Valentine's Gift Ideas from Miniso Philippines: Everyday Essentials

Valentine’s Gift Ideas from Miniso Philippines

Written by Athina Angliongto

It’s February once again which means “HELLO, LOVE MONTH!” Whoever says Valentine’s Day is just for couples is totally wrong. Single or taken, celebrating with someone special, with family or just by yourself, Valentine’s is for everybody. And a great occasion to gift. Check out these Valentine’s gift ideas from Miniso Philippines.

Valentine’s Gift Ideas from Miniso Philippines: Scents

How about giving your loved ones the gift of fragrance?

Valentines Gift Ideas from Miniso Philippines: Flipped Perfume

Valentines Gift Idea from Miniso Philippines: Flipped Perfume

Miniso’s Flipped Perfume is a combination of bergamot, apple, black currant and pear which altogether make a fruity yet elegant fragrance.

And for the super feminine woman? Miniso’s Perfect Love Perfume might be the best choice.

Valentine's Gift Ideas from Miniso Philippines: Scents - Perfect Love Perfume

Valentine’s Gift Idea from Miniso Philippines: Perfect Love Perfume

This scent is best for women who are always on the go and is great for everyday use.

Miniso also has their own Miniso Women Perfume Collection.

Valentine's Gift Ideas from Miniso Philippines: Romantic Pink Sakura Perfume and Crystal Diamond Perfume

Valentine’s Gift Ideas from Miniso Philippines: Romantic Pink Sakura Perfume and Crystal Diamond Perfume

The Romantic Pink Sakura Perfume’s sweet aroma is best worn on a sunny day, while the sensual Crystal Diamond Perfume is the go-to scent for a romantic night with the significant other.
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SMART and ASUS Zenfone present the Davao Bloggers Grand Christmas Ball

Written by Ria Jose

Every December, in a tradition started in 2008, Davao Bloggers gather for its biggest event. The Davao Bloggers Christmas Party is the most anticipated event of the organization. Old and new members, friends of the organization, and members of partner organizations attend to join the festivities. This 2017, the party is grander like never before.

The Davao Bloggers Grand Christmas Ball 2017 is co-presented by our Official Telecom Partner SMART Communications and by ASUS Zenfone.

Davao Bloggers Grand Christmas Ball

One of the highlights of the event will be the Davao Blog Awards 2017 (DBA). House of Wooden Letters will be providing trophies for all the winners of the DBA 2017. SMART will present the Blogger of the Year Award. And the Best Tech Blog will be presented by Asus. For the complete list of finalists, check this link.

Añejo Gold Medium Rum, is the Official Drink Sponsor of the Grand Christmas Ball and the After Party.

Megaworld, the Philippines’ pioneer of the LIVE-WORK-PLAY-LEARN integrated urban townships is also sponsoring the ball.

McDonald’s, will be giving away Gift Certificates to all event attendees.

The Herschel Supply Co. Brand bags will be up for grabs as raffle prizes.

PLDT Home, My Skin Origins, Starbucks, Macho Mucho, 8Telcom, and Pino Tropika are also sponsoring the event. So expect giveaways and prizes from these brands.

More surprises await our beautiful attendees from our sponsors SM Supermalls, Kiss & Tell Cosmetics, A.Refinery, Tekpone, Chimes Boutiques, Native Shoes, Flossy Footwear, KJM All Natural Cosmetics, infiniTEA, Tipasi Organic Spa, and Cacai Brush by Hairfood Co.
La Vie Photography is the event’s Official Photography and Videography sponsor.

Real Confections and Milky Cakes and Sweets will be providing scrumptious desserts for all.

Tori Yamu and Renz Bulseco are also sponsoring the event.

Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017

Written by Ria Jose

Halloween is almost here. Before the main event arrives, let’s spend a spooktacular weekend together at Malagos Garden Resort. Malagos is hosting Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017 on October 28. It is a horror arts and music festival that highlights local horror stories and superstitions.

Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017

Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017

Handuraw features Halloween-themed attractions and events for kids and adults from morning til midnight. Kids will enjoy an inflatable playground and a neon playhouse. For the adults, Malagos has a nightmarish haunted house that promises to deliver screams and probably a sleepless night.

Guests are not required but requested to wear costumes. The best ones get special prizes and surprises.

Another reason to to join Handuraw are a food fest featuring food producers and an arts and crafts bazaar. Malagos attractions like the Butterfly Museum and the Chocolate Museum are open during the event.

Malagos Garden Resort is a co-presentor of Ngilngig Film Festival. The film festival entries will premiere at Handuraw beginning at 2 pm.

Musical Acts

Finally, Filipino indie musical acts will provide the beats to celebrate local arts and culture.

Musical Acts of Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017

Musical Acts of Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017

Headlining the indie music festival this Saturday is Crwn. Filipino indie musical acts She’s Only Sixteen, Clara Benin, BP Valenzuela, Jensen and the Flips, Anne Mendoza, and RJ Manulid are set to take the stage, as well.
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Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017

Written by Ria Jose

Enjoy getting scared? Give yourself and your squad a fright with brand new films about Filipino tales of horror and superstitions during the Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017.

Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017

Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017

The Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017 is organized by Pasalidahay in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and co-presented by Malagos Garden Resort.

Opening Film

Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017 opens on October 27 with a Cebuano film, LILY by Keith Deligero.

It revolves around gossip of a woman in Cebu said to be a murderous monster. The movie tells the story of a mother seeking justice. Go home, Lily is coming.

Davao Ngilgnig Film Festival 2017 Opening Film Lily

Opening Film Lily by Keith Deligro

The film is a Cinema One Original, produced by Deligero & Co., Quiapost Productions, Heritage Productions. It stars Shaina Magdayao, Rocky Salumbides, and Natileigh Sitoy. Lily received several awards from the Cinema One Originals Festival 2016: Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.

Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017 Entries

The films of the Ngilngig Film Festival 2017 is categorized into three programs: Davao Ngilngig Films, Sa Dako Pa Roon, and Bonfire Stories. All films revolve around local horror stories, town tales, and Filipino superstitions.

This year’s Davao Ngilngig Films by Davaoeño filmmakers are:

  • BAHIN by Jomar M. Ebus
  • BWESITA by Louis Usaraga and Melchor Cabangbang
  • DALINGSIL by Jamillah Natividad
  • DISIPLINA by Rod Marc Abrina
  • MEOW by Breech Asher Harani
  • TAGUAN by Earle Galindo
  • TAKBO by Rikki Torres
  • TAMBAG by Alecs Mari Ballarta

Ngilngig Films by Filipino indie filmmakers are featured in the Sa Dako Pa Roon category:

  • A BIRTHDAY TREAT by Amaya Han from Cebu
  • CHONG-AS by Rojie Somera and Jette Palicas from Kalinga
  • ELMO by Andrian Rey B. Manapil from Bukidnon
  • EXPERIMENTAL FOREST by Angelica Gamolo from Cebu
  • PARA SA MGA NI BIYA by Mac Kianro and Maki Calo from Cagayan de Oro City
  • PEÑARANCIA by Gab Mesina from Manila
  • SIN-O ANG TIKTIK by TM Malones from Iloilo
  • ANG IKADUHANG PAGBALIK by Jeffrie Po from Cagayan de Oro City
  • LAPPAW by Lovely Jan M. Cadauan from Echague, Isabela
  • LUBONG by Marvin Gabas from Manila
  • MORU by Edmund Telmo from Ozamiz City
  • OYAYI by Darryl Yap from Zambales
  • TAMIAW by Robert Christian Diaz from Valenzuela

And from the participants of the Ngilngig Film Fest Camp are Bonfire Stories:

Davao Ngilngig Film Camp 2017

Davao Ngilngig Film Camp 2017

  • ANG PAG-ABOT Lumpia Productions
  • BALBAL Mayora Films
  • PANABI Limbo Productions
  • UROM 1001 Productions

Every entry offers us a unique glimpse into the Filipino way of life and the stories, intrigues, hearsays, and superstitions that we live by. Some of it might sound familiar, a few seems new to you, but each one will definitely be delivered in a unique cinematic presentation to delight and terrify your every sense.

Ticket Outlets

Intrigued? You may now get your tickets to these films at the following ticket outlets:

Or you may reserve your tickets online at

Ngilngig Events

Panagtagbo,” a multi-platform art event is scheduled to run along with the Ngilngig Film Festival. Panagtagbo is composed of an art exhibit, a zine launch, and a small press expo from October 29 until November 12 at the Morning Light Art Gallery and Shop.

The Ngilngig is also part of Malagos Garden Resort’s Halloween event “Mga Handuraw sa Baul 2017.” The event includes the premiere of the films of Davao Ngilngig Film Festival 2017.

Partners and Sponsors

DAVAO NGILNGIG FILM FESTIVAL is organized by Pasalidahay.

Balud Art Network, Davao Graphic Designers Community, Kwakid-O Film Distribution, Micromedia Digital Video Productions, Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation, Inc., Print Ta! by Alleycat Tea House, The Panagtagbo, and Timewrap Film Productions

Festival Partner
Film Development Council of the Philippines

Presented by
Malagos Garden Resort Davao

Minor Sponsors
Cinema One Originals, Cinematheque Davao, Creative Ideas Prints and Ads Corporation, Davao Bloggers Society, Morning Light Art Gallery and Shop, JCI Kadayawan, Mindanao Travel Channel, Mindanao Times, and State of Mind Productions, Inc.

Alpha Phi Omega – Lambda Nu Chapter, Aguus Initiative, Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen, Davao Light and Power Co., Inc., Energy FM Davao 883, Monster Radio BT 99.5, Oya Film Productions (Limbaga Mark), and SunStar Davao

Alleycat Tea House, GANA, ISDA, Makeup by Xana, Swito Digital Storytelling Philippines, and Taichou Izakaya

This Halloween season, do not fail to give yourself a good fright at the Davao Ngilngig Film Festival.

For more information, visit their site at To be updated, follow them on Facebook at and on Instagram @ngilngig.

Davao Chocolate Festival 2017 at SM City Davao

Written by Ria Jose

In 2014, SM City Davao pioneered the celebration of the Chocolate Festival in cognizance of the booming cocoa and chocolate industry in Davao. Local chocolatiers, pastry makers, and other purveyors showcased dishes and drinks that feature local beans. This weekend, SM City Davao hosts the Davao Chocolate Festival 2017 once again from October 12 to 15.

Davao Chocolate Festival 2017 at SM City Davao

Davao Chocolate Festival 2017 at SM City Davao

Purveyors and exhibitors from past Chocolate Festivals will be back, along with new food concepts and establishments.

Davao Chocolate Festival 2017 Exhibitors

The Chocolate Festival is a collaboration of SM City Davao and the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMI). It aims to bring together the Davao’s best cacao growers and chocolate processors. CIDAMI will be one of the event’s exhibitors.

Returning exhibitors include award-winning Malagos Chocolate, and local chocolatiers Chocolate Bean and Cacao De Davao. Comval Tropical Harvest, Rosario Delicacies, Puratos, Aromacology, Nutri Arch, Fedco, and Chocolate de San Isidro will be displaying and selling their best-selling treats.

Lara Mia leads the list of local dessert shops that will showcase their best chocolate pastries. Also joining are Confex & Co., Yolks, and Milky.

Finally, new food concepts will be at the event to offer their own chocolate delights: Cacao Culture, Chocoloco Inc, Auro Chocolate, Capt Du’s Cacao, A&V, Johanns, Brightside, and Sweets of Tirzah.

There will definitely no shortage of chocolate dishes, desserts, and drinks to satisfy all your chocolate cravings. Whether you like milk, dark, or white chocolate, you have to be at SM City Davao’s Chocolate Festival.

Chocolate Festival Highlights

The Davao Chocolate Festival will hold various events to further add excitement to the festivities.

Before the event formally opens, SM City Davao teased the crowd with a jar of Golden Chocolate Coins. The person who guesses the correct number wins a Golden Ticket. It can be used to redeem a package of chocolate goodies from the festival exhibitors. The winner also gets all the golden coins.

SM City Davao shoppers can also get their own Gold Ticket if they are one of the first 14 lucky shoppers to present a single-receipt purchase of at least P10,000 on October 14.

Chocolate lovers are invited to follow SM o Instagram @SMDavao and share their chocolate stories with their squad with the hashtag #ChocolateDateatSMDavao. The best posts get special prizes. Make sure to tag them and post by October 15.

The event will open on Thursday, October 12 at 10:30 am and will close when the mall closes. The country’s best tablea makers will demonstrate how to make your own chocolate concoctions. On October 13, learn about “The Sweet Journey” of chocolate’s bean to bar story. Finally, explore chocolate as a medium of art during the Chocolate Art expo on October 15.

So gather the gang and prepare to indulge in the best chocolate treats from Davao’s best cacao growers and chocolatiers only at the Davao Chocolate Festival 2017 at SM City Davao.

For more information about events at SM City Davao, visit the SM City Davao Page at and their FB Page at Follow SM City Davao @SMCityDavao on Twitter and @SMDavao on Instagram.

Garden Ampitheatre: Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Written by Ria Jose

A lot of travelers visit Davao to getaway from their bustling busy lives because in this city you can literally go from downtown to the mountains (or to the beach) in just a few hours. And one of the most popular destinations is a mountain resort that offers both adrenaline-pumping adventure and calming relaxation in a cool climate, Eden Nature Park and Resort. This year, Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years of being one of the top resorts in Davao.

Since it opened in October 1997, Eden has captured the hearts and imagination of Davaoeños and tourists, alike. It opened with offers of day tours and guided tours around its expansive 80-hectare property. It became a popular choice for locals touring their visiting family and friends around Davao. With its picturesque views and proximity to nature, Eden also became one of the most desired venue for weddings, seminars, retreats, and special events.

Eden Nature Park Amenities and Facilities

Eden has various attractions and amenities that is sure to delight guests of all ages and interests. The resort boasts of four food and beverage outlets that serve buffet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and various ala carte options. Their F&B outlets highlight their fresh produce and artisan sauces and condiments. You can also get your fill of Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo at Eden.

For nature lovers and gardeners, Eden has sprawling gardens that feature various flora such as herbs, vegetables, and popular endemic flowers. Large trees, endemic animals, and domesticated animals also inhabit the park.

Flower Well of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Flower Well of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Eden provides the best Instagram spots to capture your memories and showcase the beauty of nature.

Another attraction of Eden is the Cultural Village that displays and highlights the Indigenous Tribes and cultures of Mindanao. On display are traditional houses and cultural artifacts. A local group of dancers welcome visitors with a music and dance presentation.

Other park facilities include a pool, a fishing village, and a butterfly house.

To fully enjoy these facilities, we suggest you take the guided shuttle tour. Or, if you are the more adventurous type, pack your comfy shoes and get a hiking trail map from the lobby. You can explore more of Eden’s more rustic and rugged areas while trekking.

Where Nature Meets Adventure

True to its tagline of being the place “Where Nature Meets Adventure,” Eden has expanded their facilities to delight the hearts of adventure-seekers. In 2000, Eden introduced the SkyRider, a zipline ride overlooking the countryside. In 2005, it introduced the SkyCycle. And in 2015, the SkySwing was launched.

Check out this video by the Davao Bloggers to see how Eden is a haven where nature meets adventure.

From functions halls and food outlets to gardens and a cultural village, Eden offers a memorable immersive experience for tourists and locals. And for those who want to get away from the hustle bustle of the city for more than just one day, Eden has sixty-three rooms and cottages that can accommodate couples, families, small groups, and solo travelers.

And this 2017, Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years of being one of Davao’s prime destinations for locals and tourists.

Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Eden has been serving Davaoeños and tourists with topnotch accommodations, well-maintained facilities, and friendly service for 20 years now. We dare say that no visitor has left Eden without happy memories. Just check blog posts, videos, and social media updates about visits to Eden. Surely, you will see vibrant smiles and joyous moments captured and shared.

Davao Bloggers at the Cultural Village of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Davao Bloggers at the Cultural Village of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

And there is even more to smile about as Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years with month-long promotions.

Eden Nature Park Davao 20th Year Promo

Eden Nature Park Davao 20th Year Promo

From October 1 to 30, 2017, you can enjoy an overnight stay for two in Eden’s Deluxe rooms for only P2,000. Accommodations at Family Cottages and Mountain Villas are available at 20% off. And all Day Tour Packages and Rides like the Skyswing, Skycycle, Skyrider, and Guided Shuttle Tour are at P20.00 off.

So gather the gang, set a date, and get ready to share memorable moments at Eden Nature Park and Resort where nature meets adventure.

For more information, visit the Eden Nature Park and Resort website at To be updated about their latest events and promotions, like their Facebook Page at And follow them on Instagram @edendavao.

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