Tuesday, September 09, 2008

sari sari store

A typical sari sari store in manila. The sari-sari store is an important economic and social location in a Filipino community. It is present in almost all neighborhoods, sometimes even in every street. The word sari-sari is Tagalog for "various kinds". Most sari-sari stores are privately owned shops and are operated inside the shopkeeper's house. Commodities are displayed in a large screen-covered or metal barred window in front of the shop. Candies, canned goods and cigarettes are often displayed while cooking oil, salt and sugar are often stored in sacks or cans. A small window is also present where the customer's requested commodity is given. A cigarette lighter tied to the window can also be found. Benches and sometimes tables are also provided in front of the sari-sari store. A shade is placed above it which is also used to cover the large window when the store closes.

PS. did you noticed the parol? hehehe typical with pinoys to keep the christmas ornaments all year round and just put the lights on when its christmas time.  i guess it's not too early if i greet y'all a merry christmas!!! :D (afterall we're already in the 'ber' months)


Anonymous said...

We do not have anything quite like these stores here where I live. I think some of the larger cities may have them. It is an interesting post and the photo shows a slice of life in your city.

ALso, I don't know if you are interested or not or if you have ever seen a Pileated Woodpecker, but I posted one on My Birds Blog this morning. It is our largest woodpecker and this is the first one I have seen here in 46 years.

Hilda said...

I was about to comment on the parol… ;D

pusa said...

@abraham - thanks, i guess sari sari stores are uniquely filipino style, everything is sold in retail or tingi

i always check on your bird blog :)

@hilda - i knew you're going to spot that one hehehe

YoungCan said...

*Bangs on the door of my suking tindahan* Manang PABELE! Pabelan ng isang plastic ng Sarsi bwhehehe... I miss buying tingi-tinging yosi *puffs~~~~*

Senor Enrique said...

I think I recognize this sari-sari store: It's on Bilibid Viejo, right? This is where I usually buy bottled water whenever gallivanting the the neighborhood :)

pusa said...

@youngCan - LOL miss mo na magtingi :) hahahha parang yun mga bata pabili po hahaha

@senor Enrique - spot on! :) bilibid viejo it is!!!

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