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Monday, September 17, 2012

#191 Taksayan

Walking along the shore of Bay-bay in Roxas City, we saw several men pulling a long net to shore. Somewhere in the distant shore, another group is doing exactly the same thing. And if you guessed they were pulling the same net, only at different ends, then you would be right. Imagine further that with all the pulling, the center of the net eventually gets to land, and within it all the lucked-out fish that were out swimming the shallows that morning. Bummer.

The net is called a taksay, and the process of working together to get the net to shore is called taksayan. It's a practice known by many other names, and found in many other parts of the country. But the idea is the same, it only works when folks work together. Just as it does in many other aspects in life. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: It was a grayish day and the light was muggy. Shooting in color guaranteed washed-out images. I'd normally put my camera away and simply enjoy the show, except that there's always black & white!)

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