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Experience Asia in Davao at Banana Leaf Restaurant, SM Lanang Premier

Davao Reviews May 28, 2013

It was our second time dining in this restaurant but, just like the first, still we were captivated!  Here’s why: the place really offers a unique dining experience that keeps us coming back. And so, with the aim of sharing that ‘experience’ to Davao Portal loyal followers – and the rest of the readers – I have written this post.

Here’s our dining experience (the second time around).

A Malaysian-dressed female staff welcomed us with a warm smile, and a male waiter led us to our table with real banana leaves placed on it to be used as alternative to plates. The place had a comfortable and cozy ambience, which made me feel at home. Continue reading …

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Aeon Towers in full-swing construction

Business, Upcoming Projects May 23, 2013

aeon tower ground breaking ceremony in davao

Aeon Towers, dubbed as “the most iconic building project” in Davao City to date, is set to break ground on May 30, 2013 (Thursday), marking the start of  the construction of this 33-storey mixed-use landmark — the tallest structure in the region when finished — rising along J.P. Laurel Avenue, near the Ayala Complex. Continue reading …

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Wall Climbing At Edge – The Outdoor Specialist: Why Wall Climbing Can Be Like Solving Math

Davao Attractions May 9, 2013

For the love of doing something new, my office mates and I tried wall climbing at Edge –  the Outdoor Specialist. It’s located along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City, in front of Seda Abreeza Hotel, so it’s easy to find. The place looks underrated at first glimpse because it has a pretty smaller space compared to other wall climbing facilities in town – and you see the wall you are about to climb immediately even from the outside. But my initial impression on the place convinced me yet again to never judge a book by its cover.

wall climbing at EDGE - the outdoor specialist - in Davao City

Photo credit: Gil Poligrates

Edge Outdoor is open from Mondays to Sundays, 5-9pm, so that means wall climbing in nighttime – with the stars above you and the honking cars in the street. But all of these are sent to oblivion once you get your hands on those rocks! *insert rock music* Continue reading …

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A Taste of Korea in Davao: Manna Korean Restaurant at SM Lanang Premier

Davao Reviews May 7, 2013

I’m a bit of a fan with anything “Korean”: music, fashion, celebrities and food!

Speaking of food, for the first time ever, my friend and I decided to dine in a Korean Restaurant at SM Lanang’s Sky Garden – Manna Korean Restaurant “The Food from Heaven”. And the experience proved good for me.

Manna Korean Restaurant at SM Lanang Premier


Manna Korean Restaurant has other branch located at C5 Dormitel, Roxas Avenue, Davao City. However, we tried the one at SM Lanang’s Sky Garden. We were welcomed with a friendly receptionist in complete hanbok attire, and were served by attentive waiters. Continue reading …

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Upcoming Event: Lose Weight, Get Active…Fight Diabetes!

Business Engagement, Davao Events, Press Release May 6, 2013


(A Free Seminar on Diabetes Control/Management by The Philippine Diabetic Athletes [PDAT])

seminar on diabetes management at abreeza mall davao

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Davao City, Philippines (May 6, 2013)

The Philippine Diabetic Athletes (PDAT), a non-stock, non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, educate, and encourage Filipino diabetics to manage their disease through an active and healthy lifestyle, is bringing its fourth leg of seminars titled “Lose Weight, Get Active… Fight Diabetes!” to Davao City. Continue reading …

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The Thrill and Excitement at Havoc Fun Run

Davao Events April 18, 2013

I dare to live life to the fullest so, aside from travel, I included fun run on my bucket list this year 😀 . And while there’s still a lot other things on my list , it is so fulfilling to realize that I was able to accomplish this item as early as this month – Davao City’s Havoc Regeneration Fun Run made it happen…and exceeded my expectation on how ‘fun’ could fun run be, in fact.

With thrill and excitement, my colleagues and I decided to join in this event that was set on April 7.  It had a registration fee worth 350.00 – to cover the singlet, race bib and free snacks.  The proceeds was intended for the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines – another good reason why we were encouraged to join.

havoc fun run in davao city

Preparing for the event with my colleagues Continue reading …

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Araw ng Dabaw 2013 Event Schedules

Araw ng Dabaw, Davao Events February 15, 2013

Are you excited about the upcoming events prepared by the local government for the Araw ng Dabaw 2013? Well, we have just got the schedule of events. Check it out below – you can surely find ways to insert these events in your busy schedules. Have fun guys!

Araw ng Dabaw 2013 schedules of events

Mutya ng Dabaw Talent Showcase February 20 – 4PM  NCCC Mall Activity Center
Hulagway sa Araw ng Dabaw Photo Contest February 20-March 16 Public Information Center
76th Araw ng Dabaw Opening Program February 25- 7AM Quezon Park
Araw ng Dabaw Sportsfest February 26-March 24 (Different Venues)
Mutya ng Dabaw Semi-Finals (Selection of 5 Grand Finalists) February 27 – 5PM Abreeza Mall  (Ayala Mall of Davao)
Mutya ng Dabaw Community Project Activity March 1 – whole day Various Baranggays
Davao: Then and Now Exhibition March 1-16 – 10AM-9PM SM City Davao – Annex
Hudyakaan sa Araw ng Dabaw March 1-17 – 6PM-2AM Bolton Extension
Mutya ng Dabaw Grand Coronation Night March 2 – 6PM Davao City Recreation Center
Phoenix Araw ng Dabaw Marathon March 10 – 5AM SM Lanang Premier to SM City Davao
Sayaw Pinoy (Elementary & High School Categories)Adult CategoryKanta Dabaw & Laban Labandz Finals March 13 – 6PMMarch 14 – 6PM San Pedro Street (Fronting Agila Stage, Rizal Park)
Sayawan sa Da’n Competition March 15 – 7AM Carousel Route: San Pedro St.-Bolton St.-Bonifacio St. – Pelayo St.
Datu Bago Awards Night March 15 – 6PM The Royal Mandaya Hotel
Lankuban: Musika sa Dabawenyo Concert March 15 – 6PM Hudyakaan Stage at Bolton Extension
Thanksgiving Mass March 16 – 6AM San Pedro Cathedral
Parada Dabawenyo March 16 – 7AM-12 Noon  Roxas Ave. to San Pedro St.
Pahalipay Concert ni Mayor Sara ug Vice Mayor Rody Duterte March 16 – 6PM Rizal Park

For more info, visit the local government of Davao’s official website @ davaocity.gov.ph

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Godiva Natural Skin Care Product Launching in Davao

Business Engagement, Davao Events February 4, 2013

(Yes, Davao Portal Team was there!)

The Davao Portal team was one of the invited guests during the brand launching of Godiva Skin Care products held at SM City Davao (Annex) on February 2, 2013. It was really an exciting event for us (we could not afford to miss it) for two main reasons: (1) it was our first business engagement since this website was launched in July 2012, so we thought it’s really a privilege to be part of the said event; and (2) because it was Godiva’s first of its series of product introductions to Filipino consumers ; it’s an honor for us Davaoeños to experience it first – yes, they have chosen Davao for its initial market distribution (the new Godiva skin care product is not yet available in other regions – not even in Metro Manila).

So, how’s our Godiva experience? We have captured some photos below to tell it all!

Davao Portal Team with Ms. Ella Bugayong-Pabellano, Marketing Services Manager of Godiva

 The Davao Portal team with Ms. Ella Bugayong-Pabellano, the Marketing Services Manager, Godiva Inc., at the registration booth. (Ms. Ella was really accommodating)


Davao Portal Team at Godiva Skin Care Product Launching in DavaoDavao Portal at Godiva Skin Care Product Launching at SM City DavaoDavao Portal Team at Godiva Skin Care Product Launching in Davao City

We got a chance to roam around even before the program started and the above photos show the team taking some shots (with images of those who underwent FREE skin care treatment at the background).

 ms. claudette centeno hosting the Godiva skin care product launching

Ms. Claudette Centeno from ABS-CBN, the host of the event, started the program with some exciting announcements – including our chances to win a lenovo phone.


Godiva Inc. General Manager Speaks at Product Launching in Davao City

The Godiva Inc. manager welcomes the audience in her opening speech, with informative discussion regarding the product and what sets it apart from other skin care brands in the market today.


Claudette Centeno and Allan Alforque at Godiva Skin Care Product Launching in Davao

Ms. Claudette introduces Allan Alforque, one of Davao’s prominent hair and make-up artists.


Allan Alforque Make-up Demonstration at Godiva Skin Care Product Launching

Allan Alforque – doing what he is known best – demonstrates about how to apply an appropriate make-up for a particular occasion.


claudette centeno talks with an audience during Godiva launching

Claudette Centeno asking an audience about her beauty journey with Godiva (free skin care treatments were done during the launching – Feb 1-3, 2013)


mallgoers undergoing godiva skin treatment at sm city davao

The above photos show mallgoers undergoing FREE skin care treatments; sample Godiva products were also given to all the guests who participated in the event.


claudette introduces the new face of godiva, Jessica Kienle

Claudette introduces the new face of Godiva, Ms. Jessica Kienle (more about this gorgeous lady can be found here)


ms. jessica kienle talks about her beauty regimen

Product endorser / image model Jessica Kienle talks about her beauty regimen and shares some useful skin care tips to the audience.

Jessica Kienle at Godiva Skin Care Product Launching

jessica draw a name for lenovo winner at Godiva launching

Jessica Kienle draws a name for Lenovo phone winner.


the winner of the lenovo raffle draw at godiva launching

The lucky audience raffle draw winner, Quimz Renegado, gives thanks for the phone she won; she’s a local blogger – her blog’s here.


y-fi (young filipinos) boyband at Godiva skin care product launching

Claudette Centeno interviews Y-FI (Young Filipinos) boyband members, who also graced the event with their soulful song renditions.


godiva product launching at sm city davaofood treats at godiva skin care product launching food at godiva product launching

Delicious food treats were shared to all the guests / participants of the event (and yes, we did not miss it!)


Godiva Skin Care male modelspicture taking with jessica kienle at godiva product launching

Photo shoots with Godiva’s models

Godiva Natural Skin Care product launching ended a great success!


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Davao Building Construction Projects (2013 Updates)

Upcoming Projects January 16, 2013

2012 was quite a booming year for Davao city in terms of building constructions – both for commercial and residential projects – and this trend is expected to continue in 2013 – and in the coming years – with a number of companies expressing their interests for Davao investments. So, don’t be surprised (at least not that much) if you see T-cranes sprouting here and there – you might see one even in your neighborhood. 🙂

This year, we can expect lots of construction activities in the city and here are some interesting projects in the pipeline (ongoing and upcoming):

Abreeza Residences

abreeza residences under construction

A 26-storey residential tower that is being built inside the Abreeza complex (Ayala Company). The construction started in 2012 and if you check it out today, you can notice that the building is slowly shaping up (they are currently working for its 10th floor). This project is expected to top off in 2014 and the turnover will be in 2015.

For more detail about this project, visit Abreeza Residences Official Page.

AEON Towers

aeon tower davao city

This is a 33-story mixed-use commercial building project by FTC Group of Companies that will rise along J.P. Laurel Avenue (in front of Redemptorist Church and near the Abreeza Complex). The building will consist commercial areas, hotel, and residential condominium units.

As of this posting, they are on its clearing operation (old building is being demolished) to give way for the construction that is expected to commence first quarter this year.

For more details, visit Aeon Tower Official Website

Ateneo Community Tower

ateneo community tower under construction

Another building construction that is currently in the works is AdDU’s 12-story community building, the school is allocating Php 865 million  for the entire project, which includes a a separate 4-story building intended for sports and recreations. If you pass by the area today, you will notice that T-cranes are already put in place and people working in the area are already visible.

More about this project can be found here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1530086

Avida Towers Davao

avida towers davao city

Rising along C.M. Recto Avenue (Claveria) is another Ayala project that will consist of 2 residential towers (24 and 29-storey buildings) that will house 431 units, including special two-bedroom units from the 19th to the 23rd floor; parking units available from the ground to the 4th floor.

There is no announcement yet as to when the construction will commence – as of this posting.

For more details, visit Avida Towers Davao Offcial Page.

Ayala Technopad (Abreeza Corporate Center)

abreeza corporate center davao city

Initially intended for business process outsourcing companies, the project is now planned to house other type of businesses as well and thus they changed its name to “Abreeza Corporate Center”.

As of this posting, we can see that the project is more or less 70 percent complete so we can expect that it will be fully operational last quarter this year.

The 1st and second floor is said to be an extension of the Abreeza Mall and will house more tenants and popular brands. The rest of the building will be occupied by BPO companies and other conventional office-based businesses.

Felcris Centrale

felcris central davao city

Another major project in Davao City that has just started (last quarter of 2012) is the Felcris Centrale by Felcris Hotels and Resorts Corporation. This business community complex will consist of a mall, a 12-storey office tower,  residential towers, hotels, and other recreational facility. For the mall and BPO building alone, the company has allocated at least PHP 1 Billion.

The project will rise along Quimpo Boulevard, Barangay Bucana (right in front of the Land Transportation Office).

JTC Tower

JTC Tower Davao City

JTC is a 12-storey hotel that is being built along J.P Laurel Avenue, near the SM Lanang Complex. The project is about 60% complete. However, there are some speculations that the company behind this project is temporarily stopping the construction for some reasons – but this is not confirmed. Should the construction continue this year, the hotel is expected to be fully operational next year.


King Dome

king dome davao by apollo quiboloy

King Dome is a 50,000-seater “indoor cathedral” that will rise inside the Kingdom of Jesus Christ 23-hectare Compound located along Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway (near Davao International Airport). The project has broken ground 3rd quarter of 2012 and is expected to be completed by 2015.

The facility is intended for religious gathering; it is going to be the “epicentre of the greatest spiritual earthquake that will shake the whole world,” Pastor Quiboloy said.

Park Inn by Radisson

park inn by radission davao city

This is a 200-room hotel that is being developed within the SM Lanang Complex (the hotel is attached to the mall through a bridge) and now is almost 100% complete. It is expected to be operational in February this year.

For more details on this project, visit Park Inn by Radission – Davao – Official page

More Building Projects


S & R Shopping Center

s and r shopping center davao under construction

Project Description: Membership Shopping, Wholesale, Retail
Location: McArthur Highway (Corner Ma-a), Matina, Davao City
Construction Status: Ongoing

Tune Hotel Davao

tune hotel davao city

Project Description: Hotel and Commercial Use
Location: J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City
Construction Status: Ongoing

Liverpool – Camella Northpoint

liverpool camella northpoint davao city

Description: Condominium
Location: Junction of J.P. Laurel Avenue and Buhangin Road, Davao City
Construction Status: will start 2nd quarter in 2013
Official page: Liverpool – Camella Northpoint, Davao

Abreeza Place

abreeza place davao city

Description: Condominium / Residential Towers
Location: Abreeza Complex, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City
Construction Status: no confirmed schedule yet

Other Construction Projects (still to be confirmed)

Matina IT Park

matina IT park davao city

Lanang Business Park


Lanang Business Park, Davao City


*Disclaimer: Davao Portal does not own all the images published above – the writer just took screenshots of these images found on the Internet, which were taken by other photographers.  Some  of the images are coming from the respective project developers themselves through their official websites. Due credit is being given to the respective sources.


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