Pagbilao Local Customs

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    Weaving Fishing Nets

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    While some fishermen played "tong-its", others worked on their fishing nets in the yard. Together with the wife and other members of the household, some fishermen patiently and meticulously inspect their fishing nets; then with spools and nylon thread, they weave and repair the damaged parts of the nets themselves. They do not bother to call the netmakers to do the repairs.

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    "Tong-its", Not Necessarily A Vice

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 25, 2010

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    Mang Mario accompanied us to the "sari-sari" store. On the way, we saw men gathered in a hut playing"tong-its", a local card game. We were introduced to the fishermen. I asked permission to take their pictures. Suddenly, their serious looks on their cards turned to self-conscious "pa-pogi" (trying a handsome pose). Then, there was teasing and joking; they shyly looked back to their cards and didn't want to look at the camera.

    Tired and weary after an early morning fishing job, the fishermen play "tong-its" to relax and have fun with comrades.

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    "Magtutubig" (Water Supplier)

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 25, 2010

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    While hubby was talking with Mang Mario, a local whom we befriended, I noticed a boat with drums. I thought they were refilling their boat fuel, but I wondered what took them so long, and why they were filling so many drums and containers. It turned out that they were filling the containers with water that came from a resident's pipeline. That explains the presence of black pipes on the beach. The water is supplied to the islands frequented by camping tourists. If I remember right water is sold at the islands for P10-20/container, depending on size.

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    "Sari-sari" Store

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 25, 2010

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    You'll find a "sari-sari" store in almost every corner of the community. Literally, "sari-sari" means diverse, so a "sari-sari" store is a small store selling a diverse mix of commodities. It is sometimes likened to a convenience store, but it is much smaller and usually, the food (snacks) commodities (cooking oil, sugar, etc) are packed in small plastic packs called "tingi", thus priced low enough so the buyer can easily afford it.

    If you have to buy something from a "sari-sari" store, it would be better to give the exact amount. They won't have change for big bills. When you buy bottled softdrinks, you'll be given a straw if you drink on site. However, if you plan to drink while walking your way, the softdrinks will be poured in a plastic ice bag with straw, t you have to hold the top part tightly lest it overpours.

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