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Sports journalism award

The submission of entries for the 1st Vic Sai Sports Journalism Awards closed last Wednesday. The submitted entries for best sports news, best sports feature, best sports column and best sports photograph were evaluated today by the board of judges, shown here:


Jonathan Santes (left) former newspaper editor/publisher and now Information Officer of the Sunday Runners Club; Jimmy Torres, veteran broadcaster and cable television host; and freelance writer and photojournalist Aurelio Pena.

The winners will receive their awards on April 4 in a dinner hosted by Pagcor-Davao. The sports journalism awards is a project of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc. in partnership with San Miguel Corporation and Nestle Philippines.

Alumni Induction


Atty. Wendel Avisado (2nd from left) administers the oath of office of the new board of the Davao City National High School Alumni Association.

Inducted were (from right) Directors Norma Occena (Class 1969), Allan Fernandez (1980), PIO Henry Babiera (1973), Auditor Rainerio Gomez (1985), Treasurer Lourdes Monteagudo (1948), Assistant Secretary Atty. Arlene Lorejo Cosape (1984) and me (exteme left) as President (1974).

Not shown were Executive VP Fr. Jose Marie Escuadro (1983), Internal VP Aurelio Marasigan (1956), External VP Engr. Armando Matuguinas (1960), and Advisers Immediate Past Presidents Nestor Purugganan (1960) and Tess Yu-Javellana (1973).

Only for the brave!

Are you brave enough to love?

Do you have the heart and the skills to build?

Well, here is your chance to help, to build a house, to build friendship and to build a nation.

Join the 4th Gawad Kalinga GK1MB Bayani Challenge 2009: Only for the Brave!

The event to build houses will be held in far away Sulu, where recent kidnappings led to more military actions and excitement. But this is not about the adventure, according to Ricky Villanueva of GK Davao City. He says this is “challenging ourselves to go beyond our comfort zones so we can make a difference in the lives of others.”

Go get in touch with him at gkdavao@gmail.com or call +63823042009.

I cannot go myself but I am willing to help provide tools for those joining on April 13-17.

Dabaw Kaisa

Congratulations to the new officers of the Dabaw Kaisa Foundation, the local Tsinoy (Filipino-Chinese) association in the city, namely:

William O. Go – Chairman of the Board

Arch. Daniel T. Lim – President

Sergio Y. Haw – Internal Vice President

Edgar L. Te – External Vice President

Irene D. Lavares – Secretary

James Edwin O. Go – Treasurer


Tian Beng C. Ang

Sebastian L. Angliongto

Charito Azarias

Dr. Romeo R. Du

James Y. Gaisano, Jr.

Gerald Arnold King

James A. Lao

Vicente T.  Lao

Lafayette A. Lim

City Council Agenda March 17

Calendar of Business of the City Council today:

Invocation by Councilor Rachel P. Zozobrado (3rd Dstrict);

Pambansang Awit; Tayo ay Dabawenyo

Roll Call

Reading & Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Session on March 10;

Privilege Hour;

First Reading – 15 Item (Nos. 1811 – 1825)

Third & Final Reading – 3 Items,namely Item No. 1672 – MOA among the City Government, Barangay 7-A and Davao Doctor’s College on the adoption by the DDC of a pre-school at Barangay 7-A (Proposed by Councilors Ma. Belen Acosta and Tomas Monteverde IV) ; Item No. 1268 – Ordinance regulating motorcades within Davao City (Proposed by Councilor Bonifacio Militar) and Item No. 1652 – Ordinance upgrading, reclassifying and creating new plantilla positions in the City Government’s Structure and Staffing Pattern (Proposed by Councilor Peter Lavina);

Unfinished Business – 1 Item – Item No. 1247 Reclassification from “Protected Light Industrial” to “Heavy Industrial” zone at Barangay Binugao for a softdrink bottling plant of InterBev Philippines (Proposed by Councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling);

Second Reading (New Committee Reports) – 13 Items, e.g. Item No. 1250 – Petition to lower the rental fees at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal Proposed by Councilor Ma. Belen Acosta); Item No. 1747 – Supplemental Budget No. 1 for Calendar Year 2009 (Proposed by Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang); Item No. 1459 – Application for Development Permit (DP) by Villa de Mercedes for Phase 3 and 5 of the subdivision located at Barangay Catigan containing an area of 29.7 hectares (Proosed by Councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling)

Araw ng Dabaw

It’s a holiday today in Davao City for its 72nd founding anniversary celebrated in the colorful Araw ng Dabaw.

So, Im off for the street parties.