Carbon Market

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A jeepney waiting to leave at Carbon Market in downtown Cebu City in the Philippines

The Carbon Market is the oldest and largest farmer's market in Cebu City, located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, and is a major tourist attraction.[1][2][3] It is wheelchair accessible.[4] It is located in downtown Cebu City, on MC Briones Street, Ermita barangay, and it can be reached by most buses or jeepneys in that area.[2][5] Wares sold include clothing and kalamansi,[6] baskets from Bohol, fish, chickens, and tripe,[2] [7] as well as souvenirs[3] and handicrafts.[1][8][4]

Although there is significant crime in the downtown area around the Carbon Market, the crimes are controlled by police, the vendors, and nearby residents.[9]


The Carbon Market is named for the depot where coal was unloaded from the Cebu Railroad.[8][7] Another story is that it was named for the "heaps of waste" cinders dumped here in the 19th Century.[6] As of 2009, it was over one hundred years old.

In 2000, some vendors created a cooperative to sell their wares, and later two other cooperatives were formed by different units of the market.[10] The Carbon Market Vendors Development Cooperative (or Cemvedco) was formed by consolidating the three cooperatives created in 2002.[10]

In 2007, the rebuilding of the market caused a political controversy, leading one vendor to run for city council from the barangay of Ermita, winning on that single-issue platform.[11]

As of September 2009, the Cebu City government is moving some larger commodity sellers to a newer market, the Bagsakan market.[12]


  1. ^ a b Department of Tourism Philippines official website page on Cebu. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Chris Rowthorn, Greg Bloom, et al., Philippines: Lonely planet, p. 232 (9th ed. 2006), ISBN 978-1-74104-289-4, found at Google Books; see also Lonely Planet listing for Carbon Market. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Carbon Market, Cebu City, on Fabulous Philippines website. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Cebu on Wheels website page on Things to do. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Google Maps. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Ming", "Carbon market: the liveliest place in town!", found at Ming's World travelogue about Cebu website. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Famous places and tourist attractions of the Queen City of the South: Carbon Market", June 9, 2009, found at i Like website, citing Cebu website. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Carbon Market, found at Ateneo de Manila University website. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  9. ^ Carmi Cavanlit, "Angry residents maul nabbed robber in Cebu City," ABS-CBN News Central Visayas, December 10, 2008, found at ABS-CBS news website. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Coop helps vendors in Carbon market," Cebu Daily News, January 26, 2009, found at Cebu Daily News website and World News website. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  11. ^ "Vendor-turned-councilman pushes for Carbon’s Unit 2 reconstruction," The Freeman, November 4, 2007, found at PhilStar website. Accessed September 28, 2009.
  12. ^ Marian Z. Codilla, "Bagsakan center to open by year end: Market to give direct suppliers venue to sell," Cebu Daily News, September 11, 2009, found at Cebu Daily News website. Accessed September 28, 2009.

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Coordinates: 10°17′00″N 123°54′00″E / 10.2833°N 123.9000°E / 10.2833; 123.9000