Hakab Na! 2015 Gathers Breastfeeding Filipino Mothers

‘Hakab Na!’ to gather breastfeeding Filipino mothers

By: Jennifer C. Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 28 (PIA) —  Over 55,000 online support group including the DAGIT Dumaguete bloggers have called on lactating mothers or the breastfeeding Pinays to join the “HaKab Na! 2015” on August 1 in celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month of August.

Now on its third year, Hakab Na! 2015 will gather breastfeeding families, lactation experts, peer counselors, and breastfeeding advocacy supporters to boost awareness of the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding, promote the importance of providing proper support to breastfeeding mothers, and ultimately create a breastfeeding nation.

The central event of this simultaneous breastfeeding activity will be held at 500 Shaw Centrum Blvd., Mandaluyong City which is part of “The Big Latch On,” an international activity where mothers latch on their babies from different locations around the world to create a world record.

According to blogger Maja Arbolado of DAGIT Dumaguete, this year’s celebration will highlight the breastfeeding mothers who work outside the home.

In 2014, the Philippines logged a total of 1,772 mom-and-baby pairs breastfeeding in Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Manila and Iloilo.

This year’s Hakab Na! will be bigger with additional locations in Dumaguete, Alabang, Aklan, Baguio-Benguet, Bulacan, Isabela, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales and Singapore.

Arbolado said the half-day event in Dumaguete City will also feature talks on various breastfeeding topics and breast milk storage, according to blogger Maja Arbolado of DAGIT Dumaguete.

Republic Act 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 obliges the State to promote and encourage breastfeeding through specific measures that present opportunities for mothers to continue expressing their milk for their children.

One of the highlights of the law is that it gives the lactating mother and additional 40-minute breaktime for every eight-hour working period, on top of time-off for meals, to express milk. Offices should also provide a lactation station where mothers can express and store their milk.

Studies have also shown that it is in the company’s best interest to help mothers succeed in breastfeeding while at work.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), employees who breastfeed have improved productivity and increased loyalty.

Due to the health benefits of breastfeeding the child, breastfeeding mothers have also logged less absences and health care costs have decreased.

There is also a lower employee turnover and an enhanced public image of the company.

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DISCLAIMER: Please note that Dagit Dumaguete did not write the story. Proper credits must be given to the writer. We only aim to share this good information. NO harm intended.


Come and Join us for the first Dumaguete, Hakab Na! 2015

Free this weekend? For this week’s ‘Where To’ section, let me all invite you especially those breastfeeding mothers and advocates all over Dumaguete City to please come and join the Rotary Club of Dumaguete together with Dagit Dumaguete Team for the fist ever Dumaguete, Hakab Na! 2015.

The event will take place this Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the 3rd Floor, Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Administrative Building located at Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH). Registration is free and will start at 8:00am. Event proper will start at exactly 9:00am.

For interested mothers, please coordinate with your respective Barangay Health Unit or the Dumaguete City Health Office to pre-register for the event. If you are unable to reach out to both, please visit our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/DagitDumaguete and send us a personal message indicating your interest to join the activity this Saturday.

Please see below to check out details about this event:

What is HAKAB NA! 2015? – Hakab Na! 2015 is a breastfeeding activity that seeks to promote the importance of providing proper support to breastfeeding mothers. During the activity, breastfeeding moms will be latching their babies all at the same time. (source: http://www.biglatchon.org/locations/hakab-na-2015)

Hakab Na! is a national event that has been happening in the Philippines in the last three years. Breastfeeding mothers across the country gather together and simultaneously latch their babies at a specific time. The headcount of all participants from all registered cities and places in the Philippines for this event are then collated and submitted to the international group organizing this event.

Yes, you’ve read it right. This is a worldwide event. It’s international name is The Big Latch On.

 What is the Big Latch On? – Groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted by the witnesses. The numbers are added up and we see if we can beat previous Big Latch On records! (source: http://www.biglatchon.org/about-us)

You may also visit their website to check on more details about the group and its goals.

This year, and for the first time, Dumaguete will participate in this worldwide event. August has been declared as National Breastfeeding Month so Hakab Na! 2015 is definitely right in time to kick off the month with this kind of activity. The theme for this year’s Hakab Na! is Breastfeeding and Work-Let’s Make it Work! Talks about breastfeeding and its benefits will also take place.

The Rotary Club of Dumaguete and us Dagit Dumaguete would like to encourage all breastfeeding Dumagueteñas to be with us in this event and together let’s contribute to the success of this worldwide event along with other breastfeeding Pinays across the Philippines.

See you all there!

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FishCycle – Tricycle for Environmental Campaign

Dumaguete has always been powered by the “Pedicab”. This is the famous form of public transportation in the City.

This uniquely attractive FishCycle has been roaming around the city for almost a month now after it was launched last June 21 at Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Viewdeck. The pedicab was designed by American artist and also a marine conservation advocate, Katie Schuler.




Photos by: Denniz Futalan

This fish like designed with scales and fins tricycle symbolizes the rich marine life of Dumaguete. The artist collaborated with the driver and welder to make sure it’s balanced and streamlined. They used metal conservatively and as light weight as possible. Jojo, the pedicab driver, says it operates without difficulty and that the added weight is not a problem while driving the tricycle.

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Photo by: Coral & Oak Studios

During her interview with ABS-CBN, Katie Schuler mentioned that as she spends more time in the City, she noticed that pedicab is something that everybody uses on a daily basis. That is where she got the idea of using the pedicab as a symbol for marine conservation. Trash can is attached to the tricycle to remind everyone proper disposal of garbage. Inside, passengers can see an info graphic on marine conservation which explains that the one created the pedicab is a marine conservationist. According to Katie,

The info graphic on the inside aims at teaching people about where their trash usually ends up; the ocean. It gives helpful tips on how to dispose of trash responsibly in order to avoid it ending up in the ocean where it often hurts and kills marine life. Such as: Say no to plastic bags! Instead bring a disposable bag with you before you go. Also, dispose of cigarette butts and sachets in proper trash can with a lid. Finally, find creative ways to re-use and re-invent plastic bottles and containers.

At night energy efficient led light brighten the tricycle.

Photo by Hersley-Ven Casero

Photo by: Hersley-Ven Casero

Hersley-Ven Casero also collaborated on this project with the artist/designer.

Photo by Denniz Futalan

Photo by: Denniz Futalan

The FishCycle serves as public transportation and tool in promoting marine life conservation in the City.

5th Grader from Dumaguete to compete in International Mathematics Competition

Carlos Miguel Angelo S. Salazar (Photo from Facebook)
Carlos Miguel Angelo S. Salazar (Photo from Facebook)

Aside from being the Cultural Center of Southern Philippines, Dumaguete City is also known as a University Town. Dumagueteños have indeed made us all proud this year by excelling in different fields from singing, dancing, to theater play and musical. This time around, another kid from the city will make us all proud in terms of academics.

Carlos Miguel Angelo S. Salazar, a fifth-grader from the Silliman University Elementary Department is set to compete in an International Mathematics Competition this July 31- August 1, 2015 in Singapore. Carlos went through a series of meticulous training and examinations along with other student from all over the country before making it to the competition.

Among the 48 students who made it, Carlos is the only one from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental who secured a spot in the concluding part of the selection process.

Not only that, this consistent honor student has competed in the same international mathematics competition in Hong Kong in the last two years where he both grabbed medals too.

Keep up the good work Carlos and thank you for making Dumaguete proud! 🙂

Mang Atchans: Dumaguete’s Original Spiced Tocino

When you say barbecue or commonly called ‘tocino’ in our dialect, Filipinos sure have their own favorites both in food and place. Try roaming around the streets and corners in the Philippines, surely you’ll never miss one spot where barbecue is being sold especially during the night.

Dumaguete City is no exception to this scenery. There are a lot of known places here in Dumaguete that offers tocino. However, in all the tocino outlets here in Dumaguete, there’s one that stands out because of its taste and secret sauce. Ask around and surely most Dumagueteños will give you this tocinohan along the road of Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT).

When visiting Dumaguete there’s a lot of “pangmasa” food trip around the corner, and one of the best food trip is TOCCINO! So for this week’s ‘Where To’ post, lemme take you to the best know tocinohan around the town.

Photo Credit to Nica Empleo
Photo Credit to Nica Empleo

Mang Atchan’s is known for its original spiced tocino. It started since 1970 with the owner Mr. Atchan Chia. Today it is already run by Mr. Atchan Chia’s grandson, Mr. Omar Philip Franco. This tocino business has been running on and off for more or less 15 years.

This famous tocinohan around town is located at Dr. V. Locsin St. Dumaguete City, fronting ACSAT and usually opens from 5:00PM-11:00PM.

Photo Credit to Joseph Herrero
Photo Credit to Joseph Herrero

A lot of people come to this place with their friends, family, classmates, peers, and co-workers to hang out while eating tocino. Aside from the delicious tocino, only Mang Atchan’s has the unique tocino sauce, compared to the usual patis/toyo sauce.

Their sauce has always been their top secret why the business has run for a long time. Try going around Dumaguete and you’ll surely not find any sauce similar to Mang Atchan’s. Dagit Dumaguete tried asking them about their famous sauce too and just like anybody, we didn’t get the secret to this sauce. They also have “isaw”, hotdog, chorizo, chicken tocino, “batikulon, and “chicken feet”. The food here is also affordable and “sulit”.

Most of the students from nearby colleges and universities come here to chill with friends, discuss assignments/projects, or even celebrate simple achievements.  Employees also come here after their shift and enjoy the delicious tocino while chatting. Passer-by also buy tocino here as it is also convenient and the ordering system and waiting time is suitable.

If you’re from Dumaguete and you have already tried eating at Mang Atchan’s then for sure you’ll never miss to go back because of its unique and delightful sauce. But if you’re a tourist or you just happened to visit Dumaguete, then don’t miss the chance to dine out at Mang Atchan’s Orginal Spiced Tocino at Dr. V. Locsin Street.

Dumaguete, Hakab Na!

In cooperation with the Rotary Club of Dumaguete and the City Health Office, Dagit Dumaguete proudly brings you Dumaguete, Hakab Na!

Kicking off the Philippines’ National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Hakab Na! will bring together Dumagueteña mothers and their babies for a simultaneous breastfeeding activity on August, 1, 2015 along with mothers and babies in Mandaluyong, Alabang, Aklan, Bacolod, Benguet, Bulacan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Zambales.

This event is in coordination with the Big Latch On held every first week of August in celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week. Big Latch On and Hakab Na! aims to promote, protect and support breastfeeding, a public health issue that demands our attention and support. Last year,  1,772 mothers breastfed their babies for one minute in Hakab Na! events throughout the Philippines, contributing to the worldwide tally of 23, 906.

Dumaguete, Hakab Na! is a free registration event open to all breastfeeding mothers and babies in the city. Interested participants may register through their baranggay health office. For questions and inquiries, please email us at dagitduma@gmail.com.

Estudio Damgo III: Floating Marine Sanctuary Center

Photo courtesy of Joel Balajadia | Captured Stills
Photo courtesy of Joel Balajadia | Captured Stills

Estudio Damgo is the first design and build program in the Philippines. It is a community program of Foundation University’s Department of Architecture. The program enables senior architecture students to guide the design of the project up to the actual construction and completion of their project and the resources that should be used are natural and ecological materials.

Its first project was the Day Care Center located at Baranggay Malaunay Valencia. The second project was a Multi-Purpose Building located in Baranggay Bajumpandan Dumaguete City. The third project (Estudio Damgo III) completed on July 2015 is the Floating Marine Sanctuary Center located at Baranggay Bantayan Dumaguete.

The idea of building a Floating Marine Sanctuary was brought about because of the identified problem in terms of food security, preservation of the marine environment and the absence of marine guardhouse where the fish wardens can stay and do their task effectively. Preserved marine sanctuaries not just increase the fish supply, but it would also impact the earnings of the people in the community. Building a floating marine sanctuary would also act as a reminder to the community that we need to protect and preserve our marine sanctuary.

Twelve months ago (June 2014) the planning of the now Estudio Damgo III was just a vision but now it is a completed and successful project. Many said that the project was too ambitious, but the senior architect students took it as a challenge and enthusiastically worked on the design-build floating marine sanctuary.

Estudio Damgo III was launched last October 2, 2014 at the Robinsons Place with the City Mayor Manuel Sagarbaria. During the launch of the project, a prototype of the Floating Marine Sanctuary was made to float in a kiddie pool. Last November 2014 the senior architect students attended a workshop with bamboo experts for them to learn how to deal with bamboo and use other tools and materials for the project. The student’s where able to gather the needed bamboos for the project. After cleaning, cutting and treating the bamboos, they began the fabrication for the parts of the structure. The task was complex but the students were able to finish it and they even received recognition through email from Yeon Ju Chu that the team made it to the first screening in the World Bamboo Design Competition. The anchoring of the floating structure to the seabed was also a challenge but they were able to get inputs from Seaflex in Sweden and they even donated a mooring system to hold the floating pyramid in place.

In terms of fund raising, there were two benefit concerts held at Foundation University last November 28,2014 (FUchella) and the other one was at Hayahay Treehouse last December 12, 2014. There were also other fundraising made like Global Giving, selling printed T-shirts (FUchella), other fundraising headed by the senior architecture students.

The interior of the pyramid was completed last February 2015. The sides of the pyramid structure were also completed last March 2015 and they weaved conveyors as the connections of the exterior frames. The parts were also delivered to the site on March 2015 with the help of Uymatiao’s Trailer trucks and plastic barrels for the flotation were also completed.

The project was supposed to be completed last March 2015 but due to uncontrollable situation it was extended for another two months. On May, the team continued on the project and with the help of divers from Dauin, they layout the floating structure’s location. On June 1, 2015, the base structure is already floating on the sea of Bantayan Dumaguete.

The blessing and turn over of rites was done last July 2, 2015 and the project was made possible with the initiative and enthusiasm of Foundation University’s Senior architecture students Minda Luz Badon, Florabelle Caloy, Marie Ann Lagudas, Frankie Magalso, Al Shamir Marquez, Julie Ann Mayoga, John Steve Memis, Melissa Anne Villalon, and Efren Torres, Consultant Paul Marin, Project Manager Ar. Zorich Guia, and the sponsors and partners as well.

“I call it the three P’s, Persevereance, Persistence and Passion..” – Paul Marin

Ampalaya The Musical Experience

Last Wednesday (July 15, 2015), Ms. Kathy Kenny Ngo, a social media manager/events organizer/host, had the opportunity to watch the ‘All-Dumaguete’ production Ampalaya The Musical with her son. 

Ms Kathy Kenny Ngo with her son, B selfie before the musical starts :)
Ms Kathy Kenny Ngo with her son, B
B with the cast of Ampalaya The Musical
B with the cast of Ampalaya The Musical

See the full article in her blogsite http://www.lifeiskulayful.com

DISCLAIMER: Please note that Dagit Dumaguete did not write the story. Proper credits must be given to the writer. We only aim to share this good information. NO harm intended. 

The Dumaguete City Boulevard

In our previous ‘Where To?’ feature, we talked about the “Tempurahan sa Boulevard,” this time, let us take you to the famous ‘Boulevard’ of Dumaguete City and check out the things that you can do there aside from eating tempura and balut.

Rizal Boulevard is one of the historical sites found in Dumaguete City. Yes, it was named after our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal since it was believed that he dropped by the boulevard before he was exiled to Dapitan. The boulevard is considered as the front-liner of Dumaguete City especially to tourists who come to the city by sea. This charming stretch of road on the waterfront of Dumaguete is highlighted by white lamp posts lining up the entire stretch of road facing the sea and trees facing the main road.

Over the years, The Boulevard has become not just a landmark but a famous tourist spot and attraction in Dumaguete City. One good thing about this landmark is that the main road is free of traffic and has remained serene in spite of the sprouting businesses around the boulevard and the fast industrial progress of the Dumaguete City.

Being the center of social life in Dumagute, there are a lot of things you can do in the boulevard since it houses bars, restaurants, cafes as well as hotels in the area. It is also just a few blocks away from downtown. Basically a walking distance from downtown.

So here are a few things Dagit Dumaguete has gathered around that you can do at the boulevard.

1. STROLL – this comes on top because the best things are for free! Hahaha! Yes, stroll all you want. It’s free anyway. You may stroll around the entire stretch of boulevard at day time and then experience ‘tempurahan sa boulevard’ at sundown. For lovers, wouldn’t it be so romantic to walk by the boulevard hand in hand in front of the setting sun or under the shimmering moonlight and city lights?

Wouldn't it be nice to share the sunset with the love of your life?
Isn’t it nice to share the sunset with the love of your life?

2. DINE OUT – bond with your friends and family along the boulevard with different restaurants and cafes to choose from. Whether it’s a simple meal or fine dining, boulevard has these things to offer. Your choice!

3. EXERCISE – if you’re one of those health-conscious people who wouldn’t miss a day without exercising, the boulevard is one of the best places in Dumaguete where you can jog both during the day and late in the afternoon. You get the entire length of the boulevard to jog on while the cool sea breeze relaxes your muscles and make you at feel at ease.

4. NIGHT LIFE – whether you just want grab some drinks with friends or go clubbing, the boulevard is one of the places you can go to. Bars and restaurants lining up the main road usually offer different kind of night life experience every night.

Photo grabbed from: Edcel Suyo Photography Take a walk early morning or ride a bike and get those calories burning.
Photo grabbed from: Edcel Suyo Photography (credits must go to photo owner)
Take a walk early morning or ride a bike and get those calories burning.

5. GET PAMPERED – pamper yourself by getting a massage. Do away with your usual massage parlor and come to the south end of the boulevard just beside DSWD office. There you’d find an organization of the blinds here in Dumaguete City that offer massage services at minimal cost. Try this one of a kind experience and at the same time you get to help Dumaguete City Blind Massage Association. This group is under Dumaguete City Handicap Association managed by DSWD.

6. ALONE TIME – if you’re the loner type, wouldn’t it be great to just sit down on one of the concrete benches lining the boulevard and witness the sunset with the cool sea breeze hitting you straight on the face making everything calm and serene after a busy day?

Whether you're alone, with friends or with your family, you can always find ways to bond and spend time together in Rizal Boulevard. From simple strolling to dining around or just simply gathering in a group to chat would be great! If you want solitude, you can come here, grab some coffee to drink or bring a book to read.
Whether you’re alone, with friends or with your family, you can always find ways to bond and spend time together in Rizal Boulevard. From simple strolling to dining around the area or just simply gathering in a group to chat would be great! If you want solitude, you can come also here, grab some coffee to drink or bring a book to read.

7. TEMPURAHAN – and lastly, don’t miss out the fun and experience ‘tempurahan sa boulevard’. This is on the north end of the bay walk going to the sea port. You may read our previous ‘Where To’ post to know more about tempura sa boulevard.

Bottom line is the boulevard is indeed the best place for fun, leisure and recreation for your friends and the entire family.