Tuesday, August 21, 2018

List of winners in the recently concluded Kadayawan sa Davao 2018 - the grandest festival in Mindanao.

Hiyas sa Kadayawan

Best in Cultural Presentation: Karen Joy Dowing (Bagobo Klata)
Hiyas sa Kalambuan: Karen Joy Dowing (Bagobo Klata)
Hiyas sa Panaghiusa: Sittie Aisha Salim (Maranao)
Hiyas sa Kadayawan: Nes-Ann Naraga (Kagan)

Kadayawan Dragon Boat Festival

Open Small Category
3rd Place: UPC
2nd Place: PNP Team B
1st Place: PNP Team A

Mixed Small Category
3rd Place: Kujaw Tiger Dragons
2nd Place: Polilio Dragons
1st Place: PNP Maritime

Women's Small Category
3rd Place: Dragon's del Sur
2nd Place: Butuan Dragons
1st Place: Kujaw Tiger Dragons

Mixed Standard Category
3rd Place: Dragons del Sur 
2nd Place: Dragon Warriors
1st Place: Polilio Dragons

Open Standard Category
3rd Place: Dragon Warriors
2nd Place: Kujaw Tiger Dragons
1st Place: Bugsay Marajao

Open Small Category (200 meters)
3rd Place: PNP Maritime A 
2nd Place: UPC
1st Place: PNP Maritime B

Mixed Small Category (200 meters)
3rd Place: Polilio Dragons 
2nd Place: Kujaw Tiger Dragons
1st Place: PNP Maritime

Women's Small Category (200 meters)
3rd Place: Dragon Warriors 
2nd Place: Dragons del Sur
1st Place: Kujaw Tiger Dragons

Mixed Standard Category (200 meters)
3rd Place: Dragon Warriors 
2nd Place: kujaw Tiger Dragons
1st Place: Polilio Dragons

Open Standard Category (200 meters)
3rd Place: Hiraya Minokawa 
2nd Place: Polilio Dragons
1st Place: PNP Maritime

Mugna Kadayawan

4th Runner-up: Panaghiusa sa Kalipay by the group of Ejay Doronio
3rd Runner-up: Panaghiusa : Kristiyano ug Muslim Padayon Ta by the group of Mendrad Campos
2nd Runner-up: Ang Pondasyon ng Tunay na Dabawenyo at Pagiging Tunay na Filipino by the group of Richard Jay Perez
1st Runner-up: Hulagway by the group of Artemio Bongawan
Champion: Model-Bot by the group of David Paulines from Tagum City

Tunog Kadayawan

3rd Place: Bahandi by Lover Jay Manzano Te
2nd Place: Labing-isa Pinag-isa by Willie Apa Jr.
Grand Winner: Padayon Dabaw by Efren Maghinay Jr.

Sayaw Kadayawan

Children's Category
5th Place: Dalican Pilot Elem School
4th Place: Stella Maris Academy of Davao
3rd Place: Lapu-Lapu Elem School
2nd Place: Magallanes Elem. School
Winner: Parang Central Elem. School

Open Category
5th Place: Ilathala Performing Arts
4th Place: Stella Maris Academy of Davao
3rd Place: Kasadya Surallah Dance Troupe
2nd Place: Kathara Dance Theater Collective
Winner: Madayaw Cultural Ensemble

Kadayawan Ball

3rd Place: Mark Joseph Sayad
2nd Place: Richard Pulatche
Winner: Christopher Zamora

Habi Kadayawan

Student Category Winner: Panyas by Rhayan Orillo (PWC of Davao Senior High School - Fashion Strand)
Hobbyists/Artisans Category: Pahidungog by Kathryn Fanlo
Professional Category: D-11 by Carmaela Braceros Alcantara (Crystal Seas)

Indak Indak sa Kadayawan

Davao City School-Based Category
Best Music: Davao City National High School
4th Place: Catalunan Pequeño National High School
3rd Place: Sta. Ana National High School
2nd Place: Mabini National High School
Champion: Davao City National High School

Open Category
Best Music: Asuncion National High School Performing Arts Guild
5th Place: Camanlangan National High School Dance Ensemble
4th Place: Ruth Manion BabaoMemorial National High School
3rd Place: Bambad National High School Performing Arts Guild
2nd Place: Asuncion National High School Performing Arts Guild
Champion: Mati National Comprehensive High School

Kosplay Kadayawan

3rd place: “Malaya - Diyos ng Mga Agila” Kristian Luis Ronquillo
2nd place: Entry # 15 “Tipuli” Jhonelle Pasaol
Winner: Entry # 8 “Queen of Eagles” Angel Montenegro

Pitik Kadayawan

5th Place: Mati National Comprehensive High School
4th Place: Davao Eagle Drumbeaters
3rd Place: Bambad National High School
2nd Place: Caraga Drumbeaters
Champion: Asuncion Drumbeaters

Pamulak sa Kadayawan

Lahi Category
3rd Prize: Man’s Bestfriend
2nd Prize: Dabawenyo UK Corporation
1st Prize: Davao Horse Club

Gamay Category
Consolation Prize: Agdao Public Market (Flower Sector) and Palawan Pawnshop
3rd Prize: SnR
2nd Prize: Camella Homes
1st Prize: Teleperformance

Dako Category
Consolation Prize: Krispy Kreme and VXI Global Holdings
3rd Prize: Philippines AirAsia
2nd Prize: IPI Pharmaceuticals Inc. 
1st Prize: Kisan Lu and Development Inc.

Photo Credit: Kadayawan sa Davao Facebook Page / LouWorks Studio

Friday, August 3, 2018

When you hear of the name of the city of Tacloban, a few significant things come to mind: it was once, for a short while, the capital city of the Philippines, the host to the longest bridge in the country, and the fifth most competitive city. 

But for a city considered the gateway to the Eastern part of Visayas—often symbolized by the wooden arch—Tacloban is the go-to place of people who venture across the provinces of Samar and Biliran.

Yet, while the autonomous city of Tacloban may seem like it has it all as a fast-developing city of the country, it is also a place of “first,” such as having the first ever Summit Hotel—thusly called Summit Hotel Tacloban—in the area.

Summit Hotel Tacloban

Built and owned by the same conglomerate ran by the business tycoon, John Gokongwei, Summit Hotel Tacloban touts itself as a “prime shopping hotel” for its close proximity to Tacloban City’s Robinsons Mall. 

At just a stone throw away from the nearest shopping area of the city, to stay in the hotel and shop are oftentimes inextricably-linked, it makes customers—such as you and me—leaving the premises a not-so-empty-handed experience. Literally, with a mall as a neighbor from a temporary refuge, the itch to buy can be a rather strong temptation. 

Nestled at the heart of Tacloban’s uptown area, the Summit Hotel Tacloban is at the perfect location for people who are coming into the city, either by air or by seaport. 

Although most hotels which are “Summit” by brand share similarities as if by signature, the Tacloban branch is special in that it is unique from the physical aspect. In paying homage to the people of the city, the Summit Hotel Tacloban features a distinct native flair while bearing a bit of the usual design signature to the Summit brand.

What to Expect?

You might be a passer-by who arbitrarily decides to enter the premise and take a look or a person who chose Summit Hotel’s lobby as a venue for a casual chat with a friend or a wearied client seeking temporary refuge, whatever your purpose for visit, Summit Hotel Tacloban is open for anyone to visit 24/7. 

But, of course, the main benefit of choosing to stay at this luxurious hotel are the customers themselves who are willing to shelve out some cash for a unique pampering experience, given today’s amenities. 

While the basic accommodation is more than enough for the average traveler, those who are deep in the pocket have undeniably more benefit in choosing one of few of Summit Hotel’s suites due to its added amenities.

Yet, while Summit Hotel Tacloban’s 138 unique rooms, including suites, are the main highlights of its hospitality business, the enterprise also brings its commerce to a higher level by catering for people in small or large groups, as in a gathering. 

So, whether you are a group of corporate people who are seeking a fresh venue to conduct meetings from or a larger mass of people—up to 60 unique individuals—Summit Hotel Tacloban has the right enough space to be the perfect place to hold special events and gathering.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Despite its lack of viable surfing spots, there are still plenty of reasons to visit Puerto Galera. What used to be just one of the many island paradises in the gorgeous archipelago that is the Philippines, Puerto Galera is now a burgeoning cultural hub. It’s the perfect beach location for either first-timers or veteran visitors to the country.

Puerto Galera | Photo by: Eugene Alvin Villar / Wikipedia CC


Puerto Galera’s coastal geography might not offer a lot of opportunities for surfing, but there are plenty of beaches where you can windsurf. Along with snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking, windsurfing is one of the most popular water sports on the island of Mindoro where Puerto Galera is located. There are plenty of resorts where you can either rent a board for personal use. You can also pay the local coaches to teach you how to do it for a modest fee.

Windsurfing | Photo by: Kils / Wikipedia CC

Discover Waterfalls

As one of the Philippines less developed islands, Puerto Galera has plenty to offer in terms of natural beauty. This includes several tall waterfalls that are open to tourist visits. There’s Talipayan Falls which is near the Mangyan Village, the lesser known Tukuran Falls, and most famous of all, Tamaraw Falls, which is less than two hours away from White Beach – the most popular beach on the island.

Tamaraw Falls | Photo by: Kok Leng Yeo / Wikipedia CC

Hang Out at White Beach

There are several reasons why White Beach is a popular destination. By day you can try out different water sports and get a tan at the beach, and by night, you can check out what some of the nearby bars and restaurants have to offer. If you’re lucky, you might even catch some of the local fire dancers performing at the beach. 

White Beach | Photo by: Eugene Alvin Villar / Wikipedia CC

Malasimbo Festival

Few events and activities have contributed to Puerto Galera’s global fame in the same way as the Malasimbo Festival. This now annual event began 8 years ago, and it’s turned into an international music and arts festival that regularly brings some of the world’s best artists and musicians together. The most recent international artist that the festival brought to the Philippines is Australian neo-folk and jazz ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote, who wrapped up a stunning show for the visitors to the island. If you’re interested in seeing next year’s Malasimbo, the good news is that it’s fairly easy to get to Puerto Galera. Philippine Airlines has daily international flights into Manila – once you arrive at NAIA you can catch a bus to Batangas Port, where you can then take a ferry to the island of Mindoro. The bus and ferry trips will take a couple hours, but the trip is well worth several days in paradise.

Watch or Learn to Sail

The Puerto Galera Yacht Club holds its annual Easter Regatta every March until the start of April. It’s the longest-running yachting event in the country, and presents the chance to catch some of the best Southeast Asian sailing teams in action. If you’re looking to join in on the fun, Business Mirror suggests that Puerto Galera might be the best place to learn how to sail – thanks to its protected coves which offer relatively stable waters for beginners.

Looking for more Philippine adventures outside of the ordinary? Escape Manila has the scoop on the Sandugo Festival 2018 at Tagbilaran City on the island province of Bohol. The annual festival is a month-long celebration of local Boholano culture and traditions, culminating in street dancing which every first-timer to the Philippines needs to see. There’s no shortage of fun events and activities to catch on these islands.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Sandugo Festival is an annual celebration in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It commemorates the Treaty of Friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a chieftain in Bohol, and Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi, which took place in 1565. It's a month-long event that features the tradition, history, and culture of the Boholanos. Below is the schedule of events and activities in the upcoming Sandugo Festival 2018. The highlight of the festival is the Bangga sa Bol-anong Kuradang (Street Dancing/Showdown) happening on July 28, 2018 at the CPG Sports Complex, Tagbilaran City. [Read: Tourist Spots in Bohol]

Manaragat Festival is an annual celebration in Catbalogan City to honor St. Bartholomew as the miraculous Saint who maintained the richness of Maqueda Bay as a major fishing ground of the province of Samar. Manaragat is a local term for fishermen. It's a month-long fiesta celebration which starts on August 1, 2018.

Photo credit: Manaragat Festival FB page

Here's the schedule of events and activities in the upcoming Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City 2018.