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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...

My Second Thanksgiving in the Philippines

Last year we had a Thanksgiving Dinner in my house. It was a group endeavor. We had eight guests plus our house of five.  It was a nice day with wine, antipasto salad and a full dinner of ham and turkey with all the extras that are available here. It was a lot of work and most of it was from my friend Louis who is a whiz in the kitchen and even helped me with one of my duties to make a pumpkin pie. He made the pie crusts and...

Birthday Celebration at Blue Jazz Beach Resort, Sa...

  This year was a special treat. Our nephew Peter, who is currently a 4th Marine Engineer, was home on his vacation. It was also special since on October 23rd was his 26th birthday. To celebrate his birthday, besides dinner and cake, that next Sunday the whole family spent the day on Samal Island at the Blue Jazz Beach Resort. In the past, we have gone to two other beach resorts but nothing like what Blue Jazz offers....

All Saints Day in the Philippines

In the Philippines, the Catholic religion is the majority and very structured with tradition. One of the major holidays to remember the family that passed is on November 1st and 2nd. The first is All Saints Day and second is All Souls Day. Besides using this day for remembering Family members who have passed, it is also like a Fiesta. Two of Elena’s brothers arrived this morning and everyone went to the Cemetery of...