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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...

Calamansi – a Fruit for Health and Enjoyment

Here in the Philippines one of the most used fruits is the little green calamansi. About one inch in diameter it packs a lot of flavor and is utilized in many ways. It contains calcium, phosphorus and potassium and is high in vitamin C. Calamansi is available year round and is usually seen in its unripened state as a dark green fruit, but if left to ripen it turns a tangerine orange color. It is used to make beverages,...

Gisadong Ampalaya (Ampalaya with eggs)

After I posted the article showing the fresh vegetables available here in Davao, I was asked to offer some recipes. Here is my first with the help of my wife Elena. Ampalaya is a vegetable widely eaten here in the Philippines. The leaves and fruit – used as vegetables – are excellent sources of Vit B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. It has twice the amount of beta carotene in broccoli and twice the calcium content...

Becoming One With Where You Live (part 1)

I have been living in the Philippines now 15 months and I hear comments about and from Foreigners living here. Today at the Palengke I thought about how we are looked at and felt by the local Filipinos. Every Sunday morning we get up early and go to Agdao Public Market. There as at a lot of  open parking areas there is a “parking attendant.” At Agdao there is a man that will show you where to park, will watch so you do...

A trip to Agdao Public Market

Here in Davao as well as in most Philippine Cities I would guess there are multiple choices to do marketing. From smallest to largest are first Sari-Sari stores. These are neighborhood stores built on the property of a residence. On some streets there are so many, you think every house has one. There are also some alone the main roads. These stores sell toiletries, dry goods and some food items such as eggs, bread,...