The morning gridlock in Barangay La Huerta is a showdown between those rushing in and those crawling out of this cramped fishing village. It’s a race for the best catch of the day.
Stillness will follow in a little while, when the plastic bañeras have all run out of ocean fresh.
Not long ago, the fish market practiced the “bulungan” system of auctioning marine products, where buyers mumble their bids confidentially into the fisherman’s ears. The highest bidder gets the haul.
This unique trading system soon gave in to some sectors’ clamor for a more open bidding.
The whispers turned to screams.
The actions wind down before the morning comes to end. Time to dance the day away. Or drink like a fish.
In Memoriam Jayvee Sotto Mataro