All posts filed under: Highlands

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 …

Davao in Mabuhay Magazine December 2011

  Photo of Mount Apo and Madrazo Fruitstand in Davao City by Rhonson Ng My article in Mabuhay Magazine, PAL’s international inflight magazine, is a road trip around Mindanao’s best destinations:  Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Davao,  Samal, Tagum, and Mati. This was published on Dec. 2011. Photos courtesy of Rhonson Ng and mine. View the whole article In this same issue, my print ad as endorser for MX3 Herbal Supplement also came out.  Portrait courtesy of Rhonson Ng. Tweet

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 …

Philippines features Davao in China Travel Expo 2011

 Click here to view large images of Expo event PHILIPPINES FEATURES DAVAO IN CHINA TRAVEL EXPO Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara, published in SunStar Davao, Sept. 10, 2011 Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the Davao delegates in attending the China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) 2011 in Beijing, China from August 30 to September 1, 2011. Last year’s CIBTM 2010 saw record-breaking attendance, and this year’s event topped it. The Department of Tourism has launched the Chinese Tourism Marketing Program last June in the aim of capturing the market.  Nine media entities and one major tour operator were invited to Davao as part of the exposure and validation tour, following the promotional undertakings they set in Beijing earlier on. This year’s CIBTM trip is a follow through of said lineup of activities. During the 3-day event, Davao was the featured destination of the Philippines, following that of Boracay and Palawan which are popular destinations among Chinese tourists. During the Philippine Travel Conference held in The Regent Beijing, Mayor Sara gave a …

Mindanaons flock to Davao’s Kadayawan

Mindanaons flock to Davao’s Kadayawan By Carmelle Marie Harrow and Ivy C. Tejano, Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2011 DAVAO CITY – More or less 6,000 people coming from various towns and cities of Mindanao and tourists flocked to Davao City Saturday to witness the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, a street dance competition. Police said all sides of the city streets were filled with people to witness and cheer their favored contingents joining the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan competition. At least 23 contingents in the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan performed in front of the judges, Dabawenyos Local and foreign guests were very pleased to have witnessed such a festive way of showing indigenous traditions through dances. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte officially opened the competition by welcoming all Dabawenyos and visitors who came to witness the event. She was joined by Senator Chiz Escudero, former senator Miguel Zubiri, and city councilors and officials. “Paganda ng paganda ang Kadayawan festival bawat taon at parami ng parami ang bumibisita upang saksihan ang iba’t ibang mga celebrasyon …

Davao’s new punch line

DAVAO’S NEW PUNCH LINE Davao City has a new treat for visitors as soon as they arrive in the airport. From August 11 down to August 21, tourists will be treated to the Davao Punch, a new concoction of non-alcoholic drink with a combination of guava, calamansi and pomelo, which was created by a chef of Center for Culinary Studies Davao (CACS Davao). This new fruit mix was created in line with the city’s campaign published in selected national dailies which highlights the bountiful harvest of fruits and flora during the month of August, hence its celebration of Kadayawan Festival. It also showcases ten of the most vibrant tribes in the city with a tagline of Ten Tribes, One Vibe. In a full page ad, a young lass in colorful authentic tribal costume holds a drink in her hand with the caption: “FLY TO DAVAO AND WE WILL WELCOME YOU WITH A GOOD PUNCH. At the Davao International Airport, experience our welcome drink, DAVAO PUNCH, a concoction especially made for the guests of Davao City.” …

Team Carmen, Davao del Norte, Wins the 1st Int’l Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge

  Team Carmen, Davao del Norte, Wins the 1st Int’l Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge (press release from DOT XI) April 30, 2011 marked a milestone in the lives of a team sponsored by the Local Government Unit of Carmen, Davao Del Norte as they were hailed champions of the 1st International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge, taking home Php150,000 in cash prize. Members of the team include Jonathan Pido (Team Leader), Angelito Sibayan and Edwin Bueno (Logistics). There were 17 teams from all over the Philippines and 2 foreign teams from Indonesia and Australia who competed. Only 9 were able to make it to the finish line. The race is a 24-hour extreme adventure challenge from the heart of Sta. Cruz to the summit of Mount Apo via The Boulder Face through disciplines of mountain biking, trekking/bouldering, road running and water tubing. Bearing the advocacy “Save & Protect Mt. Apo” the event is a highlight of the annual “Pista sa Kinaiyahan” or Feast of Mother Nature of Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur. With the …