In Brief

With its economy perpetually sputtering and with an inflation rate that no longer dips below 7 percent, the Philippines is seeing a reinforced demand for bargain retail. It is strangely...

With its economy perpetually sputtering and with an inflation rate that no longer dips below 7 percent, the Philippines is seeing a reinforced demand for bargain retail. It is strangely customary in this country for cottage shops and black/grey economy outlets to awkwardly mingle beside major national and multinational chains inside most mall complexes.

Now the ‘cottage not-so-underground’ is getting its own independent infrastructure with heavy financial backing from rich families as well as shopping mall developers themselves. Tiendesitas and 168 represent two different archetypes of these new mainstream flea markets.

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