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•April 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Let’s Fight For Peace

•September 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

READ THIS: The recent explosion in Davao City has caused panic to those who are fearful and ‘sort of’ jubilation from the anti-Duterte. I feel sorry to these groups of people because they demonstrate what the terrorists and mongrels of criminals really aimed for. They feed the arrogance and pride of those who seek havoc in our country. Shame on those who laughed at this incident and even blamed Digong saying that he should not have “boasted himself in his declaration of War against crime particularly on drugs.” I felt that these mindless statements came not from innocence but out of greed, selfishness, and stupidity. These people who has done nothing good but only stalk for mistakes – should shut up because that bullshit of a character is not something any Filipinos will be proud of. If your aim is only for “pasikat”; then for God’s sake go naked in public.
Now hear this – the explosion is a call for Unity to those who seek change and with the ultimate goal of Peace and security in our nation. Frankly, you cannot bring Peace by sending flowers to terrorists and criminals. Jesus even had to suffer severely and die first before we all realized that he is our Lord (for Christian Faith). 
This incident should ignite all of us Filipinos from everywhere in the world and from all walks of Life – to stand our grounds and rise against terrorism and other crimes. All Filipinos shoud not be afraid because criminals rally their strength when they smell fear amongst us. Let us FIGHT because it is our duty for the Philippines and our responsibility for the next generation. Let us Fight because all of us deserve PEACE.
I remain supportive to the Duterte Administration’s mandate of securing the general welfare of the Filipino People. Let everyone be reminded that only when we act as ONE that we can beat the horrors plaguing us for decades.
To those families affected by the explosion, we are one with you in grief.
To all Davaoenos, let us show everyone how we respond to threats of violence and fear. 

#EyeForAnEye

Happy Birthday Admin Blogger Dhax! From Davaohive Philippines

•August 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Get to know our Philippine Flag as we sing the Philippine National Anthem Today – May 7, 2016 (5:00 pm).

•May 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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THE BLUE STRIPEIt symbolizes Patriotism and Justice.

THE RED STRIPEIt represents valour and the blood spilt for Freedom and Independence

THE WHITEIt stands for PEACE and PURITY. The White Triangle represents equality.

THE THREE STARSIt represent the three main geographical regions of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

THE SUNIt represents independence and its eight rays represent the eight (8) provinces that led the Philippine uprising against Spanish Rule.

Note: The singing of the Philippine National Anthem will take place today, 7 May 2016 around 5:00 pm at the Philippine Crocodile Park Grounds, Davao City – and in the rest of the Philippines and around the World!

By: Davaohive Philippines

Get to know, DAVAO CITY!

•May 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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1. DAVAO CITY, 2ND LARGEST CITY IN THE WORLD IN TERMS LAND AREA. It has a massive total land area of 244,000 hectares. It covers approximately 8% of the entire Region XI (Davao). Undoubtedly, Davao City is the Philippines’ largest. It is 7x the size of the entire Metro Cebu and 3x the size of the entire Metro Manila.

2. DAVAO, HOME OF THE COUNTRY’S HIGHEST PEAK – MT. APO. It is considered as the country’s highest mountain peak with an elevation of around 10,311 feet or 3,144 meters above sea level. In 1936, Mount Apo was declared as a National Park and has since then a favourite hiking and climbing destination for both local and foreign mountaineers. It is also the site of the annual International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge.

3. DAVAO CITY, HOME OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHINATOWN DISTRICT. It is officially, the only Chinatown in Mindanao, 2nd in the Philippines and the largest Chinatown in the world. It has a massive land area of approx. 44 hectares, covers 4 barangays and encompasses the major roads of Ramon Magsaysay Ave., Monteverde Ave., Sta. Ana Ave., and Leon Garcia Street. Chinatown is gated by 3 Chinese Archways inspired by the 400-year-old architecture of Yuan Garden in China. It is the only Chinatown with its own seaport, Davao’s Sasa Wharf.

4. DAVAO CENTRAL 911 – THE ONLY 911 IN ASIA. Patterned after the Integrated Emergency Response System (ERS) in the United States and Canada, Davao’s Central 911 is a highly modernized, fully integrated, and computerized response system in the country linking the people of Davao City to the emergency resources of the government. It is the 3rd 911 ERS in the World and the most advanced technology in the Philippines.

5. DAVAO’S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMAND CENTRE. The PSCC is the Philippines’ first ever Traffic Monitoring Centre equipped with the most advanced and state-of-the-art traffic monitoring facilities patterned after the one in Los Angeles, California. It acts as the nerve centre equipped with the Weather Monitoring and Flood Alert System and it coordinates with the different government agencies: Davao City Police Office, Davao Traffic Management, City Health and Social Office, Central 911, Bureau of Fire Protection, Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council, Office of the Civil Defense, and the Regional Disasters Coordinating Council.

6. DAVAO CITY, MINDANAO’S DE FACTO CAPITAL. As the Centre of Mindanao’s trade and finance., Davao boosts of local and foreign banking and investment institutions in the Philippines.

7. DAVAO, A BILLIONAIRE CITY. Davao City consistently remains in the top 5 billionaire cities of the Philippines after Quezon City, Makati City, Manila City, and Pasig City. Undoubtedly, it remains one of the richest city outside Metro Manila.

8. DAVAO, HOME OF THE MAJESTIC PHILIPPINE EAGLE. The Philippines’ monkey-eagle is the Country’s National Bird and is one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the World. Unfortunately, they are considered as critically endangered species and are now protected by the Only Philippine Eagle reserve in the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle Research and Nature Center (or also known as The Philippine Eagle Center) in Davao City.

9. DAVAO, HOME OF THE QUEEN OF PHILIPPINE FLOWERS – WALING WALING. Dubbed the “Queen of Philippine flowers,” Waling-waling (Euanthe sanderiana) of the orchid family is admired alongside the Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac). The Philippine Congress has also approved House Bill 5655 naming Waling-Waling as the Philippines’ Second National Flower. Davao is widely known as the Orchid Capital of the Philippines.

10. DAVAO, HOME OF THE KING OF EXOTIC FRUITS – DURIAN. As the only city in the Philippines capable of growing and harvesting a bountiful amount of Durian all year round, the “King of Fruits” is indeed, Davao’s pride. Davao is widely known as the Durian Capital of the Philippines.

11. DAVAO, THE FRUIT BASKET OF THE PHILIPPINES. Davao is famous and is considered one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of durian, pomelo, papaya, mangosteen, “Rambutan”, “Marang”, and many more. It is one of the world’s largest exporters of Cavendish Bananas and Pineapple. Undoubtedly, it is the Fruit Basket of the Philippines and a major agricultural player in the Asia Pacific.

12. DAVAO, SOURCE OF THE WORLD’S 2ND MOST POTABLE WATER. The World Health Organization (WHO) named Davao’s natural water as the 2nd most potable in the world next to the water source in New Zealand.

13. DAVAO CITY, BIRTHPLACE AND GATEWAY OF THE BIMP-EAGA. In 1994, government representatives and businessmen from the Philippines, Brunei, Manado, North Sulawesi of Indonesia, and Sabah for Malaysia have gathered together in Davao City for the biggest historical convention ever held in the region and formally established the newest trading bloc and emerging polygon of power in Asia, the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Philippines-Malaysia East ASEAN Growth Area or the BIMP-EAGA.

14. SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES MEDICAL CENTRE. With a bed capacity of around 1,500, SPMC is considered the largest government-run hospital in Mindanao and one of the largest in the Philippines. It is also one of the most modern public hospital being linked to the 911 emergency response system of Davao. SPMC is also home of Mindanao’s Heart Centre, among others.

15. DAVAO, HOST OF THE VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE. Visit Davao Fun Sale is the Philippines’ longest and grandest city-wide sale and adventure fun sale from March to May of every year. Similar to the Great Singapore Sales, Davao’s tourism agencies as well as private entities from airlines, malls, hotels and resorts, shopping and dining spots, and even adventure parks, gather up for this event.

16. DAVAO, HOME OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLONY OF FRUIT BATS. The Monfort Bat Cave in Samal Island was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats or Rousetteus amplexicaudatus. The said cave has five openings with an estimated bat population of 1.8 million, and growing.

17. DAVAO, HOME OF THE LARGEST PYGMY FOREST IN THE PHILIPPINES. The Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in San Isidro, Davao Oriental is officially the Philippines’ sixth world heritage site as inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage. The century-old mossy pygmy “bonsai” forest occupies around 225 hectares of the sanctuary, where century-old bonsai trees have an average height of only 1.4 meters with trunks measuring a diameter of an average of 8 centimeters. Undoubtedly, it is one of the largest pygmy forests in the world.

18. DAVAO, HOME OF MINDANAO’S ONLY BONE MUSEUM. D’Bone Collector Museum is the only bone museum in Mindanao and is one of the largest in the Philippines. It houses massive bone collections of animals like huge sperm whales, sharks, and over 200 well-preserved skeletons of various animal species from different environments such as the plains, shallow seas and reefs, tropical rainforests, lowlands, and arid regions from around the world. Darrell Blatchley is the proprietor of the Bone museum of 1,700 species.

19. DAVAO’S MALAGOS CHOCOLATE, “THE BEST CHOCOLATE EVER”. The Malagos 100-percent Premium Unsweetened Chocolate won Bronze during the 2015 Academy of Chocolates Awards held in London. Produced by a family-run company, Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation, since May 2013. Rex and Jen Puentespina is the team behind coming up with Trinitario clones, a cross between Criollo and Forastero varieties which accounts for their fine-flavored beans and naturally enhanced flavor of cocoa. The Puentespina family grows their cacao trees in Mount Talomo in Calinan, Davao City which makes the Malagos Chocolate a single-origin chocolate and a proud Filipino brand.

20. DAVAO CITY’S LANDMARK ORDINANCE

  • Women Development Code of Davao City – National laws protecting the rights of Women are mostly patterned after Davao’s Women’s Code.
  • Child Welfare Code of Davao City Davao has been consistently awarded as a child-friendly city of the Philippines being one of the cities strictly implementing the protection of children.
  • Firecracker and Pyrotechnics Ordinance (060-02 / 2002) the 1st Firecracker Ban and one of the most controversial local ordinances implemented in the Philippines. It is enforced all year round, with no exceptions
  • Speed Limit Ordinance (2015)
  • Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance (0430-02 / 2002)
  • Green Space Ordinance (2016)
  • Liquor Ban
  • Signage Ordinance (92-00)
  • Watershed Code – regulates or prohibits certain activities in watershed areas, recharge zones,  conservation areas and environmentally critical areas.
  • Aerial Spray Ordinance (309-07)- prohibits aerial spraying of plantation chemicals within the territorial jurisdiction  of the city.

21. DAVAO’S GLOBAL RECOGNITIONS AND CITATION

DAVAO, WORLD’S 7TH BEST CITY TO LIVE AND WORK REMOTELY. In 2014, Nomadlist, a crowdsourced internet website that collects data about cities around the world, ranked Davao City as the World’s 7th best city to live and work remotely.

DAVAO, 1ST ASEAN 100% SMOKE-FREE CITY. In 2013, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) named this city as the first 100 percent smoke-free metropolitan in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and serves as a “model city in implementing law against smoking”.

DAVAO, ONE OF THE WORLD’s SAFEST CITIES. In 2013, the city ranked 4th as the world’s safest place, according to website Numbeo.com. Out of 349 cities, Davao City is the only metropolis in the Philippines that made it to the top 10. It has a crime index of 13.27 and safety index of 86.73. Undoubtedly, it is the safest city in the Philippines. In 2015, Davao City ranked 9th in the world’s safest cities according to the same website.

DAVAO, ONE OF ASIA’S MOST LIVABLE CITIES. In the annual survey made by Asiaweek on the 40 Best cities in Asia, Davao City has unfailingly made it to the top. In 2000, Asiaweek magazine has named Davao City the country’s most livable city and the 17th among Asia’s top 40 cities.

DAVAO, WORLD’S 87th FASTEST-GROWING CITY. In 2011, Davao City placed 87th in the list of fastest-growing cities and urban areas in the world. It is the only Philippine city included in the Top 100. Web-based research group City Mayors Foundation published on its website at www.citymayors.com a listing of 200 cities around the world that were ranked based on assumed annual growth rates. Davao City has a projected average annual growth of 2.53 percent during the 15-year period. City Mayors Foundation is based in London, United Kingdom and Freiburg, Germany.

DAVAO, 10th ASIAN CITY OF THE FUTURE. According to FDI Magazine, an investment news magazine in UK, Davao City was named the 10th Asian City of the Future.

By: Davaohive Philippines

Guinness Book of World Record: Instructions for Davao City participants (singing of national anthem)

•May 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Guinness Book of World Record Instructions for RESIDENTS OF DAVAO CITY ONLY who will join the event at Crocodile Park, Maa, Davao City on May 7, 2016 (As of 9:57 am May 3, 2016)

1. The venue for the singing will be at the Crocodile Park, Maa, Davao City

2. The simultaneous singing will start at 5 p.m. on May 7, 2016, Saturday. Registration will start at 9 AM exactly.

3. We are going to go for 300,000 participants, the current world record is 254,000. The event is dubbed as the “Guinness for Federalism”

4. All participants will go through a scanning registration process-no one can join unless you have a bar coded volunteer card which you can get from the National Head Quarters at San Ei Building, Maa, Davao City (Kubota). The registration process will be recorded as part of the GBWR requirements.

5. All bar coded volunteer cards must be given personally to the card holder since we have to secure your name, home address and contact details. Cards will be given out at the National Headquarters Maa Diversion Road, San Ei Building (Kubota fronting Firing range) from 8 am to 5 pm from May 3 to 5, 2016. There will be on site giving out of the cards on May 7, 2016 on a first come first serve basis. No one without the card will be allowed to enter-all must have a card even all the policemen, all media, etc. must have a card to enter the venue. This is all part of our security measures. We will be reserving a number of bar coded volunteer cards for on site registration at the Crocodile Park but once it is all given out we will no longer allow further participants to enter the vicinity of the singing area. All vendors must be outside the perimeter of the Park since they do not have any bar coded volunteer card. Vendors can stay on the road outside the Park.

6. For those who are assigning one person to get your card as a group (like corporations, associations, schools, civic organizations etc) we need a formal letter from your organization, using your letter head, signed by your head and indicating the persons who are going to use the card. Each person given the card must provide details of name, cell phone number and home address. Attached a separate sheet listing the names and contact details of the persons to be given the cards

7. Markers have already been placed at the Crocodile Park segregating all participants into groups of 50s (fifty persons per group). Each group of 50 will be assigned a Steward or Marshall.

8. Each group of 50 people must wear the same color of clothing. Meaning one group of 50 will be in red, another group in blue, another group in white, another group in yellow and so on and so forth. Guinness requires that we wear different color clothing for each group to easily distinguish one group from the other and make it easier for them to adjudicate. Each group of 50 will be assigned a Marshall or Steward who will be required to fill up a GBWR form as required as Stewards or Marshalls. The Stewards make sure that all is in formation and that all will sing.

9. There will be a signal before the start and after the singing. The signal will be the blowing of shofars of the churches in Davao.

10. There will be a musical ensemble which will accompany us courtesy of UIC, Davao.

11. There will be a conductor for the event. Watch the signal of the conductor.

12. For the sake of documentation purposes there will be 2 to 3 GBWR witnesses to the entire event. They will form part of our documentation by filling up a form given to us by Guinness.

13. Each must place his right hand on his breast and sing all through out. Every one must sing no one is allowed to go lip synching or else we get disqualified.

14. It is suggested that all must bring an umbrella or cap since Crocodile Park is an open field and we will be there from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. They must be remove or place down once the singing starts.

15. There will be a stage at the middle of the Park which is visible to all from front up to the back and the sides.

16. You can disperse or break ranks after the singing. But once the singing starts at 5 p.m. no one is allowed to leave the group where one is assigned. All are advice to get a toilet break and drink water prior to the actual singing.

17. Everything will be on pics and will be video tape. There will be 4 drones in the air. Do not be distracted by the drones.

18. Children who are of elementary and high school age are allowed to sing. No kindergarten children please. Children will be grouped separately from adults and will wear their colored school uniform if appropriate to easily distinguish them from each other. Instruct all children to please sing the national anthem all through out.

19. Lumad and our Muslim brothers and sisters can come in their native attire and will be group separately by 50s. Just in case their number will not be able to reach 50 as a group then we will assign other participants to join their group to complete the required number of 50.

20. Foreigners are allowed to sing with us as long as they are properly registered and have a bar coded volunteer card and know the lyrics of the song by heart. No one is allowed to carry a piece of paper when they sing. They must know the national anthem of the Philippines by heart.

21. There will be a sponsored snack provision for all participants. Let us be orderly in securing them. Kiosk are assigned on the side of the park for this purpose. (as of today we are still confirming this will update all)

22. There will be a flag in front of the stage. All must sing facing toward our flag.

23. There will be a Guinness Adjudicator from London who will be observing the event. Let us therefore abide by all these instructions since we might get disqualified if we do not abide by them. The Adjudicator will be accompanied by a local auditing firm requested for this purpose of documentation.

24. All eyes of the world will be on Davao that day so let us all be aware of this and make ourselves proud as Davaoenos and Fellow Filipinos. The Guinness Book of World Record Certificate once achieved will be in the name of the people of Davao.

25. Media cameras and other TV/Radio paraphernalia must be at least 5 meters away from the singing area in order not to distract participants.

26 There will be a formal program before and after the singing, so let us come to listen and enjoy.

27. As much as we want to accommodate everyone but once the cards run out, then we will have to say sorry and decline your wish to participate in the Guinness Event. Thanks for understanding.

28. We will sing whether it will rain or shine. For the guidance of all patriotic hearted Davaoenos.

N.B. Instructions or guidelines may vary from time to time so please keep yourself updated by reading your Facebook account, listening to radio or watching TV on the matter. Please print this copy for your file and further review.

For further instructions please do not hesitate to email or call or post on my Facebook account Aji Garbanzos (AG Aji)

Thank you and Mabuhay ang Federalismo!!

Arnold A. Garbanzos, Guinness Consultant. 09162807752.

aji.r2d2@gmail.com This event is sponsored by Friends of MRRD in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Iligan and the Mona Lisa Fraternity and Sorority

ABS-CBN, remember this day that you betrayed Philippines.

•May 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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