Davaoeño Youth Dominate Metro Manila Basketball Camp

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Gabriel Dagangon (2nd Photo,Fourth from left), two of the winners for Alaxan FR Galing Mo! National Camp

Young, aspiring cagers from Davao and Cagayan De Oro shone from among 50 hopefuls after dazzling the judges during the Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp held at the Unilab gymnasium in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

Proudly occupying two out of the ten podium spots were Davao's Gabriel Dagangon and Miguel Plata after the three-day camp culminated in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

Hard work paid off for the group, who each won a P100,000 infrastructure project for their respective barangays, on top of a P20,000 cash incentive (P25,000 for MVP Flores). Their stellar performance got the nod of the camp directors, led by no less than basketball legends Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Benjie Paras, Jojo Lastimosa, Johnny Abarrientos, and Ronnie Magsanoc.

Last year, the same basketball legends inaugurated the Courts of Inspiration, which are volunteer-built basketball courts made by the local volunteers from the partner villages in Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tacloban, and Cebu for the Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Butuan, Davao, and Saranggani for Mindanao. Their aim was to inspire communities to achieve greatness through hard work, after building a basketball court entirely on their own. The legends themselves even left handprints on special concrete markers within the structure, reminding people of what hard work and dedication can bring to a community that works together for a noble cause.

Miguel Plata

The same hoop icons returned to the partner communities early this year to continue the advocacy—not to build more sports venues, but to see how hard the youth have worked to improve their basketball skills on the Courts of Inspiration. After conducting basketball clinics, the legends handpicked the best players, who then flew to Manila to represent their communities in the national leg of the Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp. 

The aim, this time, was to reward those who trained hard in the Courts of Inspiration to perfect their basketball skills.

Giving back to the community

After winning the tight competition, the winners are now set to return the favor to the communities that hand-built their hometown basketball courts.

“My friends and I plan to help promote the game of basketball further by improving the basketball courts back in our province,” said MVP Rhys Jefferson Flores, who bared his plan to add roofing and proper lighting to existing playing venues.

“What I learned from this experience is something that I will remember from this day forward: always give your 100% not just to improve your character but, more importantly, to help others make their lives better.”

Globe Launches First Online Telco Community in the Philippines

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Globe Telecom recently launched the first comprehensive online telco community in the Philippines that will enable both Globe and non-Globe users to explore, answer, and learn about its products and services.

Powered by Lithium Technologies, the world leader in Social Customer Experience, the Globe Community (community.globe.com.ph) is a social portal uniquely designed to encourage knowledge-sharing of Globe products and services with other users on various topics like account-related concerns, service-usage tips, and other topics about its products and services.

“At Globe, providing superior customer experience is at the core of everything we do. Nowadays people turn to online channels to search for help on problems and concerns any time of the day or night. That is why we have come up with a dedicated forum that will be an avenue for Globe customers or potential customers to interact, discuss, and resolve Globe related concerns and topics,” said Globe President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest Cu. 

To register, a user can go to community.globe.com.ph, click on either the ‘Register’ or ‘Connect to Facebook’ from the top-right section of the website. Once registered simply click on ‘Join the Conversation’ to login.

Eden Nature Park Through The Lens

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Eden Nature Park is Davao City's own little Baguio and Tagaytay. It's about an hour and a half drive from downtown and is located 3,000 feet above sea level. This mountain resort is home to man-made nature grounds meant to rebuild a lost environment. It's home to fresh air and cool breeze, fruits and greens, plus a whole lot of adventures such as Indiana Jones, Skyrider, Mountain Trails, Campsites, Playgrounds specifically made for Pinoy Games, and what not. They also have a Bird Walk and Butterfly Sanctuary, two of my favorite spots, if I may say. 

I had the chance to visit the place two weeks ago with my colleagues. I wasn't really in the mood at that time though, because it was a Saturday; my supposedly rest and "me" day. But thank goodness I willed myself to join the team. Visiting Eden was the perfect getaway to distress and rejuvenate my mind, body, and soul. The resort was visually appetizing and leaving the place without taking snapshots is a mortal sin! 

Photos Taken with my trusty point-and-shoot Canon Powershot ISA3330 IS. Crossprocessed in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Ibong Adarna is real! And Prinsipe Juan is hiding somewhere. Can you see him? LOL! 

These are just breadcrumbs from the real beauty of Eden Nature Park. If you're planning to visit Davao, do include this sanctuary in your list. 

Eden Nature Park is located in Crossing Bayabas, Toril, Davao City.