The newly-built modern public market of Mati City.
The facade of the Mati Market from another angle.
A woman in paratrooper army fatigues and a baby enjoying the morning sun at the market.
A child and his dad's favorite belt (?)By car, you can reach Mati City in three hours or more from the city proper of Davao. The place has a nice sound to it. Mati sounds food to me (although it’s far from being like that) or a beautiful name which I have grown so familiar but cannot exactly know who and why. I kept saying, “Mati, Mati” the first time I set my foot on the city. I learned that the residents of Mati City are called “Matinians”.
It was only last year that Mati was declared a city. This year, along with the celebration of the city’s anniversary, President Macapagal-Arroyo together with the City Mayor innaugurated this modern public market. The newly-built facility is a single storey market built on 1.42 hectare lot that houses more than 600 stalls. The facility is worth P132.78 M and was funded under a loan from ADB.
The public market is the biggest in the province of Davao Oriental.