We are planning to visit Manga Falls but due to time constraint I missed the falls. No worries, considering the adventures I had so far, I had enough. But I still have time to kill before my 12noon flight to Manila.
I was already curious the first time I saw the weird looking boats on my way to the White Beach. I was asking why are there long bamboos surrounding it. It was my first time to see those and I wonder why.
So why not go visit one. Maybe make an interview on a fisherman aboard the fishing boat.
I took Sir Wendell with me so I have a local interpreter. He was the one in-charge of talking with the locals as I can’t speak the Visayan language.
We went to the Fish Port and asked the kids swimming at the port to bring us to one of the tapay-tapays. I offered to give the kid Php20 and he brought us to the tapay-tapay, but then an unfortunate thing happened, Sir Wendell fell from the boat for about 2 seconds and he was wet. You can read his story Baptism of the Sea.
We are allowed to board the Tapay-Tapay and I go on interviewing Jayjay, the fisherman manning the large boat.
Here’s the video I took when I was inside the large boat:
Some of the things I learned about his trade are the ff:
- They leave late afternoon and go back to the port in the morning.
- Jayjay is doing this for 2 years already
- If the fishing expedition is successful, they have with them some 60-70kilos of tamban and galunggong. These small fish are placed in ice boxes to be delivered to the market.
- Sixteen (16) fisherman on board one tapay-tapay go out to fish in the deep sea every afternoon.
Before I left, I was invited to take a shot of “tuba” a fermented drink from a coconut tree. Just seconds after I drank a glass full of “tuba,” I felt the heat in my stomach. Whew, add the scorching heat and I found myself perspiring already. I bid good-bye to JayJay, Jiejie his wife and to their small daughter.
Here ends my Pagadian City Adventures. I thanked Sir Wendell for the wonderful time and for bringing me to places I would not have been if not for him.
The next post is a summary of the trip and my detailed expenses.
Pagadian Adventures is a 6-part series of my off-the-beaten path wanderings in Zamboanga del Sur, particularly in Pagadian City. My heartfelt thanks go to Dr.Wendell of Journeys & Travels for accommodating me in his house thru CouchSurfing.
Pagadian Adventure Summary & Expenses