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Respect and Care in the Philippines

I touched on this subject in my article “The Filipino “It’s OK Mentality”” When I was a child and before the new school year started, my mom would take my brother and me to purchase clothes for school. My mom would tell us “These are for the school year. Take care of this clothes and change when you get home, we cannot afford to replace them.” At home or especially when visiting someone else’s home we were...

Steves First Christmas in Davao

If you read the comments there is a visitor/commenter here, Steve in Davao, who often comments. I know little about Steve except he is 51 years old, married to his Filipina wife in the US in 2003, and little daughter aged five. They moved to Davao last November and is enjoying his new life here. Steve sent me a story about his first Christmas and I am posting for all to enjoy. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! by...

Christmas Day in Davao 2009

Well Christmas Day has arrived in Davao. Because of family coming into town for my nephews weeding last week, some of the family decided to stay through Christmas. A niece and nephew from Surigao who were here decided to go to Kidapawan with their uncle since they never been there before to see the city. Well my brother-in-law, who has fruit stands in Kidapawan, sent a text Elena that they would not be here until late...

Christmas Party at Agdao Market for the Children

As I have written in past articles, we have developed a friendship with the young children at the Agdao Public Market. Most of these children go to public school, but on weekends work at the market selling little bags of Calamansi and assist shoppers carrying their purchases. The money they earn is used for their lunches and cost of school projects. Many of these children might miss meals during the week since their parents...

Wedding Day Arrives –More Crazy Stressors

To continue with my last article “Wedding Stressors in the Philippines” the day of the wedding arrived. I was woken early because there were about 10 members of the wedding party in my house and they had to get to the hotel to get makeup, hair done and dressed for the wedding. The wedding was not to start until about 4pm, but every female in the wedding party were to be taken care of by a crew to get their makeup and hair...