Tag Archives: Bicol

Drying Goods on the Road

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Karagumoy hats

In the probinsya, public roads are not only for vehicles and pedestrians but as readily available space for sun drying food and non-food stuff. More frequently observed is grain drying, especially rice grains, and sometimes corn. Then there’s also coconut drying (copra). But it’s only in Bicol region where I saw gabi leaves drying and karagumoy hats drying.

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Gabi leaves for laing?

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Copra

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Rice grains

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Highway Sampayan

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Clothes are hanged to dry on makeshift sampayan (clothesline), or on a rope tied between road signs, and even on the highway bridge railings. We know that one cannot have an immaculate newly laundered shirts with all the highway dust and exhaust, but it seems the only goal is to have dry and sun sterilized clothes.

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Road signs as poles for the clothesline

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Bridge railing covered with newly laundered clothes

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Dry Goods

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Usually, I’m drawn to the dry goods section in a palengke particularly the native stuff. Though some of the old school containers and implements can still be found in some  supermarkets, yet I’d rather buy from these palengke folks.
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Pili

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Pili fruits and unshelled pili kernels

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Pili kernels

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Closer look at the kernels. When boiled, the white core will just easily slide out when removing the skin by hand

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Boiled pili kernels taste like edamame

Vetsin Condiment

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Walking aimlessly in Naga streets one can see several kinalas eateries around the city and in one of those I took cover from rain, had a bowl of kinalas and noted that they have Ajinomoto vetsin condiment in the tables. It’s not usual to have vetsin as table condiment here in Philippines but it was a common sight in the humble eating tables in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

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Leaning Belfry

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Bombon Church and its leaning bell tower

Bombon’s Binamban

Binamban is the rice-based delicacy of Bombon town. The first time I had this, a bundle was given to me when I won first place in a 14 km foot race during Binamban Festival where I also saw several binamban vendors that time near the church area. Recently I find myself in Naga so I made a side trip to Bombon just for this unforgettable kakanin. I didn’t see any vendors near the church and it was a Sunday. I went in the palengke area beside the church and bought the last five pieces I could find at 5 pesos each.

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Of all the kakanins I've tried, this is a favorite of mine

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Glutinous rice flour, brown sugar and shredded coconut are the ingredients of this rice delicacy. Coconut fronds for the packaging.

Green Idea

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Green idea of Naga City

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Flowering ornamental plants hanging from street lamp post to greenify the city

Store in the Wall

In Naga centro particularly around the wet and dry market building, one can notice these rectagular shelves attached to a wall column that serve as modular stores for bangketa sellers. Looks like it was provided by the city government to minimize the spaces occupied in the bangketa.

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City seal in the wall store

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Shelves are not enough for all the goods

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Paksiwan

Passing through the highway between Pili and Sagñay in Camarines Sur I’ve noticed several paksiwan carinderia patronized by motorists. Curious about what kind of paksiw they have, I decided to have one in a place named Isarog View Paksiwan in Ocampo town. And so it’s not the paksiw I had in mind but it was boiled beef soup or beef nilaga. Just like the nilaga in Bacolod minus the atsuete.

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Painted sign with Mt Isarog

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Another sign

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Mt Isarog as seen from the paksiwan

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My delicious paksiw halo (offals included but one can opt with just the meat only) and rice with Mt Isarog view at dusk obscured partially by the motorcycle whose driver went for a paksiw break also

Typography: Goto & Log-log

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A carinderia along the road in Magarao between Naga City and Bombon town

Repurposed Rice Cooker

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Decommissioned rice cooker as charcoal stove

Trike With Door

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Door is for rain protection maybe

Abo Dried Fish

I grew up eating fried fresh abo in Bacolod but in Camarines Sur salted dried abo is quite common.

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Abo tuyo at 140 pesos a kilo

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One of the many tuyo tables in Sipocot palengke

Bagasbas Beach

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Wide sandy runnable beach

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Fisherfolk at midday

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Little girl running and it reminds me of me

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Joggers Store

Trimobile

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In Naga City the tricycle is also known as trimobile

Buyo

Aside from the tobacco leaves, betel leaf known as buyo in Bicol is a primary member of the nganga set (ugbas in Bicol).

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Heart-shaped leaves that contribute to the "high feeling" of our geriatic folks (typically)

Gabi Leaves

Gabi leaves as ingredient for pinangat and tilmok.

Gabi leaves as suman packaging.

 

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