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Kalilang in a hotel under renovation, and identity in Mindanao

It was a bit awkward for me and Omar, a reserved Maguindanaoan who tried to be informative, as we took a peek at the wedding of a couple from two big Maguindanaoan families in Cotabato City.

We were looking through the window from our side of the conference hall— we looked like kids wanting to gate crash or something. Everybody in the training was doing just that as we waited for our morning session to start.

We were holding grassroots documentation and reporting training next door and the arrival of wedding guests drew our attention —especially when traditional wedding songs and hymns began to play. Read More…


Davao choral group wins Asian tilt

Davao City’s renowned Himig Singers won the grand prize of the 1st Asian Choir Games in Jakarta, Indonesia over the weekend, City Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz said. But Ortiz still could not give other details of the group’s victory. The all-Dabawenyo choral group won in one of the 21 categories of the pioneering tilt participated by more than 70 choral groups, mostly Indonesian-based, from around Asia-Pacific.  

The group was one of 12 from the Philippines that competed in various categories in the competition.  According to the competition’s website, the group was conducted by Aldwin Curambao and Alvin E. Aviola.  

The other Mindanao-based group in the competition is the Xavier University Glee Club from Cagayan de Oro City.  Read the rest of the report on

Congrats to Dabawenyo film director Sherad!

Congratulations to Dabawenyo film director Sherad Anthony Sanchez for bagging more awards for the film Huling Balyan ng Buhi in Germany and France.

Last year, Sherad’s team showed hard work WORKS  despite the film’s ordeal with budget constraints while shooting it in Davao’s suburbs and remote points.

Read more on the director’s and the film’s additional feathers here.

Zubiris firm up control over Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 May) — Bukidnon is still Zubiri country.

Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. won over lone opponent, three-termer 1st district
representative Juan Nereus Acosta with a margin of at least 250,000.

Zubiri got 323,238 votes.

His son, Jose Ma. III, also won as representative for Bukidnon’s 3rd district.

The governor’s nephew, Iñaki, also won as vice mayor over former mayor
Nicholas Jurolan in Malaybalay City.

The victory of the Zubiris of Southern Bukidnon ushered in the defeat of its
arch-rival, the Acostas of Northern Bukidnon. Read More…

Mindanao’s regions account for at least 10-M voters

If the Comelec figures are reliable, Mindanao accounts for around 25 percent of the country’s total voters as shown by this report by MindaNews’ Carolyn Arguillas:

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 April) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has
yet to release an updated statistical data on registered voters for the 2007
elections but based on the 2004 figures, Mindanao’s six regions would account
for at least 10 million voters this year.

The Comelec’s website posted statistics as of April 28, 2004, in preparation
for the May 10 polls then. The state-run Philippine Information Agency
regional office here does not have the updated figures on the region it is
covering and is also awaiting Comelec’s list, a check with PIA Davao showed. Read More…

To Disneyland and back in 10 hours

I’m back for a day of hiatus. “I just arrived from Disneyland in a quickie trip.”
I’ve wanted to use that quote the moment I thought I’m blogging on this.

Actually, before you would think about a stupid trip that I might have taken (10 hours?!!! even DL-HK, still not logical even if possible), I’ll put it straight.

I just arrived from Tamayong where the flock of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy runs a prayer mountain.

I got invited to cover the chief minister’s 58th birthday — with many politicians, businessmen and government officials present as guests.

The members of the Davao city council, who could barely form a quorum on session day were almost present in the party, except for two. Read More…

Pride over Dabawenyo coffee

javaman.gifEven if in the strictest sense I am not a Dabawenyo because I am originally from Monks’ Blend Coffee country, Bukidnon; I am a Dabawenyo by heart.

And I am bit prouder as a Dabawenyo tonight. (At least three hours ago: 11p.m. Thursday night)

Its actually for a mundane reason. I heard my new found friends from Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Pagadian, and Subic praise Davao’s Durian Coffee as veeeeeery good.

Most of them were from the Union of Catholic Asian News, which I recently joined and they were out to unwind Thursday night.
We ended up in the Matina Town Square. Since half of the group, including me, wanted to beer out and the others, to coffee dive; we choose Taboan and ordered coffee from the shop across. Read More…