Last week, I talked about the tabo market in Palompon. Today, I will show more of the produce being sold at the market.
Fresh Fish Section
I went around and noticed that the fresh fish available in the stalls are those that abound in the Tabuk sanctuary, mainly danggit (rabbit fish) , baaw (flying fish), bakasi (baby eel) and other assorted fish. Usually they are caught by simple hook & line as well as small fish nets. The only big fish available that day were blue marlin steaks.
Danggit (rabbit fish)
Baaw (flying fish)
Bakasi (baby eel)
Dried Fish Section
A tabo market without an extensive dried fish section is not worth its salt. But if you are a fan of salted fish or “buwad”, Palompon Tabo Market is a sight to behold.
Salted bodo bulad
Lady with bulad
Lady with bulad
Dried bakasi (dried eel)
Vegetables, Tubers, and Bananas
Vegetable vendor with her vegetables
Two women chatting at the tabo
Vendor with her squash and veggies
Camote and puso han saging
Fresh Meat Section
There was only one meat stall open when I was there. The meats were displayed and hung in open air, no freezer in sight. One curious sight was a pig face mask totally peeled off from the face skeleton of the pig. The butcher informed me that the pig face mask is cut in squares, boiled in salt and garlic, and then fried in oil to create pork crackling.
Pork meat vendor
Pig face mask
Metalworks and Knives Section
This vendor of knives and bolos was very proud of his products which he initialed himself. He described his handiwork to me as he snacked on ice candy to cool himself.
Bolos with craftsman’s initials
Sundang with craftsman’s initials
Kaldero or local rice cooker
Hardware, Plastics, Tobacco & Chemical Section
No tabo is complete without its hardware, plastics and chemical section. Local smokers buy rolled sambag leaves, unroll it, then stuff it with tobacco, roll it back to close and enjoy unfiltered tobacco pleasure. Chemicals being sold range from individually plastic wrapped chlorine, to blue anyel dye guaranteed to whiten white clothes for laundry.
Assorted plastic slippers
Chlorine and blue anyel chemical
Palompon Tabo Market is open for 2-days each week, from Sunday early morning to Monday evening. I promise you that a trip to the Palompon Tabo Market will satisfy all your seafood cravings as well as your window shopping needs