D’ Japanese Tunnel in Davao After World War II, the legend of the Yamashita treasure seduced many treasure hunters to Davao, particularly in Mintal, Tugbok District (now declared as the Japanese Heritage Site of the City), where hiding places for the war loots were supposedly buried deep underground within numerous foxholes and crisscrossing tunnels built by soldiers and prisoners of war.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings. (read more…)
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” ― Joan Miró
Serving as a memorial and a symbol of the rich biodiversity of our seas, DAVOR’s immense skeletal display (almost complete except for the teeth, one fin and an eardrum) will be open to the public on January 8, 2014 in Subangan Davao Oriental Provincial Museum in the Tourism Provincial Complex, Mati City.
“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” ― Peggy Toney Horton
“There is a place of perfect peace in each one of us that nothing can harm or disturb. It is waiting for you in this very moment.” ~ Christopher Foster, The Happy Seeker
“There are no shadows in darkness. Shadows are created by light, and only exist in the presence of light. Refusing to acknowledge our shadow leads us to deny the presence of light in us.” ― Franco Santoro
“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.”
― Steve Maraboli,
Kadayawan sa Dabaw, Davao City, Philippines © Jojie Alcantara I am lucky to have spanned more than a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country.
“Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived.” -Mollie Marti
The Man of Mars, celebrity performer Bruno Mars, declares himself proud to be a Filipino when he performed in a concert in Cebu a year back. Filmed poignantly from the point of view of his family who flew in from Hawaii for a reunion after so many years, it gives you an idea of how celebrities live in a bubble with tight schedules away from loved ones. Still, this is a wonderful moment for all of them.
Philippine Legoland in SM Lanang Davao In observance of Independence Day, a unique exhibit embraces the Department of Tourism’s slogan with a twist, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines with LEGO,” showing the beauty and diversity of the country through a display of the familiar bricks and colors that fascinate both young and old alike.
“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” ― Emma Smith
“In the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures.” ~ Frank Gehry
Banza Church Ruins, Butuan City © Jojie Alcantara
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” ~ Mary Kay Ash Just little old me last year posing in one of the fascinating mythical ruins in Ta Phrom, Siem Reap, Cambodia where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed years ago. The guides will always incorporate it in their script with pride, showing the paths where Angelina Jolie ran across to fight the bad guys. This Hollywood exposure has catapulted the country to fame, and brought in heavy tourist influx in the years since then. Today, it has since tripled immensely that you can’t take a shot without having several tourists in your pictures. I’ve always wanted to be Lara Croft, with the camera as my weapon. Years ago, I’ve only aspired to be able to reach historical sites and share my photos to the world. Since then, I’ve been to a few more world heritage sites that opened my mind to other …
Happy Independence Day, Pilipinas! “It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It is the one who won’t be taken who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.” ~ Bette Midler
The small municipality of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur has a hidden paradise to boast of and a festivity to crow about. Blessed with a horseshoe-shaped cove with a long stretch of fine powdered sand and surrounded by azure colors matching sky and sea, the White Beach (or Waikiki, as the famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh called it the first time he saw it) is a tourism potential once known only to its neighboring municipalities until now.
“Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.” ~Paul Tsongas
“Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can’t be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole.” – Maya Lin
“Find the joy. When you feel it, let it wash over you… take a moment to appreciate it. Be grateful for the people in your life, for waking up feeling good and pain free, and for the stretch of road ahead that’s so full of possibilities. When you encounter bumps, keep going and don’t look back.” ~ Katie Couric, broadcaster and author
Palau’s Rock Islands Southern Lagoon covers 100,200-hectare and numbers 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin. Many of them display unique mushroom-like shapes in turquoise lagoons surrounded by coral reefs. The site features over 385 coral species and different types of habitat and harbors the highest concentration of marine lakes anywhere, isolated bodies of seawater separated from the ocean by land barriers. The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon contains 52 marine lakes, more than at any other site in the world. They are mostly uninhabited and are famous for their beaches, blue lagoons and the peculiar umbrella-like shapes of many of the islands themselves.