Dod’s Ihaw Ihaw: A World Street Food Master in Davao

“The “Bawug” part of the jowl where layers of gelatinous fat melt and slather into the layers of meat once grilled.”

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Just before strutting towards Kowloon City, YING KEE, a Michelin recognized street food for Wonton Noodles in San Po Kong, HK.

I was then ambling along the streets of Kowloon city, hunting for a famous Nasi-Satay when I prognosticated “Someday,  Filipino street food will have its own taste of fame in the global dining table. Food evangelists from other countries will also visit and search for our street food like what I am doing here in Hong Kong.”.

A year and five months from that random prophecy, a list which recognizes the world’s best street food made me one of the proudest Filipino street food disciples. Another yardstick for calibre street food apart from the Michelin Guide, the World Street Food Congress included 5 Philippine Street food stalls in their list of 50 World Street Food Masters for 2017. One of these five, is in Davao.

READ ALSO: Eight First-to-try Eateries in Davao


Igniting more flame to every tourist’s gastronomic adventure in Davao city, Dood’s  Ihaw-Ihaw (Now Dod’s), a humble carinderia/ barbeque stall near the rotunda (traffic circle) on the vertex of Roxas and Ponciano streets, fronting the City’s Postal Building, made it to the 46th spot as a World Street Food Master for their “Sinugbang Panga” (wood fire grilled Tuna Jowl).

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Depending on the cut’s size, price ranges from 120PhP to 450PhP. May be ordered dine-in (with a 10PhP cup of rice, ice cold cola at 10PhP) or a foil-wrapped takeout. Mr and Mrs Dod’s passion for 12 years deserves the world recognition. #relationshipgoals
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Like Mr and Mrs Dod’s, this couple hawker in Kowloon City’s Lan Ying has an award-winning dish, Nasi goreng – Satay meal combo at 43HKD. It is a Michelin-listed street food in Hong Kong. #Relationshipgoals

READ ALSO: MICHELIN-RECOGNIZED STREET FOODS HONG KONG 2016 

The 12-year-old tandem of the marinade sauce and the basting oil according to Mrs. Dod’s, is the secret why their grilled tuna is peerless amongst the other versions you have tried. Apart from that, the couple’s choice of serving only the “Bigeye” tuna species also gives a distinct quality to their award winning dish.

“This species is really the one that is made for grilling. Especially the “Bawug” part of the jowl where layers of gelatinous fat melt and slather into the layers of meat once grilled.” Mrs. Dod’s explained. I agree. Every spoon of freshly-cooked steamed rice deserves to be slathered with those melts from the grilled tuna.   Drizzle it with “sawsawan” (Yakitori sauce-like dip) before finally dunking it! Lami!

 

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Hop in to any jeepney that passes by Ponciano St. and ask one of the ever helpful Davao jeepney drivers to drop you at the Davao Light Building. Right across the street, the redolence of an andante-grilled fish meat would smoothly guide your way. Be there by 9am to get the “Bawug” cut. When you want some real Davao street food dining immersion, lunch and dinner until 10PM is such a touristy jostle. Wander along Roxas Street Market, it is just a block away, after.

READ ALSO: 8 FIRST-TO-TRY EATERIES IN DAVAO

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 WORLD STREET FOOD MASTERS 2017  : PHILIPPINES


4th
Aling Lucing Sisig
Pampanga, Philippines
Corner G. Valdez and Agipito del Rosario Streets, Angeles City, Luzon, Philippines
Monday to Sunday, 6:00am to 3:00am I +63 45 888 2317
“SISIG” chopped hog head salad with soy, lime and chilli

7th
General’s Lechon
Manila, Philippines
Second Floor, Petron Gas Station, EDSA Corner Arnaiz Avenue, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, Manila, Philippines
Monday to Sunday, 9:30am to 9:00pm I +63 2664 1700, +63 2509 4122, +63 91 7853 2466,
Negros style, masala risotto “Lechon”

22nd
Zeny’s Pinangat (TAKE OUT ONLY)
Bicol, Philippines
PNR Rd, Gapo, Camalig, 4502 Albay, in Bicol, Philippines I +63 916 288 5491
“Pinangat” – simmered wrap of pork in dry taro leaves

32nd
Sharyn’s Kansi Beef Soup
Bacolod, Philippines
C58, Narra Ave, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines,
7:30AM-9PM I 034 433 1374
“Kansi” Beef Soup

46th
Doods Ihaw-Ihaw
Davao City, Philippines,
Roxas Extension (Rotunda), 9AM-10PM I 0909190 9146
“SINUGBANG PANGA” – wood fired grilled tuna jowl

*Also on the list are (14) hawkers from Singapore with the Michelin starred Hill Street Tai Hwa at the 1st rank for their Bak Chor Mee, (7) from Indonesia, (6) from Malaysia, (5) from Thailand, (4) from China, (3) from Vietnam (2) from USA, (2) from Mexico and (1) each from Taiwan and India.

READ ALSO: MICHELIN STARRED STREET FOODS – SINGAPORE 2016


The inclusion of five Masters from the Philippines for the list’s first edition is such an uplifting accolade to Pinoys, especially to a Filipino street food advocate like me. The Philippines has still a lot of award-worthy dishes which are expected to sizzle every world wide food award-giving body. I am excited.

In the meantime, when you visit Davao, trot like a hobo in this city which is not just known for its civil calmness but also  now known as home of a World Master in grilled tuna jowls according to the World Street Food Congress Council.


Who made the list:

*Anthony Bourdain,  world renowned television personality, author and avid street food advocate *KF Seetoh, Makansutra’s Founder/CEO *James Oseland, Author of one of 2007’s Time Asia and the New York Times best books, Cradle of Flavor *Johnny Chan, Top China TV food host and winemaker (http://wsfcongress.com/world-street-food-congress/)

 

 

Honda Flagship Shop opens with Riders’ Lounge and Test Circuits

The Philippine’s largest HPI flagship shop – A hybrid of motorcycle retail concept shop with test course facility and an exclusive lounge for Riders in a 6,960 sqm expanse.

Concurrent with the launching of six new Honda Motorcycle models, the partnership of Honda Philippines Inc (HPI) and DESMARK dealership unveils the Philippine’s largest HPI flagship shop in Davao city – A hybrid of motorcycle retail concept shop with test course facility and an exclusive lounge for Riders in a 6,960 sqm expanse.

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Minutes after the inauguration rites, I started roaming around the spacious display area. Not the usual bike retail shop you’ve been in. With the cozy settings of the customer’s lounge, you would thought you’re about stay in a lavish hotel.

Still looking for what would uniquely describe a Honda Flagship Shop, I met Ms Jang and started to network a bit. Apart from the showroom, spare parts and power products display area, Davao’s HPI Flagship shop features a 1,500 sqm test circuit where riders can get that feel while riding a Honda motorcycle they are involved to own. The Rider’s Hall upstairs is also phenomenal. Jang sizzled. She tried to get consent from the in-charge while I also called my fellows Mark, Joseph and Teresa.

Just two more floors up, I thought of the intricate recreation floor of the well-appointed vacation club property I am working in. Imagine a lounge, 250-seater function room, recreational facilities and my favorite, the veranda with the pseudo poolside appeal! With all these features as free, I applaud HPI and DESMARK for innovating such irresistible overture for their owners and such a wise yet thoughtful move to sustain bigger market share being the number 1 motorcycle brand in Asia.

Honda Flagship Shop was already inaugurated in Cebu last January 2017 while that in Manila would be within the 2nd quarter this year. All  Riders’ club leaders should know about this (Send this link to a rider you know).

With all these features as free, I applaud HPI and DESMARK for innovating such irresistible overture for their owners and such a wise yet thoughtful move to sustain bigger market share being the NUMBER 1 MOTORCYCLE BRAND IN ASIA!


Caliber Machinists | One Stop Motorcycle Shop

Davao’s Honda Flagship Shop has one of the largest service shops in Mindanao with resident machinist Mr Ace Acedo who represented the country in Vietnam for the Mechanics Olympics. Complete array of spare parts and accessories is of instant availability since Honda warehouse is just behind the store. Honda Philippines staff also serves at the 2nd floor for any owner’s inquiry. Indeed, a one stop shop for bike ownership, your after sales concerns and mechanic maintenance.

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Honda Philippines Inc. President Daiki Mihara graced the inauguration (Above Left). Interior and display of the retail concept shop.

“Even with a showroom this grand, We at DESMARK will never waiver our core value which is to provide best quality Honda products at ultra affordable prices. We aim to always be the lowest priced with the best installment rates not just in Davao but in the country” Maricris Du, VP for Operations during her opening message.


The Power of Dreams for young yet stylish hustlers | The All-new BeAT FI


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A scooter style motorcycle is a reflection of my hip and chill mindset whenever out from the sales table. Having a slim yet sharp form, It has cool and convenient to maneuver appeal with the compactness that complements to my typical Asian stance and built. Newly designed wheels and tubeless tires appeal like your BeAt strutting a new trendy shoes along the streets to which everyone turns their head to.

The idling stop system, which offs the engine and produces zero exhaust emissions during brief stops supports both environmental and frugal advantage as this promotes superb fuel efficiency. Think off the metro’s traffic and your on-the go deliverables! The ACG-starter for a smooth and quiet start connives your graveyard shift commutes or work-hard-party-harder nights out. The Combined Brake System (CBS) for optimum braking balance between the rear and front tires is stellar for the safety of trendsetter hustler millennials like us. Lastly and is expected, It has adapted Honda smart technology with the lightweight and compact 110cc-Liquid-cooled enhanced Smart Power (eSP) engine for enhanced performance to accelerate that yuppie dream! Own a BeAT at PhP63,900 available in all Honda 3s shops nationwide.

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More of the latest models and the real feel of this phenomenal hybrid shop along Buhangin, Davao City from Monday to Saturday, 8:30AM to 5:30PM. Type in the Flagship shop mobile 0912-528-7398. Dial for that dream. Now. 

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2 New Fun-Courses for the 25th Batch: Mcdonald’s is looking for Kiddie Crew!

As this year marks the silver batch of McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, your little ones will surely enjoy the daily sessions through new courses, “Make-Your-Own-Dessert” and the McDelivery Game which reinforce the teaching of McDonald’s time-tested values of team work and discipline.

imageChem volunteered to take this pic while we were walking through on “make your own cheeseburger” activity. It’s obvious I’m elated preparing one of my favorite offerings from McDonald’s. Just after the take, she then asked “How’s your burger? I said, “Almost done!” Then she said in a sweet yet smart tone, “Ang service time ha.”

What a jab! Chem leaving me with that reminder startled my memory while at the same time shifted my euphoria to a surging sense of efficiency. It refreshed me of one of the books by New York Times bestselling author, John Maxwell. “I knew I have already known about McDonald’s Speed Service System!” I deciphered.

On the first part of the book – Leadership  101, Maxwell narrated the infant years of McDonald’s to strengthen his discourse about the context of that chapter.

“By 1948, They also created what they called the Speedy Service System. Their kitchen became like an assembly line, where each person focused on service with speed. Their goal was to fill each customer’s order in thirty seconds or less. And they succeeded. By the mid-1950s, annual revenue hit $350,000, and by then, Dick and Maurice split net profits of about $100,000 each year”

“Theirs was one of the most profitable restaurant enterprises in the country and their genius was in customer service and kitchen organization, which led to a new system of food and beverage service. In fact, their talent was so widely known in food service circles that people from all over the country wanted to learn more about their methods. At one point, they received as many as three hundred calls and letters every month. That led them to the idea of marketing the McDonald’s concept”


For any adult who has 6-12 year old loved-one, knowing such snippet from McDonald’s history is a smack-dab reason why to enroll the family’s kids. Activities during the 5-day course of McDo Kiddie Crew is basically leaning about McDonald’s time-tested values of teamwork, hard work, discipline, responsibility, and sharing with the sprinklings of fun and friendship.

You know that your kids just love to act like grown ups right? Thus, all-time favorite sessions, “Make-Your-Own Cheeseburger” and on-floor, drive-thru, and front counter trainings are still there to convert their curiousity to learning new valuable life skills.

As this year marks the silver batch of McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, your little ones will surely enjoy the daily sessions by learning more with fun while satisfying their sweet tooth through “Make-Your-Own-Dessert”. Furthermore, the segment on how to prepare customers’ orders through the McDelivery Game will also reinforce the teaching of McDonald’s classic values in service. “Ronald Dance” will also be introduced to channel their active cells into arts and healthy lifestyle.

Indeed, not everything is learnt inside the classroom. Let your kids learn more inside any of the 500 participating McDonald’s restaurant in the Philippines. Lent just ended. Start then another week of educative summer memories for you kids. Week 4 to Week 10 sections are still open. Register not later than April 30, 2017 for 650PhP.

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Let us know about you and your kid’s daily McDo Kiddie Crew memories with the hashtag #McDoKiddieCrew in your social media accounts. Ultimately, see you with Ronald Mcdonald and the Gang in May 20-21 for the Grand Graduation day happening in Metro Manila, Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, and in Davao City which will be in Philippine Women’s College campus.


Chemaima “Chem” Belleza is McDonald’s Local Store Marketing Coordinator.


*This is John’s McDo Cheeseburger! #McDoKiddieCrew 


*My squad from Padre Pio’s Home for Children during the Media Launch Event. McDonald’s Bajada, Davao City. #McDoKiddieCrew

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See you!

Eight First-to-try Eateries in Davao

Davao is home of eateries with Michelin caliber. These are home-grown food houses which serve palatable delicacies. Their delectable dishes qualify for a worldwide food recognition based from the length of daily queues and the stories of satiety since they started serving for their first diner-turned-patron.

Street eateries from Hong Kong (HK), Macau and Singapore (SG) received nods from Michelin last year. In fact, two hawkers in SG even garnered the elusive “one star” recognition.

READ ALSO: HUNTING HAWKERS: Michelin Starred Street-foods Singapore 2016

Spending most of my 2016 trips hunting for such award-winning street food made me create a set of criteria why one dish is worth for the Michelin mention. Such is my basis enumerating the following as the first worth-to-try food in Davao. A list of eight (8) for the city’s 80th Charter Day celebration.

Davao Famous Restaurant and Cecil’s have been serving for almost 50 years like Ying Kee in San Po Kong. Lachi’s, Em’s, Kuilan’s and Aling Foping’s serve pastries and desserts which are as Michelin-mention-worthy as that of Kwan Kee in Sham Shui Po and Kei Tsui and Joyful Dessert House in Mongkok. Lyndon’s, as ironic as it termed its specialty is indeed one of the best pork rib versions in the coty. It is grilled and sauced savorily like that of my top favorite Satay served by Lan Ying in Kowloon City. Ultimately, the braised Carabao meat served by Bulca Chong is a dainty endemic dish, inducing that distinctly Davao redolence even years after completing this gastronomic itinerary.

*Download DAVAO GUIDE APP in your phone to weave these eateries in your itinerary. It is “smart” to visit Davao in March-May (Summer, Araw ng Davao – 2rd week of March), August (Kadayawan Festival) and December (New Year’s countdown with the Torotot Festival)

READ ALSO: Smart App to Digitize Tourism Experience in Davao



Davao Famous Restaurant (HYSIAN SATEME)


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Partaking endemic meals with locals has always been my travel fetish. Thus, I would recommend having your lunch or dinner here to enthrall your appetite dining with Davaoeno families. For shorter queue though, be here as early as 6:30 am. “Tanan man” (All), that is what typically the server’s answer when you ask for the specialty. A matter of fact since 1968 when it started as “Davao First Restaurant”image. The Hysian Sateme (Seafood Sateme) is my favorite in the menu. You will love the chunks of fish and squid giving variations as you chew with the noodles. Cinnamon – Soy tandem makes that sauce a bomb. Its spiciness teases you too. A reception area where queuing family could wait is set-up when they opened the renovated part.

SERVICE: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm  I  BILL: 195p (Sateme serving for 2)  I  TRY: Gulami I QUEUE: Long in Lunch and Dinner, Branches in Magsaysay, Matina and Obrero, Serving for 49 years. I LANDMARK: Chinese Archway in Acacia Street, Hop in to a Route 10 jeepney.

READ ALSO: SIGNS TO SPOT Michelin Street-Food Outlets Hong Kong


Kuilan’s Foodhaus (SIOPAO)


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These steamed buns with meat (pork or chicken) are perfect for breakfast or heavy afternoon snack. Come here by 6:30 to 8am. You will love munching these buns as your first meal for the day when the Davaoeno “grannies-in-SUVs” will be your meal mates. Try eating these with a local 3-in-1 coffee like them, eavesdrop and act like a local! I love that kind of immersion. The whole stretch of Dacudao St. where Kuilan’s main branch is located, is arrayed with venerable trees blowing the most freshening air among Davao streets. Reeeelaxing.

Be come later than 2pm since they run out of Siopao late in the afternoon when most of those who queue are just up for take-out. I usually bring my guests here to take these buns as pasalubong since these meat breads could be stored in the fridge until a week. The road going to the flyover just as you go out from Kuilan’s is leading to the airport.

imageSERVICE: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm  I  BILL: 15p/Bun, sold by box too.  I  TRY: Cutchinta, Empanada  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time, 9am, 3pm. With several branches, serving for 16 years. I LANDMARK: Buhangin-Dacudao Flyover, Take a taxi.

*APP TIP: Navigate to “Places”. Scroll  to “Heritage”. Then “Chinatown”. Either from Davao Famous Restaurant or Kuilan’s, it’s near towards the city’s Chinatown district. Affordable shopping or merely immersing yourself to the locals while strolling around – Just dissociate. “Kublai Art Gallery” is also within the Chinatown district, the last street towards the Chinese Archway facing Magsaysay Park. You could also “Eat Durian” after all the strolling, just in front of the Magsaysay Park. The Sta Ana Wharf which will be your departing point when you want to explore Samal Island, is just beside the park. Hop in a “Route 10” jeepney if you’re from Davao Famous and notify the driver to hop you off in Uyanguren (Chinatown). It is best to take the taxi when you are going to Kuilan’s in Dacudao. Same as from Kuilan’s to the Chinatown.


Lyndon’s World’s Worst Rib and Awful Chicken (GRILLED PORK RIBS)


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Meat is so tender. It seem programmed to auto-shred from the ribs just before your cutlery lands on it. Literally melts in your mouth. Get the 350G, an additionl rice and a serving of Lumpia Shanghai. I love eating this with a local beer within the bizarro wall paintings inside like your eating with Charlie Chaplin, Jonny Bravo and the Men in Black. Here’s a tip, when the portions you want isn’t anymore available, imagethere’s “Lyndon Dos” (other branch) just two blocks away, still along Roxas Street.

SERVICE: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm  I  BILL: 185p/350G to 270p (600G)  I  TRY: Kalderetang Kambing  I  QUEUE: Long during dinner time. Roxas St turns to a street market by 6pm. Expect the local bustles you would love to get lost in. With 1 other branch nearby, serving for 8 years. I LANDMARK: Roxas Avenue, Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), Almost all jeepneys passes by AdDU.

*APP TIP:  Walk a bit going left once you’re out from Lyndon’s until you reach the end of Roxas St. Hop in to a Route 4 jeepney going to San Pedro Church. Hop Off  where there is an overpass near the San Pedro Police Headquarters, “D’ Bone Collector” is just on the other side of the overpass. 


Cecil’s Snack Inn and Bakeshoppe Inc. (SPECIAL BATCHOY)


imageCecil’s has been serving the Davaoenos since 1963. This famous dish from the  Visayas is one of their specialties. One of the two restaurants on the list which when a server is asked for their imagespecialty, they seem to recite all that is written in their menu, “Tanan man Sir.” You will love seeing families share their portions here while talking about their day. A dining table away from home. Dad takes few dipper of Batchoy, school-aged daughter samples a bit of the Choco moist cake while mom nibbles some of the egg pie. Then, take turns who is to eat the next morsel from which serving.

SERVICE: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm  I  BILL: 90p/bowl  I  TRY: Mami, Pancit loglog, Chocomoist cake, Egg pie  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time and after 5pm, serving for 54 years with 10 other branches. I LANDMARK: University of Mindanao (UM) Bolton Campus, CAP Auditorium, Hop in to any jeepney which passes by UM Bolton. Hop off and ask locals where’s CAP auditorium near Cecil’s.

*APP TIP: Walk two blocks away left where the oldest church of the city’s found, the San Pedro Cathedral. Take a “heritage walk” which you can start with other tourists in Museo Dabawenyo.


Bulca Chong (BRAISED CARABAO)


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I am sure I am getting the cheers of the boozing public when they see this here! The only which serves 24 hours in this list. Bulca Chong indeed is the most native food among the eight. You will love this dish. Period. Then you will love it most after 2 AM when the gang just finished the last round of beer ending the night. (Davao has been imposing a liquor ban after 2 AM. Bars and shops are allowed imageto sell alcohol only until 1am.). Best with the throat stabbing ice cold colaaah!

SERVICE: 24hours  I  BILL: 95p/bowl  I  TRY: Balbacua  I QUEUE: Long during dinner time and after 2am, serving for 19 years with another branch in Sandawa area. I LANDMARK: Gaisano Mall Illustre, Davao Doctors Hospital. Hop in to jeepneys which pass by Quirino St. Hop off to Davao Doctors Hospital. Cross the street towards KFC fastfood. Walk left towards the next block. Walk right till you reach Bulca Chong.

*APP TIP: Walk left to People’s Park, Pasalubong Center, Tourism Office, Cinemateque

READ ALSO: PHOTO BLOG, Michelin Street Eateries Hong Kong


Lachi’s Sans Rival ATBP. (SANS RIVAL)


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Tasted the French dessert, Dacquoise? Sans Rival is the Philippines’ version. Lachi’s by far has the most ambrosial layers in Davao. You will love spending time here. Choose those couch beside the glass windows so you imagecould feel the neighborhood cafe charisma of the location while nibbling portions of Sans Rival (It is located inside a subdivision).

SERVICE: 11am – 8pm  I  BILL: 72p/slice  I TRY: Five chocolate torte, all cakes  I QUEUE: Long during snack time and after school hours, serving for 15 years with only one branch with rice meals in Marfori and a cake-only branch in Tulip Drive, Matina. I LANDMARK: Marfori Heights Subdivision. This is the farthest from the city proper among listed, so better to take taxi. You could take a tricycle alternatively from Davao Doctors Hospital in Quirino or from Davao Wisdom Academy in Torres to the Davao National High School (DNHS). Then from DNHS to Lachi’s in Marfori Heights. Seven (7) pesos per tricycle route.


Ems Pasta and Rolls (BAKED SPAGHETTI) 


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Can you just scroll up again and look at those almost golden cheese roofing those pasta? Get your first bite the soonest this is served while those cheese are still hot fresh from the oven. You will love it as almost crispy. If Lachi’s gets the authority for Sans Rival, Ems gets for pasta dishes.  After trying the “Primera” Spaghetti, you will be torn between it and the “Baked” the next time. Ems started in Cotabato City in early 2000s. In fact, its imagefront signage still has Cotabato before the “Ems”. The family decided to transfer in Davao and the Davaoenos since then are thankful for such exodus. Recite it with me, “Mille Grazie!”

SERVICE: 8:30am – 8:30pm  I  BILL: 70p/serving  I  TRY: Lasagna  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time, lunch time and after school hours. Serving for 13 years with only one branch which is now in reconstruction for a second floor. By Summer, Ems will be branching out among NCCC Malls. “Bravo!”


Aling Foping’s Halo-halo ATBP. (HALO-HALO)


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Davao’s version of a Philippine dessert rock star. It is like a sherbet. Look for that quarter size paper with the checklist to customize your portion with 6 ingredients, from cubed gelatin to sweetened Saba. Write your name. Pay and wait. Be in the Matina Town Square (MTS) branch by 9pm when you wanted to enjoy more the place and the crowd with imageband performances and array of bars inside the premises.

SERVICE: 1pm – 12mn  I  BILL: 60p/”petite”  I  TRY: Durian Halo-Halo, Chili con Carne  I QUEUE: Long during after school and office hours in the MTS branch. Most of your queue mates are students from nearby schools and young professionals. Serving for 12 years with other branches in SM Lanang (MALL) and Eden Paradise Resort I LANDMARK: Ateneo de Davao High School campus, Matina Town Square (MTS)

*APP TIP: Take a taxi and instruct driver to hop you off at President Duterte’s Residence. Visit earlier than 5PM. Download DAVAO GUIDE App to travel SMART. Manga-un na ta?!



Unbox the Fun: Choosing a daily Work-Life Fun

No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.

Love the launching phrase to begin with. Such a grabber! – “Unbox the Fun”. During the launching event in fact, it seemed like I’m seeing a gigantic box slowly being lowered from the ceiling as the program nears to the divulgence of the intriguing new fun products. I have to say the phrase is such a stimulant, opportune for a launching event. My speculations thrilled me segment after segment that night. It’s always been exciting to open a box. No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.

After leaving a fun hangover in Palawan, Mister Donut’s “Unbox the Fun” groundbursts in Davao, March 16 at the Duterte street branch, Quirino Avenue, bringing more festivities to the city’s 80th Charter Day.

It’s always been exciting to open a box. No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.


UNBOXING A WICKED BOX


imageFor hot food predators like me, this is a new fun prey! Mister Donut’s first fried-on-spot donuts served in their dine shops, the WICKED PUFFS. May it be a day of stressful board room discussions or a smooth close of a deal, let the sprinklings manage those buds to revitalize your working mood. Sprinkle, top, or swirl sweet and vibrant choices of Hazelnut, Belgian chocolates and Strawberries and cream. I don’t want to suggest that this is a perfect post shift therapy  (and gastronomy!) to relieve some tensions out for that another hassle the next day. Ask you work buddy after 5 and have fun 35PhP for 6!


UNBOXING A FREEZING BOX


imageExhibit events, site visits or any out-from-desk deliverables can be a total exhaustion. Not to mention, the summer sun is now slowly scorching our integuments which piles a reason more of impatience at times especially if the work day isn’t that so smooth. A super quencher which you could indulge handy for your on-the-go kind of day or a short break venting-out inside the cozier Mister Donut cafes, the world’s best brew is given with a freezing touch, Mister Donut’s BREWZEES. For 70PhP, this doesn’t hurt your frugal millennial pocket turning the occasional to a habitual frozen coffee ritual. Not the bad work day, just the frozen coffee ritual. Habitual.


UNBOXING THE BIGGER BOX


imageWe may have differences with our team mates but it’s always been therapeutic to spend a work break with them. After all, methods and personality may vary, but we are in unison with our team goal. Initiate this office fellowship with the bigger portions of our all time favorite Bavarian and Choco Cake donuts.  With the same then price, a box would surely lubricate the team’s determination with a fun touch still at 18PhP a piece.

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May it be selling a product to a prospect, a system to the share holders or simply your idea to your head and the team, Doughnut-Coffee tandem will always be a power sales tool morsel in and outside the pitch room. The sweetness of these dough, ringed or filled just tastefully complement with the coffee. Work is work but you could make it fun. Unbox that closer in you who persuades for the elusive choice of daily work-life fun.

DAVAO GUIDE: A Smart App to Digitize Tourism Experience in Davao

Talking about revolutionary mechanism, newly-installed site markers containing quick response codes and near-field communications stickers have been deployed in select areas within the city. The markers trigger the download of tourism and historical information via phone scanning.

Technology continues to revolutionize aspects of our life and Tourism isn’t exempted from this.

Launched in celebration of the city’s 80th Charter Day March 15 ,”Davao Guide” – the phone application for everyone who wants to discover the city which bylines the most powerful man now in the Philippines, is now free to download.

Created by InnoPub Media in partnership with the Davao City government and wireless leader – Smart Communications (Smart), the app sets to amp up the trotting experience of the growing 1.7 M tourists (2015) who wont just be enjoying the city’s lauded orderliness and civil calmness but from now on with this app, are “tourism connected” along with the 1.63M Davaoenos, 2,444 sq km wide. Congruently, Smart have already transformed their network in Davao, providing high-speed mobile access to digital services and information via LTE.

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QR codes like this will be installed in Davao City Hall and Francisco Bangoy Int’l Airport.. Tap for Tourism Info! (Photo: Smart.com.ph)

Talking about revolutionary mechanism, newly-installed site markers containing quick response codes and near-field communications stickers have been deployed in select areas within the city. The markers trigger the download of tourism and historical information via phone scanning.

“The project is consistent with two of the City Government’s priority sectors which are tourism and education. We are happy that Smart and InnoPub are helping us create a digital platform to push tourism and education not only to the Davaoenos but also to the local and international tourists. Through the Davao Guide app, the public would know about the people of Davao, our history, culture and what the city can offer in terms of tourism and investment” said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

imagePaleolithic trots require us both compass and maps. Now, it will be just your smartphone with a TRAVEL SMART App.  Go to the APP STORE of your phone. Search for the app “Davao Guide” Then Tap “INSTALL” for FREE. The app will soon be available for Apple App Store. Keep connected, Travel Smart!