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Topic: @ CANNABIS "Habagat's Irony: The Destruction and the Beauty"

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@ CANNABIS "Habagat's Irony: The Destruction and the Beauty"

« on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

With its placid waters, the Davao Gulf is normally not known for surfing, however the month of August heralds a climatic exception when the placid waters give way to the monsoon waves of Habagat. The season lasts a little over a month, and this year it has been one of the most active monsoons for some time with large stretches of the coastline drastically altered by the ravages of the flooding waves and many unfortunate coastal communities having their lives turned upside down. Local victims of the erratic climatic patters are substantiating what climatologists have started to term as collateral damage from wester emissions.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #1 on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

Few locals see any benefit from these changes and the damaging waves, but the angry forces of nature bring a paradox of both pleasure and pain. For the few local surfers, the coastline was lit up. The power and beauty of nature's energy in its most raw form unfolded upon their shores, exposing how the coastline of Davao Gulf is perfectly moulded for the art and sport of Surfing.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #2 on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

Few locals see any benefit from these changes and the damaging waves, but the angry forces of nature bring a paradox of both pleasure and pain. For the few local surfers, the coastline was lit up. The power and beauty of nature's energy in its most raw form unfolded upon their shores, exposing how the coastline of Davao Gulf is perfectly moulded for the art and sport of Surfing.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #3 on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

Risen from the Heart of Darkness
Davao is a relaxed and lazy city where new SUVs roll around town at the same pace as the beat up taxis and the famous Philippine Jeepeny, shuffling their passengers around sprawling streets. Thankfully, Davao does not yet feel many of the negative impacts which could be expected from the million plus people packed between the steep volcanic slopes of Mt. Apo and the black sands of the coastline. Local ecosystems are holding up despite extensive deforestation and that plantations have shaped the landscapes like a banana republic, the first outside Central America.



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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #4 on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

Heat and humidity are major factors influencing daily life. With the middle classes now almost completely living in aircon cars, homes, offices, and malls, it is difficult to see any carbon reductions comnig from this neck of the woods. The average daytime temperature hovers around 32ºC, but with the high humidity the feels like factor, which takes the humidity and other climatic factors into account, is placed at 39ºC. Deep volcanic aquifers provide surprisingly cold water for drinking and showers, which for those city's habitants without aircon, including myself, is a welcome relief from the sweaty humid days.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #5 on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

Situated in the deep south of Mindanao, an island whose history is chequered with struggles of co-existence between the "tri-peoples" of the island, the indigenous tribes, Moro Clans and Christian settlers. In recent years, the conflict has been focused over religious and political grounds between Christian settlers, now the majority of the population, and the ethnic Muslim communities and their struggles to express their rights of freedom to self govern and cultural dignity. Mainstream parties are involved in international sponsored peace talks. However, rogue splitter groups have broken away from peace talks and any form of coherent ideology, terrorizing indiscriminately and continually giving an unwanted image to the Moro community and Mindanao.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #6 on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

This leads to the island being continually listed under government travel advisories as one where all unnecessary travels should be avoided. I am here three years, and while there is until today sporadic skirmishes and even bombings, much of Mindanao is freer and safer than the streets of most large western cities.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #7 on: March 12 2007 10:03:00 »

In the late 70s through to the 80s, the face of the conflict was different. During and beyond the ex-president Marcos martial law years, the New People Army communist insurgencies grew across the County. These possibly were the darkest days for the City of Davao. In the early 1980s, the downtown area of Agdao was better known as "Nicaragdao" because of ruthless activities and clashes between the NPA and Philippine Army. Most of this is thankfully in the past, with the streets largely free of guns today.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #8 on: March 12 2007 11:03:00 »

The journey to achieve this relative peace, however, didn't pass by without drawing the watchful eye of human rights groups over the seemingly heavy-handedness of the government in stamping out "lawlessness." Nontheless, the outcome is that the streets at night are safe to walk and this newfound security is testified by any taxi driver collecting a new arrival form the airport who will proudly report how safe their city is today.

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662MOB!

RE: @ CANNABIS

« Reply #9 on: March 12 2007 11:03:00 »

When the Lands Heat Up, the Habagat Winds Blow
Before coming here, I figured Mindanao was about the size of Ireland. Whereas back home I came across the country in an afternoon, a day or two is required for the same distance here. Protected by mountains on three sides, Davao Gulf is sheltered from all but due southerly swells. So here in Davao, swells and surfers are rarities. It took me over a year before I started to uncover the few local surfers. When we can, we round up whoever is available and we make the long trips to the Pacific coast to get our boards wet. Habagat is the local name for the southwesterly monsoon which blows across the Philippines from August to September, and this is the only period when the swell comes to us here in Davao.


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