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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 […]

Preparing for major disasters

12 Mar 2011

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!

8 Feb 2011

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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Davao to enforce waste segregation

2 Feb 2011

The Davao City local government’s reputation as a strict enforcer of the law is legendary, owing most notably to its success in the anti-smoking ordinance. This time, the LGU is flexing its muscles once more. As reported here, Davao is poised to strictly implement a new city ordinance on waste management. According to the city’s […]

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Asics Davao Run

28 Jan 2011

With the success of its first running event, RunClub Davao is keeping the momentum with a new adventure, the “Asics Davao Run”, which will happen on 20 February 2011 at 5:00a.m. The starting line will be at Plaza del Carmen, A. Loyola St., Bo. Obrero, Davao City. RunClub, the first and only Running Specialty Store […]

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Events   6

New Year celebration on Samal

7 Jan 2011

New Year’s Eve and the first few hours of 2011 found me with good friends on Samal Island for an event thrown by Camp Holiday. The main objective was to herald the new year — and the new decade — with a bang, hence the departure from my beloved Davao City, where fireworks have been […]

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Lifestyle   1

Christmas 2010

22 Dec 2010

It’s Christmas season again, and Davao City is awash in merry twinkling lights once more. Mana-Davao, that enigmatic antiques shop in Lanang, is on their 11th year of enchanting tourists and locals alike with their annual Christmas outdoor lights show. Mana-Davao’s yearly spectacle has become something of an expectation each year-end for Dabawenyos. Since the […]

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Our new banknotes

20 Dec 2010

The article below was released by the Kaakbay Secretariat, and written by Alain Del B. Pascua. Before that, though, I just have a personal note. I’m happy that the new banknotes are promoting Philippine heritage sites / tourism highlights. But, no Davao? Ok, there are only 6 banknotes and hundreds of Philippine destinations to choose […]

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Davao City: host to 1st Asian Bird Fair

27 Aug 2010

[Media Release] Manila—Birdwatchers, conservationists and eco-tourism promoters from all over Asia and elsewhere have their eyes on the Philippines, which is hosting Asia’s first-ever region-wide bird festival. The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines said the First Asian Bird Fair will be held in Davao City from 24 to 26 September 2010, in tandem with […]

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Events   4


12 Aug 2010

Last April I announced that I would be putting up a business directory here. But I actually ended up doing a whole new website for it: Dabawenyo.biz. It’s the Davao Region’s first integrated business directory & classified ads site. And it’s completely free for Dabawenyos to use! Dabawenyo.biz is for Davao companies and individuals engaged […]

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My 1st time in KL

3 Aug 2010

I was invited to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to be a resource speaker at the Asian Bloggers & Social Media Conference, which was held from 28 to 29 July 2010. The flight itinerary that the event organizers arranged had me traveling on my birthday! But that was OK — I gladly sacrificed my birthday celebration for […]

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