Daet: Still Very Much An Oragon Country!
I had a sudden, unexpected journey to the northern bounds of Bicol Region, all the way from its regional center to a town where Bicolanos and Tagalogs converge: Daet!
|The waves of Bagasbas Beach --- safe but a little treacherous!|
While half of Daet's population are already Tagalog-speaking, you will never know why it deserves to be considered an Oragon Country until you go there, meet its locals, and have a taste of the local cuisine.
"Oragon" is a term Bicolanos take pride on. It means "magaling" in Tagalog or "feisty" in English but despite the translations, it certainly has no equivalent in any other language. Oragon's significance can never be matched anywhere else in the world.
It pretty much sums up what Bicolanos are known for --- resilient against calamities (especially typhoons), feisty, and daring! Even in terms of cuisine, Bicolanos are oragon - their cuisine is characterized by the heavy use of chili peppers. Some even have the habit of munching them up as though they're not spicy!
And Daet, where I've just been to, is certainly no exception. In fact, it's probably one of the most oragon parts of the Bicol Region and my short sojourn there proved why!
Surfing in Bagasbas!
|With my uncle, Tito Noy, who went with me despite the long hours of travel.|
|Kinunot na Pagi|