The FOM sent Christmas presents and food and monies up on the 24th Decemeber to help the boys have a special Christmas.
Thanks to ALL the FOM who made this possible.
Below are some photos, and look at the table with food and magine your family eating that over Christmas!!!
Videos will be online tomorrow.
Remember to visit the site by clicking HERE.
hi iThis is part of a recent article that Tim walker did for his on line magazine. As it featured our old leader and friend I thought you would like to see it.The full article is HERE
In my life, either here in Asia or there in America I will find so many other people to talk to, to sit and learn from and to help when help is needed. I know people like Ian Fredericks do not come along in life’s paths to many times and I know that somehow we only find one true father along our way in life too. I will close by saying something that Ian’s son Josh said one day to him in an early morning when it was raining outside, he said, quote “The Sun Is Crying” and yes my friend, he is crying for all of us today.
There are many charities here in Davao as there are all over the Philippines. Most of the charities are for the small children or the people of an older age. In the past, I have writing about the Field of Dreams boy’s home that is doing wonderful work for.
Well, through the Expat group, Friends of Mindanao I learned of and visited a wonderful and different concept for a well needed charity. This is Balay Sa Adunay Pangandoy or Home of Those who have Ambition.
There is a man, Dennis T. Mabayao who as a seminarian worked doing ministry work at the Davao City Jail and
Full article on American in Davao
Thanks so much to the people that joined in the Christmas party at Times Beach. Great to see some new and old faces, and thanks to Tim Walker for organising it all. Thanks Tim.
The presents will go to the boys school in Panacan, and that are noot suitable will be distrubeted to the needy.
It is our plan to take the presents and food parcels up on 24TH DECEMBER, so if you would like to contribute then please get in touch..And again thank you all.
THE NEXT MEETING>???
Wednesday January 6th 2010 9am...hope you will all be sober by then.
To tell people about FOM and give out those flyers
It will be the third Gaisano Grand Mall, the other two are in Davao City and Panabo City.
Carla Corcino, advertising and promo center manager said the Gaisano Grand Mall has four levels, in which the lower ground is designed for car park, upper grounds are leasable for tenants.
The second level and the third level are for the supermarket and the department store, respectively, she said.
The investor has infused P299 million capital for the Tagum Gaisano Grand Mall.
Construction of the Mall started in August, 2008.
About 140 tenants are slated to operate inside the mall, although it could still accommodate more, Corcino said.
In today’s opening, about 130 tenants will start operating, she said.
Big tenants among others, Jolibee and Chowking will open during its grand opening which has yet to be scheduled, Corcino said. Judy Quiros
In separate statements issued Monday, both countries also urged Philippine security forces to respect human rights even if while martial law is in place.
"Declaration of martial law is a serious step with human rights implications so we will watch its implementation carefully," the U.S. embassy in Manila said in a statement.
British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie said the U.K. government looks forward to the return of
"The world is still watching and waiting to see whether justice is done. We will continue to closely monitor the situation," Lillie said.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo put Maguindanao province under martial law late Friday to quash a so-called rebellion being mounted by the Ampatuan clan. Members of the powerful family are the main suspects behind the Nov. 23 slaying of 57 people, mostly women and journalists.
The United Nations, led by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has led the worldwide condemnation of the brutal killings. Several governments, including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, and the European Union have demanded swift prosecution of the killers and early resolution of the case.
A reminder to all at FOM, and those who would like to join us this Saturday 12th for a Christmas cheer.
There is no set menu no set cost
Just turn up and choose from the menu and drink and dance the night away.
Saturday December 12th at 6pm...........Dwenzel's Restaurant in Times Beach
Times Beach lays directly behind SM Mall and behind the condo units that are being newly built there. Times Beach is right on the water and they are adding a new steel arch entry to the main road that you enter into there. Quimpo Blvd. is the road that runs directly across the front of SM Mall.
To the North side of the mall the road is called "TULIP DRIVE". Tulip drive goes right into Times Beach and the newly done steel structure that is being placed there. Once you enter into Times beach go to the end of the road (Or "T" in the road) where you have to go left or right and Dwenzel's in directly in front of you there. Pass through the large steel gates there and park in their nice lot.
Any questions or need more assistance, please contact me Tim Walker 0908-664-9156.
Today several members of FOM, traveled to Panacan to visit the School nominated by the group to receive our Christmas Charity donation.
This project was a particular love of Ian's.
More details of our visit to come later this week, but for now enjoy some of the pictures of our visit.
Also this is the direct link CLICK HERE
This issued by the US embassy
As of November 24, 2009, the US Embassy Manila – through its embassy warden system – updated its old travel warning to Mindanao to include the Maguindanao incident:
” Travelers should exercise extreme caution if traveling in the central and western portions of the island of Mindanao, as well as in the islands of the Sulu Archipelago. Recent violence in Maguindanao resulted in the Government of the Philippines declaring a state of emergency in the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat and the city of Cotabato. The state of emergency includes road checkpoints conducted by the Philippine military and law enforcement. If U.S. citizens travel to Maguindanao despite this Travel Alert, they should understand there are heightened tensions and there will be a significant military presence. They should carefully research restrictions imposed upon travel and follow the instructions of officials with regards to limitations on movement.”
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Manila/Philippines would like to inform you that the Head of the Legal and Consular Section, the First Secretary Mr. KLAUS MUELLER, will hold office on Wednesday, the 27nd January 2010. Visit our website for more information and application forms www.manila.diplo.de.
Dear Residents of the Philippines, We have now had confirmation that the passport process will move to sometime in early . This will mean that will no longer issue passports.
From Bruce Linder
As many in the world have heard, there was a great tragedy this week in the Philippines on the island of Mindanao. There was a massacre where, as currently counted, 57 people were killed and placed in a mass grave.
As alleged, this was a due to a family clan feud over a political dynasty. I am not going to go into specifics about what happened and why; there is plenty already on the news and news sites. What I am going to discuss is the safety in Davao.