Month: September 2012

SM Lanang Premier Blessing and Pre-Opening, Sept. 27

The who’s who of Davao mingled with the members of the media and other VIPs as SM Lanang Premier opened its doors to the community a day before its official public opening on September 28.  After the Mass and ribbon cutting, officials and special guests led by Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the SM VIPs went the rounds of what is reported to be Mindanao’s biggest mall. Guests were ushered in to registration tables to be given identification cards and stickers as guests. Gift cards, certificates and items were given to those with invitations to stores like Forever 21, Mountain Headwear, Watsons, and other stores. There was also a free screening in IMAX. Forever 21 launched its own fashion show before the store opening, while SMX opened its huge area for trade fairs and exhibits. This opening celebration will last for four days, and will give Dabawenyos something to look forward to in shopping, hanging out and bonding with family and friends. This includes celebrity sightings as well, of which there are plenty (take note, …

SM Lanang Premier, Davao’s second SM mall to open Sept. 28

  Business Mirror By Manuel T. Cayon / Reporter DAVAO CITY—SM Malls owned by the Sy-led company plans to open its second mall here, and SM’s first luxury shopping center in Mindanao, at the end of the month. The SM Lanang Premier would be SM Prime’s biggest and first-of-its-kind premier mall development project in Mindanao, offering convention and hotel amenities to this city that has become the nation’s favorite convention venue during the last decade. To open its doors on September 28, the SM Lanang Premier would house the first in Mindanao state-of-the-art amenities such as the IMAX Theater, SM Center Stage, and the Skygarden. Also making a landmark is the country’s longest dancing fountain with a 122-meter stretch of water jets, an SM statement said. Opening shortly also would be SM Bowling Center and the Science Discovery Center. It would have a floor area of 144,002 square meters and sprawls on a 100,000-sq.m. lot with an origami-inspired structure. The mall would still have the SM mall mainstays: SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, Watsons, Ace …

Columbia Sportswear heads off to Davao

The fourth leg of the Columbia Trail Masters opens its registration. Columbia Sportswear, a brand best known for its innovative outdoor gear and equipments, announces the fourth instalment of the much awaited, Trail Masters series. The series which begun last 2009 in Nuvali, Laguna, which travelled to Cebu and Bukidnon, is now opening its registration in Davao city. The fourth leg of the Columbia Trail Masters is brought to Paradise Island Beach Resort, Samal Island Davao, this coming November 17, 2012. This leg includes two disciplines, trail running and off-road biking. There are also mud courses along the race to add some fun twist to the already challenging race. The race will consists of two categories, the adventure race – which will include the off road biking and trail running, for the more experience athletes and the 10K trail run category, for the weekend warriors. Registration for the Columbia Trail Masters is PHP 1500 for the adventure race and PHP 350 for the trail run category, for both men and women. Interested participants can register …

Mountain Hardwear opens its second store in South East Asia, Philippines

Mountain Hardwear opens in SM Lanang Premier in Davao Mountain Hardwear has been driven to provide the best for the best since 1993, when a group of daring adventurers who had years of experience in the outdoor industry came to the realization that there were many like them who wanted to see and explore the world they live in the best way they can. To challenge one’s limits in the rigors of the environment, to be fully equipped is key – whether it be fly fishing, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, or mountaineering.  The Mountain Headwear product line features proprietary technology behind award-winning designs, and wide availability for any outdoor situation possible. Mountain Headwear made its way to the country through R.O.X, and opened its first store in Southeast Asia last July 29 at the second level of TriNoma Mall in Quezon City, Philippines. Its second branch in the opened in SM Lanang Premier last September 28, 2012 to cater to the needs of the growing outdoor community in the Mindanao area, being home to the highest …

Dining in the Outback (Grill)

As always, my good buddy Ian Garcia wanted to tag me along in the opening of a new restaurant in the city. I told him I didn’t get an invitation (a usual miffed excuse for not attending events).  He pooh poohed my ignorance and showed me his invitation card “to bring along a friend.” Well that got me even miffer (if there’s a word) since I’ve been curious to go see what this “plane crash” was all about a month ago when I first saw it protruding from the road. We reached the now traffic-ridden road along Bacaca Road which used to be just a shortcut from the city’s rush hour.  Cars were already parked in front of an imposing wooden structure that announces “Outback Grill” at the entrance.  You will of course, be curious about the presence of a small airplane which nosedived through its roof.  You shall find the answer in its history of the Cross family on the huge menu which you can’t even dare sneak out if you wanted to (same …

Davao’s 1st Blog Weekend Bootcamp

Am all set tomorrow to give a one hour talk to the many participants registered in the first Davao Blog Weekend Bootcamp. Blog Weekend Bootcamp is an intensive 3-day live-in conference with breakout sessions and hands-on workshop on September 21-23, 2012 at the Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City.  It is an excellent opportunity for writers and bloggers to sharpen their skills and maximize growth in the areas of new media creation such as creative writing, video blogging, photo blogging, and Social Media. The organizers, Davao Bloggers, are expecting an estimate of 100 participants. My topic will be on Photo Blogging, because of my background in photojournalism.  A nice article I’ve read was published in a Singapore online news site written by author below. More information at www.blogweekendbootcamp.com and www.facebook.com/BlogWeekendBootcamp.  Meet the other cool speakers. 🙂   Blog Weekend Bootcamp launches in Davao City September 21-23 By J. Angelo Racoma | Sep 18, 2012 Filipino bloggers from the South and from all around the country are in for a treat, as the Davao Bloggers group …

Marco Polo Davao brings Canadian cuisine

A Glimpse of Canada: A Journey to Canadian cuisine Indulge in Canada’s flavorful fusion of cultures as Café Marco brings you the best of their Cuisine this September. Guest Chef Sharwin Tee, who is certified by the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, cooks up Canadian specialties from French haute cuisine, to hearty British and Irish fare, and Chinese culinary traditions. Special limited offer available daily for dinner from September 14 to 30, 2012. For reservations and inquiries, please call (082) 221 0888 local 7222.

Ride the Wave at D’Leonor Inland Resort

Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara (published in my SunStar Davao column, Witerary) A rising attraction in the highlands of Davao City is the D’Leonor Inland Resort and Wavepool. A breathtaking vista of a 30-hectare property is transformed from a wilderness of forest and rivers to a continuously developing establishment groomed to become the city’s huge Disney-themed park.   Its soft opening last year made ripples in the community. Soon enough, it was making bigger waves that cannot be ignored and through word-of-mouth, neighboring visitors came in droves to see and experience not only the popular Wavepool and Raging River (automatically gushing every hour for thirty minutes), but other fascinating amenities within the area itself.   For a family, the adventure park is filled with outdoor recreations everyone can enjoy, from a Funland, mini-zoo, fishing pond, mini-golf, ATV track, Segway, hanging bridge, basketball and tennis courts, zipline, cable car, Surfrider, spa, tent garden videoke, Tan-aw Dabaw educational park, waterball and a most recent addition called the Helmet Dive. For sure, each time you come back, …

Juan for Fun Backpackers Explore Davao

Juan for Fun Backpackers Explore Davao Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara Five adventurous teams composed of 15 energetic college students with high self-motivation and thirst for exploration were selected through video auditions for the first Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge in the Philippines. Opening this wonderful opportunity to the youth is the country’s largest flag carrier, Cebu Pacific, which offers six destinations to explore in a budget travel competition from August 29 to September 2. Each team is given P30,000 allowance where the primary goal is to accomplish the most number of fun activities in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo and Manila. The team who was able to spend the least amount of money wins 12 Cebu Pacific tickets to any domestic or international destination of their choice, 3 hotel accommodation packages and 3 Canon S100 cameras. During the Davao race as the 4th leg of the backpacker challenge, Team Bukidnon won the fastest crocodile relay, pomelo peeling and durian eating at the Davao Crocodile Park. Gracing the event opening …

Tribute to Philippine Comedy King Dolphy at FDCP

The man was magnanimous and giving as a human being and as an artist. His death in July made us Filipinos grieve, not just the passing of a man known for being open handed to his colleagues in the movie industry, but also the end of a career dedicated to making us laugh, because as John Puruntung and his many incarnations of the common man, he made us laugh away our troubles even for a while, with his so-Pinoy wit and humor and exquisite comic timing. He was the one and only King of Philippine Comedy. To honor Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon’s numerous and unprecedented contributions to Philippine cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), through its projects, Cinematheque Baguio, Cinematheque Iloilo, and Cinematheque Davao, is screening Omeng Satanasia, Ang Tatay kong Nanay, My Juan en Only, Home Along da Riles, and Home Along da Riles II. For Cinematheque Davao, the screening schedule and film synopses follow: Thursday, August 30 3:30 Ang Tatay kong Nanay 5:30 My Juan en Only Friday, August 31 …