Mana Davao 2012 – A Yearly Christmas Decor

26 12 2012
Light Art at Mana Davao

Light Art at Mana Davao

The City of Davao is known to have a strict imposition on to “NO FIREWORKS” on whatever occasion there will be. On this matter, private institutions in the city are making some efforts to entertain the eyes of the citizens. As such, the most awaited MANA DAVAO display comes up with this beautiful festive theme   for the season.

It is a-must-see attraction every December in the city. Many people flock at J.P. Laurel Avenue, secured by the Davao City Policemen. This means that security is at most priority while enjoying a very vibrant display.

Next year is another masterpiece to be expected from Mana Davao.

Enjoy this season!

Madayaw!





SBA 2012 BlogSikat Starting NOW!!!

2 11 2012

I have my entries for the Saranggola Blog Awards or SBA 2012 which has two categories to win a prize; one is through the judges and second is through likes in facebook. :) Saranggola Blog Awards is a literary contest in Filipino language. It is composed of literary writing for maikling kwento (short story), kwentong pambata (children stories), tula (poem), sanaysay (essay) and larawan (photo). This year’s theme is about LAKBAY or JOURNEY/TRAVEL. Among the categories, I joined under 3 categories; it includes in tula, sanaysay and larawan. :)

Here is my entry for the photography:

Its title is Ang Rampa de Walis with the following captions: “Di lahat nang lakbay ay gala, kung minsa’y, ito ay panininda.” In which, it is translated as not all journey is travel, sometimes it is selling. You can click on the photo and like it on facebook. :)

Here’s my essay entry:

It is entitled, “Ako si CJ, Laking Davao!” It is an essay highlighting Davao City and the region as a peaceful place to be that can offer nature’s best, culture and history. Though its history on the Japanese settlement before World War II has not been expounded. This essay wants to present a brief view of the Japanese touch in Davao City. This essay aims to make Filipinos know that Davao City may not have the colorful Spanish arts and culture as to churches and buildings; it offers colorful Philippine-Japan friendship that can be seen until today. Just click on the screenshot and feel free to like it on facebook. :)

credits to SBA 2012 for the screenshot

Here’s my entry for the poem:

It is entitled “Lakas Loob”. This poetry wants to present a Filipino positivism amidst the challenges in life. Feel free to click the screenshot and like it on facebook. :)

credits to SBA 2012 for the screenshot

The like point system of the contest doesn’t affect the judges’ decision. But these literary works want to be shared and like to many to help inform the beauty of our country, people, nature and history.

Silaab hopes for your support. :) Click the photo or screenshot, read and like it on facebook.

Thank you!

Madayaw!





Ako si CJ, Laking Davao!

15 10 2012

Ang kamalayan ng bawat indibidwal ay nahuhubog kasama ang mga tao, kapaligiran, kultura at kasaysayan. Bilang isang taga-Mindanao, napakalawak ng scope nito. Nasasama ang mga pook na sinasabing magugulo at alang kapayapaan. Subalit, kailangan nating himay-himayin ang bawat lugar na ito upang malaman ang bawat kuwento at kalagayan nang isang lugar. Gaya ng isang cake, ito ay hinahati at bawat hati ay mayroong disenyong ating maaappreciate. Ito ang kuwento ko – ako si CJ, laking Davao!

Ang heograpikal na pinagkalagakan ng Lungsod ng Dabaw ay nasa timog-silangang bahagi ng bansa. Dito kung saa’y klimang tropikal ang siyang mararanasan; kay sarap itampisaw sa mga naggagandahang mga coastlines na ang puputi ng mga buhangin, kung di naman puti, gray, pero ang pino pa rin. Pagkatapos magtampisaw, maaari ring subukan ang pag-akyat sa mga kabundukan at masilayan ang ganda ng lungsod galing sa ibabaw; napakapresko at luntiang-luntian. Ang maganda pa rito, di dinaraanan ng mga mababagsik na bagyo. Dito rin matitikman ang mga masasarap na prutas gaya ng durian, mangosteen, suha, rambutan, saging at marami pang iba. Ito rin ang naging tahanan ni haring ibon – Philippine Eagle at may buwayang nagngangalang pangil, singlaki ni Lolong ng Agusan.

Ang lungsod na ito ay tahanan rin ng mga Kristiyano, Muslim at mga lumad na tinatayang aabot sa sampung tribo na alang gulo – at ako’y namulat sa lungsod na ito na may ayos at kapayapaan ang bawat tao.  Napakakulay ng kulturang masasaksihan sa lungsod na ito at naging inspirasyon ang pagsasama-sama ng mga magkakaibang grupo ang pagkakalikha ng isang masayang pista na kung tawagin ay KADAYAWAN. Subalit, bago naging KADAYAWAN, ang pistang yaon ay alay para sa mga kilalang hari at reyna ng lungsod at iyon ay tinawag na APODUWALI. Ang APODUWALI ay hango sa Bundok Apo, durian at waling-waling na siyang mga popular na mga icons noon hanggang sa ngayon. At dahil di lamang sina APODUWALI ang saklaw ng Dabaw, isinama na rito ang mga taong nagkakabuklod kung kaya’t sumibol ang KADAYAWAN na hango sa salitang dayaw na ang ibig sabihin ay maganda at importante. Ang KADAYAWAN Festival na ito ang siyang naging selebrasyon ng pagpapasalamat sa biyaya ng kalikasan, yaman ng kultura, masaganang ani at mapayapang pamumuhay.

Kaygandang pagmasdan ang pagkakaroon ng pagkakaisa ng mga tao at ako’y saksi sa dalawampu’t limang taong paninirahan sa progresibong lungsod na ito. Subalit, di natin maikukubli na ang lungsod ay nakaugat pa rin sa lupain ng Mindanao at ang kadalasang balita na ipinapalabas sa mga telebisyon ay giyera sa Mindanao, talamak ang kahirapan at mga lugmok na pamumuhay ng mga tao. Nakakalungkot isipin na ako bilang taga-Mindanao, at taga-Davao, ipinapakita ng mga tao sa MEDIA na ang lugar namin ay salamin ng kahirapan. Ang giyerang nasa kasuluk-sulukan ng Mindanao ay pinapalaki na saklaw buong kapuluan kabilang na ang mga alang giyerang lugar tulad ng sa Davao.

Ang mga pangyayaring yaon, di ko man mababago, ay nagpasimula sa akin upang ikampanya na mapayapa, progresibo at nararapat sa turismo ang lungsod ng Dabaw kahit sa maliit na paraan gaya ng pagbloblog. Dito sumibol ang paglikha ko nitong silaabdabaw o ang aking pag-aasam na ipakilala ang lungsod at buong rehiyon sa mundo ng blog na aabot kahit saanmang panig ng mundo. Ang iba’y natawa sa ideyang aking naisipan at ang iba naman ay natuwa dahil sa aking adhikain na ala namang bayad.

Teka lang, hinto muna…

Napag-uusapan natin ang tungkol sa mga tao, kapaligiran at kultura ng lungsod, ano naman ang maibabahagi ng lungsod na nauukol sa kasaysayan?

Pinakapopular ang mga lugar dito sa Pilipinas kung saan mayaman ang kasaysayan. Ilagay na natin sa listahan ang Maynila, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo at iba pang lugar. Mayaman ang mga nasabing lugar sa mga yugtong pananakop ng mga Kastila. Makikita mo ang mga daan-daang taon at naggagandahang simbahan, siyudad sa loob ng siyudad, sentenaryong mga unibersidad, mga antik na imahe, at marami pang iba. Ngunit kung ating iisipin, di lamang mga Kastila ang siyang nanakop sa ating bansa, dumaan rin tayo sa kamay ng mga Hapo’t mga Amerikano. Ano ang punto ko rito? Gaya ng mga nasabing lugar, ang lungsod ng Dabaw ay naging bahagi ng mga yugtong kinabibilangan ng mga Kastila, Hapon at mga Amerikano. Di man lahat ng mga pangyayaring nangyari sa ating kasaysayan ay magaganda, ito ay bahagi pa rin ng ating kasaysayan at mainam na malaman; ito’y magiging sangkap sa pagpapalago ng turismo sa bansa o lungsod. Dito ko hinugot ang aking mga napagtanto ukol sa turismo, sana’y mapalaganap ang yugtong Hapon sa lungsod at nang mahikayat ang mga turista na malaman at tingnan ang mga tagpong ito.

Di ako si Kuya Kim, pero alam mo ba, ang Davao ay dating tinaguriang Davaokuo o little Tokyo ng Pilipinas bago pa man ang ikalawang pandaigdigang sigalot? Ngayon siguro’y alam mo na… Ngunit kukunti lamang ang mga artikulo ukol rito, siguro dahil sa pagkamuhi sa pananakop ng mga Hapon, di gaanong pinalawak ang ukol sa kasaysayang ito.

Filipino-Japanese Friendship

Ang lungsod ay naging tahanan ng mga Hapones na mga mangangalakal sa katimugang bahagi nito. Kung kaya’t ang ibang pangalan ng mga barangay at kalye ng lungsod ay may mga pangalang Hapon tulad ng Dakudao, Talomo, Mintal, Bago-Oshiro at iba pa. Di lamang sa mga pangalan nakikita ang pagtira ng mga Hapon sa lungsod, may bakas ng pagpapatayo nila ng mga paaralan kung kaya’t dito matatagpuan ang pinakamalaking paaralang Hapon, may mga industriya tulad ng sa abaka at iba pang pang-agrikultura. Sa mga taon ng ikalawang pandaigdigang sigalot, may mga tunnel silang ginawa na hanggang ngayo’y makikita at mapapasok pa na may mga replika ng mga bagay na makikita doon gaya ng armory at mga kulungan ng mga bihag, mga bombang ginamit, pangmedikal na kagamitan, mga mapa at marami pang iba.

Ang mga bagay na ito’y aking nalaman dahil sa aking pagkagustong kilalanin nang husto ang bayang aking kinalakhan. Di ako nabigo, maraming bagay ang aking natuklasan. Di lamang tao, kalikasan at kultura ang bumubuo sa aming lungsod; kasama rito ang makulay na kasaysayang nagnanais maisiwalat at magmarka sa buong mundo. Ito ang mga pagkakataong nagpapakilala sa akin bilang isang advocate ng lungsod lalo na sa turismo, di man ito opisyal, sa puso’t isipan ko, alam ko ang naibahagi ko. Gusto kong sabihin at uulit-ulitin, ang Lungsod ng Dabaw ay saklaw ng Mindanao, ngunit di ito lupa ng putukan kundi ito ang lupang ipinangako kung saan may ayos at kapayapaan ang bawat tao, na hinubog ng panahon na may impluwensya ng mayamang kultura’t kasaysayan.

Ang blog o sanaysay na ito ay lahok sa Saranggola Blog Awards 2012 na may temang “LAKBAY”.





Free Movies in Davao!

13 09 2012

Davao Cinematheque

There are only 4 cinematheque in the country as of now. Davao City is one of the prime spots that has been chosen by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to have free admission for movies. It showcases scheduled movies for a month. With the installation of the Cinematheque Davao, it will bring forth awareness of the people of some movies produced here in the country which were not really shown on the big screens. Not only that, we can view international movies as well, with that we can understand and learn from their films as well.

The Cinematheque Davao is installed at the Palma St., Davao City near the People’s Park Exit and Pasalubong Center. This will then be one of the tourist spots of the city.

Lino Brocka’s Statue

Lino Brocka – national artist for films. As tribute to the contribution of Brocka in the film industry, his statue was installed. It will help the people remember the recognition that Brocka brought to the country with his films.

Citation of the Statue

Just sit back, relax and enjoy a movie! :)

Madayaw!





Davao City’s Black Taxi

31 08 2012

Davao City is indeed a bustling city in the southern part of the Philippines. Some businessmen are putting innovation to the transportation system in the city, especially with the taxis. Visiting Davao City, you will see the first and only taxi in the Philippines that you can pay through credit card or debit card. Amazing!

Where you cards will be swiped

It has been a trend in the national television as the city proudly presents its taxi that accepts payment cash-free and with GPS. It is not owned by the city government but it is something that the city is proud of.

The Black Taxi

What are the features of this taxi? 1) It accepts payments through credit card or debit card to avoid hassle for the passengers to stop on a nearby ATM to get cash; 2) It has a GPS that the owner can monitor its units; 3) It doesn’t use a radio to dispatch incoming passengers, but it has a monitor inside that has a touch technology to accept or decline passengers; 4) It has magazines to entertain the passengers while on board; and 5) It is a tourism tool inspired from the British taxis.

One of the drivers told me that after the taxi been broadcasted on the national television, many were asking inquiries how the company installed such technology. It is really something that will lure more tourists in the city. Only in Davao City!

Taxi driver with the monitor at his left side





A Visit to the King: Philippine Eagle

10 05 2012

Displayed on some streets in Davao City are some gigantic photos that say, “OUR KING CAN FLY”.

The King referred there is no other than the PHILIPPINE EAGLE! Travelling in Davao City, it should not be missed visiting the king. It is at the Philippine Eagle Center, Malagos, Calinan, Davao City.

As one of the prime spots to visit in the city, I went there myself to see it again and pay visit to the king. :)

Marker of Philippine Eagle Center

It has been instituted to be part of the eco-tourism and nature conservation in the city of Davao, with this marker as the witness. If Bohol has the Tarsier; Davao City has the Philippine Eagle. :)

Vicinity Map of the Center

Just like Dora the Explorer, you need not to worry going there, a map will take as your guide. :) Oppps, it’s just at the Philippine Eagle Center. Anyways, it is not that hard to get there, it’s just faaaaaarrrrr. :)

Castle of the King

This is one of the castles of the king. :) You can see the eagle fly around and sometimes look for its prey. It is very refreshing, very green; I can say well-conserved. :)

Actually, in this center, not only eagles are seen, some different animals are there as well.

At the Throne

Not all the Eagles there are at their castles. This eagle standing still at his throne is named MINDANAO. Other eagles are also named like Pag-asa, Pagkakaisa, Kabayan and many more. If you like, you can even adopt an eagle and name it after you. :)

I really wanted to capture the king with his wings spread, hope to have that shoot one day… :)

Tip: In visiting the Philippine Eagle Center, better bring your best camera that can zoom more than 5 with high resolution. Capture the eagle’s eye!

The entrance fee for adults is just P 50.00 while P 30.oo for children. :)

Have fun to your visit to the King!

Madayaw!

 





Delighted on Durian Cheesecake

7 05 2012

bulk of durian fruit

Not everybody seems to like the smell of the durian fruit. To tell you honestly, it smells like hell but, it tastes like heaven. :)

However, we can’t deny the fact that most people only appreciate the taste not the smell, while some do on both. :)

To present the taste and smell of this fruit, many delicacies are made: candies (bars or sticks or cubes in form), ice cream, coffee, and even on cheesecakes.

What I love most among the delicacies? The cheesecake!!!

I first tasted the durian cheesecake at a popular pastry shop which I posted here in my blogsite. :) I am really delighted on its taste and presentation. To whoever tastes it, you will get addicted on it. :)

Durian Cheesecake

This is a durian cheesecake being sold in a coffee shop. It really has a subtle taste of the durian flesh. Delicioso!!!

I have a craving over the cheesecake especially with the durian. What I did, I searched the net on how to make one, and even asked some colleagues in the hospital how to do a cheesecake. Well, I did not fail to accomplish those inquiries and immediately bought the ingredients needed. With no further ado, here I have my mouthwatering durian cheesecake…

My Durian Cheesecake

I made 2 trays of that… Love it so much. :) But I will not miss to share a slice to you beloved readers. :) Here it is…

A Slice of My Cheesecake

How was that? Did I pass? :)

Have a tasteful treat in Davao City with a durian cheesecake. :)

Madayaw!

 





Peace and Order Program in Davao City

6 05 2012

CCTV cameras around Davao City

This looks like an ordinary scene in Davao City. I am not promoting a mall here but I want you to see something from this area.

 

Did you see that pole with a sodium light? Did you see the thing above that?

 

One will not be able to notice it clearly, but it is something that Davao City has to monitor the traffic and observe the peace and order, even situations during a calamity in the city. It is what the city boasts, one of the city’s equipment for its safety, communication and command center.

 

These cameras are able to rotate 360 degrees and can zoom 52x. It is installed in many corners of the city especially those with traffic lights.

 

Closer look of the Cameras

So here’s a closer look. :) Well, you are safe in Davao City. Certain eyes are there for everybody’s safety and to discipline abusive motorists that causes road accidents.

Have a pleasant stay in Davao City!

Madayaw!





Araw ng Dabaw Calendar of Activities

1 03 2012

This year is the 75th Araw ng Dabaw. This is the DIAMOND celebration of the city’s chartered date. Have fun with the events at hand for the celebration!

Madayaw!

MARCH (SOURCE: davaotourism)
1-10 6PM Band, Singing Competition (at Hudyakaan) Roxas Avenue
1 – 31 6PM -2AM Hudyakaan sa Araw ng Dabaw Roxas Avenue
8-31 9 AM – 12 Noon 1 PM – 6 PM Davao: Then and Now in Museo Dabawenyo Museo Dabawenyo
1 – 31 9AM – 5PM Araw ng Dabaw Agri-Trade Fair SM Grounds, Ecoland
9 6 PM 1ST Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte Athletes’ Recognition Night The Ritz Hotel, Garden Oases
10 2PM – 6PM Folk Dance Competition Rizal Park
12-18 Mall Hours “Best of Davao” Showcase Abreeza Mall
12 4 PM Thanksgiving Mass San Pedro Cathedral
12 5 PM Opening of Davao City’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Rizal Park
12 6PM Mayor’s and Vice Mayor’s Leaders’ Appreciation Program Davao Convention and Trade Center
13 6 PM Mayor’s and Vice-Mayor’s Appreciation Night Davao Convention and Trade Center
13 6 PM Lankuban: Musiko Dabawenyo People’s Park
14 7:30AM – 12PM On the Spot Essay Writing Contest Davao City Library
14 6 PM Mutya ng Dabaw Coronation Night Davao City Recreation Center
15 All Day Celebrity Adventure Race Around Davao
15 2 PM Sayawan sa Da’n Roxas Ave. to Rizal Park (via CM Recto Ave., Bonifacio St., Pelayo St., San Pedro St.)
15 6 PM Datu Bago Awards The Royal Mandaya Hotel
16 7AM Parada Dabawenyo
(A Civic-Military Parade) Roxas Ave. to Rizal Park (via CM Recto Ave., Bonifacio St., Pelayo St., San Pedro St.)
16-23 Mall Hours Urban Sights and Sounds: The Stories of San Pedro Street Photo Exhibition Abreeza Mall
16 6 PM Pahalipay Concert: AEGIS Rizal Park
17 6 PM Pahalipay Concert Rizal Park
18 5 AM Araw ng Dabaw Fun Run Rizal Park
18 7 AM Bangkathon sa Davao Gulf 2012 Sta. Ana Wharf





LAMDAG PARADA: Electric Light Parade of Davao City

14 01 2012

“Lamdag Parada is the city’s version of the world-famous Electric Light Parade and will again feature holiday lights on elaborate floats.  Escorts of the competing floats shall be required to wear Christmas-themed costumes.” – from DAVAO TOURISM.

I actually missed this part of the Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw since I have my hospital duty yet I am pretty much thankful that it was shared to me by my friend. So, here it is…

Just like the introduction, it is the version of Davao City of the world’s famous electric light parade. The concept of the parade may be similar outside the Philippines, yet you can see the creativity of the Dabawenyos in creating the small and large floats with parade-expressed Christmas character.

Christmas characters on a float

Electric float at Lamdag Parada

It is really fun to be in Davao City! As the Davao City’s branding says, “LIFE IS HERE!”

This electric light parade of Davao City every December will be an event to look after. Just like the Araw ng Dabaw and Kadayawan every year, Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw will attract more tourists to visit the city and experience how it is to be in Davao City: the Wow City. :)

Enjoy and have fun!

Madayaw!








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