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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.

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.

SM Supermalls Kadayawan 2017 Events

Written by Ria Jose

Davao is often described as a melting pot of cultures. And there is no better proof of that than the colorful thanksgiving celebration called “Kadayawan Festival.” This year, SM celebrates the Kadayawan with events that highlight the best of Davao’s diverse arts and culture scene. Check out the SM Supermalls Kadayawan 2017 Events.

SM Supermalls Kadayawan Opening Weekend Events

First, SM Lanang Premier opened the festivities with an Ikebana Exhibit from August 11 to 13, 2017. Ikebana International Davao Chapter 133 showcased floral arrangements that conveys “vision, friendship, cooperation, and respect” for the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Meanwhile, coinciding with the Kadayawan 2017 Opening Ceremonies, SM City Davao hosted a Mural Painting Challenge on August 14, 2017. The themes Sadya Dabaw, Tabunok Dabaw, Kaon Dabaw, Matahom Dabaw and Laag Dabaw were interpreted by young street artists. These works of art were painted on 8 x 8 ft upcycled canvas at the Annex Event Center. The best murals will be on exhibit at The Annex South Roadway from August 16 to 20.

Finally and most awaited of all, the Kadayawan Festival Sale has started.

The SM Kadayawan Festival Sale is from August 14 to 21, 2017.

The SM Kadayawan Festival Sale is from August 14 to 21, 2017.

It will run from August 14 to 21, 2017 at both SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier. Fashion finds and other items are on sale for up to 70% off.

Kadayawan Fashion Events

For the first time ever, the Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) organized a fashion competition that focuses on the unique artistry of Mindanao-made accessories.

Habi Kadayawan 2017

Habi Kadayawan 2017 will be held at August 17 at SM Lanang Premier.

Habi Kadayawan will bring accessories from Mindanao to the world. The competitors will depict the heritage of the 11 Davao tribes. The finalists will take centerstage on August 17, Thursday, 4 pm at SM Lanang Premier.
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Kadayawan 2017 Schedule, Map, and Highlights

Kadayawan 2017 Schedule and Map | My Davao City

Written by Ria Jose

We’re almost halfway through 2017 and just around the corner is the King of Festivals, Kadayawan 2017. Already, the City of Government of Davao has held the Launch of Kadayawan 2017.

Once again, Davao City celebrates Kadayawan with a theme relevant to DavaoeƱos and the current situation in Mindanao: “Stand Tall. United. Resilient.”

Kadayawan 2017 Logo

Kadayawan 2017 Logo

Kadayawan is a unique festival experience because it is the only major festival in the Philippines that is non-religious in nature. It is a thanksgiving celebration that highlights the harvest of Davao region. More importantly, Kadayawan puts the spotlight on Davao’s indigenous people.
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Uniqlo Davao

Uniqlo Davao Launch

Written by Renz Bulseco

You can never go wrong with basics. And basics are always better when they are of high quality. After all, basics are the foundation upon which every person must build their wardrobe on. Luckily, high quality basic style staples are now easier to find now that Uniqlo Davao is open.

Uniqlo Davao Launch. Photo by Liez Dayanghirang.

Uniqlo Davao Launch

Japanese brand Uniqlo is popular for its LifeWear pieces. These are high-quality clothing pieces designed with comfort in mind for everyone, everywhere. Uniqlo has all your style must-haves: from everyday basics to athletic wear to seasonal clothing. All made of high quality. And notably, all at wallet-friendly prices.

Now, you can get all your clothing essentials at Uniqlo without leaving Davao City.

Uniqlo Davao Launch

Last May, Uniqlo celelebrated its arrival in Davao and in Mindanao during the Uniqlo Davao Launch Event at SM Lanang Premier. Utsuka Taiko Drummers opened the program with a heart-pounding performance of traditional Japanese music. No doubt, the music added a unique Japanese vibe to the much-awaited event.

Utsuka Taiko Drummers. Photo by Eliza Dayanghirang of http://www.elizadayanghirang.com.

Utsuka Taiko Drummers performing traditional Japanese music.

The program’s highlight is a Japanese sake ceremony. The opening of the barrel and the drinking of sake was led by no less than the Chief Operating Officer of Uniqlo Philippines Katsumi Kubota. He was joined by Uniqlo Area Manager Binnah Kim, Uniqlo SM Lanang Premier Store Manager Rose Velardo, Japanese Consul to Davao Tomoko Dodo, and SM Lanang Premier Operations Manager Therese Manalo.

Uniqlo Philippines CEO Katsumi Kubota at the Uniqlo VIP Event. Photo by Sai Dayanghirang.

Uniqlo Philippines CEO Katsumi Kubota at the Uniqlo VIP Event.

Afterwards, Uniqlo at SM Lanang Premier opened their doors to the guests. Uniqlo gave VIPs, bloggers, and media personalities a tour of their SM Lanang Premier store. The spotlight was focused on Uniqlo’s LifeWear and unique clothing technologies. Of course, guests enjoyed a VIP shopping experience ahead of the store’s grand opening.
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Havaianas UAAP Pop Up at Abreeza Ayala Mall

Havaianas + UAAP Pop Up Shop

Written by Ria Jose

UAAP Season 79 is here and you can bring your school spirit everywhere you go. Havaianas has a UAAP Limited Edition Collection specially designed for each UAAP school. And this is available at the Havaianas + UAAP Pop Up Shop at Abreeza Ayala Mall from September 1 – 5, 2016.

Look at the awesome UAAP 79 flip-flops.

ADMU UAAP Havaianas at the Havaianas + UAAP Pop Up Shop

ADMU UAAP Havaianas

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ADU UAAP Havaianas

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DLSU UAAP Havaianas

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FEU UAAP Havaianas

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NU UAAP Havaianas

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Each pair will retail for only PhP1,195.

Havaianas + UAAP Pop Up Shop

These limied edition UAAP flip flops will be launched at the Havaianas + UAAP Pop Up Shop and Photo Exhibit at the 2nd floor of Abreeza Ayala Mall. The flip flops will also be available at the pop up shop along with other complimentary Havaianas + UAAP 2016 merchandise.
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