Connect to the Future of Investing with PDAX | How to Buy Bitcoin in the Philippines

There is no quick way to get rich. There are useful and secured online channels to help you though.

Fifty Billion Pesos. That is the reported sum of allegedly scammed amount from the supposed 5 million “donors” of a get-rich-quick scheme that overwhelmed Mindanao from 2017 to 2019 (

Let us delve on the positive connotations of those numbers though. First, that Filipinos are actually inclined to investing. Second, there is money in the Filipinos. That our countrymen, whichever socioeconomic category they belong, are bent on allocating money for an instrument that grows their wealth. Thus, why not suggest a legitimate and easy-to-use platform that fuels the investing mood of these Pinoys?


Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX), is a digital asset exchange licensed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

By creating your own account at the PDAX official website (, you are connected to buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and other digital assets that have never been available in the Philippines before, at globally competitive market prices.

PDAX believes that digital assets and blockchain will even the playing field to give every Filipino, from all walks of life, the ability to grow their hard-earned wealth.

Investors may be just literally “donors” when we are not cautious in the amount we invest and in the instrument we use to invest. Thus, be connected to a BSP-licensed and user-friendly platform in growing your wealth. Be always reminded too, that learning about investing and growing your money from investing come from doing it largely with your own effort. There is no quick way to get rich. There are useful and secured online channels to help you though.  


1. To create your account, go to Make sure that you are visiting the official PDAX website.


2. Enter your email address, mobile number, and a strong password on the signup form and click Sign Up. Use an active email address and mobile number since you will be asked to verify both.


3. Click the verification link that will be sent to the email address you provided. For security purposes, this link will expire in 24 hours.


4. After you click the link and verified your email address, enter the same mobile number that you provided on the signup form and click Send Code.

5. Enter a 6-digit verification code that will be sent to your mobile number via SMS and click Verify.

6. That’s it – congratulations! You have successfully created your PDAX account. Cash in an amount as you are now ready to take on the world of crypto and digital assets. Steps on how to cash in are listed below.


    1. Log in to your PDAX account.
    2. Click Upgrade Tier, which you can find below your name on the top left corner of the screen. You can also click Upgrade from the dropdown menu under My Account.
    3. Take note of the requirements to upgrade to the next tier. Once you have these requirements on hand, click the Upgrade button. You can only upgrade to the tier level next to your current tier.
    4. Complete the Personal Information form and follow the instructions that will be shown on the screen on how to proceed.
    5. Once done, click Submit. The PDAX team will review your account upgrade request within 1 to 2 business days to ensure that all required IDs and/or documents are complied with. You will be informed of your account upgrade status through email.


    1. Log in to your PDAX account.
    2. Click the drop down menu on the right corner area of your phone’s screen.
    3. Tap Wallet.
    4. Choose which Cash in channel is convenient for you.
    5. Follow the instructions displayed specific to your chosen cash in channel.


*CASH-OUT CHANNELS: Interbank Transfer, M Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuiller.



Feel Good Deals : Holidays 2019 at Park Inn by Radisson Davao

All are for Davaoenos and for Bakasyonistas as well. 

Whether you are spending the Holidays 2019 with family, friends, or significant other, Park Inn by Radisson Davao has a Feel Good Deal for every guest.  Choose among these  yuletide offerings which will definitely make you feel good and at home.

Feel Good Deals : ACCOMODATION 

Have a merry staycation with 3 packages to choose from. All are an overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two. 

Feel Good Christmas


An overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two plus get holiday drinks for two, and an F&B voucher worth Php 500 for a minimum purchase of Php 2,000. It’s priced Php 4,700 nett per room per night until January 30, 2020 except for December 24 and 31.

The Magic of Christmas

Have a memorable Christmas Eve with The Magic of Christmas Package that includes an overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two plus Christmas Dinner Buffet for two at the RBG Bar & Grill at Php 7,000 nett per room on December 24.

The Magic of Christmas Package : Feel good, and find home this holiday season at Park Inn by Radisson Davao! Call (82) 272 7600 for inquiries and booking.

Midnight Cheers & New Year Wishes

Welcome 2020 with Midnight Cheers & New Year Wishes on December 31. Enjoy an overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two plus get perks at the New Year’s Dinner and Party for two at Php 8,400 nett per room.

Midnight Cheers & New Year Wishes Package : Feel good, and find home this holiday season at Park Inn by Radisson Davao! Call (82) 272 7600 for inquiries and booking.

Feel Good Deals : BANQUET 


Companies and groups can also have a fun and flavorful party with banquet packages – Colors of the Holiday. Choose among three packages with rates starting at Php 1,000 nett per person for a minimum of 50. The packages are available until January 10, 2020.

CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET : Flicks & Eats on Christmas Eve

Feast on homey Filipino buffet while watching feel-good Christmas movies at RBG Bar & Grill with the Flicks & Eats on Christmas Eve. Rate is at Php 1,499 nett per person on December 24, 6 PM.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Cruise to the New Year

Welcome 2020 with a nautical New Year’s Eve dinner and party with the Cruise to the New Year at Lanzones Room on December 31. Live it up for the coming year with surf and turf buffet, party vibes, and raffle gifts for Php 2,188 nett per person starting at 6 PM.

Feel Good Deals : HOLIDAY TREATS

A range of treats from holiday dips, cookies, and more starting at Php 60 are waiting for you at the Christmas Store at the hotel lobby. Take home some of these for your loved ones. Try the best-seller Park Inn Holiday Cake at Php 650. 

(Top left) Some of the holiday vinaigrette and sauce to take home as presents. (Top right and below center) Christmas Tree at the hotel Lobby.

So which Feel Good Deal are you getting this Holidays 2019? Whichever joyful treat you are booking, each is crafted to make your Holidays at Park Inn by Radisson Davao feel good and at home. All are for Davaoenos and for Bakasyonistas as well. 

Own More Books at The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale With Paymaya QR Scan-To-Pay Cashback

You can add money to your Paymaya account at the Book Sale venue.

A Paymaya Add-Money-Here Machine is available near the check out counters. You can add money to your Paymaya account here.

Book lovers rejoice whenever over a million brand-new English books are at up to 90% less. Discounted book price means either more funds to save for other things to buy or more books to take home. Either is definitely a nothing-to-lose choice every time the world’s biggest book sale – the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale (BBW) opens its doors. 

A 2017 survey by the National Book Development Board states that Filipinos still enjoy reading books, but their budget does not permit them to purchase new books on a regular basis.

As a thrifty bookworm or even just a budget-conscious casual reader, what if there is one more way to own more books apart from the 50% – 90% discount when book shopping at BBW? That is if you do not pay your purchase in cash. “Paymaya” and get up to 100% cashback!

How to download the Paymaya App : PayMaya Releases Newly Designed, EMV-enabled Card | How to Get | How to Upgrade


Hunting for Business and Economics, Sales and Marketing and Self -Help books.
  1. LOOK FOR THOSE BOOKS FIRST. TAKE YOUR TIME. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is 24 hours open and at free admission.  Books are restocked daily. BBW allows you to stock books to binge read all year long on affordably priced books.

    A unique QR code will be generated for every book purchase.
  2. LOAD CASH TO YOUR PAYMAYA APP AT THE VENUE. Before going to the cashier, you can load cash to your Paymaya account through the Paymaya machine near the check out counters. Paymaya representatives are also there to assist you.
  3. PROCEED TO THE CHECK OUT COUNTER. Let the cashier punch your book purchase. Wait for a while as they generate the QR code of your transaction.
  4. SCAN-TO-PAY THE QR CODE. Open your Paymaya App. Tap the Scan To Pay option at the lower part of the screen.
  5. TAP “BUY”. OWN THOSE BOOKS! The amount of your purchase appears on the screen after the scan. Tap Buy at the upper right area of the display. A confirmation message appears after the successful scan-to-pay purchase.
  6. ENJOY UP TO 100% CASHBACK PER TRANSACTION. Your scan-to-pay transaction entitles you to receive 1%, 10% or a whopping 100% cashback. Another way to save as you own your favorite titles!


  • NON-FICTION ( Business and Economics, Sales and Marketing, Architecture and Design, Biography, Cookbook, Arts and Crafts, Music, Fashion, Self help and more)

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  • FICTION ( General Fiction, Literature, Thriller, Romance, Young Adult)
  • MAGICAL BOOKS with Augmented Reality (AR) technology.
  • CHILDREN’S BOOKS (Activity Books, Picture Books, Coloring Books, Sound Books, Pop-up Books)

Indeed, Paymaya being the official payment partner of this year’s BBW visit in Davao is the most helpful partnership for the frugal bibliophiles.

SCAN-TO-PAY THE QR CODE. Open your Paymaya App. Tap the Scan To Pay option at the lower part of the screen.

Tangent from saving funds or buying more, an efficient payment app – Paymaya, provides the opportunity for everyone to access financial services, whichever in the social strata you belong. Simply, everyone can own what they want efficiently, everywhere, when you Paymaya. It is better than cash.



Menswear and Christmases in the Wild | Three Looks for Safari-themed Parties

Following the dress code is a social manner.

Christmas parties, may it be hosted by your company, your clan or a comrade, turn out to be merrier (and more Instagam-worthy) when guests join the fun of dressing up according to the prescribed party outfit. Equally significant to the merriment, following the dress code is a social manner.

What if this year, the invitation states “Safari Night”, “Christmas in the Wild”, or “African Christmas”?  Here is a three-look style guide to mingle!

It was indeed a wild safari night Christmas! Davao Bloggers Society (DBS) during the Safari Night Christmas Party 2018. The 2018-2020 Officers (chairs in front) with the official members, brand partner representatives and exclusively invited guests.
Safari Christmas details from the three events featured on this Style post. (Clockwise) A safari-inspired table centerpiece, DBS Safari Christmas Party 2018. A bite-size party appetizer on a leaf-shaped plate, SM Lanang Premier (SMLP) Christmas Tree Lighting 2019. A hunter’s meaty bag for the Christmas dinner – Bone in Ham, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao Christmas Tree Lighting 2019


Wear the Palette|The SM Lanang Premier “Christmas Wonders in the Wild” Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

A safari style color palette for your reference.

The colors in the safari style palette are easy to mix and match. These colors exude both manliness and the flora and fauna of the wilderness. Before going to shops just to buy a new piece for the party, skim through your closet first. You might already own one or even all the pieces with the safari colors that you can work on in achieving a fitting look for the party.

ABOUT THE LOOK: This is a Preppy Metro-Casual outfit. A smart casual look consists of a golden brown knitted polo and a green chino with light brown plaid pattern. Plaid suggests both the preppy and yuletide vibe. Knit is an opportune fabric for the Christmas breeze. Complete the look with a black tasseled leather loafer. 

Animal print Christmas balls adorn the 50-foot Christmas tree at the SM Lanang Premier atrium.

You are going to a party to mingle, right? Then start “mingling” by dressing up with such reason.



Wear the Persona | The Davao Bloggers Society “Let’s Get Wild” Safari Night Christmas Party 2018

Brand Partners, Thank You!

True to all other dress codes, identify a celebrity or influencer, a movie/ TV series character who looks good at wearing it. Or an occupation who is associated to the theme. Identify and wear not just the outfit but as well as the persona. Treat your look as a costume and strut it with the associated attitude.

ABOUT THE LOOK : This is a “Lux Tent Safari Dinner” attire. A semi-formal safari dinner look inspired from both a hunter and an affluent safari tourist. The all-white monochrome of the pair is accessorized with safari-colored scarf and a safari hat with plaid pattern. Fabric for the undershirt and polo is light cotton while the pants’ is made out from linen. Finish the look with a brown tasseled leather loafer and a just-came-from-the-safari-trip vibe of satisfaction.

Equally significant to the merriment, following the dress code is a social manner.


Wear the Print | The Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao “Bold and Bright Holidays” Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

Prints (and patterns) are loud details to show how good are you at following the prescribed party attire. There are prints which are synonymous to the motif. These can be considered as safe, easy and predictable choices. Just be that wearer who gives an extraordinary bearing to such prints. Stand out as you own it “not” the way everyone wearing the same print is doing.

ABOUT THE LOOK : Here is a “Classique Leopard” garb. A cocktail night look with the classic animal print long sleeve. The shirt is purposely unbuttoned for a seductive play of the print. The pair is a complementing light brown pants with a high waist cut for a more dapper stand. Climax the ensemble with a well-polished black tassel loafer.



The 15-foot Christmas tree of Waterfront Davao is festooned with over 50 Moroccan lamps like these!

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Explore also other animal prints like cheetah, snow leopard, jaguar, zebra, tiger, clouded leopard, margay, ocelot, spotted hyena, striped hyena, African wild dog, constrictor snake, giraffe or monkey.

There are ways to pull off a “de rigueur“ outfit without spending much. Know the elements of the motif. These are the palettes, prints and persons associated to the theme. Be creative. Strut your look as it is your own style. Ultimately, enjoy being a true merrymaker with a substance and social manner as you party!

You are going to a party to mingle, right? Then start “mingling” by dressing up with such reason. And remember, Christmas socials should get wilder every year. Merry Christmas! 

The Ateneo de Davao University Chorale, SM Lanang Premier (SMLP) Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

5 Types of Books Salespeople Can Buy Cheaper at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

Never ever judge a book by its price.

The syllabus of the Selling profession warrants more than just the art (and science) of closing deals. It includes elective subjects which are helpful for both before and after signing the purchase contract.

Learning about these subjects does not require admission to any university  though. You can use some of the 7% of your income which you allotted for  continuous education, to own books which help you earn more commissions. Get more value of such budget when you shop 50% – 90% cheaper books at the biggest book sale in the world. 

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale specializes in providing the widest selection of books at the lowest possible prices. The Sale offers brand new English books at 50% – 90% off recommended retail price, with the primary aim to instill reading habits by providing readers access to affordable quality books.


With over 150,000 people in attendance last year, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is coming back to Davao:

21 November – 2 December 2019 | 24 hours Open | Admission is FREE | Enderun Tent, Azuela Cove, Lanang | Books at 50% – 90% OFF

The Sale has toured across cities in Malaysia and abroad to South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Myanmar, Pakistan, and the Philippines, with no plans to stop spreading the love of reading and changing the world one book at a time.

Here are 5 types of books you can own cheaper aside from Sales and Marketing Books, when the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale visits your sales territory:

*Sales and Marketing books are found at the “Businesses and Economics” section of the Non-Fiction corner inside the venue.

1. CRIME NOVELS. When you sell, you convince the prospect, right? How about reading how a killer “convinces” everybody else that he is innocent?  

READ : Subtle Sales Strategies From Reading Crime Novels 

“We are all criminals varied in grave and escape plans.” Look for this section at the Big Bad Wold Book Sale!

2. FINANCE.  The acme of a successful Closer is being the CEO of their own company. That journey mandates mastery in handling money and resources. This subject also helps you when facilitating your prospect’s buying decision.

3. SELF-HELP/ MOTIVATIONAL. Closers are self-starters who love instructions. Own books that you can revisit when a crisis haunts. Hoard these genres. 

Eyeing for this on the VIP DAY, November 21. VIP PASS Giveaway below!

4. PSYCHOLOGY. Buying is a tricky human behavior. It is powerful when you know how to dissect a prospect, neurons by neurons from the moment you meet them to the moment of their final decision. And at rare but real instances, when they change their mind post-sales.

5. LEGAL/ HISTORY. Every purchase requires documentation. Legal terminologies, phraseologies and exemplary cases of law interpretation are not harmful to be knowledgeable at.

Books are your confidence pills | My BBW haul 2019 purchased through the PayMaya App. Link how to install the PayMaya App.

Knowing enough about subjects relevant to the Selling profession enhances confidence. This then makes your prospect confident to own a purchase with you. Books are your confidence pills. And just a reminder, never ever judge any book by its price.

C35DE882-912F-4CD3-BC06-CD78D3A02B1BWith over 150,000 people in attendance last year, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is coming back to Davao:

21 November – 2 December 2019 | 24 hours Open | Admission is FREE | Enderun Tent, Azuela Cove, Lanang | Books at 50% – 90% OFF


Join our fun Giveaway Contest. Mechanics is at our Facebook Page: Johndappercloser.

Taiwan Excellence Brings Wondrous Innovations in Davao Via Taiwan Expo 2019

Featured industries are technology, agriculture, design, medical care, education and tourism.

Have you been to Taiwan? In 2018, the number of Filipinos who visited the island republic increased by 44.13%. These Pinoys were not just intrigued with the country’s food scene and picturesque views. They were also curious with the palpitating innovations of Taiwan – the “heart of Asia”

“The Taiwanese economy lists global powerhouses such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and IBM as part of its clientele.”


While the Taiwanese umami and spectacular sceneries remain reasons for you to fly out, those who can not visit the country yet can experience Taiwan’s wondrous technological innovations without leaving the Philippines. This is through the help of Taiwan Excellence (TE) through Taiwan Expo in the Philippines 2019. Taiwanese products which are awarded with the Taiwan Excellence Award will be showcased in respective pavilions at the SMX Convention Center, Davao on November 8-9. Featured industries are technology, agriculture, design, medical care, education and tourism.

For those who are looking to get the best Taiwan can offer, look for the seal of the Taiwan Excellence Award.

“Products selected for the Taiwan Excellence Awards serve as shining examples for the domestic industry. Apart from the distinction, these products and brands are also promoted by the Taiwanese government on many international stages,” said Tony Lin, deputy director of the Strategic Marketing Department of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

Taiwan: At the forefront of technology with Taiwan Excellence

The Taiwan Excellence Awards covers different products that are used in various sectors such as manufacturing, education, healthcare, transportation, e-commerce, smart living, green energy, and public service.  

“Taiwan Excellence works to connect people through innovation and excellence, which they can feel in their lives every day,” Lin added.  

Over the past year, Taiwan has grown into a global leader in innovation by supplying solutions to modern problems. The value they provide is so gigantic that the Taiwanese economy lists global powerhouses such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and IBM as part of its clientele.

Thus, for those who are looking to get the best Taiwan can offer, look for the seal of the Taiwan Excellence Award. Indeed, Taiwan is at the forefront of technology with Taiwan Excellence.

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Globally relevant innovations

The following are companies and brands awarded with the Taiwan Excellence Seal that provide concrete solutions to real world problems, effectively transforming the dreams of a smart future into reality.


Taiwanese tech giant Acer has been developing a self-driving car that will usher in a new age in smart transportation. During the project, they partnered with Yulon Group, one of Taiwan’s top car makers.


The SeaDragon XLR

TTRobotix’s SeaDragon XLR, a remote-controlled robot and submarine, that can dive 300 meters deep to aid in surveillance, rescue, or marine research.


Everest Display Inc. boasts its Cloud Touch Projector. Unlike traditional projectors, the device can be used independently with its built-in Android system and a range of unique functions and features.


Revolutionizing personal hygiene is the Eleclean disinfectant spray, made of 100% pure water with no chemical additives. Housed in a compact device, the water is electrolyzed to create reactive oxygen species that are strong enough to kill most disorder-causing microorganisms, while remaining gentle so that it doesn’t cause skin irritation.



To help people adjust to rising air pollution rates, Edimax created EdiGreen Airbox, a smart air quality detector with temperature and humidity sensors. It accurately measures the levels of harmful miniscule particulate matter present in the air.


A triumph in the field of smart healthcare is being developed by AmCad Biomed. Their AmCadUT Thyroid Cancer detection machine uses the power of algorithms to automatically classify thyroid tumors. According to Peter Wu, president of AmCad, the machine can analyze whether a tumor is benign or malignant. In addition, it has an average accuracy of 90 percent, 15 to 25 percent higher than that of the most superior experts.

Be IN Taiwan without going TO Taiwan

It is easy to get lost at the rate Taiwan beats life-changing products. Thus, when you finally get the chance to visit Taiwan, do not just wander around street foods, milk teas and landscapes, explore more and even own a piece of the country’s globally relevant technologies. Meanwhile, experience the elite class of Taiwan’s wondrous innovations without going TO Taiwan. You are IN Taiwan while you are in Davao this November 8-9, the Taiwan Expo 2019.


A Not-For-Everyone Lounge, Ocean View Rooms and 10 Event Spaces | Acacia Hotel Davao

The Club Lounge is intriguing.

When you have been to Davao city recently, it makes sense to say that President Duterte’s hometown is championing its campaign to be the country’s top “Bleisure” destination (Business and Leisure). Acacia, a world class homegrown hotel brand with branches in Manila and Bacolod could not agree more to this. The hotel brand is expected to greet its guests “Madayaw!” with its heartfelt stroke of hospitality this November.


The Acacia Hotel Davao as seen from the parking area of SM Lanang Premier Mall.

Acacia Hotel Davao adds to the charming bustling stretch of JP Laurel street as you traverse Lanang area. It is across the Carmelite church, sandwiched by SM Lanang Premier Mall and Davao-grown CrossFit gym, Madayaw North. The Tim Tebow CURE Hospital, Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, Inc. (opens soon) and seafood haven, Blue Post Boiling Crabs & Shrimps are just three buildings away. The Davao Museum of History and Ethnography at Insular Village is just a five-minute-ride away. The Island Garden City of Samal is just 15 minutes away. It takes 20 minutes to Francisco Bangoy International Airport.

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Acacia Hotel Davao offers exclusive benefits and privileges in the Club Lounge when you stay in one of the premier rooms and suites for a more unique and personalized experience.


The “not for everyone” Club Lounge, Acacia Hotel Davao: Ask about opening rates. (Event bookings) (Corporate room reservations)


The hotel offers impressive views of the north. Fill your eyes with astonishment when you witness the immersive ocean view of Samal Islands from some of the 260-well appointed guest rooms.

DELUXE TWIN BEDROOM, Acacia Hotel Davao: Suites feature an appealing combination of modern earth tones and engaging elements.


Local and international cuisine with regional flavors await to both local and foreign guests. The Waling-Waling Cafe offers a wide selection of freshly cooked local cuisine and regional classics. Luk Foo Palace Chinese Restaurant serves high-end Cantonese specialties with distinct flavors.

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Acacia Fit, the hotel’s gym is geared with updated equipment centered around wellness. The Venado Pool Bar at the 3rd floor serves refreshments and cocktails while enjoying the swimming pool for a perfect getaway.


Acacia Hotel Davao owns a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 350 persons with convenient and functional facilities. There are also 9 smaller event venues perfect for memorable and intimate celebrations or even for business events.

WALING-WALING CAFE, Acacia Hotel Davao: Offers signature delicacies of Davao and the rest of Mindanao.


JUNIOR SUITE, Acacia Hotel Davao
An Acacia Tree (SOURCE:

Built with world class facilities, surely “Acacia” is soon to be a term used by the Davaoenos and Davao visitors to refer not just to that enchanting, colossal, endemic, shade-providing tree.

“Acacia” in Davao, pertains to that colossal hotel in front of SM Lanang Premier, with enchanting interiors and facilities, serving international dishes with endemic to Davao flavors. Uniquely, it bears a brand of hospitality that nurtures ultimate metropolitan rest and relaxation like a shade an urban tree gives on an extremely hot day for business, leisure or both.

Book now. Corporate room reservations: | Event bookings: