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North Signal Village, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Outside of the hustle and bustle of Fort Bonifacio, and the high rises and strip malls there is a place where time goes slower. Neighbors sit and visit with each other and people know the people they pass on the street. Small local store called sari-sari line the streets, and in one area along a road known by the locals is a street referred to as Pagasa. Along this road you will find the local market vendor stalls selling meats, fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood, and other items one may need for their daily life. The locals refer to this as either the palengke or talipapa.

There are also various vendors pushing street foods such as plantains fried in sugar on a stick, called Banana-Q, fish ball snacks, and other tasty things to pick up for a cheap and quick snack. In the evening you will find rotisserie chickens abounding along this street still dripping and cooking over hot coals. There is no lack of diversity when looking for food in this area, and there are a couple of karendarias there as well. A karendaria is a local open eateries which serves various local dishes throughout the day.

A hidden gem in this area is a small vendor that is easy to miss if you don’t keep your eyes open. His stall has no name, but can be recognized by the whole fried chickens sitting in his small glass display case. He sells them either whole, or you can buy just the pieces you like. If you see this vendor, take a moment to drop by and grab a piece of his delicious fried chicken. It is juicy and full of flavor, and you will not be disappointed.

Metro Manila has a lot to offer, but small areas like Zone 1, North Signal Village in Taguig also has a diverse culture and is something both locals and visitors alike will enjoy. So get off the beaten path and explore the next time you are out and about in Manila, and when you make it to Taguig, ask the locals how to get to the talipapa/palengke off of MRT road for a treat and a bargain you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

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