The City Government of Davao is gearing up for this year�s Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw, the annual month-long celebration of Christmas festivities in various barangays and districts. Pasko Fiesta will kick off on December 4, Monday, with the Pakutitap sa Rizal Park.
The �Pasko Fiesta� celebration is divided into two categories, �Pahiyas� and �Pasundayag�, which are composed of various barangay-based contests showcasing the craftsmanship, creativity, and skillful performances of the Davao-e�os.
�Pahiyas� category will hold the �Dayan-dayan sa Barangay� (competition of Christmas villages festively decorated with belen, Christmas tree and arch), �Paskong Kahoy sa Parke� (Christmas tree making contest), and �Parolan sa Pasko� (Christmas lantern making contest) competitions. The �Pasundayag� category is composed of two major activities, �Hugna sa Kadalanan� and �Hugna sa mga Distrito�.
The district competitions are divided into three categories � Bata (kids), Batan-on (teens) and Inidiran/ Ham-tong (senior citizens).
The Pasko Fiesta show and competitions will have its rounds in various districts of the city on the following dates: December 6 (Sua-wan, Marilog), December 7 (Calinan), December 8 (Gumalang, Baguio), December 9 (Fatima, Paqui-bato), Bago Oshiro, Tugbok), December 12 (Bunawan), Decemebr 13 (Tigatto, Buhangin), December 14 (Toril), December 15 (Agdao), December 18 (Bgry. 76-A Talomo), and December 19 (Rizal Park).
Competition finals are slated on December 20 (for Bata), Decemebr 21 (for Batan-on), and December 22 (Inidiran/Hamtong).
Other events slated during in this year�s Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw include Dasig Sayaw sa Kadalanan (December 16, Rizal Park and selected streets), Baktas Karakas (December 23, Rizal Park and selected streets), and Bulalakaw sa Kalinaw (December 27, Rizal Park).
This month-long Christmas celebration aims to promote Davao City as an ideal place for vacation, shopping and enjoying the Yuletide season. Most importantly, these activities aims to foster unity, promote happiness and nurture a culture of peace among local residents and visitors. It will also bring to the fore the creativity of the Davaoe�os through visual and performing arts and promote intra-tourism among barangays.
It is garden show time in Davao City as the city celebrates its yearly Kadayawan Festival. Ven Gallego and other members of the Minfed (Mindanao Federation of Orchid and Ornamental Plant Growers) opened their yearly garden show yesterday at the back of Davao City SM Mall.
Exhibited are some of their most beautiful orchids and ornamentals. Topping the plants on exhibit is the Sansevieria Samurai of Lucy Halasan which was adjudged the Best-in-Show. The variegated Palisota of Ching Chua, on the other hand, was adjudged the first prize winner in the ornamentals category. Also notable is the Platycerium grande, the famous staghorn that is native to Davao. The judges included Fr. Felix Hora, Alfonso Ponce Enrile III, Francis Gener, Rey Santos and Zac B. Sarian. The best orchid in the show is the Grammatophyllum measuresianum.
Also notable among the winning ornamentals are the variegated Pink Ravenia, Arenga hookeriana, a profusely blooming bougainvillea, Alcantarea odorata, and others.
The exhibitors executed beautiful landscape booths. The first prize went to the booth of Ven Gallego which featured red grasses among other ornamentals. The second prize was garnered by the booth of Dr. Linda Martinez while the third prize went to the booth of Cirilo “Ching” Chua.
Over 200 commercial growers and hobbyists are selling their plants in the commercial section. A lot of sansevierias, bromeliads, ferns, aglaonemas, bougainvilleas, euphorbias and many other ornamentals and orchids are available at reasonable prices. The show will run through August 20.
Complementing the Kadayawan Garden Show of Minfed is the plant exhibition and special sale being conducted by members of the Floriculture Industry of Davao Inc. (FIDI) in front of SM Davao. The place is a new selling area of some 19 members of FIDI. During this special exhibition, an additional 20 members are also selling their products.
The FIDI exhibition is part of the promotional activity of FIDI to help the members market their products. Business is good, according to Vicky Jimenez of FIDI. In fact, she sold three of her cycads (Dioon mejiae) for R45,000 to a Davao businessman.
The FIDI is also sponsoring free lectures starting yesterday when Rose Sonora conducted a lecture-demonstration on flower arrangement. Today, Fr. Urbano Salada will lecture on basic bonsai culture.
Tomorrow, a lecture on basic orchid culture will be conducted by Sally U. Leuenberger. Sally is a CPA who went into commercial production of orchids. On August 17, Vangie Go will conduct a lecture on importing and exporting ornamental plants. Other topics are also scheduled up to August 21.
PIA Press Release
Kadayawan ’06: DOT sees more potentials in Davao
Davao City (16 August) — Department of Tourism (DOT) undersecretary Oscar Palabyab encouraged Dabawenyos to continue exploring and innovating to entice people to come because new things are happening in the city.
Palabyab who graced the opening of “Kaan-Dawet”, a street food fiesta along Roxas Avenue in Davao City in time for the weeklong Kadayawan Festival told organizer and city tourism head Id Acaylar there is nothing wrong if they copied the street festival of Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival.
“There is nothing wrong when you copied something good and Iloilo won’t mind it because what you did could become a better event,” he said.
He said Davao City is blossoming into a real tourists destination and people come because you wanted them to come and you have make things happen to let people keep coming back.
He said tourists come because they want to eat, drink and be merry and events like Kadayawan is promoting tourism.
Meanwhile major sponsor San Miguel Corporation (SMC) of Kaan-Dawet closed a portion of Roxas Avenue dressed up the street with colorful bannerettes and huge parasol to shield over 100 booths used by Davao’s restaurants and fondly sought for eateries. The project was to provide partygoers a fiesta feel as they are entertained with homegrown bands and other famous bands in the country.
All subsidiaries of SMC pooled their resources to keep Kaan Dawet a major attraction of Kadayawan.
At the opening of the street festival on Monday, Coca-Cola Bottling Philippines president Roberto Huang during his message said that their company and SMC shall not hesitate to partner and support the programs of government.
Declaring Davao City as his second home next to Manila, Huang led the unveiling of “Coke Davao” Viaje na bottles where it features the various famous destinations of the region.
He said it is their way of promoting tourism even as he said they will continuously support efforts geared towards nation building.
The “Coke Davao” that comes in 8 ounces is sold in time for the Kadayawan Festival as a souvenir item from Davao City. (PIA XI/pdbanzon)
Saturday, July 29, 2006
WATCH for “Kadayawan 2006 at MTS” as Matina Town Square celebrates this weeklong celebration by bringing back the basic festivities of food, fruits, flowers, fashion with funfare.
The Davao Musicians Association kicks off the merriment by showcasing their members’ musical ingenuity through various harmonic presentations at Taboan on August 13.Be at MTS on Monday for a shopping frenzy as we open “Kanato Bazaar”, a weeklong flea market at the Park.
A neo-ethnic experience unfolds via a one-of-a-kind fashion show entitled “Sul-Ob” by resident artist, Edick Galacio.
Gastronomical delights share the Kadayawan spotlight as MTS brings you a taste of heaven with the very first Food Fair at Taboan.
Witness a unique showcase of Mindanaoan indigenous songs and dances on Thursday, also at Taboan.
More on arts and culture, Rhonson Ng Photography Studio will be showcasing exhibits by the Bubays (female photographers group) and Extreme Photographers Club.
Professional Photographer Rhonson Ng will also be conducting regular basic photography workshops for amateurs, while artist Jojie Alcantara will hold her art and cartooning workshop for kids starting August.
Join the party at Wh’stletop as they celebrate their 5th anniversary with live entertainment at Park C.
And to cap the week’s merriment, be captivated by cultural performers at the Courtyard and feast your senses all night long in “Tostar: Drink-All-You-Can” at Park C hosted by Tau Mu and various cool party bands at Taboan, Kanto, and Courtyard.
For inquiry and details of each event, please call the Matina Town Square office and look for Neil or Sharon (297-1780).
Matina Town Square invites everyone as we showcase Davao’s homegrown treasures with a lot of pizzazz and zing! Be merry. Be there, be at the square!
MAKATI City Mayor Jejomar Binay and school officials of the Makati University have expressed their intention in helping the City Government in its plan to put-up a Davao City College.
Councilor Pilar C. Braga said Binay sent a letter addressed to the whole officialdom of the city telling them of his support to the city’s plan to establish a city college.Braga said another letter came, but this time from University of Makati executive president Editha Chang.
“We are grateful to learn that you are interested to know more about the university in preparation perhaps of the establishment of your own school. We were instructed by our President Tomas Lopez to coordinate with you for whatever assistance our university could offer,” Chang said.
“In behalf the University of Makati and the City Government of Makati, we manifest our willingness to extend our support for the realization of your noble project,” Chang’s letter further stated.
Councilor Diosdado A. Mahipus said with the intention of the school officials and the City Government of Makati to help, it is already high time to start the long-delayed project.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
(April 17, 2006 issue)
SENATOR Alfonso Diaz of the Republic of Palau has vowed to promote tourism potentials of Davao Region during a meeting with local business leaders and tourism stakeholders in Davao City on April 8.
In the same meeting, it was also agreed that the two countries should work on exchanging schedule of tourism-related events and on possible tie-ups.
The Mindanao Business Council and GEM 2 Program conducted a business meeting on agri-trade and tourism sector with dignitaries from Palau and participants from Davao at the Marco Polo Hotel.
Most of the discussion on tourism revolved on mutual marketing of goods and tourism promotions between Palau and the Philippines.
Likewise raised during the meeting was the possibility of shipping products directly to Palau since the two countries are now more accessible to each other.
Diaz said mango fruits from the Philippines are very popular in Palau and that it would be better if these would be shipped directly to Palau to maintain its quality.
Small discussions among the participants of the same line of business were also held after the meeting to further discuss details of their businesses and tourism tie-ups.
Diaz, who is chair of Resource and Development Tourism of Palau, and Otoichi Besebes, Minister of Trade and Commerce headed the Palau delegation.
The key tourism players of the private sector in Davao City who attended the meeting were Susan Palad of Kahsan Tours, Mary Anne Montemayor of Villa Margarita, Linie Palacio and Felipe Pabelic, Jr. of Waterfront Insular Hotel, Wanda Teo of Mt. Apo Travel and Tours, and Jennifer Melocoton of Amstar Travel and Tours.
The meeting, officials said, served as a gateway towards a bilateral trade and tourism relationship between the two countries.
April 17, 2006
By Josie San Pedro
On March 13, 2006, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte declared April 17-22, 2006 as “SERRA WEEK.” per Proclamation No. 03 Series of 2006. This is in line with the forthcoming 13th ASIAN CONVENTION OF SERRA INTERNATIONAL in Davao City on April 21-23, 2006 at Grand Men Seng Hotel to be hosted by the SERRA CLUB OF DAVAO, a religious organization actively engaged in fostering and promoting priestly vocation and other religious endeavors within the city. The Convention will be graced by no other than the Serra International President Hon. Dennis B. Leiber as Guest Speaker and Dr. Chainarong Monthienvichienchai, IPP of Serra International. Delegates from Hongkong, Bangkok, Singapore and Pakistan will also be attending together with officers and members of different Serra Clubs from all over the Philippines.
Dr. Roberto “Bobby” V. Alcantara is District 96 District Governor for the Years 2005-2007. Incumbent Officers for the Year 2005-2006 are: President- Modesto “”Ding” O. Canvas; president-elect – Reynaldo “Rey” B. Saxon; VP for Program – Cecilia “Cecil” P. Fjord; VP for Vocation – Leticia “Letty” V. Munda; VP for Communication – Aurea “Auring” M. Daniel; VP for Membership – Rosario “Charito” A. Lizada; Secretary – Amparo “Ampy” Canave; Asst. Treas. – Luzvisminda “Minda” Delgado; Treasurer – Rosario “Rose” C. Magnaye; Asst. Treas. – Jesus “Jess” Dela Cruz; 3 Yrs. Trustee – Gregorio “Greg” R. Magnaye: 2 Yrs. Trustee – Adela “Adeling” M. Cuevas; 1 Yr. Trustee – Vicente “Vic” R. Bañez, Jr.
Officers for the Year 2006-2007 are: President – Reynaldo “Rey” B. Sazon; President-Elect – Ricardo “Ric” C. Munda; VP for Membership – Julieta “Tisay” R. Torres; VP for Programs – Gregorio Bayani “Greg” P. Fajardo; VP for Vocations – Emmanuel “Boy” T. Ferrer; Secretary – Rosario “Rose” Villapando; Asst. Sec. – Luzvisminda “Minda” Delgado; Treasurer – Jesus “Jess” dela Cruz, Sr.; Trustee for 3 yrs. – Eufrocina “Lucy” T. Merced; Trustee for 2 yrs. – Adela “Adeling” M. Cuevas; Trustee for 1 yr. – Vicente “Vic” R. Bañes, Jr.
The SERRA CLUB OF DAVAO had its inception on November 5, 1963 when eleven(11) Catholic gentlemen namely Pedro Lascano, Mariano Solis, Heraclio Malaki, Nicolas Soriano, Fernando Bermejo, Nestor de Guzman, Jose Angliongto, Antonio Dagdag, Desiderio Delfin, Conrado delos Reyes and Julian Rodriguez assembled and mapped out plans for the organization of a Serra Club. This came about through the initiative and leadership of former Far East official representative of Serra International, Sergio D. Llanos, Sr. The ratification of the Constitution patterned after that of the Serra International with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, USA was accomplished during the incumbency of Msgr. Clovis Thibault, P.M.E., the then Ordinary of the Prelature “Nulius” of Davao.
Induction of the first set of officers with Pedro Lascano as Charter President and Rev. Fr. Joseph Godbout, P.M.E. as Chaplain was held at Davao Insular Hotel on January 19, 1966. Charter presentation followed on February 17, 1970 with the past International President Sir Mathew H. McClosky III highlighting the affair. Since then, the infant Serra Club held its regular meetings.
Sometime in 1971, Davao Heirarchy was blessed with the arrival of the dynamic Bishop Antonia Ll. Mabutas which during those days an acute crisis of priestly vocations prevailed. For Bishop Mabutas, the Serra Club was a timely vehicle which could enhance promotion of priestly vocations. So, as the Club’s Chaplain with Rev. Fr. Rolland Herbert, P.M.E. as the Assistant Chaplain, they patiently guided the Club in the pursuit of its goals.
In 1977, Archbishop Antonio Mabutas, Club Chaplain for 27 years turned over his Chaplainship to Archbishop Fernando R. Capalla, the esteemed and exemplary Man of Peace. Rev. Fr. Patrice Picard, PME Superior was designated Asst. Chaplain who several years later gave up his post and Rev. Fr. Julius Rodulfa, Rector of St. Francis Xavier College Seminary was appointed in his stead.
The Serra Club of Davao, after 40 years of existence has steadfastly remained as one of the active organizations in the Archdiocese of Davao.
As host to the 13th Asian Convention of Serra International, it is the Club’s prayer and hope that all Serra Clubs in the world would live up to its motto: “Always to go forward, never to turn back” in their struggle to attain their lofty objectives……the fostering and promotion of Vocations to the Ministerial Priesthood and of all Religious Vocations in the Catholic Church.
(April 10, 2006 issue)
CLOSE to 10,000 jobseekers registered during the first tourism jobs fair held in Davao City with at least 53 applicants hired on the spot.Susan del Mundo of Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) and project head for the first tourism jobs fair in Davao said about 79 employers participated in bringing with them some 7,465 jobs available for immediate hiring.
She said during the three-day fair from April 4 to 6 at the NCCC Convention and Exhibition Center at McArthur Highway in Matina about 9,789 jobseekers registered both online and on site.
Of the figure, she said, some 4,406 applications were processed and 2,210 of them are set for final interview while the 1,253 are required to submit additional documents and/or for company testing.
But the fair was not merely for job hiring as it also provided the venue for the employer to scout for their needed workers based on their standard, while jobseekers could look for the employer where his or her qualifications fit to the required job, said del Mundo.
She said the fair also came up with sessions that would allow those lacking in qualifications be given tips and guides on what to do to improve or upgrade their qualifications.
"The jobs fair was held primarily to professionalize human resources in the tourism industry," she said.
Del Mundo said jobs available during the fair are not only for domestic hiring but for international placement as well where a dozen recruitment agencies participated.
She added they expect that more would be hired because of the online posting that runs for a year.
Del Mundo recognized the team effort of those involved in the three-day event and rated the fair as a successful event, which is the biggest so far, held in Mindanao.
"We were able to meet our target of getting at least 2,000 applicants per day and true enough the first day was tremendous with 4,000 jobseekers who came over, on the second day there were about 3,000 and the last day another 3,000," she said.
"By holding the fair we were able to create jobs for the labor force and provide the requirements of the employers and at the same time prepare the applicants of landing in a job," she added.
Del Mundo said the government allotted P1 million for the tourism jobs fair in Davao and the bulk of the budget was used in the development of the website.
The Department of Labor and Employment meanwhile committed to do the monitoring as to the status of the application submitted and this would be forwarded to Department of Tourism central office as part of a national data with regards the tourism jobs fair.
She said the fair would now become a yearly activity in coordination with the tourism players of the region. (PIA/pdbanzon)
SAYO ning tuiga, mga kadalanan ilawom sa Department of Public Works and Highways, gipanindot isip kabahin sa pagpangandam sa Asean Tourism Forum kon ATF.
Kahinumduman, ang ATF gihimo niadtong Enero 13-21, 2006. Sud sa unang upat ka adlaw ang ATF gihimo didto sa Island Garden City of Samal samtang ang nahabiling upat nga adlaw ang aong dakong tigom gihimo dinhi sa siyudad sa Davao.
Ang ATF, gitambongan sa mga delegado sa mga nasud nga sakop sa Association of Southeast Asean Nations sama sa Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei Darrusallam, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam ug Timor Leste.
Gani ang pasi-atab sa mga tawo nga nagpaluyo sa maong kalihukan nagkanayon nga ang ATF mohatag og dugang kita sa panudlanan sa siyudad. Gani ang kaban sa siyudad migahin og kantidad sa kawhaan ka milyon ka pesos aron gastuhon kung unsay mga lakang nga pagahimuon.
Usa sa mga lakang nga gihimo sa mga tigpasiugda sa ATF mao ang pagpanindot sa nagkadaiyang kadalanan, sama sa Uyanguren, MacArthur Highway, R. Castillo, Quezon Boulevard, Quirino Avenue ug J.P. Laurel.
Tungod sa planong panindoton ang maong kadalanan, ang siyudad sa Dabaw nakig-kontrata sa usa ka magpapatigayon nga mamutang og adurno sama sa mga sugang dagitab nga dunay desinyo nga bulak.
Sa Memorandum of Agreement, nagbutyag nga ang kontraktor ang mamutang og 600 ka mga posteng gagmay nga dunay sugang dagitab apan pagkahuman sa ATF ila kini nga itunol ngadto sa dakbayan isip donasyon.
Ang MOA, matud pa gilig-on pinaagi sa usa ka resolosyon nga gi-uyonan sa konseho atol sa sesyon nga nahimo niadtong Disyembre 13, sa milabay nga tuig.
Kung unsay laraw sa kontraktor nga mangarisgar sa pagpamutang sa mga poste nga dunay kahayag siya lamang ang nasayud.
Sumala sa unod sa kontrata, dunay katungod ang siyudad nga makigsabot sa kontraktor tungod kay giingon nga dunay pagtugot ang DPWH nga maoy tag-iya sa nahisgutang kadalanan.
Sa pakisusi, ang buhatang legal sa DPWH hugot nga nanghimakak, nga sila walay kasayuran o dili sila makahinumdum nga dunay rekord sa ilang opisina nga nagtugot sa lokal nga kagahanan nga makigsabot sa kontratista. Ang bout ipasabot niini, nga wala silay pagtugot ngadto sa lokal nga kagamhanan kung opisyal nga rekord ang hisgutan.
Sumala pa ang kontratista, tugutan nga mamutang og mga billboards, tarpuline ug uban pa nga ilang kakitaan tungod kay ang mga kompaniya nga mobutang sa hulagway sa ilang produkto mobayad na ngadto sa kontratista.
Apan, basi sa Ordinansa ning siyudad isip 092, hugot nga gidili ang pagpamutang sa mga posters, tarpuline ug billboards tunga sa kadalanan tungod kay makasalipod sa panan-aw sa mga motorista.
Nasayud ang taga-DPWH nga ang isla sa tunga sa karsada nga aton gihisgutan dili gyud mahimo nga butangan og mga billboards, tarpuline, streamers tungod kay sa rason nga kini "beyond the commerce of man."
Ang DPWH nasayud nga ang nahitabo dunay legal nga mga suliran, apan nagpakabuta -bungol sila tungod kay matud pa ang kontratista bisan migugol og dakong kantidad nakabawi na sa iyang galastuhan dili lamang sa ATF lakip na sa selebrasyon sa Araw ng Dabaw.
(Abril 9, 2006 isyu)
Davao City (6 April) — Alchemy of Vision and Lights, a Davao based Film and Television Production Company which has brought you the annual Guerrilla Filmmaking Festival in tandem with Spikey Fruits Concepts is bringing to you a music TV show which aims to showcase original Davao music and their talented local artists.
The half-hour weekly show entitled Durian Jam will be shown on Alchemy of Vision and Light's evening blocktime on Skycable channel 28. The music show slated to be shown on the third week of April will feature live performances, music videos, features and other segments that will focus on the ins and happenings in Davao.
"We put up this show to showcase Davao original music and the local musical artists behind them," says Paolo Claudio of Spikey Fruits Concepts.
Claudio, a lawyer who recently hurdled the tough New York state bar exams, is an avid supporter of Davao music being the proprietor of CL audio recording studios which is currently producing an album of different Davaoeño alternative rock bands that features their original compositions.
Paolo is also the guitarist/vocalist of the indie rock group Lizard Chips whose music video of their single "Man on the road" is currently on rotation in MTV. The young lawyer is also involved in SONG Inc. a local non-government organization founded by a group of Davaoeño songwriters and supporters geared in advocating original Davao music.
Together with Paolo is his Lizard Chips bandmate, agricultural entrepreneur Wardy Puyod, the duo conceptualized a program that will cater to original Davao music, with one of their high school classmates writer/publicist Rudolph Alama, they formed the group Spikey Fruits Concepts which would be involved in producing Durian Jam.
The trio will be backed by Alchemy of Vision and Lights under Dax Cañedo, who also envisioned a cable television show geared towards showcasing Davao music and their artists.
"Simple lang tong show namin. We really want to expose talented Davaoenos through the Durian Jam. Said Wardy, who is in charge of the technical aspects of the show.
Paolo believes that Davao City is the home of super talented musicians many of them waiting to be discovered, a belief that pushed him into producing a compilation album which features established and upstart Davaoeño bands and their original music.
"Mas maganda pag makikita rin sila, ma-exposed sa TV, our partnership with Alchemy I hope would open the windows for us." said Paolo
Paolo says that their show could discover exciting new artists and their original materials. He says that the show encompasses all genres. Be it rock, pop, hip-hop, or ethnic inspired music.
"We just need materials for the show, kaya we are inviting all local musical artists to be part of our show. Just contact us so that we can feature you and your original materials." Paolo added.
To those Davao musicians/songwriters who want their original music to be featured in the program they can contact Spikey Fruits Concepts at their email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
To those planning to submit materials like music videos or coverage of their gigs and live performances. They could submit their materials (in DVD format) to Spikey Fruits Concepts c/o Alchemy of Vision and Light Film and TV Productions 59-B Aala Bldg. Anda St. (beside Newman Barbershop), Davao City. (Spikey Concepts) [top]