Happy New Year!

Best wishes for good health and ample wealth in Year 2009!

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Merry Christmas

Best wishes for more Peace and Love in this Season of Hope! Merry Christmas to all!

Big thanks for more Christmas cheers from Charlie Gonzales, Hans Sy and SM Group, Phoenix Petroleum, Flying V,  Atty. Wendel Avisado & Family, Engr. Louie Jacinto & Family, Councilor Angging Librado-Trinidad, DMC – Urban Property Developers, Inc., Genesis 888, Speaker Boy Nograles, Engr. Teodorico Adarna, Amado So and Healthy Options.

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Off to Cebu

Im off to Cebu this early morning.

Be back in Davao Monday night.

Just in time for the meeting of the Dabaw Kaisa, the Tsinoy Association, which is preparing for the inauguration of the Unity Arch at the end of Magsaysay Avenue on January 29, Chinese New Year next year.

The new arch will complement the Friendship Arch at the other end of the main street in Davao’s Chinatown.

Most important things during Yuletide

Find out here how Davaoenos spend the Yuletide holidays without firecrackers. They learned to embrace the most important things during Christmas.

Thanks for more Christmas cheers from Mayor Rody Duterte, Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, Councilors Leo Avila, Tess Mata-Maranon, City Librarian Fe Alajar, Julio T. Cruz Group of Companies, Holcim, Chamber president Sim Marfori, Chary and Wit Holganza, and to Class 74 of the Davao City High School who sang Christmas carols to my family last night.

Archbishop Capalla

capallaFront page photo at the Mindanano Daily Mirror yesterday.

Migrant workers day

Today is International Migrant Workers Day. We salute the vital contribution of our Overseas Filipino Workers particularly the all important remittances that keep our economy afloat.

Yet more must be done to protect and promote migrant workers rights. Governments, employers and civil society groups must join hands to advance the many recommendations adopted during the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development held in Manila last October.

This Sunday and Monday, I will be in Cebu to meet OFW leaders to promote savings mobilization for alternative investments.

Here are the new officers of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. for next year:

Chair – Atty. Domingo T. Duerme

President – Simeon P. Marfori II

Executive VP – Nelia C. Tumarao

VP for Trade & Commerce – Alberto M. Soriano

VP for Agribusiness – Evelyn G. Lavina

VP for Professional & Service Ventures – Corazon Mae M. Baylon

VP for Industry – Napoleon M. Liloc

Corporate Secretary – Dr. Ma. Lourdes G. Monteverde

Corporate Treasurer – Patrick John D. Castro

Trustees – Atty. Bienvenido D. Cariaga, Atty. Enrique M. Diola, John Y. Gaisano, Jr., Sofronio M. Jucutan, Vicente T. Lao and Myrna P. Valdez

Thanks for more Christmas cheers from James Lee, Councilor Pilar Braga, Simeon Gonzales of Lakpue Group of Companies, Knights of Columbus brother Manny Malin, and Bishop George Rimando.

Diamond Jubilee

I went to the early dawn mass this morning, the second day of the misa de gallo to usher in the Christmas season.

The mass was led by no less than the Archbishop of Davao, Monsignor Fernando Capalla to kick off the year-long celebration to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the of the Archdiocese of Davao next year.

Five city councilors were present during the eucharistic celebration, namely, Bel Reta, Tess Mata-Maranon, Dado Mahipus, Conde Baluran and myself.

The archdiocese was founded on December 17, 1949. The 60th year celebration of the archdiocese has for its theme “Remembering the past with gratitude” “Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8).