Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nothing Compares To My Happy Family in Davao


In Davao Bisaya, the title translates to “Walay Kaparehas Sa Akong Malipayong Pamilya sa Dabaw.”

I am writing this while drinking an ice-cold glass of Coke Zero. This type of Coca-Cola concoction has been my family’s all-time favorite beverage because my father can also drink it. My father is diabetic and is not allowed to taste the most delicious things in life. However, he can enjoy a glass or two of Coke Zero because it has no sugar or calories. At least his blood sugar does not go up whenever he drinks it.


So every time I see a can or bottle of Coke Zero, it gives me that immediate feeling of happiness. The thought that my beloved father could drink that and enjoy our meals with us is enough to make me happy. This is also open happiness for all those times that Coca-Cola was the ultimate beverage in every family get-together or occasion. Since Coca-Cola has a wide variety of products to choose from, people with different needs can enjoy their beverage with their loved ones.

It is my daily prayer that we will always have special family moments like this. It was only recently that I realized that family is the most important thing in the world. I treasure my family gatherings now more than ever. When you will lose almost everything that you invested your life on, your family will always be there for you no matter what. That’s why I always look forward to every family get-together because it gives me another chance to show my love to my family and receive their love as well. Plus, Coca-Cola has always been there to be part of the celebration of life.

The highlight of our lives at home will always be the coming home of our father after his work overseas. Then again, Coke Zero is there as our complete family shares lunch or dinner. The bottle of Coke Zero will be long gone, but our family still stays at the table chatting about random things or talking about profound insights in life.

We may not always be together, but whenever we are, we are the happiest people on earth.


Whenever my father gets a vacation from work, he will always share his blessings to family and friends. A family reunion to one of the beaches in Samal Island is usually the order of the day. And I could vouch that Coca-Cola tastes better when you drink it at the beach. There’s something with the saltiness in the air in the middle of a hot beach day that a bottle of Coke quenches your thirst and refreshes your spirit.

My family in Davao extends to my best friends since high school. Up until now after graduating from high school and then college, we remain very close and support each other in our endeavors. We meet each other almost every week to catch up on each other’s lives and have great conversations over meals. Whether we are playing Word Factory at GSIS Heights or eating street food at San Pedro, a bottle of Coca-Cola shared makes everything more special.


 You don’t take too much attention to that glass of beverage that has always been there whenever you bond with your loved ones. It has always been there and will always be for more gatherings to come. It is this silent symbol of happiness.

I have been to different places but I always look forward to coming home in Davao. Besides the wonderful environment and great opportunities, there’s always that warm and welcoming attitude of the people that made me consider that they are my family and this is my home.


With this collection of thoughts, I realized that Coca-Cola has always been there to add more color in our lives. Drinking a bottle of Coke by yourself gives you a sugar rush, but when you share it with others you get a rush of love and happiness. Nothing compares to a life well lived with a happy family. And I shall never forget that the incomparable Coca-Cola has been a part of it.

How about you? What’s your incomparable moment with Coca-Cola?




(Note: Coca-Cola watermarks can be downloaded here and here. Gotham font can be downloaded here)

31 comments:

  1. Awww. I miss Davao tuloy! I should go back soon!

    I think Coke Zero is more carbonated than the regular variant. Anyway, I hope your father remains healthy in spite of diabetes. :)

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  2. Thank you for your comment! Yes, there are reviews all over the internet that coke zero has artificial sugar instead of sugar. My father has been drinking it for years though and so far no problems =) #walaykaparehas sa coke =)

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  3. are you currently based in davao? finally, a fellow blogger outside of manila. this is such a nice post and i can relate because my family loves coke too. tradition na siya every time there's something to celebrate about. :)

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    1. Hello Rose, yes I'm a blogger from Davao. I'm also a member of the Davao Bloggers Society and I post DB events here and in my food blog. Thank you for your comment and keep the open happiness!

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  4. Coke is simply the best! Just seeing a bottle of coke is a joy that everyone shows. We drink Coke every Sunday lunch and dinner. :D

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  5. Hehe we are not soft drink drinkers but I know the taste of Coke. It's nice how this product/brand brings light to your family.

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  6. It's always nice to bond with love ones once in a while and it would definitely give a more lighter mood with Coke! My favorite. :)

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  7. I can truly relate! We love coke. It's one thing that is always present in our table with or without occasion.

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  8. It is always good to come and be together with your family and relatives. Syempre pa, kasama dyan ang kainan at mahaba-habang kwentuhan. I love family gatherings so much!

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  9. This is amazing! Thanks for posting our prom pic, Abi! :)

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  10. whoah! i live here in Manila and I see those Kublai Khan when I went there. too much for the seague, my father is also diabetic and its good to know that coke offers zero for people who have higher sugar levels than normal. kampai!

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  11. It's so nice to eat when you are wit your family... With full of laughter and sometime's cranky jokes...missing it..

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  12. I appreciate the bonding of your family. Coke adds life to your happy family so to speak. Blessed is your family that have fun together.

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  13. True, pagsama sama and eating great food or even by just watching tv, sarap pag may malamig na coke. I do that too in the US but different brand as per hubby's favorite soda.

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  14. kame din pag may get together, hindi pwedeng walang coke :)

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  15. Nice photos! I very seldom drink Coca-Cola. I have a high risk of getting diabetes so I try to stay away from those that will contribute to this risk. I hope you father remains healthy! :-)

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  16. Your pictures look so happy! Oh, now I miss family bondings...

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  17. Coca Cola does tie in to some good memories as its been a common fixture in family gatherings and events.

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  18. I'm a sucker for Coke haha, and I have thousands of memorable moments with Coca-cola. But the ones o treasure the most are those that im with the whole family and friends! :)

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  19. Kabituka ng family ko ang Coke. and indeed we have fun while sharing few bottles of Coke.

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  20. My family also loves Coke products. Every meal isn't complete without it. This cola drink is synonymous to family gatherings. - KarenT

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  21. Tanda ko pa, dati tuwing tanghalian may Coke sa mesa. and we needed 1.5 liters of it para magkasya sa whole family. :) I lived in Davao for almost 10years, lumipat lang kami ng province after my father's final rest. we are separated by time but still hoping someday we will be together again, sabay-sabay sa hapag kainan kasama ang coke.
    ilang months nalang makakauwi na rin ulit sa davao. I really miss the city. i hope magkita tayo diyan soon. happy kadayawan to all davawenyos!

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  22. Yes, coke is simply the best!

    Awww...You're so blessed to have a family that you truly enjoy spending time with. :)

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  23. ang saya naman ng family bondings nyo nakakainggit. :) ... Di rin kumpleto ang bonding time namin pag walang soft drinks :)

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  24. Wow so now Coke has given your Dad something to enjoy with the family and your family has no reason to feel guilty having Coke on the table.

    Same with my dad. :P I was objecting, but the Doctor just said, he's already old, let him drink what he wants.... is it right?

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    1. Oh dear, that is really something. I wish that your dad remains healthy and okay amidst it all. I am also silently supporting the doctor's statement that you should allow your dad to drink whatever he wants because he is old. Hopefully the doctor is right and your dad would live his remaining years as happy as he can be...=)

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  25. I super love coke with these kinds of ads they have. I suddenly miss my family now.

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  26. I didn't know Coke Zero could be drunk by diabetics. That's good news for those who love coke but has to monitor their sugar intake... because yes, coke is always present in pinoy kainans. ;)

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  27. When it comes to happiness, the first thing that comes into my mind is my family din :)

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  28. always been my favorite cola, and many Filipinos will agree... happiness would mean family to me. Yahweh bless. ralph

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  29. Glad you're bonding with family. I'm not much of a soda person, though. I'm very, very health conscious and I try to train my family to be the same.

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