People’s Park is an urban public park in central Davao City covering an area of 4 hectares. Formerly the famous old PTA Grounds I used to hang out with classmates during inter-school sports events, this P72M worth recreational park opened on December 15, 2007. A “name that park” contest was launched by the city government, and there you have it.
Carte Blanche: Electric Music Carnival, Davao’s very own electronic music dance festival, is all set to shake the grounds at the Crocodile Park Concert Park on November 15, 2014.
Davao Lights Up for Christmas (2013) Photojournalist Jojie Alcantara goes around town one night to document gaily colored holiday bright lights festooned in the streets, illuminating Davao at its finest. Though most renowned for its “Silent Night” sans the noisy fireworks during this merry season, this big old city comes to life in a different way and lights up for the Christmas season once more in 2013.
Carte Blanche, (kart blansh) a French phrase for ‘blank check or ticket’, also means ‘unrestricted power to act at one’s own discretion; unconditional authority”. So “Leave your mark,” the slogan says. This event is brought to you by Manic Nightnings Productions and Party Animal Events Productions.
San Pedro Street, Davao City © Jojie Alcantara 2013 Sunday is always a good day for bargain hunters, more so this March with the Araw ng Davao festivities in the air. On Sunday evenings, San Pedro Street transforms into a festive delight for “ukay” shoppers as a sea of humanity crams the main street and turns it into a veritable night market extravaganza. This month of March, though, it’s a daily happening, causing more traffic, but the people don’t seem to mind. 🙂 * * * *
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 …
(HEAVENLY) SMELL ALL YOU CAN! Kadayawan Festival in Davao may be over but the fresh harvest of durian fruit is still coming in, hence this vendor’s offer of an “Eat all you can Durian” from his location outside the Pasalubong Center beside People’s Park. At only a cost of P89, grab the chance to feast yourself of its heavenly taste and smell right after lunch time until the evening. When asked when this promo will last, the stall owner merely smiled and said, “Until supply lasts.” August 2012 © Jojie Alcantara Like my stuff so far?
By Nelson C. Bagaforo of SunStar Davao (photos by Stella Estremera) Tuesday, August 14, 2012 DAVAO CITY — After the successful video live streaming of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw highlights in March that captivated thousands of Dabawenyos here and abroad, Sun.Star will bring another festival, the 27th Kadayawan sa Davao, to the world in real time. Sun.Star Davao once again partnered with wireless leader, Smart Communications, for the live streaming of Kadayawan highlights — the Hiyas sa Kadayawan on August 17, Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan on August 18 and Pamulak or the Floral Float Parade on August 19. Powered by Smart, the video live streaming of these events will utilize the latest and most advanced fourth generation technology, the Long Term Evolution (LTE), improved further by the completion of Smart’s mobile phone network as part of the P67-billion network modernization program of the PLDT Group. Smart first rolled out its LTE technology in Davao City during Sun.Star’s live streaming of the Araw ng Dabaw celebration in March, this year. “For the first time, we will …
BEHIND THE SCENES: M (Life & Living in Mindanao) MAGAZINE COVER PHOTO SHOOT WITH DAVAO CITY MAYOR “INDAY” SARA DUTERTE-CARPIO Photographer, Jojie Alcantara (assisted by Rhonson Ng, M Mag’s Chief Photographer) Location: Lazuli Spa, Marco Polo Davao Mayor’s hair by Boy Koni, Makeup and outfit by Silverio Anglacer, with personal stylist Bryan M Magazine’s latest issue with Mayor Sara on the cover is iinitially available in Davao at Metro Gym, Bos Coffee, Babasahin (GMall, NCCC Mall, Victoria Plaza, SM Davao, Abreeza Mall), GMall Supermarket, Krua Thai, BananaBerry * * * *
HEY, PHILIPPINES is a Filipino newsmagazine distributed in Windsor and Essex County, Ontario, Canada. My photo of People’s Park with sculptures of Kublai Milan are on the cover. A story feature on Davao contributed by LA de Dios of Davao City Tourism Office are on the next page with my photos of the park, too. Click on each image to view and read large images.