Words by Hannah Angelique Bacani
Photos by Vivien del Valle
Markets here in the Philippines, or “palengke” as we call it, are known for their awful smell and not-so-sanitary conditions. That’s why they’re usually called “wet market”! Yet Pinoys still flock to their local palengkes despite those conditions simply for one thing: the low prices of goods. But what if we told you that there’s a newly opened market in Metro Manila that offers great facilities and low prices?
It may be hard to believe that a market in Metro Manila can actually be so clean, organized, and spacious while maintaining palengke price, but that is exactly what we found. Choice Market Ortigas, just opened in December 21, 2018 in time for people’s holiday needs, is a local palengke in Pasig City that promises affordable, fresh goods in a setting that will give you supermarket feels. It’s so clean and spacious!
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Located along Ortigas Avenue Extension in Pasig City, Choice Market Ortigas aims to level up Filipinos’ palengke experience by providing their customers with fresh, quality, and low-priced goods while shopping as if they’re in a supermarket. This market claims to be the cleanest palengke in the Metro. And it’s one fair claim because we’ve never seen a palengke this clean!
Take a look at the facilities and everything you can buy at Choice Market Ortigas:
Shellfish like mussels and oyster
You can even buy “kakanin” or Filipino rice cakes!
Tiled floors, well-maintained stalls, and good ventilation eliminate the awful smell out of the palengke shopping experience at Choice Market Ortigas.
Choice Market Ortigas offers a wide variety of goods. It is a one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need for cooking—meat, fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, rice, flowers, and more! And the best part is, convenience does not mean expensive because they sell their goods at palengke-price, which is the most important factor for Filipino shoppers.
Choice Market Ortigas’ mall and shopping experience
Aside from fresh goods, you can also shop for clothes at the bazaar located on the second floor of the market. Located there are some food stalls, gadget shops, and remittance centers for your added convenience, while on the third floor, coming soon are government offices like SSS and NBI and a dialysis center. Ample parking can also be found on the third and fourth floors.
Within the market’s area, at the ground floor, is also a newly opened Goldilocks bakeshop and another fast food chain for when you get hungry from all the shopping!
Goldilocks branch at Choice Market Ortigas
Choice Market Ortigas just recently opened their stores for the public, but it sure is making one great upgrade to the traditional wet and dry palengke Filipinos are used to. Because of the level-up palengke Choice Market Ortigas offers, customers will surely have the best market experience here. Getting ready for the holiday feasts? Be sure to head to Choice Market Ortigas!
Choice Market Ortigas has stalls open for tenants and leasing. Check out their website for more details and to set up your own store here!
Choice Market Ortigas
#58 Ortigas Avenue Extension, Pasig, Metro Manila
Operating Hours: 1AM to 9PM
Phone: (02) 534-8366 | (02) 579-2109 | (0977) 859-8786