Carbon market fish stalls in downtown.

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Carbon Market

Cebu City

The sprawling Carbon Market is a boisterous, cacophonous frenzy that seemingly never sleeps. It's a local affair: expect mounds of fruit and vegetables, some handicrafts (including basketry) and a large flower section.

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