How ironic that I haven’t gone to this place when I have a brother who lives about 40 minutes from here. Gensan is one of the southern most cities in the Philippines, being in Mindanano, the third of the three group of islands of the country. It is about 1.5 hours away by air. And it is also known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.
On a weekend that was spent mostly with family (and eating, generally eating). I dragged my kuya (older brother) out of bed to bring me here. We arrived the place about 6:15am, so you can imagine what time we, he, woke up to get us here. Go straight to the Admin Office, register, then rent your boots. And we were off.
I have seen pictures, but not sure what to expect still. People were lifting the giant tunas (biggest I have seen, but I’m sure they come bigger) with two weighing around P50kg each. And these were just the average size in the area.
There were people grading the tuna, taking a thin slice of the meat by stickin in a probe or graders, there were people bidding on the fish slapping on labels or numbers for ownership, there were kargadors (lifters) who carried the fish, and the fishermen loitering around having already spent a good part of their morning at work. “Where the richest and poorest of Gensan meet.” My brother simply summed it up.
We saw fish, tuna, and the assortment of all. I pitied the tuna as well, with their pretty fins, all dead. Honestly, no matter how much a food enthusiast I am, I get sad over these things.
And as my kuya said, “Not bad for P50 morning.”
Next step, to get on a boat in the wee hours of the morning with the fishermen. 🙂