Oh My Gulay!

I have heard news about the prices of vegetables in Luzon. When I was there, I wasn't able to visit markets because i was too preoccupied with meeting writers which was actually the reason for my trip. When I got home after one meeting, I was surprised that Medy (an officemate assigned in MM Branch) was done with her shopping. I really wanted to go with her so I could at least explore Luzon markets. But they were already opening grocery bags and I joined in the hullabaloo. On the table was laid veggies that I could not contain my surprise at the prices of the veggies.

cabbage head: P37.9

2 carrots: P29.8

2 pieces sayote: P32.6

I was shocked. Yes, correct term to use because I was actually more shocked than I was surprised at what I saw. Question: Why was I shocked? Answer: Because, ladies and gentlemen, these prices are double, even triple the prices of these veggies in General Santos! For real! In the malls, you can buy the best cabbage heads for P10-P20 each, depending on the size too. But for the pic above, GSC price: P12.00. This can even be bought at a much cheaper price when in the public market, P8-10.

Luzon carrots are pricey, bah! When you can buy it in Gensan for only P20 per kilo, yes, per kilo. P25-40 in the malls, and how many carrots would that be compared to the carrots above? 5-8 carrots, depending on size.

And last but not the least, sayote. P32.60 is a headache for me if I buy that from there, because, believe it or not, sayote is just P4.50 here in the malls' wet markets. While you can grab them from the public market at P3 each or even 3 pieces for P5.00. True, I am not kidding you. These are the prices of veggies in Gensan, super cheap.

So when you're in Manila, and you have extra place for a garden, busy yourself with planting veggies, it will be a big savings to you and your pocket. Tara na, mamalengke na sa Gensan! May tuna pa!

Comments

SleeplessInKL said…
that is really shocking! even more reason to love living in gensan :)
Laya said…
Ay naku. Kaya nga namimiss ko na Gensan eh. Hehe!
Toni said…
nakakaloka ang mga presyo! please pass the tuna!
witsandnuts said…
Nakakagulat nga ang presyo ngayon sa Manila. Even for other commodities.
the donG said…
lifestyle in manila is definitely expensive than in gensan. that's why it's survival for many. i sometimes even wonder how many people still stay in the busy and chaotic city.
Eds said…
grabe noh! sabagay parang wala ng mura dito sa metro manila. lahat nagsipagtaasan ang presyo. kaya doubleng higpit ng sinturon na lang muna.*sigh*
princess_dyanie said…
sana makapunta din ako ng gensan ng makatikim ng super fresh tuna! :)
Jeanny said…
Pag ako siguro pumunta dyan magugulat ako hahaha!!!

Actually I was shocke when you told me na ganun kamura dyan, sabi ko nga hearing your stories about gensan made me want to go there :)

Your City is really a nice place. ;)
Rico said…
Just one of the benefits of living in a rural area is having access to cheap produce. Kaya nga gusto ko bumalik sa province!
mordsith said…
oo nga naman, may tuna pa! :)

balik ka ulit dito sa Manila ha. :)
kg said…
perhaps that was after typhoon ondoy or pepeng. the prices of vegetables really skyrocketed! as in! kami rin nagulat sa mahal ng gulay. but prices have gone down and almost back t their regular prices ba din.

you're lucky because you are near agricultural lands, kaya siguro mura ng gulay sa inyo. :)
Reena said…
tama ka. that is why my dad wants to start a farm na. :)
bertN said…
Marami pa bang nahuhuling tuna d'yan sa inyo? I keep beating myself in the head I missed the oportunity to fish for tuna when I was there on field assignment.
ALiNe said…
tumbling sa presyo ng sayote... 10pesos lang yan before ondoy... 10pesos siguro 4 na :P

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