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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cebu Pacific launch Davao to Dumaguete and Tacloban Routes

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Davao City - Cebu Pacific launched two new domestic routes last July 27 at Marco Polo, counting the demand both from domestic passengers and business travelers.

Cebu pacific plane
By Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The renowned budget carrier added the flights: Davao-Dumaguete and Davao-Tacloban to address the requests and suggestions coming from both local and tourists travelers especially those in the business sectors.

During the inauguration, Ma. Rosarion Lagamon, Cebu Pacific Head for Corporate Communication, said that the two routes will ease the burden of their passengers because they will be having a direct flight to Dumaguete and Tacloban plus the added local flights like Zamboanga-Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga-Cotobato, and Cebu-Masbate.

Present during the launching is Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio "Ipe" B. Remollo, and City Councilor (Acting Mayor of Davao City) Danilo Dayanghirang.

A great link both from Davao to Dumaguete and Tacloban to boost tourism and easier access to the cities.

Davao-Dumaguete flights will be 3x weekly and 4x a week for Davao-Tacloban.

For more details, visit Cebu Pacific

Friday, June 30, 2017

Kadayawan sa Davao 2017 Official Calendar of Events #Kadayawan UPDATED as of JULY 1!!!!!

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Another year to celebrate bountiful blessings. 

Davao City will celebrate Kadayawan this August 14-20, 2017, a one week celebration. This time it will be more vibrant in honoring the cultural and uniqueness of 11 Davao Tribes.

And the bravery, resilience and loyalty of the Dabawenyos!!!

Heads up Davao...Be Proud!!!!

Updated as of July 1, 2017

Do you know how to properly pronounce KADAYAWAN? Watch video here...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hijo Industrial Estates Soon to Rise at Davao del Norte #GatewayToGrowth

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Hijo Resources Corporation (HRC) is a Davao-based diversified corporation with businesses in Leisure and Tourism, Agribusiness, Port Operations and Property Development.

Hijo Resources Corporation was established in 1959 together with two sister corporations, Twin Rivers Economic and Development Co, Inc. (TREDCI) and Apo Estates Corporation (AEC) was the corporation that pioneered the cultivation and exporting of Cavandish bananas to Japan. In 2007, HRC, TREDCI and AEC merged and become the HRC today and now owned by 2 major stockholders, the Tuazon Group and Fuji Fruits Company LTD of Japan.

As of this moment, Hijo Resources Corporation newest and most successful pursuits is in the property development sector - the INDUSTRIAL ESTATES.

The groundbreaking ceremony happened last Friday, June 16, 2017 at Madaum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

Led by the President and CEO of Hijo Plantation Ms. Rosana Tuason-Fores also attended by the House Speaker Hon. Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez, Governor of Davao del Norte Hon. Anthony G. del Rosario, Economic Zone Administration of Mactan Economic Zone Hon. Sansalmo A. Pinagayao, Property Development Director Resources Cooperation Hon. Eduardo C. Adonis, Tagum City Mayor Hon. Allan L. Rellon and the Philippine Diplomat and Ambassador to the Holy See Maria Mercedes Reinares y Arrastia-Tuason also known as Mercedes Tuason. 

The plan is to build and develop an area that will serve as the gateway for agricultural exports in Southern Mindanao. The 760-hectare township, designed to provide economic development, following the ASEAN Economic Community's Blueprint. A combine world-class hub that will accommodate light to medium export-oriented industries, residential, commercial, and institutional  establishments at the heart of Davao. And also with the help of PEZA and be a registered industrial estate, this can serve the expansion needs of industries with an international port as a major amenity.


The Hjo International Ports Services (HIPS) is a joint business venture between Hijo Resources Corp. and International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

It has a deep-sea port with a draft of 13 meters, designed to handle containerized and break bulk cargoes. An accredited PEZA zone, the port is 54 hectares large and strategically located to connect Mindanao to major Asian markets.

It has an initial terminal capacity of 450,000 TEU and ability to expand to 650,000, set to be the largest container-handling fleet in Mindanao and soon to be called the 1st Freeport Zone in Mindanao.

As this moment, Steel Asia is their first client in the port.


The next biggest hub for business, commercial and retail activities. This include a satellite government center which will provide  the community easier and convenient access to government offices and services. Educational facilities and religious places of worship are within reach by the community.


320-hectare portion of the township is allocated to leisure and tourism development. It includes the 60-hectare forest, natural habitat for wild local floral and fauna, surrounded with the Philippine hardwood trees. It has a 4 km long fine sand shoreline, mangroves and system of creeks and streams.



The residential enclaves will provide areas for high, medium and low density developments catering to a wide range of home-owners. It will serve the necessities of Industrial Estate; as well as the first home requirements of Tagum City and the second home requirements of Davao City.

There will be a clubhouse, sports facilities, parks and open spaces, biking and jogging paths and in the center of the enclaves with be a lake.


There will be a companies such as business processing outsourcing (BPO), contact centers, software and hardware design companies, animation and other similar companies, as the zone will cater to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). And this envisioned as the ICT Campus of Tagum.


An estimated total area of 80-hectare land and 52 saleable lots which can serve light to medium industries. Approximately 643,892 sq.m of industrial saleable industrial lot that will cater to companies suited for trading since the port is only a few minutes away. Minimum lot area approximately 5,000 sq.m, an estimated 27,900 sq.m of maximum lot area, a common lot cut of 10,000 sq.m and a common area of approximately 155, 081 sq.m.

For Linear Parks & Open spaces, an estimated 35,869 sq.m of land is allotted for recreation and relaxation accessible to residents.

And the Utility & Easement has approximately 55, 739 sq.m strips of land for the constructions and maintenance of overhead electric, telephone, and cable television lines and underground electric, water, sewer, telephone, and cable television lines.


Industrial Land for Sale and for Lease: average land area 10,000 sq.m. with a minimum lot cut of about 5,000 sq.m. to about 25,000 sq. m. This depends on the needs of the locator.

Ready-Built Factory Buildings:

A standard factory buildings with the following covered floor areas are available for lease.
  • 1,000 sq.m.
  • 2,000 sq.m.
  • 4,000 sq.m.
Ready -Built Factory Buildings provide locators the flexibility on investment, as well as a growth path to large buildings.

Build-to-suit Factory Buildings

These factory buildings will be constructed with basic specifications and suited to the requirements of the locator.

BPO/ICT Offices/Buildings for Lease

Companies for BPO/ICT can avail of the PEZA incentives if they locate their operations in a PEZA accredited zone. Hijo Industrial Estates will be able to provide their space requirements according to their specifications.


For more information:

14th Floor, The JMT Corporate
Condominium, ADB Avenue,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel. no. (+632) 633-5980/ (+632) 633-5972
Fax No. (+632) 633-1690

Doors 5&6 Tropicana Bldg., JP Laurel Ave.,
Km.7 Lanang, Davao City
Tel. no. (+6382) 282-3662/ (+6382) 282-3757
Fax. No. (+6382) 282-3833

Hijo Industrial Estate
Madaum, Tagum City
Davao del Norte
Tel. no. (084) 655-0654
Email Address: 


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Visit Davao Fun Sale 2017 Month of May Events

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VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE is the biggest tourism event in Davao Region, with lots of activities in store to all Dabawenyos and Guests/Visitors this summer.

VDFS has lined up a series of activities featuring a wide range of amazing deals from Hotels & Resorts, Restaurants, Spa, Shopping as well as fun events in sports, arts and nightlife.

And for this month of MAY, series of activities are lined up for SPORTS, ARTS and NIGHTLIFE:



 Race DateMay 07, 2017
 Race LocationIsland Garden City of Samal
 Distance5K, 10K, 21K, 42K

Registration Period

  • Early Registration – February 8 to 28, 2017
  • Regular Registration – March 1 to April 20, 2017
  • Late Registration – April 21 to May 3, 2017

Visit this link for more details: Samal Marathon 2017








Download Event Details and Mechanics here :
                     Run & Fashion Show Registration Form

Ethnica Davao Jam


Sand Sculpture Competition

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Davao City Ready for the 80th Araw ng Davao Celebration

as of February 17, 2017

Araw ng Davao History: Read Here >>>> WHEN WAS DAVAO REALLY FOUNDED?

In the previous Araw ng Davao celebrations, funds for this year shall come from private sector sponsorship's together with the City Tourism Office and City Government of Davao appropriations.

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said that, she wanted to have an event promoted both locally and internationally with the help of the various  media outlets, providing information in a neutral manner so that
visitors and tourists can participate in various activities.

For information, please visit,ph or @davaocitygov Facebook Page

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Davao City Sports Complex Construction as of January 2017

The on-going construction of Davao City Sports Complex located at UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City, is a preparation to host Palarong Pambansa 2019.

Civil works construction for the proposed Track Oval and Football Field

Construction of Multi-purpose Building for Indoor Sports

Stadium Phase 1

Stadium Phase 2

This is planned to finish by 2018 in lined to host Palarong Pambansa and aim to host SEA GAMES after.

***Photo credit to Cong. Isidro Ungab 

Friday, December 23, 2016


This is our fourth year in celebrating "Torotot Festival" here in Davao City. The city will continue to observe New Year's Eve in it's unique way, since the banning of the fireworks/firecrackers here in town, through torotot (horn) festival in partnership with SMART COMMUNICATIONS.

By using horns and other noisemakers, Davao City continue to set the advocacy for zero casualties on New Year's Eve.

Since the implementation of the FIRECRACKER BAN in 2001 and remains to be effect until now, Davao City celebrates Christmas and New Year peacefully with only a handful of firecracker-related injuries recorded in the hospitals.

The ban has not only saved hundreds of lives, a zero death recorded from firecracker blasts or stray bullets, no fire house incident, spared residents from losing their fingers and eyesight's, and for those suffered from smoke suffocation due to firecrackers.

And for those of you would like to join the said New Year Countdown Celebration, you can participate also by joining different competition set for the events. There would be a COSPLAY COMPETITION, HIPHOP DANCE COMPETITION (10-15 members), CREATIVE TOROTOT CONTEST, COSTUME PARADE IN TOROTOT INSPIRED COMPETITION, ZUMBA COMPETITION (10-15 members).

For more information: Contact Mel at 09396567996 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Davao City all set to host Palarong Pambansa 2019

As Davao City Sports Complex eyed to finish this 2018, an Executive Order No. 31 series of 2016 dated November 17, 2016, was signed and approved by the Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio.

Wherein an order of creating the City Palarong Pambansa Organizing Committee and their respective duties and functions are stated in order to achieve its goals.

Is Davao City ready to host this event? Possibly Yes!

Davao City Sports Complex located at the University of the Philippines Mintal Ground.

Congressman Isidro Ungab pushed the construction of the said complex during his term as Third District Representative of Davao City. In August 2015, the City Government of Davao and the UP Mindanao signed a MOA (Memorandum Of Agreement) stated that the university will donate a 20 hectares property to the city government for a sports complex.

Last January 2016, the construction of the facility had its full swing, costing P8 billion as to planned to finish it by 2018 in line to host the 2019 Palarong Pambansa and aim to host SEA Games after.

***Photo credit to Cong. Isidro Ungab 

As of December 2016, this is Davao City Sports Complex looks like, per updated forum from

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Davao City bring Christmas Holiday to Lumad Communities

Christmas time is for children and it is also a good time to remember Christmas as a festival of lights. But behind the glittering lights, glamour gifts, fashion new dresses and sumptuous food we always think of the welfare of our less brothers and sisters.

Davao City will bring Christmas celebration this year to the outback communities of lumads. This is an 'added extravaganza' for this year Pasko (Christmas) Fiesta celebration.

It has been an advocacy of the City Government of Davao to extend help, favor and give protection to the Lumads communities, by providing shelters, food, and social and medical services as they come down and join the festivities in the city.

Starting December 1, they are still welcome to join the celebration and still the Davao Local Government Unit will provide them food and other services for 10 days in six different shelters.

The services will also be brought to their respective communities in Marilog, Paquibato, and Baguio Districts starting December 7 to 21. This is the first time that the services will bring the PASKO FIESTA special program to their respective barangays.

Pasko Fiesta for the lumads include a trade fair featuring the indigenous products, health day, birth registrations, mass wedding, children's day, tribal games, and cultural shows.

There would be a 'make over' or they called in their native language "BALIHUDNOY" for Lumad women. And this is for FREE!!!

“They will be gently herded back to their respective barangays where various activities are prepared entirely for them,” Maria Luisa Bermudo, Head of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) said.        
“This is also to ensure their safety while we are celebrating Christmas,” added Bermudo.

One way of giving back our warm greetings to our Lumads brothers and sister, making it more meaningful and relevant to them, and that they are also part of our Christmas celebration. 


Just recently, December 2, the Pasko Fiesta sa Davao was formally opened by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. She urge the private sector to participate and light up its premises and/or establishments so the city will look more festive.

Davao City Hall & Rizal Park at Day

Davao City Hall & Rizal Park at Night
Video Credit to Ian Garcia (@WhatsUrWanderLust Facebook Page)

The celebration is for all not only for the Lumads but there are also other activities been slated for children, persons with disabilities (CICL), children living with HIV-AIDS, LGBT, children in conflict with law, prostituted women and senior citizen.

This is annual event here in Davao City to lift the Filipino tradition of celebrating Christmas.

Friday, November 18, 2016

DOT Region XI Welcomes Divers for the Davao Dive Fun Safari

Davao has been identified as one of the emerging destinations for diving.

Davao Dive Fun Safari Participants together with  the DOT XI ASEC Eden David, City Tourism Officers Generose Tecson, CEO of SEAIR Capt. Benjamin Solis, Former Beijing Attaché now DOT Mindanao consultant Jazmine Esguerra, print media and bloggers.
Photo © Sarah Gavile

Diving is one of the growing tourist market niche in a Global Dive Population estimated at 24 Million. The Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Global Certification & Membership Statistics in 2014 listed the US with 3.5 M; Europe with 1.8 M while the rest of the world has .7M active divers. For the Philippines, the top five source markets for diving are Korea, US, Germany, Australia and Hongkong.

This is a great opportunity for Davao tourism to open up with this activity, to have a yearly Dive Fun Safari, to invite adventure-seekers below the surface and see what Davao can offer from crystal-clear water to several types of fishes and corals.

Dept. of Tourism Asst. Sec. for Mindanao Eden David  discussing updates of DOT XI events and activities
with the Davao Digital Influencers
Photo © Rudolph Ian Alama

As one of the region in the Philippines chosen as the emerging diving destinations, this is a new spot for adventurous market that constantly seek new dive sites to explore.

"With HongKong as our target for international connection in 2017, we aim to build our products for the HongKong tourist market and this includes diving." DOT ASEC Eden David said.

DOT Chief Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo personally invites more Chinese tourists to the Philippines,  and when President Rody Duterte visit to Beijing,  China lift their official travel ban to the Philippines.


Mr. David Leung, DOT HongKong Marketing representative with DDI President Glen Santillan

It's been years that Davao underwater was not explore by the foreign tourists divers.

"Given the tasked by the DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, to bring in top notch dive photographers to include National Geographic and UNESCO HongKong Association to explore Samal and Talicud in a Fun Dive Safari is not an easy task, but with the help of the DoT Region XI, it give boost to position Davao as the destination for adventure not just highlands but also underwater" said by Leung.

An exhibit at the international gateways in HongKong is being endeavored to showcase the underwater photos taken from FUN DRIVE SAFARI from November 14-17, 2016.

The FUN DIVE SAFARI is among the various activities organized by the tourism department to promote the region as a diving destination. Last October, DOT Regional Office XI conducted UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTTERS TRAINING for advanced open water divers in Davao which aimed to better assist underwater photographers and provide economic opportunities for local divers. 

Here are some of the photos taken by professional underwater photographers:

A total of 30 divers and underwater photographers of HongKong Chinese, Taiwanese, Australian, Korean, and Malaysian nationals dive various spots of Davao Gulf including Tagpopongan, Balet, Kaputian, Canibad, Liguid Island, among others, for fun diving experiences and to photograph the different underwater species. Known for its rich marine biodiversity, the islands of Davao Gulf is an excellent site for underwater macro photography especially with the superb visibility in the diving sites.

                                                                                                                                                            Photo © Sarah Gavile

A Mindanao Dive Congress will be held in Davao this 2017, to feature the various dive sites of the island and sessions on macro photography and marine life conversations efforts shall be discussed.


For more details, visit Davao Tourism 
Reference: Katherine Anuta
(082) 221-0070
Department of Tourism-XI