I took photos of the seafood market in Macapagal Ave in Pasay City in mid-january. The place is commonly referred to as "Dampa." Similar places are located throughout Metro Manila and as far as Cebu City in the Visayas Region.
Dampa's are a cluster of restaurants that serve fresh seafood (unfrozen) from a seafood market right next to it. Typically, diners shop for fresh seafood and have them brought to their choice of restaurant where they are cooked according to one's preference. Usual cuisines are Asian-inspired and on the spicy side. Popular dishes are those with chili-garlic sauce, "Sinigang" or Tamarind-soured soup and "Kinilaw na Isda" or raw fish marinated in vinegar and spices. I'll leave it to your imagination since I don't have photos of cooked dishes.
The following images were taken with a compact camera: Lumix LX-7 then enhanced later in Lightroom. This is my first blog post exclusively with this camera.
The blog is about the Philippines... the less photographed side of it. My hope is that as I develop the series, the story I tell about trivial life in the country resonates with its readers.