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August 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm


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I have been staying here in Davao for almost four years now, from a supposedly one-week talk, that one-week extended to four years, and counting.

My friends and family from Manila are always asking me the reasons for my extended stay here. I left a lucrative career in Manila, and abruptly said goodbye to the Church ministries I am involved with there. Of course, I also left my circle of friends whom I love very much and treat as my second family. Actually, they were growing suspicious of my reasons. And them knowing me well, they all thought of the same reason why I am stuck here: That I met someone and fell in love, and got her pregnant. That I am now fathering a child here in Davao. Being the troll that I am, I just kept silent and kept them guessing and speculating.


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August 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

“A night of fright reveals a virtue of Digong”

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Photo by #YouScooper Anton Abella Vidal: "Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte nangunay ug traffic aid during sa baha ghapon sa villa abrille. Wala siya nahadlok sa pagtapak sa baha, para lang mahapsay ang dagan sa trapik sa villa abrille, kauban niya iyang mga body guard." (Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte took the initiative of becoming a traffic aid during the flood in villa abrille yesterday. He never feared the flood and the risks it may bring and did all he possibly could to smoothen the traffic congestion.) #baha06052013 #unakabai

Photo by #YouScooper Anton Abella Vidal: “Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte nangunay ug traffic aid during sa baha ghapon sa villa abrille. Wala siya nahadlok sa pagtapak sa baha, para lang mahapsay ang dagan sa trapik sa villa abrille, kauban niya iyang mga body guard.” (Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte took the initiative of becoming a traffic aid during the flood in villa abrille yesterday. He never feared the flood and the risks it may bring and did all he possibly could to smoothen the traffic congestion.)
#baha06052013 #unakabai

(By Jun Ledesma)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

THE heavy downpour last June 5 gave a strong signal that rainy season is around. In fact, it did not come gently. The cloudbursts bathed Davao City with an unusually copious volume of rain that rendered many parts of the city impassable to small vehicles and inaccessible to pedestrians.

That rainy Wednesday night would just have been one of those evenings for incoming City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte. The come-backing mayor is known to be a night owl. He prowls the city streets hoping to catch his prey of criminals among them drug pushers, snatchers, robbers, and other menace of society. He does this nightly to keep city residents safe no matter what the weather is. Never did he realize that in that evening will be part of an unforgettable episode to a distress young mother which he encountered that rainy eve.

June 5, 2013 to a mother of four is a night to remember. Annelyn Pongase Paunon earlier went shopping at Gaisano Mall for the school needs of her kids. Because she cannot not leave her toddler child, she tucked the baby with her and off they went to the mall. The weather was not as sunny then but there was no indication of a heavy downpour.

Night caught up with them at the mall not realizing that the light rain that come with dusk took a violent turn. When they decided it was time to go home they looked and waited for a taxi. But everyone else was looking for a cab which had become scarce as flood waters in most of the thoroughfares were no longer “navigable.”

Annelyn started to be panicky. She had three small children in tow and a baby which she held close to provide warmth. By 11 p.m. there were no cabs in sight. The kids were jittery and Annelyn was as nervous. Tugging the children, she decided to make a dash to San Pedro Hospital hoping some patients might have taken a taxi to get to the hospital. They braved the rain and the rising water. Before they can make it across however, a black D’Max stopped right in front of them. The occupant on the front seat rolled down the tinted window. “Asa man mo?” (Where are you headed?) The man on the front seat asked.

Annelyn replied: “Sa Skyline pa mi,” (We’re headed to Skyline.) she replied to the stranger.

The man in the black pick-up then told her in a much louder voice: “Sakay na kay ihatud ta mo sa Skyline.” (Hop in and I’ll take you to Skyline.)

Annelyn hesitated for a moment. She looked closer to the stranger who offered her the ride and recognizing who was the Good Samaritan she exclaimed: “Ay si Mayor diay!” (Oh it’s you Mayor!)

Annelyn and her children packed themselves on the back seat. She felt relieved she has a ride to take them home and safe and secured it was no less than incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who will be conducting them all the way to Skyline.

The pick-up inched its way through the flooded street. But at the corner of Guerrero St. traffic was snarled and then went on a standstill. The Mayor and an aid alighted from the vehicle to man the traffic. He knew that it will take time to deal with the traffic jam, he directed his driver to take Annelyn and her kids to the doorsteps of their home at the Skyline and then to just come back for him.

Safe in the comfort of her home, Annelyn started to email friends about her unforgettable experience and encounter with Mayor Duterte. She can only imagine how the mayor was manning the traffic under the rain. She felt guilty she was not able to thank him enough. Then she remembered, she has a friend whose father is a journalist. She wanted to tell the world how caring is the Mayor of Davao City and how he dispenses his own comfort to extend help to the helpless.

This is her story in a capsule as told to my daughter Kristine.

(Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 20, 2013.)



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June 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Ateneo de Davao University boycotts Cebu Pacific

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June 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Araw ng Dabaw 2013

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Araw ng Dabaw 2013! Please visit DAVAO CITY for more info.

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March 16, 2013 at 8:00 am


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From Ms Cindy Iligan of the Davao Lady Bloggers Group:

“Calling all Davao Bloggers/Medical Professionals: Philippine Red Cross Davao City Chapter is looking for Registered Nurses, Doctors and EMT-Bs to man the EMERGENCY HEALTH STATION at CATEEL/ BAGANGGA. Minimum days of deployment will be 5-10 days. this is to address the medical needs of our fellow Filipinos in areas greatly affected by the Typhoon Pablo.the deployment will be on December 13, 2012. If interested please don’t hesitate to contact us at 227-6650 or you may visit us at Philippine Red Cross Davao City Chapter located at M. Roxas Ave, Davao City. Thank you for the support and willingness to help the humanity.”


Last week, the southern Philippines was struck by Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit the island of Mindanao. Bopha made landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h), flattening coastal villages, wiping out banana plantations, and causing mudslides and flooding. At the moment, the number of deaths has reached nearly 650, the number of missing is still near 800, and another 400,000 have been displaced by the storm. Collected here are images from the affected islands, as rescue and recovery workers continue to search through debris in fields choked with trees, boulders, and mud.

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December 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

World Class SM Lanang Premier (Davao City, Philippines)

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Davao City, Philippines- SM Lanang Premier will open its door for us on September 28, 2012!

The new mall, which is located at the northern part of the city, has a total land area of 100,000 square meters. It has a four-level structure built with a modern design inspired by the origami. It has a gross floor area of almost 145,000 square meters and a gross leasable area of approximately 84,000 square meters.

The new mall will carry some of the best features of existing SM Premier malls.

The Skygarden, which is located at the property’s façade, will have restaurants amid a lush garden with refreshing water features. Inside the mall is the Flat Café, floating above the ground and offers a vast view of The Atrium. The mall’s Ground Level will house international retail brands like Forever 21, as well as key SM retail anchors, SM Supermarket, SM Department Store.

At the rear section of the mall will be a strip of restaurants both at the ground and second level overlooking the sprawling outdoor event area called The Park. Also on the second level are 6 Digital Theaters (including SM Center Stage), the IMAX Theatre, the SM Bowling Center, and the Science Discovery Center.

The mall’s third floor will house the SMX Convention Center Davao, perfect for the growing MICE events (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) in the region.

Rising within the property is the Park Inn by Carlton of the Radisson Blu, which may also be accessed from the mall through a bridge way at the second floor.

All these facilities are SM’s response to the growing demands not only of the Davao market but of the tourism industry and its nearby provinces as well.

The first class mall, SM Lanang Premier, incorporates green architecture and environment friendly features as part of SM’s sustainability efforts. The mall building itself takes only 40 percent of the total property with paver blocks used in the open parking area to minimize surface run-off water. It will also have the city’s first rain catchment system minimizing storm water peak flow, surface run-off and siltation.

The mall is also designed with skylights and will use LED to ensure efficient energy consumption. Park finders will also be installed at the Basement Parking to minimize carbon output from vehicles. It will also utilize recycled water for its cooling tower and for comfort room flushing.

SM Prime‘s biggest and first-of-its-kind premier mall development project in Mindanao, SM Lanang Premier is believed to set world-class malling and shopping standard in the region. It will re-shape the malling experience in Mindanao bringing luxury that is within reach.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 18, 2012.

Image via SM Lanang Premier FACEBOOK PAGE.