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A Call for Help – Typhoon Pablo

It has been about 5 years since the start of American in Davao. I have tried to write informative and helpful articles for my readers. I enjoy when followers of this site comment about some value they find with my posts. I try, with time permitting to answer all requests and questions with as honest information. Recently I was going to let American in Davao close since it costs money to keep the registration and hosting...

An End of Year Update

I know many of you have given up on me. I have heard from Elena there are many of the expats from Davao reading my site, even though they never let me know by comments or telling me. In addition, many would like to hear I have failed. Well life is not easy but I am surviving. It has been hard but rewarding too. I work many hours and when I can, I work six or seven days a week. It is also difficult only being able to see Elena...

Christmas is Approaching

Last Christmas, Elena and I held our first Christmas party for the kids at Agdao Public Market. We are looking to do it again this year but bigger and better. These kids, from 8 to 12 years old, work at the market every weekend trying to earn some money to buy their lunches during the week when at school. Last year we did this from our own pocket. We bought a shirt, candy and a little toy for 25 kids. First, we bought them a...

A Home for Those with Ambition – Panacan, Da...

There are many charities here in Davao as there are all over the Philippines. Most of the charities are for the small children or the people of an older age. In the past, I have writing about the Field of Dreams boy’s home that is doing wonderful work for young children. Well, through the Expat group, Friends of Mindanao I learned of and visited a wonderful and different concept for a well needed charity. This is Balay Sa...

Preventative Medicine

In America we would go to the doctor for a yearly checkup. Blood tests, chest x-rays, blood pressure etc. As we get older there are checks for cholesterol, prostate, colon cancer and other conditions. Then as we are supposed to do is go to the dentist every 6 months for checkups and teeth cleaning. At the dentist he might recommend treatments with a hygienist for scaling and gum treatments. Here in the Philippines I have...

Field of Dreams needs Help

I while back I wrote 3 articles about Field of Dreams, a boy’s home in Tugbok, Davao City with photos and videos. Field of Dreams was started by Lawrence Field from England. He started the Foundation, purchased the land and had built a well constructed facility to house 30 boys. There are 5 dorm rooms, each housing 6 boys in each. Each room has closets for the boy’s things, CR consisting of a vanity with sink, a shower...