Second semester is over, its time for me to go home to General Santos City and spend the most of my summer there. I had the worse time packing my things at the dormitory because my bags are fewer than my stuffs. So I decided to throw all things which I think won't be useful anymore and most of them are papers and old cranky shoes. I had also the bad time deciding what to throw and what to keep because some of the papers were memorable or what they commonly say " has a sentimental value (heart)", of course not love letters but first examination results and the like. I was about to throw a yellow pamphlet when suddenly I noticed the markings at it, Davao Museum of History and ethnography. I read one of its sound biting slogans " There is no better way to complete the Davao Experience" and poof! thoughts came stumbling on my mind. Anyways I'm going home to gensan that's why I decided to make a post about Davao Museum first before going home.

Allow me to read you some parts of its pamphlet, here it goes

There is no better way to complete the Davao Experience than to pay a visit to the newly-renovated Davao Museum. The museum is a 30-year-old landmark in Davao City and holds a treasure of information and artifacts from Davao's past to its modern times.

It is only here that you will discover the artistry of Davao's indegenous groups through a display of their arts and crafts; find large-scale versions of old maps of Mindanao and the Philippines, centuries-old Asian trade jars, an original Arabian text, a  rare Bagobo Giangan dagmay, and much more!

The well-lighted galleries of the modernistic two storey museum will bring you to a truly intimate and unique experience of cultural and historical discovery that you will forever commit to memory.

You can contact them here

113 Agusan Circle, Insular Village I, Lanang, Davao City 8000
(082) 223-1734

My first year as a freshman college at Davao is truly substantial to my development as a person. I had a taste of Davao Experience but I know Davao has a lot more to offer, try the Davao Museum experience on your own too. Just contact those numbers and e-adds I gave you.

You might as well visit my current blog, Paragon Shirts Design Blog

Where can you find the best chocolate chip banana cup cake?
Of course, at Davao Bloggers creative writing workshop only.

                                                            yummy banana cup cake

 I  joined the creative writing workshop for bloggers held at the Training Rooms of the PLDT Davao Branch along Ponciano Street, Davao City. The workshop started by 8:00 A.M something and ended by 5:00 P.M something.

The workshop was a very rare educational experience for me because I had the opportunity of meeting the writer, Toast Master, and former educator, Mr. Rene Lizada of Sun Star Davao. He taught us so many lessons and shared a lot of humorous jokes too and the number one thing I've learned on him was that effective writing is not that hard to achieve when you're not lazy. 

The workshop was just a one day experience but it had a very profound effect on my soul not to mention that I'm a frustrated writer. He revitalized the writing passion on me again.Thanks to and avatar media for creating such activity like this. 

I'm not familiar what kind of  feeling has struck the inner person in me but I'm definitely sure that this thing is not just a dilemma or a product of my hallucination. This unexpected thing on me started during last summer and to be honest, until now she is the sort of motivation/inspiration to me. I've never even expected that this thing will grow stronger and stronger as time goes by, because at start she was just really a friend to me and I believe that she feels the same way too. 

It was a rainy afternoon, she was alone that time and me without nothing to do that afternoon decided to go and join her without hesitation. I don't know what occurred on her because she made most of the talking the whole afternoon which is opposite into what kind of person she is, you know the almost soundless type of  person who rarely talks so much on regular days and a bit of a mood swinger too. We talked for 3 to 4 hours and I never even notice that we were already  talking that long, maybe its because of the radiance her charming face and personality brings on me. She is more attractive the closer I look her . She shared much on her life that made me interested on her. She shared about her favorite sport, high school friends, childhood and a bit of her sad love story. I knew she was hurt before, judging from that sad story of hers and she can't move on with that tragedy. I know it is frank for me to say but I want to cure her sorrow. From that moment I was captivated and started to be interested with her.  As we became closer I begun to like her and eventually love her, but summer has ended she pronounced that she'll be gone and will enroll to a school far far from where I'm enrolling.  That moment was a punishment for me which I'm sure I can't and will never endure. I told myself that maybe this is really life and we were really meant to be separated. 

Few weeks passed and a news came to me that she won't continue enrolling herself on that far far school anymore. An early  Happy ending you might say but this happy ending did not really happen. We enrolled on the same school but it seems like we were so far from each other. Sometimes I feel like I know her and sometimes It seems like I don't.We're definitely standing at the crossroad right now. What's going on between us?. Maybe I'm just so scared to tell her, so scared that the simple friendship which ignited all the thoughts will be gone. I don't know but as of now I'm only sure on one thing 

I love her

Going to the market and dusty places while observing on an eventful urban city doing its routinely tasks, would be the most stressing activity one can ever think of. For me that would be challenging, in the sense that it is my first time to explore one of the busiest and most culturally diverse areas on Davao City. Lucky me because I was granted a chance to do these activities which I was already planning to do beforehand already and as a bonus I was auspicious enough to do the duty while incorporating  it with my studies, specifically for my major subject namely Anthropology 181(Social Anthropology). 

The first stop was at the Bankerohan market and I went first at the vegetable section of the market, though at the start I was a bit anxious and disturbed because of the curious eyes looking all over me and my buddymates, maybe it was just because of the kind of clothing we chosed to wear that day which is I think a bit of eyesore for them.The market scene we've went into was just like another regular wet market you can see nearby. But one thing has caught my very first attention. The children there was playing Plants Versus Zombies on a what they call "Hulug-hulugan PisoVideo Game Machine" for me it was a bit surprising because it is really surprising to see that recently famous game there. 

The clothes people wear there were clothes they can also buy around the other portions of the market, and most male vendors there are wearing one earings on its left ear. These earings were varied in terms of design and size. Most of their hairstlyes were exotic and unique, some managed to color their hair and made it look different compared to its original look. I've also observed a few men there who carry loads at their back bending their bodies and almost forming a right angle which I think was caused by the strenous loads they carry routinely everyday, some of what they carry are baskets full of squash and cabbage which I estimated weighing around 50 kilos and above in each basket.

                                         A man carrying a heavy load on its tired back

There were also men who works on the garbage truck collecting waste coming from the market itself which spontanously pass and throw garbage on the truck for the duration of my observation there which lasted more than 45 minutes. The place was also not suitable for people with weak lungs because of the odorous aroma spreading all over the place which might put your stomach up side down. 

               a half naked man transferring garbage

men watching the garbage workers doing  their duty

  a child left alone together with her goods at the entrance of the market's vegetable section

As we continue to explore and observe the environment of the market we've tried to cross the other side of the market through the overpass and I've seen people selling burloloys and fashion stuffs alongside the overpass. They were selling colorful kikay items in a cheap price. People with disability were placing themselves also on the overpass to gain advantage of the crowd crossing the overpass. Coal dealers are also intact on one place which serves as their territory for their products. One man asked me what are we doing at the market and murmured in himself that " Researcher mo dong? O nangampanya?. 

The answer from me was just a polite nod and a few combination of polite words which would ease the curiosity of the perturbed man. So far the place was still bombarded with the same atmosphere causing the unacceptable odor of the vegetable section. At the end of the coal section of the market, a man which I assume as a local politician was introducing itself to the listening crowd while watching the politician and its colleagues I've noticed that they were also throwing curious looks on us, maybe bothered if ever we are spies (haha). Just as we continue walking I was shocked because I thought we were traversing the other other side of the market but on the contrary we were just really walking on a circular pattern. I mean walking on the market and circulating its territories. 

 the politician I've mentioned a while ago

  garbage collectors doing their duty
On these observations and few interviews I've focused mainly on what sorts and kinds of people deals and works on the market and the environment they primarily deal with. The people working on the market has still time for leisure and other amusing activities despite of the environment they live with. Their bodies might have already adapted  and managed to still continue usual activities in life despite of its seemingly lethal atmosphere of garbage and rotten vegetables. Another example to this was the body of the men who carry heavy loads on their backs, even without load their standard posture was already curved and bended which is dangerous to their safety because it might fracture their spinal cords but even so they still managed to do these difficult tasks and the way of living of these market people has adapted to where they are living and what sorts of work they do.

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