Do you know where your fish filet comes from?
If you live on the island of Panay, they're likely from the Estancia fish port, the largest fish market in Iloilo. We arrived at an unGodly hour only to find the fish market already a beehive of activity. Boats that had been out trawling the night before arrive in droves, unloading their catch among a throng of eager buyers. Bidding is then conducted entirely in whispers, augmented every so often by hand-signals and nods. For a tourist like me, they said a pail of fish would be P6,500.00. But whatever each buyer actually paid, that would have to remain a secret. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: The sky outside was pitch black and the marketplace was lit by ghastly green fluorescent lights. It's never fun to have to color-balance a few hundred shots so I thought I'd do the entire shoot in black & white. I love it.)
But wait, there's more...
For those who've inquired about buying prints of my postcards, you may purchase them directly from master printmaker Arnel Murillo (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of the country's foremost fine-art printmakers. Arnel uses archival inks and museum-grade paper to ensure his prints will not fade. You will not be disappointed. (All my images are provided gratis to help showcase the beauty of our country. But if you feel generous, help me uplift the lives of the Children of Payatas. No donation is too big or too small. Get in touch with Fr. Aldrin Suan at email@example.com of the Vincentian Missionaries in the Philippines. As always, thanks and enjoy.)
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