Tiger in Davao

 Davao will soon become a gateway for more international flights, Department of Tourism Regional Director Art Boncato said Saturday.
At the launch of Tagum City’s River Cruise program initiated by the city’s tourism council, Boncato said that Singapore-based Tiger Airways is launching its inaugural Davao-Singapore flight on November 6, and negotiations with Indonesia-based carrier Lion Air to reopen the Davao-Manado connection are under way.
The DoT is now in the final stages of completing the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP), a medium-term program that maximizes tourism as a source of revenue. Soon to be presented to President Aquino, the vision of the NTDP is to make the Philippines a must-experience destination, Boncato says.

Marital Rape Case Davao

THE second conviction of a marital rape case has been recorded in Davao City after a man was meted with life imprisonment for raping his wife.

In an order penned on July 15, Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 12 Judge Pelagio Paguican sentenced Jose (real name withheld) to life imprisonment for raping his wife in 2004.

The court ordered the convict to pay his wife the sum of P75,000 as civil indemnity and P50,000 as moral damages.

Aside from the rape charge, Jose was also found guilty of two counts of violation of sections 5 (i) and 5 (a) of the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004. The court ordered Jose to pay the complainant the amount of P20,000 as moral damages.

Old Bomb in Davao

A person was killed while two others were seriously wounded when a 100-pound World War II vintage bomb exploded in the village of Mandug here yesterday.
The victims were tinkering with the bomb when it exploded inside a hut past 10 a.m., according to PO3 Timothy Manlatican, investigator of the Buhangin police precinct.
Manlatican identified the lone fatality as a certain Luding.
Diosdado Maglasang, 49, and Pablito Hermosa, 44, remained in critical condition at the government-run Southern Philippines Medical Center.

Bukidnon Kidnap

Four members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) were taken by suspected rebels in Bukidnon.
Radio dzMM reported that the BJMP personnel--composed of 2 jail inspectors and 2 jail guards--were transferring detainees from Ozamis City to the Davao Penal Colony.

The names of the BJMP officers as well as the number of detainees on board the intercepted vehicle were not mentioned.
Initial report said suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked when the vehicle reached Barangay Kitaotao.

Samadhi in Davao

Kidnappers of an American woman

The kidnappers of an American woman, her son and Filipino nephew in the southern Philippines have telephoned their family by phone demanding a ransom, officials said Sunday.

At least 14 gunmen seized Philippine-born U.S. citizen Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, her 14-year-old son and 19-year-old nephew Tuesday from a relative's house they were visiting in a village near southern Zamboanga City. They were taken away at gunpoint on board a motor boat, officials said.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/16/3774818/kidnappers-seek-ransom-for-2-americans.html#ixzz1SLg2ZH6H


Welcome One and All.

John Grant here.

As mentioned before I am a British Expat now living in the Manila Bay area. The area commonly known as Ermita and Malate.

I had spent six years living in Davao City, before moving here  a few months ago. OK,it is not like the hustle and bustle of Makati, and nor does it have those Makati prices. But it is an OK place to live.

I have come across one problem. Where are all the expats in this area?

As this location seems to be a more short stay area for expats, I have started to develop  a social organisation on the hunt to find other expats in the area that may be hiding, and need a beer.

No politics, no religion and no subs. Just an honest get together with expats and friends of expats.
My hope is that over the months we can build it up to a social and self support organisation, and a s a link to others who may be coming this way.

In August lets all have a drink up...what do you say?

Eventually a site and separate e mail address will be set up, but for now lets keep in contact via jgrant8165@yahoo.co.UK

Please pass this information to others who you think might benefit from a beer and a chat in Malate or Ermita

Check out some useful sites Manila Bay   Talk of Mindanao      Asia Bill

Hope to hear from you soon.
Regards John

Leptospirosis in Davao

A 56-YEAR-OLD resident of Samantha Executive Homes in Matina Pangi, Davao City, which was hit by massive flooding on June 29, died shortly after midnight Wednesday due to leptospirosis.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), leptospirosis is caused by a bacterium called Leptospira interrogans. People are infected by this disease through contaminated animal urine that is usually transmitted through flood waters. It can enter the body through lesions in the skin, eyes or mucous membranes.

Davao Region has the most number of leptospirosis cases in Mindanao in the first six months this year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
The disease surveillance report of the DOH from January to June 25 disclosed that Davao Region recorded 56 cases, a 107.4-percent increase from last year’s 27 cases.
The deadly infection, which is commonly transmitted to humans from water that has been contaminated by animal urine, downed three people.
The figure placed Davao at third in the reported nationwide cases of 521, behind Western Visayas (131) and Bicol Region (64).
The heavy rainfall and flooding in Davao this year may have contributed to the high number of leptospirosis cases in the region, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said on Tuesday.
“The rainy season is just beginning, so we are reiterating our advice to the people to prevent leptospirosis by avoiding, as much as possible, wading in floodwaters, and to wear boots if it cannot be avoided,” said Ona.

 At least 10,000 people clad in green showed up late Friday afternoon at the Rizal Park here to express support for Mayor Sara Duterte, who earlier took flak for punching a court sheriff over a demolition row in this southern metropolis.

Green is the favorite color of Duterte, who went on an eight-day leave to give way to an impartial investigation into the incident.
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Fly me to Davao Airport

Business and tourism groups here have asked a local and a Malaysian airline company to resume their Asian flights from the Davao airport in the bid to inject more vigor to the local tourism industry and as feedback continued to point at the lack of international connections to attract a slice of the global travel and leisure market.
The appeal by business and tourism groups were already sent to Malaysia Airlines to resume its direct flight to Malaysia but linking it with the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, and to Cebu Pacific Air to revive its Davao-Hong Kong flight.
Mary Ann Montemayor, a businesswoman here who joined the Davao travel mission to Beijing in early June, said Davao’s request to the Malaysian airliner may likely be discussed in the upcoming meet on tourism by ministers and senior government officials of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)

Davao Flooding Concert

Bring in your donations on the following items badly needed for distribution to the flood victims:

- Clothing, blankets, towels, pillows
- Mosquito Nets
- Food stuff, non-perishable food items (i.e. canned goods, noodles, etc.)
- Hygiene Products (i.e. soaps, toothpaste, shampoo)
- Kitchen utensils, kitchen wares
- Drinking Water

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