Davao Carnival, Beauties of the Past

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,…

Tom’s Hotel and Kitchen, San Pedro St.

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,…

The Davao I grew up with.

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…

Early Davao malls.

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…

The art of scouring.

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…

A bridge too far.

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…