The sunny side of the National Highway in the Ilocos Region belongs to dried/smoked fish vendors and stalls lining the length of Damortis in Sto. Tomas, La Union. Call it any name you want, daing, tinapa, or danggit, a beaming Filipino breakfast like no other registers there and then. The specialization of Barangay Damortis in preserving bangus, espada, pusit, sapsap, dilis, alamang, basosong, monamon, padas and others radiates, especially with good government support by way of tangible projects such as a mariculture park, with a market in the Damortis Fish Port and Ice Plant, a research center and an institute offering diploma courses in aquatic technology.
I photographed one vendor, then there were four, and then everyone wanted to smile before the cam, hahah, and the ladies on the other side of the road didn’t want to be left out!