Bulusan-Barcelona jeepney commute sardines-style
Free jeepney fare for kids as long as they are not occupying a passenger seat.
Karagumoy hats occupy the aisle. These are bound for hat traders in the Poblacion at 6 -7 pesos each.
Nothing to fear. This jeepney is perfectly in good running condition as tested by several years plying the Bulusan-Gubat road.
Sleeping while seated on a Bulusan bound jeepney is a common occurrence. The trip is almost an hour from Gubat town.
After viewing Elmer’s excellent black and white photo of a commuter scene inside a jeepney in Manila http://elmervalenzuela.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/journeys-end/, I was inspired enough to post my rural version. My amateurish compositions though only aim to show the contrast of a jeepney ride experience in the rural areas as compared to Manila’s jeepney commuter’s ride.
Both are no doubt interesting studies of the Philippine jeepney as a public transport system in separate locations.
Photos: Alma P. Gamil
in Bulusan and Barcelona, Sorsogon, Philippines
Shooting rows of karagumoy hats literally below the knees while seated on a jeepney front seat.
Juvenile mangroves in San Vicente shoreline. Mangrove reforestation obviously needs more intervention here.
Kurbada sa Porog (Porog’s Curve) is Bulusan’s most identifiable curve road.
Lush mangrove areas of Barcelona town form peninsula-like images viewed from the bridge. These are still untapped as ecotourism attractions but are equally important in the fishing sector of the community.
Nipa thatch roofing known locally as ‘pawud’ for sale along Barcelona road.
Karagumoy bayong pronounced bay-ong by locals is the second most traded handcrafted product in Bulusan next to karagumoy hats. Traders buy the bayong at 7.50 to 10 pesos each. A weaver can easily make around 10 bayong a day.
Bayong (karagumoy baskets) and Karagumoy hats are traded like top agricultural products side by side with copra and pili in Bulusan.
A pause from the hard toil for this farmer was an unintended pose with Mt. Bulusan as backdrop for a passing jeepney with a shutterbug passenger – me.
Taking the jeepney ride is one of the rural experiences I cherish lately. The tropical colors of green and blue flashes like shifting giant panoramic TV screen scenes as my jeepney commute rolls from my hometown Bulusan to Gubat with the town of Barcelona sandwiched in between.
Every trip is a kind of adventure in itself. In fact I look forward to the bimonthly jeepney commute and wish it could be more. I really enjoyed every jeepney ‘journey’ literally. For these trips the destination is not the most enjoyable part – it is what lies along the road. . . or it is just my uncanny ability to find happiness from the most ordinary. Call it as ‘mababaw ang kaligayahan’ because admittedly I belong to that group.
The photos show what I’m talking about – snapped along the road from the Poblacion to the countryside of Bulusan, Barcelona and Gubat town center. All of these photos were taken while I’m comfortably seated at the front seat of the jeepney beside the driver’s seat.
Jeepney public commute from Bulusan to Gubat town is daily and runs from early morning up to around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Jeepney fare is 38 pesos one way- Bulusan to Gubat town.
Photos: Alma P. Gamil
Clouds come from time to time —
and bring to men a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.
– Matsuo Basho