Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Talipapa" - People's Market

Growth center of social and economic life on the grassroots,  fallback of the economy in crisis, where the ordinary vendor, like the unknown soldier, is a hero.

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School on Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Vendor sits on a queenly throne overlooking her "business empire."  
These photographs were exhibited at the University of Santo Tomas by students in Communication Art. 
Love the talipapa 
Market's birthplace,
the primordial concept of commerce,
beginning of exchange of goods by barter,
where barter evolved into trade;
flea market, local version, unique,
beautiful, distinctly Filipino;
a place for thrifty spending,
classless marketing;
it's people's economics,
family enterprise,
where business is unlimited -
outlet of farm surplus
so with home made crafts;
where transaction is by bargaining,
the suki system as an institution;
it's the "nerve center" of daily activities,
growth center of social and economic life
on the grassroots,
fallback of the economy in crisis,
where the ordinary vendor,
like the unknown soldier
is a hero.

 Tingi-tingi  is the term for retail in supermarkets. 
Display of goods is an art.
Rain may dampen the place but not the spirit. 
Fruits, fruits, fruits - local and imported. 
Meat section in red and yellow illumination for meat to look fresh. 
Colored light is avoided by flies. So with lighted candles. 
Biking through, like drive in buying. 
Tourists and researchers are fascinated by the talipapa as an institution.
Taking time out.  Soon the market will close for the day. 
Ready-to-cook food, from barbecue to ground meat. 
Framed with all kinds of goods - telescope view of a young vendor.
Marine fish fresh from the ice box - samaral and red lapu-lapu. 
Walis tingting from coconut midrib.
Time to rest, "home service" at the talipapa.
Padyak is the talipapa's popular transport.
 The push cart is the talipapa's equivalence 
of a grocery cart, and it is multipurpose, 
from delivery of goods to janitorial service. 

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