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:

"...it 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.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lake Agko, Kidapawan City

I was tasked to cover today the hand-over ceremony of the two power plant at Ilumavis, Kidapawan City form Marubeni to Energy Development Corporation. It was raining when my team drove up to the site. Before reaching the old PNOC, i noticed a sign pointing to a certain resort off the road. I got interested and told my driver to drive my by before leaving for Davao.

After the coverage, we were excited to take a side trip to the resort we saw on the way. The reads, Lake Agko Resort. We did not intend to stay long so i asked the gaurd if we take some photos as remembrance. Upon entering the resort, the blue crystal water caught my interest. A local resident approached us and told us that this is one of the most visited summer respites of local and foreign tourists. It is surrounded by moss-covered rees, captivating flora and fauna like the pitcher plant, and many others. Lake Agko has a steaming blue lake where hot and cold springs converge at an elevation of 4,200 feet above sea level.
I love to travel and when i travel, i always look for clean rooms, bathrooms, and quite environment. I am not so keen with the quality as long as it's clean and comfortable. Lake Agko Resort is definitely one of the places i would prefer to stay. they have affordable rooms at a maximum price of 1,500 pesos, good food and a perfect place to commune with nature, and a perfect place for retreat.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

BMPM Mall Based Registration

ABS-CBN Davao Launches on Friday the mall based Boto Mo I-Patrol Mo registration, as part of its year-long campaign to encourage Filipinos will begin taking an active role in the upcoming 2010 presidential elections.

“Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo: Ako Ang Simula” calls on Filipinos, especially the youth, to get involved this early by registering as voters and closely watching preparations for the 2010 race.

“Many young Filipinos have become apathetic and cynical that real change can ever happen in the country,” ABS-CBN senior vice president for News and Current Affairs Maria Ressa said.

"But we are telling them to have faith and do something about it. We have one year to change traditional politics in our country and we are empowering them through this multimedia campaign," Ressa said.
“Now we are taking it one step further - using television, radio, cable TV, the Internet, and mobile phone technology to empower Filipinos to push for change across ABS-CBN's multiplatform structure, which encompasses television, radio, cable TV, the Internet, and mobile technology,” she added.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


MetroLifestyle and NCCC Mall of Davao collaborated yet another successful fitness event as part of the culmination activities for summer. The event titled “METROSTRIKE: Metrolifestyle Bushido-Kai Karate Tournament, Muaythai Demo Fight and Metrostrike Group Fitness Marathon” was staged last Saturday, May 16, 2009 at the NCCC Mall of Davao, Maa, Davao City.

MetroStrike is a non-contact, mixed martial arts-based fitness program with moves drawn from Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Capoiera and Tai Chi. MetroLifestyle Fitness Instructors Nell Jone Astudillo, Ivy Ko and Bonn Sarabia were in command leading the combatants representing different fitness centers.

Congratulations to all the participants, kids and adults alike, who are all considered winners for stepping forward and facing the challenge of beating mediocrity for the sake of fitness.

Results of MetroStrike Group Fitness Marathon

ULTIMATE WARRIOR - Advanced Category
Champion: Erica Liwag of Katma Fitness Club
2nd Place: 94 (name to follow)
3rd Place: Flor Lumba
4th Place: Yolly Eridiano
5th Place: Myrna Zaspa

Advanced Category are either past winners of any aerobics marathon or professional fitness instructors. Winners received a gift pack from Sponsors, Medal of recognition, cash prize and 3 months Gym Membership at MetroLifestyle Fitness Center & Spa.

Ultimate Warriors - Beginners Category
Champion: Ronilo Barsalote of MetroLifestyle / NCCC Fitness Program
2nd Place: Noemi Sobiano

Successful Finishers (Men / Women)
3rd Place: Jojo Tutor – MetroLifestyle / Mcdo Bajada Fitness Program
4th Place (tie): Eva Albanez and Francis Felix Gregore Dullin
5th Place: Earl Vinson Maning
6th Place: Marilyn Ibanez Korenblom
7th Place: , Albert Quintano Jr
8th Place: Heddah Cardia
9th Place: Vivian Lantape

Ultimate Warriors-Beginners Category received a gift pack from sponsors, medal of recognition, cash prize and 2 months Gym Membership at MetroLifestyle Fitness Center. Successful Finishers are those men and women combatants who had shown prowess for their energy, enthusiasm, endurance and stamina.

BEST IN COMBAT ATTIRE were awarded to Mr. Francis Felix Gregore Dullin and Mrs. Carmen G. Oliver for; and SPECIAL AWARDS were given to Ms. Eva Albanez and Ms. Rowena Jabla. They are recognized for putting their best performance and exerted effort to show their love for fitness.

The Judges for this event were: Ms. Leng Dalo, who has been teaching group exercise for 9 years and handles any fitness class ranging from Belly Dancing, Cardio Kickbox, Hi-Lo, Bench, Latino, Punchbag Aero to Aqua Aero Exercises. Mr. NiƱo Calamba is the Senior Fitness Supervisor of the UM Fitness & Wellness Centre, columnist and feature writer of Mindanao Times newspaper, dancemaster and choreographer. Mr. Bryan Grandeza the Founder and Director of Groove Unlimited Dance Community, a martial artist, a dancer and choreographer.

The success of MetroStrike is a partnership among the Sponsors such as, MetroLifestyle Fitness Center & Spa, NCCC Mall of Davao and NCCC Employees Health & Wellness Campaign, Extreme Makeover Auto Detailing & Car Painting, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Coca Cola and Powerade, Omron Digital, Bioskin Your Skin Care Solution, Agfa Photohouse Laboratories Inc and Digital Services, Johnson & Johnson Pure Essential Soap and Carefree.

Be in charge of your fitness lifestyle! Join MetroStrike and other group exercise classes at MetroLifestyle Fitness Center & Spa. Call now at 2286182 or visit MetroLifestyle Complex at F.Torres Street corner E.Jacinto Extension, Davao City. Know more about us, or make your reservations through www.metrolifestyledavao.com.

6- Bushido Kai kids
7- Muaythai demo fight

Monday, June 15, 2009

18th KBP Golden Dove Awards

We are pleased to inform you that the 18th KBP Golden Dove Awards is now accepting entries. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the broadcast industry and outstanding achievements in the different fields of broadcasting. This is to promote higher standards of excellence and professionalism in the broadcast media and to encourage more socially relevant TV and Radio programming.

We are distributing entry or nomination forms for reference on award categories.

Please take note of the following requirements:

1. Entry must have aired between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 .
2. Personality and Program entries must have five (5) copies of episode sample in audio CD for Radio and in DVD for TV.
3. Five (5) copies of accomplished entry or nomination form.
4. Entry has not been cited for violation of the KBP Radio and TV Code from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
5. Entries for TV Best Programs must be at least 30 minutes long, except for Best TV Variety Program, which should be at least 60 minutes long.
6. Entries for Radio Best Programs must be at least 30 minutes long, except for Best Newscast, which should be at least 15 minutes long.
7. Entry for Best Station (TV, AM and FM) must have a 30 minute video (for TV) or audio (for Radio) presentation justifying why the station should be awarded plus a written profile and program schedule of the station with a description of each program.
8. An entry submitted in one category may not be submitted in another category. The Board of Judges may re-classify an entry which it deems more appropriate.
9. All programs and materials must be produced by Filipinos using Filipino talents. Only Filipinos will be considered for the individual and personality award categories.
10. Entries originally in the local dialect should be accompanied by translation in English or Filipino.
11. Registration fee per entry for TV – P500.00 and for Radio – P200.00.

Should you wish to include your entries in our delivery, please submit requirements on or before July 20, 2009 (Monday) to Jamie Jose (local 5094) of TV Production Operations.

If we do not receive your entries by July 20, 2009, we will assume that you will make arrangements with regards submission on your own. Entries must be sent to the following address:

18th Golden Dove Awards
Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)
6th Floor, LTA Building, 118 Perea St., Makati City 1129
(Telephone Numbers: 815-1990 up to 815-1992/ Fax : 815-1989)

Thank you and good luck to all participants!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

To whom the tomatoes are for?

On Monday, Sunstar Davao's Banner story reads, Nograles threatens ABS-CBN with libel." House Speaker Prospero Nograles wanted ABS-CBN DAvao to retract the news that claimed tomatoes were thrown at his congressional office during a protest against Constituent Assembly on June 10. Nograles said "that the tomatoes were not thrown in his office but on the street in front of his office along Quirino Avenue in Davao City." He also criticized the TV station when he said ""ABS-CBN TV and radio reported that tomatoes were thrown in my office or my residence. Now they show videos of tomatoes thrown in the street. That's not factual. You see how biased and twisted reporting of the press here because they are under the payroll?"

Militant leaders like Kelly Delgado in a follow-up interview asserted "the tomatoes are for those who helped pass the House Bill 1109." Speaker Nograles is one of the Congressman who supported the bill."

Today, "two members of the City Council chided House Speaker Prospero Nograles for being "onion-skinned" when he threatened a television network of libel charges if they refuse to retract their story on an alleged tomato throwing incident last June 10."

I also posted the link to the story at my Facebook and i got a rather harsh reactions from Dabawenyos. Here are some of their opinions, names withheld for security reasons.

******* at 10:05pm June 15
nothing new to that... harharhar...
******* at 10:17pm June 15
dli man gud cya kapamilya.
******* at 10:17pm June 15
kinahihiya ko si nograles. 1st district pa naman ako sa dumoy. hay.. boy boy boy nograles, lets give this boy a chance!.... oooppsss.. we gave him a chance. he blew it... i remember that 1987 jingle of his in davao... i hope my constituents in davao will never give this trapo a chance...
******* 12:19am June 16
Lets just laugh at that..!!!
******* at 6:34am June 16
kung ganyan lang talaga, then picking his son to be in your station was a big mistake at all....... you really paid the price by being blindsided.....
******* at 2:53pm June 16
pls ask Nogie kung gusto pod niya mu file ug libel againts abs-cbn nga nag-report nga gikilatan ang iyang campaign headquarters last election hehehehe. Kung e-deny niya basin siya na makilatan LOL!
******* at 9:36am June 17
Rigths? to know the truth...
******* at 11:06am June 17
In my own opinion, Nograles is only showing his ignorance in the freedom of democracy...Threatening media correspondence is an arrogance and abuse of his power being a political K9 of the PGMA presidency...Nograles was purely influenced with the CHA-CHA virus to preserved him in the 'Tower of Demons'...
******* at 7:51pm June 17
hahha..i remember he once told me di daw maganda angle ng ilong nya sa kuha ng cameraman...idk but i think his ilong is cute..ihihhii

The speaker asserts his "right to reply" while ABS-CBN Davao strongly uphold the fact for the video speak for itself. You can review the story about tomato throwing at abs-cbnnow.com.

All i can say is, to whom the tomatoes are for?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Top 20 Universities in the Philippines

Yehey! At least my school made it on the Top 20 list. Here's the recent survey about top universities in the Philippines based on the passing scores of board exams in the last 10 years.

The university results are as follows:

1. University of the Philippines(UP Diliman Campus, Metro Manila / Luzon )
2. University of the Philippines(UP Los Banos Campus, Laguna / Luzon )
3. University of the Philippines(Manila Campus, Metro Manila / Luzon )
4. Silliman University (Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental / Visayas)
5. Ateneo deDavao University (Davao City, Davao /Mindanao )
6. Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, Metro Manila / Luzon )
7. University of Sto . Tomas (Manila City, Metro Manila / Luzon )
8. Mindanao State University(Iligan Institute of Tech, Iligan / Mindanao )
9. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (Manila City, Metro Manila/Luzon)
10. Saint Louis University (Baguio City, Baguio / Luzon )
11. University of San Carlos (Cebu City, Cebu / Visayas)
12. Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro / Mindanao )
13. Mindanao State University (Main / Mindanao )
14. Urios College ( Butuan City / Mindanao )
15. Polytechnic University of the Philippines ( Manila / Luzon )
16. De La Salle University ( Manila / Luzon )
17. Mapua Institute of Technology ( Manila / Luzon )
18. Adamson University ( Manila / Luzon )
19. Central Mindanao University (Bukidnon/Mindanao)
20. University of Southern Philippines ( Davao /Mindanao)

Friday, June 12, 2009

We Lead

It's heartwarming to know that most Filipinos are watching us. According to TNS Philippines Television Audience Measurement (TAM), ABS-CBN leads tv viewership in the country. Here's the latest ratings result today.

National Daytime Program Rankings,
Program Channel Rtg(%)
5 EAT... BULAGA! GMA 16.9

National Primetime Program Rankings
Program Channel Rtg(%)
6 ZORRO GMA 24.1
7 24 ORAS GMA 22.7
9 ADIK SA 'YO GMA 19.4

A simple thank you from our big boss, dozens of burgers were given out to everyone after today's hard work. Most of us have been doing some multitasking to come up with quality programing to gain the interest and support of Dabawenyos. Knowing that we are being loved and watched by most of the Filipinos, hardwork is worth it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Honest Kids

Funny how kids can be very honest. Here's a sample of how we should be carefull in everything that we say in fron of our kids.


A woman invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the woman answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mother's Sacrifice

Helen Sampaga cannot contain her happiness as her daughter aiza mae and son john paul joined the graduating class of 2009. Aiza mae finished nursing while john paul completed his h.r.m. Course.
But behind helen's smile is a sad truth. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last april 2008. She kept this secret from her children and decided not to undergo an operation. She opted to spend whatever family savings they have for her children's requirements in school.
"i don't want them to be bothered with my condition. So i waited until they could graduate," helen said.
Even her children were not aware of their mother's condition until before graduation. John said, "we did not know until lately because she did not want us to stop going to school."
Aiza and john vowed to look for a job after graduation to raise funds for their mother's operation.
Most parents put a high premium for their children's education. They are willing to sacrifice to see them through college.
For helen and these other parents, to see their children walk up the stage and receive their college diploma is also a culmination of sorts of years of labor and sacrifices.

It may be late to share you this but i opted to post it anyway. I was touched by how helen faught cancer. Last may, after my feature on tv, helen recieved few help from benifactors who helped her in her successful operation.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Flu Scare

The World Health Organization declared a pandemic alert due to the increasing number of cases of Influenza A(H1N1) virus. Here in the Philippines, there are about ninety six confirmed cases of the virus in just four weeks after the first positive case last May 6, 2009. The number is alarming that Philippines is now the country in Asia with the highest cases of A(H1N1).
I have been covering the story here in Davao at the height of the spread in Mexico. I always stand at the back of the quarantine doctor in Davao International Airport as we watch the thermal scanner. Luckily, Davao is still free from the virus. Although there were suspected cases, all patients were sent home after being diagnosed of common coughs and colds.
Although Davao is still safe, i just noticed few inconsistency over the "tight" monitoring of the DOH. After passing through thermal scanner, passengers are declared safe if their temperature do not exceed thirty six degrees celsius. Based on studies, a person exposed to virus may not automatically be ill. There is a ten days incubation period before the virus becomes active inside the patient.
What if a passenger is contaminated but the virus is still dormant. How will the DOH monitor these passengers when they just get their names and addresses and provide them flyers and leaflets for guidance. How will the so called "contact tracing" become effective if even just one of the patient vissitted a thickly populated area like mall before the symptoms appear. Becuase of human rights consideration, the government cannot force anyine to go on self isolation. Unless a affective antibiotic designed to elliminate A(H1N1) virus, the threat is still rising.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Revisiting Lake Apo


Sunday, June 7, 2009

"Simulan ang Pagbabago"

"Simulan ang pagbabago sa Davao City."
Once Again, ABS-CBN Davao invites every Dabawenyo who wanted to make a difference before the 2010 elections by becoming a "Boto mo patroler."
On Friday, June 19, 2009, a mall based registration will be launched at NCCC Mall of Davao.

For those who wanted to prefer online registration, here's what to do.

1) Become a BOTO PATROLLER, log on to http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/botomo and click on the banner on 'How to become a BOTO PATROLLER'. Pick a unique username and fill in the rest of the field honestly and completely . Submit the information and check your email address for your initial password. As a Boto Patroller, you will gain access to the exclusive online forum, citizen journalism trainings and upcoming music events related to BMPM.

2)Change your browser homepage to www.abs-cbnnews.com/botomo for the latest updates on the coming elections and on the latest Citizen-generated reports on election issues.

3) When there is a story or link that inspires you on BMPM, share the LINK on your Multiply, Facebook, Friendster or Twitter accounts and blogs. Please do not repost or cut-and-paste stories, just copy the link or URL of the story you like and add it to your Social network accounts. Recommend and link BMPM stories once a day on your Social Network accounts, and you help raise the consciousness of our peers on the change that needs to happen in our country.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Poor Typewriter

I was walking down the stairs of the Hall of Justice in Davao City when i noticed a pile of machines at the back of a secluded window. I got curious so i took a closer look and found these old typewriters stocked and dumped. The rusts depicts how useless it became.

I felt sorry for the inventor who had the brilliant idea of inventing this machine. The first practical typewriter was invented by Christopher Latham Sholes, and was marketed by the Remington Arms company in 1873. Before the computer, this was the most convenient and efficient way in typing jobs, especially in offices and schools. With the fast changing technology, i wonder where my laptop end up twenty years from now.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Start Shooting

I've always loved photography. In fact i even topped my photography class during college. I was renting a single lens reflex camera before as part of our requirements. Since our school isn't that updated back then, we can't process colored picture during our classes. I don't know if the school can't afford to buy it or maybe they were just doing some cost cutting. Anyways, i have always wanted a digital single lens reflex.Due to meager resources, its too costly to buy a camera. My friend told me you can earn from blogs. I got interested so i checked if my old blogs were still working but all of it were closed due to inactivity. I decided to make a new one here at bravenet.
I started blogging religiously last December. Then i started making friends with other bloggers in the to strengthen my page rank. After six months of blogging, is started earning. I opted to wait for my account to accumulate that i would be able to buy my own camera.
My last pay-out went too well. I was able to get my new nikon dslr.So i started pointing and shooting. From here own, i'd like to share to you my simple hobby. It might give you ideas of new places to go, new adventures, and familiar faces.

Here's a few sample of my latest work.

(Laundry Day)


(High and mighty)

(Twin Tower)


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Excercise and enhancement

I started my weight loss and muscle toning program a year ago. From thirty-six inches waistline, after a year, it reduced to thirty. Although my waist is tighter inside, the loose skin makes it look flabby still. I've been running at the treadmill for an hour everyday but its the hardest part to burn. Right now, i'm doubling all my routine to trim dowm loose skin.
Last month, my dermatologist introduced me to mesotherapy. I went through a procedure and felt so hot after especially the twenty points on my back and waist where he injected the medicines. after a week of swelling, i felt the difference. I wanted to finish the six session but the doctor adviced me, one session is enough for me becuase i still work out in the gym.
Instead of mesotherapy, she is presently performing skin tightening on me through radio frequency. I can't say if it worked yet, but it really felt good. Although these are just extra efforts in body toning, my doctor still advices her patients to do extra effort in the gym for the medicince to work. For example, if one drinks beverages with l-carnitine but does'nty work out, the fat burning process is slower than those who drink it and work it out.