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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

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: