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Halloween 2017: Malagos Garden Resort's Mga Handuraw sa Baul

Malagos Garden Resort adds spice to halloween as it brings back Mga Handuraw sa Baul -- A Night of Music, Movies and Mythology, now on its second year on October 28, Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 12 midnight. 

Mga Handuraw sa Baul aims to bring families together for a night of music, games, film and food under the resort’s advocacy, “Support Local,” a celebration of the cultural significance of Philippine mythology and superstitious beliefs through local arts.

Fun Handuraw activities include Crafts & Clothing Bazaar (featuring homegrown food, artworks and merchandise).; Food Stalls, where you can make your own cotton candy; Malagos Horror House; Neon Playhouse; Bounce City; Trick or Treat for children; Halloween costume contest; screening of Ngilngig Films; and more.

Discounted rooms packages are also available for Handuraw guests.

Indie musicians both from Davao and Manila, such as CRWN, Jensen and the Flips, Clara Benin, Anne Mendoza, BP Valenzuela, RJ Manulid and She’s Only Sixteen, are also set to perform.

“We are very humbled and grateful to be able to continue this endeavor. Through the help and participation of these very young and talented people, we hope to create an impact to the society on the importance of supporting local – from food, to products, to arts and everything in between," said Charisse Puentespina, managing director of  Malagos Garden Resort.

General admission of Php600 per person, includes an all-access to resort attractions, such as the first and only Chocolate Museum in the Philippine, swimming pool, Petting Zoo and Bird Feeding Dome.

For more information about the event, check out 

or contact (082) 221 1545 or 0917 625 3187


My Davao & Samal Aerial Tour with Fiesta Airways

A few seconds after we took off  to begin our aerial adventure
(photo credit: Fiesta Airways' FB page)

If you think sightseeing by land is too mainstream, then I'm pretty sure you'd love flight-seeing.  It is another fantastic way to capture the beauty of a city through an aerial tour. 

I did it on my birthday, thanks to Fiesta Airways and 
St. Alexius College Flight School for letting me and my blogger friends have the unique experience of enjoying the sights of Davao and Samal from another perspective. We had a spectacular view of the clear blue seas and greenery from up there for 20 minutes.

We boarded the GA8 Airvan and the pilot for that trip was Captain Steve Maravilla.  

Thanks Captain Steve Maravilla of Fiesta Airways for a fantastic flight-seeing!

You too can avail of this thrilling adventure in the air  for only Php2000 (per person). The aircraft can carry 8 passengers including the pilot.

Team DDI with Captain Steve Maravilla
(photo credit: Ian Garcia)

Aside from aerial tours, Fiesta Airways also offers the following: Medevac (medical evacuation) services for safe and quick transfers to  hospitals; chartered flights to nearby cities and provinces; air cargo/air courier services; aerial spraying services for agricultural plantations.

St. Alexius College Flight School is located at BTC Hangar along Old Airport, Sasa, Davao City. For inquiries you may contact their landline number (082) 285-8802. 


Kadayawan sa Davao 2017: In Retrospect

2017 Hiyas Sa Kadayawan winner Jenfin Puroc Aguan from Bagobo Tagabawa tribe

I agree with my friend when he said that this has got to be one of the best Kadayawan celebrations ever. Indeed, the 32nd Kadayawan Festival in Davao City is both memorable and eventful. As part of this year's official social media team~~Davao Digital Influencers, I was a witness how local (both private and government) groups and individuals pooled their precious time, efforts and dedication to make it a ravishing success.

With Martial Law currently in effect in the whole of Mindanao, we Davaoenos barely felt it but admittedly, businesses in the tourism industry are somehow affected.  And Kadayawan is the perfect way to prove that Davao is still standing strong as a livable and progressive city. Well, I also believe in the fact that the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte having his home base here (where he was mayor for 20 years) helped a lot in promoting Davao to the Philippines and the world.

I can say that the Davao City government and the organizing committee did a very good job planning and executing the event's programs/activities.  Likewise, my gratitude goes to the government for implementing strict security measures to keep everyone safe as they enjoy the revelry of the Kadayawan week.

It was like Davao city was having a huge fiesta.There were so many activities showcasing our talents, culture, artistry in dance, music and the arts. There were also tribal games and the Dragon Boat competition.


Park Inn by Radission Davao and RBG Bar and Grill's Boodle Fight 3-peat

RBG Bar and Grill's Kadayawan treat: Boodle Fight 3-peat

Davao City is on a fiesta mode this month as we celebrate the annual Kadayawan Festival.  And what's a fiesta without food? Well, apart from the weekend food markets at mall carparks, restaurants are also making noise with their food offerings for this season. 

Park Inn by Radisson Davao's RBG Bar and Grill brings back Boodle Fight just in time for the Kadayawan Festival!

Now on its 3rd year, Boodle Fight 3-peat offers Filipino favorites such as Linagpang na Bangus, Lato salad with Salted Egg, Crispy Pork Belly, Hang Dried Chicken, Fried Tilapia Grilled Tuna Tail, Longganisa and Pancit Canton.  You will also get to enjoy classic Pinoy desserts like Camote Float and Ube Turon.


My One Year Journey (and counting!) with Team DDI

My Davao Digital Influencers family 
Looking back at the events I've been to in the past 12 months with my blogging family, the Davao Digital Influencers (DDI), I can't help but smile with gratitude. And if I were to choose a DDI moment that's memorable for me since July 2016 up to now, it would be such a daunting task for me. It's because I love every DDI event or activity (even those that I haven't attended). Call it lip service but it's NOT. See, I've grown to love being around with the Team DDI. No dull moment with these guys, promise.  We can light the spark even to the most boring of events.

As a community of influencers (bloggers/journalists/vloggers/social media content creators) across the Davao region, we represent diverse personalities but we blend in and become united for one common goal, and that is to be responsible catalysts of change in the niche we choose to focus on. We inspire and motivate each other to be better version of ourselves.

As one of the DDI officers, I find it humbling to be part of the org's decision-making activities. It feels good to help and serve my fellow bloggers.  I am so overwhelmed at the amount of influence we bring in the community and at the same time,  embracing the challenge to be responsible in what I share or write. Beyond that, it is awesome to have an extended family with members that share the same passion for writing and expressing ourselves via the internet and social media.

Unforgettable trips with my Team DDI (photo credit: Karla Misa)

On our first year, bumps and turns were inevitable but these only made us stronger and united. We are ready to face the challenge of the years to come.

To my team DDI and to all those who believed and supported us all the way, CHEERS!!!!! Looking forward to more adventures, travels, food trips and events with you guys. Much love!!

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.