What of the future?

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…

What those aerials and maps mean?

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…

Davao architecture and structures through the years.

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…

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 ninongĀ and friends while working as an…