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.