Comparing Food Stores

Society  has made an assertion  that the reason why there is a high failure and dropout rate in public schools was because of unskilled , unmotivated teachers, lack of books, poor facilities, etcetera, etcetera. While this may have a huge impact on a child’s learning, there’s an aspect which stares us right in the eyes but that which we have neglected— poverty.

Mom said that many kids drop out of school , not because they do not have the brains , but because they do not have enough food .  In fact, how can a child fill his brains with new vocabulary , scientific conclusions, or mathematical formulas, when his own stomach grumbles so loud that it distracts him or her from concentrating in class?

A few weeks  ago, mom had been talking about  putting up a charity to feed children in less privileged schools. She had been thinking her brains out for a suitable name for about a week ,  that she just gave up and said that we should just forget about the name and just do what we have to do.

Thus, the story of the day opens with a boy waking up in the morning , and saying,   “It’s going to be a good day today”. I expected that we were going out for groceries to canvass food prices for our not-yet-named charity that will be giving away food for a  school in our area  on Friday August 12, 2011.

Of course, mom  wanted to  pay less money for each child so that we could feed more children, more often.  We wanted to help poor children by feeding them good and healthy food once a week. We were starting with the Holy Spirit Elementary School near our house. We chose this school because this school has a large number of indigent kids in our area.

When my mom told me and my sister that we were going to the wet market, my sister said “aww.. man, I hate that place”. My mother said, “don’t worry, I promise it’s going to be fast, we’re only going to look at the food prices”. We took a bath we wore our clothes and my sister said “that was fast”. We rode a jeep to the wet market and took note of food prices of some basic goods – fruits, vegetables, salt, macaroni, etc. These were our findings:

Commonwealth market

The Wet Market

salt -10 pesos per kilo

macaroni – P56 per kiloPasta

seedless oranges – P20 per kilo

Me asking a woman how much is 1 kilo of oranges

apple – P20 per 10 pieces grapes – P50 pesos per 1/4 kilo lychee – P45 per 1/2 kilo Longgan – P25 per 1/4 kilo mango – P40 per 1/2 kilo rambutan – P25 per 10 piecesFruits

eggs – P12 per 3 pieces


flour – P46 per kilo

sugar – P44 per kilo

wheat flour – P40 per kilo

Macaroni – P56 per kilo

brown sugar – P37 per kilo

salt – P10 per kilo

pepper – P260 per kilo.

Me looking at the crushed peppers

After the wet market we went to Shopwise, on a jeep.  Here were the results:

ShopwiseMe and my sister in front of SHOPWISE

salt – P34 per 500g

grapes – P146.96 per gram seedless oranges – P166 per 6 pieces apples – P125 per 12 pieces

Oranges, Apples and Grapes

Delmonte salad macaroni – P101 per kilo Surebuy salad macaroni – P76 per kiloPasta

Delmonte spaghetti sauce – P78.50 per kilo

Quickmelt cheese – P316 per 950g

Cheezee cheese – 204 pesos per 950g

Magnolia butter gold – P99 per 225g

Nestle fresh milk – P67 per 1 litter Dutch mill – P8 per 90ml Alaska yogurt – P11 per 110mlThe flavored milk

Sugar – P100 per 2 1/2 kilos


Mayo – P321 per 75g

Oats – P107 per 800g

Paper bags – P37.50 per 50 pieces

small paper bags – P52 per 100 pieces

paper plates – P100 per 75 pieces.

Were out of the house for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Were very tired when we got home. My sister was sweating and very stinky :P. I have to admit I also hate going to the wet market, but I love going to supermarkets 😀 because it’s not hot it’s not stinky and it’s not slippery.

We planned to make   macaroni and cheese and provide bananas for dessert. I used the prices that we bought from  Shopwise and wet market and compared the costs for making 65 macaroni and cheeses. That’s when my mom started to teach me to use LibreOffice Spreadsheet. Oh, the surprises of homeschooling!