“In the land of promise, lies a paradise…” says the first line of the Tagum City March, the city’s official hymn, when translated into English. Tagum City is the place where I was born, and where I spent a large fraction of my childhood. Back then it was still a quiet municipality – very laid-back, sub-urban, and was mainly agricultural. Now it has become a progressive city along with its continually growing trade activities and improving commerce. And I say that it is a very livable place.

However, as a young child, I have always read a lot of books. Or rather, I have read repeatedly our neighbor’s encyclopedia. Yes, “our neighbor’s” since we did not get to own a set as it was too expensive for us. And because of these books, I have always been curious about different places and different cultures — hence my insatiable wanderlust.

Where I am getting at is: I would have spent my entire life in this lovely town if only my mind was not opened to the different wonderful destinations across the globe. Even while I was still adolescent, I have always felt this constant urge to drift away form my hometown. I spent my high school years in Davao city, around 100 kilometers away from Tagum. And it would have been in Diliman if my parents had allowed me to enroll in Pisay main campus. Then I spent my college years in Los Baños, Laguna. And it would have been in Singapore (wishfully) had my parents allowed me to take the NUS/NTU scholarships. And now, I work here in Metro Manila and am actually planning to live and work abroad in the future.

Growing up, I seemed to have been totally discounting the possibility of working and living in Tagum. However, when I encountered this documentary about the city, I felt nostalgic. And I somehow regretted that I even thought of drifting away from this lovely place.

I was honestly fascinated that Living Asia Channel has featured my hometown. And it has shown quite an extensive view of the city – from its humble beginnings, together with its native inhabitants, to its gradual development into a modern and now fun-filled place. I also liked that it showed how colorful Tagum City is, including its attractions, annual festive events as well as its forward-looking architecture.


the city hall

the city hall





I miss my hometown. Can’t wait to go back home this Christmas.

See you, Tagum!


Photo Sources:


About lonewulf

I am a self-confessed 'jologs', a country boy who now works in the big city. I studied Applied Math, and am now completing Finance while working as a risk analyst. I feel extremely happy whenever I dance, draw/sketch, and write. I also like to read books, eat (not fruits, or vegetables), sleep, and travel. Update (12/2017) - I have already completed my Finance Masters in Diliman, plus Financial Engineering in Korea. I came back to Manila just last year from the Land of the Morning Calm, and is now currently working as a Risk Manager for a multinational financial institution. I am now updating this information box in the hopes that I will get my groove back into writing. I kinda missed it. And I actually have tons and tons of adventures that I have not logged in here. Hope to catch up to what's happening in my life. Here's to hoping for more adventures, and having enough time and energy to share all of them in this online realm. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: