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FOX Opens 2nd Concept Store in Asia

Fox is proud to announce the opening of the brand’s second concept store in the Philippines. This new opening marks the arrival of the brand’s second concept store in Asia after successful openings in the United States, South America, and Africa.

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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.” …