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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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
After depositing, please e-mail me at email@example.com 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.
- ‘Pablo’ makes landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental; storm signals raised over 24 of 26 Mindanao provinces (mindanews.com)
- ‘Pablo’ death toll may reach 1,000, say authorities (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Reopened road ‘major breakthrough’ for ‘Pablo’ relief efforts (rappler.com)
- Aid finally reaches coastal towns in Davao Oriental (rappler.com)
- Philippines: Typhoon Bopha Situation Report No. 6 (as of 12 December) (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
- Pablo’s death toll surpass hundred mark – CNN (blog) (ireport.cnn.com)
(UPDATED 12:22PM, October 19) – Hey guys! It was already long ago when I last published a post in my blog. And for this time, this will be about the event tomorrow, the invasion of Tanduay Rhum Rockfest Year VI in Davao at the Crocodile Park Open Grounds.
Actually, I didn’t have the intention of going there because of the crowd, but because a press pass was given to me, I felt I was more than privileged to attend such celebration, and this will be my first as a college student, a person of legal age and a future media practitioner.
Some of the bands that will perform tomorrow (in the photo above) include Parokya ni Edgar, Urbandub, Wolfgang, Kamikaze, Rico Blanco, Franco, Dong Abay, Up Dharma Down, 6Cyclemind, Wency Cornejo, Chicosci, Gloc-9, Typecast, Never the Strangers, and more.
Passes and gates; admission of minors
To those asking, gates will open at 5pm for all ticket holders. Tickets are available (I doubt they still are) at all Davao Central Convenience Store and NCCC HB1 outlets in Davao Region. Also, @tanduayrhumph offers 3 Press Passes for bloggers and photography enthusiasts, just tweet them for more information.
UPDATE 1: People below 4 feet, pregnant women and people with disability will not be permitted to enter, for safety and security purposes.
UPDATE 2: Tickets will be sold at the premises of the Davao Crocodile Park.
Minors would be allowed admission inside the open grounds, provided they will sign a waiver that will be provided in the gates.
Tip: bring a valid ID (preferably those with birthdays indicated) for age verification purposes.
You may ride a taxi and tell them to take you to the Crocodile Park Open Grounds. Also, you may take a jeep from Claveria Street (downtown Davao), flag a jeep that has “El Rio (Vista)” route, and ask the driver if he can take you to the venue. Technically, the place is out of line for the jeeps, but the drivers had an agreement with the management (please correct me if I’m wrong) that they can pick up and drop passengers going to their vicinity.
Another option is to take a habal-habal either from El Rio Vista Village (if the jeepney driver does not go to the park, just go down in the corner of Bacaca Road and Pres. C.P. Garcia Highway (Diversion Road)), Buhangin or Ma-a areas.
Do’s and dont’s
- No to extremely rude behavior.
- Only Press Pass holders are allowed to bring professional cameras with their accessories. Holders of the VIP and General Admission tickets are only allowed to bring digital still cameras.
- Do not bring expensive gadgets and accessories. You may end up being a victim of thieves. Remember, Davao City may be a safe place in general, but there are also many visitors from the neighboring areas and also Davao residents who had bad intentions.
- Deadly weapons and sharp objects are also not allowed. Possession of these may result in the confiscation of the objects or the refusal of admission of the carrier by the guards on duty.
- Strictly no bringing in of foods and drinks. They are available and sold in the ground premises.
- You may not also bring large tarpaulins, posters or banners. This may distract the view of those at your back.
- Be yourself!
Pieces of advise from me: bring a jacket, as it may rain in the evening (although it hasn’t rained for a few days now). Also, be at the venue earlier to avoid traffic and be in the front row. And lastly, secure your transportation home. Note that a lot of these public utility vehicles are not available in the area at night (in a general day) Maybe you would end up walking from the grounds passing by the highway, encountering large vehicles and putting yourself in danger.
See you tomorrow, and let’s rock and roll! 🙂
(P.S.: I am not paid by Tanduay or any of its sponsors to blog about the event. I just would like to blog about the event, and share some information that I find essential for concert goers.