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MATI CITY Kamunaan – House of Mandaya Heritage to showcase Davao Oriental culture

By Alab Maldo

The Kamunaan House of Mandaya Heritage, which showcases Mandaya culture and arts of Davao Oriental, was opened on August 23, at the Bonifacio Town Center at the Mayor Francisco G. Rabat Park and Baywalk in the City of Mati.

The family of City Administrator Atty. Al Aquino initiated the private project together with the help of Lungga Center, a non-government organization, supported by various Mandaya communities residing in the province of Davao Oriental.

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According to Atty. Aquino, they decided to hold the Kamunaan display center for “it is good for the people of Mati to remember our past”.

“Through the Kamunaan project, we will be able to enshrine our ancestors and remember where we came from,” Aquino said

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. The Kamunaan project aims to cherish the ancestors of the various tribal groups here in the province such as the Mandaya, Mansaka, Manobo and Kalagan. Kamunaan came from the Mandaya word “muna” which means ancestors.

Artifacts displayed in Kamunaan came from various Mandaya communities while others are personal collections of the Aquino family.

Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat is said to be planning to donate seed money intended for Mandaya beads making. Furthermore, the project is also accepting any financial donations or assistance from any agency.

The Kamunaan display is free to the public where there are also some novelty items for sale for visitors to buy. Health protocols will be strictly observed wherein only 5 persons are allowed inside at any given time. (CIO MATI/Alab Maldo)


Mati Bay in Davao Oriental is among coastal areas in seven provinces that are positive for red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Friday. 

The other affected areas are the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambututay, Irong-irong, San Pedro, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; Calubian, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City, Leyte; Balite Bay, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; and Lianga and Bislig Bays in Surigao del Sur.

BFAR said latest results inthecoastal areas indicated paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), or the toxin that causes red tide, is beyond the regulatory limit.

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and “alamang” (tiny shrimp) gathered from said areas are unsafe for human consumption.

Fish, squids, regular shrimps, and crabs are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly.

Internal organs such as gills and intestines must also be removed before cooking.

Eating shellfish products with red tide can cause death. Early symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning include tingling of the lips and tongue, which may begin within minutes of eating poisonous shellfish or may take an hour or two to develop. (PNA)

Mati City named outstanding coastal community

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DAVAO CITY–Davao Oriental’s capital Mati City has been named the regional winner of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR) 2020 Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) Search for Outstanding Coastal Community.During Friday’s awarding ceremony, Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat received a… Read More