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History of Architecture in the Philippines

I have been asked to write about the history of the Philippines, Mindanao and/or Davao. All I could do is the same as you since you are reading this on the internet and can search and read just as I can. One thing, because of my background, that interests me is the Architecture of the Philippines. The original peoples used native resources to build their homes. These were made from bamboo and wood and long grasses for...

Poverty and Survival in the Philippines

As we all know, the Philippines is over populated and there is high unemployment. Then also you have the problem where employers use the system to pay as little as possible. In the Philippines, if you have less than 10 employees or contract employees that work for less than 6 months, the labor laws and benefits can be ignored. Most malls hire their employees for 5 months. They pay less then minimum wage and no benefits. If an...

Rain in Davao

I have now lived in Davao for almost one and a half years. I know to many, I am still considered a “newbe” here. One of the things I have thought about recently is the rain. On visits here and the first year I noticed some days with a lot of rain and days or weeks with none at all. Over the past few months, it has felt wetter and hotter than I remember from last year. Especially the last few weeks. With that, I...

Thoughts of Mortality

I am 55 and mortality has not been much of a thought in my life. I know we only have so much time on this planet and then our life is over. Physically I am fine and have no illnesses to cause worry. Well yesterday I was notified that a man I know here died the day after heart surgery.  He was married to a very sweet Filipina.  Now he is gone, the thoughts are about his widow. Did he have any joint savings to provide for...

Renting a House or Apartment in Davao, Philippines

In America and I would guess in other parts of the world, if you want to rent a place to live, you open up a newspaper and read the classifieds. There are also free rental guides. Most apartments are in a building or a complex with amenities. It is not as easy here. Even though there are Real Estate agents here, most Filipinos just put up a banner or a hand painted sign. The banners usually have a photo and location. Most...