STRANGE[R] ENCOUNTER: Kaalim Family of Samal Island, Davao

ShareTweet Yato Island and Rio Hondo encounters were a hit and I saw that people love to read my unexpected meetings with strangers. Now let me continue the feature with another story from Mindanao more particularly in Samal Island, that little isle east of Davao City.  My tweet the night I arrived at the Kaalim compound was, “I’m staying in a Muslim family here in Samal island. I feel like part of the family already. Asalam alaikum!” Strangers who became my friends: Kuya Lek, Ate Frances, Mother Fely, Deejay, Abdul, Rashid, Nurj Place of meeting: Brgy. Tambo, Babak District, Samal […]

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Mindanao Challenge Day 9: 3-in-1

ShareTweet I hope you enjoyed reading my clever Day 8 post. Now let’s have some coffee! Yes, this post is best enjoyed with a coffee at hand (so you are kept awake until the end). 3-in-1 means 3 provinces in 1 day. Day 9 was a tiring one because I woke up at Tagum City, Davao del Norte had lunch at Maco, Compostella Valley, and slept at Mati City, Davao Oriental.   Tagum City I was accompanied by Leo (CIO photographer from Tagum City) and we toured the city- the under construction city hall, banana-cue stand, public market, public cemetery […]

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