Jessica Peliño Cordova
Dominick Pilapil (Coi San Pedro )
"In the midst of chaos, there is a vendor who persists and a buyer who insists. It is a world of hardwork and dreams for the vendors; a world of clutter and treasure for buyers. The world of trade fills the hearts of the hopeful and the hearts of the grateful."
"There is no better way to spend your last P100 than on a bowl of bulalo and lechon kawali at Bankerohan."
"Sunday Afternoon. Relentless heat. These do not deter people who work in the market, who get their chores done in the market. Just like every other day, time runs. An artist paints the varying shapes and forms of haste, knowing that it's the pulse beat of the work that gives it its lasting impression. "
"Local indulgence need not be posh and classy. Sometimes, it's all about an outskirt go-to place where you can just be you and dig in without inhibitions of that tasteful thick soup one would always keep coming back for - Balbacua. "
"Bankerohan is the place where bananas are hung high, where fruits fill the streets with color. The yellow shines like a bright lantern in the night. "
"My beautiful place in a crowded one-II "
"One evening I scrutinized the Bankerohan area, moving from one spot to another in order to find a subject to paint for the Bankerohan Art Exhibit. What caught my attention was a bunch of sunflowers in bright yellow with one facing the white light of the tent ceiling like SHE was lit by spotlight. Then I said to myself “What a sunny evening”. And that’s how the title came into being.
I’m a lover of beauty. I personally consider flowers as symbolism of beauty in both its complexities and simplicity. On that very evening, I found an inspiration in a serene and quite flowers in the midst of that noisy and congested wet market."
"Spending her afternoons at Doña Pilar Bldng, waiting for her dad at the office. She watches through the window, the busy office, listening to the sound of typewriters clikity clacking. Nothing says going home for the artist like the sight of the old clock tower, the sturdy Doña Pilar Bldng, the smell of fish and meat of Bankerohan."
My beautiful place in a crowded one-I.
"Most of us are fond of bargaining, that even if Bankerohan is already known for the cheapest vegetables, fruits, spices and other stuff, many would still ask for lower price. Hangyo is vernacular word for asking for a favor.
This is widely practiced in Bankerohan, especially for those who frequently go to the same store. “HANGYO ‘KOL” (vernacular and shortened word for Uncle) depicts this simple act of haggling for prices especially for those who are ready to buy in bulk or in big volumes.
So, GO and GRAB your Bayong and be ready to haggle. Just see to it tha ‘Kol will not end up broke after you deal with him."
"The husle and bustle of Bankerohan may be felt after you have done buying your favorite veggies, fruits, and spices for a dinner later or for a party tomorrow. Yah, i can be very tiring day. But, after eating your sumptous plate of Puto Maya and smelling and tasting Tsokolate/1-2-3 with your best buddy will surely make your day. "
"Kariton, a common transportation tool usually filled with fresh produce is widely seen inside the Bankerohan market. Aside from its usage, it is an iconic symbol of a hardworking Filipino and depicts the values that are shared by many like ingenuity, humility and fortitude. "
" An early morning head start for Mama and me…savoring the sumptuous “puto maya” and the aroma of hot “tsokolate” deliciously prepared by our suki, Nang Auring and her daughter, Sheila. For mama and I, there’s nothing like her pure “tsokolate” in the market… This place, both on ordinary days and even despite on busy market days, gives Mama peace, joy and contenment"
"Buhay Ukay" : "Strong and determined, she will take care of her little one no matter what it takes."
" What makes Bankerohan an interesting and arresting place is its basketful of different and colorful personalities. Each has his/her own story to tell. If you ask this Manang (vernacular word for aunt or usually called for female elders), “TAGA-ASA KA ‘NANG? And her reply would be “Bankerohan”, then, surely she must have a colorful story to tell you. You can buy her stuff and learn more about her. "
"The honk of horns, the cacophony of street life, the frenzy of a busy day - all can be summed up at a weekday's peak moment - the midday (udtong tutok)"
" The marketplace is such a fascinating place. One can literally get lost in the whirl of never-ending action. Buying, selling, haggling, transporting, cutting, trimming, sorting, cleaning – it’s all there for the senses to explore. "
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