Thumbs up to AOK Davao!

7 Oct

I left Manila mid-morning to catch a flight to Davao — not to trek Apo or sample the sands, unfortunately — but for something hardly touristy. I am off to Davao to spend some time with one of the Autism Society Philippines’ older chapters. We are holding an orientation for new members and volunteers; and having a dialogue with government on the latest developments and benefits for families who live with autism.

Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific flight landed 15 minutes early. Woohoo!

My trip to Mindanao has been effortless so far. Aside from the two seconds I spent pondering on whether to join the in-flight games, I slept like a baby on my Cebu Pacific flight from Manila. My luggage rolled out of baggage claim first. More wonderful still, we landed a glorious fifteen minutes ahead of schedule!

It took 30 minutes on a taxi to get to The Apo View Hotel, a familiar landmark on Davao’s citiscape. Back in my days in PLDT’s provincial operations, I remember holding many a corporate events here. Now run by Eurotel, the hotel still offers the same delightful service I recollect. The colors on the bed footer of my well-appointed bedroom welcomed me to Mindanao.

I worked on a couple of projects this afternoon and had an early dinner. I am thankful for the opportunity for some “quiet time”, as tomorrow will be a full day. I look forward to a productive day with Davao’s autism advocacy community.

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