03 December, 2010

M1398: Baguio Fruit Market Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

I believe the market shown in the postcard is the Baguio City Market in the late 60's. If not, it could be just one of the many stalls scattered all around the city.

In 2008, the market had 38 permanent sections, 1,835 permanent stalls, 1,687 temporary stalls and over 1,000 ambulant vendors. Sold here are items such as fruits (strawberries) and vegetables from La Trinidad, woodcarvings from Ifugao, fresh and dried fish from Pangasinan, longganisa from Ilocos, and of course Baguio products like brittles, jams and textiles. Whether you are wanting to buy fresh vegetables for your salad or souvenir items for your friends, the city market is a place to go.

The back of the postcard reads:
Baguio Fruit Market

M1398: Baguio Fruit Market Postcard

Actually the market is now over a hundred years old. The original Baguio market building was inaugurated in 1908. In a 1907 Commission Report, the building is to be situated in the business section and to be constructed entirely of Benguet pine, the columns being of specially selected heart pine, with an amount of the appropriation of P5000. The stone market was demolished, and the buildings inaugurated in 1952, 1955 and 1958 are the only remaining links to the old Baguio market.

SOURCES:
Eighth Annual Report of the Philippine Commission to the Secretary of War 1907 Part 2: Appendix D, Report of the Consulting Architect, p. 388
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