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Ban on plastics: how effective? Journalists workshop on environment reporting Talikud island scubasurero

Ban on plastics: how effective?

Today, the local government unit of Davao has begun imposing the ban on the use of non-biodegradable plastics and polystyrene foams for use as food and beverage containers, as laid out in the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009. The City Environmental and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) is now tasked to monitor […]

Journalists workshop on environment reporting

I was fortunate to have been invited to speak at a media workshop last Saturday, 10 March 2012, on environment reporting. Thanks to Mindanao Times editor-in-chief, Amy Cabusao, for the opportunity to engage Mindanao’s media practitioners in the advocacy to protect our marine environment! The workshop, organized by the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center […]

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 […]

Sensationalist reporting by the Inquirer

11 Jul 2011

Last 9 July 2011, sensationalism reared its ugly head once more when Inquirer News — one of the more established news organizations in the country, both online and offline — published an article that may have damaged the reputation of a straight arrow in Davao City’s judiciary. The news article itself was far from being […]

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High hopes for Davao tourism

11 Jul 2011

Carlos Celdran provided valuable input to the local tourism industry when he visited Davao City from 6 to 9 July 2011. On the 8th, the Department of Tourism – Region 11 arranged a powwow for Carlos and a new batch of graduates of DOT-11’s tour guiding program. In his usual effervescent self, Carlos related to […]

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Travel & Tours   3

Walking tour of Davao

7 Jul 2011

Carlos Celdran is in town to get to know the cities of Davao and Samal, with the aim of (hopefully) tailoring a new kind of tour. Carlos is well-known in the capital for his unique walking tours of Old Manila. Those tours have gained popularity, not only because of their uniqueness, but also thanks to […]

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Travel & Tours   3

When is violence ever an answer?

1 Jul 2011

I was shocked when I heard about Mayor Sara Duterte’s unconscionable act this afternoon. As a Dabawenyo, I felt deeply embarrassed that our city mayor could descend to that level of baseness. Whether the man who got punched (several times) by the mayor was out of line for his actions or not, violence is never […]

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Government   22

How much more worse?

30 Jun 2011

From the time I posted my Venice of the south? piece last April, Davao City has had a couple more floods, and Dabawenyos simply accept it as a fact of life here. But the other night’s flash flood — and the rain wasn’t even that heavy — caused loss of lives (25 as of this […]

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Government   2

Maximum beach experience

26 Jun 2011

What’s the one thing that Dabawenyos always boast about to their out-of-town visitors? The city’s proximity to beach resorts, for sure. The coastlines of Samal Island are dotted with various beach resorts now, but when it comes to having a range of activities on offer, very few stand out like the Maxima Beach House and […]

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Travel & Tours   6

A creative recycling project for Samal

9 Jun 2011

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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Community, Personalities   Comments Off

Take a closer look at Davao Gulf

8 Jun 2011

The Gulf of Davao is a vast expanse of water (308,000 ha.) that touches all four provinces of Region 11 — Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley — and Davao City. It is the life source of more than 5 million people, of whom only a few realize the importance of […]

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Society   12

Leticia by the Sea

21 May 2011

About half an hour’s ride by speedboat from Davao City is a charming beach resort that can melt your worries and bring you much-needed rest & relaxation. Leticia by the Sea on Talikud Island, Samal, is one of the many beach resorts now dotting the Samal coastlines, but it’s one of the better resorts in […]

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Travel & Tours   5

Abreeza: all set for 12th of May?

10 May 2011

Since about a month ago, the city has been abuzz with fast-paced developments at the Abreeza Ayala Mall, which is scheduled to have its soft opening on the 12th of May. Thanks to my good friend Moe Ordoña (who’s part of the team that’s doing Jersy Studio’s interiors), I was able to see the premises […]

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Business & Industry   24

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