As soon as the bus going to Banaue from Bontoc stopped at Mount Polis, passengers on the topload and inside the bus excitedly and hurriedly got out of the bus. It was my first time seeing eagerness over a bus stopover. Usually, people will just go out of the bus because they need to go to the comfort room or just to eat for a while.
Passengers going down from the topload at Mount Polis
(Top) Pipino P30/kilo; (Bottom) Cabbage P20/kilo
Mount Polis is famous among the locals as having good and fresh vegetables. Though prices may not be very cheap, it is still somewhat lower than the price of the market here in Manila.
I managed to talk to some vendors there, surprisingly they were generally happy. You may find it silly, but I think that is one of the real reasons why people want to buy their vegetables here. As we conversed more I found out that the vendors were also the farmers who plant and harvest the crops. They plant just below their stalls. Unfortunately, the farm lands are not visible from the road. But as long as I know that there is No delivery charge and no middle-man, giving the producers a big percentage of what I paid for, I’m happy.
There’s also a store that sells fried lumpia for only 5 Pesos. They serve them hot, the ingredients are fresh and it tastes good. 🙂