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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 www.davaongilngigfilms.com/ticket.

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.

Co-Organizers
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.

Donors
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

Supporters
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 www.davaongilngigfilms.com. To be updated, follow them on Facebook at https://www.fb.com/DavaoNgilngigFilms 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 http://www.smsupermalls.com/smcitydavao and their FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/smcitydavao. 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
https://www.edennaturepark.com.ph. To be updated about their latest events and promotions, like their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/edennatureparkdavao. And follow them on Instagram @edendavao.

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Salomon X Trail Davao

Salomon X Trail Davao Results | Kadayawan 2017 Event

Written by Ria Jose

The 32nd Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival was definitely a big success. Events peppered the entire city. Despite the Martial Law restrictions, everybody had fun. Davaoeños and tourists did not lack in events and activities to do and enjoy. 2017 Salomon X Trail Davao is one of the few Kadayawan events for adventure seekers and athletes. The Davao Leg was held in Ma-a, Davao City last August 20, 2017. The event was a tiring but fun and fulfilling experience for all participants.

Salomon X Trail Davao Participants

Salomon X Trail Davao Participants

Salomon X Trail Davao Winners

X trail runners were well-conditioned and ready to enjoy the run. A few emerged ahead of the pack and were awarded with cash prizes, Salomon and Primer Group products, and a Salomon X Trail Medal.

Jun Saromines arrived at the finish line first, completing the course in just 1 hour, 10 minutes and 30 seconds. In second and third places are Buddy Paraguire (1:12:26) and Nikko Romero (1:19:49).

In the female division, Rose Jaro was the fastest finishing the course in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 49 seconds. She was followed by Joy Mawalic (1:47:09) and Jennifer Lerio (1:56:06).

Salomon X Trail Davao Female Podium Finishers

Salomon X Trail Davao Female Podium Finishers

Salomon X Trail Sponsors

X Trail Davao was presented by Salomon. Event sponsors include Ahon Socks, ROX Philippines, Primer Group of Companies, Sea to Summit, Manors Ma-a, Camella, Omega Pain Killer, Paglas Corporation, Unifrutti Philippines,
and Fruit of the Earth Calmansinade.

The event is sponsored and supported by the Local City Government of Davao through the Office of the City Mayor – Sara Z. Duterte and the Office of the City Vice-Mayor Pulong Duterte.
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Music and Coffee Festival at The Annex of SM City Davao

Music and Coffee Festival at SM City Davao

Written by Ria Jose

Want to chill this weekend? Enjoy rhythm and brews at the first ever Music and Coffee Festival at SM City Davao. Gather the gang for a bonding session while drinking the best brews from various coffee shops and vendors at The Annex from September 15 to 17, 2017.

Music and Coffee Festival at The Annex of SM City Davao

Music and Coffee Festival at The Annex of SM City Davao

Pop Up Shops

At the center of the Coffee Festival are, of course, pop up shops of various cafes and vendors.

Bo's Coffee Club at the Music and Coffee Festival

Bo’s Coffee Club at the Music and Coffee Festival

The most prominent coffee shop at the festival is Bo’s Coffee Club, a Cebu brand known all over the Philippines.

Local coffee vendors and food bazaar staples Johann’s Coffee, Gypsy Cafe, and Racoma Farms have booths offering coffee concoctions and cakes.

Gypsy Cafe at the Music and Coffee Festival

Gypsy Cafe at the Music and Coffee Festival

Whether you like your coffee strong or sweet, hot, iced, or ice blended, there is a coffee to give you your dose of caffeine.

Also offering cakes and other desserts are Desserts by Timzah and Lara Mia. Their sweet slices are sure to delight and satisfy your saccharine cravings.

Lara Mia Desserts at the Music and Coffee Festival

Lara Mia Desserts at the Music and Coffee Festival

A new cafe on the local food bazaar scene A&V Cafe also has a booth at the festival. And Neon Pigeon, a brand of coffee-based energy drinks, has a booth, as well.

Doughnut shops with specialty coffee drinks have booths at the event. Dunkin’ Donuts and J.Co are both present at the festival.

Music and Coffee Festival Activities

SM City Davao invites all coffeeholics to share their Coffee Flatlay on Instagram and get the chance to win prizes. Just tag @smdavao and use the hashtag #CoffeeDateatSMDavao to join.

Coffee Flatlay at the Music and Coffee Festival

Coffee Flatlay at the Music and Coffee Festival

Fiction Folk will host the Music and Coffee Festival Trivia Night on September 16.

Music and Coffee Festival Trivia Night

Music and Coffee Festival Trivia Night

Categories and questions will not be limited to coffee topics but knowledge of coffee trivia will give you an edge. Interested groups need not pre-register. Just show up, get a table, and join.

Throughout the festival, various musical acts will be performing on stage. Art using coffee will also be on display.

So fulfill your caffeine dreams at the first ever Music and Coffee Festival at The Annex of SM City Davao, only until September 17, 2017.

For inquiries about promos and events at SM City Davao, contact them at +6382-2976998 and like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/smcitydavao. For updates, follow their social media accounts @SMCityDavao on Twitter and @SMDavao on Instagram.