Monday, August 21, 2017


One of the main highlights of Kadayawan sa Davao is Pamulak sa Kadayawan, a floral float parade. This year, Pitik sa Kadayawan was added to have a more festive vibe. Pitik sa Kadayawan is a drum beating competition alternating the Pamulak entries. (Read: Indak Indak sa Kadayawan 2017 Winners)



Madayaw Davao! This year's Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan Winners are:


Open Category

Champion: Sagayen National School Performing Arts - Asuncion, Davao del Norte



2nd place: Polomolok, South Cotabato



3rd place: Gabi National High School, Compostela



4th place: Matiao National High School, Mati City



5th place: Brgy Panay, Sto. Niño, South Cotabato



Best Music: Sagayen National School Performing Arts - Asuncion, Davao del Norte

Davao School Based Category

Champion: Davao City National High School



2nd place: Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts Guild
3rd place: Buhisan Elementary School
4th place: Francisco Bustamante Central Elementary School
5th place: Jose Bastida Elementary School
Best Music: Davao City National High School

See you again next year in Davao! (Read: Pamulak and Pitik sa Kadayawan Winners)

Monday, August 7, 2017


You don't have to spend much when you explore Davao City. It is a budget-friendly place so you can definitely do more for less. Here's a list of tourist attractions in Davao City that you can visit for FREE. Yes, it's for free! (Read: 10 Reasons to Visit Davao Now)


1. People's Park
Located at the heart of Davao City, People's Park has been a popular destination for both locals and tourists in the city. It features sculptures of Kublai Milan, one of Davao's famous artists. It is covered with lush vegetation and is ideal for family bonding. There is no entrance fee to visit the park.



2. Museo Dabawenyo
If you are into historical finds, you may visit Museo Dabawenyo for free. It is labelled as a "people's museum" and its programs are geared towards better historical and cultural awareness, understanding and integration. It is located at Cor. A. Pichon and C.M. Recto Sts., Davao City and is open from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday. 


3. Magsaysay Park
This month of August is the perfect time to visit Magsaysay Park as the Kadayawan Village is set to open on August 14. Eleven traditional houses will be built representing the 11 ethnolinguistic groups in Davao City namely: Ata, Iranun, Kagan, Klata-Guiangan, Maguindanaon, Maranao, Matigsalug, Ovu Manuvu, Sama, Taga-Bawa, and Tausug.


4. Lon Wa Temple
The Lon Wa Buddhist Temple also known as Long Hua Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao. It is located Cabaguio Ave, Agdao District, Davao City



5. Davao City Hall
The Davao City Hall is the seat of the City Government of Davao headed by its Mayor, Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. It's one of the must-visit places when you explore Davao City especially for first-timers. (Read: Davao 101: A Complete Davao City Travel Guide)


6. San Pedro Cathedral
San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City. Its original structure was bulit in 1847. It was named after San Pedro (Saint Peter), the patron saint of Davao. It is situated at the heart of the city just few meters away from the City Hall of Davao.


7. Bankerohan Public Market
For visitors who want to take home fruits, the best way to shop is at Bankerohan Public Market. The prices are lower compared to the ones in the malls or at the airport stalls.



8. Roxas Night Market
If you want to experience Davao’s street food and night bazaar, head to Roxas Night Market and you’ll enjoy a wide array of food that will surely satisfy your tummy. Must-try is the matcha buchi sold at only P10. The night market is free to roam around but if you want to eat or buy something, of course you'll need to pay for it. Hahaha



9. Davao Chinatown
Davao city has one of the largest Chinatowns in the country. It is marked by four arches namely : The arch of Peace, Prosperity, Friendship and Unity.




Where to stay in Davao? 

Recommended Hotels in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel below to know the rates and availability.
  1. Marco Polo Davao
  2. Seda Abreeza Hotel
  3. Park Inn by Radisson Davao
  4. Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
  5. Apo View Hotel
Recommended budget accommodation in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel / hostel / Dormitel / Inn below to know the rates and availability.

  1. Homitori Dormitel
  2. North Zen Hotel
  3. GV Hotel Davao
  4. The Royal House Travel Inn & Suites
  5. Hotel Uno
  6. Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto
  7. My Hotel Davao
  8. Green Windows Dormitel
Do you know of any other place that can be visited for free in Davao City? Please let us know in the comment below.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Davao City is becoming one of the major tourist attractions in the Philippines. Thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte, the city has gained more popularity when he was elected into office. Davao City, in general, is more than just about sightseeing the legendary bird as it, too, is a hub for many things that are worth the visit whether within the bounds of the city itself or elsewhere close to it. From nature trips to extreme adventures, the city has got something for you to enjoy. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Davao now! Read: Davao 101 : A Complete Davao City Travel Guide.


10. You can have a close encounter with our national bird - the Philippine Eagle.
A visit to Davao City is not complete without going to the Philippine Eagle Center, home of the Philippines' national bird. It is located in Malagos about an hour away from the city proper. Entrance fee is only P50 for adults and P30 for children. Here's a guide on How to Get To Philippine Eagle Center.


9. You can chill and unwind at the Garden of Eden Restored.
The Garden of Eden Restored or the Tamayong Prayer Mountain is the seat of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the Executive Pastor of The Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name. Aside from its religious significance, it has now become one of the tourist attractions in Davao City. Read more about the Garden of Eden Restored.


8. You can experience nature and adventure in one place at Eden Nature Park.
Eden Nature Park is a popular mountain resort in Davao City located in Toril. It is about 95% man-made and an ideal place to relax, refresh and at the same time a perfect venue for some adrenaline-rush adventure. You may try their skycycle or if you're adventurous enough, you can do the skyswing.


7. You can explore the pristine beaches of Samal or Mati.
If you want a beach getaway, you can either go to the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) which is just an hour away from the city proper or if you want an adventure, go to Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental which is about 3-4 hours away. In Samal, Costa Marina and Paradise are some of the good places to beach bum and swim. They are the closest white beach resorts in the city and a boat ride only takes about 10 minutes from the boat terminal in Sasa. To go to Dahican Beach, here's a Dahican Travel Guide on how to get there and what to expect. Also see 13 Gorgeous Beaches in Samal.


6.You can do a side trip to the mighty Aliwagwag Falls.
The mighty Aliwagwag Falls is said to be the longest cascading waterfalls in the Philippines. It is located in the town of Cateel, Davao Oriental and was one of the sites badly hit by typhoon Pablo. Through the initiative of the local and provincial government, an eco-park was built which make it more tourist-friendly. With a minimal entrance fee, you can enjoy a picnic with your family and friends and do other activities such as swimming and crossing the monkey bridge. Read: Things to Do in Davao Oriental.


5. You can experience how safe Davao City is.
There's no doubt, Davao is one of the safest cities in the country. You can use your mobile phones or cameras without the fear of having them stolen. You can roam around the city at night without the fear of getting mugged.


4. You can see the residence of the President up close.
You can have a quick tour at the humble abode of President Duterte and see the facade of his residence.


3. You can experience Martial Law in Mindanao
You may not be able to experience another Martial Law in your lifetime so why not go to Davao and experience what it feels like to be in a Martial Law under the Duterte administration. Honestly, you'll not even feel the difference not unless you get out of the city and pass the checkpoints. It's business as usual and people live a normal life despite the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.


2. You can feast on different tropical fruits at very affordable prices.
Kadawayan season is also the fruit season in Davao City. Different type of tropical fruits are available in the city at very cheap prices. Durian, mangosteen, rambutan and lanzones are sold in the streets for as low as P30 per kilo (sometimes even less). If you want to feast on Davao Fruits, the best place to go is either in Magsaysay Park or in Bankerohan


1. You can watch and experience the King of Festivals - Kadayawan sa Davao
One of Kadayawan Festival's highlights is Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan or the street dancing parade participated by different groups from all over Mindanao. It features participants with colorful and vivid costumes showcasing choreographed dance inspired my Mindanao's tri-people community : The Christians, the Muslims and the Lumads (Indigenous People). This year's Indak Indak sa Kadalanan is set on August 19, 2015. Here's the Official Calendar of Events of Kadayawan sa Davao 2017


Where to stay in Davao? 

Recommended Hotels in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel below to know the rates and availability.
  1. Marco Polo Davao
  2. Seda Abreeza Hotel
  3. Park Inn by Radisson Davao
  4. Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
  5. Apo View Hotel
Recommended budget accommodation in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel / hostel / Dormitel / Inn below to know the rates and availability.
  1. Homitori Dormitel
  2. North Zen Hotel
  3. GV Hotel Davao
  4. The Royal House Travel Inn & Suites
  5. Hotel Uno
  6. Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto
  7. My Hotel Davao
  8. Green Windows Dormitel
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Saturday, July 29, 2017


I can still vividly remember how Davao Digital Influencers started a year ago. It was over lunch when we talked about forming a new organization with a vision of sharing our influence in making a positive impact in the local community. 


We formally launched DDI on June 30, 2016 at Mc Donald's Sta. Ana branch to kick off our Kadayawan Twitter Party to help the city in promoting its annual festivity. We're only about 20-something when we had our initial launching and we're now 67 as of this writing.

I got elected as President of the organization and I was keen in making DDI a formal organization so we processed our Securities and Exchange registration. Barely two months from its inception, DDI became the first and the only SEC-registered blogging organization in Davao Region.

We're basically a very young organization but we've managed to partner with several companies and organizations to help them in expanding their social media presence. This year, we have partnered with the Davao City government to be the official social media partner of Kadayawan Festival. We're so thrilled to help the city in promoting the country's King of Festivals. 

It's definitely an honor to be a part of an organization such as DDI. I've met more people and gained new friends. It's a challenging journey but we we're committed to our vision, mission and goals.

DDI would like to thank the following sponsors for their love and support:
Platinum: Smart Communications, Inc., AirAsia, FWD Life Philippines
Gold: PLDT Home
Silver: Jolly Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Bronze: Abreeza Ayala Mall
Benefactors: Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp., Cecil's Snack Inn & Restaurant, Seda Abreeza Hotel, Marco Polo Davao, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Davao, M Magazine.