Social work from the heart

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

HER passion in helping people in need has greatly influenced her decision to take up Bachelor of Science in Social Work course.

Liga Bata goes to the barangays

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:24 p.m.

THE Maharlika Sports Development Institute Inc. (MSDII) has signed up with the office of the Liga ng mga Barangay chair and City Councilor January N. Duterte to bring its grassroots futsal development program to all 184 barangays of Davao City, with Sun.Star Davao as its media partner, and the JCI Davaoena Daba-Daba.

The memorandum of agreement was signed by Councilor Duterte and Edgar L. Te of MSDI, with City Sports Development Officer Butch Ramirez and Sun.Star editor-in-chief Stella Estremera signing as witnesses.

Mama: Forever Be Loved

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:11 a.m.

ONE thing that became clear to me is that the image of a divine mother. A mother whose beauty transcends her appearance and the values she believed in; her capability to sacrifice for her children’s sake and being so strong even as if all the world’s against her modest desires. This is the image of my mother whom I appreciate the most.

Extra fat visuals

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 06:34 p.m.

IT'S all about infographics this week. I’m filling this up with as much relevant infographics on tech as I can. I won’t say much anymore. I hope you all find these as interesting as when I found it.

Weekend Green Fix

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 10:39 p.m.

FIRST off, Happy Araw ng Davao! It’s the 78th Foundation Day of Davao as a city.

JCI Greater Davao 36th induction

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 07:31 p.m.

THE JCI-Greater Davao held its 36th induction of officers and new members at the Apo View Hotel last February 20.

Musikgarten Manila opens in Davao

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

MUSIKGARTEN under its local brand name, Musikgarten Manila, recently launched its first branch in Mindanao and the sixth in the country.

Masbad: Responsive web design

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 09:07 p.m.

THE days where a website is as static as it can be and can only be viewed on a desktop computer are gone. The days where a website is viewed in multiple devices and users now require or look for interactivity are upon us.

Culture, history, food in Malaysia

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

IF THERE'S one thing that we love to visit it would probably be a place with a familiar culture, unique history, and tasty food. It could just be a neighboring country in Southeast Asia where people’s skin and face are almost identical.

Destined to be the tourism guy

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 12:00 a.m.

NEWLY appointed Department of Tourism regional director Roberto P. Alabado III seems like he is destined to be in the tourism industry.

Masbad: Spock

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 07:48 p.m.

I LOVE sci-fi.

I may not be a die-hard Star Trek fan but I truly appreciate how the show has opened my mind and got me to imagine far and beyond.

Free smiles

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 09:39 p.m.

IT’S the season to exercise what they have learned, and it’s a time to give back as well as these two schools have just very recently produced board topnotchers for dentistry – the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) and the Mindanao Medical Foundation College (MMFC)led by Dr. Hafid P. Millan and Dr. Carlos T. Capitan II along with volunteers from the Southern Phiippines Medical Center (SPMC) and the Davao City Dental Laboratory Owner Technician Association Inc.

There will be poor always

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:33 p.m.

DAVAO City's economy may be booming but not all have a piece of the pie as far as wealth is concerned, as some barangays in the city remain below the poverty threshold.

According to the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), all three districts in Davao City still have barangays that are struggling to get by.

Crime and survival

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:32 p.m.

POVERTY remains a big challenge in the Philippines and in poverty breeds crime.

Thirteen-year-old Jonel, a resident of Boulevard in Davao City and who begs for alms along San Pedro Street, said he was once placed under custody of a police station for theft.

Water is his concern

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:30 p.m.

LAWYER Bernardo D. Delima Jr., Davao City Water District (DCWD) spokesperson and DCWD Community Relations and External Affairs Office officer-in-charge, has been in the public service for over 20 years. That by itself is worth celebrating.

As the spokesperson of the water utility, Delima said he is the one facing the media if there are issues or announcements from DCWD and also represents DCWD in official meetings like meeting with the city council.

Poverty breeds malnutrition

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:21 p.m.

POVERTY as well as lack of education and parental care breed malnourished children.

Sustainable livelihood?

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:19 p.m.

IN ORDER to help the poorest of the poor in the country, the national government had launched a poverty reduction program way back in 2008 with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the lead agency.

A decent abode for all

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:18 p.m.

ACCORDING to the 2013 data of the National Statistics Office (NSO), the number of informal settlers in Davao City alone has surpassed more than 13,000 households.

In technical terms, informal settlers refer to a household that occupies a lot that is rent-free without the consent of the owner.

The perils of poverty

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:18 p.m.

WHILE students from out of town are fast asleep, someone is just getting up to start her day and earn what she can to make a living.

Chances of hitting MDGs bleak

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:18 p.m.

THE Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) nears its final day, and yet Davao Region's chance of hitting the targets set remains unclear, specifically that of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, the MDG 1.

Masbad: Info Tech in the margins

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:20 p.m.

LAST Wednesday, our office in the Ateneo de Davao University sponsored a conversation that focused on how to get IT into the margins in Mindanao. More than just getting IT into those fringes, we also talked about the current situation of IT in Mindanao. Interestingly, a lot came out during that brainstorming session.

Post VDay compendium

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:25 p.m.

LET'S make this short and sweet, shall we? Just like how we want our VDay weekend - sweet. I don’t think you’d want it to be short though. If it were up to me, I’d have it as long as I can.

On air, all over

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:58 p.m.

SOME people prefer to focus on their career instead of a love life. As the saying goes, "True love knows no boundaries even though it crosses many."

Masbad: Net neutrality

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 06:01 p.m.

IN PRINCIPLE, net neutrality is where everything on the Internet is treated equally. There are no VIP traffic; no “fast lanes”, no “courtesy lanes”. it doesn’t matter whether you’re checking your email, uploading a 300dpi photo, downloading files from your Dropbox or streaming a high-def video on YouTube. All traffic are treated the same.

What does that mean? I’ll let Maggie Reardon of CNet explain:

Community impresses int’l tropical foresters

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

THE Philippine Eagle Foundation won 2nd place during the 21st annual Yale School of International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference Innovation Prize last January 29 - 31, 2015. The conference was held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Changing perceptions one case at a time

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

HE ADMITS having experienced discrimination because of his religion, but this did not hinder Prosecutor Faizal Padate, the only Moro prosecutor at the Davao City Prosecutor's Office, from serving justice to the public with integrity.

Life with machines

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:52 p.m.

THEY have accepted the fate that for their entire life, the cleansing of their blood will be relied upon not on their own bodies but on a machine.

It's a fate that Mark Chester Estrera, a 37-year-old who hails from Digos City, has been accustomed to.

Docs with a mission

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:51 p.m.

THERE are many stories of doctors heading abroad to find greener pastures. Some of these doctors, however, are still drawn back to the country even after finding better paying jobs abroad.

Dr. Vincent Vicente is one of them. Vicente currently works at the Community Health and Development Cooperative Hospital in Davao City, doing minor surgeries and assisting his father in major surgeries. He also has work in the Bureau of Corrections as a medical officer.

Access to health care in city's hinterlands

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:41 p.m.

ACCESS to delivery of health services especially among indigenous people in the hinterlands of Paquibato and Marilog districts must be on the priority list of the city government of Davao.

Health programs for the poor

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:39 p.m.

THE Lingap Para sa Mahirap Program, initiated by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte in July 2001, has become a refuge for the poor during moments of crisis.