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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 […]

Nursing grad wins Mutya ng Dabaw 2009

15 Mar 2009

Resci Angeli Rizada, a nursing graduate of one of the leading nursing schools in the city, has won the crown and the hearts of Dabawenyos for this year’s search for the Mutya ng Dabaw. She was hailed this year’s reigning Mutya during the coronation night held yesterday, 14 March 2009 (Saturday) at the CAP Auditorium. […]

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Events, Personalities   19

72nd Araw ng Dabaw celebrations open

8 Mar 2009

[Media Release] Araw ng Dabaw, the city’s celebration of its 72nd charter anniversary, officially opens on 9 March 2009, 4:00 PM with the “DAWOW” Grand Opening Ceremony at Quezon Park (in front of City Hall). The program will kick off with a musical presentation by the Davao Community Band and Blue Velvet Band, followed by […]

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Events, Travel & Tours   15

Joey Ayala’s timeless music

2 Mar 2009

Recently, I’ve rediscovered one of the musical gems that moved me — nay, jolted me out of my stupor — the first time I heard it. The music of Joey Ayala. Discographies label his tracks as “folk rock” or even “indigenous music”. But I think his music goes beyond that, because it has purpose and […]

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Personalities   4

Araw ng Dabaw 2009

23 Feb 2009

Araw ng Dabaw will be upon us again in March 2009. This year is the 72nd anniversary of the city’s foundation day, and the theme is “Pagtupad sa Dakilang Pangako“. For more information about Davao City’s history, please see the relevant entry in Wikipedia. Here is the Calendar of Activities, courtesy of the City Tourism […]

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Events, Travel & Tours   18

Hop to Tagum

18 Feb 2009

Talking about coffee shops recently, a friend and I drifted towards those cafés we hadn’t been frequenting yet. One of which was Miko’s Brew, in Davao, located on Chavez St. (which is more known for lechon than coffee). And then another friend said that this coffee shop actually comes from Tagum, and that this city […]

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CityScape, Out-of-Town   4

Check out Davao City on Google Earth!

6 Feb 2009

A friend of mine alerted me to the latest developments in Google Earth with respect to Davao City. There are now 3-D renderings of some of the city’s more prominent buildings! Check out these images from Google Earth. Image #01. The Marco Polo Hotel and the Ateneo de Davao University-College Campus — two of the […]

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Internet   22

The Xcelerator: longest zip line in Asia

6 Jan 2009

The intrepid bloggers, Andrew, Ria, Winston and I, went to see what the buzz was all about at the Outland Adventure camp in Ma-a, Davao City. For nearly a decade, it’s been known for their ropes course, a corporate team-building facility out in the boondocks. Now there’s the Xcelerator — the longest zip line in […]

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Travel & Tours   35

2009 here I come!

1 Jan 2009

Happy New Year!!! I celebrated the coming of 2009 A.D. and spent the last hours of the year 2008 with good friends & family at Eden Nature Park in the south of Davao City. It was my first time to spend New Year’s Eve at this mountain resort that I love so much — a […]

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Events, Lifestyle   8

Christmas 2008

24 Dec 2008

In spite of the looming economic crisis, Filipinos still find it in their hearts and spirits to celebrate the holidays, especially the Yuletide season. This has nothing to do with religion — we just love to be festive, whether we’re Muslim or Christian or otherwise. Each year, Mana-Davao delights Dabawenyos with their roadside Christmas lights […]

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CityScape   1

Anti-smoker ordinance in the works

18 Dec 2008

Davao City has led the country in aggressive anti-smoking initiatives, foremost of which is the ordinance that banned smoking in many public places. Several years ago, Davao City imposed strict rules against smoking in restaurants, hotels, transportation terminals, etc. Eventually, the national government followed suit and made it into a law. Now, the city’s legislative […]

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Government   15

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