidad. Also look for the purple ube (yam)-flavored jam.

There are many carinderias (food stalls) serving all sorts of Filipino food specialities such as coconut candy (bucayo) and salted fish or shrimp (bagoong).

The nearby
Maharlika Livelihood Center has many small shops selling the arts and crafts of the tribespeople of nearby Mountain Province. These include traditional clothing and adornments as well as various handicrafts.

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Author: David Paul Wagner
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