Someday, in the future, there will be an SM City Tuguegarao. I understand that plans are in the works, as we speak. The picture above shows an artists impression how SM City Tuguegarao will look when it is completed. I have visited many SM City malls in Metro Manila area and they are always fun to shop at……..but this will be my first opportunity to visit a new SM City Mall in the Cagayan Valley! Looking forward to shopping there when it is completed.
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The Savemore Market in the Philippines is, perhaps, the most American Styled supermarket that I have seen during my seven month journey in the Philippines. I went to the Savemore market in Tuguegarao City, in the cagayan valley and also to Savemore in Santa Cruz, Manila.
The prices are very competitive and there is a wide selection of items to choose from.
Pictured above is the Savemore building in Tuguegarao City. The actual market is on the other side of the building. Savemore is always very well air conditioned, so it is a welcome relief to get out of the hot Philippine tropical sun and do some shopping!
The Kalesa, or Calesa, is a horse drawn carriage and they are frequently seen in Tuguegarao and in Tuao in the Cagayan Valley of the northern Philippines.
The Calesa is an economical way to get from one place to another. In Tuao Cagayan it will take you from one place to another for 10pesos (about 25-cents US). There is enough room in the cabin of the calesa to bring the things home that you bought at the market! The calesa can hold about 6 Filipinos comfortably. Sometimes if there are a lot of people there is room for one or two people to sit up front with the driver.
What to pay for a tricycle in Tuguegarao, Cagayan?
I believe that the minimum fare is 10 pesos per person. It all depends how far around town that you need to go! If you are going to be around the downtown section of Tuguegarao, then, I believe, 10p – 20p is a fair price. I lived for a while in Carig Sur, which is about 3km from downtown Tuguegarao. The tricycle price for 2 people was always about 50p (25p per person). When in doubt about the fare as the tricycle driver beforehand!
Cagayan is a province located in the far northern part of the Philippines. Tuguegarao is the Capital city. I loved Tuguegarao because so many things to do there. It is not as big as Manila but still maintains the atmosphere of a larger city. I lived there for over a month and would gladly do it again! The first impression of downtown Tuguegarao is that there are many, many Tricycles…but many things do do, and many places to eat!
I will tell more about my experiences of Tuguegarao in my future blogs!