Where have our public spaces gone? So many years ago, we had a living and breathable public spaces, public parks and beaches that families could enjoy a lazy Sunday. Where the families could just relax, frolic, cool down and enjoy the sceneries and each other's presence. One example which I'd like to think as the… Continue reading Our public spaces, becoming a public dump
Dinabaw 102 - Revisiting the song What best way to start our ongoing series is with the song which became popular in the 70s, nationwide. Okay, most kids wouldn't know it. This is love song, firstly. And it gives a proper setting to learn the language. In the song, you would notice some Visayan words… Continue reading O Kay Budi
Dinabaw 101 - an Introduction. Matigam kaw? While literally meaning "Do you speak?", such a question in some parts of Davao are asked to initiate a discussion from speaking to knowing to understanding. Well it really means if you know and speak Dinabaw or Minandaya. Dinabaw, Dabawenyo or Minandaya (all used interchangeably) or others would… Continue reading Matigam Kaw?
They say the character of a city depends on how it treats its heritage structures. And I'd like to ask, how have we fared so far? Where are we now in terms of preserving and conserving our old structures? Do we still have them? I'd like to pose this question so we understand the need… Continue reading Our Heritage Structures
They say we talk about the familiar, and it is very true. And tomorrow is always something easy to think of but difficult to grasp. The familiarity of the unknown. Well so many years ago, while still a student, or graduating was it? As the editor-in-chief for The Philwomenian, the school paper for Philippine Women's… Continue reading What of the future?
These series of aerials and maps taken before the war can have a lots of purpose. Just like those Google maps in the increasingly pervasive presence of today's technology, aerials served a variety of purpose, from agriculture to military intelligence. And it can a pretty stifling work. As it means you take a lot of… Continue reading What those aerials and maps mean?
Davao structures through the years have changed the face of the city, whether we like it or not. While we have not seen proof of Spanish era structures, the American colonial period has sparked a construction boom with the help of the Gabaldon buildings. Most government structures were single or two storeys, there were privately… Continue reading Davao architecture and structures through the years.
This is a combined articles culled from Manila Carnival and thank you to Alex R. Castro for allowing us to repost these ones. 153. Carnival Beauties: LUCILLE M. MAXEY, 1926 Miss Davao MAXEY-MUM IMPACT. Davao sent the lovely Lucille Maxey to the 1st National Beauty contest of 1926, of Fil-American parentage. Her father was a soldier,… Continue reading Davao Carnival, Beauties of the Past
This is one of those mysterious structures of Davao. Not much is known who the owner is, was it operated by an American, Japanese or a local Filipino businessman? Was it just a shortlived business? Just like the American Club building, it is not mentioned in any of the local history books. It there was,… Continue reading Tom’s Hotel and Kitchen, San Pedro St.
The Davao I grew up with was the late 60s to the 70s, maybe to stretch it further the 80s. Then was kind of a very laid back life. And it is the Davao that was stuck in my mind, not the Davao I left in 2000. This is always the topic I would always… Continue reading The Davao I grew up with.
Victoria Plaza takes credit as Davao's first real mall in 1993. It had a soft opening around in time for December 1992, and fully opening in early of 1993. I was hired as a visual merchandiser, due to connections then with the late Robert Allan Limso who was a ninong and friends while working as an… Continue reading Early Davao malls.
What is most satisfying is finding something of old Davao over eBay. I have been doing this for maybe 18 years now. While before I would have done a "Davao" search, it would give me results. But late, I have been trying to broaden my search as I thought I might miss something. Just imagine yourself banging… Continue reading The art of scouring.
For this generation, the most exciting topic is the Samal Bridge. And it would send off a frenzied and passionate defense of the pros and cons. Many would say it is for the betterment of the island, and many would dismiss it as it is bad for Samal and ecology. But how old is the… Continue reading A bridge too far.
The abundance of digital archives is a boon to historians and anybody who is willing to dig deeper in any topic they have an interest on. But, that is not where it ends. Or maybe begins. Digital archives can only store what it can find, on the shallow. As I have been sharing with friends… Continue reading Why we need digital archives