In 2016, I am looking forward to…..

THE reply was unanimous, 2015 has been a very good year to many and everyone is wishing the good luck and good vibes carry on to this year.

For me, it’s happiness, good health and fortune, success in all the business ventures I venture into and more new places to see. These are what I aspire for yearly. The Universe was generous in the past and it will be the same for the coming year. Its generosity is infinite. All we have to do is ask and claim it.

I asked ten Dabawenyos what they look forward to this 2016. Here are their aspirations for the year.

In 2016, I am looking forward to…..

…working for Davao City, serving the nation. -- Sara Duterte-Carpio, Candidate, Davao City Mayor.

…doing more public art, peace monuments and children’s parks and making our beloved Davao and Mindanao a better place to live in. - Kublai Millan, visual artist.

…an exciting year full of new opportunities with the opening of our management school in tourism and hospitality plus I am praying for the efficient implementation of K to12 for everyone. - Joji Ilagan-Bian, Chairman of Joji Ilagan Career Foundation Inc.

…more tourists to visit Davao Region so they can discover and experience why we say “Life is Here”. - Robby Alabado, DOT-XI Regional Director.

…discovering more about the new and fast evolving culture of dance music and festivals, and to inspire more of the youth to express themselves through music. - Kat Dalisay, party visionary.

…a new batch of regional films from across Mindanao and how the Davao City Filmmaking movement will evolve. - Rudolph Alama, regional films advocate.

…welcoming Pia (Wurtzbach) home. Margie Moran-Floirendo, Miss Universe 1973.

…a Philippines soaring higher as a successful tourism story and as a leader in quality experience setting higher tourism standards to keep our visitors' travel to our beautiful country, as what Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez would say, "worth the attention, worth the price." - Art Boncato, Assistant Secretary, Department of Tourism

…the passage of the Maternal Newborn Child Health & Nutrition, in order to decrease maternal and infant deaths and to lower malnutrition, and work well with colleagues in the City Council and City Health in order to propose a more comprehensive Health Budget. - Dr. Mary Joselle Villafuerte, Davao City Councilor.

…a better year ahead, American travel advisory will be ok for Davao, and for people to have more disposable income. - Sonny Dizon, businessman.