Year: 2013

DOT intensifies Campaign for Chinese tourists to visit Davao

Photos supplied by DOT XI Despite political concerns, the Department of Tourism wants the Chinese tourists to come visit the Philippines. Trading and tourism are definitely over and above the present concerns, according to the national government. The Chinese authorities expect the number of Chinese outbound tourists to grow to 100 million by 2020. They spend some $45 billion to $50 billion on travel. This big market of tourists is what Davao tourism would like to target. Boracay, Cebu, Manila and Palawan are the destinations already introduced to the Chinese market, according to the Philippine Tourism Office in Beijing. Davao with its world class beach resorts, shopping places, cultural attractions and rich Chinese ties, is now the new foreign destination for the Chinese. With the growing wedding tourism, Davao can provide the Chinese market the island wedding destination in Samal. Other interests of the Chinese market are the beaches, shopping , golf, historical sites or culture, and taste of local food, buffet or lauriat. Basic of the Chinese travelers are on incentive trip of companies …

Kadayawan sa Davao Festival 2013

Kadayawan sa Dabaw, Davao City, Philippines © Jojie Alcantara I am lucky to have spanned more than a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country. Tweet

Philippine Legoland in SM Lanang Davao

Philippine Legoland in SM Lanang Davao Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara SM Lanang Premier, in partnership with LEGO, the world’s leading toymaker of building bricks, and Toy Kingdom, finally brings to Davao and Mindanao the first and largest LEGO Philippine map exhibit held at The Atrium, from June 3-30, 2013. Tweet

Koreans on voluntourism in Davao

A buzz word in the tourism industry, voluntourism has captured the interest of many travelers. It is the benefit of traveling which includes volunteering for a charitable cause. In recent years, volunteer vacations have grown in popularity. As many students, professionals and companies come and visit communities for social work, they also visit tourist destinations, as encouraged and promoted by the Department of Tourism. Sta. Cruz’s badjao community at the Apo beach recently benefitted from this program when Korean school Directors from Sunmoon University, Sooncheonhyang Univeristy and Ansan University came to visit the area. With partnership with I-way Global Partner Mr. Richard Lee, their main objective is to conduct community service by building school structures for Badjao children. The Badjao kids expressed difficulty in interacting with Visayan students and requested to have their own classroom. With the help of the Korean group, the gradeschoolers now have a classroom on stilts. The community of 600 residents received food packs and towels from the Korean group handed by Korean singer Actress Soy. Mr. Richard Lee, organizer of …

Food Shoot: Crepelato Gelato

Food shoot at Crepelato Gelato in NCCC, Davao Food styling by Gerlie Bagsarsa Photography © Jojie Alcantara I’ve been photographing food for several years now, but every shoot is always unique and fun to do.  I do simple lighting and as much as possible work with natural light.  With my shoot for Crepelato Gelato in NCCC, I made use of their bright glass window that takes in a lot of the sunlight.   My ingredients for a good food shoot:  Light. Composition. Mood. Color. With the mood, you set up everything from props, background, the whole drama. The object is to make your viewer’s mouth water. Composition will have to be with the help of a food stylist, to arrange your elements for you, leaving you to concentrate on your shooting alone. There are often times though, when you have to do everything by yourself, so you rely on the chef to bring you the best presentation there is. Color is most important in food photography.  To make the dish look mouthwatering, it has to …

An interview on photography and Davao life

  PHWOW: When you hear the word Davao, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? ME: Happiness! I am very happy to be living here. I can’t imagine being based anywhere else. PHWOW: No. 1 reason why Davao is WOW? ME: It is the biggest city with a very big heart. People care about you here. It’s more provincial than metropolis in so many ways. We don’t ignore those who ask for directions. We extend more assistance than needed. Cab drivers give back change. We have time for small chats in between work, or while serving guests. People are not that impatient or in a hurry. I can’t say we’re still pretty laid back now that so much development is going on, but Dabawenyos are still amazed at opening up to new experiences. Imagine just having gotten Starbucks last year, and Imax and Krispy Kreme this year. PHWOW: Do you have any tips for travelers who visit Davao for the first time? ME: Don’t hesitate to ask around. The guy beside you may have …