While I was waiting for a bus to Taytay at Roxas, Palawan I noticed one of the porters climbed a ladder while balancing a sack on his head. Amazing!
We were going around the tiangge of the Tungoh Ad Hungduan Festival one of the participants of the Hungduan Climbathon 2011 were talking to some of the merchants. Surprisingly, they were not speaking in Ifugao dialect but in Bisaya dialect. I frequent Mindanao and I could identify if one is trying hard Bisaya or not, and I am sure they were not trying hard.
I approached and asked them where they were from. Surprisingly (again!), they told me that they were from Tondo, Manila. It turned out they were travelling merchants. By selling different products, they travelled from Cotabato, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Samar, Iloilo, Bicol Region and many more provinces before they arrived in Ifugao. They were selling cloth, undergarments, knives, boots, hats, childrens clothes and many more when I saw them.
Another participant talked to them in Ilonggo. They also knew how to speak comfortably in the Ilonggo dialect! They also spoke in Ifugao dialect when one a customer came by and asked for
Last December 2008 I joined a group tour by Radical Adventure Concepts and Events to Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur. During the island hopping on the second day we rode a big bangka that has about three crew members. 1 of them is the captain who controls the rudder.
I noticed that the engines release of power was dynamic but no hands were controlling the power of the engine.
Amazingly, it was also being controlled by the captain. He was standing with his right leg on the side of the boat to see where we were going, left hand on one of the bamboo poles for his own stability, right hand on another bamboo pole which he moves to control the rudder and the left foot controls the engine by angling it on a small hinge that is attached to the engine via a nylon cord.
Sometimes, the bangkero who controls the engine does what the others do.
During my leisurely walk around Potipot Island in Candelaria, Zambales last August 2009, I came across this umbrella structured tree that had an unusual looking fruit.
Curious, I went around looking for the caretaker of the island and asked what was the tree called. It was called Bangar. Then the topic suddenly changed giving me no chance to ask more information about