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DAVAO EVENT | Power of Pen treks To Mindanao For a Research and Food Writing Seminar and Workshop

Davao Events, Press Release, Seminar & Workshop April 20, 2018

Power of pen - Food writing seminar and workshop in Davao City

Food has gone beyond the limitations of our palate and plates. More than a physiological need, it has become a destination for many, a propelling factor for tourism, and a representation of our culture and history.

How do we communicate our culinary experience in a literary sense? What are the different ways to write a credible critique on food? As practitioners and professionals in the hospitality businesses, what are the various styles of writing which we can use in our respective fields? These are among the questions we aim to answer in Power of Pen 8: Mindanao Culinary Culture-Research and Writing Basics.

This May 19, 2018, five prominent food writers, researchers, and culinary experts will set foot on Ateneo De Davao University in Mindanao to share their journeys, insights, and lessons on Food Writing and Research.

In this seminar and workshop, aspiring food writers, marketing professionals, and social media influencers will be informed and equipped with the essential key points and instructions on crafting food reviews with informative, entertaining, and flavorful content with the guidance of Ms. Michaela Fenix, an editor and writer for Philippine Daily Inquirer and Ms. Margaux Salcedo, a columnist from the same national newspaper. As they will speak about Food Knowledge & The Importance of Research for Food Stories and Ideas, Feature Writing, and writing Restaurant Reviews. Furthermore, they will also be discussing how to produce a readable and evocative work in order to successfully market it to its target readers.

Our resource speakers Chef Datu Shariff Pendatun III, Dr. Macario Tiu, and Ms. Lolita Lacuesta, will take on an encompassing discussion on Mindanaoan cuisine, its history and socio-­­cultural narratives and how we can utilize its richness strengths to encourage research, promotion, and preservation of our culture through writing. Topics for this segment are as follows: A Study on the Cuisine of Muslim Mindanao (Chef Datu Shariff Pendatun III), Documenting The Recipes of The Ten Tribes of Davao (Dr. Macario Tiu), and The Davao We Know: Writing to Record Socio-­­Cultural History (Ms. Lolita Lacuesta).

Furthermore to these scholarly inquiries on culture and research, the Power of Pen will also address practical techniques to apply food writing specifically to effectively market restaurant offerings, hotel promotions, and travel pitches to both local and foreign spectators. To add excitement and fun, everyone will also be given a chance to write their personal experiences adapting to various scenarios through a writing workshop before the end of the program.

Join the Power of Pen this May 19, 2018 at the Training Room, 8F, Community Center of the First Companion, Ateneo De Davao University, E Jacinto St., Davao City from 9AM to 5PM and take delight in its relishing ideas and discussions on both literary gastronomic explorations.

To register, please fill-­­up the form through: http://bit.ly/2FSxAFX. For more information, you may visit our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/strameventsinc

Power of Pen - food writing seminar and workshop in Davao City

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DavaoPortal Raffle Promo: List of Winners and Prizes

Davao Portal Updates July 30, 2014

DavaoPortal Raffle Promo

List of winners and Prizes


Customized DavaoPortal Mugs – for the 2 lucky Facebook likers:

– Janice Esparar Francisco
– Wilson Iroy

(Please click the seal for more details)

Customized DavaoPortal Mugs – for the 2 lucky Twitter followers:

– Pinkler Twight Pen (@pinklertwight)
– Jordan Тan (@dzh0rdan)

Click here for details: http://twitrand.com/CsX6R

1-Month Ad Space (given for free) on DavaoPortal Homepage (Sidebar)
–  for the following lucky business submissions

CHEF LU Egg Tart and Roast & Rice Shop  ( free 1 month banner ad)
EMACC Halal Feeds Producers (free 1 month banner ad)

And, the lucky winner of 2 IMAX tickets is:

(drum roll)

Davao Mobile Bar

Note: A DavaoPortal representative will contact all winners via email – sending instructions on how you can claim your prizes.

Thanks to all who participated in the first-ever DavaoPortal Raffle Promo!

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DavaoPortal Raffle Promo!

Davao Portal Updates June 10, 2014

DavaoPortal Raffle Promo June 2014

Win IMAX Tickets for two and other exciting prizes!


Submit your business at DavaoPortal and get a chance to win IMAX tickets for two and other exciting prizes as we present:

The first DavaoPortal Raffle Promo

Who can join…

  • Davao-based business owners or individuals who manage/represent a business located within Davao Region
  • Open for both Internet-based and businesses with physical offices/stores

The mechanics…

  1. Submit your business at DavaoPortal (submission is FREE – and will always be)
  2. One business (check out sample)  is equivalent to 1 raffle entry; therefore, if you own more than one business, you can have more than one raffle entry (i.e. if you submit 2 different businesses that you own, it’s equivalent to 2 raffle entries)
  3. Only legitimate business is allowed (our team will evaluate whether your business really exists or not)
  4. For Internet-based businesses, you are required to provide your website (url) or any page you own that represents your business (e.g. FB Page)
  5. Those who have already submitted their businesses, you do not need to resubmit them; however, to ensure that your submitted business is qualified for the raffle, you can update your already-posted business info (you may contact us if you have questions)
  6. Deadline of submission is one July 25, 2014

How we determine the lucky winners

  1. DavaoPortal Team will evaluate each submitted business to ensure its validity (based on the requirements specified)
  2. Each valid business will be included in the list of raffle entries.
  3. DavaoPortal will use an APP that will randomly pick the lucky winners
Note: Names of those who have submitted valid entries will also be included in a separate raffle promo intended for those who have liked our Facebook page and those who have followed us on Twitter.

Announcement of Winners will be on July 31, 2014.

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Editing Your Business Information On Davao Portal Listing

Davao Portal Updates February 18, 2014

Editing your previously-submitted business information at Davao Portal is an an easy 3-step process and would just take at least a couple of minutes. Follow the following steps:

Step 1: Log in to your account; once you are logged in, you will be directed to the dashboard page where you can see the pencil icon (please see the second image)


Davao Portal Business Submission Process

Step 2: Click on the pencil icon and you will be prompted with the edit ad page where you can do the update for your page. (Note: You can also edit/update your profile that you see on right site – as highlighted below)


Step 3: Below is the edit list page where you can update your business info with additional content; just click the ‘Update Ad’ button to save the newly-updated listing.


And that’s it! Just refresh the page and check-out your newly-published business information.


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Davao Portal List of Top Performing Businesses in 2013 Based on the Total Number Of Pageviews, Visits

Davao Portal Updates January 16, 2014

In 2013, Davao Portal generated 178,989 total pageviews from 102,877 total number of visits, where 82,480 of these visits were unique (from different individuals). For a newly-established website such as the DP, having these figures is quite an achievement for us, considering that we were able to achieve it a short span of time  (DP is 1 year and 5 months old – as of this posting). And the team here is optimistic that the website’s traffic will continue to rise in the coming years; and, ultimately, will be able to help even a bigger number of Davao-based/local businesses in connecting/reaching potential customers and business prospects, as well as in  providing business information/details to people who need them.

Early this month, we announced over our social media accounts that we wanted to share with you the information about which particular listings (listing means submitted business profile on DP) were the top performers in 2013 based on the total number of page views and visits. Each business submitted to Davao Portal has its own unique page dedicated to it;  so, it is pretty easy to sort and analyze the numbers. Specifically, we have listed here the top 12; we pulled our data from one of website performance tools we have been using – Google Analytics.

So, here they are: Davao Portal top performing local businesses in 2013.

Based on the number of pageviews:

  1. D’ Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park – 12,239
  2. McDonald’s Davao City Branches – 5,588
  3. Sunny Point Function Plaza – 4,105
  4. University of Mindanao – 3,701
  5. QueensLand Hotel Davao – 3,452
  6. Villa de Mercedes Inland Resort – 3,375
  7. LBC Express, Inc. – Davao City Branches – 2,794
  8. Jollibee Davao City Branches – 2,600
  9. NCCC Mall of Davao and NCCC Branches – 1,944
  10. Pearl Farm Beach Resort – 1,742
  11. Gaisano Mall of Davao (G-Mall) – 1,620
  12. Eden Nature Park and Resort – 1,418


Based on the number of visits:

  1. D’ Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park – 8,445
  2. McDonald’s Davao City Branches – 4,794
  3. Sunny Point Function Plaza – 3,135
  4. University of Mindanao – 2,825
  5. QueensLand Hotel Davao – 2,526
  6. LBC Express, Inc. – Davao City Branches – 2,419
  7. Jollibee Davao City Branches – 2,186
  8. Villa de Mercedes Inland Resort – 1,847
  9. NCCC Mall of Davao and NCCC Branches – 1,688
  10. Gaisano Mall of Davao (G-Mall) – 1,371
  11. Pearl Farm Beach Resort – 1,193
  12. BPI Davao Branches – 1,165

See also: The Top 100 pages based on the total number of visits in 2013


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Business Submission To Davao Portal: Step by Step Guide

Davao Portal Updates July 17, 2013

You might have thought that submitting your business profile here on Davao Portal is a complex process and could take a big chunk of your time. Fortunately, not really. It could just take less than 10 minutes – from the registration down to business submission – provided all the business details you want to publish is readily available.

We have provided the following step-by-step guide to make your submission even more easier. (Please check the supplemental images below for more details)

Step 1:  You can see an orange button labeled “List Your Business – FREE” right at the menu section of the site; this is visible on any page you browse. Click on that button to begin with your business submission.


Step 2: You will be directed to the following page where the registration process begins. Just click on the ‘Register’ link (as highlighted) for your registration. (Note: In case you are already registered, just login to your account)


Step 3: After clicking ‘Register,’ you will be directed to the registration page where you need to provide the required account details. Then, just type the captcha code (in red below) and then click on ‘Create Account’ to submit.


Step 4: Once your account details have been submitted successfully – meaning you have successfully created your own account – you will see the page where the business submission begins (see image below).  On this page, you will just need to select a category for your submission and click ‘Go’ to continue.

Step 5: After selecting a category, you will be brought to the business details form, where you will need to provide all your necessary business information. Please note that the more business details you provide, the better – prospective clients, as we know it, are usually persuaded when the information is detailed. When done filling-up the form, just click ‘Continue’.

Step 6: You will then be directed to a preview page for you to check your submission – e.g. for errors, typo, etc. If you think there is still something that needs to be edited, just click the ‘Go Back’ button; else, click ‘Proceed’ to continue.

Step 7: Lastly, when you are done with Step 6, you will be prompted with a message telling that the business you have submitted has been received and all you need to do now is to wait for that listing becomes live – after review by the Davao Portal Team.


Note:  You will be notified via email once your listing has been posted live. You can also see your live submission by logging in to your account. Just check your dashboard – similar to what is being shown below.

And, that’s it!

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Top 4 Reasons Why You Might Want to List Your Business at Davao Portal

Davao Portal Updates July 3, 2013

If you are a Davao-based business owner or running a business in the city then you might want to consider listing your business information at Davao Portal business directory and here are the 4 compelling reasons why:

1. FREE Listing

First, it’s FREE. As you might (or might not) be aware of, not all business directories on the Internet are offering free listing and there are just few business directory sites that are targeted to Davao prospects. That means, listing to Davao portal provides you an avenue for your business to reach audiences in a wider scope yet targeted to your prospects. So, you might want to take advantage of this opportunity – without spending a cent.

2. Greater Visibility on SERPs

Speaking of ‘wider and targeted audiences,” the Davao Portal has great presence in major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. If you perform a search on Google today for keywords like “davao businesses” or “list of companies in davao city,” which are the keywords that your target customers are most likely to use in search, you will notice that Davao Portal is on top of SERPs (search engine results pages) – first page. What does that say? That means more potential customers (leads) could be generated for your business if it was listed, most especially today that people are using the online alternatives to find businesses – and most of them use search engines like Google. Checkout the following images:

Davao Portal on Google's SERPs for the keywords "davao businesses".

Search engine results page taken on July 3 shows that Davao Portal is on the first page (rank 2) for the keywords “davao businesses,” which is a key phrase being used by people who are looking for businesses in Davao.

Davao Portal on Google's SERPs for the Keywords "list of companies in davao city"

Another keywords that has made Davao Portal on top of the Google SERPs (Google is the most used search engine today) is “list of companies in davao city”.

3. More and more people are coming to Davao Portal

Davao Portal, launched in July 2012 (and yes, will be celebrating its first anniversary this month), is now attracting thousands of people per month (unique visitors); they are website visitors who are coming from different parts of the globe. This trend is expected to continue as more and more people are turning their heads back to the city, seeing it as a promising haven for business and investments. This trend also means that the Davao Portal Team will (and shall) continue to work to help businesses in Davao get more visibility through digital media.

Davao Portal - davao business directory

In less than a year, Davao Portal has generated 30,ooo visitors and the upward trend is expected to continue for more months to come.

Davao Portal, a website that lists davao-based businesses, has visitors coming from around the world.

Where the visits are actually coming? The above image shows the top 14 countries where Davao Portal’s visitors are coming from. You can see that the Philippines tops the list and then followed by the U.S. at number 2.

Davao Portal - a website that lists davao businesses

Based on the data collected by our analytics, Davao Portal shows positive growth since the beginning and this trend is expected to continue in the coming months and years. By the end of this year (in Dec), the site could have a monthly visit of 20 to 25 thousand people .

4. Davaoeño web adminstrators

Lastly, the people behind Davao Portal  are all Davaoeños and are Davao-based; this means they have the heart for Davao. This also means that they can be reached anytime when you want to meet them in person for any project collaborations, request for business reviews, and other projects that matter to people as long as you are in Davao.

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Superhero Sculpture Exhibit by Harold Soriaga at Abreeza Mall (A Father’s Day Event)

Davao Events, Davao Expo / Exhibits June 15, 2013

Yesterday, the Davao Portal Team had the opportunity to be with people who are passionate in sculptures — in the event dubbed “Superhero Sculptures by Daddy Harold Soriaga: A Father’s Day Art Exhibit,” held at Abreeza Mall, Davao City. We thought it was timely as this month, we are honoring our fathers — our all-time favorite superheroes — in various ways. Thus, the said event is worth-featuring and deserves a place here on our blog.

During the event, we got the chance to meet the man behind the masterpiece, Mr. Harold Soriaga, the artist himself. In his speech, he said that he really took  time working, preparing for this event (his first exhibit) that he jokingly said he even had no time giving a massage for his wife during the course of the preparation. He also thanked everybody who came, as well as those people who helped him, with special acknowledgement to his sister, Hazel, who also took a big part for the realization of the event. And, in his welcoming gesture, he invited all of the visitors to see his creations (there were 26 items displayed) that he started creating in 2006. When asked how long does it take to finish a single sculpture, “usually, it takes 3 months for me to finish one,” he said.

Superhero Sculpture Exhibit with Harold Soriaga at Abreeza Mall

Mr. Harold Soriaga, center, having fun taking pix with Davao Portal Team during his superhero sculpture exhibit at Abreeza Mall, Davao City.

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Inland Resorts in Davao City

Davao Attractions June 8, 2013

If you are looking for inland resorts in Davao City, you might want to check the list below. I have listed some of the most popular inland tourist attractions (in no particular order) in the city based on people’s recommendations as well as on social media mentions.

D’ Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park

d leonor resort in cabantian davao city

photo credit: D’ Leonor Facebook Page

It is a 26-hectare inland resort located in Cummunal, Cabantian, Buhangin, which is about 20 to 30 minutes ride from the airport. This place offers a number of attractions that you and your friends might want to experience. Wavepool, zipline, and wall climbing are just some of its facilities you can try. But if you only want a sightseeing, you can do that as well – you just need to pay the entrance fee, which is 50 pesos for adult and 30 pesos for kids. D’ Leonor’s other rates and charges(such as for accommodations) and other come at fair price as well.

Eden Nature Park & Resort

eden nature park davao

photo credit: Eden Nature Park official website Continue reading …

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Iconic Building Project Aeon Towers Breaks Ground

Business, Davao Events, Upcoming Projects May 30, 2013

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Aeon Towers, dubbed as “the most iconic building project in Davao city” to date, broke ground on 30th of May, 2013, marking the start of full-swing construction of this 3.1 billion-worth mixed-use facility — a 33-storey structure that will soon tower the city’s skyline, along J.P. Laurel Avenue, near the Ayala Complex.

aeon towers in davao city ground breaking ceremony

Photo credit: Elvy Vallejo

The ground breaking ceremony was led by FTC Group of Companies President Ian Y. Cruz, who delivered a warm and optimistic message before the  guests. In his speech, he thanked his family and the rest of the company’s backbone, as well as the project partners from different institutions, for the ‘realization’ of this business endeavor. Continue reading …

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