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Thursday, February 22, 2018

First National Information Convention in Davao City

The first-ever National Information Convention was held in Davao City for 3 days, February 19-21, 2018 at SMX Convention Center.


Davao Digital Influencers, Inc. the leading social media group in Davao Region was invited to participate in this event and be a part of the #NIC2018. To understand how Duterte Administration communicate its key policies in disseminating true facts and information to its constituents.

Philippine Information Agency Director-General Harold Clavite on his opening remarks during the 1st day of #NIC2018,  "We’re all in this convention today united for a common cause and that is, to communicate the development agenda of the Administration by capacitating the men and women who can ensure that timely, accurate, relevant, and truthful information are disseminated to every Filipino.... 'What we aim to accomplish in this convention is to have a deeper understanding of our role as information officers in fulfilling development objectives, and gain a greater appreciation of the positive impact we can make in the lives of the Filipino people."... "to agree on a declaration where we will commit ourselves to Responsible Communication."

A welcoming remarks by Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio was delivered by 1st District Councilor Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta.




Communication serves as the clutch of the government's vehicle that allows advocacies to keep rolling towards good governance. But government communication is beyond informing the public. Rather, it involves advocating the government's trusts and engaging the citizens through effective and responsible communication.
by: Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, Davao City Mayor   


The convention feature three main activities: plenary session, breakout session and exhibit.

Day 1: 19 February 2018, Monday

PLENARY SESSION 1:
UNDERSTANDING GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND POLICIES



PLENARY SESSION 2:
FOSTERING A SAFE AND HEALTHY MEDIA ENVIRONMENT


PLENARY SESSION 3:
RAISING THE BAR OF GOVERNANCE




Day 2: 20 February 2018, Tuesday

SESSION 3:
RAISING THE BAR OF GOVERNANCE

PLENARY SESSION 4:
PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

PLENARY SESSION 5:
DEVELOPING A DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION STRATEGY


Day 3: 21 February 2018, Wednesday

PLENARY SESSION 6:
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND NATION-BUILDING



There is also an exhibit open to public, wherein you can see the different agencies under the Philippine Communication Operations Office head by Sec. Martin Andanar.




Another highlight is the launching of DU30 App which is now available on iOS and Android.




For Android  >>>  GOOGLE PLAY
For iOS >>> APPLE STORE

Friday, February 02, 2018

Now Everyone Can Fly With AirAsia Davao-Kuala Lumpur Route

Want to experience another adventure somewhere far and exotic where everything from drinks, food, places and language to people and places with culturally that is extremely enthusiastic? Or how about, longing for a combination of wonderful beaches, nature scenery and modern cities as well?

If your answer is yes, well you have to pack your bag, book your ticket with AirAsia right now and fly to Malaysia.


AirAsia recently launched route to Davao City, Philippines with four times weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Flight Schedule for Davao, Philippines (DVO)  - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL)
    
A press conference was held today, February 1, 2018, attended by Riad Asmat, AirAsia Berhad CEO, Honorable Sara. Z. Duterte-Carpio, Mayor Davao CityAireen Omar, AirAsia Deputy Group CEO - Digital Transformation, Ambassador Charles Jose, Ambassador of the Philippines to Malaysia, and Nora Terrado, USEC of Trade & Industry.




When you travel Malaysia you simply can miss to travel the vibrant capital city - Kuala Lumpur. And not to forget their beautiful iconic Petronas Towers and other amazing landmark.

OPENING SPEECH by Aireen Omar, AirAsia Deputy Group CEO - Digital Transformation

"AirAsia is excited about our first international route to Davao. We do not only connect Davao to Malaysia, but we also bring Davao closer to our extensive network of destinations in Asean, Northeast Asia, South Asia, Australasia, the Middle East and the US". ~ Aireen Omar.

"We are committed to growing tourism beyond the most famous tourism hotspots. We look forward to work closely with the Davao City Mayor, airport authorities and government bodies to put Davao on the mao of must-visit destinations in Asean," she added.

Welcome Speech by Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said, "I am happy to see Davao City as a major point of growth internationally, looking at the statistic numbers of tourists visiting the city it helps increase tourism industry, aiming for the city to grow to become a hub of financial, service, and education in Mindanao. The introduction of the direct flights of AirAsia between Davao and Kuala Lumpur could not be more timely and thanking them for choosing Davao City as the key city this will help empower local players across various economic activities".


Celebratory all-in fares from PHp1599* one way are available for booking online at AIRASIA from now until 18 February 2018 for the travel period between now until 31 July 2018. The promotional fares are also available on AirAsia's mobile app on iPhone and Android devices, as well as mobile site at mobile.airasia.com 

The new route signifies the third direct route from Malaysia to the Philippines after Manila and Cebu. AirAsia also connects guests to other cities in the Philippines including Clark, Manila, Caticlan, Kalibo, Tacloban, Palawan, Cebu and Tagbilaran.


Follow AirAsia for more news, activities, and promotions.





***Promotional all-in-fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Topping Off Ceremony of NCCC Mall Buhangin

A mall with a lot area of 8,162.14 square-meter upscale retail and commercial development that combines local and national brands with international brands that offers an "aspirational and affordable" shopping experience to customers and is centered on retail shops.



Topping Off Ceremony held yesterday, October 31, 2017, at the NCCC Mall Buhangin hosted by the NCCC Mall Administration together with the Mall Designer, ASYA Design; and their Construction Partner, DMCI.



NCCC Mall Buhangin located at Buhangin, Communal-Indangan Road, Davao City (fronting Buhangin Public Market) is set to open this August of 2018.

CONCRETE POURING


It has a Gross Floor Area of 29,077.13 sq. m; a Gross Leasable Area of 14,504.49 sq.m; Number Floors - Four(4); a total of 80 shops.

SUMMARY OF FLOOR PLACES

LEVEL 1 - Basement Park - 150 cars - 6,847.12 sq.m

LEVEL 2 - Supermarket and Retail Shops - 12 shops - 5,488.05 sq.m.



LEVEL 3 - Department Store and Retail Shops - 23 shops - 5,965.12 sq.m

LEVEL 4 - Services, Gadgets, and Kids Zone - 28 shops - 5,207.98 sq.m.



LEVEL 5 - Cinemas, Roof Deck, and Retail Shops - 17 shops - 5,608.86 sq. m



FEATURES

NCCC Mall Buhangin is a GREEN BUILDING which is environmentally friendly, energy saving and has a safe water usage. It includes such features as a highly-efficient air-conditioning system that generates more air flow but less noise, skylights that let in natural lighting and the use of volatile organic compound paint which is less toxic.


ROOF DECK at the 4th Floor

Water supply is made through the new potable water system for all mall tenants.

Backup generator sets are available 100% of load capacity.



Equipped with state-of-the-art Security and Safety features for consistent operative solutions for commercial complex. And that includes 24/7 Security Operations complete with mobile patrol for readiness; and Fire Protection System installed in shopping malls.

The cinemas is also equipped with the latest Dolby Atmos Sound Technology, with a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos System making the audience feel the sound is coming within the room and not from the screen.

GUIDED SITE TOUR







Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017

Halloween 2017 is starting to appear on store shelves, this is the season of spookiness wherein we are fond of wearing scary outfits, carve pumpkins and more treats to enjoy with friends and families.


MGA HANDURAW SA BAUL 2017


Malagos Garden Resort's "Mga Handuraw sa Baul" return on its second year and inviting all Dabawenyos and tourists guests to be part of a SPOOKtacular occasion and be caught in a web and hang around for a spell to enjoy a safe, fun, not-scary event for friends and families on October 28, Saturday, from 10AM to 12 Midnight.



Mga Handuraw sa Baul aims to bring families together for a night of music, games, film and food under resort's advocacy, "Support Local" , a celebration of cultural significance of Philippine mythology and superstitious beliefs through local arts.










Fun Handuraw activities include Crafts & Clothing Bazaar (featuring homegrown food, artworks, and merchandise); Food Stalls, wherein you can make your own cotton candy; Malagos Horror House; Neon Playhouse; Bounce City; Trick or Treat for children; Halloween costume contests; screening of Ngilngig Films and more.





Discounted rooms packages are also available for Handuraw guests, as well as you can camp inside the Boy Scouts Field for only P200/person.



Indie musicians both from Davao and Manila, such as CRWN, Jensen and the Flips, Clara Benin, Anne Mendoza, BP Valenzuela, RJ Manulid and She's Only Sixteen, are also set to perform.



We are very humbled and grateful to be able to continue this endeavor. Through the help and participation of these very young and talented people, we hope to create an impact to the society on the importance of supporting local- from food, to products, to arts and everything in between, " said Charisse Puentespina, Managing Director of Malagos Garden Resort.



General admission of PHp600 per person, includes an all-access to resort attractions, such as the first and only Chocolate Museum in the Philippines, swimming pool, Petting Zoo and Bird Feeding Dome.

For more information, check out MALAGOS GARDEN RESORT  or contact (082) 221-1545 or call 0917 625 3187












Saturday, October 07, 2017

Gateway Group opens Nissan Tagum Showroom

Nissan brings enhanced customer experience to the City of Palms!


The new showroom is the first in Mindanao that has a total area of 781 square meters, which is twice the size of normal dealership and the 5th showroom in the Philippines, that follows an innovative design which is the Nissan Retail Environment Design Initiative (NREDI) which is an upgraded version of a dealership that focus visually and technically updated in all areas from sales, to service to finance, to meet consumer expectations for retail facilities.

It boasts a number of stand-out features, including a spacious interior layout and leader-edge styling along with Nissan's iconic RED TABLET, a signal to visitors and customers of the exciting vehicles and technologies on display. Passerby will enjoy the view into the dealership through clean, open and expansive glass walls, this design was made in order to prioritize customers satisfaction and enhance their experience while inside the showroom.

Markane Goho in an interview, added that they are planning to open another Nissan Showroom in Matina, Davao City using the NREDI layout which they target to start this 2018.

Nissan Tagum's showroom was officially opened by Nissan's and Gateway Group's executives led by Nissan President and Managing Director Mr. Ramesh Narasimhan and Executive President of Gateway Motors Group, Mr. Markane Goho with the Tagum City Vice Mayor, Geterito Gementiza along with the executives from Malayan Insurance, Security Bank, and Eastwest Bank. 

Nissan continues to bring excitement to the local market by bringing top of the line Nissan brand experience brought to us by the Gateway Group, a family owned network of companies primarily focusing in the automotive industry that started in Cebu. Gateway Motors Group is also a Five Star accredited service center by Car Manufacturers and Insurance Companies, with a passion for providing customers with utmost satisfaction and contributing to the overall growth of the community not just in Cebu City but also here in Davao Region.


Saturday, September 09, 2017

Full Implementation of Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance in Davao

Starting September 11, 2017, Monday, Davao City will start issuing citation tickets to all violators.




Davao Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance was implemented on December 1, 2016, back then violators were not given penalties but there were invited to attend seminars regarding the said ordinance.

For this year, the City Government of Davao will continue to implement the ordinance wherein violators will be given citation tickets and pay a fine of P100 at the Treasurer's Office for the first offense plus additional community service for four hours to be facilitated by the Davao City Social Services and Development Office (DCSSDO).

This full implementation is to intensify the traffic rules and regulations Davao City Ordinance 778 also known as Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code.

To all Dabawenyos, please follow the instructions, warnings, and prohibited regulations as provided by the Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) religiously.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

St. Luke's Medical Center brings world-class healthcare to Davao City SOON

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Dubbed as one of the the world's best hospitals, St. Luke's Medical center is set to bring its brand of world class healthcare services to the southern part of the Philippines come 2020.


A third St. Luke's hospital will be situated in Azuela Cove. The upcoming tertiary healthcare facility will have at least 250 beds, and services similarly found in its Manila-based hospitals such as state-of-the-art medical technology, including a Wellness Center designed for disease prevention, early diagnosis, and life coaching.

Dr. Edgardo R. Cortez, M. D., President & CEO
During the Official Announcement of St. Luke's Davao City held at Marco Polo Davao, Dr. Edgardo R. Cortez, M.D., President & CEO presented the plans of the hospital, the breakthroughs and innovations and the optimism for the future development of the said institution.

Dr. Cortez further explains what to expect St. Luke's Medical Center to bring to Davao from medical expertise, highly skilled healthcare professionals and nursing staff, experienced administrative leadership, good clinical outcomes, as well as high quality patient safety standards that the St. Luke's brand is known for.

The rise of St. Luke's-Davao City is a testament of St. Luke's Medical Center's unceasing endeavor to continuously provide accessible, top-tier medical care to a broader patient base, this time in the thriving region of Mindanao and one of the most popular tourist destinations and fast-rising business districts in the country, Davao City.

You can also read Azuela Cove Davao for more and timeline projects from Alcantara and Ayala Land. 


Monday, August 28, 2017

Azuela Cove Davao: Where the Sea Meets The City

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Soon to attract Davao City's ever-growing class of savvy, discerning urbanites is a new destination that promises the comforts and conveniences of city living along with the satisfaction and serenity that only a seaside address provides.



A 25-hectare former wood factory of the Alcantara is set to be transformed into a master planned, mixed-used community called Azuela Cove, this will include low to mid-rise residential towers, commercial lots, offices, an event venue, and a watershed cove with retail components located at Km 7 Lanang.



This is set to become Davao's prime waterside business and residential district encapsulating a life of fluidity and ease within a vibrant locality and buoyant economy in the south of the country.


Estate Presentation of the Masterplan 
Presented by Ayala Land Assistant Vice-President and Estate Head, Mr. Rico B. Manuel during the Media Briefing last August 25, 2017 held at Azuela Cove Visitor Center Lanang.


Azuela Cove is the brainchild project of Aviana Development Corporation, a joint-venture company of the Alcantara Group of Companies and Ayala Land Incorporated.




AZUELA is a coined word from the words Azul + Land and works very well with our value proposition, "Davao's prime waterside lifestyle district".

It is also the Spanish word for Adze, which means "a cutting tool that has a thin curved blade and is usually used for shaping wood". Which fits well with the land's history of being a wood factory. 

  1. Azul or Blue (signifying the tranquil and serene water) 
  2. Land

COVE - Emphasizes the Estate's main feature of being waterside


Azuela Cove's Initial Locators

THE SHOPS at Azuela Cove (Timeline to OPEN: 2017)




  • Total Gross Leaseable Area(GLA) of approximately 4,000 sqm
  • Will be implemented in phases, first phase of 1,650 sqm GLA is set to open in 2017.
  • Azuela Cove's retail mix focuses on local homegrown food favorites as well as classic national and international food choices.

THE TENT at Azuela Cove (Timeline to OPEN: 2017)



  • 2,000 sqm air-conditioned events tent
  • Ideal event space for banquettes, wedding receptions, conferences, seminars, exhibits, etc..
  • Good for a 1,500 person event
AYALA LAND PREMIER (ALP) Condominiums - Ayala Land Premier will spearhead the development of the first condominium tower in Azuela Cove. The tower faces the open water and provides a pristine view of Samal Island and Davao Gulf.
  •  AYC Phase 1 will launch this year 2017

SITE LOCATION of Ayala Land Premier Condominiums

ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER - A world class hospital facility that features state-of-the-art healthcare fused with the expertise of locally and internationally-trained doctors and medical professionals. It will feature industry leading technologies to deliver excellent medical care.


  • SLMC Targeted Opening - 2022

Azuela Cove's other features:

SPORTS HUB - a fitness related facilities with lockers rooms & shower.

  • Soccer Field 90m x 58m (based on international standards)


  • MULTI-PURPOSE COURT for Basketall and Volleyball (both of which are based on international standard sizes).



OPEN PARK for jogging & outdoor activities like leisurely biking, circuit training, zumba, yoga, tai chi



As part of its platform of developing sustainable estates, Ayala Land ensures that walkability and connectivity are well-integrated in its developments. In Azuela Cove, this is achieved through its verdant garden, paths, and its convenient point of access to residents and visitors given its location at the junction of JP Laurel and R. Castillo Avenues. Highly accessible to prestigious residential villages and key commercial and business areas, and it is 20 minutes away from the the Davao International Airport.

Azuela Cove is shaping up to be the ideal address for individuals, families, and businesses in Davao City that are drawn to the urban comforts that Ayala Land developments are known for and seek the senses of community that living in Davao brings.

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For more information about Azuela Cove, visit AYALA LAND website. 


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