Family affair

In local elections here in most of the parts of Midanao may not have that much fanfare like the Ate Vi -Ricky scenario, but nevertheless the political clans are lording it in their places.

Davao is bracing for the Duterte and his daughter taking over the top posts of City Hall. The Uy brothers are vying to take the mayoralty in Tagum City and the governorship in Compostela Valley. While governor Joe Caballero is letting daughter Kris take over the governorship.

The thing close to the Ate Vi stuff is the news that Antonio Floirendo is giving in to Uncle Rodolfo del Rosario’s bid to return as governor of Davao del Norte. It’s all in the family.

Elsewhere, it’s all of the same, families jockeying for positions with rival families.

Family feud. Kawawa ang mga pipol.


Diet of the Philippines

For GMA, dieting means watching her weight and her health. But for the rest of the 80% of the Philippines, dieting simply means skipping meals.

Dieting as a solution to hunger? Who needs it here?

Barbaric 300

Xerxes in his Hollywood make-over

The movie 300 is such a huge hit. It is now on its second week of showing here. This movie is typical of the Hollywood formula where blood, gore, bravado and machismo is killing the box office. Look at the string of movies recently released– Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven, Apocalypto, and you get the point.

But 300 has been criticized for its biased portrayal of the invading Persian army as barbaric? Just look at the picture above and see Xerxes, the Persian King (right) in his Hollywood makeover.

Davao historian and writer Macario Tiu writes about this western bias in his Mindanews article on Orientalism.

Well, if you get to read this, you might change your mind about this movie. But nevertheless, it is one entertaining movie. Blood! Gore! Machismo!

Davao bloggers’ party!

Congratulations for the success of the first davao bloggers party!

A bloggers’ party held here last week turned into a coming-out party of sorts for the 52 bloggers who showed up at the newly opened NetFront coffeeshop and Internet café. Organizers claimed it was the first blog party outside of Metro Manila.

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This was the news on TV that greeted me in the early morning.

A minute later, I was feeling rage in my blood. How could this government become so bare-faced in its tyranny?

We are going back to martial law. And ironic is, here is the man Satur Ocampo, a political prisoner during those times, now facing the same fate he had three decades ago of being jailed for his convictions.

This incident has stirred outrage. Bayan Muna seems to be thankful that this projection seems to serve their campaign as their rankings in the survey rose. Also, Ka Satur has gathered support from the opposition, academe, church and the middle forces.

The peacemaker?

The AFP is putting a peacemaker to head its division in the volatile Maguindanao area.

The man is Maj. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, former chief of the 1st Infantry Division or Tabak Division in Western Mindanao, who will now trade places with Maj. Gen. Nehemias Parajito on the helm of the 6th Infantry Division.

Reports of his conflict management skills will be put to the test, as he arrives at a time where clashes between the armed forces and the MILF in Midsayap, North Cotabato have led to the evacuation of 4,000 families. The situation has been much tense and harrowing for the Moro people there as noted by this report.

Araw ng Dabaw

The hard times, plus being election year, may have somewhat dampen the spirit in this year’s celebration.

But still, I and Che was able to see the parade during the Araw ng Davao. The weather was fair so we are spared from the hot sun.

We got to see the floats that presented the history of Davao. Also eye-catching were the parade of arms and tanks of the military.

It was also fun to see celebrities like the Sex Bomb Girls. And being election year, candidates were seen on stage with Mayor Rody Duterte.

It was still an enjoyable day for Davaoeños. Basta dinhi sa Davao, lingaw.

Here are pictures taken from the parade by davaotoday.