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Bontoc was now calling me so ……….
After having spent 2 days with Mariel and Zyx, it felt a little heavy to go on our separate ways. I bid goodbye to these travelers I had shared rooms for 2 days. They’re headed to La Union and so I decided to leave Sagada as well. It was only after having a delicious corn breakfast which I bought for 10 pesos, then I decided to venture the town of Bontoc.
And so, I jumped off the jeepney. It was almost noontime and I knew it was the rumbling of my tummy that reminds me of lunchtime. So I went around the market, found a decent food and got stuck in there. Right after my lunch, I ventured the whole simple but wholesome market of Bontoc and it’s happy and friendly people.
I think I fell inlove once more in Bontoc market. Hence it is the capital of mountain province, their market says it all. Every local delicacies and rootcrops can be seen here. Though far from cities and all that, I’ve never seen any over pricing in any means here in Bontoc.
Saying that here in Bontoc, they have high value of money, I got a hearty and nutritious meal for less than 50 pesos which is unlikely to be seen in other places. I think, Bontoc market is one of the best markets I’ve ever seen.
As mountain province is well-known for farming, their own local beans and vegetables are proudly displayed on the streets. It made me even proud to see their own ways of preserving meats. (Sadly, forgot to took picture of the hanging meats).
Also, people here in Bontoc fight life squarely. Even older ones strive hard to earn a living. I didn’t see anyone drinking liquors on the streets.
See….? everything on the market is organic. Nothing comes from other places but from the lands of their own…
This hardworking lady is selling my favorite beans (cooked in coconut milk with some green leafy vegetables) Yum! I just wished there’s room in my backpack, I would love to take some home but since Mountain province is way far from Visayas, all I could do was *drool.