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Apo Ni Lola Durian Delicacies in Davao City

By admin On November 27, 2014 No Comments

I visited a place called Apo ni Lola in San Miguel Village, Matina, Davao City to buy durian candies and other delicacies. Back in the days when my dad was still assigned in Davao City, the only other variation of durian you can eat were durian candies, pretty much like pastillas but had durian flavor.

Nowadays, a wide variety of delicacies are available and this store specialized in them…durian cake, durian ice cream, durian spread and many others. They even had durian shake! Aside from durian, they also had other fruits like mangosteen, mangoes and langka, to name a few others.

But with a giant durian sculpture right in front of the store, you know that they take pride in specializing in durian. After it has been their family specialty since the 1950s when Lola Abon started making durian pastilles. And now

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Amending the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines is a Must

By admin On November 18, 2014 No Comments

There were two items which came out in today’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (links to the articles below) that justify the importance and urgency of amending the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP). The proposed amendment was at the forefront of reforms that I had been pushing for while I was still in the BOC. Doing so will not only eliminate or reduce the opportunities for corruption in the system but will make the Philippines more competitive in the global trading arena.

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The MRT Challenge : To Ride or To Fix?

By admin On August 31, 2014 No Comments

Picking up from the worldwide success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge , Filipino netizens, fed up with the woes that commuters have been experiencing with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), have put up the MRT Challenge, where government officials are challenged, cajoled, or urged to ride the embattled mass transit system in order for them to experience what the ordinary commuter goes through everyday.

This is a valid call, because indeed, the best way to learn and understand the situation is to experience it first hand. I’m certain that most, if not all of these officials have experienced riding urban rail systems in other countries. I wouldn’t be surprised if in fact, it’s their preferred mode of transportation whenever they’re in Hong Kong, Singapore or other cities abroad precisely because it’s efficient (you can rely on the published arrivals, departures and travel times), cheap and safe.

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