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Indian Dance Festival

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The Festival of India in the Philippines brought one of the most fascinating concerts of Indian Dance last January 22, 2019, at Davao Convention and Trade Center featuring Kuchipudi specialist Ms. Amrita Lahiri, who hails from Washing D.C. and later in India, touring with her dance mentors, Anuradha Nehru, and Leela Samson.

                    Her dance reflects the influences of all of these outstanding gurus and the experience of many performances. She presents the beauty and joy of dance while maintaining the precision and soul of the classical Kuchipudi form.  I was even in awe of her aura, her natural charm, kindness, and her extraordinary personality, not to mention of the most astonishing and yet unaffected and natural performances I have ever seen.

                   Ms. Lahiri danced the “Murchhana”, based on stories from the oral tradition of the khol players (drummers) of rural Orissa. These stories have roots in ancient texts but have evolved into many branches, having been told over generations.

                   Critics describe her as ‘gifted with a radiant stage presence’, and her dance performances and choreographies have been acclaimed for their elegance and dynamism.  She is empaneled as an artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and has toured as a soloist in India, USA, Switzerland, South Korea, Africa, and Southeast Asia, presenting Kuchipudi from its traditional origins to its contemporary forms.

                   The dance concert was attended by the Indian Community in Davao, VIPS and Government officials. The Ambassador of India to the Philippines, His Excellency Mr. Jaideep Mazumdar, and his lovely wife also came to grace the event.

                   The concert was also a tribute to India’s revered and world icon, known as the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary.  It also featured award- winning Filipino singer, ethnomusicologist and cultural worker, Grace Nono, who sang, “ Vaishnav Jan” in the original Gujarati language, that was composed in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta and Gandhiji’s favorite bhajan or hymn.

                   Thank You to one of Davao’s best-known photographer, Mr. Gwen Manlangit for the event pictures and Ms. Raquel Palinsub coordinating team for the invitation.

 

American Idol Live in Davao

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American Idol Jessica Sanchez still gives goosies’ years after finishing as runner-up, almost 7 years ago. Her SMX concert was not full-packed despite a powerhouse line –up of singers which include Bugoy Drillon, Daryl Ong and Mark Mabsa last Dec 21, 2018, yet they managed to entertain the crowd like no other, with Jessica still strongly affirming her fan base in the country. It was no longer surprising that Sanchez was patronized by both young and adult fans, as she sang mostly popular hits, mostly her audition pieces at American Idol.

          Sanchez sauntered onstage and lost no time in opening the concert with songs like Endless Love, I’ll Be There, Proud Mary, Christmas Medley, Bohemian Rhapsody, Turn the Beat Around, and Perfect while narrating her harrowing journey in the Idol stage, how she managed the tension and pressure that comes with it.

          “I started in ‘American Idol’ when I was only 16. The experiences I’ve been through my whole life have been surreal for me. It was such a huge blessing.” Sanchez excitedly told her Davao fans. Up to this day, the charming lass is grateful for the great experience she got from American Idol.

         

         

                   During her press conference at Pidok’s Matina, she added that she loves the idea of always been warmly received every time she visits the Philippines and she cannot be any happier. 

                   Sanchez crystal clear voice and her stratospheric notes, claimed her niche in show business, as she adds, “I will pretty be here, a little bit longer.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Toddlers on the Runway

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Toddlers on the Runway

 

It was a kid takeover during the nationwide search for SM Casting Call Toddler Edition made its run in Davao City, at SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier last Sept 23 and October 6, 2018.

                   The kids’ show proved to be the most fun of all— featuring trendy and styling tips to make kids ready for adventure.  The event showcased clothes that kids would actually wear — distressed denim, chambray polo, graphic tees to make a fashion statement. The kids ripped the runway with clothes they purchased from SM Kids for a minimum purchase of only two thousand pesos.

                   SM Casting call is an annual event and competition that will give lucky kids the chance to step into the spotlight, experience a photo shoot and become the face of the next SM Kids campaign. SM Casting Call is open to kid’s ages 2 to 4 years old, and winners will receive P25,000 plus clothes sponsorship and a modeling stint.

                   As the tykes fumble and tumble onstage, they still manage to bow out with a bang while parents rallied on the sides. It was stylish, adorable and a show that truly warmed the audience hearts and amused us all. The SM Casting Call is made possible by SM Babies in cooperation with the SM Store.

FM 1 GOES LIVE

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FM 1 GOES LIVE

FM1 is the music flagship of the young and those who refuse to grow old.  It is a commercial-free, less jibber jabber and music spree station with top-notch radio personalities on board, with a good blend of western and OPM talents.

           DXRP (87.5 FM) Broadcasting as FM1 is a radio station in Davao City, offering with Top 40 format. This station is owned and operated by the government of the Philippines through the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) under the Presidential Communications Group. It operates from 5:00 AM to 12:00 MN.

                   FM1 is headed by radio honchos headed by the Director General of the Philippine Broadcasting Service, Mr. Rizal “Bong” Aportadera Jr. a.k.a Sonny B. and PBS Deputy Director and Head of the FM Division, Mr. Carlo Jose Villo and headlines a host of exemplary radio personalities headed by its Station manager Mr. Harriet Deniel (Joe Fisher), and Mr. Maurice Abella, (Marketing Manager) both are strong at programming and brand marketing. Davao’s premier host and former MIX FM Station Manager Ms. Joey Sy-Domingo have joined the group to complete the trio of greats, she will lead the news and info department and is also the Station’s Program Director.

          FM 1 and FM 2 made history as the only radio station who occupies the same frequency for both Manila and Davao.  The station’s commercial-free segments are the perfect answer to online streaming services like Spotify, iTunes and even Youtube, which truly makes it at par in this digital age.

          As for the name’s sake, they wanted to simplify everything as there is a need to make things easier for everyone, sans the radio jargon. FM 1 targets the “Millenials” and will be introducing new ways of messaging that will endear the young to be active, be informed, and be part of nation-building.

          FM 2 topped the Nielsen Survey in Manila, a first in the history of government radio. And now that FM 1 is gaining attraction, it is not surprising if it will top the radio survey, anytime now.

          The Duterte administration wants to solidify the government’s radio arm: Radio Pilipinas and the FM1 and FM2 and determined to fix all the 27 stations across the country from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi. FM1 will be transmitting at the Mindanao Broadcast Hub which land is on PBS Land.  The station is currently entering a joint project with PTV and other attached agencies, as FM1 and RP1 will be a hub soon.

 

 

LET’S HAVE SOME FUNDS

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LET’S HAVE SOME FUNDS

“Let’s Have Some Funds” by Sun Life Financial is tapping millennial to learn a lot about how to handle finances specific to their age group.  Sun Life is developing new ways to reach younger customers in channels where they prefer to be reached.

         Held at Rekado Restaurant, bloggers and participants had the chance to win raffle prizes which include Starbucks Gift Certificates, and Sun Life Prosperity Card worth P5,000 which they can use to start investing in Sun Life mutual funds – an awesome way to get started with their financial journey.

 

           With the topic “Money under 30”, millennials were given inputs about financial literacy which has always been Sun Life’s advocacy. Sun Life believes that Filipinos can only achieve financial security if they are able to make well-informed decisions when it comes to their money.

          Guest Speakers during the event include Mr. Mark Bonifacio, owner of Elite Apparels, Inc. and Sweet Tree, Inc. He is also a real estate broker at PAREB Davao and a host of the show Time Off and Mr. Japee Fabian, Financial Advisor, Sun Life Financial.

          Both gave a very informative talk, consultations as well as provide wise advice in drafting a financial vision board.

          With Sun Life– getting an expert to guide our financial journey can make a big difference. In pursuing your life goals and creating a brighter future.

HIYAS NG KADAYAWAN 2018

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HIYAS NG KADAYAWAN 2018

 

Hiyas sa Kadayawan (Kagan)  Ms. Nes-An Naraga

Hiyas sa Panaghiusa (Maranao) Sitti Aisha Lim

Hiyas sa Kalambuan (Bagobo K’lata) Karen Joy Dowing

Congratulations to all the Winners!

Coronation Day was held at RMC Flying V Event Center last August 11, 2018.

Happy 33rd Kadayawan (Aug 10-19)

Judges:

CelebrityActor Ricardo Cepeda

Celebrity Actress and Supermodel  Marina Benipayo

Fashion Designer  Carey Santiago

Kasalan@ Kotilyon 2018

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Kasalan@ Kotilyon 2018

 

It has been a fruitful and entertaining three days for Kasalan at Kotilyon sa Davao 2018 held last July 27 to July 29 at Ayala Abreeza Mall.  The wedding and debut fair roadshow showcases the best and most promising suppliers and venues in Davao.

                   Kasalan at Kotilyon started out as Kasalang Filipino, which has been the longest-running wedding fair roadshow in the Philippines as it aims to showcase the best and most promising wedding suppliers and venues of the country’s different regions. But this year, the organizers have committed to making this annual showcase even grander by accommodating soon-to-marry couples, only want the best and most unforgettable celebration for that milestone moment.

 

 

 

 

Among the featured exhibitors were Love and Styles Events, Krishael’s Events & Concepts, Pearl Farm Resort, Midtown Printing Co., Sweet Tree, Organic Studios, Dazzle Events & Weddings,  EC King Party & Catering Services, Pink Touche, Jed Nasol Films, El Bonita Events, Fleur Du Monde and J &J Flower Accessories, RiggsyMana Wedding Films, MJ Mejoeve Photography. Amiya Resort & Residences, Lady G Fashion and Bridal Gowns,  Pachada Event and Designs, Limitless Event and Catering Services, FotoFun, Precious Stone, Marlon Advincula Photography, Cocktails and Dreams. Theme Wedding and Events, Bali-Bali Beach Resort, Eight Productions, Jacs Divine Events, and Enderun.

                   The three-day event also highlighted MAC Make-up demo, a spectacular bridal fashion show by participating gown designers. Tons of prizes were raffled off to exhibitors and registered clients. The Best Booth was awarded t Pearl Farm Resort and J & J Flower Accessories, both suppliers took home P10,000 pesos worth of Gift Certificate from Robinsons while Love and Styles took home P, for 5,000 pesos worth of Gift Certificate from Robinsons, as the supplier with the most number of consultations and booked events.

Present during the Grand Opening and Toasting Ceremony were Abreeza Mall Marketing Head Ms. Ruby Ochoa, Kasal.com head, Mathel Ong and Davao Event Suppliers President, Ms. Elinor Marcelino.

                   “I am honored that they have shown their support for such an undertaking by being here with us today,”according to Kasal.Com Ms. Mathel Ong, she added about the significance of Kasalan at Kotilyon in helping uplift the Davao event landscape.

 

                  

                   Kasalan At Kotilyon 2018, gives Davaenos an event wonderland of  special offers, promos, discounts, add-ons, etc.; the perfect blend of all things you need for preparing and planning a wedding. The event was made possible by Ayala Mall Abreeza, Kasal.com and the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, with special thanks to national media partners MOR My Only Radio, Business Mirror, and WhenInManila.com.

NCCC MALL OPENS IN BUHANGIN

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NCCC MALL OPENS IN BUHANGIN

Photo Credits: NCCC Buhangin FB Page

The New City Commercial Corp. (NCCC) Mall Buhangin, opened with a big bang on Sunday, July 22, 2018, the newest  Mall tagged as “NCCC 3.0” promises to give Dabawenyos an upgraded mall experience with  its fascinating architectural designs.

Photo Credits: NCCC Buhangin FB Page

“NCCC will always be their homegrown brand, growing with them. Welcome to NCCC 3.0 says Lafayette Lim, CEO of LTS Pinnacle Holdings Incorporated.

The  8,100-square meter, five-story building mall highlights the initial opening of its Supermarket and Department Store. However, the cinemas, as well as other retail shops, will be launched within this year.

NCCC Mall Buhangin is constructed in partnership with Asya Design and DMCI Construction and is located at Km. 7, Tigatto Road, Buhangin, Davao City.

 The beautiful smiles of the NCCC Department Store Marketing and PR Team

A sea of people patiently waited at the doors to finally get a glimpse of the newest NCCC Mall in Davao City, while VIP guests, media, and bloggers witnessed the ribbon cutting as well as the blessing of the Mall.

 

OA Tour In Davao

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OA Tour In Davao

 

The Philippine’s Master Songwriter Ogie Alcasid marks his 30th year in show business with a nationwide concert, with Davao as his first stop. The OA concert was held at Flying V RMC Gym last July 21, 2018, despite the downpour that clouded Saturday night, fans come in hordes and Ogie Alcasid did not disappoint.

 

The concert was filled with people of all ages come together for a great night.

“Kahit umuulan nagpunta po kayo. Kung kailangan ko kayong halikan lahat, hahalikan ko kayo. Kahit lalaki hahalikan ko”, says Ogie as the crowd giggled with his funny antics.

After seeing him at his press conference held at Rophe’s Chicken in Buhangin, most of the invited guests agree that indeed Ogie is truly a good-natured person. He patiently signed every memorabilia, interact and posed for pictures with fans and eagerly answers every question.

 

His OA concert also featured her beautiful and talented daughter Leila Alcasid who sang “Pangako”with her Dad and showcased her first single titled “Completely in Love” under Star Music. Leila is a bit shy yet she exudes too much star power.

Mr. Songwriter sang his certified hits that made the audience crave for more, Peksman, Mahal Kita Walang Iba, Kung Mawawala Ka,  Sa Kanya, Nandito Ako, Dahil Mahal Kita, Kailangan Kita, Kailangan Koy’ Ikaw among others.

Classical Sweetheart Lara Maigue and Contemporary Music Master Davey Langit are the concert’s performers who also showed Davaenos their musical prowess.

 

Ogie reeled off one of his best impersonations onstage like the character “Bansot Me”, his jokes are extremely funny without any vulgarity.

He is indeed a consummate performer, who proved his mettle for the last 30 years and counting. Ogie Alcasid is excited about his upcoming 30th Anniversary concert on Aug 24 at the Big Dome.

 

One of the most exalting moments in the concert was Ogie’s rendition of his composition “ The Lord is My Savior”, a song he wrote for his wife Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, after going through rough moments when she lost her Daddy Gerry a few years back. The crowd shouted “AMEN” and feel an extraordinary spiritual vibe, a soft melody with incredible vocals that will put one straight in your feels.

 

Red Velvet Events and Promotions Divalicious Yuki Almazan said the concert will not only give the much entertainment they need but to raise fund as well. The concert proceeds will be used to build school buildings in Davao Oriental, channeled through the Davao Beehive Foundation and the Lighthouse Foundation..

NCCC Supermarket Kicks Off #Roadto40 Campaign

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NCCC Supermarket Kicks Off #Roadto40 Campaign

As NCCC Supermarket celebrates its 40th year as a leading retail company in Mindanao, a lot of surprises are in store for loyal shoppers and patrons.

 

On July 15, the company officially launches Drive to 40 Raffle Promo at Apo View Hotel, Garden Pavillion. In partnership with Nestle Philippines, the said promo aims of giving out exciting raffle prizes, including a brand new Toyota Hilux pick-up, tax-free.

 

 

“Joining is easy. A customer just needs to purchase at least P300 worth of Nestle Products at Choice Mart and P500 at NCCC Supermarket”, says Darlene Mae Relacion – Labawan, Area Operations Manager for Central Davao. “These products include Milo, Coffee Mate, Nescafe, Bear Brand and Maggi”, she adds.

Promo period is from July 15-October 15, 2018. Raffle Draw is scheduled on October 29 while sending of entries is until October 15, 2018.

Aside from the brand new pick-up, other prizes will also be given away such as mountain bikes, home appliances, drone cameras, mobile phones, NCCC gift cards and a lot more.

The #Roadto40 campaign of NCCC is a series of events and initiatives that the company plans to implement this year, with a special culmination on December 1.