Peace and the boundary keepers

I wrote this article for Sun.Star Davao and was published on May 7, 2011. I chanced on it while looking for something else about the rituals of the tribes in Bukidnon province and thought it best to post it here as the SunStar website usually change format after several years and many articles are notContinue reading “Peace and the boundary keepers”

The Davao Botanical Garden

Save the tuba-tuba and bring back the akapulko, please THE last time I was at the Botanical Garden at Marfori Heights in Davao City was on November 10, 2018. It was already pretty and there were a few enjoying their morning exercises there. There was the centerpiece with “Life is Here Philippines” written. There wasContinue reading “The Davao Botanical Garden”

Incidental Marine Life Lessons

Danjugan Series 2 (Danjugan Island Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned island under barangay Bulata in Cauayan Negros Occidental. It is open to those who pass the application process to experience conservation work for species and habitats.) “DANJUGAN is not a resort. It is a conservation project offering activities that will awaken yourContinue reading “Incidental Marine Life Lessons”

Meeting the Tabon bird

Danjugan Series 1 (Danjugan Island Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned island under barangay Bulata in Cauayan Negros Occidental. It is open to those who pass the application process to experience conservation work for species and habitats. While it has board and lodging facilities, even ice cold beer, it is not a resort.)Continue reading “Meeting the Tabon bird”

Davao’s Barangay Peace 911

IT was launched after peace talks with Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and the national government was once again suspended. Frustrated by what she sees as peace being held hostage by the communists, Duterte announced that the city will pursue its own peace with its own people. This entailed bringingContinue reading “Davao’s Barangay Peace 911”

The Liguasan of tomorrow

My article: “From terrorism to ecotourism” was published in Sun.Star Davao last February 17, 2019. Here is the link: https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1792911/Davao/Weekend/From-terrorism-to-ecotourism I’m copying the full text here just to make sure that it stays online even when Sun.Star might choose to change its website in the future and access to archives becomes restricted. I thank myContinue reading “The Liguasan of tomorrow”

Sticking needles

HER name is Lourdes Bato, she learned acupuncture at 17 years old from her aunt who is an eye doctor. Her grandfather was sick with cancer, she said, and her aunt initiated acupuncture treatment on him because he was diagnosed as on a terminal stage. The aunt needed someone to continue the treatment regularly, sheContinue reading “Sticking needles”

Nothing wrong

(This article was first published inmy column at Sun.Star Davao on February 10, 2019. [https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1786948/Davao/Opinion/Estremera-Nothing-wrong]. But to make it more fun for this blog, I’m posting here some file photos of my adventures and misadventures). THROUGH the 15 years as editor-in-chief and eight years as some other kinds of editor of Sun.Star Davao, friends andContinue reading “Nothing wrong”

A repository of Mindanao arts in the making

The vision is a museum of Mindanao arts, a permanent venue to tell the story about arts and artists. But that will take a lot of money to build, and so we are building with what can be had now. Tucked in a 1.3-hectare property off the well-trodden paths in Baguio District, Davao City, theContinue reading “A repository of Mindanao arts in the making”

Reviving my single malt taste

I’ve been drinking wine for years now. Red. My liquor drinking days were during my youth when the joy was in getting drunk and just feeling carefree. But in my trip to Mexico in 2017, I picked up acquaintance again with — what else? — tequila and mescal and was taught the proper way ofContinue reading “Reviving my single malt taste”