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What’s a Sari-Sari Store?

If you’ve been to the Philippines, you’ve surely run across a sari-sari store at some point. They are what we call bodegas in New York, cornershops in England, mama shops in Singapore. The word “sari-sari” is Tagalog for “variety / diversity.”Sari-sari stores are flexible, common, convenient, and located everywhere. They’re packed with all the things you need for daily living (from toothpaste to canned sardines, soap to coffee) in tiny, affordable packages. Sometimes they also […]

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