Friday, November 27, 2015

Is there really a Duterte magic?

Photo via Some rights reserved.

Now that there is again much hullabaloo about the good mayor of Davao, Rody Duterte, expressing that he is running for President (pending his filing of candidacy and the approval of the COMELEC for him to do so), let me share with you this article I've written for Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles with the same title.

It’s final: a “NO” is a “NO.” The #DuterteSerye ended; for now, at least?
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for Mayor of Davao City and not for President of the Republic of the Philippines. His growing numbers of supporters who hoped and waited until the last hour of filing on Friday, October 16, 2015 were disappointed and many took to social media to express their sentiments about their hearts being broken by the news that he will not run at all.
Let me start with a disclaimer that I am not a paid hack of anyone. I am a simple homemaker who is not even from Davao City but someone from Davao del Norte. Out here, we take pride in being called we’re from Davao even if we are not from the city. After all, we belong to the Davao Region which is composed of Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental and Compostela Valley Province. I would just like to share a few thoughts about the Duterte mania that hogged the limelight these past few days.
Who is Rodrigo Duterte, by the way?

Monday, March 23, 2015

DavNor Tour Packages

One of the projects of the Davao del Norte Tourism Division is the "Let's Tour Davnor" tour packages from island to highland for both domestic and visiting tourists. For those coming over for the Palarong Pambansa 2015, this would be an wonderful and exciting chance for you to discover and explore the natural and man-made sites of Davao del Norte. Check out the following packages:

Monday, March 16, 2015

Brief Encounter with the Philippine Sports Iron Woman, Elma Muros-Posadas

I'm not one who usually has her photo taken with the stars and celebrities but I couldn't resist having one taken with this star. It was truly nice meeting Elma Muros-Posadas, the SEA Games Heptathlon Queen, the "Iron Woman" of Philippine Sports and a two-time "PSA Sportsman of the Year." She has brought so much fame to the country by winning so many awards in athletics here and abroad. Despite her fame, she has remained humble.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Spot is on Banana Beach

Which comes first, the banana or the beach?

Yes, Juan and Juana, there is a place called "Banana Beach" in Tagum City. What used to be Hijo Plantation, a banana plantation, acquired by Jose "Boy" Tuason, Jr. in 1968, is now a leisure and tourism chapter called Hijo Estate Resorts. But one can still see banana plants as one enters the compound going to these resorts, namely, Banana Beach, The Spot, Lanikai, and Hijo Tours, the former two being the most popular destinations.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A glimpse of DavNor Sports & Tourism Complex

It’s 50 days to go to the Palarong Pambansa 2015, the biggest grassroots sporting event in the country where the cream of the crop of young athletes from all of the 17 regions of the country will come to compete in different games. It is the “Olympics of the Grassroots” and a much-awaited event that Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario claimed to make the “best Palaro ever”.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tagum, my Home ~ Part 2

Welcome to the City of Tagum!

Let me take you to a virtual tour of my hometown. For those of you who know nothing of this place, Tagum City is the Capital of Davao del Norte which is part of Region XI or the Davao Region down in the southern part of the island of Mindanao.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lessons from the Mamasapano tragedy

(This article originally appeared in Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles today, February 26, 2015. Check out the article in: Lessons from the Mamasapano tragedy.)

February 25, 2015, marked the 29th year anniversary of the bloodless EDSA Revolution in 1986. It is also the first month after the bloody Mamasapano Clash (Misencounter? Massacre? Incident?) Throughout the history of the past 3 decades, we have learned much from the former. Even if there had been 2 other EDSA revolutions after that, EDSA 1 will always be hailed as the People Power Revolution. The Mamasapano clash, on the other hand, is known as the tragedy of the Fallen 44.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

This blog has been illegally and maliciously COPIED!!!

My blog entries have all been stolen! They have been maliciously copied by another blog called "Shared Again!"

It all started when I browsed the internet from my phone about Britania Islands in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. This was what I got.

Of death and dying, closed caskets and butterflies

(This article originally appeared in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles on October 31, 2014 with the title Of death and dying, closed caskets and butterflies.)

With neighbors and friends passing away one by one, I cannot help but feel sad. I know we will all go the same way as they did. A recent death of a neighbor who was bubbling with exuberance just a couple of months ago reminded me that I've written this post just recently. It also reminded me what Stephen Covey had written in his "7 Habits": "Begin with the end in mind." I believe it is only when we are capable of accepting the reality of death that we begin to live our lives meaningfully.

Monday, February 9, 2015

10 Safe Provinces to visit in Mindanao ~ Part 2

(This article originally appeared in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles on February 8, 2015 with the title Pilipinas tara na:10 safe places to visit in Mindanao (part 2))

In Part 1 we visited the provinces of the Davao Region namely, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley Province and Davao Occidental. Are you ready for our second leg of virtual tour of safe provinces to visit in Mindanao?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

10 Safe Provinces to visit in Mindanao ~ Part 1

(This article originally appeared in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles on February 7, 2015 with the title Pilipinas tara na:10 safe places to visit in Mindanao (part 1))

Wild Water Rafting along Davao River. Exhilarating adventure!

Mindanao is the second largest island and the third of three island groups of the Philippines next to Luzon and Visayas. At 104,630 square kilometers, it is even bigger than 125 other countries in the world including the Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Hungary and Ireland. As of the 2010 census, the island’s population itself is 21,968,174 people, while the Mindanao island group has 25,281,545 inhabitants. The island is covered by six administrative regions, 27 provinces, and 33 cities.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Discovering Davao Occidental

My husband and I went on a photo shooting tour of the countryside of what we thought at first as Davao del Sur. It turned out that we cruised through the coastline of Davao Occidental.

Davao Occidental? Yes, folks, there is now a Davao Occidental Province. It is the 5th province of Davao Region next to Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao Oriental. It is the 27th province of Mindanao and the 81st province of the Philippines.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Zzzzzzziplining in Lake Sebu

Our family loves to go on adventures. The kids have no qualms about trying new things to do. And my husband and I like to keep up with them once in a while. One of the things we've done was to "ride" a zipline. We've done two in Davao City: Outland Adventure's Xcelerator and Zip City. In 2012, we decided to try the zipline at Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Give PEACE a Chance

 (This article originally appeared in Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles on January 31, 2015. Check out the article in: Give peace a chance.)

Give peace a chance. 
This is the title of the protest song written by the late John Lennon in 1969. It became the anthem for the American anti-war movement during the 70’s. It reminds me much of what is going on in our world today. It could be a call for our country in the wake of the recent events that rocked our seemingly quiet worlds.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Farewell, #Fallen44

(This article originally appeared in Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles today, January 30, 2015. Check out the article in: Farewell, Fallen Forty Four)

Image from @MisterBanatero. Some rights reserved

They chose to become policemen.
They strived to be the best they can be.
They didn’t really want to be heroes.
They just wanted to do the job they loved to do.
And that job is to defend the country and their countrymen.

They lived by their core values of Service, Integrity and Excellence and their motto is “By skill and virtue, we triumph.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Basic things I learned from the Pope's visit

(This article originally appeared in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles on January 22, 2015 entitled Thoughts on Pope Francis by a social media desaparecido.)

Like many Filipinos, I have been bitten by the Pope Francis bug, caught the pope fever and got hooked to the papal visit euphoria. There was just one thing I wasn’t able to do during the 5-day visit of the Pope last January 15-19, 2015. I didn’t get carried away by social media. You see, I deleted my Facebook account around 3 months ago. (Read Confessions of a Facebook junkie.) I have a Google+ account where I only have a handful of friends in my circles but I didn’t camp in that one. What I’ve learned about the Pope I’ve learned the old-fashioned way: from watching television.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Earnest thoughts on the Pope’s Arrival

(This article originally appeared in Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles today, January 16, 2015. Check out the article in: Earnest thoughts on the Pope’s Arrival)

My family and I live in Mindanao. The only way we could see Pope Francis was through the live coverage on television of the Pope’s arrival and other activities. My husband and I were in front of the set as soon as the Sri Lankan plane wheeled into Villamor Airbase. We did so after we heard the bell of our nearby church peal to signal the coming of the pope. It felt like we were waiting for a relative coming from abroad. I had my phone camera ready to shoot away as if I was right there at the airport.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Enchanting Kayangan Lake

This is Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan. It is dubbed the cleanest lake in Asia. 

Bewitching Enchanted River

Enchanted River is one of the famous tourist destinations of Surigao Del Sur. It is located in Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan Surigao del Sur.

Raging Tinuy-an Falls

Tinuy-an Falls is a waterfall which is the main tourist attraction in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur. Located in Barangay Borboanan, the falls are 95 m wide and 55 metres (180 ft) high. Tinuy-an is a white water curtain that flows in three levels and is said to be the widest waterfall in the Philippines. This falls is located 14 kilometers from the highway of the city where one passes through a reservoir of PICOP along the way.

Savoring Sarangani Highlands Garden's Beauty

One of the places to visit in General Santos City in Southern Mindanao is the Sarangani Highlands Garden. It is a multi-functional place with a restaurant, function rooms, hotel and most of all a refreshing garden on top of a hill that looks out into Sarangani Bay and Mt. Matutum and Mt. Parker beyond. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lemlunay, a Haven in Sarangani

One of the places our family loves to visit time and again is Lemlunay Resort located in Barangay Maasim, Sarangani Province. For us, this is like a haven, a place to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

"Lemlunay," in the B’laan and T’Boli tongues, roughly means “the good place one goes to in the afterlife”. It's a good place to go to even in this life.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Leyte Lakwatsa, a Lookback

The visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines especially to Leyte this January 2015 sparked nostalgic memories of a land trip my family took a few years ago. That was way before Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made its own "visit" in November 2013. We went in December 2010. The following were some of my thoughts back then.

Lights, camera, smile!

Hey, it's another year again; another year of blessings, another year to smile once more. Let me share this article I've written which originally appeared in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles on November 6, 2014.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Philippine Countryside Travel Destinations in 2015

Happy New Year to one and all!

The holidays are over but it doesn't mean that the travels are done. There's still a whole year ahead to explore our beautiful Philippines. May 2015 usher in brighter hopes and more fruitful endeavors for all of us. May this be a year to marvel at man's creativity and ingenuity and our country's God-given beauty.

Here are some of the travel destinations you may consider for 2015: 
(Just click the highlighted names of places and browse the blog entries.)

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