What makes actual travel beautiful is the opportunity to see the small details not shown in travel magazines and shows. You are given the chance to scrutinize the place and discover what's beyond the most popular.
[DAGUPAN] all walks of life gather here
This journey to Dagupan is not the usual way of looking for the best place to eat, the best spot to chill, the best place to take a selfie or the best place to flaunt the traveler/tourist's aura that I am guilty of at times. This is the journey I've been where I had no real purpose but to search for meanings. I reached Dagupan with no actual plans in mind (sounds cliché for the 'no actual plans' but I can't find another words to best describe it).
[DAGUPAN] walking down the streets of Dagupan
In the long run, Dagupan gave me the opportunity to reflect. I've found inner peace. I'm moving on.
[DAGUPAN] hopes and dreams along Dagupan's streets
I noticed these street vendors in front of the Old Dagupan Cathedral ▬ a lot of them! While the old cathedral exudes peace and calmness, this area is the contrary. Almost everyone has a mission to accomplish. This street is action-filled. While some people might be joining the frenzy just for fun, most people take their tasks seriously (on my own observation). These tasks I am referring are the foundation for every family; and these tasks are motivated by the challenge to survive the daily tests of life masked by friendly voices and invitations to try their products ▬ mussels, oysters and some seafoods.
These people aren't usually seen in the glossy pages of travel magazines although they play a part in the travel industry. They serve as front-liners for the so-called tourism-driven industries marketed to tourists. I am not just talking about Dagupan here ▬ this is in general, most especially to tourism-driven economies. These people benefit though. At least their products are marketable but beyond what they sell are hopes for a better life and dreams that they want to achieve; out from these little industries.
[DAGUPAN] a pail of mussels for hope
[DAGUPAN] a pail of oysters for dreams
[DAGUPAN] or buying a cup of this for the vendor's food for the day
At the end of the day, this is reality. You'll see hardworking people under the guise of promoted local industries in many places. The reality is they do this for a living to realize their dreams and strengthen their hopes.
Things like the foregoing have opened my mind wider. Some people don't just go in this area to pray in that MAJESTIC OLD DAGUPAN CATHEDRAL