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Thursday, March 13, 2014


DABAWENYOS are again ecstatic as the 77th Araw ng Davao celebration is happening on Sunday plus the first-ever month-long Big Davao Fun sale is adding to it a different festival rush.

After all, that's what Dabawenyos are -- frugal in a way that they don't spend in less meaningful stuff, unless when discounts-conditioned impulses get out of control. Need I say more why midnight sales are a sure hit?

"Frugality," that's just one character that describes who Dabawenyos are.
Known to many, the city is one place in the Philippines where people who are "peace-loving" bunch live. Proof to that are the 10 tribes and the Christian settlers, not to mention the people of other religions, who live in peace and harmony despite being a melting pot of more than one culture, tradition, and belief.

This explains why many are tempted to move in to Davao City for good, even if others say companies don't offer high compensations as they do in much bigger and more urbanized cities, but the cost of living here allows a descent life for all. There's abundance in food resources, as the city is known as the fruit basket.

Dabawenyos are "disciplined," as policymakers are disciplinarians, too. There are several measures passed in the recent months that for some may appear killing our happiness. There is liquor ban that shortens night life for partygoers and smoking ban that disallows smoking in many places, except for accredited establishments.

The most recent of these measures is the Executive Order (EO) 39 that seeks to limit motorists from driving beyond 30 kilometers in downtown Davao. Drivers, or at least the reckless ones, can't drive "fast and furious" on the road, or else the traffic enforcers, who we don't know when, will slap citation tickets at us.

At least, these are for good, even if partygoers' hours for binge drinking have been cut, even if the smokers can't puff cigar should craving call for it. With these, less will die younger of lifestyle diseases while many can live longer for sparing us fresh air.
Speed limit, meanwhile, curbs troubles on the roads for driving ala car racers.

All these measures may cut short our happiness, especially our indulgence on liquors and the thrill that fast-driving gives, but they all are for the better in the long run.

Besides, no matter how many measures are passed, Dabawenyos are "adaptive" after all, which also boils down to our next character "resiliency" in the most trying times.

"Compassionate" is next for a helping-heart. The people of Davao were among those actively sending help for victims of typhoons, from Sendong, Pablo, and Yolanda, hitting the country in succession.

The people of Davao, lastly, don't brag in words, they show it. The success of the city can be attributed to its people. We also have officials who we can commend for the growth of our Davao.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 14, 2014.

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