Mount Apo, Philippines’ tallest and most majestic stratovolcano, stands proudly at an elevation of 2,954m above sea level. Regarded as the Grandfather of Philippine Mountains (in etymology, although apo means grandchild, it is also a term used in respect for old people), the view at the peak overlooking Davao region is simply breathtaking.
The new Amihan Team is composed of 27 young boys and girls who are being honed by the same trainor and father figure responsible for producing champs in the first batch of the Amihan Boys. These are the young local skimboarders in my beloved birthplace of Mati, Davao Oriental.
Four species of giant clams were transplanted in the 14-hectare Marine Reserve in Barangay Adecor, Kaputian District of Samal Island, one among the program’s successful sites. The site is a marine protected area recovering from illegal and overfishing practices. The DNSC Marine Reserve Park has now become part of the tourism package of Visit Samal Tours.
The Philippines’ top outdoor retail store, Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.), will open its 7th store in Davao City on April 22 at Abreeza Mall’s ground floor, Expansion Wing. The store has earned a reputation in the retail industry as a pioneer in outdoor advocacy by linking commerce and community into a solid partnership, where business and people grow in harmony. Its aim is basically to build a community of outdoor enthusiasts, advocating environmental conservation. It remains at the forefront of the trade. To ensure the ultimate worry-free outdoor experience, R.O.X. offers a variety of outdoor gears for camping, hiking, mountain climbing, cycling, watersports, adventure travel and wellness. Each item bought spawns a cycle of giving back to communities. All your favourite outdoor brands are available in this one-stop outdoor shop. Brands like The North Face, Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Salomon, Eddie Bauer, Sea to Summit, Osprey, Go Pro, O’Neill, Lagalag, Lakambini, Spyder, Kovea, Dahon, Specialized, and more. R.O.X. is also located in Bonifacio High Street (Taguig City), Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall (Angeles,Pampanga), Ayala Techno Hub …
People’s Park is an urban public park in central Davao City covering an area of 4 hectares. Formerly the famous old PTA Grounds I used to hang out with classmates during inter-school sports events, this P72M worth recreational park opened on December 15, 2007. A “name that park” contest was launched by the city government, and there you have it.
In my birthplace of Mati, Davao Oriental, lies Lawigan, a hidden coastal community dotted by rugged rock formations, mangroves and white sands interspersed with coconut trees and patches of civilization with huts built on shorelines. The road to Lawigan is quite narrow and perched on a precipice, before going down at sea level again.
With the theme of “Marine and Coastal Ecotourism: Oceans of Uncertainties, Waves of Opportunities,” among Tagbaobo’s sightseeing attractions include the Magongawong and Sampao Falls, Cawa-Cawa Rice Field demo, Samal Tribal House at Sitio Libud, and other adventures on horseback riding or habal-habal (motorcycle).
Beyond the beautiful landscape of Kembali Coast in Island Garden City of Samal, lies a tropical cradle for one of nature’s many delightful secrets.
In Baganga, Davao Oriental, people are rebuilding their lives, houses, livelihood, and spirit. It was a busy coastal village on the brink of recovering from heavy wounds after the Typhoon Bopha tragedy.
To spread this environmental consciousness, the first DAVAO ECOFAIR, a four-day bazaar showcasing unique products made of natural, organic or recycled materials, eco-tourism sites, local handicrafts and eco-friendly services, will be held on March 21-24, 2013 at Abreeza Mall GF Supermarket area.