Wednesday, June 27, 2012

When all the barangay folks went out to swim

Day together for everyone in this fishing village.

For once, all of the fisherfolks in this village of Bunganay in Boac, Marinduque parked their vessels on the shore, with no one venturing out to fish. This transpired last Sunday on the feast of San Juan Bautista, St John the Baptizer.

Boats on Bunganay beach.

A day or so before it happens, barangay leaders, youth groups and fishing coops hold informal meetings just to assign whoever should take charge of drinks, who should prepare food such as pansit, palabok, siniroy (sliced bananas cooked in coconut milk), niyubak (crushed banana mixed with grated coconut), macaroni soup, fish dishes, etc.

Bunganay fisherfolks are a major local supplier of fish catch in Boac. 

They stayed on the beach from morning till sunset.
Boys together, girls together, heads of families together, the women together, the grannies together.

Strangely, there was no tuba (coconut wine) served, but Emperador Brandy, soft drinks and red wine for the ladies.


Bunganay is just half-a-mile away from Cawit port.

"Mas maigi na din mandin ito na kami na mismo ang maglublob sa dagat kaysa kami pa ang magpambasa sa iba tulad ng nakagawian, di baga?", said Mabel, a young housewife while enjoying swimming with her kids. ('Better to immerse ourselves in the sea than to douse water on others as what has always been done, right?).

The sunset they viewed from Bunganay beach on that day.

Susong Dalaga Hill

Susong Dalaga Hill
Susong Dalaga Hill from Bagtasan isthmus

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