Category Archives: Davao

How was #Kadayawan2013?

Before I continue with this post, I would like to take this opportunity to greet everyone, Happy Kadayawan and Madayaw Dabaw!


I started going out on the streets during the festivities of the city in the last year’s Kadayawan Festival, and was followed by the Araw ng Dabaw this March. Now that I have a better chance of joining the festivities, let me give a run-down of how I saw this year’s celebration with the theme: “Pagseguro sa Makanunayong Kaayo.

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Cebu Pacific plane might not get removed tonight – CAAP

Photo of crane assessing Cebu Pacific aircraft at Davao International Airport. Photo from ABS-CBN Davao Reporter Vina Araneta’s Twitter Account

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines – Davao airport manager Frederick San Felix said that Cebu Pacific may not meet the target time to remove the aircraft from the runway and put back the airport into operation, in a news article by the web portal of The Philippine Star.

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(UPDATED) Cebu Pacific aircraft overshoots Davao airport runway

Photo of Cebu Pacific aircraft at Francisco Bangoy International Airport. Photo courtesy of

UPDATE # 1: DOTC reports that PR-819 bound for Davao from Manila will be diverted to Cebu and will take its course back to Manila.

UPDATE # 2: A post by Atty. Ralph Samaniego on His Facebook account showing the plane after it overran the runway. Video by Jesse Ray.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED 12:00am, June 3) – A Cebu Pacific plane with 165 passengers have overshoot the runway of Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Sunday night at approximately 7:15pm.

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Baganga needs your help!

Photo of Halfmoonlane, Baganga. (Photo source:

One week has already passed since the landfall of Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) on municipalities in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Surigao del Sur, Misamis Oriental and other adjacent provinces, and that help is already coming in from different non-government organizations, government agencies and international friends.

Other places have been constantly receiving donations over the others, and Baganga is one of those unfortunate to be (sort of) isolated from the help being delivered.

Baganga is a municipality in Davao Oriental, which economy is fueled by coconuts, lumber, agriculture and little of fishing. They have been “isolated” from the other municipalities in the province, because of a totally damaged bridge in Barangay Baugo, connecting nearby Caraga and Baganga; while the bridge connecting Cateel and Baganga were found with cracks, not allowing heavy trucks to go inside and deliver goods.

Normally, you can reach the place via Mati in 5-6 hours, and via Compostela-Cateel access road (some parts still unpaved) in 4 hours. But the only passable way is via Lingig (Surigao del Sur)-Boston-Cateel-Baganga, making the trip a 7-8 hour ride.

Baganga needs our help: shortage of food supplies, lack of potable water, expensive fuel for travel to other municipalities, loss of power and communication facilities. A single cent or pack of relief goods can help these people for long.


If you want to donate via PayPal, please click the button below. (A new window will be opened for you to process the donations)



If you want to deliver relief goods, please e-mail or tweet me at @KarloPuerto, so that we can arrange the place and time of pickup (for Davao City residents only) or if you wanted to send via courier. Immediate needs include:

  • Clean, potable water
  • Food packs
  • Canned goods
  • Toiletries
  • Medicines
  • Flashlights (with batteries)
  • Used clothings

If you want to donate via bank, please deposit it through this account number:

Bank: UnionBank of the Philippines

Savings Account Number: 109452451036

Account Name: Karlo Alexie Puerto

Branch: Davao-Magsaysay

After depositing, please e-mail me at for your donation to be properly credited.

UPDATE: Our team will be sending a first batch of relief items this Saturday (Philippine Time, GMT +0800) and will depart Davao City at 7am. 

If we cannot personally deliver these items (due to lack of transportation, security purposes), we will then endorse them to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya for distribution.


This space is reserved for those who willingly sent donations (in cash or in kind):

  • Generika Drugstore – Isulan Branch (for medicines)
  • RDL Pharmaceutical Laboratory, Inc. (for soap)


Together, let us help these people, whose families have been missing or dead, houses partially or totally damaged, livelihoods totally or partially washed out and futures that are uncertain.