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Christmas Season has Started in Davao

If you are not in the Philippines, you will ask what I am talking about. It is only early October and in America you are just starting to plan for Halloween. Then there comes Thanksgiving and then finally Christmas. In the Philippines September starts the Ber season. That is because the all the month’s end in Ber and that is what marks the coming Holiday season of Christmas. The stores are already displaying and selling...

Poverty and Survival (part 4)

In the previous article I wrote about all the poor and unemployed Filipinos and how some do not like to work. In this installment I will discuss how some unemployed find was to earn money to support their families. One of the problems in Davao is parking, especially in places downtown. Few businesses have parking and many of the ones that do have parking limit it to only their customers which is understandable. Well, when I...

It is Christmas Time again in Davao

American Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday shopping crazies in the States are cleaning their wounds and in a lot of the US the temperatures are cooling and winter clothes are being unpacked. But here in the Philippines none of these changes happens. So how do you know the season is arriving? Well a while back I mentioned “Ber Season”. That is the first sign of the coming of the Christmas Season. Ber equals months...

Christmas in Davao

Christmas in Davao has a lot of similarities and differences from America and I would guess the rest of the world. Here in Davao as elsewhere a lot of homes and businesses have lights and decorations on display and you hear a lot of Christmas songs playing. You see salespeople wearing Santa hats and most people say to you “Merry Christmas” One of the differences that is hard for me to get used to is the beggars. Most are...