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2nd Graphic Design Conference – Graphicon Davao 2012

Davao Events December 7, 2012

A special gathering of animators and graphic designers dubbed as “Graphicon Davao: Graphic Design Conference 2012” was held on December 1, 2012 (Saturday) at the CAP Auditorium in Davao City. The said event was organized by DUAAD (Davao United Association of Animators and Designers, Inc.) and participated by various sectors, including delegates from business as well as from the academe. I was able to experience the said convention myself (I was one of the participants) and I could say that it was indeed an exciting and fruitful gathering – no wonder why the event drew thousands of participants.

graphicon 2012

This convention is one of the most awaited events every year especially to those who are interested in web arts; for students and even professionals who want to learn about multimedia and graphic design, branding, visual effects and web technology.

Part of the convention that I liked most was hearing inspiring stories and ideas from the best artists all over the country and I can say they really are the best in their fields.

I was amazed by Chad Manzano’s  talk where he shared about his works, which  is, in general, about illustrations for t-shirts and clothing lines. Some of his works are in collaboration with Urbandub, a well-known rock band here in the country. Although he was a little bit weird with his sun glasses on all the time in a dark auditorium, he did not fail the kids with his enthusiasm – both in his work and passion in vector art.

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The second speaker was Ritchie Baquirin, a director of PGDA or Philippine Graphic Design Awards.  His talk was about Windows 8.

After the break the convention heats up with a short game “are you smarter  than a 5th grader Philippine edition”.  That was fun!

The 3rd speaker was Val Nizam Villar. He talked about HTML 5, CSS 3, User Interface, typography, Semantics, and Web standards, which were nice inputs especially for me as I deal a lot of  Wordpress tasks.

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The 4th speaker was even more interesting, the crowd was thrilled when this one-time amateur boxing champion Isabela Gatuslao, a branding specialist, was introduced. She shared her experiences about her works in prestigious brands including National bookstore, Daphne Osena Paez, and Lucy Torres.

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Aseo or Vincent Rhafael Aseo, a graduate of AB in Multimedia Arts in Asia Pacific College, was the 5th speaker. He shared his funny experiences before reaching the top in his career. He said that “chicks dig vector” that’s why he is doing it.  This passion has led him to Germany and helped him to work at Oracoms, the Book of Creations in France and The Imperial college of London Magazine.

The last but not the least speaker was Nico Puertollano,  a coño guy from LA with ‘astig’ performance and presentation of motion design.  The Executive Creative Director of Flux Design Labs gave the participants bird’s eye view on motion design.

The event indeed a big success – and I am looking forward for the next edition of this event next year.


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Davao Pasko Fiesta Celebration 2012 – Schedule of Events

Davao Events December 2, 2012


davao pasko fiesta 2012 schedule of events

One Christmas in Davao (Malipayon, Nagkahiusa)

Schedule of Events

Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw Grand Opening Ceremonies

December 7, 5PM – Rainbow Drive, People’s Park

Hulagway sa Pasko Fiesta: A Photo Competition

Deadline for Submission of Entries – Dec 27 – City Information Office
Exhibit of Winning Photos – December 29 to January 11, 2013

Pasko Fiesta sa Rizal Park ug Magsaysay Park

December 1 to January 2, 2012
6PM-10PM (Monday-Friday) Rizal Park
4PM-11PM (Saturday-Sunday) Magsaysay Park

Pasko Fiesta sa Pasalubong Center

December 3-31 10AM-7PM Pasalubong Center, Palma Gil Street

Pasko Fiesta sa mga Bata ( Morning Fiesta and Afternoon Fiesta)

December 7 8AM-12 NOON; 1PM-5PM Davao City Recreation Center


Opening Program December 7 8AM-5:30PM RMC Gymnasium
Free Medical Check-up December 8 7:30AM-12:30 PM RMC Gymnasium
Awarding December 10 2PM-8PM Davao City Recreation Center

Kahayag sa Pasko Competition

December 7-31 All over the City
Deadline for submission of entries Dec.6 3PM Duaw Davao Foundation

Parol ug Paskong Kahoy Design Competition

December 10-Jan 1, 2013 1PM-10PM (Sunday-Thursday); 1PM-11PM (Friday-Saturday) People’s Park
Deadline for Submission of Entries Dec. 10 5PM Duaw Davao Foundation

Libro sa Pasko

December 12 12Noon-8PM SM City Annex Atrium, Ecoland

Hudyakaan sa Kapaskuhan

December 14-23 6PM-2AM Bolton Extension

Rondalsaya Performances

December 16 5PM Rizal Park

Pasko Fiesta sa Museo Dabawenyo

“Handuraw sa Himaya: A Nativity Visual Arts Competition for Young Artists”
Deadline for Submission of entries Deceember 13 5PM Museo Dabawenyo
Exhibit December 17-January 10, 2013 9AM-6PM Museo Dabawenyo

Panaygon Competition

December 17-19 5PM-8PM Rizal Park

Rondalsaya Caravan

December 17-25 6PM Various venues

Tugsayaw Competition

December 20-21 5PM-8PM Rizal Park

Search for Binibining Barangay 2012

Grand Coronation Night
December 20 6PM Davao City Recreation Center

Pasko Fiesta Light Show Display

December 21-January 1, 2013 6:30PM-7:30PM; 7:30PM-8:30PM Great Lawn, People’s Park

Lamdag Parada

December 22 6PM Roxas Street, C.M. Recto Street, Bonifacio Street, Pelayo Street, San Pedro Street, Rizal Park.



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Things to do in Davao City

Davao Attractions November 9, 2012

If it is your first time vacationing in Davao City (or if you are a balikbayan that has been away for so long) you surely wonder about the things you can do in the city today – where should you go to make your stay a one- of-kind vacation experience? Well, as you might already know, Davao is the largest city in in the Philippines in terms of land area and that means there are lots of things you can do to make your visit a lot of fun – a perfect getaway!

Here are some of the things that you should not miss doing!

Celebrating Davao Festivals

Kadayawan Street Dancing Competition

There are three major festivals you can experience in Davao City in a year. If you are visiting in the month of March, it’s the perfect time to join with Davaoenos in celebrating “Araw ng Dabaw,” which showcases lots of fun activities including street dancing and floral parade competition; agricultural trade; and Mutya ng Davao Pageant,etc.

If you plan to visit in August, you should not miss the Kadayawan Festival, which is considered the festival of festivals in Mindanao, a thanksgiving  celebration for the bountiful harvests and a presentation of rich local culture.

Pasko Fiesta in Davao - Photo Credit: Davaobuzz.com

During Christmas season, the city celebrates “Pasko Fiesta,” a kind of festival aimed to showcase local talents and creativity through Christmas lightings and decoration competitions, which are highlighted in a Christmas parade.


Visiting Davao Landmarks

Davao City Hall - photo credit: marcopolohotel.com

There are lots of important landmarks in Davao City that reflects its cultural, historical, and political values. You should not miss visiting the local executive building, the City Hall of Davao located along San Pedro Street (20 to 30-minute ride from the airport); and, just beside it, the Sangguniang Panglungsod, where you can witness legislative sessions (things you should not miss if you are politically-inclined person). And, right across the SP building is the famous San Pedro Cathedral – one of the oldest churches in the city. Davao Museum - photo credit: Mark Anthony MarangaAlso, a few distance from the SP, at the back, is the Museo Davaoeno (Davao Museum) – another place that reflects the life and lifestyle of Davaoenos in an array of colors – where you can see artifacts, art exhibits from Davao-based artists, historical and indigenous people’s photos, etc.

FYI: You can visit the city hall, SP legislative building, San Pedro Cathedral, Davao Museum, and Quezon Park in one hour since they are all in the same area.

Have fun at Davao Crocodile Park

davao crocodile parkIf you are an animal lover, you must be excited visiting this spot. Have you heard about “Pangil”? Well, it lives there – the biggest croc in town. But there is more than seeing crocodiles’ fangs; the place is not only a home of cultured crocs but a haven for a variety of other animals as well – you can see snakes (big pythons are there!), birds, monkeys , deers, wild boars, tigers, etc. The park also has a butterfly garden.

FYI: Davao Crocodile Park is located in Ma-a, Davao City – 20-30 mins from Davao International Airport.

Nature Tripping

pearl farm beach resort - davaoportal.com

Davao also has a lot to offer when it comes to nature trips – from island to highland, as they say it. If you love beach outing, you can have it anytime you want as the city has lots of beach resorts to offer, including the world-class Pearl Farm Beach Resort and the Paradise Island Resort – both are located in Samal Island, about 30 to 60-minute (at most 2 hours) ferry ride from Davao City proper.

eden nature park, davao city

Aside from beaches, you can also visit some of the city’s famous mountain resorts such as the Eden Nature Park and Loleng’s Mountain Resort – both offer a perfect nature-inspired place for event gatherings, whether for business or leisure.  These resorts accept walk-in visitors, aside from the conventional bookings; they are about 20 and 25 kilometers away respectively from downtown Davao.

Another recommended place to visit for those who love nature is the Malagos Garden Resort, about one-hour taxi ride from the city proper. This place is the home of the King of Birds – The Philippine Eagle – and other animals and diverse tropical plants. There is nothing to worry about accommodations – it has hotel facilities in a nature environment.

outland adventure davao city

If you are into sports or extreme adventures, you have lots of choices to try as well. You might want to try Davao river-rafting and experience the excitement of wildwaters. You can also try to visit Davao Outland Aventure, another extreme adventure facility in the city that offers rope and obstacle courses as well as cable and ziplines. The site is located in Ma-a, just 10-15 minutes away from downtown in a taxi ride.

Wakeboarding is also another exciting activity you can try in the city and you can have it at Deca Wakeboard Park.

And, if  you want to experience the ultimate, you might be interested climbing the highest peak in the Philippines , Mt. Apo – the ultimate destination of mountain climbers  especially during lenten season.

Back into the war era – visit the Japanese Tunnel

japanese tunnel davao city

Located along the Diversion Road in Davao City, the Japanese Tunnel Resort has been attracting both local and foreign tourists since the first time it was made open to public. This tunnel was made during World War II – at the time of Japanese occupation in the city. Stretching about 300 meters deep. The tunnel is said to be carved by the Davao Prisoners of War in 1942. Aside from this main attraction, the resort also offers other facilities including swimming pool and restaurant.

Spend your leisure time at People’s Park

people's park davao city

Located in the heart of Downtown Davao, this 4-hectare park offers a place to relax and a venue for fun activities in the middle of this bustling metropolis. This park was inaugurated and was made open to public way back in 2007, showcasing diversified tropical plants, fountains, man-made waferfalls, playground for children, and a whole lot more. Aside from visitors who want to relax during their idle time (you can see most of them sitting on long benches under big tropical trees) it is also the favorite spot for those who exercise daily. The best times to go in the area is early in the morning, around 5 to 8 AM as it is open for people who go there for fitness purposes  (Jogging, weights, etc.) and in late afternoon at around 4 PM onward. The park closes at around 9 to 10 PM.

FYI: The park is surrounded by restaurants, hotels, shopping centers, and other leisure places. It is a walking distance from the famous Apo View Hotel, Marco Polo Hotel, and the Royal Mandaya Hotel, and some of the best budget hotels in the city. Walking distance restaurants are Primos, Toryano’s, Pards, Tsuru (Japanese restaurant), and Hanoi (Vietnamese restaurant).

Mall hopping

Abreeza mall davao cityDavao city is home to about 1.5 million people so there’s no wonder why shopping malls are sprouting everywhere. Wherever you are in the city, you can surely find malls near you. Along J.P Laurel Avenue nestled the biggest shopping malls in the city, including Gaisano Mall of Davao, Victoria Plaza Mall, Abreeza (Ayala Mall), and the newly-opened and the biggest of them all, the SM Lanang Premier. Along McArthur Highway (Ma-a intersection), there you can find NCCC Mall; SM City Davao is located along Quimpo Boulevard (south of Davao); Gaisano Grand Citymall is along Ilustre Street – a few meters away from Davao Doctors Hospital.

Satisfy your stomach – food trip in davao

penong's barbecue and grill house, davao cityAs I have mentioned, there is nothing to worry about places to eat as you can find them anywhere in the city – plated, buffet, fine dining, etc. But of course, you should try some of of the famous home-grown restaurants. You might want to try dining at Penong’s (barbecue and seafoods), Harana (don’t you enjoy being serenaded while eating?). You might also want dining while seeing the  lovely panoramic view of the city – try Jack’s Ridge in Shrine Hills and Hilltop along Diversion road.

So, those are the things you can do in Davao City – but they are just a ‘tip of an iceberg’ as there are so much more you can do to make your Davao vacation a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Have a great vacation!


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October 2012 Accounting Board Exam Results (Davao-based schools’ performance)

Education October 15, 2012

The University of Mindanao and Ateneo de Davao University emerged as the top performers among the accounting schools (with more than 50 examinees) in the city, with 70.59% and 65.73% passing rates respectively. This is based on the CPA Licensure Examination Results released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)  in October 2012.

Here’s the complete list of schools in Davao City that offer accounting courses with their respective passing rates in October 2012 (in alphabetical order):

  1. Ateneo de Davao University (65.73%)
  2. Christian Colleges of Southeast Asia (not listed in the results)
  3. Holy Cross of Davao College (35.21%)
  4. Jose Maria College (o%)
  5. Philippine College of Technology (not listed in the results)
  6. Rizal Memorial Colleges (100%)
  7. University of Mindanao (70.59%)
  8. University of the Immaculate Concepcion (66.67%)

More details of  the Accounting Board Exam Results (in figures):



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davao-based schools' performance in October 2012 accounting board exam

Other important data to  note:

  • Ateneo had the biggest number of examinees (with a total of 143 – first timers and repeaters combined) in the recently concluded exam.
  • University of Mindanao got the highest passing rate for first time takers (among schools with above 50 examinees).
  • RMC got 100% passing rate for its sole repeater examinee (the school had no first time takers)
  • Ateneo got the highest passing rate for repeaters – 44.44%
  • UIC got 88.89%  passing rate – 8 out of 9 first time takers passed the exam; however, it got 0% for repeaters – no one passed among its three repeaters.





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INFOGRAPHICS: Davao City Nursing Schools’ performance in NLE – June 2012 data (did your school make it to the top?)

Education August 27, 2012

Have you ever wondered which nursing school in Davao City performed better than the other in the recently concluded licensure exam?

We scraped the data we used in this presentation from the Nurse Licensure Exam Results recently released by Professional Regulation Commission. We ranked them based on the number of exam takers (first timers, repeaters, and firstimers and repeaters combined); passing rates (first timers, repeaters, and first timer, repeaters combined); and, with passed minus (-) failed criterion.

So, did your school make it to the top? Check the infographics below!

Number of Exam Takers

Graph 1: Nursing schools in Davao City ranked based on the number of first time exam takers.

bar graph showing the number of nurse licensure exam first time takers in Davao City

The graphical presentation above shows that Davao Doctors College tops the ranking in terms of number, with a total of 95 first time exam takers in the licensure exam held in June 2012; it is closely followed by Brokenshire College with 93. Davao Medical Foundation had only one first time taker.

Graph 2: Nursing schools in Davao City ranked based on the number of exam repeaters.

distribution of the number of exam repeaters in nurse licensure exam in Davao City

Brokenshire College had the most number of exam takers who wanted to give another shot in June 2012 exam, with a total of 390 repeaters; Davao Doctors College’s on the second spot with 269 repeaters.

Graph 3: Davao City nursing schools ranked based on the total number of exam takers (first timers and repeaters combined).

davao city nursing schools ranked according to number of examinees with firstimer repeaters combined

Firstimers and repeaters combined, Brokenshire College tops the list with a total of 483 examinees, followed by Davao Doctors with 364 examinees in June 2012 Nurse Licensure Exam.

Passing Rate

Graph 4: Nursing schools in Davao City ranked based on passing rates (first time takers data).

ranking of nursing schools in Davao City based on passing rates in June 2012 NLE

Davao Medical School Foundation tops the ranking with 100% passing rate; San Pedro College is trailing behind with 95.65%. Looking back at the graph 1, you notice that DMSF had one (1) while SPC had sixty-nine (69) first time exam takers.

Graph 5: Davao city nursing schools ranked based on their passing rates for exam repeaters.

davao city nursing schools ranked based on passing rates for repeaters

San Pedro College had the highest passing rate – 66.67% – for exam repeaters during the nurse licensure exam held in June 2012; Ateneo de Davao made it to the second spot with 50.72%; Tecaro College got the lowest passing rate for repeaters at 10%.

Graph 6: Davao City Nursing Schools ranked based on their overall passing rates – the number of exam takers who passed against the total number (firs timers and repeaters combined) – in the recently concluded Nurse Licensure Exam held in June 2012.

 davao city nursing schools ranked based on passing rate - first timers and repeaters combined in June 2012 exam

San Pedro College was the highest performing nursing school in Davao city in the recent nurse licensure exam held in June 2012 with the passing rate of 81.16% – 112 out of 138 takers passed the exams. Ateneo de Davao had 62.28% passing rate, making it to the second spot in our ranking list.

Other Interesting Statistical Data

Graph 7: Nursing Schools in Davao City ranked based on passed minus (-) failed exam criterion (i.e. number of exam takers who passed minus those who failed) – first time exam takers data.

passed minus failed data for first time takers - based on June 2012 NLE results

5 out 12 nursing schools got positive results in passed – failed data analysis; San Pedro College tops the ranking.

Graph 8: Nursing Schools in Davao City ranked based on passed minus (-) failed exam results – repeaters data. 

passed minus failed exam results data for repeaters in June 2012 NLE

Graph shows only two schools gained positive results in our  passed minus failed criterion (repeaters data): San Pedro College: 23; Ateneo de Davao: 1.

Graph 9: Nursing Schools in Davao City ranked based on passed minus (-) failed exam criterion – (first time takers and repeaters combined data).

passed minus failed exam results - first time takers and repeaters combined

Overall, with first time takers and repeaters combined, the graph shows San Pedro College topping the list and Ateneo de Davao is not that far behind on the second spot.


Statistical Reference (Scraped from the recently released exam results by PRC : Performance of schools in the June 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination June 2012)



Based on our gathered data, two nursing schools emerged as top performers in the recent Nurse Licensure Exam and these are:

1. San Pedro College

2. Ateneo de Davao University (note: one of the topnotchers came from AdDU and she is Amanda Rae Hernandez  Alojado)


June 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination results released in thirty six (36) working days


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Kadayawan Festival 2012 List of Accredited Events

Kadayawan August 17, 2012

kadayawan festival 2012 - photo credit - davaocity.gov.ph

Yes, I know you have been anticipating for the Kadayawan big events like the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (street dancing competition) and the Pamulak (Floral Float Parade). But there are actually more events apart from those, which will be happening (or currently are happening) this month of August. I thought it is a good idea to share with you the list of accredited events in relation to the Kadayawan festival month-long celebrations. So, below is the list of these events.

Happy Kadayawan everyone!

Date Time Event Venue Lead Agency
1 – 20 Aug 5 pm- 2- am Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan Rizal Park Davao Association of Tour Operators DATO
1 – 27 Aug 8 am to 8 pm Agri-Trade Fair SM City Parking Area Floriculture Industry Council of Southern Mindanao
6 -19 Aug All Day Kadayawan Fiesta at the Apo View Apo View Hotel Apo View
8 -10 Aug 3pm, 10am &7pm, 1pm Encantada RSM Events Center PWC Davao Southern Philippines Foundation for the Arts, Culture, and Ecology (SPACE)
14 – 20 Aug Mall Hours Kadayawan Crafts Tourism Fair Ground Floor Hallway, Abreeza Mall Davao Eco Crafts with DTI at XI
16 – 19 Aug 5pm, 3pm – 12MN, 3pm – 12 MN, 10 AM – 9MN The Great Kadayawan Trade Fair and Bazaar Davao Trade and Convention Center Mocha Production
16-Aug 8 am – 12NN History Quiz Contest City Library, 3rd Flr. SP Building Davao Historical Social Foundation, Inc
16 – 19 Aug 4pm – 10pm, 4pm – 12MN, 10pm – 12MN, 10am – 9PM Madayaw Trade Expo… A showcase of what Davao Life Has to Offer Victoria Plaza Carpark EXECON (Ms. Liezel Abatol)
17-Aug All Day SMART DAY – Kadyawan Festival People’s Park SMART Telecom
17 – 19 Aug 6PM – 2AM Ho Chia sa Chinatown Sta. Ana Ave. Corner Jp Laurel
17-Aug All Day VIBE TRIBE Wheels and More Strip EVENTS Plus
18 – 19 Aug 10 am – 2am Tinatu-ay 2 Davao Tattoo Expo and Music Festival NCCC Mall Kadayawan Hall Skin Mode Tattoo
19-Aug 5 AM – 7 AM Pamukaw sa Pamulak: Kadayawan Joyride Around Davao City AMFM Productions
19-Aug 4 AM Caltex Delo Half – Marathon ECO-West Drive Vantage Sports
19-Aug 7 AM – 2 PM Sunshine Cycling for Unity: Together for a United Filipino towards Peace and Progress Brgy. Maa, Covered Court DXRD 711 Sunshine Radio
19-Aug 5 PM MODA Mindanaw SM City Davao SM City Davao
24-25-Aug All Day 1st UAAP Kadayawan invitational Volleyball League University Souteastern Philppines RSVP events and Product
26-Aug 4 AM Timex Run – Davao League Roxas Ave. Vantage Sports


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Davao Public Service: Water Interruption – August 10-11

Public Service August 9, 2012

water interruption august 10-11-2012

Source: http://www.davao-water.gov.ph/web/

Download PDF version water interruption aug 10-11-2012

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Davao City launches mobile app for android users; iOS version in the works

Davao News August 2, 2012

Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte

photo credit: City Government of Davao

Davao android phone users, this latest development might excite you as the local government of Davao City, in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. has just launched an app called ‘Davao Life’, a mobile app that is made for the city’s tourism effort.

What’s with this app? It features the following…

  • It allows you to browse information and images about history, activities and exclusive business promos for this year’s Kadayawan.
  • It has a corrresponding website that can be accessed from a mobile Internet browser.
  • The app also has this element called “Davao Life” that contains news scraped from davaocity.gov.ph (the official website of the city goverment). – listing of events, information on tourist spots and activies, and interactive maps as well.

Soon to be integrated are the sections Araw ng Davao, Pasko Fiesta and Summerfest

The app can be downloaded from Google Play by any mobile Android phone user.

For iOS users (iphone, ipad), no worries, as the app version for iPhones is also in the works.

Visit http://davaocity.gov.ph for more details.

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Davao Cyber Expo at SM City Davao (The Annex) this July 27-29, 2012

Davao Expo / Exhibits July 23, 2012

Another tech event is happening this July at the SM Annex: Davao Cyber Expo 2012. This event will give all computer and Internet geeks – and online gamers – an opportunity to gather together in one place to enjoy and to share among themselves the latest in the cyber world. There will be tech exhibit, DOTA tournament, cosplay, on the spot contests, live bands, and a whole lot more.

Check out the following poster for details (click image to enlarge):

davao cybe expo 2012

For more info an updates, you can visit: http://e2-events.com/home.php

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Kadayawan Festival 2012 Update: Official Kadayawan Poster Released ( with Event Schedules)

Kadayawan July 20, 2012

You have been waiting for this – the Kadayawan Festival 2012 Official Schedule of Events. Check out the information below and find out if you can catch some events slated for all of us Davaoenos.

Source: City Government of Davao (click image to enlarge)

official poster of kadayawan festival 2012 with event schedules

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