062812 - The Urban Tracker (In Pampanga): The Silveria In Camba

View of Arayat on the side of Buensuceso
or anyone up on road trip to Arayat, the mountain is a very useful reference to determine the weather and the distance from the city proper. 

The natural formation could serve as a guiding point in finding one's way into some of its innermost or farthest corners or barangays. At one point, it led us out from unknown destinations safe and away from some probabilities.

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Native hand-made bands sold at Php 5 in Suclayin.
In some places elsewhere in Arayat, there are growing suburbs or subdivisions cropping that house the middle-class population. This inner venture started beside a school in Suclayin where a map pointed us a way to San Mateo. Passing by a school, there's one store where juvenile students were prying into one of its merchandise. I took a look myself and found it selling varieties of accessories like native friendship bands, and fashion necklaces. The guy attendant himself was busy tinkering something when I asked for its price a piece. When I learned it's 5 pesos,  I took 6 pieces for my take-home souvenir.

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A chapel on the sunken side of the road in San Mateo
Then somebody tipped to us that we needed a special ride to San Mateo further on our way. After passing the endless rice fields, we were brought down to a noiseless smalltown. Even in some remote areas, there's either a barangay hall or a local church as a starting point of reference. The local chapel of San Mateo looked radiant despite drenched in wetness when we got down.

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A cart vendor selling street foods in wait for the school dismissal in Candating.
As the streets were empty with not so many locals outside, we advanced our way to the next barangay as the Arayat mystical feeling was sweeping even on this farther side. The mountain stood in its might in the distance while we were tackling the wet roads rendered muddy and murky by rains. So after a kilometer walk, another barangay awaited us.

Candating is the last of the barangay on the edge of the river bordering on Candaba area or part of Mexico. Candating was less sleepy with at least some street activity. It was such a relief to see a cart vendor here on standby and later on got swarmed with students from the nearby school.

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Silveria, a crossbreed fish in Camba found in rivers and streams running around Mt. Arayat
Rushing to get into the main highway due to rains, we arrived in the part of Camba. it's here we discovered a kind of fish being sold along the highway that looked so familiar but confusing. It's like a crossbreed of milkfish (bangus) and dalagang bukid but a vendor told me it's one kind of fish that could only be found in the rivers around Arayat. Its local name is silveria. Well, I didn't bother to ask why for a name but the vendor offered me 50 pesos per kilo of this endemic fish. I wanted to buy one as I thought it's wonderful for sinigang but then I didn't bring my backpack to check it in.

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It's fiesta after all in nearby San Pablo barangay
After escaping rain in Camba, we learned the buzz from some passerby of an ongoing parade for a fiesta that could trap us into traffic as we boarded a jeep back to San Fernando. On our way back, it was indeed festive in the nearby town of San Pablo observing its fiesta this afternoon as we caught the action passing by.

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The 4-sided landmark leading to San Juan, San Simon, Sta. Ana and San Pablo.
It's such a relief that our jeepney took another route avoiding the parade. Instead, it took us to another way. Along the ride, I finally caught a shot of this famous 4-sided landmark facing the avenues going to San Juan, San Simon. Sta Ana, San Pablo.