Araw ng Dabaw

It’s a holiday today in Davao City for its 72nd founding anniversary celebrated in the colorful Araw ng Dabaw.

So, Im off for the street parties.


I was on TV yesterday for the Araw ng Dabaw special edition of the Kapamilya Winner Ka! game show at ABS-CBN featuring the Movers and Shakers of Davao City.

Sorry folks, no acutal video footage. But here’s a photo from Joji Alcantara posted on Facebook.

Incidentally, our team lost. But it was a lot of fun!

Lucky lunch

Friday the 13th and I had a lucky lunch with Manila and Davao bloggers.

I came first at Tadakuma Japanese Restaurant at the Damosa Business Center in Lanang. And this was what welcomed me:


A neatly arranged table for the bloggers for their Food Appreciation Tour aka “food trip”

The taste test tour of several local resto was organized by Blogie Robillo, shown here with our young hosts – Toby and Tisha Ang.


Among the celebrity bloggers in town from Manila is no other than MLQIII himself (left below) with Blogie, Kim and me:


Visit the blogosphere for the many posts about the food trip. I am sure you would enjoy the fun as I did.

Was the food ok? Here’s what was left of my plates and bowls!


Definitely a place I would recommend not only for my family and friends, but to Davao visitors as well. Call 082-234-8813 for reservation.

Activities today

9 am – Meeting of the Disctrict C Barangay Nutrition Scholars at Barangay 22-C;

10 am – Senate public hearing at Central Bank;

11 am – Davao Sportswriters Forum at Tower Inn;

1;30 pm – Mayor Rody Duterte Dialogue with the business sector at Grand Men Seng Hotel;

5 pm – Unveiling of the Datu Bago mural at the Museo Dabaweyno;

6 pm – Induction of the new officers of the Davao Tourism Association (DATA) at Pantawan Hall, Pagcor-Davao, Grand Regal Hotel

Araw ng Dabaw

The agro-trade fair of the Araw ng Dabaw celebration opened yesterday at the grounds of SM Mall.

Here are some fotos of the event organized by the Floriculture Industry of Southern Mindanao, Davao Floriculture Industry, Inc. and Orchid Society of Davao.



Vicky Jimenez of FICSMIN, Councilors Peter Lavina and Susabel Reta, Abdullah Aquino of OSD, and Sally Luenberger of FIDI, among the guests who led the ribbon cutting.


Mutya ng Dabaw finalists join leaders of the floriculture industry of Davao.


The five beauties with me and my wife Evelyn, VP for Agribusines of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry. One of the finalists at left is Vanessa Ruth “Barbie” Q. Chan, niece of my high school classmate, Leony Quinonez, a nurse working in New York.

Inventors Week

Today starts the celebration of Inventors Week in Davao City. I authored the City Council Resolution declaring such last November to help promote science and technology and local inventors.

The week’s celebration include the opening today of the Mindanao Inventors Competititon & Exhibit at the SM Mall. We expect about 200 inventors and science students to showcase their various inventions and science projects.

Intellectual Property Director General Adrian Cristobal will lead guests at the opening this morning. Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro will award winning inventions during the closing on Wednesday. She would also inaugurate along with UP President Emerlinda Roman the P20 million Biotech Laboratory at UP Mindanao on Friday.

Makati Mayor Jojo Binay is the guest during the inventors dinner tomorrow.

Aside from the exhibit, product demonstrations and competition, there are science quiz shows and cultural presentations.

Kudos to Sam Abrenilla, Vir Sangutan and Edgar Delibo, the chair, president and vice president, respectively, of the Filipino Inventors Federation, DOST Region XI Director Ed Tesorero, Rene Estremera of UP-Mindanao for spearheading preparations for these activities.

Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

Special greetings to Grace Torejas, president of the Urban Workers Homeowners Association of Davao shown here (standing extreme right) during their assembly last Thursday.


She was elected today as National Council member of the newly-formed Aksyon Mindanaw! (Action Mindanao!) party-list group.


Grace represents a new breed of women community leaders – articulate and dynamic.