“Ate magkano yan?” and the whole wet section of the local market roared in laughter. I was confused why they all laughed at my question until one of the vendors said “Akala namin Hapon ka!” which made me laugh too. Apparently, they were used to seeing foreign photographers and it was their first time seeing a Filipino with a big camera.
Where am I? I’m at the center of Roxas, Palawan and everytime I tell people about this slow and quiet municipality everyone gives me a blank stare. Let’s do a little geography, if you’re headed to El Nido from Puerto Princesa, you’ll know that you’re halfway on your 6-7 hours trip when you reach Roxas.
Going back to the local market, since we were all laughing I took it as a good sign that I am no longer referred to as a foreigner but as a kababayan and started asking whether I can take pictures of what they were selling. Roxas is famous in Palawan for their fresh fish and what better day to take visit the local market but during Saturday and Sunday where they held their weekly Market Day. During Market Day the farmer, livestock raiser and fishermen could sell their products direct to the consumer. Thus making the prices go way low and the best part of it was the products were all fresh.