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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Sports Council Meeting

The Davao City Sports Council, Inc. will hold its first meeting for the New Year on January 13 at 6 pm at Dencia’s Restaurant.

The Agenda includes:

Highlights of 2008

1st Quarter Activities such as the Araw ng Dabaw Sportsfest; 1st Vic Sai Sports Journalism Awards;and election of the new officers in April;

Other matters are the Arafura Games in Darwin on May 9-17; Repair of the Athletic Field at the Davao City National High School and Funds for sports actvities under the ADF.

Robinsons Davao

The on-going construction of the Robinsons Davao beside the Davao City Water District along JP Laurel is on schedule. It is set to open during the first quarter next year in time for the Araw ng Dabaw festivities.

These I was told by Robinsons Land executives who visited me last week, Henry Yap GM of the Office Building Division and VP for the Design & Planning Department, Danilo Camat, Property Manager of Robinsons Cagayan de Oro and Ramil Roy Sumander, their man in Davao.

The Davao mall will feature its anchor Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman do-it-yourself hardware, spaces for coffee shops, restaurants and other stores. At its second level, 5,000 square meters is designated as IT center for BPO locators. Their application for accreditation with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is now with the City Council. It is in the agenda today (see previous post).

The Davao City Investment Incentive Board, where I sit as a member, earlier approved its request for grant of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives.

Its entry here is much anticipated similar to the opening of other major mall and retail giants in the country. It is exepected to help generate jobs and contribute to the dynamism of the local economy.

Visit this skyscrapercity thread monitoring the progress of the mall construction.

6:21 a.m.