Davao City offers public virtual tour of Museo Dabawenyoo

The Davao City government is taking Dabawenyos and tourists into Davao City’s rich culture and historical heritage in the newly-launched Museo 3D virtual tour in line with the celebration of the Kadayawan Festival 2020.  

The public can take a glimpse of the rich cultural and heritage of the city either through bit.ly/2Q0vC92  or on the Museo Dabawenyo Facebook page  – https://www.facebook.com/museodabawenyo.


Winnie Rose Galay-Bulig, the head of Museo Dabawenyo, said that the 3D virtual tour is the first in the city and Mindanao. It is created for Davao City by the Davao Pacific Impact to help promote Museo Dabawenyo and allows people to explore the culture and heritage of the city since the museum is temporarily closed due to Covid-19.

“Through this 3D virtual tour, maskin naa sila sa ilahang matag balay or maskin asa man sila, pwede na nila ma-explore ang atong museum (People can tour the museum in this 3D virtual tour at any time at their homes or elsewhere),” Bulig said.


It is interactive wherein the panorama contains hotspots that enable the viewers to explore and navigate the Museo Dabawenyo.


“It is very informational. They can see plots there and when they click it, descriptions or facts about artifacts found inside the museum will pop-up,” she added.


Bulig has invited everyone to share the Museo 3D virtual tour to reach a wider audience, especially tourists who wish to visit the city and learn more about Davao. Also, students who wish to learn and research about the artifacts of the city.  


“Gina-awhag nako ang tanan nga mag-explore ani ug hopefully padayon lang sa pagtangkilik, especially this Kadayawan week as we treasure and give importance sa atong culture and history sa Davao (I am encouraging everyone to explore and support this during the Kadayawan week as we treasure and give importance to our culture and history),” she said. CIO

Davao swimmers win SarBay competition


 TANGO, Glan, Sarangani – Tankers from Davao City once again clinched the top spot in this year’s Sarangani Bay Festival’s Swim-Across-the-Bay held at Sarangani Province, Thursday, May 30th. 

The team from Davao Merchant Marine Academy College of Southern Philippines (DMMACSP) bagged the gold for the second time in a row after a very exciting run of 3 hours, 12 minutes and 19 seconds which was made more exciting by bad weather, strong tides, and low visibility. 

“Ang daming unpredictable situations. Ang lakas ng current, ang laki ng waves, ang kati ng dagat, biglang umulan, nawala yung target namin,” DMMACSP coach Vasit Venturillo said when asked about this year’s Swim-Across-the-Bay experience. 


Despite being carried two kilometers off target by strong winds and high tides, Venturillo’s team sprinted the last two kilometers towards the finish line. 

Contest rules state that swimmers who do not land on the proper venue, must sprint/run towards the finish line. 

Team DMMACSP is just one of the ten teams to have successfully made the 15-kilometer long swim successfully conquering the mighty and deep Sarangani Bay. They are a group of college swimmers who participate in triathlons and swimming events. 


“Those competitions na sinalihan namin, ito yung pinakanag-enjoy kami,” coach Venturillo added. 

This is the 4th time that team DMMACSP joined the SarBay Festival Swim-Across-the-Bay. They made great showings in the past placing first runner up twice and now as back-to-back champs. 


A team from Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) also took home the second place with a time of 3 hours, 15 minutes, and 33 seconds after placing at the tail end of the rankings last year. Their team was mostly made up of members of the Alsons Security (AlSec) and an officer from the Philippine National Police (PNP). 

This year, also saw the debut of Kleone M. Mole, 10, from Cagayan de Oro City and swimming for the Dadiangas Torpedoes B. She is the youngest swimmer this year. 

Last year’s youngest swimmer was Dionela Cubita, 9 years old.

The Swim-Across-the-Bay champion took home P50,000, medals and a team plaque. The second place took home P35,000, medals, and a plaque, while the third place got P25,000, medals, and a plaque.

All other finishers took home P10,000. Just like last year the swimmers took off from Sarangani Energy Corporations’ jetty at Barangay Kamanga in Maasim town, before traversing Sarangani Bay and reaching their landing spot at Tango in Glan.

(Jed Reston for Sarbay Docu Team/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)    

Trillanes to Dutertes: Bilog ang mundo

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV pleaded not guilty on the four charges filed against him by presidential son Paolo Duterte and brother-in-law Mans Carpio.

The senator personally appeared before the Regional Trial Court Branch 54 Tuesday morning, January 15, for his arraignment.

In an interview after his court appearance, Trillanes branded the libel cases as nothing but harassment cases aimed to inconvenience him. He said that his personal appearance is to show to the court that they respect and have full trust on the justice system.

Asked of his message to the Dutertes, Senator Trillanes warned the First Family to be prepared also when their time comes.

“Umiikot ang mundo, darating din ang panahon na sila rin ang tatanggap ng iba’t-ibang hamon so they should be ready also,” said Trillanes.

Trillanes was declared persona non grata by the Davao City Council last year. The senator however said Tuesday that he surprisingly got a warm reception from the people of Davao City.

Duterte and Miss U

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go pose for a selfie with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on December 20, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Catriona Gray named Miss Universe 2018

MANILA – Catriona Gray became the fourth Filipina to be crowned Miss Universe after she won the prestigious beauty pageant in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.

Gray redeemed herself from her runner-up finish in the 2016 Miss World by living to the hype of her being the heavy favorite to win it all as she prevailed over South Africa’s Tamaryn Green and Venezuela’s Sthefany Gutierrez.

She takes over the crown from her predecessor Demi-Leigh Nel Peters from South Africa.

Clad in a fiery red evening gown, Gray gracefully walked into the pageant’s runway as she was named the new Miss Universe.

Gray’s answer in the final question-and-answer portion virtually clinched the title for her.

When host Steve Harvey asked the finalists about the most important lesson they have learned in their lives and ways to apply it should either of them becomes Miss Universe, Gray replied, “I worked a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila; and the life there is very… it’s poor, and it’s very sad. And I always taught myself to look for the beauty in it — to look for the beauty of the faces of the children; and to be grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with the silver lining. And to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I could teach also people to be grateful we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their faces.”

In the question-and-answer portion prior to that, Gray was asked about her stand on marijuana legalization, and she said that she supports its legalization solely for medicinal purposes.

Joining Gray in the final three of the pageant were Tamaryn Green of South Africa and Sthefany Gutierrez from Venezuela, who were crowned first and second-runner up, respectively.

Gray earlier stunned netizens with her “slow-motion twirl” during the preliminary competition of the pageant.

Gray is the fourth Filipina to win the title, after Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Margarita Moran (1973) and Gloria Diaz (1969).

Salvador Panelo, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel & Presidential Spokesperson, also released rhe following statement on the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant:

“The Palace wishes to congratulate newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.

Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges. In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work.

Ms. Gray’s triumph sets the bar high in empowering more Filipino women to believe in themselves and to fight for their own place in the universe. We salute and admire her victory.

Catriona’s crowning glory is placing the Philippines in the world map again for its beauty and elegance that matches the world renowned attraction of the many scenic and mesmerising islands in our country.”

(Ivan Saldajeno/ Benjamin Bondoc/PNA)