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Talikud island scubasurero

The Davao Reef Divers Club had its first club dive of the year yesterday, with 28 members taking part in the day-long activities. The main objective of the event — as is the tradition of the Club — was to give back to the marine environment, which needs our protection more than ever. This was […]

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Blog Contest for Araw ng Dabaw 2012

In a laudable effort to promote the city’s foundation day this March, Duaw Davao Festivals Foundation is running a writing contest among local bloggers. The theme is based on the tagline launched by the City Tourism Operations Office last year — Davao: Life Is Here! Davao City will be celebrating her 75th Araw ng Dabaw […]

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Going the extra (nautical) mile for Davao Gulf

It is one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world and thus has been identified by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as one of the priority areas within the Coral Triangle. It is the Davao Gulf — a 308,000-hectare body of water surrounded by Davao City, the 3 Davao provinces and […]

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Why the new Kadayawan logo?

The Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival logo shown here is a let-down — to say the least — for about 300 respondents who answered a survey I ran via the Kadayawan Festival facebook page from last week. (Click here to see the poll — and feel free to chime in.) I held off writing about it […]

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A creative recycling project for Samal

Yesterday was Blog Action Day to Save Philippine Seas, an Internet-wide activity that galvanized local and foreign netizens into a concerted call for marine environment protection. Coincidentally, it was also World Oceans Day. As my contribution, I wrote about Davao Gulf yesterday here and over at my personal blog. I’ve mentioned that there are individuals […]

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Save our eagles! Save our national symbol!

Press Statement – 27 April 2011 Philippine Eagle Foundation Four Eagles in Five Months:A Statement of Alarm Over the Rate of Eagle Retrievals The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) expresses alarm over the spate of captures of Philippine Eagles in the last five months. The PEF team has retrieved four Philippine Eagles since December 2010, making […]

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In memoriam, Roger G. Layson

In 1992, after four years in Manila, I returned to Davao with a renewed appreciation for my hometown. One of the first things I got myself into was an outdoors club that was also a forum for instilling in young people’s minds a love for everything Davao. In the Sandawa Apo Mountaineering Club I met […]

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Preparing for major disasters

Yesterday, the world’s attention was on Japan, upon the disaster wreaked by a magnitude 8.9 temblor that ruptured off the northeastern coast of Honshu island, and by the resultant tsunami that inundated Sendai and other parts of the archipelago. The latter, the mega-tsunami, caused more devastation than what brought it on. The Japanese call it […]

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Save our forests!

When I was a child, my father would sometimes take me and my brother to the forests of Bukidnon. Among the gigantic trees we would play hide-and-seek, explore ravines and cliffs, spy on small animals such as squirrels and birds… To get back to camp, we would listen for that piercing sound of steel biting […]

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Palamantasan nutrition drive

In an effort to bring attention to a serious social problem in the Philippines, Kraft Foods Phils. has undertaken a worthy corporate social responsibility project called Cheez Whiz Palamantasan ng Sarap, Sustansya at Saya. In coordination with the Department of Education, this nationwide campaign was launched in Davao City last 17 July 2010 to help […]

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