Sunday, 31 July 2011

Tagum City River Cruise

For so many years, the cool and calm waters of Tancuan in Bincungan, Tagum City seems like to be so elusive from the public. Not until recently when the Local Government of Tagum had embarked on a noble project of establishing a wetland reserve in this progressive southern city known for its best governance practices, palms and grand festivals. The once elusive Tancuan as well as the gentle waters of Nabintad River is now Tagum City's newest attraction, serving like a magnet for people who are looking forward to have a date with nature and rediscover its allure.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Glimmers of Hope

In Tagum City's southern side, along its dynamic coast, rural life breaths at its finest. Despite the city's meteoric rise as a bustling urban hub, Tagum City has maintained the vibrancy of its rural feel. One needs not to go far to see this. You'll see it in the eyes of its children.

On Tuesday, I had the rare privilege in visiting Barangay Liboganan, a rural village that faces the mighty Davao Gulf. Seeing its children in their barangay school warmed my heart as it reminded me of the simple life they are living. Through their eyes, one can see the innocence and joy that only a child can bear. That Tuesday was so special to them, at least that's what my sense told me.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Class and the Environment

A little past eight in the sun-kissed morning of April 1 this year, the visionary leader of the magnificent City of Tagum was busy chatting with subordinates in his engineering war room right across the city's motorpool. He was in his element: khaki pants and sandals, plain magenta t-shirt and brown sandals. I was told he is always on time and he hates late. But on this day, Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy patiently waited for a very simple turn-over ceremony that would benefit the city's 37 public elementary and seven public secondary schools. That day was my first day in my job as a writer at the City Information Office and my first assignment taught me of one thing: class.

It's raining hot logs in Tagum City once again as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will officially turn-over hot logs worth 4.5 million pesos confiscated in the highlands of Davao del Norte. According to my friend Luigie Bago who is now working at the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, the official turn over will be witnessed by President Benigno S. Aquino III sometime next week. They're still awaiting official schedule from MalacaƱang.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

From Upland to Coastal: Living the Adventurous Life

There’s something in the City of Tagum that had remained so foreign to me. Not until recently when I woke up on a sun-kissed morning. I was smiling because I know that day will be a day full of adventure and adrenaline rush. When Sir Edwin Lasquite informed us that the great Jojie Alcantara is coming to town for a shoot, I dropped all scheduled plans just to rub elbows with the famed travel photojournalist and of course, to conquer and see for myself Tagum City’s hidden gems.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Brand New Day, Brand New Blog

The pen is mightier than the sword.
TAGUM CITY, PHILIPPINES--After five years of being idle at blogging here in blogspot, I am now officially back. It was way back in senior year in high school when I started blogging using this site. In the 365 days that past, I maintained a personal blog that's mainly focused on two things: random thoughts and my lame photography. Five years ago, I all writing about weekly experiences in high school--from student leadership to the excitement of talking with your first love. Five years had past and many things had changed.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Philippines, 113

Today I saw a flag unfurl amidst a backdrop of blue sky. Today’s no ordinary day for this piece of cloth to wave in the deep blue sky because today, all eyes gaze on it with a sense of euphoria and nationalistic pride. One hundred thirteen years ago, our forefathers saw the rise of three stars and a sun and today, I saw the same. It’s the 12th of June and it’s Philippine Independence Day.