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In the Philippines both in the urban and rural area's you can find many small stores where you can buy many of your daily needs for both food and non food. These stores are called Sari sari-store. A sari-sari store is a convenience store. The word sari-sari is Tagalog meaning "variety". Such stores form an important economic and social location in a Filipino community.

A sari-sari store allows easy access to basic commodities at low costs. In the Philippines, following the concept of tingi, a customer can buy 'units' of the product rather than whole package. For example, one can buy a stick of cigarette for a peso (0.02 US dollars) rather than a whole pack. This is convenient for those who cannot buy the whole package or do not need much of it.

In cities sari-sari stores can exist because the number of supermarkets is still relatively low and are usually only found in the malls and non existant in the neighbourhoods.

Outside the cities they provide most of the basic daily needs except wet goods (meat and fish) and vegetables which are usually found at the (roadside) markets. Supermarkets are only found in the cities.

This is a group of sari sari stores at a road crossing in a small village not too far from the city of Cagayan de Oro in northern Mindanao.

Taken from a driving jeepney.
Part of the info was taken from Wikipedia.

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