I've been going to the public market ever since I was a little kid. My mom would take me with her on weekends as she goes through the fish, meat, fruit, and vegetable vendors. She would occasionally introduce me to them and I had to ask for blessing from each one every time even though I could not remember their names anymore. My hand would smell of fish, chicken, pork, and beef altogether combined by the time I'm done with all of them. Then we would eat at Goto Heaven where they serve the best lugaw and sopas in town. They're so good I used to order two bowls of each. And at only 10 pesos per order nothing can surely beat that.
It's interesting how after all these years the public market hasn't changed much. I still see the same people I used to see back then when I was a kid. I still have to ask for blessing from the same people my mom introduced me to and my hand would still smell funny after everything. I still eat at Goto Heaven and the prices of lugaw and sopas have remained relatively cheap.
There was news before of the local government relocating the public market but it was met with heavy resistance coming from the people who have been there for a long time. In a few years SM, Puregold, and Robinson's would be opening and it would definitely kill a lot of these small businesses. I just hope the local government will have plans to protect the livelihood of the people who will be affected.