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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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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.

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Mindanao Toy Convention in Davao City

| Davao Expo / Exhibits | May 16, 2013

toy convention 2013 at Gmall in davao city

Who says anime is only for kids? Well, not really! It is for adult as well and the number of people who flocked during the Mindanao Toy Convention is a clear proof to that. Like me, I’m already 26 but I am still a big fan of anime. I remember when I was a kid, I would cry if I could not watch Ghost FighterFushigi Yugi and other amime series on GMA. Those programs were on same schedules / time slots with local news on its rival network and my Dad always wanted to watch the latter. In other words, I only had a chance to watch when my father is not around.

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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.

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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

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The First-Ever ‘Sinugba’ Festival in Davao City

| Davao Events | March 30, 2013

Davao City celebrated its 76th founding anniversary just this March with lots of fun, enjoyable activities – some were organized by the local government and some initiated by the private sectors.

Among the much-awaited events was the Sinugba Festival – perhaps greatly because it was the city’s first time to have such event (at least as big as this).

Sinugba is a local dialect that means grilled in English. So, Sinugba Festival can be roughly translated to Grilled Foods Festival” – an exciting occasion where local restaurants, food chains, grill houses come together in one place to showcase various foods to the public, and usually is staged in a huge open area.

So, because I had no experience going to such an event in the past, I thought it was a good idea not to miss it – and I did (yehey!) With friends and colleagues, we went there in the area – it was located within Juna Subdivision, near the Ateneo de Davao, Matina Campus and just around 500 meters away from the Matina Highway (sorry, I forgot the exact address).

When we got to the area, we were welcomed by a very festive atmosphere – foods, music, and people were in harmony! It seemed everybody was having a good time. And while we expected just grilled foods, we were surprised that the place offered more than that – from delicious foods (not just grilled) to memorabilia to clothing lines…and more collectible items – plus live bands! It was really a lot of fun – eating dinner with friends, zipping my now favorite buko shake, listening to live performances from local bands, roaming around to check what else was there – aah! What more can I say?

So, below are some frozen moments that I’d like to share, taken from that event (photo credit: Christine Carreon)

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That’s all for now folks! Be back again in another blog post – soon…

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4th National Davao Dog Summit

| Araw ng Dabaw | March 19, 2013

Lots of activities were prepared in line with the 76th Araw ng Dabaw celebration and among these was the “4th National  Davao Dog Summit”.  Hundreds of participants graced the event – and yes, we spotted some local celebrities in this year’s edition as well!

This particular event is done annually wherein dog lovers from within and outside the city gather together to promote common cause – awareness on animal welfare, passion for dog/pet raising.  It is usually started by a few kilometers walk-run of the participants (with their dogs) to the venue (this year was at People’s Park) and then followed by a short program, which includes dog exhibitions and then finally the awarding ceremony.

The recent dog summit followed the usual program flow (same as before) and it ended a great success.

So, we are excited to share with you here some of the delightful moments we have captured during the event.

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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)


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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!)


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Photo shoots with Godiva’s models

Godiva Natural Skin Care product launching ended a great success!


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