Taxi na, Tsangge pa! Retail Sales in Manila Taxis Booming

When in Manila, mahirap ang buhay. For the common Pinoy, a 9-to-5 job may not be enough to pay the bills and put food on the table.

More specifically, taxi drivers often find that the Manila traffic takes a tremendous toll on their income.

However, being the resourceful Filipinos they are, they still find ways to earn more money while sitting in the middle of EDSA traffic.

Their newest sideline? Having a sari-sari store in their taxi! And, as Chris Urbano found out recently, more and more Manila taxis are a tsangge on wheels.

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Aussie entrepreneur and fluent Tagalog speaker Chris Urbano reports on this bizarre new trend LIVE in the latest Urbano Patrol episode.

In a recent taxi ride, Chris learns that the driver actually sells atchara to his customers! When asked how much he earns from this “side business,” the driver enthusiastically replies, “Ang income ko sa atchara ay Php14-16,000 a month.” Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 10.33.19 PM

In this exclusive interview, Chris found out that the driver wanted to sell a greater range of fruit products. However, he is limited by seasonality or, as the driver puts it, “kasi seasonal lang yung avocado ko.

After this ride with the driver/tindero ng atchara, Chris discovered that other taxi drivers have been selling other rather peculiar items in their backseat shop fronts.

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Wondering what else is available at these mobile marketplaces? Watch the complete video below, and don’t forget to subscribe to Maputing Cooking for more URBANO PATROL!

Ikaw, have you been sold anything/bought anything off a taxi driver? Tell us in the comments below!


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