Malatapay Market, Dumaguete City

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  • Not an adventure to see. Vendors in makeshift stalls. The foods and lechon do not have a sneeze guard. I am not impressed. There is a boat rental office to use to go to Apo Island.  more »
  • Visit to discover the typical Philippine market with its sale of livestock, the displays of fresh and dried fish, sellers of all products made in china!
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  • Spend an hour here. Every Wednesday early morning thru to midday. It's an absolute feast for the eyes and ears - animals (huge cows, goats, squealing pigs) being auctioned. Arriving in their truck loa...  more »
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  • Try the Malatapay market on Wednesdays ​Malatapay market is always full of activity at Wednesdays. It's a native market and best known by tourists for its huge and lively market, where morning villagers, farmers and fishermen can be found loudly bartering their goods. Livestock like cows and carabaos, goats and pigs exchange owners here. The entrance fee is 5 PHP. The scenery inside the market is chaotic. The selling and buying takes place under lively and loud forms. Specially the pigs were protesting wildly when they were transfered to their new owners or maybe to the slaughter house. Screaming like a pig got a new meaning here. By the way who wouldn't (?) if you were in their situation. It's not only livestock for sale here, there are also ​assorted meats, vegetables and fruit stands and ukay-ukay stores which sell used clothing imported from foreign countries. You can also find dry goods, like handmade bolo machetes, clothes, shoes, toys, etc. Then last but not least, deliciously barbecued meat, like for example lechon baboy (pork meat). But remember, like all markets here in the Philippines, the Malatapay market opens very early already around 5 AM and if you are not there by 10 AM or so, you won’t be getting the good BBQ! ​There are some places along the seaside where you can get the fish or meat you have purchased cooked to a nice meal at the cool, breezy beach. Malatapay Market is located in Zamboangita, Negros Oriental, around 30 kilometers south of Dumaguete. For those taking the public transport, you can find jeepneys to Zamboangita at the bell tower in Dumaguete City or near the Robinson's Mall. If you are going to Apo island you will pass Malatapay market on your way down to the shore.
  • A very nice live stock market. Nice to see the people trade their cattle here. The market is on every Wednesday morning.
  • A very authentic farmers market and livestock auction on Wednesdays. The dock is a transfer point to the dive resorts of Apo Island.
  • If you are into livestock market this would be for you. If you are curious it works too. They have a more regular small market too. Fresh and colourful.
  • Worth the 10 pesos entry fee. When I was there a bull escaped and created havock. wrecked some motorbikes and chased people. Better than Spain and the bull run

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Where to stay in Dumaguete City

The welcoming university town of Dumaguete has a number of accommodations to suit its many visitors, primarily located close to the sea. In the built-up waterfront area, luxury hotels form a major part of the modern commercial and entertainment developments, with coastal views and good access to the most upmarket eateries and watering holes. Look inland for plenty of guesthouses and rental accommodations in the student-heavy residential areas; here, these budget-friendly lodgings will still put you pretty close to the waterfront attractions.
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