Month: May 2011

Team Carmen, Davao del Norte, Wins the 1st Int’l Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge

  Team Carmen, Davao del Norte, Wins the 1st Int’l Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge (press release from DOT XI) April 30, 2011 marked a milestone in the lives of a team sponsored by the Local Government Unit of Carmen, Davao Del Norte as they were hailed champions of the 1st International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge, taking home Php150,000 in cash prize. Members of the team include Jonathan Pido (Team Leader), Angelito Sibayan and Edwin Bueno (Logistics). There were 17 teams from all over the Philippines and 2 foreign teams from Indonesia and Australia who competed. Only 9 were able to make it to the finish line. The race is a 24-hour extreme adventure challenge from the heart of Sta. Cruz to the summit of Mount Apo via The Boulder Face through disciplines of mountain biking, trekking/bouldering, road running and water tubing. Bearing the advocacy “Save & Protect Mt. Apo” the event is a highlight of the annual “Pista sa Kinaiyahan” or Feast of Mother Nature of Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur. With the …

San Pedro Cathedral (Oldest Church in Davao)

San Pedro Cathedral (Oldest Church in Davao) San Pedro Cathedral is considered to be the oldest church in the city (or the site where remnants of the old structure was built), prominently located at the corner of San Pedro Street and C.M.Recto Avenue.  Named after Saint Peter, the patron saint, it was said to be built in 1847 by Don Jose Oyanguren, the Spanish conquistador who later become the first governor of Davao region. Jojie AlcantaraThe author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It’s More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant …

Sangguniang Panlungsod and Monument of Peace and Unity

LANDMARKS IN DAVAO The Sangguniang Panlungsod is the legislative Body of the city.  It enacts ordinances, approves resolutions and appropriates funds for the general welfare of the City and its constituents pursuant to Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991. It is located in San Pedro Street, fronting the San Pedro Cathedral. The Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity with the Legislative Building in the background. “Unveiled during the celebration of the Philippine Centennial, the sculpture depicts the peaceful relationship of the migrant and indigenous inhabitants of Davao in the last 100 years.”       Jojie AlcantaraThe author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It’s More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print …

Loud Plastics Creation by Maej: Saving the Earth in Style

The best proof of creativity is when your resourcefulness turns into an uncanny ability to produce something unique and beautiful from the most unexpected of materials…trash. Maej Villanueva resigned from a lucrative corporate job with IBM to concentrate on an unusual hobby-turned-advocacy: fashioning scraps into highly wearable accessories as livelihood for women.

Calling All Photographers

    CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS. Thunderbird Resorts is now holding the third year of the Philippine’s biggest photo contest. Visit their site to download mechanics and registration form.  For more details, contact ncarandang@gmail.com or call: 09209507079. Jojie AlcantaraThe author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It’s More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017.  A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of …