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7 All-time Favorite Dishes Filipinos Serve on Christmas Noche Buena

7 All-time Favorite Dishes Filipinos Serve on Christmas Noche Buena

If there’s one vice that shouldn’t be eliminated, that would be eating. Christmas is a season of giving, fun, and renewed association and bond with family and friends, and LOTS of eating. We can say that it is during this time of the year that diets are out of the list. Here are some of the all-time favorite dishes Filipinos serve on Christmas Noche Buena.

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  1. Lechon

Who can ever forget this one in a Filipino feast? This has and will always be the star of any celebration. Also called litsong baboy, it came from the Spanish term that means “roasted suckling pig.” After seasoning, the whole pig is cooked by skewering the entire animal, entrails removed, on a large stick and cooking it in a pit filled with charcoal. The pig is placed over the charcoal, and the stick or rod it is attached to is turned in a rotisserie action. The pig is roasted on all sides for several hours until done. The process of cooking and basting usually results in making the pork skin crisp and is a distinctive feature of the dish.

It is the Philippines’ national dish, with Cebu being acknowledged by American chef Anthony Bourdain as having the best pig. The famous lechonmakers and sellers in the Philippines include Mila’s Lechon, Lydia’s Lechon, Aling Nene, Pingping, and Mang Tomas! You can even turn the leftovers into Lechon Paksiw so no part of the roasted pig ever gets wasted! Now, I’m hungry.

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  1. Spaghetti

This will forever remain a favorite dish, especially with children. It’s been with almost every event that you can sometimes get tired of eating it! The good news is that many people create their own versions of spaghetti! But while spaghetti is preferred by foreigners to be a bit sour, for us, we prefer it to be sweet! Meatier and cheesier too! Our taste buds just beg to differ!

  1. Christmas Ham

Probably the best alternative to lechon, ham takes the limelight of the food on the table during Christmas. It costs around Php 250 or higher, depending on the brand and the size of the ham. It is often bought as a gift as well. You might also consider it as a means of additional income during the Christmas season. Now isn’t that just great?

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  1. Fried Chicken

This is probably one of the most common dish on any Filipino occasion as well. Fried chicken is a crunchy, mouthwatering delight. The dish has created a large number of spin-off recipes which are commonly used around the world.

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  1. Fruit Salad

Christmas in the Philippines is rarely without fruit salad. This is very popular in the country because of the abundance in fruits. It is easy to prepare and considered a staple in parties and gatherings. Similar to the dessert Ambrosia, it differs in terms of the fruit ingredient. In the Filipino context, that usually means drained canned fruit cocktail and shredded fresh coconut tossed in a mixture of cream and sweetened condensed milk. But because fresh fruits cost a lot more than fruit cocktail, most Filipinos choose the latter.

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  1. Macaroni Salad

This is a salad that everyone seems to love. Like other pasta, Filipinos come to develop their own versions of this popular dessert from the west. Aside from the usual macaroni, cream and mayo, it can be packed with shredded chicken, cubed cheese and ham, raisins and crushed pineapple. We have just turned it into something much more delicious to the taste – our very own twist.

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  1. Leche Flan

Known by the world as the Spanish flan, leche flan is the one the wonderful ways to end the Christmas night with a bang. Leche, the Spanish for milk, is one of the dessert’s two main ingredients. Filipino leche flan is a rich steamed custard topped with a syrupy caramel. It is made with egg yolks, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. It is one of the most popular desserts served at parties, fiestas and other special occasions. This sweet dish is also popular in some Latin American and Caribbean countries. Among the Hispanic population of North America, leche flan is also known as creme caramel.

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Two soldiers including a commander sacrifice their lives to save their wounded comrade in Marawi City

Captain Rommel “Daredevil” Sandoval. He is the commander of the 11th Scout Ranger Company in Marawi City and led his group to rescue his comrade and bravely sacrificed his life to prevent another casualty from his men. He was the first casualty from his company.

September 10, 2017, the 11th Scout Ranger Company soldiers led by Captain Rommel “Daredevil” Sandoval were already on the second floor of the building they raided when they planned to save Corporal Jayson Mante. Five bullets and a grenade explosion from the Maute Terrorist Group left Corporal Mante wounded. He got stuck on the first floor of the building. Captain Sandoval decided to save him and was accompanied by Private First Class Sherwin Canapi. He asked his remaining men to cover for them.

The Rescue Mission

I-cover fire niyo ako!” (Cover me!) Capt. Sandoval said before he started his mission together with Private Canapi. They successfully reached the location of Corporal Mante and confirmed that he’s still alive. However, several Maute terrorists located them and led to an inevitable battle.

They tried to fight back, but unfortunately, a bullet hit Captain Sandoval’s cheek that resulted to his death. Meanwhile, Private Canapi also got fatally wounded and killed during the mission.

Private First Class Sherwin Canapi. His companions describe him as a ‘talented person.’ He knew how to paint, write songs, talented in sports and good in writing reports.

Naabutan pa niya ang tao niya (Corporal Mante) at nakunan ng pulso. Kaso inabangan siya ng maraming ISIS at binaril una sa tagiliran. Kahit na dalawa lang sila, naka fire back pa [sila] sa mga bumabaril sa kanila. Kaso fatal ang sunod na tama ni Captain Sandoval sa pisngi,” Scout Ranger Books Facebook Page said in their Facebook post.

Translation: He was able to find [Corporal Maute] alive with a pulse. Unfortunately, a lot of the ISIS saw and waited for them. They hit him at his side. Even though it was just the two of them [in the scene], they were able to fire back at the enemies. But the next hit at Captain Sandoval’s cheek was fatal.

These two brave soldiers died in battle, but they have successfully saved the life of Corporal Mante, who’s now being treated in a hospital.

Scout Ranger Books compared the story of Captain Sandoval to the famous war movie “Saving Private Ryan” where the lead character died rescuing his comrade.

Last September 13, President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wake of soldiers Captain Sandoval and Private Canapi to honor them personally.

Leave No Man Behind

Sources: Scout Ranger Books and Pinoy Trending Philippines

 

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Soldier’s baby died 3 hours after he sacrificed his life for the country

A soldier father and his baby dies on the same day

Last September 16, a pregnant woman went on to a forced labor after hearing the death of her boyfriend, Corporal Jaime Invento, during the battle at Bato Mosque in Marawi. Unfortunately, their baby died three hours after his death. According to the news information, she became so stressed after she knew of her husband’s death and resulted to the early birth of their baby.

This Armed Forces of the Philippines successfully forced the Maute Group to abandon Bato Mosque in Marawi after a five hour long battle during that day. Among them was Corporal Jaime Invento, a scout ranger. A bullet fatally hit him in his neck which killed him immediately. The operation left four other soldiers wounded.

Moreover, the government forces were able to rescue two hostages: Catholic Priest Terisoto “Chito” Suganob and Lordvin Ocopio, a teacher of Dansalan College in Marawi. Chito Suganob has been a hostage of the Maute Terrorists for almost four months.

To date, Corporal Invento is the 45th scout ranger killed-in-action in Marawi City.

The Final Battle

Here’s what the Scout Ranger Books Facebook fan page posted:

Katulad ng typical Scout Ranger, si late Corporal Jaime Invento ay tahimik lang. Pero sa dedication niya sa trabaho, siya yung tipong ipapagkatiwala mo ang buhay mo sa kanya. Napakabait din na kaibigan dahil bago nila simulan ang mission na kunin ang ISIS stronghold na Bato Mosque kahapon, minabuti pa niyang regaluhan ng combat boots ang kanyang buddy na may birthday kahapon. Pero sa pag assault nila sa mosque, natamaan siya sa leeg ng dalawang bala at namatay on the spot. Sa kasamaang palad, di kinaya ng misis niya ang masamang balita at nag forced labor. Namatay ang kanilang bagong silang na anak tatlong oras lang pagkatapos mamatay ang kanyang Daddy Ranger. Si late Jaime Invento ang pang 45 na killed-in-action namin na Scout Ranger. Mag request po kami ng dasal para sa kanyang kaluluwa at para sa anak niya.

[Translation: Like a typical scout ranger, the late Corporate Jaime Invento was a silent person. But when it comes to his dedication to his job, he’s the type of person you can entirely trust and depend on. He’s a very kind friend. Before they started the mission to take the ISIS stronghold in Bato Mosque yesterday, he gave his combat boots to his buddy as a birthday gift. But when they had the assault at the mosque, he was hit twice in the neck and died on the spot. Unfortunately, his wife wasn’t able to handle the sad news and had a forced labor. Their newborn baby died three hours after his Daddy Ranger died. The late Jaime Invento is our 45th scout ranger killed in action. We request for prayers for his and his child’s soul.]

Love Letters

During the interview with the Inquirer at St. Peter’s chapel last Sunday, Anne (not her real name) excused herself. She then went to her boyfriend’s coffin and continued scribbling on a piece of paper — a farewell letter to Invento.

“You have fought a good fight. It pains me more seeing you like this, but I’m letting you go now. Have a safe journey, Daddy. Always remember that you will always be my best ‘assaulter.’ You know how much I love you and I know how much you love me,” Anne said in her letter.

At the back of the paper is another letter for Invento written on June 29. She addressed the soldier as her “dearest superman” and wrote that she missed him.

“It’s been 36 days, eight hours, 15 minutes and 36 seconds since you went away. I know you are already tired and weary. Hold on, Mahal (my love), a little bit longer … and I love you so,” she said.

Sources: Scout Rangers Books and Philippines Daily Inquirer

 

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President Rodrigo Duterte signs free tuition fee for all SUCs

A new law providing free education for over a million students in public tertiary and vocational schools nationwide has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 3. Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra made this announcement in an August 4 forum. It continues the administration’s initiative in the 2017 budget, where around P8 billion was allotted for free tuition for SUCs for school year 2017-2018.

The Republic Act 10931 or “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,” gives full tuition subsidy for students in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges, and state-run technical-vocational schools. The law also covers other charges, namely “library fees, computer fees, laboratory fees, school ID fees, athletic fees, admission fees, development fees, guidance fees, handbook fees, entrance fees, registration fees, medical and dental fees, cultural and other similar or related fees.” It also provides subsidies or stipend for poor students and establishes a student loan program.

In addition, the Commission on Higher Education announced on June 16 it would be offering cash grants for medical students in public medical schools.

However, students with financial capacity may choose not to avail of the subsidies through a mechanism created by the SUCs and local universities and colleges or LUCs.

Questions over cost and beneficiaries

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno told lawmakers on August 2 that subsidizing tuition in public tertiary schools would be too costly. Guevara said that free tuition will have an estimate of around ₱100 billion. According to him, the government cannot afford that.

Diokno also added that only middle-class and upper-class students would benefit from the scheme because, statistically, only 12 percent of the poor get to the state universities. So, [in a sense] it will actually subsidize the rich.

However, opposition lawmakers said in an August 3 statement the free tuition law would cost only around ₱15 billion.

Hindi po totoo ang sinabi ng economic managers na hindi kayang tustusan ng gobyerno,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate. “Napatunayan natin ngayong taon, may pondo para sa state universities and colleges. Hindi nila pwede sabihin na ngayong taon ‘di kayang pondohan.

[Translation: The economic managers’ claim that the government can’t afford to subsidize tuition fees is not true. We’ve proven this year that there is money for state universities and colleges. They can’t say this year that there’s no more money.]

Complete List of SUCs covered by the Free Tuition Law

National Capital Region

  • Eulogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
  • Marikina Polytechnic College
  • Philippine Normal University
  • Philippine State College of Aeronautics
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Rizal Technological University
  • Technological University of the Philippines
  • University of the Philippines System

Region I – Ilocos Region

  • Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
  • Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
  • Mariano Marcos State University
  • North Luzon Philippines State College
  • Pangasinan State University
  • University of Northern Philippines

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Abra State Institute of Science and Technology
  • Apayao State College
  • Benguet State University
  • Ifugao State University
  • Kalinga State University
  • Mountain Province State University

Region II – Cagayan Valley

  • Batanes State College
  • Cagayan State University
  • Isabela State University
  • Nueva Vizcaya State University
  • Quirino State University

Region III – Central Luzon

  • Aurora State College of Technology
  • Bataan Peninsula State University
  • Bulacan Agricultural State College
  • Bulacan State University
  • Central Luzon State University
  • Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University
  • Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  • Pampanga State Agricultural University
  • Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
  • Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
  • Tarlac College of Agriculture
  • Tarlac State University

Region IV-A – CALABARZON

  • Batangas State University
  • Cavite State University
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University (Laguna State Polytechnic College)
  • Southern Luzon State University
  • University of Rizal System

Region IV-B – MIMAROPA

  • Marinduque State College
  • Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Occidental Mindoro State College
  • Palawan State University
  • Romblon State University
  • Western Philippines University

Region V – Bicol Region

  • Bicol University
  • Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Camarines Norte State College
  • Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
  • Catanduanes State University
  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
  • Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Partido State University
  • Sorsogon State College

Region VI – Western Visayas

  • Aklan State University
  • Capiz State University
  • Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State College
  • Guimaras State College
  • Iloilo State College of Fisheries
  • Central Philippines State University
  • Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College
  • Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology
  • University of Antique
  • Iloilo Science and Technology University
  • West Visayas State University

Region VII – Central Visayas

  • Bohol Island State University
  • Cebu Normal University
  • Cebu Technological University
  • Negros Oriental State University
  • Siquijor State College

Region VIII – Eastern Visayas

  • Eastern Samar State University
  • Eastern Visayas State University
  • Leyte Normal University
  • Naval State University
  • Northwest Samar State University
  • Palompom Polytechnic State University
  • Samar State University
  • Southern Leyte State University
  • University of Eastern Philippines
  • Visayas State University

Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula

  • J.H Cerilles State College
  • Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Western Mindanao State University
  • Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College
  • Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

Region X – Northern Mindanao

  • Bukidnon State University
  • Camiguin Polytechnic State College
  • Central Mindanao University
  • University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Cagayan De Oro Campus
  • MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology
  • University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Claveria Campus
  • Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology

Region XI – Davao Region

  • Compostela Valley State College
  • Davao Del Norte State College
  • Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology
  • Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
  • University of Southern Philippines

Region XII – Main SOCCSKSARGEN

  • Cotabato State University
  • Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology
  • Sultan Kudarat State University
  • University of Southern Mindanao

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

  • Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College
  • Basilan State College
  • Mindanao State University
  • MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography
  • Sulu State College
  • Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College

Region XIII – Caraga Administrative Region

  • Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
  • Caraga State University (Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Surigao del Sur State University
  • Surigao State College of Technology

 

References: CNN Philippines

 

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Why Parojinog’s mansion was demolished after Duterte assumes office

When Rodrigo Duterte assumed office as president, the Parojinogs demolished their mansion in Ozamiz City and lived instead in a smaller house. The Parojinogs have been political kingpins in Ozamis City. As to why they demolished the house remained a mystery to the residents there. Some said that Parojinogs did it to avoid more suspicions in their involvement in illegal activities.

Last week, City Chief of Police Senior Inspector Jovie Espenido visited the old mansion of the Parojinogs in Bacakay, Ozamiz City.

As if hindi sila mayaman, bumalik na sa kanilang bahay na maliit para siguro… eh alam naman ng lahat na involved sila sa drugs,” Espenido told TV 5.

Translation: “To present themselves as not rich people, they went back to their little, old house… then again, everyone knew they were involved in durgs.”

Espenido suspected that the family was hiding something from the current administration.

The Discovery

According to the information received by the authorities, the old mansion of the Parojinogs became a ‘cemetery’ for their political foes and illegal drug trade competitors. They believe that it is also a meeting place of the alleged members of their syndicate to plan for their next crime. Brgy. Captain Ludvina Macayran has received complaints from the residents in the area about a foul odor sometime in February that made the council filled the place with trucks of soil.

Because of that, Espenido ordered the Ozamiz PNP to dig the demolished mansion for proof.

They found no human bodies. Rather, they only obtained sacks of garbage. Two sacks tied with rope only contained bones and feathers of animals.

The Parojinog Raid

Meanwhile, 16 people were killed during the anti-drug raid in Ozamiz City, including Mayor Aldong Parojinog and Board Member Octavio Parojinog. The police arrested Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and other members of the Parojinog clan. The vice mayor was discovered to have a relationship with Herbert “Ampang” Colangco, one of the suspected Bilibid drug lords.

After the operations, a man identified as ‘Noel’ claimed that he had worked as hitman and drug courier for 20 years for them. He admitted that he was ordered to pick up shabu from National Bilibib Prison several times and deliver it to Ozamiz City. According to Noel, the Parojinogs divided the illegal drugs he delivered and started to sell it to other pushers in Ozamiz. They were also involved in holdup operations, and murdering their political foes and business competitors. He also mentioned that he chopped bodies of the people who were ordered to be killed before burying them. Information point out the mansion as the said place.

New Ozamiz City

As a result of the absence of leadership, Irene Engracia Luansing became the acting mayor of Ozamiz and Michael Llamas Tagal as acting vice mayor.

The locals in Ozamiz City publicly expressed their views against the Parojinog family. They wore white shirts and attended the rally. They believe that this will give birth to a new Ozamiz City.

A community prayer in front of Ozamiz City Hall on Sunday was led by Pastor Nathaniel Dinoro.

References: TV News 5

 

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News: Manny Pacquiao Hands Money To Kids

Manny Pacquiao is one of the most well-known and greatest boxers in the world. His boxing skills are undeniably great. He is currently serving the Philippines as a Senator.

Many people have said the he should retire from boxing since he already has a good and comfortable life, but Manny refused to retire.

One of the reason is because he wants to share what he has to the poor.

A video of him went viral where he was seen handing out stacks of cash. Manny kept reaching to his stacks and handing out the money to local kids and those who waited.

 

“This is why I still fight”, Manny said.

 

Here’s the video:

Other things he has done

Manny never forgets to share his blessings. He established businesses to help those who needed jobs. You can check them at pgoci.com. He also paid out of pocket for 1,000 homes to be built for the poor in his hometown.

“I’m so happy giving these houses free to my constituents in the Sarangani Province from my own pocket – more than thousand families are the beneficiaries,” he posted on Facebook.

Many of the millions used to finance the housing came from his ‘Fight of the Century’ with Floyd Mayweather on May 2, 2015. Though he lost by two judges scoring it at 116–112 and the other 118–110, he still was handsomely compensated for the highly-anticipated match.

He has been dubbed the greatest Asian boxer, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and the second highest-paid athlete in 2015. While he finishes his six-year term as Senator, he plans on financing still more houses in his childhood hometown.

“I will never forget where I came from. I thank God for allowing me to help other people,” the former Congressman wrote on Twitter.

 

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10 Reasons Why Davao City is Safest and Most Liveable City in the Philippines

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With the new president of the Philippines, President Duterte, the spotlight has turned its way to Davao City with more and more Filipinos getting interested on visiting or even living in Mindanao’s premier city. Three times bigger than Metro Manila, six times the size of Cebu, and one of the largest metropolitan areas not just in Asia but in the world, the Philippines’ fastest-growing city has earned nicknames like “The Singapore of the Philippines.” Davao City continues to bring in lots of testimonials and news about its safety, low cost of living, and the best mix of things to do and nature. So, what is the fuss really all about? What’s in Davao City that makes it the safest and most liveable city in the Philippines? Here are 10 reasons why:

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Davao City’s Municipal Hall by OSOmniMedia Design Studio

1) Rules and regulations are strictly being implemented.

A favorite destination for study tours, Davao City is regarded as a model for other cities in the country. The local government is much admired not just nationally but also internationally. It has led in crafting landmark pieces of legislation, pioneering innovations in local governance, strong political will in implementing policies and programs, a high level of self-sufficiency; and its pluralist and liberal political climate result in significant grassroots and civil society participation.

Even with a population of over 1.3 million and an urban density estimated at 2,400 persons per square kilometer, Davao City’s crime rate still remains among the lowest in the country. This has earned for Davao City the distinction as the Most Peaceful City in the East and Southeast Asia for a number of years already.

The city contains also numerous medical  facilities, both private and public, with highly competent medical practitioners. There are three public hospitals: Southern Philippines Medical Center, Paquibato District Hospital and Camp Panacan Station Hospital, in addition to more than 30 private hospitals, excluding clinics and lying-in centers. Some hospitals are capable of performing complex operations from kidney transplants to heart surgeries, as well as providing luxurious medical tourism facilities.

The city also has an Anti-Smoking Ordinance implemented in 2002. Primarily, the intention is to protect the public  from the hazard of second-hand smoke.

The city has policies to keep its remaining environmental frontiers intact and rehabilitate those which have been destroyed by development and lack of concern. These are in the form of ordinances and issuances, prominently among them the Watershed Code, the Marine Protected Area Ordinance, the Ordinance Banning Aerial Spraying of Farms, and the Anti-Smoke Belching Ordinance.

It has also affiliated with the Clean Cities Coalition of the Energy and Clean Air Project of the United States Agency for International Development or USAID to be able to create the necessary mechanisms to help address the issue of global warming.

It also leads the Davao Gulf Management Council, which is now undertaking the Environment Sensitivity Index (ESI) on the city’s gulf water. The ESI is a combined satellite, aerial imaging and ground truthing which identifies areas where sea creatures including coral reefs and sea grasses thrive and those that should be protected.

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Davao City’s 911 by Rodincouch of SSC Davao

2) 911 Team always on-the-go.

Davao City is the only Asian city that has an integrated emergency response system similar to that of the United States and Canada, the difference being that in Davao City, the service is absolutely for free and totally subsidized by the local government. Central 911 responds to all kinds of emergencies : medical, fire, police assistance, natural or man-made disaster. The Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been cited as the best prepared disaster coordinating council in the country.

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Davao Light by Davao History Blog

3) Potable and safe water and abundant supply of power are available here.

Davao City’s tap water has been tested for quality and was adjudged as one of the best in the world in terms of cleanliness, safety, mineral content, and taste. No need for boiling, distilling, purifying, adding of minerals. The Davao City Water District (DCWD) is the number one water utility company among the 50 water utilities in the Asia- Pacific region.

Also, being the third largest privately-owned electric utility in the Philippines, Davao Light & Power Co. is the country’s most efficiently run power utility. The city is also the first in the country to have an  adaptive traffic signalization system and has a state-of-the-art traffic system similar to the system in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Davao Police by Philippines Lifestyle News

4) It has high police visibility, low crime rate and vehicular accidents.

Have a holiday in the city that boasts of having one of the lowest crime rates (averaging 0.8 per 10,000 population per month). The Davao City Police Office has consistently been chosen as the Best Police Office in the entire country. The Davao City Peace and Order Council has been elevated to the Philippine Hall of Fame for consistently being the best performing in the country.

From Top Left (Clockwise): Mangosteen, Philippine Sashimi, Durian Fruit, Kinilaw. Photos by OSOmniMedia Design Studio and Women Daily Magazine
From Top Left (Clockwise): Mangosteen, Philippine Sashimi, Durian Fruit, Kinilaw. Photos by OSOmniMedia Design Studio and Women Daily Magazine

5) Low cost of living.

In Davao City, the ideal quality of life does not come at a high cost! When in Davao City, you enjoy the freshest and highest quality agricultural produce. It exports large volumes of banana, pineapple, orchids, and tuna. Its pomelo, durian, and mangosteen are sought-after by many, yet these remain affordable and accessible to the locals on a daily basis.

Davao City: Clean and Green by OSOmniMedia Design Studio
Davao City: Clean and Green by OSOmniMedia Design Studio

6) It has maintained cleanliness in its surroundings.

Davao City takes advantage of environmental laws which ensure proper collection and disposal of garbage. The city is known for its well-disciplined residents plus a localized version of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act which is now being implemented. A huge sanitary landfill in place, regular and systematic collection of garbage from fixed points, and proper segregation have maintained cleanliness in the surroundings.

Zumba in the Park – People’s Park, Davao City by Br. Jeff U. Pioquinto, SJ

7) Low mortality rate. Healthy lifestyle.

Live a wholesome and healthy lifestyle in Davao City! The city pioneered the regulation of smoking in public places in the Philippines that gave birth to the National Anti-Smoking Law. Davao City has been a recipient of the prestigious Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health in 2010 and 2011 during the World No Tobacco Day. It has tough policies against dangerous drugs, violence against women and children (including prostitution and human trafficking), and environmental pollution. It has addressed the concern over aerial spraying in large plantations and banned the use of firecrackers and similar pyrotechnics. It leads in the conservation of endangered species such as the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, as well as the protection of the city’s watershed, coastal areas, rivers and gulf. Davao City boasts of having one of the most progressive and comprehensive reproductive health program in the world.

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8) It’s business-friendly.

Surveys and evaluations on the best places for business have always cited Davao as among the best performers. These include distinctions as being the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future by the FDI magazine of The Financial Times, the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines with the Best Quality of Life by the Asian Institute of Management and a long list of numerous recognition and distinctions as the city has received in the recent years. All these are proof of the continuous and decisive strides in making Davao City a home for many productive ventures and endeavors.

Mount Apo by Byahero Snapshots
Mount Apo by Byahero Snapshots

9) Davao City is the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Harvests are bountiful in Davao City. The cultivation and propagation of natural resources dominate the economic landscape of the region as the city is surrounded by many different plantations and stock farms supplying both local and export markets. With the richness of agribusiness opportunities in and around the city, it’s no wonder that Davao City is considered the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Davao City. Photo by Bernardo Agulo
Davao City. Photo by Bernardo Agulo

10) It’s a great place to live, work and play.

Davao City has been cited in Asia for its high livability index, where residents can easily switch between fast-paced business transactions and soothing relaxation options. It is considered a major tourist destination in the East Asian region with an increasing number of international visitors since the 1990s.

The designation of the Tagurano-Catigan-Eden Tourism Development Zone as the Mountain Resort and Agro-Tourism Capital of Southern Mindanao illustrates determined efforts leading to the desirable transformation of the city as the Summer Capital of the Philippine South. Additionally, the presence of world-class beach resorts both in the city and on nearby Samal Island (30 minutes away by boat ride) has allowed Davao to offer a complete tourism package for all visitors.

Beyond just visiting, Davao is also seen as a retirement haven for people seeking a slower pace, due to its relaxed atmosphere, low cost of living, and numerous recreational options.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Come to Davao and experience it yourself!

References: Davao – Life is Here and Trending News Portal


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Philippine Festivals: August

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Street dancers from Mati City, Davao Oriental won the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan street dancing competition and the cash prize of Php500,000, August 16, 2014 in Davao City. Photo by Erwin Mascarinas, InterAksyon.com.

Parades, street dancing, theatrical plays, religious or cultural rituals, trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, pageants and various games and contests – all these and more give color and life to fiestas around the nation. These celebrations honor the moments in history that has defined identity, culture, and locality in the areas where they occur. They highlight traditions indigenous to the locale.

Philippine Festivals came with Christianity, during the Spanish rule. Many of the communities in the country had a patron saint assigned to each of them. Fiestas were days in honor of them. It became a key to spreading the Catholic religion throughout the nation.

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Left: Pasigarbo sa Sugbu Festival Queen 2012. Photo by Archie Mercader. Top right: Manaragat Festival. Photo by Government of Catbalogan. Bottom right: Cordova Dinagat Festival. Photo by Archie Mercader.

Now, there are so many Philippine festivals. And they mean food – lots of them. Usually, houses are open to anybody who wants to eat. It feels as if everyone are friends with each other. Also, festivals could mean day-off to most employees as they are declared as public holidays.

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Photo courtesy of Rain de Ocampo and Wikimedia

Here’s a list to help you experience festivities this August:

DAY FESTIVAL LOCATION DESCRIPTION
1 Almasiga Festival Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental Governors celebration in the town.
Aug 1-4 Cabibi Festival Lal-lo, Cagayan The patronal town fiesta of Lallo, the former Cuidad Nueva Segovia – the capital of Cagayan during the Spanish colonial period is highlighted with street dancing, trade fair, Balikbayan tribute, among many others.
Aug 1-5 Padagyaw Festival Dumarao, Capiz Being held every year mirrors the spirit of unity and cooperation of its people. One of the few is the street dancing and pista ng bayan. These are the concrete example of group effort. From one fermented idea of planners, action men, and executions, they have translated their ideas and concepts into mass action of well rehearsed and well executed play, dancers, and graceful rendition of songs and dances. A delight to the eyes of the heart.
Aug 1-7 Pangapog Festival Island Garden City of Samal A thanksgiving festival celebration bountiful harvest features parade, indak-indak sa dalan, cultural presentation etc.
Aug 1-8 Mercedes Fishtival/Mercedes Kadagatan Festival Mercedes, Camarines Norte It is a fishermen’s celebration of thanksgiving for the blessings and bounty during the seafaring, fishing expedition and fish farming endeavors. The fishtival is also a moment of retrospect and recognition of Mother Nature for having endowed Mercedes with a gift of vast fishery resources, magnificent shorelines and other aquatic potentials and the wise utilization and preservation of ecological balance for the attainment of environmental dignity and beauty.
Aug 1-10 Sal-lupongan festival New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province Celebrating the fiesta of sal lipongan.
Aug 1-31 Buwan ng Wika Batangas A month long activity celebrating “Buwan ng Wika”. The activities undertaken are campaign for using Pilipino as a medium of instruction, hanging of streamer and short program.
Aug 1-31 Kasuotang Pilipino Exhibit and Show Museo ng Makati, Makati City A yearly exhibit mounted at the city’s museum featuring the evolution of Filipino costumes per region in celebration of the month of Filipino Costumes.
2 Udyakan sa Kabankalan/Charter Anniversary Kabankalan City A weeklong celebration by an agro-industrial fair showcasing the indigenous products of the farmers and the cooperatives. Creative booths that display these products are constructed by the different barangays at the city plaza.
2 Adlaw Hong Butuan Butuan City It’s the charter day celebration of Butuan City. It is highlighted by the thanksgiving mass, motorcade recognition of outstanding Butuanons & City employees night.
2 Palagsing Festival Butuan City A competition for the longest and the best tasting palagsing
Aug 4-5 Palo-palo Festival Basco, Batanes A cultural presentation of the different municipalities of Batanes, showcasing their ethnic group”s rugged yet storied existence.
Aug 4-13 Sta. Clara Festival Tigaon, Camarines Sur A celebration held in honor of Patron Saint, St. Claire of Assisi. Various activities are lined up including cultural shows, job fair, concert, fairworks display, beauty pagent, firworks display, battle of the bands and the highlight activity which is the Sta. Clara devotional dance.
5 Feast of our Lady of Snows Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental Nuestra Señora de los Nieves is the patron saint of the city. Parishioners celebrate the event with the Holy Mass and a procession around the city streets and capped with a cultural show in the local catholic school.
5 El Salvador Fiesta El Salvador City Agro-Fair/Parade/cultural show.
Aug 5-9 Bayombong Festival Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya The four day event features a typical fiesta with fireworks display, parade, peoples night, streetdancing and a beauty pageant competition. August 8 is also the feast day of St. Dominic, the town’s patron saint.
Aug 6-10 Pagpasidungog Festival Panit-an, Capiz Meaning to honor. The Panitan Municipal Government gives honour and recognition to every Paniteño who has given something for the social, cultural, educational and economic development of this town. Pagpasidungog honors those whose successes in life give inspiration to our young generations. This festival also honors their “KASIMANWAS” who brought fame, honor and recognition for Panitan.
8 Nalupon Festival Lupon, Davao Oriental Celebrating the feast Rean Daanoy
9 Bonga Festival Sibonga, Cebu The celebration is in honor of the town”s patron saint, Our Lady of Pilar and Santa Filomena. Among its highlights is the street dancing and ritual/showdown competition. “Bunga” is a Cebuano word which means fruit in English. This festival is a form of thanksgiving for all the blessings and graces the Sibonganhons have received for the abundant fruits found in their town.
9 Maliputo Festival San Nicolas, Batangas The festival is a showcase of local maliputo (Caramax Ignobilis) and its contribution to the growing industry of fish in the area. The people of San Nicolas enduring efforts to promote and cultivate the maliputo as a source of income to local residents is highlighted by a streetdancing parade showcasing the different concepts and themes of maliputo fish.
Aug 9-11 Fruit Festival Kidapawan City, North Cotabato Kidapawan takes its fruit growing industry to the streets literally as the city celebrates its annual fruit festival. There are cultural shows, a parade of local fruit products, a bevy of exhibits, street dancing competition and selected lectures on fruit preparation.
Aug 10-16 Cordova Dinagat Festival Cordova, Cebu The celebration honors the town’s most prized source of livelihood-fishing. “Dinagat” means “anything” pertaining to the sea”. It showcases Cordova’s distinctive cultural heritage though authentic traditional rituals and dances.
Aug 10-17 Pavvu Rulun Festival Tuguegarao, Cagayan The patron fiesta of Tuguegarao City. It is being celebrated yearly in honor of St. Hyacinth, which is being venerated at the Ermita de San Jacinto. Pav-vurulun which means comng together allows all members of the community to join in the celebrations from the well applauded street dancing competitions, drum, bugle and lyre competitions, beauty pagent, agri-trade fairs and job fairs, among many others. The highlight of the event is the outdoor cooking and pancit eating contest of the Pancit Batil Patung, a local noodle delicacy in the city.
11 Kaadlawan Han Samar Catbalogan, Samar Festivities to commemorate the foundation day of Samar
11 Kaahaan Festival/Araw ng Kinoguitan Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental Display of various agri- products of the municipality Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental.
Aug 11-13 Araw ng Cabanglasan Cabanglasan, Bukidnon Agro-Fair/cultural show.
Aug 12-16 Santones Festival Liliw, Laguna A five day festivity featuring the sweet santol and lanzones fruits raised in the locality.
Aug 12-17 Arandurugan Festival Guinobatan, Albay The festival is held to coincide with the town fiesta and as a form of thanksgiving for the bounties from the land. Various activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair.
13 Araw ng Tayabas Tayabas, Quezon Designated as the day for commemorating heroism of Tayabasins. The event calls for unity, strengthens social bonding and encourages Tayabasins to renew its commitment to service. Araw ng Tayabas pays tribute to the historical event in August 13, 1898 when the Spaniards surrendered to the revolutionaries of Tayabas.
13 (2nd Saturday) Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Cebu City In celebration of the province’s founding day, the Cebu Provincial Government stages this event where the best of what Cebu can offer is showcased. From world-class furniture and handicrafts, to the different delicacies that Cebu is well known for, this event showcases the talent and diversity of the Cebuanos to the world. The event is capped with the presentation of the different festivals in Cebu and fireworks.
14 Kalibongan Festival Kidapawan City, North Cotabato August 14 marks the celebration of the Kalibongan Festival. Kalibongan is a manobo term for a Grand Festival which is celebrated yearly in Kidapawan, Cotabato. The Manobos, Bagobos, and other highland tribes from the different parts of the province go down to Kidapawan to show off and proudly display their tradition and cultural heritage. The natives display thier own version of “party” with a traditional horsefight, a “blood compact” peace ceremony, etc.
14 Pasaka Festival Tanauan, Leyte Pasaka is a waray word meaning invitation to progress, health and luck for the inhabitants for the coming year. Religious homage, cultural dance parade in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption. A form of thanksgiving for the blessings received and a way of welcoming the visitors.
14 Caro-tao Festival Mawab, Compostela Valley Province Feast Celebration.
Aug 14-16 Kumbira (Food Festival) Cagayan de Oro City Food & culinary competitions sponsored by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA).
Aug 14-20 Kalubihan Festival Jordan, Guimaras Celebrated in support to the National Coconut Week Celebration in recognition of the efforts of the coconut farmers and other stakeholders of the province. Activities include “karituhan”, a parade of caritos artistically decorated with coconuts and its products, poster making and painting contests. Hataw sa Kalubihan-games and cultural presentation, food festival and highlighted by a coronation of “Nanay sang Kalubihan.”
Aug 14-21 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Davao City Celebration of the thanksgiving, this cultural festival’s highlights include street dancing, floral float parade, cultural shows, exhibits, etc.
15 Lubi-lubi (Coconut) Festival Calubian, Leyte The humble coconut tree gets its day in the spotlight as the town celebrates its Lubi-Lubi Festival.
15 Feast of our Lady of Assumption Boac, Marinduque A celebration in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption.
15 Pasakan Festival Tanauan, Leyte Religious homage/ cultural dance parade in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption
15 Sirong Festival Cantilan, Surigao del Sur A war dance between Muslims and Christians, reflecting the Christianization of the early Cantillanons
15 Sumayajaw Festival Jabonga, Agusan del Norte Held during the town fiesta of Jabonga. It is a thanksgiving celebration for the bounties showered by the Heavenly Father through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Lady of Assumption.
Aug 15-17 Coron Festival Tiwi, Albay “Coron” is a Bicol dialect meaning clay-pot or potteries of which the town of Tiwi is popularly known for. Thus, the festival’s main feature is the municipalities pottery industry which is done with skills passed from parents to children and perfected through long years of practice without the benefit of written manuals.
Aug 17-19 Kumbira Culinary Foodshow and Competition Limketkai Atrium, Cagayan de Oro City A yearly culinary show and competition usually participated by hotels, restaurants, and schools.
18 Sundayag Festival Cagayan de Oro City A showcase of the Best of Northern Mindanao featuring Agriculture, Trade, & Tourism destinations.
18 Lumin-awa Festival Lubuagan, Kalinga A festival that showcases a parade, cultural presentations, fashion show, and field presentations from different barangays of Lubuagan.
18 Araw ng Alubijid Alubijid, Misamis Oriental Street Dancing competition
19 Quezon Day/Angono Day Angono, Rizal Anniversary of Independence , the residents of Angono led by the Municipal Tourism Office, prepare a weeklong celebration characterized by trade fairs, arts exhibits, symphonic band concerts, cultural presentations, etc. Flower offering to the statue of President Quezon is being observed, as it is also his birthday.
20 Pilgrimage to Joroan Joroan, Tiwi, Albay Held every 3rd Saturday of August to pay homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Salvation, Patroness of Albay. It is highlighted by a maritime procession where the image is carried by the menfolks down to the beach where a large and well-decorated trawl boat is docked. An entourage of similarly decorated pumpboats follow, carrying the pilgrims and devotees to the shores and village at Sogod where a concelebrated mass is held.
20 Bankaton Festival Lavezares, Northern Samar Exciting motorboat race in honor of the town’s patron saint
19 Coco Sabutan Festival/Quezon Birth Anniversary Baler, Aurora Celebrated every year in honor of the Patron Saint of Baler, San Luis Obispo, and in commemoration of the birth of a great leader and statesman, President Manuel Luis Quezon. The long week celebration features Coco-Sabutan Festival, street dancing, Search for Little Ms Baler and Binibining Baler, Historical Quiz Bee and merry making activities.
Aug 21-25 Sabutan Festival SanLuis, Aurora Province Highlights the importance of growing palm trees locally called Sabutan on the community’s economic wellbeing. The raw material is used to weave a variety of useful products and ornamentals like hats, placemats, fans and even native dress. The festival features native dance presentation among school children, trade fair, cultural shows and exhibits.
23 Anniversary of Cry in Pugadlawin Pugad Lawin Shrine, Brgy. Baha Toro, Quezon City Another historical event celebrated yearly with a flag-raising and a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a civic parade and a program.
23 Manaragat Festival Catbalogan, Samar Manaragat is the local dialect for fishermen. This festival honours St. Bartholomew as the miraculous Saint who maintained the richness of Maqueda Bay as a major fishing ground of the province of Samar. It is interpreted by colours, dances and the sound of drums that echoes through the deep culture of the fishing industry that stayed long in the history of Catbaloganons.
Aug 23-24 24-Hour Mountain Bike Endurance national Bilibid Prison Land Reserve Area, Muntinlupa City A competition among the elite and amateur mountain bike outdoor sports athlete from across the country. The event will test the competitor’s mountain biking skills in the varied crisscrossed paths of the NBP Land Reserve Area.
25 Tsinelas Festival Gapan, Nueva Ecija To mark the anniversary of the town’s cityhood, Gapan City holds its annual Tsinelas Festival, with street dancing, parade of floats decorated with regular to gigantic 7 ft. slippers the famous slippers bazaar. The festival is aimed at bolstering the new city’s claim as the North Slippers Capital.
25 Iloilo Charter Day Iloilo City Iloilo City received its charter on August 25, 1937 during the American Commonwealth Government in the Philippines.
Aug 25-30 Pasa-Pasa Ikaw Festival Pasacao, Camarines Sur The festival showcases the town’s rich cultural heritage forever reminding its people of the significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the province of Camarines Sur and the region, in general.
26 Alcala Town Fiesta Alcala, Cagayan The local government unit of Alcala has highlighted the agricultural products of Alcala town like corn and rice presented a lcoal street dancing versino and the colonial past of the town depicted in its centuries-old church – St. Philomene Church.
26 Higa-onon Dance Festival Cagayan de Oro City St. Dancing and Tableau presentation of Higa-onon dancers. a festival participated by diff. groups showcasing Higao-non tribal dances & culture.
Aug 26-Sep 8 Daragang Madayon Daraga, Albay A historical and religious celebration in honor of the town’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Gate. It aims to showcase tha cultural life of Daragueños. Various colorful activities are lined up for this celebration.
27 Native Manok Festival Mabunao, Panabo City One of the highlights of Brgy. Mabunao’s araw, this festival is in thanksgiving of the bounty given as the Native Manok is one of the major products of Mabunao.
27 Bahandi Festival Alcantara, Cebu A street dancing celebrated during the town”s fiesta honoring the town”s patron saint, Señor San Augustine. The dance expresses the town people”s joy for the Bahandi (Treasure from the environment) that were given to the municipality.
27 Cagayan de Oro Golden Float Festival Cagayan de Oro City A float parade and competition highlighting the historical and cultural interpreted into colorful and unique floats. The event is participated by government organizations, civic organizations and various academic institutions in the city.
27 Kaumahan Festival Opol, Misamis Oriental Series of activities such as beautification , parade of farm products , agro and trade fair, cultural shows.
Aug 27-28 Madyaw, Hugyaw Samal Festival Peñaplata, Davao del Norte Festival of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and blessings.
Aug 27-28 Jinawa Festival Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte A local rendition of the classic Christian-moro conflict interpreted through songs and dances.
28 Lambagohan Festival Cagayan de Oro City A fluvial parade and a river festival with fully decorated outrigger boats complete with live band musician & ethnic dancers usually participated by various barangays of the city; this is also held to honor St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of the City.
28 Paladong Festival Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur A festivity of arts and rituals. The art of performing the ritual of “ladong” conducted by a “landongan”, a person who has the power and ability to cure as medium to call the spirits and relay the wishes to the clients through an offering.
28 Kalumunan Festival San Agustin, Surigao del Sur A reunion of relatives and friends during town fiesta of San Agustin celebrated through street dancing.
28 Kagay-an Festival Cagayan de Oro City A street parade and competition showcasing the Higaonon and Maranao influences of the city participated by various schools and groups.
28 Kariyawan Festival Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province A thanksgiving for the municipality’s rich agricultural harvest and abundant mineral resources. It features street dances depicting its wealth of cultural heritage and trade fairs.
29 Buyogan Festival Abuyog, Leyte “Buyog” (bees) dancer depict the origin of the town’s name in a well choreographed dance.
29 National Heroes Day SanCarlos City, Negros Occidental A celebration paying homage to people who fought for freedom, usually held with a cultural program and flower offering at the foot of the Unknown Soldier Monument.
29 Nagsabado Festival Pasig City A re-enactment of the revolutionary action against the Spaniards leb by Valentin Cruz and Andres Bonifacio in 1896. The historic revolution happends to fall on a Saturday that”s why the event is called “Nagsabado”.
29 29 de Agosto Brgy. Hagdang Bato Itaas, Mandaluyong City Travel back to history as the city observes its First Cry of Revolution against Spaniards in 1896. A commemorative program and an evening of Kundiman are special activities for the occasion.
Aug 29-31 Tilawng SaPagkaong Nan Surigaonon Food Festival Surigao City, Surigao del Norte A celebration of Surigao City’s diverse bounty of seafoods and unique Surigao flavour and food culture. An annual event designed to provide opportunity for caterer’s / food handlers and individuals to showcase their culinary talents as they create their own Interpretations of a uniquely Surigaonon dish. It is also an avenue for the restaurant staff and students to showcase their skills and expertise in basic restaurant services.
30 Siloy Festival Alcoy, Cebu The festival promotes the Mag-abo forest with its famous Black or Siloy, the town”s scenic white sand beaches and dive spots and in honor of the town”s patroness Saint Rose of Lima.
30 Kayaba: Guimaras – Iloilo Cross Channel Swim Iloilo City A cross channel swim to create awareness to preserve the Iloilo river, promote tourism in Guimaras and Iloilo and encourage endurance swimming as a competitive sport.
30 Mandaue Charter Day Celebration Mandaue City, Cebu The Mandauehanons celebrates this eventful anniversary with parades, games and variety shows. The Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry spearhead the holding of the Mandaue that will start off on this day.
30 Turumba Festival Teresa, Rizal This is done every year during the feast of Saint Rose of Lima called “Turumba sa Birhen” which means a unique dance dedicated to Saint Rose of Lima, the patron saint of Teresa. Song and dance rites are practiced during the turn of the 19th century up to this time. It is participated by children, young and old who dance with the accompaniment of the musical band. They are clad in colorful costumes with big salakot decorated with multi colored Japanese papers and dance their way from the church to the different barangays of the town. They get hold of any branches of trees and shrubs found on their way to use as their swaying instruments for the dance.
30 Battle of Pinaglabanan Pinaglaban Shrine, Municipality of San Juan National / local celebration of the Battle of Pinaglabanan, a Battle which sparked the Philippine Revolution of 1896. There will be mass at 7:00 am followed by wreath-laying ceremony
31 Birth Anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay Iba, Zambales Morning activities which consists of flag raising, flower offering to the monument of the late Pres. Magsaysay. After the celebration infront of the Pavilion, the celebration was continued to the Ancestral House of President Ramon Magsaysay for the program.

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Philippine Festivals: July

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Sandugo Festival. Photo courtesy of PhilJa.com

Parades, street dancing, theatrical plays, religious or cultural rituals, trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, pageants and various games and contests – all these and more give color and life to fiestas around the nation. These celebrations honor the moments in history that has defined identity, culture, and locality in the areas where they occur. They highlight traditions indigenous to the locale.

Philippine Festivals came with Christianity, during the Spanish rule. Many of the communities in the country had a patron saint assigned to each of them. Fiestas were days in honor of them. It became a key to spreading the Catholic religion throughout the nation.

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From top left (Clockwise): Lubid Festival, Kinis Festival, Sagayan Festival, Banana Festival, Banig Festival. Photo courtesy of GMA Network, Floyd Evangelista Flores, TheAmazingAmado, TripWow Trip Advisor, and Joanna Mae Figues, respectively.

Now, there are so many Philippine festivals. And they mean food – lots of them. Usually, houses are open to anybody who wants to eat. It feels as if everyone are friends with each other. Also, festivals could mean day-off to most employees as they are declared as public holidays.

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Photo courtesy of Rain de Ocampo and Wikimedia

Here’s a list to help you experience festivities this July:

DAY FESTIVAL LOCATION DESCRIPTION
1-10 Banana Festival Tagum City Street dancing, agri trade fair to highlight Davao del Norte as “banana country”
1-31 Sandugo Festival Tagbilaran City, Bohol Bohol’s annual commemoration of the Blood compact (mardi gras parade) between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Highlights of the festival are the Sandugo street dancing & Mardi Gras. These dances depict the theme of “friendship among equals and international diplomacy” expressed in the participating group’s traditional culture.
1-2 Feast of our Lady of Guibang Gamu, Isabela Annual feast day of the Miraculous Lady of Guibang
1-2 Feast of our Lady of Piat Piat, Cagayan Annual feast day of Our Lady of Piat highlighted by the procession of the Marian Image being venerated for centuries.
1-7 Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival Cabanatuan City A celebration in promoting Nueva Ecija as the source of Carabao’s mil, with 5 cities / municipalities as top producers of Gatas ng Kalabaw namely: Science City of Munoz, Llanera, Talavera, San Jose City and  Sto. Domingo.
1 San Carlos Charter Anniversary San Carlos, Negros Occidental Usually celebrated with a Thanksgiving Mass, sports activties, concerts, parade, beauty pageant and awarding to the city’s achiever of the year.
1 Araw ng Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental Digos City, Tagum City, Mati Celebration of the division of Davao into three provinces. Consist of agro trade fair, civic military parade, sports competition, horsefight, tribal dances, beauty pageants, etc.
1 Sinugdan Festival Maasin City, Southern Leyte A religious street pageant as homage to the Holy Child Jesus,  with its theme – “One Beat, One Faith, One Southern Leyte” features the different festivals of Maasin City and the 18 Municipalities of the province.
1 Tanggogoan Festival Digos City Celebration of Araw ng Davao del Sur every July 1. Highlights of the celebration are Search for Mutya ng Davao del Sur, street dancing and tribal dance competition.
2 Araw ng Pasig Pasig City A grand celebration of the Pasig day highlighted by different activities like the Mutya ng Pasig Pageant, Dancing Parade, Outstanding Pasiguenos Night, Arts & Literary Competition, Palarong Pinoy, Kusina Pasigueno, etc.
3 Banig Festival Badian, Cebu In celebration of Badian’s Annual Fiesta, the festival showcases the Cebuano & Badianganon culture, tradition, delicacies & local products especially its famous “mats” (banig).
3 Feast of the Holy Cross of Wawa (Pagoda sa Wawa) Bocaue, Bulacan The feast features the Pagoda, which is a gaily-decorated structure riding on a huge banca that glides along the Bocaue River.
4 Sagayan Festival (Maranao War Dance) Tubod, Lanao del Norte This festival depicts the rich Maranao culture pageantry war dance performed by warriors & fan dance by the Maranao maidens held during Araw ng Lanao del Norte.
4 Phil-Am Friendship Day Baguio City Revival of friendship among Filipinos, Americans & other Nationalities accented with the sale exposition of variety products.
5 Araw ng Hagonoy Hagonoy, Davao del Sur Executive Order No. 596 creating Hagonoy into a municipality last July 5, 1953. Highlights include parades, field demonstration, trade fairs & traditional festivities.
8 Alegria de Isabela Isabela City A festival based on a legend that tells how the early townsfolk survived a raging storm, where St. Isabela was seen blocking a giant wave. Celebrated with a regatta & procession of the image and merry- making beside the cathedral
12-16 Lubid Festival Malilipot, Albay A weeklong celebration showcasing abaca hemp – locally known as lubid which the municipality is known to be the region’s major producer. Various activities are highlighted by a street dance parade where participants are colorfully dressed in abaca costumes.
12 Hudyaka Festival Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental Street dancing competition which depicts the historical events of how Laguindingan become one of the municipalities of Misamis Oriental
13-18 Tinalak Festival Koronodal City, South Cotabato An annual celebration of the Province of South Cotabato that demonstrate the importance of T’nalak cloth as the cultural image of the Province.  The variety of activities of the festival mimics the T’nalak cloth, being a piece of cloth weaved to varied designs.  The festival activities are characterized by its focus on people and development anchored on tourism, history and culture and Arts.
14-15 Sinarapan Festival San Buenaventura, Buhi, Camarines Sur Showcase the world’s largest fish locally known as “sinarapan” which is found abundant in the area.  Various activities are lined up highlighted by the float competition.
15-16 Subayan Keg Subanen Festival Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental A week-long trade fair/ street dancing depict songs, dances and other forms of simulated social expression of the rich Subanon cultural heritage
15-30 Cordillera Day Baguio City / CAR Provinces An annual celebration of the creation of Cordillera Administrative Region.
15 S’lang Festival Malungon, Sarangani Province A municipal celebration that gives importance to the B’laanl Culture and traditions being the original inhabitants of the place.
16 Pahinungod Festival Carrascal, Surigao del Sur Highlights include a Mardi Gras performed around the streets of Carrascal in honor of their patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
17-23 Binuhat Festival Tagum City An advocacy celebration recognizing the rights and social contributions of the gay community in different fields of endeavors from technical aspects, business, academe, creative and performing arts that foster acceptance of their gender in the society.
18-25 Kinis Festival Panganiban, Catanduanes Panganiban is one of the municipalities that host natural sanctuaries for hard-shell crabs or locally known as  “kinis”. Dubbed as the “Crab Capital” of the island, the town celebrates its annual ‘Kinis Festival’ on the month of July. The highlights of the festival include the street dance competition, crab racing and trade fare (One Town One Product) that aims to promote the town’s crab industry.
19 Padigosan Festival Digos City The day is utilized to commemorate the founding of Digos as a municipality.
22-25 Libon Paroy Festival Libon, Albay Katalingkasan which means freedom and rebirth, is held in conjunction with the Libon Town Fiesta and the feast of its Patron Saint, St. James the Greater. The festival aims to revive the rich cultural heritage of the town and at the same time promote local tourism.
22 Kaliga Festival (Street Pageantry) Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental Street dancing, trade fair & cultural presentations in observance of the City Charter day.
22 Birth Anniversary of Apolinario Mabini Talaga, Tanauan An annual celebration commemorating the birth anniversary of our Sublime Paralytic.
23 Ibid Festival Caibiran, Biliran Ibid Festival portrays how the town of Caibiran got its name from the species of monitor lizard locally known as “ibid”.
23 Araw ng Nabunturan Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province Founding anniversary of the municipality.
23 Subilan Festival Batangas City An annual celebration wherein a ritual dance is being done to pay homage to the Holy Cross as a sort of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
24-25 Kinabayo Festival (Battle of Covadonga) Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte A re-enactment of the Spanish-Moor wars, particularly the battle of Covadonga.
24 Sinulog de Tanjay Tanjay, Negros Oriental A street dancing with mock battles between Moros and Christians followed by a reconciliation through the intercession of the patron Señor Santiago.
July 25-Aug 1 Buganihan Festival Compostela Valley Celebration of Buganihan
25-31 Balikcarcanmadcarlan Cantillan, Surigao del Sur Week-long activities participated by all Balikbayans.
25 Kadagatan Festival Cortes, Surigao del Sur A yearly thanksgiving of Cortesanons done through street dancing. Costumes and props of dancers symbolize marine life.
25 Panagsogod Festival Sogod, Cebu A celebration which traces back the roots of the Municipality of Sogod where the white and black sands in the area provided early settlers a productive livelihood.
25 Kutoo Festival Cateel, Davao Oriental Pre-harvest ritual of thanksgiving.
25 Saint James the Apostle Fiesta Compostella Valley Feast of St. James the Apostle celebration.
July 26-Aug 2 Tourism Consciousness Week Butuan City Several tourism-related activities are lined-up for the week such as Nightly Cultural show, Palagsing Festival, Laro ng Lahi, Photo Exhibit, Speech Contest, Quiz bowl, Sining contest in Butuanon Competition; Mountainbike, Motocross and BMX exhibitions.
26 Pakapya-Agtike Socorro, Mindoro Oriental The festival is being held annually to commemorate the town fiesta.  It is a ceremonial tradition practiced by Tadyawan Mangyans as a thanksgiving ritual to praise the Almighty for bountiful harvests.
26 Sta. Anang Banak Taguig River Festival Municipality of Taguig A fluvial parade in honor of the town patroness St. Anne. The thrills and excitement of the fishers are replayed after year by the “pasubo” where fluvial parade participants in Colorful boats and spectators by the riverbanks toss goodies of fruits and native delicacies to each other.
26 Kaumahan Festival Barili, Cebu A festival of revelry where merry making and showcasing of Barili’s agricultural products takes center stage which give rise to the tow’s agricultural and economic development.
30 Anniversary of the Battle of Paye Balimbing, Boac, Marinduque The first officially recorded encounter between the United States troops and the Filipino Revolutionary forces in the island of Marinduque wherein the latter in spite of poor weaponry emerged victorious.
31 Kahimoan Abayan Festival Butuan City A riverside festivity in honor of Saint Anne, Patroness of Agusan River highlighted with baroto races and indigenous games for men, women and children capped by a fluvial procession.
31 San Ignacio de Loyola Fiesta Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province Celebrating the feast of San Ignacio de Lotola.

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Who is Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte?

Photo by Rogue Philippines
Photo by Rogue Philippines

Many have already been rejoicing over Mayor Rodrigo (nicknamed Digong) Duterte’s landslide victory based on the unofficial vote counting from the COMELEC. Having a huge lead from his rivals, he will soon be the Republic of the Philippines’ 16th President. As the Philippine Elections draw to a close, let’s take a closer look at Digong’s history aside from the several news stories we see, hear and read about him.

Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte was born to Vicente G. Duterte and Soledad Roa on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, capital of Southern Leyte. His father is a Cebuano lawyer, while his mother is a native of Cabadbaran, Agusan, and was a school teacher and a civic leader of Maranao descent. His father used to be mayor of Danao in Cebu. Other relatives has also served political positions in Cebu and Davao Provinces. The Dutertes finally settled in the Davao Region in 1951, where Vicente as a lawyer engaged in private practice, while Soledad taught in public schools as a teacher, but later retired as a supervisor in 1952 when her lawyer-husband entered politics there. She left government service owing to the demands of being a wife of an active politician. As wife of the governor, she became familiar with the social and economic problems of the people, especially out-of-school youth, women, children and the disabled.

Duterte went to Laboon Elementary School in Maasin, for a year, then spent his remaining elementary days at the Santa Ana Elementary School in Davao City, where he graduated in 1956. He finished his secondary education at the Holy Cross Academy of Digos after being expelled twice from previous schools due to misconduct. He went to college at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila, where graduated in 1968 with a degree in the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also obtained a law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1972. In the same year, he passed the bar exam. Duterte eventually became Special Counsel at the City Prosecution Office in Davao City from 1977-1979; Fourth Assistant City Prosecutor from 1979-1981; Third Assistant City Prosecutor from 1981-1983; and Second Assistant City Prosecutor from 1983-1986.

He has siblings named Benjamin “Bong” Duterte, a one-term city councilor of Davao between 1992 to 1995; younger sister Jocelyn Duterte, who lost in several attempts to grab a Third District city council seat as well as for the mayor post in 2001; and Blue Boy Duterte who ran and lost in the First District congressional race in 1998.

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Digong is also an avid fan of big bikes, and loathes luxury cars. He once owned a second-hand Harley Davidson and currently a Yamaha Virago. Once a habitual smoker, he eventually quit after a doctor’s suggestion due to health concerns. He is also openly supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and is an enthusiastic reader of Robert Ludlum and Sidney Sheldon novels.

He has his own local show in Davao City called Gikan Sa Masa, Para Sa Masa (“From the Masses, For the Masses”) aired as a blocktimer on ABS-CBN Davao. He is also a member of Lex Talionis Fraternitas, a fraternity based in the San Beda College of Law and the Ateneo de Davao University.

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He was once married to Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman. She is a flight attendant from Davao City and is of German American descent with roots as well in Tuburan, Cebu. Together, they have three children: Paolo (“Pulong”), Sara (“Inday Sara”) and Sebastian (“Bastê”). Paolo and Sara ventured into politics while Baste concentrated on business. Duterte’s father Vicente died in 1968, while his mother Soledad died on February 4, 2012, at the age of 95. Zimmerman was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2015.

Duterte has been publicly very open about his infidelity and philandering while married to Zimmerman and cited it as the reason for his failed first marriage when asked in interviews. In 1998, Zimmerman filed a petition with the Regional Trial Court in Pasig to nullify her marriage. Duterte never appeared in court and did not contest Zimmerman’s petition. Two years later, the court decided in her favor, ending the 27-year marriage of Duterte and Zimmerman. Duterte and Zimmerman have been on good terms in recent years with Zimmerman stating, “Yes, he [Rodrigo] is really a very good leader. That is all he is. But when it comes to family, he is not capable of taking care of it.” In 2001, Zimmerman eventually ran for a seat on the city council but lost. Duterte and Zimmerman are said to have patched things up and appear to be civil to each other, 15 years after their marriage was declared null and void. Zimmerman eventually joined the campaign trail for Duterte’s presidential candidacy in early 2016 called Byaheng Du30 in which she would travel by bus to major cities together with her daughter Sara and a number of delegates.

Photo by NewsFlash.org
Photo by NewsFlash.org

Despite his status being listed as “single” in the Davao City government website, Duterte is currently living with his common-law wife Cieleto “Honeylet” Avanceña, a nurse, with whom he has one daughter named Veronica (“Kitty”). Duterte has eight grandchildren, half of whom are Muslims and the other half Christian.

Despite being raised as a communicant of the Catholic Church, on January 19, 2016, while meeting with businessmen in Binondo, Manila, he clarified that he has not attended Mass for quite some time already since he deemed it incompatible with his mayoral responsibilities: “(Kung) pakinggan ko ‘yang Ten Commandments, pati ‘yong pari diyan, wala na akong magagawa sa pagka-mayor ko” (“If I listened to the Ten Commandments or to the priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor”). Duterte then clarified that he had not abandoned God, only “forfeited” his religion for the meantime.

Duterte personally disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels mostly in the limbs that has been traced to previous habitual smoking, contrary to earlier rumors of throat cancer.

 

Credits to: Wikipedia