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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maglex (1980) 2009-08-25 12:04
HI Harko, I never thought that a sari-sari store can be photographed preserving its multi-colored merchandises. It really is very convenient for a local community since people need not incur transportation cost to go to the towns. Are you still here in the Philippines? Maybe we can do a TrekEarth Meet here near Manila? Thanks for sharing...Alex
PixelTerror (0) 2009-08-26 10:17
A nice and luminous image with exotic feeling, plenty of details and colors to see here, and the panoramic frame works well with this view
Have a nice day JY
cunejo200 (7281) 2009-08-29 6:28
A superb daily life scene. I thank you for posting this as it brings back many pleasant memories. The panoramic format wonderfully showcases fine details and sharpness. Best regards...
carlosmarin (11954) 2009-09-02 12:35
I like this piece for balance and color, and the portrait of daily life in store.
lamentforicarus (393) 2009-09-03 15:08
Exceptional "daily life" shot, Harko.
Studying this photo, I have become very nostalgic for a simpler life in a quite part of the world. Indeed, the flashy advertisements and cramped stalls stocked with a plethora of assorted eats and treats are reminiscent of countless others throughout the developing world. But there is something very attractive about it. Something real; authentic; and organic in these vending posts and sellers' marts. And it shines in your picture. It causes me to relive the sights, smells, and sounds of markets in places like Piura, Peru and Mao, Dominican Republic, Kintampo, Ghana and Same, Tanzania. Quite corners of our world where life is relaxed and the soul is enriched. The feeling, framing, and tone of the picture perfectly exemplifies this. Thanks for sharing.
marietom (34607) 2009-09-12 14:58
Jolie scène de rue pleine de belles couleurs, j'aime beaucoup tous ces détails.
Morac (27665) 2009-09-12 15:03
Nice street scene full of beautiful colors, I love all these details.
mafegan (8624) 2009-09-25 18:32
An interesting street scene full of colour and detail. Good cropping to include the bright advertisements and no uninteresting dirt roading. Tfs, Marlene
Wanda1 (14980) 2009-09-30 9:07
I like that you have done it is a panoramic type format which emphasises the long row of shops one after the other. Great colours and pleanty of detail to look at. I like how the two guys are just casually chatting away and don't even notice you.
- Copyright: Harko Pilot (TravelerNL) (3011)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sony Alfa DSLR A100, SONY 3/5-5.6/18-70
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Philippines 2009
- Date Submitted: 2009-08-25 10:36