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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...

My New Venture

If you have been a visitor here for a while, I expect you have read my past profession was Architectural Drafting and Project Management. I have even had some construction management projects here and have started to help some foreigners design and build their own homes. In America, an architectural firm, especially in residential architecture draws the plans and elevations for construction. In house or with associations we...

At Your Service

I have always been the type of person that enjoys helping others. Yes, at times, because of my kindness, people have taken advantage of me. Because it is in my nature, I have trouble not being helpful, but over time, I try to be careful. With this site, and many readers, I have been asked to get information for some people, answer questions, locate items and also assist people either moving here or once here finding places to...

How life is different living in the Philippines (L...

I have written in the past about construction techniques here and I am not going to go through it again but use the technology to talk more about living conditions. Here in most homes there is no weather proofing around doors and windows. There are no thresholds at entry doors. Metal window frames do not have rubber seals. They do not even have drain holes on horizontal sliding windows for water to leak out when it rains. In...

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...

Building a House in the Philippines

  Many of us dream of building our own house in the Philippines. The first step is finding a lot. That is easy, there are Real Estate agents to help, sub-divisions all over or just drive the roads and look at the posted signs. You do need to keep in mind, there are some scams where people are selling lots with phony titles. You need to have someone to go to the government office and make sure the title is legal. You also...