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MAITUM, Sarangani - Tboli Children

MAITUM, Sarangani (January 6, 2009) - Tboli children eagerly await the opening of the L’muog Festival to revive customary laws and practices of their ancestors. The L’muog Festival re-lives olden day practices where Tbolis gather together in a riverbank to fish and hunt wild pigs. The festival was held at the Kalaong River estuary on December
29. (Photo by Beth Ramos Palma Gil/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Kiamba Fish

ALABEL, Sarangani - Kiamba Fish

ALABEL, Sarangani (January 14, 2009) – These hook and line fisherfolk would soon benefit from the town’s old port which is due to be developed as a satellite fish port for General Santos City fish port. The P7-million project is a joint undertaking of the local government of Kiamba, with emergency livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture. At least 30% of tuna, tuna-like and other marine yields in GSC fish port are from Kiamba and nearby Maitum. (Photo by Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Will Davao have its own airline soon?

I’ve been receiving buzz from various businessmen around Mindanao and in Manila that Davao City is supposedly set to have its “own airline” very soon. By own airline, I reckon they mean an entire fleet with “Davao” in its name somewhere and that it will serve as Davao City’s very own answer to Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines. I asked a few well-placed personalities in Davao if they’ve heard of this and most of them did confirm that there are “movements” on this plan.

If ever this will push through, this will definitely give Mindanao travel and tourism a big boost. I wonder, though, if the planes of this alleged fleet are as small as those of Mindanao Express’ (Beechcraft 1900C)? Or if the planes are basically those of Mindanao Express’ and then they’d just change the name? Is that possible? It would be great, though, if the so-called “Davao airline” airplanes would at least be as large as those owned by PAL or Air Philippines or Cebu Pacific.



Bukidnon’s Kaamulan Festival 2009 to start by February 18, 2009

The much-awaited Kaamulan Festival 2009 in Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines is set to begin on February 18 and I myself cannot wait to join in the festivities! The Kaamulan Festival is the largest festival in Bukidnon and is largely renowned as the only remaining authentic ethnic festival in the Philipines. Kaamulan is an indigenous Bukidnon term for “gathering” for any purpose. It can also mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these together.

I was furnished a tentative schedule of activities for this year’s Kaamulan Festival celebration in the Province of Bukidnon by the Bukidnon Tourism Office and although I can say that there aren’t that many changes from previous celebrations, there are still a lot of things to look forward to.


Bangsi Festival

MAITUM, Sarangani - Bangsi Festiva

MAITUM, Sarangani (January 27, 2009) – Poster of Bangsi Festival on January 30-31, a marketing pitch for Maitum’s One Town One Product – the marinated flying fish. At the same time, the community honors the fisherfolk who capture flying fish or bangsi for livelihood. (MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)

Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Beach Club

The Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Beach Club is strategically located at Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin Island, Mindanao. I say strategic because apart from the fact that it is right within the vicinity of the island’s capital town, it is located in front of the famous White Island. So for those of you who want to spend more time at White Island instead of the other tourist attractions in Camiguin (also known as the Island Born of Fire), then Golden Sunset may be a viable choice.