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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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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. 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)


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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!)


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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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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