DAVAOENOS DASH FOR A CAUSE IN THE FIRST REGIONAL #McDoStripesRun

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.

DAVAOENOS DASH FOR A CAUSE IN THE FIRST REGIONAL #McDoStripesRun
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.


COLOR DASH 2015 IN DAVAO CITY ON NOV 22

Color dash first two years were successfully held in Metro Manila. It gathered thousands of fun, exciting, active individuals of any age to participate in this one day event. Kids, adults, pets were in great spirit as the fun run happens. This themed run is 5 kilometres long and for every kilometre a dash of color is splashed to your Color Dash shirt. At the end of the run, everything turns colourful.

COLOR DASH 2015 IN DAVAO CITY ON NOV 22

Great news for the Davaoenos! On it’s third year, Color Dash decides to hold its fun run in Davao City this November 22, 2015 and is inviting everyone to join this fun filled event. Registration site is in Abreeza Ayala mall and will run from Nov 3-19. If you do not feel like going to the mall, you can also register online through www.sportshub.com.ph and claim your running kit during the event or for delivery to your house, office, or school. Sportshub, an online store for sporting goods and Mulatto, a proud-Davao-born outdoor apparel collaborated to make this event happen. The clock is ticking and Color Dash can’t wait to surprise everyone with their fun tactics. Invite your family and friends to join this wonderful event. 

Aside from the fun, a part of the registration fee will also go to our Philippine Eagle Foundation. Let’s educate our fellowmen about our endangered eagle. Support the foundation spread awareness. The fun does not stop when the run finishes. Everyone should stay put for the traditional countdown. When the clock hits 0, everybody throws the Color Dash powder up in the air. It is a good sight to see and best time for celebration. Then a program follows after the color celebration. More prizes awaits the Color Dashers!

WHERE TO EAT IN DAVAO: TRY PAKFRY KING BY PaloVince

PaloVince Tuna PakFry
The PakFry King by PaloVince

Hello there!

You landed on this post because you were searching online where and what to eat in Davao? And guess what? You just hit on the right link.

Asking what and where to eat is probably one of the worn-out questions anyone visiting a certain place or even locals who want a break out of their usual home kitchen cooking would ever ask. Well, guilty here, I ask this all the time, hence, our eternal quest to finding the best and mouth-watering food in town.

Palo Vince is a modest and cosy restaurant along Dacudao Ave., here in Davao. It’s very near my place, like a jog and just a heartbeat away (hihihi). And it is home to the famous Tuna PakFry in town. A tail part of Tuna (or Bariles in Bisaya) deep fried (thus Fry) and braised (thus Pak, for paksiw) in pickled sauce making it crispy on the outside but tender and full of truly Filipino flavour in the inside. Lami Kaayo!


PAMULAK SA KADAYAWAN 2015 IN 20 PICTURES

PAMULAK SA KADAYAWAN 2015 IN 20 PICTURES

Kadayawan Festival is held every third week of August here in Davao City. It's a festivity of bountiful harvest and a celebration of a culturally rich community working towards the progress and growth of the city.

I missed Pamulak sa Kadalanan last year. I was out of town but I made sure I'll be on the street this year to see the floral float parade. I'm just saddened that the number of float entries is reducing each year. Thought it's more expensive to stage up a grand parade now with layers of fresh flowers on the deck with few suppliers to source the flowers. I hope next year, the weather would be ever fine and favorable for flower growers so it'll not be too taxing and not too expensive for would-be joiners and in effect would be more colorful on the road.

I managed to take few snaps though, I hope you'll enjoy! Here;


MEGAWORLD’ S ONE LAKESHORE DRIVE: PRIME TOWNSHIP ADDRESS IN DAVAO CITY

MEGAWORLD’ S ONE LAKESHORE DRIVE, Davao City

Davao City is fast becoming the center of business, investment and tourism in the entire Southern Philippines. The increasing development and investments being poured in, the various campaigns that promotes the city as the next tourism hub and the good governance that provides a good economic climate amongst businessmen has boost up the city’s overall ratings making it the next big hub for investment. 

This positive and excellent business environment has brought in Megaworld, developer of prime properties like Eastwood City, McKinley Hill, Newport City in Manila among others, to pour in an P11 Billion township project called, Davao Park District.

LOVE IS .....


“And I realize that love is as ever-changing as a sky or as an ocean: always there, but not always sunny or clear or calm” #katyevans

McDonald’s Welcomes Back the Minions

Minions Invaded Woman Elan Vital

Now you can complete the set before everyone else by pre-ordering from June 15-20

There’s something about the Minions that kids and even adults find hard to resist. The small, yellow, lovable goggled creatures are back—and they are out to take over the world once again!

McDonald’s reveals that the much-loved Minions will soon return in every Happy Meal. To make their comeback extra special, customers can now pre-order the complete Minions Happy Meal set in all McDonald’s store nationwide starting June 15.

JOLLIBEE’S JOLLITOWN FUNTASY LAND IN DAVAO ON MAY 9 + WIN FREE TICKETS

Hello Jollibee Kids Club Members out there! 
The most FUNtastic event we’ve all been 
waiting for this summer is finally here!

Jollitown Funtasy Land 
is coming to Davao this May 9, 2015! 



EVENT DETAILS: 

Date: May 9, 2015 (Saturday) 
Venue: SMX Convention Center, 
SM Lanang Premier,  Davao City 
Time: (AM) 9am-2pm; (PM) 3pm-8pm 


HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS? 
  • The Jollitown Funtasy Land is open to all Jollibee Kids Club Members only. (Those with the JKC Happy Plus Card). 
  • Members should bring their card. 
  • Tickets may be purchased at any participating Jollibee Branches in Davao at Php 100.00/person (100 for adult and 100 for child). This is inclusive of venue entrance and access to all attractions.
  • Each ticket purchase comes with a free value meal (choice of 1-pc. Chicken Joy VM, Yum w/ Cheese VM or Jolly Spaghetti w/ Yum VM), raffle entry and loot bag (for JKC members only).
  • your JKC Happy Plus Card should be presented when purchasing tickets. 


HOW TO GET FREE TICKETS? 

I WILL BE GIVING FREE TICKETS TO 
JOLLITOWN FUNTASY LAND! 

Three (3) Lucky Followers will win 4 tickets each;

Here’s how?
Post a photo of your kids;

  • Eating their favorite langhap-sarap meals at Jollibee; or 
  • Playing with their JKM toys; or 
  • Participating in any Jollibee or JKC-related activity on Instagram. 

Follow and tag @jollibee and @vernsluga of your photo. Use the hashtag #JollitownFuntasyLand in your captions. Captions should complete this sentence, “My family would love to go to the Jollitown Funtasy Land because ____________________.”

You will have until May 7, 2015 to post your entries. I will announce the winners on May 8, 2015.

Winners will claim their tickets at the registration area on the day of the event.
Present a valid ID and the Direct Message I sent telling you, you won free tickets. Good luck!

SEE YOU AT JOLLITOWN FUNTASY LAND ON MAY 9 
AT SMX SM LANANG PREMIER, DAVAO CITY!

BULGOGI BROTHERS' CHOICE BARBECUE STEAKS NOW GRILLING

Hey, awesome peeps of Davao City! After days of abstinence from meat in observance of the Holy Week, here is something you should check out to break your meat fast. It's satisfaction guaranteed, 100%.

Bulgogi Brothers, a premier Korean restaurant that specializes in bulgogi marinated barbecued meat, has come up with a superb line of Choice Barbecue Steaks on their menu. Excellent choices would include; 

Sirloin Steak, lean and generous slice of sirloin steak.
200g –P995 
400g – P1795 

Rib Eye Steak, hefty slices of fully marbled US rib eye steak.
200g – P995 
400g – P1795 

Rib Eye and Short Ribs Combo, comes in a generous serving of Bulgogi Brothers’ Premium meat combination.
200g Rib Eye Steak and 150g Short Ribs - P1895 
400g Rib Eye Steak and 150g Short Ribs – P2295 

And the three platters that we sampled; 

Sirloin Steak Platter (Php2495). This platter comes with a generous combination of rib eye steak, boneless short ribs and sirloin steak. The boneless short ribs in this set is a winner. It's so tender and so full of flavour. I can’t help but keep picking up. We were also served romaine lettuce for the wrap and a red sauce to complete our Korean barbecue experience. Recommended!

Bulgogi Brothers' Sirloin Steak Platter (Php2495)
Sirloin Steak Platter (Php2495)
 Pork Belly Platter (Php1795) A set of Korean BBQ favourites that include; rib eye steak, boneless short ribs and grilled pork belly. If you love pork this platter is for you. It also has the boneless short ribs I love to bits.

Bulgogi Brothers' Pork Belly Platter (Php1795)
Pork Belly Platter (Php1795)
Beef Belly Platter (Php1795). This platter comes in a trio of rib eye steak, boneless short ribs and beef belly BBQ. This is also a must try as again, it has the irresistible boneless short ribs that has the season that lingers you keep picking for more.
Bulgogi Brothers' Beef Belly Platter (Php1795)
Beef Belly Platter (Php1795)
If you worry about you smelling like barbecue while cooking on your tabletop, their very accommodating staff can do it for you. But then cooking on your tabletop is part of your Bulgogi Brothers’s dining experience. Don’t worry, they have a mighty working exhaust system, you wouldn't smell like barbecue after the meal at all. 

All of Bulgogi Brothers' meats are Choice Grade and cut from premium US Angus Beef, this is to ensure a tender and flavourful barbecue experience. All platters come in generous portions, perfect for family of 3 sharing. Other than these Choice Barbecue Steaks, Bulgogi Brothers’ still serve their all-time specialties; Bibimbap, Spicy Seafood Dumpling, King Galbi, Kimchi Stew just to name a few. 

BULGOGI BROTHERS' CHOICE BARBECUE STEAKS NOW GRILLING


Dad-a kamayo pamilya and enjoy Korean barbecue experience.

BULGOGI BROTHERS 
Second Level, SM Lanang Premier, 
Lanang, Davao City 

Get updates, follow Bulgogi Brothers on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BulgogiBrothersDavao 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bulgogibrosph 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BulgogiBrosPh

'VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE 2015' STARTS APRIL 3

'VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE 2015' STARTS APRIL 3 

Woohoo! Davao City is all set to begin ‘Visit Davao Fun Sale 2015’. This is a summer sale extravaganza which will kick-off April 3 and will end on May 17, 2015. It will be a 6-week long city-wide sale offering happy faced discounts on practically everything you can think of around town – dining, shopping, spa, events, entertainment, resorts and hotels and this year’s highlight - Davao fun tours and tour packages. 

With Davao Fun Tours/Packages you’ll have three options, a countryside tour, a city tour and an island tour, but then it’ll be more fun to grab all the fun. So here; 

For Countryside tour; 
'VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE 2015' STARTS APRIL 3

 For City tour; 'VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE 2015' STARTS APRIL 3

 For Island tour; 'VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE 2015' STARTS APRIL 3

And yey! I got my passport to ‘Visit Davao Fun Sale 2015’, thank you DOT for this. It’s a 12-page booklet guide to what, where, how much discount and of course, freebies I can get at participating establishments during the fun sale period.

  'VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE 2015' STARTS APRIL 3

These passports are given free at the airport, partner hotels and assigned booths in all participating malls and shopping centers in the city, in which apparently all malls in town are. But I suggest, download Visit Davao City Life Bit App on Google Play Store to save you time and less hassle.

It’ll be ‘Big in Adventure, Shopping, Dining and Fun' in Davao City!

VISIT DAVAO! BOOK YOUR FUN TOUR NOW at http://visitdavaofunsale.com/

Or contact the following tour operators;

Visit Davao Fun Sale 2015 Tour contacts 

For more information,  follow 'Visit Davao Fun Sale' on these social media pages;

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visitdavaofunsale 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/visitdavao2015 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/visitdavaofunsale/ 
DOT Davao Region: https://www.facebook.com/dotdavao.region

AIR ASIA PHILIPPINES RELAUNCHES MANILA-DAVAO FLIGHTS

Air Asia Philippines, the country’s low cost carrier has re-launched their Manila-Davao route. Their first flight landed at F. Bangoy International Airport on March 27, 2015 and I’m one thrilled blogger I’ll be saving bucks on my next Manila flight with this resumption.  

AIR ASIA PHILIPPINES RELAUNCHED MANILA-DAVAO FLIGHTS 3x DAILY


Air Asia Philippines’ CEO, Atty. Joy Caneba said that, “Davao City is an important gateway to Mindanao. We are partnering with Local Government Units and various stakeholders in the region to develop products and services to further boost tourism and promote Davao as a major tourist destination to local and foreign visitors.”


CROCS SUPER SALE IN DAVAO STARTS TODAY!

Love Crocs? I’m one crazy earthling loving their products. They’re a little pricey though but you always get what you pay for, they’re durable, they’re comfortable and designs are ergonomic and always in style.

Guess what? They’re dropping price again and it’s happening TODAY!!!!

Get your comfy pair today at Ayala Abreeza Mall in Bajada, Davao City and enjoy rock bottom discount of up to 90% off on great selections.

CROCS SUPER SALE starts today, March 26 up to March 29, 2015. They’re open on mall hours, 10am to 9pm at the Second Level of Ayala Abreeza Mall.

This is so timely, a perfect summer foot partner, grab your most comfy pair today!

SEE YOU THERE!

CROCS SUPER SALE IN DAVAO STARTS TODAY!


About Crocs, Inc. 

Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. The company offers several distinct shoe collections with more than 300 four-season footwear styles. All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs wearers know and love. Crocs celebrates the fun of being a little different and encourages fans to “Find Your Fun” in every colorful pair of shoes, from the iconic clog to new sneakers, sandals, boots and heels. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 200 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.

CAMELLA: PRIME CONDOMINIUM AND SUBDIVISION INVESTMENT IN DAVAO CITY

Davao City is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, one of the good reasons why Davao is a prime city to pour in your hard-earned money and invest in properties. Influenced by the same motivation, Camella, a subsidiary of Vista Land Company has developed a number of prime condominiums and subdivisions in strategic, easy-access and convenient locations in Davao City.

Camella is famous for the development of their affordable, well-designed, attractive and functional home units in a well-contained, secure and welcoming landscape all over the country. They have not only built houses but built communities, fostered camaraderie and friendship as well among homeowners and their families. These are just few of the good reasons why you have to consider Camella in seeking for property investment in Davao City. 

Camella has four prime developments in Davao City to date;

CAMELLA DAVAO 
Fronting F. Bangoy International Airport Brgy. 
Communal, Buhangin, Davao City


Starting a life in Camella Davao is easy, convenient, affordable, and most of all fulfilling – the community is self-contained, the air is fresh , the landscape is clean ang green, the over-all feel is welcoming. Camella Davao is only two minutes away from Davao International Airport. It is accessible to schools and universities, places of worship, malls, hospitals, seaports, commercial areas – reachable in 10 minutes or less! 



‘TASTES OF ITALY’, AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FLAVOURS AT ITALIANNI’S

Thinking of going Italian on your next meal? 

Italianni’s has come up with five new delectable offerings that would surely satisfy your most discerning palates. Collectively known as ‘Tastes of Italy’, these luscious servings are inspired by the true flavours of the region. Using only the freshest ingredients, Bistro Corporate Chef, Josh Boutwood has recreated the authentic flavours of Italy that show the true Italian food tradition. 

Staying real with Italian food culture, these delicious dishes come in big servings that are meant for sharing and celebrating with family and friends on the dining table. 

Take a look, these what awaits you at Italianni's today. Have a Taste Of Italy!

‘TASTES OF ITALY’, AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FLAVOURS AT ITALIANNI’S
Osso Bucco di Fatorria (Php695) 


Osso Bucco di Fatorria. This dish is a Milanese specialty of veal shanks braised in a richly-flavoured sauce of vegetables and wine. This is served on a bed of creamy polenta. It has a rustic and comforting flavour which explains why Chef Josh has added fattoria (farm) to its name.



Of Pepper Lunch and Papal Stories

Nothing really big happening on this earthling’s life lately, well, apart from being glued to my television set for the past days owing to the Pope’s visit. It’s overwhelming to see the sea of humanity, the of ocean of Catholic faithfuls flocking the streets of Manila and braving the rains just to get a glimpse of the People’s Pope, Pope Francis. 

I understand where the high energy is coming from and I know that when all is said and done it’ll all settle down to muscle aches and pains due to long standing and enduring. I know right, a cousin just came home from her Papal volunteership and bought all these homeopathic oils and rubs from Quiapo. (You can buy alternative boiron products here, just in case you have a chance to go online)

But more than anything, is everyone’s cooperation and the organizer’s teamwork that made this event a record-breaking success.


Anyway, had a papal-story filled lunch on Saturday and shared these yummies. I’m a constant of this resto and had my all-time favourite Beef Teriyaki.

Pepper Lunch in Davao is at
The Peak of Gaisano Mall,
Bajada, Davao City.