Elections and banana cue

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Monday, October 25, 2010

THE barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections Monday did not only satisfied the people’s electoral rights but the “economic” rights as well of some small entrepreneurs.

As some people trooped to the different precincts to vote in the morning, sidewalk vendor Smile Sumapas also started his day right by cooking his best-selling snacks -- banana cue and camote cue.

Sumapas, who sells within the vicinity of Pabayo and Pacana Sts. near the City Central School, felt happy Monday not only because of the elections but because of the whooping P5,000 earnings he pocketed for just a half-day of selling banana cue and camote cue to voters and passersby.


As early as 7:00 in the morning, Sumapas’ banana cue and camote cue are already set for selling.

The 40-year-old vendor has been selling banana cue and camote cue for five years now, which he said has been his family’s bread and butter.

Because of his “non-commercialized” way of cooking, Sumapas was able to sell his banana cue and camote cue for P8 each to his regular clients.

Sumapas said during ordinary days, he earns between P2,000 to P3,000. But on Monday, since a lot of people voted at the City Central School, his banana cue and camote cue were in demand to hungry buyers, young and old alike.

Aside from his stall in Pabayo St., Sumapas also sells inside the school premises where most of his costumers buy in bulk because of the delectable taste and sugary product he made.

Sumapas said he always make it a point to maintain his way of cooking the way his costumers like it.

He shared that his costumers from the area or even passersby always come back to buy more, especially from the establishments in the neighboring areas and even motorela and taxi drivers.

In the May 10 elections, Sumapas said he earned P10,000 in a whole-day of selling but on Monday, he chose to close his stall at 1 p.m. after all his banana cue and camote cue were sold out.

This, he said, is because he still wants to exercise his right to vote.

But elections or not, expect Smile Sumapas to still sell his delicious banana cue and camote cue to his regular clients.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 26, 2010.


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