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It’s Kadayawan Festival Time Again

There are many festivals and fiestas in Davao. From the neighborhood or barangay to the larger citywide festivals. The biggest festival is the Kadayawan (Ka-da-ya-wan) Festival. This is the 24th year of this celebration. Officially it is runs from August 18 through the 24th but there are activities all week. Kadayawan history: KADAYAWAN is a festival of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest and tribute to its colorful tribes in...

American Feast in Davao

Last week, for my anniversary, Elena told me we would go to the Marco Polo Hotel for our celebration dinner. Since we have the privilege membership at the hotel, we get one free meal at their restaurants. Elena checked her email to see if they were having one of the cuisine specials this month and they did. This month they are having “Wild Wild West” American Buffet at the Café Marco. We also have a couple we are friends...

Interesting People and Bridge in Davao

In the past I have mentioned Filipino Friends and Foreigner Friends. Most of my Foreigner friends are from the two Expat Associations here I belong to. Well about a month ago one close friend introduced me to one of his friends from outside either groups. I had heard of him when my friend spoke of him and he sounded interesting. Well about a month ago, my close friend invited me to lunch to meet this other man. This person is...

My First Trip to General Santos City

As mentioned in my article about meeting Evelyn, a Filipina from General Santos City, and her invitation to Elena and me, we went to see her, her friends and her city on Thursday. Evelyn had a whole day planned for us and wanted us to arrive by 8 am. I set the alarm on my cell phone for 4 am, but for some reason it never went off. So Elena woke me at 4:50 and we rushed to get done and get on the road. We hit the road about 6...

Texas Hold-Um Update

As I mentioned a little while ago, with the Expat group and the wives we all got into learning Texas Hold-um. Metro Card Club offered a free tournament for all Expats and their wives. So we took the time to teach our wives the hand values, the rules of Texas Hold-Um and how the betting works. One Wednesday evenings the club has a Ladies night tournament. Ladies get their initial buy in for free and the men pay only 200 pesos....