Thinking of where to dine to celebrate FOURTH OF JULY

TGIFriday's here in Davao City is delighted to let you know that they will be offering a 40% mark down on their all-time signature and oh-so delicious dish, Jack Daniel's Ribs this FOURTH OF JULY!  

Other than their mouth-watering ribs, TGIFriday's also have a good list of delicious food, perfect to share with friends and family to celebrate our American friends' Independence Day!

Call TGIF to reserve a seat today!


Ground Level, Abreeza Ayala Mall
JP Laurel Ave., Davao City, PHILS.
Telephone Number (082)321-9567


It can be exciting to consider starting up a new business, but it can also be terrifying. For many, a new business is a bit of a gamble but there are steps you can take to make success a little more certain. Plan carefully to start your own small business in Davao.

Davao China Town, Magsaysay St., Davao City

The first steps 

The best first step to starting your own small business is to establish that there is indeed a market for the services or goods you plan to offer. You accomplish this by doing some market research. Check out your local area to see if anyone else is in the same line as you, and if so, who their core customers are. You may decide to target a different demographic so you will not struggle to sell to the same people, and may even refine your offerings to become a niche provider. Then,establish the market price for your goods or services so that you can price yourself competitively. You can conduct market research among your potential customers easily, by utilizing social media. 

Next, you look at your business, the type of structure it will be, your company name and your branding. If you are going it alone, then registering as a sole trader will be appropriate for you, but you have other options, such as forming a limited company or a partnership. Choosing a good business name is more complicated than you might think. Because of the internet, it can be extremely beneficial to choose a business name that incorporates the goods or services you are offering. For example, if you are a maker of men’s suits, you could choose to include the words ‘bespoke tailoring’ to give you more leverage when it comes to search engine results. 

Your branding is just as important as your business name because it will give your company a visual identity and will be used across a wide range of marketing tools, such as your website, your social media profiles and your business cards, which are still considered essential. You could design your logo yourself, but you will undoubtedly get a better logo if you have it professionally designed and then order custom printing for your printed materials such as letterheads and brochures, because these will be given out to your potential customers and need to look good to show that you are a reputable company. 

Marketing yourself will be one of your priorities when just starting out, as you need to get the word out that you are open for business. This is where your printed brochures and business cards will be invaluable, so be sure to hand these out whenever possible. You should also use social media to raise awareness, build up an email distribution list and get visitors to your website. You may also want to consider paid-for advertisements in local publications. 

Give your new small business in Davao the best chance of success by carrying out market research, choosing your company structure and setup carefully, and marketing yourself through your current networks.


Saturdays are lazy days for me but woke up early, along with my super excited son to be one of the nearly 2,000 Davaoenos who run for a cause during the first-ever regional McHappy Day Stripes Run held at People’s Park here in Davao City on Nov. 28. 

McHappy Day Stripes Run is an annual family fun run held every year with a noble objective of helping more Filipino kids learn how to read. More than a much-awaited fun run, McHappy Day Stripes Run is a fundraising event of McDonald’s Philippines to fuel support for its flagship program, Ronald McDonald Read to learn. 

The Program, in partnership with the Department of Education, teaches beginning reading to Grade 1 and 2 public school students. Through the Stripes Run in Davao and Manila, happening in December 5, McDonald’s aims to raise 2 million pesos to share the gift of reading to more kids nationwide. Since 1990, McDonald’s has touched the lives of 11.5 million students among 7,500 partner schools.

Davao Bloggers pose before the run
(Thank you www.foodiemom.me for this photo)

“McDonald’s has always had a special spot for children. We know that the best way to contribute growth and happiness to their lives is to help them learn how to read. Through the McHappy Day Stripes Run, McDonald’s does just that while allowing families to help in a fun and memorable way,” said Kenneth Yang, McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO.

Various activity booths like Birdie the Tower and Ronald Recall welcomed participants of all ages after the race. The activity was hosted by Actress Jackie Lou Blanco and Mikee Aportadera. McDonald’s prepared fun and exciting surprises for each family member, making sure that everyone brings home great memories and the assurance that they were able to help kids in need.