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Yesterday was the start of school here in most places in the Philippines. Our kids studied in Ateneo de Davao University. They start for three days to just have a half day of school, then on Wednesday they will start the whole day classes. Their day usually starts from 7:40 am to 3:30 pm. We usually wake up the kids around 5:00am so that they can have breakfast before the carpool picks them up at around 6:20 am. Two of our kids go to Ateneo. Our daughter goes to Rizal Memorial College just near to our house.

We are kind of worried about the traffic situation here in Davao right now due to the damage of the Bankerohan bridge. To go to Ateneo our kids has to pass by that bridge. Even before the bridge was damaged it’s really heavy traffic in that area during school days because Ateneo is just less than a mile away on that bridge. We will find out I guess when all school starts their regular class on Monday.

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Anyway to all of you that have kids that studied in that area, or if you are in that area and working in the other side of the bridge,  good luck to you.  Just have patience I guess, hopefully the bridge would be fixed soon.

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Phil
Phil
13 years ago

hi, one of my concerns when I think about moving to the philippines is how the kids will manage adjusting to school and making friends. Its not likely to happen in the near future but it does worry me a little to think about the possibility, and what they would be able to do when they left school. Could they get a job if they are british and went to school in philippines even if their mother is filipino?

phil

Shannon
Shannon
13 years ago

I have been viewing this site for about the past week, and I have really enjoyed reading the posts! The subjects are extremely helpful 🙂 I recently moved to Davao, and have found the speciific posts about Davao especially helpful. I'm just curious about one thing: colleges here the city. There are many here, and I've heard that Ateneo is the best one. Is that true? I'm interested in the possibility of taking a few courses at a college or university here in the city, but I want to make sure that the credits would be transferable to a university… Read more »

Liklik Paul
Liklik Paul
13 years ago

Hi Feyma,

I am not sure but I think you start a few days early in Davao. My nephews and nieces in Cebu are yet to start. At least the college level have yet to start. They go to CIT(Cebu Institute of Technology), University of San Jose-Recoletos and University of San Carlos. Specially, Independence Day is coming up.

Liklik

Bruce
Bruce
13 years ago

Hey Bob and Feyma,

I just found this other site of yours, it is Great and will add more to my daily Davao readings.

Keep up the great work

Bruce

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Tom – I think that the reason for the difference is because the summer here starts in March and runs through June. I am talking the season of summer. It is earlier here because we are closer to the equator than you are, and with the extreme temperatures during summer, it's best that the kids are not in school.

feyma
13 years ago

Hi Jul- Yeah Ateneo here in Davao is Coed. Hi Phil- When Bob and I decided to moved back here to the Philippines that was also one of our worries if our kids can adjust easily here. So we went and talked to the pediatrician of our kids and he told us that it was best for us to move at that time since our kids are still young and can easily adjusted to the new environment. Our oldest was 8 years old, our 2nd was 4 years old,our 3rd was 1 month old at that time. You know what?… Read more »

jul
jul
13 years ago

It’s really good to have your children eat breakfast before school, Feym. That makes them alert in their classes and somehow diminish cravings for junk food and pop even before recess. Just curious, is ADDU-HS coed ? XU-HS/GS (ateneo de cagayan) has been coed for several years now despite huge opposition from the male alumni at the beginning. I guess ADMU-HS/GS is still an all-boys. Thanks and keep posting!

feyma
13 years ago

Hi Tom- Yeah we are different here than in the States. The kids here starts school beginning of June and would end by middle of March usually. Have a good summer there.

Tom
Tom
13 years ago

And here in California had their last day of school today. They now have summer vacation until the middle of August. Very different.

Tom
Tom
13 years ago

Sorry, that should read, "And here in California, my children had their last day of school today."

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