Editorial: Celebrating with the Dabawenyos

DAVAO Doctors College (DDC) pair Roshua Adela Daclan and Dave Torres collected a total of six gold medals in the recently-concluded 2018 Asia Inter-Tertiary Dancesports Championships at the Singapore Polytechnic in Singapore over the weekend, besting rivals in the modern standard tertiary III, tertiary IIA, tertiary IIB, open II, open IIA and open IIB events.

The Davao Fashion and Design Council staged a well-applauded fashion show featuring Mandaya's Dagmay and Mindanao-inspired couture in the first-ever Dayaw Badu last June 28 for the 51st Founding Anniversary of Davao Oriental. They presented over 80 creations, which also featured the province’s up-and-coming young models and some guest models.

Davao City's Voices of the South Children's Choir Inc. took home the gold for the three categories the choir joined at the 11th Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival in Singapore last July 1 to 4, 2018.

The Voices of the South Children's Choir is a community-based group composed of children from different schools in Davao City with ages ranging from eight to 16 years old under the baton of Peter Ian C. Buaya, the conductor of the University of Mindanao Chorale, which won the grand prix in the Ninth Orientale Concentus.

Davao artist Rey Mudjahid "Kublai" Millan held a one-man exhibit entitled "Down South, Down Under" in Canberra and Sydney Australia in support of the House of Hope Foundation for Kids with Cancer in Davao.

These are but a few of the achievements of Dabawenyos here and around the globe in the past few weeks, a testimony that Dabawenyos are now literally reaping achievements and sharing their talents to the world.

Amid all the negativities being sown because of a few people's desire to get back in power and maybe return the country to the groveling poor economy that it was just a few years back, let us all focus on this window of opportunities that we have been presented.

Let us grab the opportunities that are given our way: road networks all over Mindanao on lengths and widths that we have never ever seen in our whole lifetime, free quality tertiary education, free irrigation for farmers, free nutritious meals for elementary pupils, greater access to loans and facilities and materials for farmers and fishermen, a Bangsamoro Basic Law that appears to be finally being passed, a version closest to the real issues on hand, and a federal constitution that is designed not to perpetuate anyone in power but to distribute development to the smallest unit of governance is moving fast.

Let us not look at the issues that those who lust for power would want us to focus on, because they have an agenda fueled by greed. We have learned a long time ago that this kind of agenda never, ever benefitted us, the Mindanaoans.


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