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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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Badlis sa Sinugdan: 1st Araw ng Davao Occidental #1starawngdavaooccidental #BadlissaSinugdan

The Banana Capital of Davao Occidental.
The Whale Shark Capital of Mindanao.
The Jewel of the South.

Davao Occidental, the 81st and newest province in the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao will be having their 1st Araw ng Davao Occidental this coming October 28 (the founded date).

Davao Occidental has a total land area of 835.31 sq.mi., occupying the the southwestern tip of the Davao Region in Mindanao. 

The province is divided into 5 municipalities, all encircled by a lone legislative district:

1. Don Marcelino

3. Malita

"Badlis sa Sinugdan",  the 1st Araw ng Davao Occidental theme for this year 2016. The celebration will start this October 22 and end on October 29, 2016.


See you all Dabawenyos!!!!

video by: Ricky Conosan

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Now Is The Time For You To Know The Truth About Davao Free WiFi

When Davao City Council approved the plan to have FREE WiFi service in public places, everyone was very happy about the NEWS.

The City Government empower to deal an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to fulfill the project.

But you will never believe these bizarre truth of Davao Free WiFi.

  1. It's Not Totally FREE!

    The proposal of the ordinance was made to the initiative of Councilor Joanne M. Bonguyan-Quillos. She said, "those who wish to subscribe to the service will have to pay a monthly bill".  However, the DOST assured that the payment is lesser than what residents pay monthly on their bill charge such as Davao Light and Power Company.
  2. Use of Data is limited.
    You can only avail a maximum 50MB(megabytes). This is to ensure that everyone can get efficient access to internet, so they need to regulate internet traffic.
  3. Need to Register.
    Before they can avail the service, subscribers are ask to sign-up for registration by using their e-mail account address.
  4. WiFi Service is not only in Davao downtown area.

    It will also cover as far as Marilog and Paquibato District.
  5. Hotspots at public places and schools, health centers, state colleges, and public library.
    Aid students to help with the research. As for now, we have hotspots located at the Peoples' Park and Davao City National High School (Science Main Bldg.)

You can read more here: Davaoenos to enjoy FREE PUBLIC WiFi.


Monday, September 05, 2016

Strange Woman Premonition Before the Roxas Bomb Explosion #Mystery #RoxasBombing

Premonitions can come in different forms, it might be a dream or a nightmare. Or some may call it "gut feeling" and/or "intuition".

The Roxas Night Market explosion happened on September 2, Friday, rocked the entire city's and leave a mark that every Dabawenyos will never forget. As this moment, reported dead is 14 and 60 others injured.  Some netizens who survived the tragedy in Roxas Night Market has its eery stories to tell:

According to them, strange woman approached them asking for money, and because Dabawenyos are kindhearted, most of them give money to the woman. After the woman received the money she warned them to go home early because a strong earthquake will happen. Minutes by then, there was a big explosion and loud bangs and shout heard all over Roxas Night Market, specifically at the massage area.

Premonition, Prediction or Foreboding whatever it is, the incident already leaves a fearful fact. But we will not falter, we will rise up!

Davao will RISE UP SOON! No FEAR!

Dabawenyos won't be affected by the acts of terror in the city. We refused to be cowed or be consumed by fear. We did not want evil to win. ~ Sec. Jesus Dureza, Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process.

Read more here, for the updates >>> Business continue for Roxas Night Market


Sunday, August 14, 2016

11 Tribes One City #Kadayawan2016 #KadayawansaDavao #DavaoCity

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The Kadayawan Executive Committee (EXECOM) had their iSpeak Forum last August 11 held at the rooftop of the Davao City Hall, introducing the 11 Tribes here in Davao City.

A set of plans were discussed during the forum, the security preparation and the flow of the program which highlights the core part of the Kadayawan event, that is Hiyas ng Kadayawan, Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, and Pamulak set to happened this August 19, 20 and 21 respectively.

Mr. Art Boncato, Co-Chairman of Kadayawan Execom
The forum was initiated under the leadership of  the Co-Chairman of Kadayawan Execom, Mr. Art Boncato together with the Deputy Mayors from each of the city's 11 tribes.

11 Tribes and Name of Deputy Mayors

Clata-Giangan Tribes 
Deputy Mayor: Bae Herminia Busian-Ortiz

Sama Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Hadja Estrellita Tanjili-Mahamud

Tagabawa Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Bae Gregoria Uy

Kagan Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Datu Nicanor Boby Muhammad

Iranun Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Datu Pamikiran Latip P. Ayunandatu Arumpac Jr.

Credit Photo: DavaoToday
Tausug Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Datu Masil Ahalul-Al-Haj

Maguindanaon Tribe (People of Maguindanao)
Deputy Mayor: Ismael "Mike" Nakan Al-haj

Photo credit: iEmergence
Ata Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Datu Roel Arthur Ali, Sr.

Obu-Manobo  Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Datu Omelis Duyan

Matigsalug Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Datu Carlito Guinto Sr.

Maranao Tribe
Deputy Mayor: Datu Randy Osman

Our 11 Tribes was recognized on 2010 by our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, when he was still a Mayor in Davao City. He appointed deputy mayors for each tribe to represent the Muslim and Lumads in the city of Davao.

Davao City is the only city that takes pride the unique and diversified culture of tribes, that is why we celebrate with the United Nation -- the International Day of the World's Indigenous People every 9th of August as we take honor, respect and protect their cultures and traditions.

And as we celebrate Kadayawan this coming August 15 (OPENING happened at People's Park, 5PM), we must also take pride of our tribal and ethnic roots. And to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Indeed DAVAO LIFE IS HERE.

partner of Kadayawan Execom