One peso each. That’s what I paid for about 100 beautiful capiz shells just cleaned prepared by a man working roadside on a provincial road in Cebu. Headed to handicraft factories, these shells are used in lamps, placemats, boxes, etc. The vendor was kind enough to sell some to me and inquired if I was going to fix an old capiz window or something… I didn’t tell him I had no idea what I was going to do with them, I was just fascinated to have come across them in this raw state.
Fast forward several months later, and I washed the shells well and dried them and took these photos before using them as serving “plates” for mini-crabcakes that were served as appetizers on the Zubuchon terrace. Very nice. Very economical. Very native. Totally re-usable. :)