Friday, December 4, 2009

BIsdak Ni Rovic now available in record bars

BIsdak Ni Rovic now available in record bars

Friday, November 27, 2009

List of Media Men Killed in Maguindanao

    Here's the updated list of media men who were killed during the Maguindanao massacre.

    1. Ian Subang Socsargen Today
    2. Leah Dalmacio Socsargen Today
    3. Gina dela Cruz Saksi News (GenSan tabloid)
    4. Maritess Cablitas Mindanao Focus
    5. Bart Maravilla Bombo Radyo Koronadal
    6. Joy Duhay Southern Chronicle
    7. Henry Araneta DZRH correspondent
    8. Randy "Andy" Teodoro Central Mindanao Inquirer
    9. Marife "Neneng" Montaño Saksi News
    10. Alejandro “Bong” Reblando Manila Bulletin reporter
    11. Victor Nuñez UnTV
    12. Macmac Arriola UnTV cameraman
    13. Jimmy Cabillo Midland Review
    14. Rey Merisco Periodico Ini
    15. Ronnie Perante Gold Star Daily
    16. Bienvenido "Jun" Legarta Midland Review
    17. Val Cachuela Punto News
    18. Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay Punto News
    19. Joel Parcon Prontiera News
    20. Noel Decena Periodico Ini
    21. John Canibal SK Gazette
    22. Art Belia (Art Mascardo?) Periodico Ini
    23. Ranie Razon Periodico Ini
    24. Robillo Bataluna Goldstar Daily
    25. Julido Ebardo UNTV vehicle Driver
    26. Napoleon Salaysay Mindanao Gazette
    27. Rosell Morales Mindanao Focus
    28. Jun Gatchalian News Focus
    29. Lindo Lupogan
    30. Daniel Tiamson

    (source: NUJP)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

How will you get my vote?

Its election season once more in the Philippines. A politician friend told me this one's gonna be tougher. So many popular names running for higher positions and the contest may be based on popularity and money. I thought i should list my qualifications for ideal leaders as early as today. and here it is.

1. I would go for a candidate who is Filthy Rich. So rich that he would look at the nation's coffer as a piggy bank. too small amount to use for his personal interest. Instead, he would use his own money to fund his programs and project.

2. A family man. Being a good father is hard, how much more being a father to a nation. What does it mean to be "GOOD FATHER"? "It includes being - honorable, blameless, and bearing a good and admirable character virtuous, praiseworthy, free from scandal, and not under any blemish for any vice. a man of integrity, of a fair reputation, well spoken of, and well reported of."

3. Lastly, God Fearing. The characteristic of a Good Father is that he fears God. "(2 Samuel 23:3) He rules his household in the fear of God. He believes there is a God above him Whose eye is upon him and to Whom he is accountable. (Ecclesiastes 12:14) He realizes that He will "bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Psalm 1:1) He doesn't walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scornful. (Psalm 119:1,3) He walks in the law of God and does not Sin."

If you meet my qualifications, you get my vote. Make sure you follow guidelines set by the Commission on Elections such as:

A candidate must be:

a natural born citizen
on the day of election, at least twenty-five years of age
able to read and write
a resident of the Philippines for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the day of election

I am encouraging my fellow voters to please be responsible in choosing the leader who will lead us in the future. Our votes count, make it work the worth.(fem)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pacquiao-Cotto fight deaths rise to 9

MANILA - Nine people including a pregnant mother and her unborn child died on Sunday during the height of the "Firepower" bout between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.

A report by ABS-CBN Regional Network Group said Amelita Pasado went into labor at her home in Naawan, Misamis Oriental past 12 p.m. Sunday at the start of the Pacquiao-Cotto fight. Unfortunately, her husband, Ricardo, was not at home since he was watching the fight at a restaurant in the town.

Ricardo brought his wife to a local hospital after being informed of her condition but the latter died due to blood loss. Their baby also died during delivery, he said.

"We thought that she would give birth in December. Her tummy was already painful but she didn't want to be brought to a doctor," he told ABS-CBN.

Four fight fans in the cities of Butuan, Batangas, Talisay, and Cebu also died at the height of the Pacquiao-Cotto match.

Atillano Caneda, 67, suffered a heart attack while watching a pay-per-view of the fight in his home in Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City. Relatives said Caneda was a long-time fan of the Pacman.

In nearby Cebu City, 53-year-old Rolando Sala also suffered a heart attack while watching the fight at a local restaurant.

Romeo Seno, Sala's companion, said an excited Sala clutched his chest and fell to the floor during the seventh round of the match. The victim was brought to Perpetual Succour Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

The scene was also repeated in Butuan City and Batangas City on Sunday.

Seventy-year-old Concordio Paredes and his son, Jonathan, were watching a pay-per-view of the fight at the Yetan eatery along J.C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City when the septuagenarian suddenly fell from his chair and became unconscious during the second round of the bout.

Police said Paredes was immediately brought to the MJ Santos Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

In Batangas City, a 62-year-old businessman also suffered cardiac arrest after getting excited during the second round of the "Firepower" bout.

Cecilio Cabrera, a resident of Beredo Subdivision in Barangay Alangilan in Batangas City, and owner of Pick and Save Supermarket, suffered cardiac arrest while watching the fight at the Pontefino Hotel in Barangay Gulod Labac.

Police said Cabrera was rushed to Jesus of Nazareth Hospital but died later after being revived at the emergency room.

"He got excited during the 2nd round of the fight, when Pacquiao nearly knocked out Cotto," Dess Aclan, a friend of Cabrera told ABS-CBN News.

Aclan said Cabrera collapsed while watching the last part of the 3rd round while Pacquiao was winning.

"Mr. Cabrera's eyes then rolled straight upwards and his body stiffened before the 3rd round ended, while he was clutching his chest," Aclan narrated.

Aclan said doctors in the emergency of Jesus of Nazareth Hospital tried to intubate Cabrera when he showed signs of life but later died due to cardiac arrest.

Meanwhile, in the Davao region, 3 more fans died, all due to heart attacks, during the historic fight.

Vicente Bernal of Carmen, Davao del Norte was dead on arrival at the town hospital after having a heart attack while watching round 3 of the fight.

"Sa second round masayang-masaya siya, sumisigaw-sigaw pa. Pagka-third round, di ko na siya napansin," Bernal's wife Maria said in Visayan.

"May history na talaga siya ng sakit sa puso," Maria added.

In Bansalan, Davao del Sur, Lord Espina, a barangay councilor for Barangay Poblacion Dos, also died of a heart attack, this time while watching the 9th round.

Espina's sibling noticed that he was not moving anymore while watching the fight, and he was then rushed to the hospital, where he was also declared dead.

Bansalan mayor Edwin Reyes said excitement for the fight would most probably caused the heart attack.

In Davao City, retired police officer Jose Paco also died while watching the fight.

In Paco's instance, however, his wife said he suddenly fell from his seat while watching the bout, and suffered an attack. With reports from Arnell Ozaeta, Lorenzo Luzon, May Diez, Trini Velasco, and Francis Magbanua ABS-CBN Regional Network Group

as of 11/17/2009 1:04 PM

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sea Turtles found dead in Davao Gulf

Digos City, Davao del Sur – The Provincial Environment Office in Davao del Sur is worried over the recent incidents of sea turtles found dead in the Davao Gulf. Last November 2, 2009, Erning Pirante a fisherman residing in Patulangon, Sta. Cruz saw a more than two feet hawksbill turtle (scientific name Franz) floating in the shorelines lifeless. Its scales were falling apart but its body had no signs of wounds that might have caused its death. A week ago, residents along Piape Beach in Padada also found a dead hawksbill turtle that weighed about fifty kilos and about five feet in length from its head to its tail. Josol Sabado, a fisherman in the area narrated he screamed for help when he saw the floating turtle, thinking it was a sea monster. Provincial Environment Officer Marcia Isip revealed that about two months ago, two hawksbill turtles were also found dead along Sarangani coast. The PENRO has yet to establish the cause of the deaths of these turtles. But the initial investigation indicates that these turtles may have died due to change in weather conditions. “It could be attributed to climate change. The sudden change in temperature may have caused their deaths,” Isip said. The PENRO had difficulty examining the dead turtles as they were already buried by the fishermen who found them. The PENRO has called on the fishermen in the locality to immediately report to their office should they encounter a similar occurrence. Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Digos City

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fortune-tellers predict rough road ahead for Noynoy

Fortune-tellers predict rough road ahead for Noynoy 09/11/2009 5:37 PM
DAVAO - The stars may have nothing to do with Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's presidential bid but according to two fortune-tellers, the road ahead for the presidential wannabe is fraught with danger.
According to Madam Rose Elvina, Aquino could face either an assassination attempt or an accident when he starts his presidential campaign later this year.
Another fortune-teller, Madam Sal Cruz, said Aquino's sudden popularity has made him a target for political foes who do not want him to succeed.
"He has to be careful. Don't be complacent. There will be some who will love him, some who will be his enemies," she told ABS-CBN News.
The two fortune-tellers, however, were undecided on whether Aquino made the right choice in announcing his presidential bid on Sept. 9, 2009, exactly 40 days after the death of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino.
In her tarot reading, Elvina drew a card from the suit of swords, which she said indicated that Aquino chose the wrong date to declare his presidential bid. "He will have a hard time based on the cards. It's the swords. That means that the people are still 50-50 about him. He doesn't have their sympathy," she said.
On the other hand, Cruz said Aquino's declaration on September 9 was well timed. "He chose a good date. It will prosper," she said. With a report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lechon festival held in Davao

Lechon festival held in Davao 09/09/2009 5:34 PM

MANILA - Davao residents held a festival on Tuesday celebrating the country's favorite fiesta food "lechon" or roast pork.

Citizens of Digos City in Davao simultaneously roasted over 300 pigs in open fire pits for the annual "Lechonan sa Kadalanan" held along the stretch of Magsaysay Street.

Each "lechonero" professes to have their own recipes for the perfect roast pork.

One lechonero, Rolando Quiao, said he used 11 ingredients to make his "lechon" more delicious.

"The ingredients are a secret, so people should just come here so they can taste our delicious lechon," he said in his native dialect.

Residents and guests meanwhile could not wait to sample the lechon's juicy meat and crunchy golden brown skin after it was chopped up and distributed en masse to the waiting crowds.

Groups crowded around tables of chopped-up lechon and feasted until only the pig's bones were left. Some even brought along portions of rice to complete the meal.

Cathy Pepito, a guest at the fiesta, came all the way from Bukidnon (about 91 miles away) to join the festivities. She said she was excited to taste the "lechon", and was not disappointed.

The fiesta is held every year as a means to promote the region's famed delicacy and to boost local tourism and small businesses.

Romuals Crispino, the event's chairperson, said the area boasts of having the "best lechon in Mindanao."

"This is one of the biggest industr[ies] in the region and we have the most number of supply here," he said.

Similar "lechon" festivals are held in Negros Occidental, Batangas, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro, among othes. Report by Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Kapamilya Karavan at Kadayawan

By Ana Felicia Dulay

STARS indeed rained during the recent Kadayawan Festival as ABS-CBN flew in its popular crowd-drawer stars last Saturday.
Filling up the Gaisano Mall to the rafters, Anne Curtis, Gerald Anderson, Coco Martin, Matt Evans, Melissa Ricks along with stars that elicit screams and swoons from the teens like AJ Perez, Enchong Dee, Chris Gutierrez, Arron Villaflor and Robi Domingo, made the city's celebration more memorable.
The Kapamilya stars gamely met the local media in a press briefing before the show. It Gerald and Coco were their usual laid back self as they expressed their wishes to do more dramatic roles in the future.
However, Gerald says that he is getting the dream roles that he always wanted as of now. Coco, meanwhile says that his exposure to doing indie films has harnessed his acting prowess. Too bad Anne Curtis was not around during the tet‚-a-tet‚ with the stars.
The Gigger boys were sure lots of fun to interview. Without any affectations, they cracked jokes and teased each other with gusto.
Fans all trooped to the venue, enduring the tight-packed elbow-to-elbow crowd, heat and humidity, just to glimpse their favorite Kapamilya stars.
Surely, most of them went home tired but happy and wanting for more shows to come in the future. (Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2009)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Digos public market hit by blaze

The public market of Digos City in Davao del Sur province was hit by a fire Sunday evening destroying many of its stalls.
The fire which reportedly started from one of the stalls of the meat and vegetable section quickly spread. Many stall owners reportedly failed to retrieve the items and produce they were supposed to sell.
84 stalls were reported to have been destroyed which was estimated to cost P1 million. This is aside from the cost of the items and produce lost in the fire which has remained to be estimated. The blaze destroyed the building where the meat and vegetable section was located.
The city’s fire protection office said “electrical overloading” was seen as the cause of the blaze.
By Monday morning, many of the stall owners hit by the fire were seen selling their items beside the torched structure to try to recover some of their lost income.
Last Friday, an estimated 115 houses were destroyed by a fire which hit Ipil beach in Barangay Duterte in Agdao district of Davao City. Faulty electrical wiring was reportedly blamed by authorities for the blaze. From a report of Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao (as of 08/17/2009 8:33 PM)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kadayawan 2009 Schedule

Nahiusang Katawhan, Nakigdait sa Kalibutan
As of Aug. 11, 2009
16-Aug 5:00 PM MODA MINDANAW Gaisano Mall of Davao
17-Aug 10:00 AM KADAYAWAN TABO: Opening SP Lobby
Deca Wakeboard Park Inauguration Brgy. Tacunan, Mintal
Sonshine Adventure Race in partnership w/ Mr. Erwin " Pastour" Emata Damosa Activity Area
4:00 PM TERNO: Portraits, Prestige, Posterity Davao Musem, Insular Vill.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panagtagbo: Tagabawa Tribe Rizal Park
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Panagtagbo: Sama Tribe Rizal Park
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Kalumon People's Park
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kalasikas featuring USEP Chorale People's Park
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Kalasikas featuring DCNHS Rondalla People's Park
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM An Hour of Darkness for a Brighter Future MTS
18-Aug 10:00 AM SAYAW MINDANAW : Preliminaries SM City Davao
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panagtagbo: K'lata Tribe Rizal Park
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Panagtagbo: Tausug Tribe Rizal Park
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Panagtagbo: Matigsalog Tribe Rizal Park
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUNOG MINDANAW : World Music Festival NCCC Mall
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Kalasikas featuring DS Foundation People's Park
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Matina Central ES Choir People's Park
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Kabilin People's Park
19-Aug 10:00 AM SAYAW MINDANAW : Preliminaries SM City Davao
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panagtagbo: Maguindanao Tribe Rizal Park
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Panagtagbo: Ubo-Manobo Rizal Park
7:00 PM HIYAS SA KADAYAWAN Cap Auditorium
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Kalayaan People's Park
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Mandirigmang Kariladman People's Park
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Kathara People's Park
20-Aug SAYAW MINDANAW: Citation SM City Davao
10:00 AM Davao Historial Society Annual History Quiz Contest City Library, SP Bldg.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panagtagbo: Ata Manobo Tribe Rizal Park
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Panagtagbo: Kalagan Rizal Park
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Panagtagbo: Maranao Tribe Rizal Park
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Himig Singers People's Park
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Madayaw Cultural Ensemble People's Park
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Popong Landero People's Park
MODA MINDANAW: Dress up Sandal and Bag Competition Gaisano Mall of Davao
21-Aug 8:00 AM DUHWOW: DAYAW Misa Pasalamat Tionko Field (formerly Agro Field)
9:00 AM DUHWOW: DAYAW Subay sa Suba Tionko Field (formerly Agro Field)
10:00 AM DUHWOW: DAYAW ( Grand Opening Celebration) Tionko Field (formerly Agro Field)
11:00 AM HULAGWAY SA KALIWATAN Museo Dabawenyo

12 :00 PM - 1:00 PM KAAN MINDANAW Museo Dabawenyo
4:00 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring: Ubo Manobo People's Park
4:30 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Sama Tribe People's Park
5:00 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring K'lata Tribe People's Park
5:00 PM Kadayawan Urban Race MTS Covered Court
5:30 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Maguindanao Tribe People's Park
6:00 PM "SPIRIT OF DAVAO" Two Man Exhibit by Kublai and Vic Secuya Opening Museo Dabawenyo
6:00 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Tagabawa Tribe People's Park
6:30 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Tausug Tribe People's Park
6:00 PM SAYAW MINDANAW : Finals SM City Davao
7:00 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Matigsalog Tribe People's Park
7:00 PM Cultural Music Festival at Taboan MTS
7:30 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Maranao Tribe People's Park
8:00 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Ata Manobo Tribe People's Park
8:30 PM PANAGTAGBO featuring Kalagan Tribe People's Park
22-Aug 8:00 AM INDAK - INDAK SA KADALANAN Roxas St., left CM Recto, right San Pedro exit towards City Hall Drive
9:00 AM PMA Arrival Honors for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Rizal Park
2:00 PM PMA Silent Drill Exhibition Tionko Field formerly ( Agro Field)
4:00 - 9:00 PM TUGTOGAN SA KAHIUSAHAN People's Park
7:00 PM Handog ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM sa Kadayawan featuring Siakol and Mocha Damosa Gateway
7:00 PM Cultural Dance Festival at Taboan MTS Covered Court
8:00 PM Kadayawan TM Astigfest featuring Parokya ni Edgar Rizal Park
23-Aug 4:00 AM Samsung Kadayawan Festival Run Gaisano Mall of Davao
5:00 AM 3rd 3M-J Kadayawan Mountain Bike Challenge NCCC Mall
7:00 AM 24th Kadayawan sa Dabaw/RMN-Mitsubishi Banca Race sa Davao Gulf Sta. Ana Wharf
8:00 AM PAMULAK KADAYAWAN R. Magsaysay Eve., thru CM Recto, righ Bonifacio, right to Legazpi, left to San Pedro all the way to Quimpo Blvd.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Indak-Indak Sa NCCC NCCC Mall
6:00 PM Kalasikas featuring: UIC Chorale People's Park
7:00 PM Kalasikas featuring: ROYECA Ballet People's Park
8:00 PM Kalasikas featuring Davao Boys Choir People's Park
6:00 PM MODA MINDANAW: Fashion and Floral Accessory Competition SM City Event Centre
8:00 PM Muzika del Sur Music Awards MTS
8:00 PM Colt 45 URCC Davao Digmaan Davao Convention Center
* Events in bold are official activities of 2009 Kadayawan Execom


Aug 1 -30 8:00 am - 10:00pm Agro Industrial Trade Fair SM City Grounds
AUG 6- 17 24th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Open Bowling Tournament Fairlanes Bowling Center
Aug 10 - 23 Kadayawan Bazaar MTS
Aug 14 - 17 Kadayawan Sportsfest: Lawn Tennis Eco 4 Tennis Court
Aug 16 & 23 8:00 AM Kadayawan Sportsfest: Softball
Aug 17 - 23 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Taboan sa Katawhan ( Peoples Fair Trade) SP Lobby

Aug 17 - 19 Kadayawan Sportsfest: Billiard NCCC Mall B3
Aug 17 - 23 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM Hudyakaan Bolton St. ( Beside SP Bldg.)
Aug 17 - Sep 17 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Hulagway sa Kaliwatan Museo Dabawenyo
Aug 20 - 22 4th Mindanao Travel and Tourism Expo Davao Convention and Trade Center
Aug 20 - 22 Photographers' Night and Imagenation Photography Summit by Canon Davao Convention and Trade Center
Aug 21 - 23 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Kadayawan sa Chinatown Uyanguren cor. Alvarez to cor. Bangoy
Aug 21 - 23 Kadayawan Sportsfest: Dama Osmeña Park
Aug 22- 23 Kadayawan Sportsfest: Chess Gaisano South
Aug 25- 30 Kadayawan Fiesta Bazaar 2009 Davao Convention Center
14-Aug Mall Hours Mindanao Culinary Festival SM City Event Centre
15-Aug 8:00 AM Katingalahang Kalingawan sa Kadayawan Bago Beach Resort, Bago Aplaya
16-Aug Katingalahang Kalingawan sa Kadayawan Bago Beach Resort, Bago Aplaya
5:00 AM 11th Jollibee Family Fun Run Gaisano Mall of Davao
7:00 AM Flight of the Eagles Fun Run Magsaysay Park

Monday, August 17, 2009

Digos public market hit by blaze

Digos public market hit by blaze 08/17/2009 8:33 PM

The public market of Digos City in Davao del Sur province was hit by a fire Sunday evening destroying many of its stalls.
The fire which reportedly started from one of the stalls of the meat and vegetable section quickly spread. Many stall owners reportedly failed to retrieve the items and produce they were supposed to sell.
84 stalls were reported to have been destroyed which was estimated to cost P1 million. This is aside from the cost of the items and produce lost in the fire which has remained to be estimated. The blaze destroyed the building where the meat and vegetable section was located.
The city’s fire protection office said “electrical overloading” was seen as the cause of the blaze.
By Monday morning, many of the stall owners hit by the fire were seen selling their items beside the torched structure to try to recover some of their lost income.
Last Friday, an estimated 115 houses were destroyed by a fire which hit Ipil beach in Barangay Duterte in Agdao district of Davao City. Faulty electrical wiring was reportedly blamed by authorities for the blaze. From a report of Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thank you President Cory Aquino

I've been covering stories about the passing of former president Cory Aquino, mostly solemn. But when i arrived at the thanksgiving mass at Cor Jesu College in Digos City this morning, i was surprised. The priest was about to say the closing prayers when i arrived. I waited for my chance to conduct interview until i heard them sang "tie a yellow ribbon" seque from the closing gospel song. Then i saw the students chanting, singing, dancing, raising their hands showing the "laban" sign. They were actually celebrating. Surprised, i approached the ministry coordinator to ask why they mourn the death of a former president of the country this way. He smiled and said, its not about the death, its about how meaningful the life of the Aquino was. Cor Jesu officials said, it is important that the students, especially the younger generation who were not able to experience the struggle in the early eighties, should understand why Aquino was named the mother of democracy in the country.

Students should understand that the life of former president Cory Aquino "is a shining image and reflection of the true essence of the Cor Jesu spirit and identity. COMMUNITY through her zeal and dedication for freedom and unity of our country; DISCIPLESHIP through the service of her life for the Filipino nation; and EXCELLENCE through her steadfast commitment to moral uprightness and integrity." President Cory Aquino once said, "I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life." This is what the Cor Jesu would like their students to understand.

On Monday, ABS-CBN Davao spearheaded the candle lighting ceremony and tying of ribbon as a tribute to President Aquino, our simple way of saying thank you to the president for protecting the freedom of the press when ABS-CBN re-opened after it was closed during the martial law regime.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More "roots"

Kiblawan, Davao del Sur - Elements of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) - Region XI, raided another marijuana (cannavis sativa) plantation in Baranggay Kimlawis Monday afternoon. A firefight ensued when armed bandits, believed to be the guards of the plantation, tried to drive away the raiding team. After four encounters, bandits, together with the suspected cultivator, retreated to unknown direction allowing the police to enter the site.
More than one thousand seven hundred fully grown marijuana were uprooted by PDEA and were immediately brought to Kiblawan Police station as evidence. After taking samples for case filing, authorities immediately burnt the marijuana trees in front of the residente to serve as a warning to those who continue to cultivate the prohibited marijuana. Kiblawan is considered as the major source of marijuana in the region becuase of large plantations like this. PDEA vowed to continue with survielance and monitoring to erradicate cultivators.
This is the second largest operation from the months of May to July this year. Last month, PDEA successfully uprooted more than three thousand fully grown marijuana from the same baranggay, ready for selling.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

They ate my dead cells

Before leaving Manila last Saturday, my friend, Cluadette, invited me for a stroll at Ocean Park. My flight was scheduled at seven in the evening so i still had ample time. After fetching her in Makati, we went straight ahead to Ocean Park. Been to Manila several times but this was our first time to visit the park. Weve heard so much about it and it did impress us when we were there. No wonder they call it the first "state-of-the-art Oceanarium, open water marine habitat,." Aside from marine attraction, it also contains boutique mall, restaurant row and function facilities all located in one complex. As we went inside, Claudette and i was so amazed with so many species of marine creatures, big and small. It was so entertaining that we forgot about what we wanted to try here, the fish spa.
After the tour, we went staright to the second floor for the fish spa. They say its good for those who have skin desease. the spa utilizes what they call Doctor fish. "The fish are like combfishes in that they only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow, with the outdoor location of the treatment bringing beneficial effects. These little dermatologists are used there to give relief to people with various skin disorders, including eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis."
As i soaked my feet in the pool, school of Doctor Fish immediately swarmed my feet and start working. It tickles and we were so noisy at pool spa, laughing as the fish slowly scraped the dead skin out of our feet. Its refreshing and it really cleaned our feet. I can't wait to visit again soon.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pupils experienced the darkening of the sun

I can still remember how i and my classmates banged the tin drums to make noise as we watch the darkening of the sun. Our folks told us the noise was necessary to drive away the dragon that ate the sun. I was grade one then. Aside from making noises, we also watched through a pale of calm water how ths sun grew darker and darker untill it was covered by the moon.

I can't remember the year, but the excitement lingers, the same excitement that i saw among the pupils of Bansalan Central Elementatary School this morning. About 10:30 in the morning, teachers decided to allow their pupils to watch how solar eclipse work. Using a plastic film from car tint, children looked through it to see the sun clearly as a portion of the covers it. In countries like China, it was a total eclipse, but here, Filipinos enjoyed a partial eclipse.

"On Wednesday, 2009 July 22, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean."

After "sun watching," pupils went back to their classroom to discuss the natural phenomenon. I had a chance to sat during their class and it was fun to watch the children discuss what they saw over that plastic film.
For teachers, it was a rare opportunity for pupils to see this phenomenon. They were a bit luckier than other areas in Davao region because of fair weather. In some areas, students were not able to see the eclipse due to scattered clouds. According to NASA, the next solar eclipse will happen on July 11, 2010 which will be visible in Argentina.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Masked Students

It's been ten days after classes in Don Mariano Elementary School in Digos City was suspended. A grade three pupil was diagnosed positive of A(H1N1) virus. Today, the school opened the whole SPED Center building as classes resumes for Grade A1 up to Grade A6. While gathering data for my feature story this afternoon, i noticed that most of the pupils are now wearing face masks in spite of the advisory that the school is already virus free.
I can't help but ask them why. the children told me their parents strictly told them to put on masks wherever they go, even during classes. Parents are cautious of their children's health especially that at present, there are 57 positive cases in Davao region, 42 if which are from Davao City and three from Digos City. Although health officials are happy that parents are now aware, health officials are also alarmed that it might cause panic among residents. Dr. Roland Jumilla, Digos City health officer said, the virus is already contained if not totally eradicated since the three positive patients in Digos City live in one compound only and is now being quarantined.
Dr. Jumilla added, residents should not be afraid of the virus for it is curable and can be avoided with proper intake of vitamins, healthy lifestyle, and proper hygene. After all, its just a flu with a different name.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Half bloody to me

I've waited for two years, and this is all i got? Said the lady beside me inside the cinema after watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night. I myself felt a craving for more action and thrills like the previous episodes, more exciting fight scenes maybe. I was able to read the book, and i think it lacks the excitement as i was reading it. Which made me think i did not get what i wanted to see. It is like "half bloody" to me. But David Yates was successful in sustaining my interest of the story, that i really wanted him to make the sequel tomorrow.
Here are some comments i read from other blogs. You might want to leave yours too after watching the movie.

"After the clumsy storytelling and hollow action of some of this summer’s Hollywood blockbusters, Yates’ latest Potter is a shining beacon of quality."
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine

"This is the least involving of the series so far, with an unclear storyline and action set-pieces that fail to convey the excitement of the book."
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

"It's a more mature magic. ... Now subject to the same raging hormones as any other 16-year-olds, our spell-casting heroes are learning to brew love potions this year, with results mostly played for laughs."
Bob Mondello

"So yes, Half-Blood Prince is a bloody good time, and the best summer blockbuster film since Star Trek, but make sure you make the time to sit down and read the books if you haven't."
Matthew Razak
DC Examiner

Still feels "half bloody" to me...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I got a new phone

Remember the phone that i threw away from third floor of our apartment? I was saddaned for a while. It's been useful to me especially its wifi service. I used to write my script there everytime i ran out time. It was not that expensive, in fact, others call it poor man's blackberry (N63).

I could not live a day without a phone so i just closed my eyes when i purchsed a new one. I was looking for a more useful kind that has wifi, mms, and music, videos, and email with a large amount of storage capacity. A friend told me to pick Nokia 5800.
Did i make the right choice? check this out:
Touch. Play. Share.
One touch takes you to music and up to 35 hours of crystal clear hi-fi on an advanced multi-format player. One touch takes you to the Video Centre, a great way to watch in high-resolution widescreen. Play with a 3.2 megapixel camera for great photos and smooth landscape video, then seamlessly share them online.

This amazing 3.2” high-resolution touchscreen looks unlike any other and puts everything at your fingertips. Fit for one hand, featuring responsive touch and stylus input with tactile feedback.

One touch to music, video, and more. The dedicated Media Bar means mobile entertainment is always on hand, with superior surround sound and high-resolution widescreen viewing.
Featuring you, your friends, 3.5G connections, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Put your favourite people on your home screen and share moments and media as they happen.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Healing mass for Cory

It's been months since my last day off. My boss asked me to work even on weekends due to lack of manpower. Last Thursday, i received a text message from a friend inviting me to an island getaway on Sunday. I thought i should insist to have that weekend day-off this time. When i approached my boss last Friday, he again asked me to do another "gratis amores" on Sunday. I hated my boss that time. But when he told my how important it is for us to work on Sunday, i changed my mind. I said to myself, "for the mother of Philippine democracy, i won't hesitate to work."
ABS-CBN spearheaded a nationwide healing mass for former president Cory Aquino on Sunday, which was aired simultaneously nationwide. I was tasked to report for the healing mass at Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague. More than three hundred supporters and former members of Yellow Friday Movement prayed together for the recovery of Mrs. Aquino. The shrine is special to Mrs. Aquino for it is one of the places she visits to meditate everytime she is in Davao.
Aquino was confined in the hospital recently to seek medical attention for her loss of appetite attributed to the illness (colon cancer) that she has courageously battled for over a year and a half.
To those who joined the healing mass, former President Aquino was a key figure in achieving democracy in 1986. She was also instrumental in inspiring many Filipinos to take action to end dictatorship in the country. I too prayed for her. In my heart, i owe her so much. She helped me before in ensuring peace and democracy in our place in Lanao, i believe its my time to help her too, even in prayers.

Monday, July 13, 2009

I threw my phone from the third floor

I was running while climbing up the stairs just to get to the third floor on time before sunset. It was the first time in three months since i saw sunset from our apartment balcony. i was holding my camera, my cellular phone on the other hand. I thought i saw the couch in my left side. Due to excitement, i threw my phone on the couch and took as many shots as i could just to get the perfect shot. As i review my pictures, i walked in the direction of the couch where i thought it was only to realize the couch was in my right side. I actually threw my cellphone from third floor to the living room at the ground floor. From the top, i saw my phone turned into pieces. I just bought that three months ago.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Citizen Journalism Seminar at HCDC, Davao

Davao City - More than a thousand Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo volunteers attended the Citizens Journalism Seminar at Holy Cross of Davao College Gym on Friday. The seminar aims to educate volunteers on journalism ethics, visual story telling, and their responsibilities as partners in keeping an eye on the 2010 elections.
Veteran and multi-awarded broadcast journalist Maria Ressa (SVP for News and Current Affairs, ABS-CBN) and Charrie Villa (Head, News Gathering, ABS-CBN) were among the speakers while anchor/reporter Atom Araullo helped the participants as the moderator.
The Citizens Journalism seminar also aims to inform the volunteers of their responsibilities as patrolers and teach them the basic journalism concepts.
Citizen Journalism is the concept of members of the public "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information."
According to the seminal 2003 report We Media: How Audiences are Shaping the Future of News and Information,” Authors Bowman and Willis say: "the intent of this participation is to provide independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires."

People without professional journalism training can use the tools of modern technology like internet and cellular phones “to create, augment or fact-check media on their own or in collaboration with others. For example, you might write about a city council meeting on your blog or in an online forum. Or you could fact-check a newspaper article from the mainstream media and point out factual errors or bias on your blog. Or you might snap a digital photo of a newsworthy event happening in your town and post it online. Or you might videotape a similar event and post it on a site such as Youtube (Wikipedia).”
While i was doing my interview, a student came to me and asked me, "are Filipinos ready for this?" Yes, i believe we are all ready for this. The concept of citizens taking part in public awareness has been proven so many times especially when the ABS-CBN launched the Citizen Patro, Boto mo i patrol mo, bayan mo i-patrol mo, and in 2009, BMPM Ako ang simula.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Don't mess with martial arts expert



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Another Dolphin Died in Davsao Gulf

Sta.Cruz, Davao del Sur - Fishermen in Baybay, Coronon discovered a lifeless dolphin that was washed ashore Monday evening. The dolphin weighs about seventy kilos and about six feet long. Romeo Montesori fisrt discovered the dolphin. He thought it was a tuna so they tried to poach it but some of the residents warned them about the penalties in dolphing poaching. They immediately reported it to local police.

Members of Provincial Fisheries office immediately conducted post mortem investigation and discovered the wounds and scars on its side. Authorities cannot identify yet the cause of death.
Fisheries office also reminded the residents to avoid hurting or poaching dolphins as it is already an endangered specie.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Making Use of Old Perfume Bottles (repost)

Does you room smells like a garage? Or does it stink like a pile of laundry. If you badly need an air freshener but far away from the stores, here’s one practical tip for you. Your empty perfume bottles will help you improve the ambiance of your room or any part of your house. Open your old perfume bottles. Pour a small amount of water into your empty perfume bottles and place it in areas where air flows into your room. Make sure not to cover it so that the scent will spread inside the room. The perfumes that we buy have alcohol content causing the perfume to evaporate when left open. While the scent in the bottle lingers, water will slow down the evaporation of the scent and provides a good source of air freshener. You may also position it near air conditioning systems where scents are carried around your room evenly. Aside from providing instant air freshener, it also cuts extra spending at home. It also gives you the feel of smelling good all the time even inside your room. It will also improve your mood. People used to buy perfumes not just by smelling good but buy expressing your mood. In the same manner, the scent of the “perfume air freshener” will supplement that mood inside your own room. Some people love to go to the spa because of the stress relieving aroma. Your “perfume air freshener” should be a good substitute at home. It will also serve as odor repellant especially in your comfort room. Some people stay longer in the bathroom. Providing better ambiance will also provide lighter feeling. If you have space at the headboard of your bed, you may also put one there to help you sleep better because of better scents while resting. Other than rooms and bathrooms, you may also place it inside your wardrobe closet. As soon as you open your lockers, the air rushes out from inside including the scent from your empty perfume bottles. It also ensures your clothes doesn’t smell old even for a long time inside the closet. Imitations are not recommendable because even the content of the perfume you buy does not last long. Avoid using different kinds of perfume bottle at a time for the mixture of scents might just smell bad. Use one scent at a time according to your mood. To avoid looking messy, make sure you position it in areas not so visible but with enough aeration. Or if not, you can accessorize the bottle to make complement the room’s look. You may also use it as flower vase. The scent will still be there but not for a longer time.
Remember, this is just an alternative freshener while you are away from the grocery stores. It is still advisable to buy antibacterial air fresheners that ensure safety especially on respiratory concerns. So don’t you throw that old and empty perfume bottles away.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ghost at the accident scene

Since my childhood, i have heard so many stories about ghosts. One time during college, i was left alone in our boarding house at the College Park when i decided to watch the movie Shutter. I did not finish the movie until lately. I thought capturing ghosts in a picture was fake, photoshop works. Maybe.
Last Saturday, during our coverage of the bus accident in Malita, Davao del Sur, where one passenger died instantly, I took pictures of the crime scene for documentation. Its was about twelve midnight when we arrive at the place where the bus landed after falling from deep ravine. While i was reviewing my pictures, on frame caught my attention. At a glance, i noticed this smoke formation in front of the bus. It seems like a man standing in front of the bus. That gave me a chill. I kept my observation to myself, but my camerman was asking why i was so eager to leave the area as soon as possible.
Inside our crew cab, i showed this picture to my team, they were so scared that we left the accident scene immediately. I can't help but ask, who is that man standing in front of the bus?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

One dead, 15 injured as bus falls into ravine in Davao del Sur

One dead, 15 injured as bus falls into ravine in Davao del Sur 07/05/2009 7:56 PM

A passenger bus fell into a ravine Saturday night in Davao del Sur killing a passenger and injuring 15 others.
The ACF bus was almost totally destroyed after it fell 100 hundred feet into a ravine in Sitio Magasayap in Barangay Kidalapong in Malita town in Davao Del Sur
Reported killed immediately was Arnel Masunong who was reported to have been seated on the front side of the bus. Most of the injured meanwhile were initially taken to Malita District Hospital. Some would later be transferred to Davao Medical Center in Davao City
Initial information said that the bus lost its brakes as it travelled fast along a curve in Magasayap Highway. The driver reportedly lost control of the bus and it went straight to a deep ravine.
“Nag-malfunction ang brake kaya’t nahulog, disgrasya talaga ang nangyari,” said Superintendent Victorina Mendez, Malita police chief.
“Mabilis ang takbo namin, dumiretso na sa bangin, nanalangin na lang ako na ‘Diyos ko iligtas n’yo kami’,” said Philip Geya, one of the passengers who were injured.
Benny Carcillar, the driver of the ill-fated bus, was described in critical condition. The crash pinned Carcillar on his seat. He was brought to San Pedro Hospital of Davao City.
Masunong’s wife, Dina, meanwhile was distraught. She said her husband took a day off from his work and was about to surprise her on her birthday Saturday. She said he was bringing her a cake from the bakery in Digos City where he worked.
“Dadalhan sana daw niya ako ng cake. Di ko matanggap pero anong magagawa natin, disgrasya e,” said Dina.
Malita police meanwhile have coordinated with the management of ACF bus to provide assistance to the accident victims.
The others injured were identified as Rosalyn Bacudo, 24; Maricel Sarana, 21; Rosela Sarana, 41; Antonio Cator, 56 (bus conductor); Danilo Sangcaan, 37; Pebigine Geya, 8; Boy Garcia, 40; Joy Lareno, 30; Lydia Bacarro, 62; Joy Silvano, 34; Janeen Fe Nicole Silvano, 5; Cenon Desucatan, 49 and Edith Doria, 56. (From a report of Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Passenger bus falls off a cliff in Davao Sur

Malita, Davao del Sur, Philippines — A passenger died when ACF Bus 5400 passenger bus with plate number LVX – 883 travelling from Davao City fell off a cliff at Sitio Magasayap, Baranggay Kidalapong, Malita town past 7:30 in the evening on Saturday. Fifteen other passengers were immediately brought to Malita District Hospital for first aid but later referred to different hospitals in Davao City because of critical condition.
Arnel Masunong, who sat at the first row seat died on the spot. His wife Dina revealed that Arnel took a day off from work to surprise her during her birthday on Sunday.
Survivor Danilo Sangcaan told the news team that prior to the incident, the driver told them they were having problems with the break. Benny CArcillar, the driver of the bus, was advised by few passengers to check the problem but he did not budge.
The wounded were:

10. JOY LARENO, 30

Friday, July 3, 2009

Flaming Plantation

On our way back to Digos City, we saw the firetruck approaching us. Its sirens were sounded. There must be fire i said. I told my driver to track down where they were heading. We lost them at the intersection of Rizal avenue. Good thing my cameraman was quick to notice the tire marks. It led us to Baranggay Dulangan. About three kilometers away, we saw a huge smoke. As we get closer, i thought the fire razed the elementary school because children were rushing out of the school. As we entered the school compound, some curious pupils were rushing towards the fence at the back. As we approached the fence, we saw about a hectare of mango plantation engulfed in fire. Firemen tried to soak the remaining trees wet to save it from fire. The fire lasted more than an hour. Luckily, firemen were able to stop the spread of fire to other plantations.
Digos City fire investigators cannot identify yet the cause of fire. But pupils revealed that they saw a group of out of school youth playing in the area an hour before the fire started. Virgillia Banes, owner of the plantation suspects, vandals intentionally lit the plantation. Because of the fire, about two hundred thousand investment of the Banes family for about twenty years vanished in an instant.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Coastal Clean-Up Drive

Member of PSL Fatima Parish launched on Saturday their coastal clean-up program aimed at ensuring the cleanliness of coastal baranggays in Davao City.
First stop, Baranggay 31-D Boulevard. More than one hundred families live along the coastal line, mostly fishermen. As per observation of PSL Fatima Parish, most of the residents here do not practice proper waste disposal. During the coastal clean-up, PSL Fatima Parish had collected more than eleven sacks full of tetra packs, tin cans, used clothing and other wastes coming from beneath the houses of the residents.
PSL stressed, proper education should be conducted in the area especially on proper waste disposal to protect the remaining marine life in the area where most of the residents get their living.
According to Jeff Hilchey in his book The Importance of Protecting Marine Biodiversity (January 12th,) Earth is a closed system and therefore, all of its life is interdependent, relying upon each other as resources. The more biologically diverse Earth is the better the chance all species will have for survival. Humans abuse much of the Earth’s resources in order to achieve economic success. However, this success comes at the expense of humanity’s future. The resources on Earth have the potential to sustain life indefinitely, if used with caution. However, when exploited, the resources can be lost forever.
The more destruction human inflict on natural resources like the aquatic resources, the more risk the new generation faces. PSL Fatima Parish also asked the residents to help in information dissemination to strengthen the efforts in preserving the marine life in Davao Gulf.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Guihing Bridge ready before July 30

It's been three years. For Connie Mier, a farm worker at a banana plantation in Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur, the delayed construction of the bridge gave them hard time going to work and home. He lives in Digos City, while he works just on the other side of the river at Guihing, Hagonoy. After DPWH started the reconstruction of the bridge, the five minute bike ride from home to work became thirty minutes or more for Connie to travelalong diversion road passing through Hogonoy town proper. To get to work on time, he needs to ride a pull-over bangka and carry his bike on the way.
Connie is just one of the many commuters along Guihing-Digos highway who were already angered to the delay of the construction. On February, DPWH promised to complete the construction by the end of the month. Before February ended, DPWH reasoned out they are having a hard time drilling for two main posts due to hard strata. Again they promised to complete the bridge before the scholl year 2009-2010 starts. June came and DPWH again explained, bad weather slowed down thei pace.
Davao del Sur Governor was enraged and asked for a conference with DPWH officials. Again, they promised to open the bridge before July 30, 2009. Commuters hope this will be the last of the promises DPWH will commit.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Help Mary

Last year's poverty incidence in Davao City rated at 14.94% according to statistics. If you are in Davao, you will not see this data on the streets. You could only see busy people, rushing to their offices, schools, or businesses. But if you visit areas like Baranggay 31-D, you'll see a clearer picture of this data.
I saw this girl taking care of her brother while waiting for their father to come home. Their house made of light material, walls are made of nipa and bamboo, other parts were covered with trash bed foams.
Inside, few kitchen utensils, clothes and a mosquito net. I asked Mary (not her real name) how many are they living here. She said las week there were ten of them, but today, his two brothers left for Cotabato to find a living. Their youngest is almost one year old. Her father is a scavenger, her mother wash clothes for some cash. Sometimes they eat three times a day, sometimes twice, depending on the day's gain of her parents.
She was a friendly girl, although she tried to be happy, i can see in her eyes her pains. She should be at school to study but her parents cannot afford.

I was reading some articles at the net when i came across this article:

The big five factors of poverty (as a social problem) include: ignorance, disease, apathy, dishonesty and dependency.
These, in turn, contribute to secondary factors such as lack of markets, poor infrastructure, poor leadership, bad governance, under-employment, lack of skills, lack of capital, and others.
The solution to the social problem of poverty is the social solution of removing the factors of poverty.

Our present government tried to address this factors but the evidence stresses the efforts is still not enough. Maybe we should look at other factors like corruption in the government. Funds to address these factors go to pockets of politicians for their own needs. The problem will remain unless we do something about it.

Next year, we will again cast our votes, will you choose those who make Mary's life more miserable?

Friday, June 26, 2009

His life from white to black.

I was accompanying my friend Claudette doing her shopping this afternoon. I saw this shoes placed on a stand at the corner. While Claudette was busy with dress i was busy with my camera. Then came two women, talking about the death of the king of pop, Micheal Jackson. I knew abut it early this morning. When i saw this shoes, i thought of him.
He was a man who bridged culture through music. One example was the song "black or white."

"The star the world could not ignore," so goes the headlines of CNN. "Michael Jackson has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. In a career spanning more than four decades, the 50-year-old pop icon enjoyed a level of hero worship on a par with Elvis Presley and the Beatles, before scandal and poor health caused his star to wane."
Speculation is already turning to what killed Michael Jackson just weeks before the 50-year-old superstar's long-awaited series of comeback concerts. "Authorities have scheduled an autopsy for Friday. But they cautioned that it could take weeks to determine a cause of death, which will likely have to wait for the return of toxicology tests" the Reuters reports.
Amid scandals and controversies, it cannot be denied that Jackson became a part of our lives. It is sad to note though that in spite of his efforts to "heal the world," most of it were in vain. His family said he'd been trying to "pick up" his pieces after the controversies, but admitted his life slowly faded from white to black.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Davao Sur Beauties

Sixteen beautiful ladies are vying for Mutya ng Davao del Sur 2009 title as the province celebrates its 42nd anniversary on July 1. On Tuesday, the candidates were formally introduced to the public during the pictorial session at the amazing islet of Passig in Baranggay Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Each candidate show their stuff as they parade in swimsuit attire. The ladies also entertained questions from the press for the first time. Provincial Tourism Office Board Member Mercedez Cagas said, each candidates already preented their advocacy program as part of the requirement of the Mutya Council. Malita contingent told the press she would be focussing on the preservation of the Dugong (sea cow) as their premier toruist attraction in Malita bay. Malalag candidate meanwhile would like to provide efficient program to combat child labor while Digos candidate would like to focus on health and education. Who among these sixteen lovely ladies will win the crown? The coronation night will be held on June 30 at the capitol gymnasium.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


(more than a Boracay in its purpose and setting)
By: Douglas Ra. Cagas, LLB, MBE, MNSA

Have you ever been to a place, far away from your home? Where the air you breath is clean and fresh, and fishes swim with endless freedom? Where the silhouette of jumping fishes, serve as an interlude of the coming night? Where the ‘danggits’ allure ones eyes as they lay flat underwater boasting their shining scales? Where the great Mt. Apo’s peak is clear scenery, having the crimson colored clouds of sunset as its backdrop? Where the thick green leaves of mangrove trees, sway and span as far as the eyes can see - a protector, a provider of food for the fish sanctuary of more than 75 hectares? Where the eastern part of an islet that serves as the sentry of this fish sanctuary, lies underwater the breath-taking view of coral reef, a paradise for scuba diving? You may wonder why? You may also ask. Where is this place being found? Without a second thought, this is the PASSIG. An islet, a sentry of the fish sanctuary, a watchman for the mangrove trees and the sentinel of the coral reef, situated at Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. This PASSIG, as describe above, is more than a Boracay in its purpose and setting.

As I assumed Office as Governor of the Province of Davao del Sur, the first thing that came into my mind is to have a place in my Province, that one can be proud of. A showcase of natural beauty, packed with intense thrust of man-made effort to develop, but the outcome is natural. Then, an islet, an abandoned islet came into my mind. After series of consultations, a plan of development for this islet emerged, and the name PASSIG was conceived. The original land area of this islet is only 1,100 square meters. Moved by enthusiasm, a reclamation activity is then on going for the target land area of one (1) hectare for this PASSIG in the future. This 8,900 square meters material fillings for reclamation to make this islet into a one (1) hectare land area, is really tedious and mind wrecking activity. However, the definite chief aim of those who are with me is greater than the reluctance and doubts, nurtured in the mind and heart of a lazy man. And this attitude has attracted the support of Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP), the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur, Hydro Electric Development Corp. (HEDCOR), and other concerned agencies and institutions.

Along with this reclamation activity, some amenities have been put into place; like, comfort room, temporary cottages, covered area for cooking, dining and conferences, to be used by the visitors that keep coming and growing in number. Few months ago, a water system that costs P10,000.00 was installed. Then, this was followed by solar generated lighting facilities worth P1.2 million. A 760 meters rock causeway that connects PASSIG and sitio Lawis worth P12 million, will be constructed in the next few months. This rock causeway is passable at low tide, and at high tide, a greater chance of business for those who operate banca for hire within the locality. It is predicted that business will boom in this community when PASSIG will arrive into its full development.

The total area of the fish sanctuary is 75 hectares. Barangay Tuban and Tagabuli combined area is 50 hectares, while Barangay Bato has 25 hectares. The abundance of fish can be observed through the ripples created as the school of fish gracefully passes by. While underwater, the sea-grass sway along the dictate of the waves, a haven of varied marine lives thriving confidently and safe, within the safeguard of the mangrove trees. Coral reef that started in Barangay Tuban and traversing Barangay Tagabuli, then finally in Barangay Bato, is a spectacle to be kept in ones memory. All these, are that something that makes PASSIG, more than a Boracay in its purpose and setting.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bus House

If you are in Digos City and you happen to pass by Sinawilan Highway, don't be surprised if you see a bus like structure that would seem to cross your way. That's the house Quintana family. On our way home this afternoon after news gathering, this house caught my attention. I freaked out when i saw it becuase i thought we its gonna hit us. I asked my driver to make a u-turn to check what was it. I was surprised to see its a house that looks like a real bus.
Designed like a bus, Quinatana house has windshield,bumper, and windows. The bus structure is built on the second floor by Nardo Quintana, a foreman for hire. As a foreman, Nardo wanted to create a house that would catch attention not just by local tourists but potential clients as well.
Although Nardo's family does not have enough money to complete the house as soon as possible, they are planning to complete it before December this year.

Monday, June 22, 2009


I've been following the complaint of Davao City National High School-PTA since the Department of Education Order number 54 took effect on June this year. The order mandates the reorganization of all PTCAs in the country to delineate the association from outer influences like the community who, even without children representing them in school, can join the PTCA. Deped would like to make the organization exclusive only for parents and or guardians and the teachers of every school. Although Dr. Estigoy of DepEd Xi won't say it on cam, she mentioned few reasons during our casual conversations. One that caught my attention is the corruption among PTCA organization in some schools in the country.
In Davao City, one of the most controversial PTCA last year was that of Daniel Aguinaldo National High School. Teachers versus the president of PTCA are hurling mud at each other due to corruption issues. They even reached the court. September last year when the majority of the board of the PTCA in DRANHS decided to abolish their PTCA.
Personally, i prefer to have PTAs in school. Its better for parents to look after their children at school. I also agree with DepEd that this organizations may be vulnerable to corruption. Those with bad intentions can join the organization and may wreck "havoc." I don't want my children later on to learn the ways of corruption.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Looking through a father's eyes

I was looking for some feature story this morning for my Father's Day feature when i met this fruit vendor by the Times Beach road in Davao City. The sun's heat was scorching but he was determined to make the day's sale. He was riding his bike when we passed by him so i asked him to park for a while.
I started asking him what day today. He can't answer, he just replied "its Sunday right?" Yes i replied, but i continued to ask him if he could remember a special day on June. He was surprised to hear today is father's day. His eyes started to get wet but he was trying to hold the tears. He started telling me his story.
Joel, the fruit vendor, has five kids, the youngest is in elementary. Since he got married, selling mangoes on the street was the only living he has. He work almost all day to sell all those mangoes to get 200 pesos daily income. This is where he get his children's allowances and fare, and food. He said his back is aching lately and he wanted to relax for a day but he can't waste a day's income. It's hard he said, but i have to work for my family. "I chose to be a father, so i have to prove them i am worthy," said joel while his eyes turned red. I know there's pain in his heart. I know he don't want to stop working but i also know he deserves a day for himself.
To my father and other dads out there who, like joel, deserves to feel our love, i'd like to offer you this poem.

What Makes A Dad
(Author is unknown)

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Mark the Change!

During our brainstorming this morning for my new program in ABS-CBN Davao, the group were able to touch the topic about 2010 elections. Atty. Antonet Prensipe, our public affairs prospect host commented, "i think this time, it's not about choosing who's better, but choosing who's lesser evil." I can't help but ponder. What happened to the hardworks of our forefathers? During Rizal's time, change is about making our country a better place to live where peace, harmony and progress prevail. Today, change may have so many meanings. In USA change have been fruitful during the latest elections. But that change may still be questioned since Obama promised to bring about change in the states and he have just started doing it.
In the Philippines, congressmen thought it's time to do some changes in the constitution. Militant leaders say, it's time to change leaders. The question lies on whether changes in constitution ways far heavier than change in poverty status of Filipinos, or many other important social concerns.
Who to blame but us? Who put leaders in their posts? Us, is it not?
I'd like to share the idea of Boto Mo Ipatrol mo from our boss Maria A. Ressa, Head, the BAS-CBN News & Current Affairs Managing Director:

" starts with a vision for the future – how things can be better. Then you spread that idea person to person before we reach the critical mass of the tipping point – and change the entire system. I tested this theory in practice – and I can tell you – at least in the newsroom of ABS-CBN, it works. ...that change begins with you. That you need to stop standing by the sidelines complaining and start doing something – anything – to change what you don’t like. It starts with each of us – moving together in the real hard work of nation-building."

Each of us aspire for change, yet did nothing. I believe this time, we work together for the change. May the change starts with you.

Friday, June 19, 2009

BMPM Patrolers at NCCC Mall Davao

More than one thousand one hundred-fifty volunteers were able to register as Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula at NCCC Mall of Davao during the first ever mall-based launching of BMPM. Aside from BMPM, 250 new voters have regisered at the sattelite registration for District 1 residents. It's been a long day for everyone, but worth the wait. Patrolers were entertianed by Kapamilya stars during the live remote of Maayong Buntag Mindanao, followed by the "blow-by-blow" coverage of DXAB 1296. More kapamilya stars arrived in the afternoon as Baranggayan envades NCCC Mall. To top it all, the Taligsik Band of MOR 101.9 rendered their latest hits ,aside from fun and games.

BMPM Patrolers on the other hand strengthened their commitment as vangusrds for a clean and honest 2010 elections thrun their thumbmarks at the commitment wall. Others also gave their personal reasons in joining BMPM through the JuanBooth.
For those who wanted to become patrolers but did not make it to the registration area today, NCCC Mall have assigned one unit of computer to be placed at the main entrance for easy access of every concerned citizens. The idea of mall based BMPM registration booth came ubecause more volunteers, who did not make it on May 11 nationwide launching, are asking for another round of BMPM registration in Davao.