DAVAO CITY: INDAK-INDAK SA KADALANAN (STREET DANCING) 2013

DAVAO CITY: INDAK-INDAK SA KADALANAN (STREET DANCING) 2013

Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing), one of the most awaited highlights of the week long Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, pushes through as scheduled this August 17, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Indak-indak, a mardi gras-like event, is a street dance competition participated in by representatives from different schools, communities, and organization in their colorful tribal costumes and props. 

It’s a competition of choreographed and theatrical dance in the tribal beat of drums and/ or other musical instruments performed in the major streets of Davao City.

It will have two (2) integrated components that will start simultaneously at 8 a.m.:

1. street dancing showcase – participants will perform street dance pieces continuously in a forward-moving manner; and

2. showdown performance – participants will perform in an on-the-round manner with a minimum of 5 minutes and maximum of 8 minutes.

There are two categories in this competition. One is the open category (or that with “out-of-town” contingents); and the other is Davao City-based category.

Participants in this competition must be at least 7 years old.  The minimum number of participants is 30 and maximum is 100 dancers. The minimum number of musicians is 20 and maximum of 50.

Source: FB page of City Government of Davao

The 24 contingents in this year’s competition will perform their respective street dances starting from San Pedro St., to C.M Recto Avenue, left to Roxas Avenue, then left to C. Bangoy St., to Crooked Road, to San Pedro St.

The showdown performance will be held at the Rizal Park along San Pedro St.

Pamulak Kadayawan

“Pamulak” highlights on August 18 8am-12nn respectively.

– August 18, 2013 – Pamulak sa Dalan – Thousands of colorful flowers are formed into different shapes that the creator prefers. Aside from the fresh flowers, they include also fresh fruits. This is the most-watched even in the annual festival. 

Pamulak Kadayawan (Floral Float Parade)


Perhaps the most colorful event not only in Mindanao but in the entire Philippines — this exhibit of vividly designed floats is always the extreme highlight of the festival. The colorful spectacle will hit the road on August 18 starting at the Roxas Ave. en-route to San Pedro St.
As Dabawenyos celebrate Kadayawan for the bountiful harvest season, this vibrant exhibition simply couldn’t be excluded from the lineup of events as it shows the rich vegetation of the Davao Region.
The floats will be decorated with various ornamental plants and flowers while fruits and vegetables are also used to add color to the different floats.
Three categories are entered in this floral float competition including the big float, small float and the non-motorized or two-wheel float categories. The floats will be judged based on their symbolism, design and creative use of materials.
Hiyas ng Kadayawan: The Grand Quest for the Festival Gem
This event is a beauty pageant like no other as it features the most gorgeous and brilliant ladies who will banner their respective tribes.

It will be a battle of beauty, brains, and talents as the 10 contestants will be judged based on their knowledge of their own tribe, personal character and their performance in the cultural skill showcase.

The cultural skill showcase already kicked off last August 15 while the Grand Coronation Night is set to get underway at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center on August 17.
Other Highlights

The Sayaw Mindanaw Finals will fire off at the SM City Annex on August 16. This event is somehow like the Indak-Indak but will be held indoors.
The Hulagway sa Kadaywan Photo Contest is ongoing while the Tunog Mindanaw, that was highlighted by the performance of original compositions by musicians across Mindanano, recently concluded at the Taboan Matina Town Square last August 11.
Various sporting events will also be held in different venues in the city with the Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte 27th Kadayawan Sports Festival.
There are also huge discounts for authentic Mindanaoan merchandise at the Lumadnong Gama and Dayaw Market at People’s Park together with the Kadayawan sa Pasalubong Center at the Pasalubong Center along Palma Gil St.
Known as the Festival of festivals because of its vibrant sounds and colors, Kadayawan’s Indak Indak sa Kadalanan attracts many people in the city and all over the nation, especially photographers.

RULES DURING KADAYAWAN: No Backpack, No Parking

RULES DURING KADAYAWAN: No Backpack, No Parking

Hello, loves! Mabuhay! For all tourists visiting Davao to witness the Kadayawan festivities like the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing) and Pamulak Kadayawan (Floral Float Parade), please be informed that DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) urges the public to refrain from using backpacks and big bags.  Vehicle (motorcycles included) owners or drivers are also not allowed to park their vehicle on restricted areas particularly along the parade route. Ignoring security measures especially during the major events of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival is a big No No!

Davao police are really serious in implementing security measures to protect the city and its people. More than 2,000 police and military personnel were deployed in the city for Kadayawan, including the 600 additional security from police and military provincial headquarters in Davao Region.

The resolution passed by the Davao City council stated that individuals carrying backpacks will be prohibited from entering the identified routes of the parade and street dance unless properly inspected by security personnel.

Davao police discourages the public from carrying the following types of bags during Indak-indak and Pamulak:

  • backpacks
  • sling bags
  • utility bags 
To avoid inconvenience, please use see-through bags or clear plastic bags instead.Please be warned that police authorities will arrest anybody, even media, who resists or refuses to have his/ her backpacks inspected. Don’t worry they will not jail you. But they will arrest you if you do not cooperate and please note that you will not be allowed in the restricted areas. All confiscated bags can be claimed at the San Pedro Police Station.

The police will do everything as humanly as possible to secure everybody. They appeal to all to follow the rules set so that you will not be inconvenienced. With regards to parking, no vehicle will be allowed to park along the parade route.

Any vehicle seen parked along the parade routes will be towed.  Zero parking starts on the night of August 16, 2013.

By the way, hobbyist photographers who will be covering Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan and Pamulak Kadayawan on Aug. 17 and 18 are advised to get their sticker passes from the City Information Office (Rm. 18, 2nd Floor. City Hall of Davao). Bring with you any valid ID. You can also bring your old Kadayawan IDs or Photo Club IDs.

There will be no coverage fees imposed for non-media photographers and hobbyists for access to Kadayawan events.

Please follow the rules and have a happy Kadayawan! Be safe everyone! Enjoy!

KADAYAWAN 2013 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

KADAYAWAN 2013 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES


Kadayawan Festival is a week long thanksgiving celebration in Davao. And according to the people in Davao the term “Kadayawan” is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw”, which means a warm and friendly greeting used to explain a thing that is valuable, superior, beautiful, good, or profitable.

Allegedly, long time ago, Davao’s ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mount Apo would converge during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the “Manama” (the Supreme Being).

Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year’s abundance. Singing, dancing and offerings to their divine protectors are the highlights of this ritual.

EKSTRA: Now Showing in Cinemas Nationwide

EKSTRA: Now Showing in Cinemas Nationwide

This is the first time that I saw Vilma Santos with no make up in a movie. She deserves to be called the star for all season. She is really a wonderful actress.
Please do watch the indie film “Ekstra”. It will be shown in theaters nationwide beginning August 14, 2013. You will surely not regret watching the film. Go and see the movie in theaters. Let’s help our Philippine movie industry. No to pirated DVDs.

Top 10 weird visa applications

Top 10 weird visa applications

Are you applying for a Visa to go somewhere? Maybe to work or live out your dream? 

Are you aware that your reasons for applying do matter when filling up the application or when interviewed? So, I suggest you put your acts together and make sure it agrees with the laws of the country that you want to access so you’ll get higher chances of getting approved. Global Visas is a private company that helps individuals and businesses wishing to secure visas in the country of their choice thus, Globalvisas.com has put together a list of the ten weirdest applications they have come across with in the last 12 months. When asked for their reasons for travel, applicants gave an unusual array of answers – from the illegal, to the unexpected, and the frankly odd.
We are all unique individuals in every sense of the word, that’s already given, we all have certain hopes in our lives, which might have been inspired from your favorite show, a novel or maybe sparked from an article you read in the past. This somehow, though slim in chance may have pushed us to gain interest in trying our luck and living that glorious aspirations outside the Philippines. I guess everything is possible now-a-days but then do consider the list I have below, if you are under this spell, and consider this wise.

According to them, the ten strangest reasons for applying for a visa are the following:

1) A South African man applied for a European visa, by saying he wanted to go to Romania to become a vampire hunter.

2) On his UK visa application, a Brazilian man said he wanted to bring “flamenco to the streets of Norwich”.

3) A Russian woman applied for a European visa, so she could work as a prostitute in the Netherlands.

4) An embalmer from Mexico applied for a visa to ply his trade in Spain. When his criminal record was unearthed, the visa was refused.

5) On his European visa a Mali man said he was skilled with a pirogue, and wanted to transfer his skills to gondola driving in Venice.

6) A UK man listed his profession as a dog food taster on his US visa application.

7) A man in the Philippines applied to travel to Australia because he was “evading the local authorities”.

8) One woman applying to move from France to the US gave her profession as ‘foot model’.

9) A woman applied for a UK visa, saying she had “seasonal work as a zombie” .

10) A Peruvian man applied for a European visa to work as an “alpaca shearer” during “shearing season”.

Note that every country has certain laws and limitations when come to this. So for an absurd reason of running from the a crime here in Manila, don’t count your luck on it. If ever you fall into one of the list or you are at loss of what better career options to file for, it would be good to seek out professionals who are adept to this kind of application, and those that could assure your visa approval.

Don’t get into shameful discussions about your reasons and thus getting disappointed on a disapproved application and eventually not finding a vampire or zombies in some countries.

On Global Visas

Global Visas has won for its clients the most difficult battles as far as visa facilitation is concerned, such as immigration to Australia. The expertise of the Global Visas team allows it to deliver the best quality service in the lodgment of spousal, fiancée, tourist and working visas. The company holds the distinct advantage of having personnel in destination countries as well as constant updating of visa regulations in these areas: the USA, Canada, UK and other parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asian territories. Visit http://www.globalvisas.com/ for more information.

UPDATED LIST TUESDAY AUGUST 20, 2013: Class Suspensions

UPDATED LIST TUESDAY AUGUST 20, 2013: Class Suspensions 

Due to the effects of Tropical Storm Maring and the enhanced southwest monsoon, classes in certain areas have been suspended for August 20, 2013.
Please check back on this page for updates. This list was collated from announcements made online by schools and LGUs. For more details on the rules for suspension, please read Executive Order No. 66, s. 2012 This list was last updated on 6:55 a.m., August 20, 2013. For real-time updates from the media and different organizations, please track the #walangpasok hashtag on Twitter. For updates on the weather, please visit http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/.

Metro Manila

  1. Caloocan City (all levels)
  2. Las Piñas City (all levels)
  3. Makati City (all levels)
  4. Malabon City (all levels)
  5. Mandaluyong City (all levels)
  6. Manila City (all levels)
  7. Marikina (preschool to high school)
  8. Muntinlupa City (all levels)
  9. Navotas City (all levels)
  10. Parañaque City (all levels)
  11. Pateros City (all levels)
  12. Pasay City (all levels)
  13. Pasig City (all levels)
  14. Quezon City (all levels)
  15. San Juan City (all levels)
  16. Taguig City (all levels)
  17. Valenzuela City (preschool to high school)

By Province

  1. Angeles, Pampanga (preschool to high school)
  2. Antipolo, Rizal (preschool to high school)
  3. Bataan (all levels)
  4. Batangas (all levels)
  5. Cainta, Rizal (all levels)
  6. Cavite (all levels)
  7. Laguna (all levels)
  8. Pangasinan (preschool to high school)
  9. Baliuag, Bulacan (all levels)
  10. Bocaue, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  11. Calumpit, Bulacan (all levels)
  12. Hagonoy, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  13. Malolos, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  14. Meycauayan, Bulacan (all levels)
  15. Obando, Bulacan (all levels)
  16. San Jose del Monte, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  17. Dagupan, Pangasinan (all levels)
  18. Angono, Rizal (preschool to high school)
  19. San Mateo, Rizal (preschool to high school)
  20. Taytay, Rizal (all levels)
  21. Tanay, Rizal (preschool to high school)
  22. Rodriguez, Rizal (all levels)
  23. San Fernando, Pampanga (all levels)
School Specific
  1. Ateneo de Manila University (all levels)
  2. Ateneo Law School
  3. Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health
  4. Arellano University – Main, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Malabon campuses (all levels and office operations)
  5. Baliuag University (all levels)
  6. Central Colleges of the Philippines (all classes and office operations)
  7. Centro Escolar University – Manila, Malolos Campus (all classes and office operations)
  8. De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (all levels and office operations)
  9. De La Salle University – Taft and STC, Makati, and Ortigas (all levels and office operations)
  10. De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
  11. De La Salle Lipa (preschool to high school)
  12. Don Bosco Technical College
  13. Far Eastern University – Manila; FEU East Asia College; and FEU Makati (all levels and office operations)
  14. Fatima University – Valenzuela, QC, Antipolo, Pampanga (all levels)
  15. FEATI (Far East Air Transport Incorporated) University
  16. La Verdad Christian College, Caloocan
  17. Letran, Manila
  18. Mapúa Institute of Technology (all levels)
  19. Makati Medical Center College
  20. Miriam College, Quezon City (all levels)
  21. National University (all levels and office operations
  22. Perpetual Help – College of Manila (all levels)
  23. Philippine Women’s University – PWU Taft, PWU HS, JASMS INDIANA, JASMS QC (all levels and office operations)
  24. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Bataan (all levels)
  25. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Parañaque (all levels)
  26. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Maragondon (all levels)
  27. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – San Pedro, Laguna (all levels)
  28. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa, Manila (all levels)
  29. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Rosa, Laguna (all levels)
  30. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sto.Tomas, Batangas (all levels)
  31. Saint Francis of Assisi College (all levels, all campuses)
  32. San Pedro College of Business Administration (all levels)
  33. San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila (all levels and office operations)
  34. St. Paul University, Manila and Quezon City
  35. STI College, Balagtas, Bulacan
  36. University of Asia and the Pacific (all levels and office operations)
  37. University of the East, Manila and Caloocan (all levels)
  38. University of the Philippines – Diliman, Manila, Los Banos
  39. University of Perpetual Help – Biñan Campus (all levels)
  40. University of Santo Tomas (all levels and office operations)
  41. Letran, Manila (all levels)
  42. Lyceum of the Philippines University – Cavite (all levels)
  43. Lyceum of the Philippines University – Manila (all levels)
  44. Xavier School Nuvali (all levels)
  45. Additional: DILIMAN PREPARATORY SCHOOL | #walangpasok – Aug 20,2013 – ALL levels

Government Offices

  1. Courts of the National Capital Judicial Region, including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, and Sandiganbayan. (For courts outside NCJR, discretion is given to the Executive Judges to suspend.)
  2. Senate
  3. Pasay City Hall
  4. No work for Q.C. GOV’T EMPLOYEES TODAY. DRRM team to operate. — Mayor Herbert Bautista #walangpasok
  5. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) offices in NCR (both field and main)

Source: This entry was posted in Briefing Room, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. 
For any questions, concerns, or complaints, contact us: action@deped.gov.ph | 02 636 1163, 02 633 1942 | 63 919 456 0027

USEFUL EMERGENCY NUMBERS

USEFUL EMERGENCY NUMBERS 

Charge your cellphones everyone! Please take note of the following  useful Emergency hotlines:

National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) hotlines
(02) 911-1406, (02) 912-2665, (02) 912-5668, (02) 911-1873

Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol
117 or send TXT PNP to 2920

Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR)
117, (02) 729-5166, (02) 410-6319 (Regional Director, Information Desk)

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) hotline
7890 or (02) 726-6255

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
136, 882-0925 (flood control)
Trunkline: (02) 882-4150-77 loc. 337 (rescue), 255 (Metrobase)
Metrobase: 882-0860

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
(02) 304-3713, (02) 304-3904

Red Cross hotline
143, (02) 527-0000, (02) 527-8385 to 95

North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) hotlines
(02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines
(0920) 96-SCTEX (72839) (traffic hotline) or (045) 459-0522

Skyway System Hotline
(02) 776-7777, 0917-539-8762 (globe), 0999-888-0893 (smart), 0932-854-6980 (sun)

South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) hotline
0917-6877539 (globe), (049) 508-7509, (02) 584-4389

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hotline
(02) 433-8526

Philippine Coast Guard
(02) 527-3877, (02) 527-8481, 0917-724-3682 (globe), 0917-PCG-DOTC (globe)

Manila Water Hotline
1627

PHIVOLCS
Trunkline: (02) 426-1468 to 79, local 124/125 (emergency);
Text/call: 0905-313-4077 (globe)

DSWD
(632)931-81-01 to 07, local 426 (Disaster Response Unit); (02) 951-7119

Local government units (partial)

Manila Traffic Hotline – 527-3087
Cainta Traffic Hotline – 646-0044, (02) 248-1743 (hotline)
Las Piñas Traffic – 874-5756, 874-3927, 874-5754, 874-5753
Mandaluyong Hotline – 534-2993 (traffic); 533-2225 (Command Control Center)
Taguig Traffic – 838-4301 loc. 7112
Marikina STOC – 646-1651, (02) 646-1633 (traffic)
Pasig Traffic – 643-0000 (Command Control Center); 643-1111
Makati Public Safety Dept – 844-3146, 819-3270 to 71

PRAYER: Almighty Jesus, kindly spare the Philippines from the ravages of Typhoon Labuyo. Amen.

Keep safe everyone!

Classes Suspension for Monday, August 19, 2013

Classes Suspension for August 19, 2013

Attention: Students, Teachers, Parents



Upon the recommendation of PAGASA, the Executive Secretary has ordered the suspension of classes in ALL levels over Pangasinan, Benguet, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Metro Manila. Likewise, the Executive Secretary has also ordered the suspension of work in the Government Offices in Metro Manila except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management.

For any questions, concerns, or complaints, contact us: action@deped.gov.ph | 02 636 1163, 02 633 1942 | 63 919 456 0027

Here is a list of schools and areas that have declared class suspensions for Monday, August 19, 2013.
They will be joining Quezon City and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, which will have no classes on Monday in celebration of Quezon Day.
Upon the recommendation of PAGASA, the Executive Secretary had ordered the suspension of classes in ALL levels over:

  • Metro Manila
  • Pangasinan
  • Benguet
  • Bataan
  • Zambales
  • Tarlac
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Occidental Mindoro
*** Quezon City and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, which will have no classes on Monday in celebration of Quezon Day.
Local government units in the areas listed below also announced suspension of classes due to heavy rain from by tropical storm “Maring”.
In Metro Manila:
  • Caloocan City (all levels)
  • Las Piñas City (preschool to highschool)
  • Makati City (all levels)
  • Malabon City (all levels)
  • Mandaluyong City (all levels)
  • Manila (all levels)
  • Marikina City (all levels)
  • Muntinlupa City (all levels)
  • Navotas City (preschool to high school)
  • Parañaque City (all levels)
  • Pasay City (preschool to high school)
  • Pasig City (all levels)
  • Pateros (all levels)
  • San Juan City (all levels)
  • Taguig City (preschool to high school)
  • Valenzuela City (preschool to high school)
Outside Metro Manila:
  • Bataan (levels)
  • Benguet (all levels)
  • Cavite (all levels)
  • Laguna (all levels)
  • Occidental Mindoro (preschool to elementary)
  • Pampanga (preschool to elementary)
  • Antipolo City, Rizal (preschool to high school)
  • Bocaue, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  • Cainta, Rizal (all levels)
  • Dagupan City, Pangasinan (preschool to high school)
  • Hagonoy, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  • Malolos City, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  • Marilao, Bulacan (all levels)
  • Meycauayan, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  • Montalban, Rizal (all levels)
  • Obando, Bulacan (all levels)
  • Olongapo City, Zambales (preschool to high school)
  • Rodriguez, Rizal (all levels)
  • San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
  • San Mateo, Rizal (all levels)
  • Subic, Zambales (all levels)
  • Taytay, Rizal (all levels)
Classes in these schools and areas are suspended due to heavy rain brought by tropical storm “Maring”.
The Department of Education’s guidelines on the suspension of classes include:

– Signal No. 1: No classes in kindergarten
– Signal No. 2: No classes in elementary and high school
– Signal No. 3: No classes in all levels including college

Please stay safe everyone!  #walangpasok #noclasses #maring