Since 2002, Davao City has been celebrating Christmas and New Year without rockets flying and firecrackers bursting above our head, it was tough in the beginning, old habits normally die hard but we got used to it, so used that we actually find this change, this change of tradition a much better and earth-friendly fashion to celebrate these occasions. And if you ask me why this firecrackerless revolution came into operation? I think you all know well the answer. 

And in light of enduring the tradition of driving bad spirits away at the turn of the New Year, Davao City is set to celebrate the grandest Torotot Festival ever on December 31, 2013 at Roxas Boulevard. 

Be part of the history, let’s get noisy, safely! See you there!



Globe Telecom in Davao has recently inaugurated their modern, minimal, stylish and elegant corporate office at the 7th Floor of Abreeza Corporate Center along JP Laurel Ave. This transformative initiative is in line with the telecom’s evolving commitment to provide a sound and good working environment for their employees. 

DOT Asst. Secretary, Art Boncato and Davao City Tourism Office OIC, Lisette Marquez who was representing the mayor, did the inaugural cutting of the ribbon. 


This regional office draws inspiration from the Globe Tower, the main headquarters in Bonifacio Global City. It’s designed to help turn the Globe circle of happiness – a Globe’s corporate philosophy and culture that believes in the idea that happy and engaged employees will always find ways to keep customers delighted. “We would like to empower our people by providing them the work tools, environment and culture that enhance collaboration and innovation,” Globe President & CEO, Ernest Cu said. 


The whole office has minimal colors with low partitions in it, designed so for easy passage of communication and cooperation. Not a bulk of traditional computers you can see around, just a small laptop, a small mirror for some and very minimal employees effects on the desk. It is so, because this office utilizes a centralized Google application system where everything is stored and retrieved in a cloud schema, a kind of online productivity that is not only efficient and convenient, it is also an environment-friendly corporate practice. Moreso, information is readily available 24/7, flexible and adaptable; hence, customer support can be delivered in no time at all.


This premier building which is designed aligned with the leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards, utilized natural lighting outline which  according to GLOBE, one of the fulfillments of the company’s commitment to corporate sustainability.


I must say that Globe employees are really kind of lucky. Each got an ergonomically-designed Herman Miller Chair. I figured it’s the most comfortable office chair in the world as it’s designed to adapt naturally to virtually every shape of the body. From what I know, this chair allows you to maintain your healthy sitting alignment, therefore, it decreases stress and strain in the body from long periods of sitting. Awesome!


Friends from the media chilling at the office pantry, love it here even if the coffee is not free, lol, they actually have a life-size coffee vendo machine here, your choice of blend.


For your GLOBE TELECOM concerns visit their new office at the
7th Floor, Abreeza Corporate Center, 
JP Laurel Ave., Davao City. 


Sharing a long history with Davao City, Apo View Hotel is well within walking distance of many of the city’s cultural and historical attractions. Its 65 years of being in a strategic location, combined with the hotel’s knowledgeable veteran staff members, many of whom are locals, positions the hotel as an expert on the authentic Davao experience. Taking advantage of this edge, the hotel is launching a customized city map that invites visitors to “set off on Davao adventures” using the Apo View Hotel as their starting point. 

The Apo View Hotel

The Apo View Hotel map is a colorful and insightful guide containing insider tips and information on the many things to enjoy near the hotel’s location. For instance, even locals might be surprised to know that one can get a quick massage for a little under Php 100 at Rizal Park. Malagos Farms may be famous for their artisan cheeses, but a little known fact is their chocolates sold at the nearby Pasalubong Center are just as exquisite. The map also suggests checking out the regular free screenings of top notch local and foreign films at the Cinematheque Davao, which is just a five-minute walk from the hotel. 

The map is designed to be fun and easy to use, with whimsical illustrations depicting highlighted points of interest. The map also includes helpful information on distance, walking times, and estimated taxi and jeepney fares for trips requiring a short ride.

The Apo View Hotel map

 The full-blown campaign has already been set in motion, with a print ad published in a widely read in-flight magazine, a series of radio ads chronicling a hotel guest’s trips to various Davao attractions, and updates on Apo View Hotel’s Facebook page to encourage people to discover the many sides of Davao, especially its vibrant downtown district. 

Apo View Hotel is located at 150 J. Camus Street, Davao City. For more information, please call (+63 82) 221-6430 or visit www.apoview.com. Apo View Hotel may also be found on www.facebook.com/TheApoViewHotel.


The Travel Foto Expo has launched a successful free workshop from October 2-5, 2013, in SM The Block North Edsa this month. 

On its second week, TFC is traveling to Davao City for a 3-day event held in SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention. Workshop speakers are Rhonson Ng (outdoor and adventure), George Tapan (travel), Jojie Alcantara (photojournalism), Kyle Stanley (sports) on October 11; Ibarra Deri (artistic nude) and Mark Floro (food hands on workshop) on October 12; and Raymond Cruz (wedding travel destination), Parc Cruz (portraits and digital processing), and Oly Ruiz (landscape) on October 13. 

This is in collaboration with the 7th year anniversary of iMag Photography Magazine, while a host of product sponsors are giving away items for raffle and giveaways during the event which is a combination of photo exhibit, workshop, photo shoot, stalls and a venue for photographers to get together and learn from the professionals.

 All the camera clubs, amateur and professional individuals are invited to visit the 3-day event. Sponsors are SM North Edsa, SM Lanang Premier, Park Inn by Radisson Davao, Canon, Benro, Philippine Air Lines, Picture Perfect, Choose Philippines, Seagate, Godspeed, and Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business Mirror, ABS CBN, GMA7, Manila Bulletin, M Magazine, The Edge, Mindanao Tribune, Mindanao Daily Mirror and SunStar Davao. 

An exclusive and limited (30 slots only) travel safari by Travel Foto Explorer brings participants to a memorable travel and adventure photography workshop with the country’s top photographers, George Tapan, Ibarra Deri, Rhonson Ng and Nikko Taytay. Explore the impressive beauty of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, one of the top tourist destinations in Region 12. Lake Sebu is home to seven waterfalls and a heart stopping zipline, three scenic natural lakes, and natural springs with preserved cultural communities of the town's colorful and gentle T'boli tribe. It is situated at a naturally cool elevation of 1000 feet, earning the title of the Summer Capital of Southern Philippines. Registration ended on October 1, 2013 with a fee of P10,000.00 (exclusive of airfare) which includes round trip van transfers to and from General Santos Airport and Lake Sebu, three meals a day, room sharing accommodations at Mountain Lake Eco Resort and transport for touring, cultural immersion and boat cruise around the lotus filled lake. 

S & R Membership Shopping Davao Super Sale

S & R Membership Shopping is treating their members to an ultimate shopping experience on September 25 to 29. This super sale of the year is made exclusive to its members only. Get as much as 70% off on some items and if lucky you get one when you buy one of your favorite goodies. 

So, grab this once in a year chance to shop for your favorite imported items at the lowest price. 

S & R Davao is along McArthur Highway, Matina Davao City. Store opens at 8 am, see you there!

S & R Membership Shopping Davao Super Sale


Davao City once again made headlines with the recent amendment of the liquor ban just two months after the comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance was signed. With all these restrictions, the question looming in every Davaoeno partyphile’s mind is, is there room for any fun in this town? 

Apo View Hotel’s Blue Room invites you to fight for your right to party with Prohibition Saturdays, a weekly soiree featuring the city’s finest indie bands, guest DJ’s, and special offers on cocktails, shots and beers. 

 Kicking off the first of this Saturday series on August 10 is a 1920’s-themed launch event. Come in your best gangster or flapper ensembles and enjoy the music of Kwatro Medya, The Sound of Go, and a DJ set by Cheekie Albay of Hiphouse. The event is absolutely free. In fact, Blue Room is giving away a lot of freebies to celebrate the launch, such as free drinks for early birds who come before 9:00 PM, free shots for ladies who come before 10:00 PM, and gift certificates for the best dressed, so be sure to come in your best 1920’s outfits.


The Prohibition era in 1920’s was a particularly interesting time in American history, especially in terms of music, fashion, and partying. Some would say the same can be said about Davao these days, but hey, let’s not go there. Let’s just say Prohibition Saturdays is an avenue for the party-loving crowd to enjoy good music, classic cocktails, and have a roaring good time. 

Special promos on drinks are also offered every Saturday, such as 50% off on selected cocktails for the ladies, local beers are only P50, Margarita pitchers go for P500, and buy-one-get-one on tequila shots the whole night. Blue Room is located at the ground floor of Apo View Hotel, an iconic local landmark in Davao City with a history spanning 65 years. 

Blue Room follows the success of the hotel’s famous night spots, such as One Down Disco and Penec Bar in the 1980’s, Spam’s and Pag-asa Bar in the 1990’s, and Liquid in the 2000’s. For updates on Prohibition Saturdays, check out Blue Room’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blueroom.apoviewhotel



Exclusive Kadayawan offer to Globe subscribers 

Get a chance to meet Xian Lim when you get a Cloudfone bundle or handset with the Globe Best-Ever mySUPERPLAN 

Celebrating its strong presence in the region, Globe Telecom is extending a special and exclusive offer to its subscribers in Davao as part of the Kadayawan Festival, Davao’s biggest annual festival that celebrates life, culture and thanksgiving. 

From August 1 to 15, 2013, all Davaoenos who avail of a Cloudfone 352g and Cloudpad bundle FREE at Plan 499 with the Best-Ever mySUPERPLAN will get a chance to win an exclusive Meet and Greet session with one of today’s hottest heartthrobs and Cloudfone endorser Xian Lim. 

Apart from the phone and tablet bundle, subscribers can choose from other Cloudfone handsets bundled with a Globe postpaid plan. All a subscriber needs to do is to go to any of the participating Globe Davao Stores in Ayala Abreeza, SM City Davao, SM Lanang Premier or Gaisano Mall Davao, apply for a Best-Ever mySUPERPLAN with a Cloudfone of his/her choice, and wait for the approval of the postpaid plan application. 

Each approved postpaid application will allow the subscriber to pick a prize such as the Meet and Greet Session with Xian Lim as grand prize, Xian Lim’s autographed “It’s So You” CDs as major prizes, and Globe premium items as minor prizes. 

Eighty (80) grand prize winners or twenty (20) winners per participating Globe Store will have the privilege to meet Xian up close and personal. Meanwhile, there will be forty (40) winners of the limited edition autographed CDs and one hundred (100) winners of Globe premium items. 

The popular actor, singer and model will fly to Davao on August 18, 2013 to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival with Davaoenos and will visit the four (4) participating Globe Stores in the region to meet the lucky winners of the promo. 

“Davao will always be an important market for Globe so we’re very excited to offer this exclusive promo to our subscribers in the region in celebration of the Kadayawan Festival,” said Raul Macatangay, Head of Globe Postpaid. “We invite all Davaoenos to take advantage of this special offer and avail of the Cloudfone bundle or any Cloudfone handset with the Best-Ever mySUPERPLAN, and get the chance to meet Xian Lim up close and personal or bring home premium items from Globe.” 

Globe Best-Ever mySUPERPLAN is a next-generation postpaid plan with fully-customizable plan components, a plan value almost twice the value of prepaid load, and more contract periods to choose from, ranging from 6, 12, 18, to 24 months. With the Best-Ever mySUPERPLAN, subscribers get the ultimate flexibility in creating a postpaid plan that best fits their needs, lifestyle, and budget. To know more about the Best-Ever mySUPERPLAN, visit www.globe.com.ph/postpaid or call 730-1010. 



When I got married in 1999, I was at some point certain I can be a good wife but I wasn’t really sure whether I can be a good mother or we can be good parents. I understand parenthood is something that involves enormous amount of sacrifice, sensible amount of money, an undivided attention, much of our time, emotional energy and a good working social and cultural environment to make this discourse work.

Just like any typical parent who wants nothing but the best for their children we did consider migrating to other country whose incidence to positive child-rearing was high. We have overflowing points at that time to qualify for migration being my husband a computer programmer and me, a teacher, but we forego of the opportunity after my father-in-law died and after lengthy family matter considerations.

Shortly after we’ve pronounced our decision, Davao City bagged the Most Child-Friendly City in the Philippines. I wasn’t surprised because ever since the Children’s Welfare Code of 1994 was passed, the local government of this city has been working to champion the cause of the children. It’s actually a long overdue recognition and it was well worth it, the city was awarded not once, twice but thrice this year as a Most Child-Friendly City in the country,  we then decided - let’s just stay home and raise our kids here.
I’d like to believe that we’ve made a good decision to stay and raise our kids here, as Davao City has provided us the infrastructure to upholding the rights of our children and has given us an overwhelming opportunity of work so we can steward them to become good and productive citizens of this country.

Vital to children’s growth and development is their health and nutrition and providing varied nutritious food to my children posed no problem at all, Davao City markets are blessed to have the freshest fruits, vegetables, sea foods and other meat products that are so affordable every parent of all stature can afford, there is no reason for a growing child in this city to be less nourished. 

This factor is further enhanced by the passing of the landmark law, Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance in 2002, this gained Davao City various citations from all over the world being the first 100-percent smoke-free metropolitan in Southeast Asia and no one I think will disagree that a smoke-free environment is imperative to growing healthy and well children, not to mention it’s the cleanest and greenest city in the country. 

Education is a prime factor to raising dynamic children. Davao City hosts a number of high-performing schools in the country, not to mention they’re just minute-drive away from our homes. We also have a lot of educational facilities and activities that promote culture, arts, entertainment and sports in the city – Special mention the two museums - Museo Dabawenyo, Museum of Davao in Insular Village which my kids frequent, Cinematheque Davao, which after knowing they can watch movie for free, have been whining to come over and over again, and who can’t miss out our Kadayawan Festival which is a very rich venue for our growing children to catch sight of our abounding and diverse cultural community unique only to our city.

Experts say, all study and not play makes a kid dull. Oh well, as the recognition asserts that Davao City is the Most Child-Friendly City in the country, we have all the accessible social and vibrant economic infrastructures to settle this. Davao City is the only city in the country where you can enjoy life both the tranquility of the highlands, the bustling lights and sounds of the lowlands, the pristine beaches and white sand in just a day. 

Let’s start from the highlands, there are countless mountain resorts in the city today, your choice of accommodation and one of the places I bring my kids to chill out and allow them to shout their hearts out is Eden Nature Park, I find it a perfect place to wind down for children who’s now beginning to live with their iPads and HDTVs. It’s the best place to interact and see in flesh the real flying peacock, slide the rope and let them see a real deer grazing; it’s like a Science field trip and a week-end camp out rolled into one. 

 Makakurat  baya mutubag ug question sa mga bata, labi na kung wala jud ka kabalo sa tubag;

‘Ma, why is Mt. Apo not erupting yet?’ 


But as parents it is our duty to process this, ‘God only knows’, yeah, safe answer I guess for someone who doesn’t know too what the answer is. But the other point is that we encourage creative and relaxed environment for their learning which is a very available resource in this city.

The beach in the lowland is my kids’ ultimate city break destination; they can stay here like until forever. I tell you, my patience here is really tested to some crazy levels and to a point where you can’t do nothing anymore but Coke-chill yourself and finger-lick a sack of Cheetos while gluing your eyes on the water.

And on some tight occasions where there’s no time to prepare for the beach, there are countless inland resorts in the city where you can bring your kids to unwind.

Davao City is also a convenient major hub to flying to other key cities in the country and the world; you can take your kids out of the city with no hassle at all, well, except for flight delays. Traveling does more to their learning than paying a tutor to learning Physics, how airplanes fly and an exciting adventure for them to learn how other people in other places live their lives. Nothing compares to listening to their stories about their trip while sending them to sleep. And all the more reason for me to work hard so I’ll have something for the next booking, geeeez!

Vital to a person’s holistic development is establishing a core of their spirituality. Davao City is a free and boundless city to practicing diverse religious activity. Parents with their children from all walks of life can practice their kind of religiosity in the city without being cuffed or fear of getting imprisoned, unless they go beyond what this city’s social more and law prescribed. 

My children grow up so fast and that they’re now finding a unique style of their own. My eldest son who is now in his 8th  grade seldom go out with us anymore, not even in pictures, he’s now having a circle of his own – an adolescent stage where having a lot of mood swings and a lot of his social issues are being raised out. But I’m confident that with the values we seed in them that would be their guiding bough to bear good fruits in the future. I also would commend the efforts of the city authorities that worked so hard to free this city from illegal drugs that in so doing would save our youth from danger.

I’m attesting to this common notion that raising children these days is harder than any parent could have thought easy before, but I bank on the idea that this social function can be as rewarding if parents will work hand-in-hand to raising  compassionate children and who believe in the means of their government that works to uphold the rights of the children that works to provide a good quality environment to nurture their skills and talents which in the long run a productive and vital component to building a strong, solid yet benevolent nation.

I understand that not all children in this city have the same, if I may say privileged circumstance as my children, but what is important is that we see the government of Davao City has worked to leaving a legacy of outmost optimism and a policy that upholds and protects the rights and brought in the torch of willpower to better the lives of every children in this city. 

I remember my mother once said to me, to teach my children 20 years before they were born. I’d like to believe we’re doing this now for the good of our children’s children.

Commendation also goes to the vibrant corporate community of this city; they’ve provided opportunities to many parents and would-be ones that in return will have the means to raise their children. 

And at the end of the day, nothing beats a family that goes home to a happy, story-laughter-filled dinner nga gi-ubanan sa iced cold Coca-Cola. 

And as to my hesitations whether I can be good a parent? 15 years after, I found my parenting niche, just like the three-fold guiding principle of Coca-Cola to be innovative, I’m working on my parenting strategies as innovative as possible – a kind of raising children that is still anchored on the values and traditions of the past but keeping abreast with the development as to where this city and this country is heading. 

Another is to be creative. Creative parenting is not new to me; in fact, I just bought a double XL shirt as my creative ‘get-along shirt’ for my kids to settle their issues before they’ll raise it up to me.

And lastly, focus. Just like Coca-Cola who works and focus on unique ideas that impacts the saturated marketplace, this lowly parent on the other hand works on eliminating distortions – gadgets, TV, etc. and trimming it down so we all can hit our targets and get it done. 

I’m certain I’ve got the handle of it and have never regretted we’ve stayed in Davao as … 

Nothing compares to raising children in Davao City, nothing compares to Coca-Cola, #WalayKaparehas.