Every market has its tobacco women. It is impossible to imagine Philippine life without dried tobacco leaves. Strangely enough, it is not only mostly women who sell the tobacco leaves, but also smoke them.
In the 1980s, we had a house help from the neighbourhood and she came from a tobacco growing family in Misamis Oriental province. Tobacco cultivation is a tradition in Alubijidad and Languindingan and other places in the area. She often smoked such a rolled-up tobacco leaf. The young son, now a grown man who often does small and large construction work with us, has taken over this habit from his mother and always has a stub of rolled-up tobacco leaf in his trouser pocket, which he lights up when needed, smokes for a while, squeezes out again and puts back in his trouser pocket.
You can see these tobacco women in today’s photo of the day in my video about the village of Opol, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao.
OPOL – The Town | Misamis Oriental | Northern Mindanao