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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...

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...

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...