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Three city councilors conducted an ocular inspection Wednesday morning in several wharves in Davao City to see if the sea vessel operators are complying with the law requiring all motorized seacrafts to have their passengers wear or hold lifejackets while on voyage.

Councilors Nilo “Small” Abellera Jr. of the Committee on Public Safety; Al Ryan Alejandre of the Committee on Tourism and Beautification; and Victorio Advincula Jr. of the Committee on Social Services first visited the Sta. Ana wharf where several sea vessels going to the Island Garden City of Samal are docked.

Before the three councilors arrived, they have already coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard stationed in Sta. Ana wharf. PCG personnel were already checking on the passenger sea vessels docked at the said wharf for compliance.

Mario Reta, owner of a boat plying the Davao and Isla Reta route, said that there is no need for the passengers to be wearing lifejacket as their vessel is a closed-deck vessel. He reasoned out that only the open-deck vessels are required to wear a lifejacket.When the councilors arrived in the wharf, they readily checked the passenger vessels and noted that Isla Reta passengers are not wearing lifejackets while waiting for the start of their voyage.

Councilor Abellera confronted Reta about their non-compliance that led to a heated exchange. This prompted Abellera to call Maritime Industry Authority 11 (Marina) director Felisa Orongan to give light on the issue.

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Climbers wanting to scale the highest peak in the country, Mt. Apo, will be limited to only 1,000 this summer as the area is experiencing dry season and the threat of forest fire is high.

The Mt. Apo Natural Park Protected Management Board passed the resolution last week as a precautionary measure to protect the country’s highest peak.

The board, composed of officials from the towns, cities, and provinces surrounding Mt. Apo, have also agreed to implement a common set of trekking policies designed to “be consistent with the principles of biological diversity and sustainable development.”

Aside from a strict prohibition on smoking, the climbers will also be asked to bring their own garbage on their way down from Mt. Apo.

Kidapawan City Tourism Officer Joey Recemilla said the board fears a repeat of the forest fires that hit and damaged a large part of Mt. Apo in 1997 and 2003 thus the decision.

Recimilla said walk-in climbers will no longer be accommodated.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources 11 Park Operations Superintendent Edward Ragaza said the status of the Kapatagan trail of Mt. Apo was also assessed last week.

He said the grasses and trees in many parts of the mountain have turned from green to brown. The report, Ragaza said, showed that there are water sources that might eventually dry up if the dry spell continue.

Jhune Bacus, chairperson of the Mountaineering Federation of Southern Mindanao (MFSM), meanwhile welcomed the news.

He said that there really is a need to regulate the number of climbers this summer. He also appealed to those who will be allowed to go to Mt. Apo to be responsible.

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Most of us dream of living the luxurious lifestyle of the rich and famous. Like unplugging from the fast-paced city life and head to the world-renowned cerulean coast, either to soak up in the glistening stretch of blue waters, sail a yacht, get a tan, or enjoy a scenic lunch overlooking this fabled vacation spot of the elite and celebrities. This seductive coastline is Europe’s quintessential French Riviera.

Indeed, traveling to this pebbly yet much-loved Mediterranean coast with blue seas and blue skies would certainly be in everyone’s bucket lists as a dream destination or a dream home.

Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI) brings you a refreshing coastal experience through its 15-hectare French Riviera-inspired beachfront residences called Ocean Cove – the first-ever residential subdivision in Talomo, Davao City with a direct access to the beach.

Ocean Cove boasts of an exclusive beachside lifestyle with its expansive 430-meter beachfront facing Davao Gulf that treats its residents to a Mediterranean coastal lifestyle vibe– scenic, laid back, rejuvenating– while being wrapped by nature. Just the same, amenities of Ocean Cove are inspired by the French Riviera villas, in bold, striking white, blue, ecru and coral hues. Ocean Cove is where the sun, the sea and its picturesque views await you.

Fulfill Your Dream French Riviera Lifestyle

Imagine waking up to the refreshing sea breeze, chirping of the birds, soothing sound of the water rolling on the shore and the spectacular vista of sailing boats and yachts. Such awe-inspiring feeling reminds you of The French Riviera.

Ocean Cove is your ‘Cote d’Azur of the southern Philippines,’ your nature’s getaway and coastal community.
Like some parts of the popular blue coast, this beachside residential enclave offers you the premium in privacy with an additional 15-meter beachfront distance so residents may have more space for sand-based activities like beach volleyball. Kids and parents can have fun building sandcastles and even sand sculptures. These are but some of things to do at Ocean Cove that truly gives you, your family and loved ones priceless bonding moments.
With its premium lots ranging from 123 sqm to 724-sqms±, you can now fulfill your beachfront home with a touch of glamour of Cote d-Azur.

Experience life a la Francaise in minutes

Escape the city and get ‘transported’ instantly in French Riviera via Ocean Cove’s coastal ambience in a matter of minutes.

With this beachside enclave’s very accessible location, residents can easily recharge for next day’s work or school activities via a short drive from the suburban Davao City.

What’s more interesting is that Ocean Cove sits close to campuses of Philippine Science High School Davao, Ateneo de Davao University and University of the Philippines Mindanao. Shopping in Davao’s retail centers NCCC Matina and SM City Davao is just minutes away. Going to essential establishments St. Felix Hospital and Apo Golf Club is easy in less than 2-km., as well as the attractive Mergrande Ocean Resort.

Exclusive Access to Paradise

Living at Ocean Cove gives you exclusive access to a paradise you can call your own, your home, and a lifestyle inspired by the rich and famous in The French Riviera, all yours to indulge.
Its themed amenities and the abundant nature surrounding it is a perfect private getaway for anyone who wants to own a piece of this paradise.

Guarding this beachside residence is a grand gate with intricately-designed walls that gives its visitors a hint that there’s so much more to experience at Ocean Cove. At its amenities area, stands a magnificent stark-white cabana facing the Davao gulf overlooking the sea and its inviting infinity pool that mirrors the blue-colored skies above which lures you to take a dip or a few laps in it.
Enjoy the tropical sea breeze and a leisurely stroll at Ocean Cove’s wide and landscaped open spaces. Or better yet, go up at the 4-meter high view deck connected to the cabana and take panoramic photos of the magnificent array of stunning views—the sea, the setting sun behind the stalwart Mt. Apo, the breathtaking sunset in the west, or your family and friends having a relaxing swim at the infinity pool.
An attractive clubhouse and promenade are available for Ocean Cove’s residents to create endless memories of their important milestones, occasions and celebrations.

Families may spend bonding moments at the children’s playground or basketball court, while a 24-hour security and a roving guard ensures its residents’ peace of mind, day-in-and-day-out.
A new and exciting Mediterranean coastal lifestyle in Davao is yet to be experienced. Feel the beachside vibe at your home by the sea a few minutes away from Davao City.

Built on the Gotianun tradition of integrity, quality and service, FLI is one of the most-trusted real estate developers in the country with a diverse property portfolio catering to all markets. FLI strives to fulfill every Filipino’s dream of owning a home, all over the Philippines.

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By this time, you might already have a list of the best things to give your dearest father and celebrate dad on his day. But make the list complete by bringing him to the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge for a sumptuous dinner to honor and celebrate all the best that your father has given you and your family.

The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge has prepared only the best to ensure that Father’s Day celebration is nothing less than perfect.

Because celebrating dad is special, we are offering two sets of menus for you to choose from.

The first set is composed of Unagi and Torchon of Foie Gras, Fish and Chips, Raspberry Salad, Cream of Asparagus, Pan-seared Salmon, US hanging Tender Steak, Cheesecake, and a glass of wine.

The second set is composed of Smoked Toro, Salmon Tartar, Raspberry Salad, Tomato Soup, Pan-seared Seabass, Steak Frites, Crème Brulee and a glass of wine.

Always the White House takes the pleasure of sharing the best moments with you and your loved ones and on Father’s Day, as we have set everything for you to show how much you appreciate and care for him—for teaching you life, guiding you through the way, showing you the world.

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DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES — Mt. Apo has always been mystical. Being the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo is always on top of the list of mountain trekkers. And like any other mystical mountain, Mt. Apo had its share of tragedies with lives lost and others saved.

Urban legend has it that a mystical white deer is sometimes seen in the forest. This deer was said to have saved lives of mountain trekkers who get lost in the forest.

One popular story was how this white deer saved the lives of two Boy Scouts who wandered aimlessly into the forest of Mt. Apo for almost two days when a white deer appeared before them and led them back to the camping site.

In last week’s traditional Holy Week mountain trek, Ralph Ryan Rafael of North Cotabato was one of the limited number of trekkers allowed to scale Apo’s 2,954 meters elevation.

Rafael recounted how he and a friend went ahead of their group on the second day of their trek. Though they have climbed Mt. Apo several times already, Rafael admitted that the two of them got lost along the way.

Then a dog appeared out of nowhere and led them to the right path. He said that whenever they fall behind, the dog barks loud so they could keep track. And sometimes the dog backtracks and finds them and then leads them back to the right trail.

They named the dog Bobong, after the campsite where they first saw it. Rafael said that the dog led them all the way to the peak of Mt. Apo and to Lake Venado where most campers stay before trekking back down to civilization.

Lake Venado was named as such since the body of water forms a deer-shape when viewed from atop. Here, many lives were also claimed by the so-called fairies of the lake.

The latest casualty was 23-year old Ian Caasi who drowned in the lake last April 5, 2007 during a Holy Week climb.

On the third day of their stay in Mt. Apo just as they were about to go down, the climbers could no longer find Bobong.

Despite the number of deaths of climbers in Mt. Apo, the lure of the highest peak has not diminished. This prompted authorities to limit the number of climbers during Holy Week to only 1,000.

This is because the area is experiencing dry season and the threat of forest fire is high.

The Mt. Apo Natural Park Protected Management Board passed the resolution as a precautionary measure to protect the country’s highest peak.

The board, composed of officials from the towns, cities, and provinces surrounding Mt. Apo, have also agreed to implement a common set of trekking policies designed to “be consistent with the principles of biological diversity and sustainable development.”

Aside from a strict prohibition on smoking, the climbers will also be asked to bring their own garbage on their way down from Mt. Apo.