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Thursday, May 7, 2009

miss iggy at the wagwagan


wagwagan usually refers to stores in baguio that sell second-hand clothing from overseas. "wagwag" is a filipino word meaning "to shake", and people in wagwagans usually shake the dust off the clothes before perusing how they actually look. these sort of stores are said to originate from baguio city. when the fad reached manila, "wagwagan" became "ukay-ukay", ukay coming from the filipino word "hukay" meaning "dig", as customers dig around boxes of used clothing in search of that perfect ukay find.

these days, clothes are not the only things sold in these shops. here one can find toys, beddings, bags, shoes and in cubao, one can find household items too! miss iggy predicts that with the worsening economic crisis, more and more people will come back to the ukay-ukay rather than to the shopping malls for a speedy shopping fix.

1 comment:

fortuitous faery said...

and it's interesting how you can find everything second-hand here...even *gasp!* intimate wear!!! :P

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