Summer Frolic at Dahican Beach

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

“IT JUST like in Boracay,” said Johnny Dee “JD” Landero, a dedicated nurse whose passion for photography is also legendary. He was in the country’s most popular tourist destination recently so he knew what he was talking.

“I had so much fun,” said Nico Tuban, a former ramp model who was with his friends. They were a day ahead of us but they decided to stay a day more since they were indeed having a great time.

“This is life,” commented Armando A. Mortejo, a party-goer who was supposed to go with another group. But when he found out that group was not sure of going, he decided to go with us instead.


“I saw your friend, Rudolph,” Mortejo told me when I bumped him in the heavily-crowded group. He was referring to Rudolph Ian Alama, one of the most-read lifestyle columnists of Sun Star Davao.

Alama was not the only media person from Davao who came. Earlier that night, I met Emilord Castromayor, Gracie Plata, Kristianne Fusilero, and Jereco Oliver Paloma. They were there just to make the necessary break from the hustle of writing articles and news.

Yes, we were all in the same place: Dahican Beach in Mati City. Characterized by white sand and crystal clear blue water, it is Davao Region’s answer to the world-famous Boracay. In fact, in an article I wrote for View magazine, I called it “Boracay of the South.”

To think of, I wasn’t supposed to be there. I had other plans for the weekends but when my friend, the dashing Dashiel Indelible, invited me to come, I finally relented. JD decided to go along with me as he had never been to Mati yet.

It was a long trip as we had to ride in an air-conditioned bus. We left Davao at around 10 in the morning and arrived in Mati at 3 in the afternoon. Yes, it was a long six hours! By public vans, the travel time is about three hours and thirty minutes. It’s even lesser if you drive your own vehicle.

After leaving our things at the hotel, we immediately went to the Subang Museum located at the Provincial Tourism Complex in barangay Datu Martin Marundan. It features treasured relics, photos, videos, interactive visuals, documents, fabrics and natural tourist destinations.

At 8:00 pm, Dashiel and his beautiful wife, Beverly, picked us at the hotel. He told us to bring an extra shirt since it would be a foam party. (I learned later on that the disc jockey manning the music was from Las Vegas -- all the way!)

We arrived at Dahican Beach by only ten minutes (it used to be about 20 minutes or so when the road was still rough). Since it was still too early for a party, we went to the Amihan place where we met George Plaza (the man I featured in Reader’s Digest for helping out-of-school youths by initiating the Amihan Boys).

We enjoyed the reggae songs which were featured in a live concert right in front of the beach. There was also a fire dancing that made some guests to be mesmerized. When it was getting late already, we decided to go to other place -- where the party people (mostly from Davao) were having fun already.

It was already packed with partygoers, mostly young professionals. The foam party was going on. The background music was great. People were having fun. I saw Mayor Carlo Rabat and talked with him for a few minutes. I never expected him to be around but he was there!

We left almost 12 at night. While we were walking, we were surprised to hear a big bang! The fireworks display started. We stopped, watched it and I even had grand time taking some pictures.

When we arrived at the hotel, I was too tired that when I hit my pillow, I immediately slept. When I woke up, JD was no longer there; he took his daily jogging all the way to provincial capitol. We were eating our breakfast when he returned.

At 9 am, we went back to Dahican Beach. It was the finals of beach volleyball and skimboarding competition. We watched a little bit of the games. Afterwards, we went to the place where two signage -- “I love Mati” and “Summer Frolic” -- were located. We had to have souvenir shots here, Armando suggested. And we did!

Then, friends of Nico came. We did take some shoots of them holding skimboards. Armando joined the fun. “Feeling model lang,” he said.

We left Mati City at 2 pm. We brought with us the memory of having fun at Dahican Beach.

What a good way to start the summer!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 10, 2014.


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