Category Archives: Science

Marine Life


Life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. It is a must to get acquainted with matters concerning this vital system, thus the urge to ensure that its health is not endangered is ever-present in us which could then be shared to others and inspiring them to be responsible marine-life loving people.

1-Castilla Sorsogon...
The Bay along Sorsogon

A Flower so Huge!

It is the second largest flower in the world, with a diameter that can reach up to 80 centimeters.

For those who are not fond of flowers, this blog  could probably get you thrilled to know about a flower that is grown in the Philippines with a staggering dimension – the Rafflesia, known locally as ‘bo-o’.It is considered to be the largest flower in the Philippines and confirmed to be the 2nd largest in the whole world. It has  a diameter that can reach up to 80 centimeters and can be found at Rafflesia Yard in the town of Baungon, Bukidnon (Phils) This place has been declared by the Philippine Goverment  as a critical habitat of this famous flower known by locals as “bo-o” that continues to draw attention.

Aside from the rare flower, outdoor lovers will come to know that Bukidnon is also home to four of the country’s Top 10 highest peaks. These are Mt. Dulang-Dulang (2nd), Mt. Kitanglad (4th), Mt. Kalatungan (5th), and Mt. Maagnaw (8th).
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Greenfields of Prosperity

Dampa Davao.solo

Welcome to Davao! Life here would be alluring to any visitor.[Note: All the pics provided exclusively belong to the author.I came to Davao not just to see the place but on official business trip straight from the sun-baked deserts of Oman where I am based. Thus, I chanced upon this opportunity to explore this majestic region that I last visited about 3 decades ago or so. Davao City is among the largest cities in the world with a sprawling land area of 244,000 hectares.  It is the premier city and hub of the south side of the Philippines known for its bustling economic activities, diverse population, urban build-up and modern amenities.  It is considered as the most important economy in the island and the third most important urban center in the Philippines.  The city is known to many as a destination offering a unique combination of various eco adventures in the midst of a modern, urban landscape characterized by a flourishing business and tourism environment.

Financial Ctr.
Pryce Tower in Bajadia, Davao City

Davao is also seen and considered as a retirement haven for people seeking a slower pace of life, due to its relaxed atmosphere, low cost of living, and numerous recreational options.I have learned that  the city has a very low crime rate in the country.Even with a population of over 1.3 million and an urban density estimated  at 2,400  persons per square kilometer, Davao City’s crime rate still remains among the lowest in the country.  This has earned  for Davao City the distinction  as the Most Peaceful City in the East and Southeast Asia for a number  of years already.

Davao's San Pedro Square
The night stroll would make anyone virtually safe from harm due to the City’s strict implementation of peace and order.

Davao City is said to be one favorite place of a growing global community of expats of various nationalities  aside from other tribes from within the country.


As one of my primary targets, the fruit export business in Davao City sit well with our planned business activity to market cavendish banana in the Middle East in partnership with my Omani sponsor. The abundance of fruits in Davao is truly a wonder to any would be visitor and businessman as there are a lot of suppliers and growers and lots of fruit stalls as well. The Bankerohan Fruit Market is crowded with buyers on a daily basis.So, if you happen to go to Davao, there are so many fruits to choose from –  you’ll enjoy the freshest and highest quality agricultural produce. It is up for grabs both for the locals and for domestic and foreign markets. It exports large volumes of banana, pineapple, orchids, and tuna.Its pomelo, durian, and mangosteen are sought-after by many, yet these remain affordable and accessible to the locals on a daily basis.Davao is the biggest supplier of Banana in the Middle East Market based on the latest stats.

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Mt. Apo
Mt. Apo was one of the places I enjoyed seeing from a far distance at Digos City Davao Del Sur and Bansalan…

Davao City is blessed with abundant fresh drinking water from both ground and surface sources. Mount Apo serves as there charge  point and the areas at the foot of the mountain contain  large reservoirs, the biggest of which is the Calinan, Toril and Talomo Triangle.


Live a wholesome and healthy lifestyle in Davao City! The city pioneered the regulation of smoking in public places in the Philippines that  gave birth to the National Anti-Smoking Law. Davao City has been a recipient of the prestigious Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health in 2010 and 2011 during the World No Tobacco Day. It has tough policies against dangerous drugs, violence against women and children (including prostitution and human trafficking), and environmental pollution. It has addressed the concern over aerial spraying in large plantations and banned the use of firecrackers and similar pyrotechnics. It leads in the conservation of endangered species such as the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, as well as the protection of the city’s watershed, coastal areas, rivers and gulf. Davao City boasts of having one of the most progressive and comprehensive reproductive health program in the world.

The streets are covered with streamers on the month I was in Davao to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival…

Davao City is the only Asian city that has an integrated emergency response system similar to that of the United States and Canada, the difference being that in Davao City , the service is absolutely for free and totally subsidized by the local government. Central 911 responds to all kinds of emergencies : medical, fire, police assistance, natural or man-made disaster. The Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been cited as the best prepared disaster coordinating council in the country.A favorite destination for study tours, Davao City is regarded as a model for other cities in the country.

We are right at the mountain peak stopover bordering Gensan and Davao..

 A major Destination in the East Asian Region.

Davao City has been  cited in Asia for its high livability index, where residents can easily switch between fast-paced business transactions and soothing relaxation  options. It is considered a major tourist destination in the East Asian region with an increasing  number  of international visitors since the 1990s.

The designation of the Tagurano-Catigan-Eden Tourism Development Zone as the Mountain Resort and Agro-Tourism Capital of Southern Mindanao illustrates determined efforts leading to the desirable transformation  of the city as the Summer Capital of the Philippine  South. Additionally,  the presence of world-class  beach  resorts both in the city and on nearby Samal Island (30 minutes away by boat ride) has allowed  Davao to offer a complete tourism package for all visitors.

Davao City is the hub of commerce and industry in the Southern Mindanao region.

Author enjoys a ride in a Padjak to move around town.

Harvests are bountiful in Davao City. The cultivation  and propagation of natural resources dominate the economic landscape of the region as the city is surrounded by many different plantations and stock farms supplying both local andexport markets. With the richness of agribusiness  opportunities in and aroundthe city, it’s no wonder  that Davao City is considered the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Dampa Davao
Author poses with the proud owner of Dampa Davao, a resto in downtown Davao so unique and classy…

Davao City is Business-Friendly.

Surveys and evaluations on the best places for business have always cited Davao as among the best performers. These include distinctions as being the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future by the FDI magazine of The Financial Times, the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines with the Best Quality of Life by the Asian Institute of Management and a long list of numerous recognitions and distinctions as the city has received in the recent years. All these are proof of the continuous and decisive strides in making Davao City a home for many productive ventures and endeavors. Continue reading Greenfields of Prosperity

A walk in the woods…

How would life be without trees? The truth of the matter is that, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature,robust and leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. As people move to different places in any part of this world where trees abound, not many realize that the forest serves as a giant filter that cleans the air that we breath. I took an interest in documenting a spot I chanced upon as I explored the high hills and forested areas of (scallop-rich)Sorsogon, Philippines on my vacation. This is a century(plus) old acacia tree in Bucalbucalan  that I learned about from the locals.

Phil Tour.Bicol Region.Province of Sorsogon.Heritage Tree
Its more than 360 cm trunk takes 6 regularly built men to encompass its girth.
The people within the vicinity narrated how they are benefitting from its primary role of protecting them from typhoons that batter the Bicol region.
Acacia Tree.Sorsogon Province,Bicol Region
On dark moonless nights or during bad weather, fishermen coming out of the sea would look up to the acacia tree as a familiar beacon that would safely bring them home toward the shore.


A generation plants a tree, another gets the shade- Chinese Proverb

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When a beehive doesn’t turn out to be honey.

ME@ halban4

When one of my british friends passed on to me a pic of what seemed to be just an ordinary tent-sized man-made stone structure,  I quickly rung my mobilephone to ask him about what’s this intriguing photo is all about. The surprise answer was they are indeed tombs used in countries in ancient times  and Oman is interestingly one of them. True enough,Oman was home to a number of ancient beehive tombs that were only ‘discovered’ by the West twenty years ago, and are relatively unspoiled, The earliest stone-built tombs which can be called “beehive” are in Oman, built of stacked flat stones that exist in nearby geological formations. As gleaned from what I researched in brief about this tombs, they are believed to date back between 2700 and 2000 BC from the Umm al Nar or Hafit period of the Bronze Age at period in time when the Arabian Peninsula was subject to much more rainfall than now, and supported a flourishing civilization in what is now desert to the west of the mountain range along the Gulf of Oman. No burial remains have ever been retrieved from these “tombs,” though there seems no other purpose for the buildings.The tombs are communal burial chambers for one, two or more people and in terms of age are comparable to the oldest of the pyramids in Egypt. The tombs are situated on an elevated terrace of the Batinah coastal plain, which is believed to be a region of copper mining and trade with Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley during this period.


Dating back to history, Messenia holds the record for the oldest beehive tomb discovery. Due probably to the large influence the Minoans had over the Aegean region at the time, the Minoan style of burial, the chamber tomb, had been the most frequent style used from about 1600 B.C.E. to 1100 B.C.E.,  After about 1500 B.C.E., beehive tombs became more widespread, suggesting to many archaeologists that the influence of the Minoans was in decline. From Messenia, the beehive tomb spread to other areas of Greece, particularly Argolid, Laconia, and Attica. Beehive tombs, are a monumental Late Bronze Age development of the Mycenaean civilization that eventually replaced the old style of chamber tombs. It was named such after the vaulted dome shape of the main burial chamber that resembles the shape of a beehive.The change in burial styles has been a significant development in archaeology for it signifies a shift in ancient Greek society. The beehive tomb required considerable effort to construct, and thus was only available to powerful leaders. The appearance of similar structures in different cultures is also of interest to social scientists, in some cases indicating the influence of one civilization over others, in other cases indicating the lack of sufficient common features, suggesting independent development of the structures. In all cases, however, the beehive tombs are a fascinating example of human creativity and desire to respect and honor those whose lives impacted their society.

Archaeological Significance

The way the people treat the dead at this ancient times gives some archaeologist reason to think and ponder about  the mentality of long gone civilizations. Developments in tomb structures usually correlate with developments in society. Hence, although the reason for the switch from chamber to beehive tombs remains in contention among archaeologists, there are nonetheless many who are in  agreement  due to social implications arising from the change. As beehive tombs became more popular in Greece, they began to become regulated to the highest class of citizens; only royalty and the highest non-royalty bureaucrats and their families were entombed in beehive structures.

ME@ halban4
Some of the earliest stone-built tombs which can be called “beehive” are in Oman, built of stacked flat stones that exist in nearby geological formations.
ME@ halban7
The beehive tombs are a fascinating example of human creativity and desire to respect and honor those whose lives impacted their society.
Here in this surprising assembly of friends at an archeological site that we chanced upon about 45 min ride plus 30 min hike to the actual tomb site.
ME@ halban2
The sundown gives a perfect backdrop of the astonishing beehive tomb structures that I so long planned to visit.
This sign rattles off a warning to would-be violators of this precious archeological site northwest of Muscat.
ME@ halban3
By the passing of time, the tombs gave off their original appearance.
ME@ Halban5
It did not take us long to reach the place that has a huge historical significance especially for archeoulogists or scientists but for us who were just touring the place we realized how significant as well our visit for we just saw a glimpse of the Late Bronze Age.
Geocaching had been one good avenue for me and my family and friends to get near to places of interests that we never imagined to be seeing in real time.