Daing (Dried Fish) Vendors of Damortis


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!

Manang TinapaTinapa, anyone?On the sunny side of the street
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Batibols Bikers joins the MayDay MTB DH Race – Part 2

ParesPinikpikan aka "killing me softly"Cook/Waiterpinikpikan aka "killing me softly" up close

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, the old saying goes. For lunch, the Batibols Bikers had a taste of the indigenous Cordilleran culture — pinikpikan done soft and slow. There’s such a thing as indigenous peoples rights as well as animal welfare laws, so I hope no one has committed a crime. If you haven’t heard about it, you might as well google how pinikpikan is prepared to find out why it generates debates.

sari-sari storeThree MenNested

These days, extreme downhill mountain biking attracts adrenalin junkies of  all ages. It’s a rigorous sport that entails a reliable bike, skills, precision, focus, a great deal of training and above all,  guts.

Jeric FarrFocusall eyes downdownhillTwoGo, Ryan!All eyes...fearlessCrashing Moment

An impromptu awarding ceremony capped the day.

An air of triumph… the organizers, participants and winners of the different categories all wore confident smiles. No major crashes, thank God!

Jeric Farr topped the Pro Category. Joey Rogers came in second and Aky Nolasco, third.

In the Expert Category (expert means a notch higher than pro, or a more senior pro). Eboy Farr outdid Batibols Bikers very own Jackie de la Cruz.

The Mini Batibols made a good showing. In their class, 9 year-old Lucius Cunanan was second to Sagada’s 10 year-old Pekwa Busas while Dylan Cunanan made it to the top three. Lucius got the Youngest Rider award and a nice, new bike seat.

Brandon Tan and Dylan Cunanan got the 7th and 8th spots, respectively, in the 18 and below level.

Winners-19 and below categorytriumphantWinning

Photographed by Blauearth and Edsel. Bottom 2 photos via Aky Nolasco.
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