Year: 2011

Inspire: Abreeza brings Sam and Yeng in a free concert

Inspire: Abreeza brings Sam and Yeng in a free concert Inspire.  This Christmas, Ayala Malls encourages its customers to bring out the hero in each one of us and make a difference through a series of activities that uplifts the spirit. Last Nov.15,  Abreeza brought to Davao Sam Milby and Yeng Constantino for a free concert at the Activity Center. Related link and information about Ayala Mall’s Inspire Project  

Miss Earth candidates in Phil Eagle Foundation by Rhonson Ng

Miss Earth candidates in town

Several Miss Earth candidates visiting the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Malagos Garden and Eden Mountain Resort, and enjoying Davao for a few days’ stay at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort.  Photos by Rhonson Ng (2011)

Abreeza Mall’s Gift of Inspiration this Christmas

Abreeza Mall’s Gift of Inspiration this Christmas Inspire. The message that Ayala Malls, the country’s premier lifestyle and shopping destination, shares as the countdown for the most-awaited time of the year draws near. This Christmas, Ayala Malls encourages its customers to bring out the hero in each one of us and make a difference through a series of activities that uplifts the spirit. With this, Abreeza Mall partnered with various foundations, Children’s Hour, International Red Cross and World Wide Fund for Nature to convey the message of hope and love to all. This collective collaboration encourages shoppers to contribute by being a “hero” in someone’s life through its volunteer sign ups that are present in all Ayala Malls. To further engage its mall-goers to participate in this cause, Mastercard’s “Everyday Heroes” booth in Abreeza Mall have discount vouchers available for shoppers who would like to express their gratitude to their own personal life hero. Believing that every individual is capable of making a difference in whatever field one chooses, Ayala Malls together with Star Magic …

Canon Photoskwela at Abreeza

Canon brings you Canon Photoskwela PRO event on November 27, 2011 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Activity Center of Abreeza Ayala Mall.  Learn photography from the three of Canon Brand Ambassadors for FREE. Registration is FREE but pre-registration is required in order for you to easily go inside the venue and find your best seat. Just email your complete name, contact no., email address and your Canon camera model to This invitation is also posted on facebook. For those of you who confirmed your attendance on facebook, please send also the necessary information required.

The North Face Great Camp Out

The North Face Great Camp Out By Jojie Alcantara Photos by Rhonson Ng Set in a high elevation of Kapatagan in Davao del Sur, and overlooking an imposing and fog-coated Mount Apo, the Great Camp Out event sponsored by North Face last October 8 and 9 was highly anticipated by eager participants who arrived despite rainy weather. The rough and bumpy 3-hour ride to reach the cool but now muddy encampment was ignored due to feverish excitement. “The North Face Great Camp Out is a campaign to promote a rediscovery of the outdoors through a parent-child bonding activity,” explains Jundel Llagas, Division Manager of The North Face Philippines. “We encourage participants to escape their digital world, to leave their PSPs, cell phones and Ipads at home and instead make the adventure real with nature as their playing field.” The Great Camp Out is among the many initiatives of premier outdoor brand The North Face to encourage people to experience the great outdoors, according to Michelle Alcomendras, area manager of The North Face Davao. Participants of …

Enjoying Davao on a budget

Enjoying Davao on a budget (published in November issue of Cebu Pacific’s SMILE Magazine, Shoestring Diaries) Discover all that Davao has to offer without breaking the bank.  Jojie Alcantara gives us a guide to time-crunching and penny-pinching in the southern city. View large pages here ACCORDING TO statistics, Davao City — at 2,443km² or 244,300 hectares — is the largest city in the country and the rest of the world in terms of land area. So how do you cover such a large sprawl with limited time and without emptying your pockets? Tagged by local tourism authorities as the “Island to Highland Destination,” Davao has a variety of things to offer — and the best way to get the most for less is to spend the day as I did: with a plan, and a mind open to welcome detours. Day 1 Be a culture vulture First rule of touring Davao: keep your itinerary flexible, and be prepared for a change of plans at any time. But when the day is bright and the weather …

Ultimate Island Hopping Experience (Islands Banca Cruise Davao)

Important note: This service has already been discontinued. I left it for those interested in similar tours which you can avail through Davao and Samal Tourism Offices for more information. Thanks. An Ultimate Island Hopping Experience (Islands Banca Cruise Davao) Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara (published in SunStar Davao) It used to be taxing to hire regular and old pumpboats that ply Davao to Samal waters in order to avail of a boat trip for a family or group which you can bring around for an island tour. In the early 90s, before the demise of a good friend Atty. Tim Te, I was part of his group and family who initiated customized tours in their resort Isla Cristina at the back of Talikud Island at a time when it was still unheard of and quite costly.  Because he had this huge double decked boat built called M/B Pacifica, we had the luxury of cruising around Talikud and exploring other private shorelines to our content. We cruised almost daily because it was a heavenly …

NATIVE wins 2011 Red Dot Award for Product Design

NATIVE WINS 2011 RED DOT AWARD FOR PRODUCT DESIGN The Fitzsimmons Boot Receives Best in Class Nod VANCOUVER, CANADA (March 15, 2011) – Native’s Fitzsimmons boot clearly convinced the judges in the red dot design award, one of the most renowned international product competitions. With such a highly respected panel of experts, the Fitzsimmons has now been awarded the “red dot” seal of quality for high design. More than 1,000 guests from the world of design, industry, society and media will celebrate the winners of the red dot design award on 4 July 2011, which traditionally takes place in Essen’s opera house, Aalto Theater, in Germany. The Fitzsimmons will then be on display during a four-week special exhibition in the red dot design museum. When Native ( began developing the Fitzsimmons boot, the focus was to evolve construction methods and material from the time-honored hiking boot profile. Applying the knowledge gained during the initial design process of the EVA slip-ons, Native added new structural elements to the Fitzsimmons. The EVA shell is now fused into …