John Llamas Wins 2021 Davao Blogger Of The Year, Reacts To The Winning Nomination Statements

When you finally find the purpose for a passion, that is when you start doing anything for it consistently.

I was in a virtual sales meeting with a client when the announcement was posted on the FB page. When the notification beep started to sound more of an alarm tone saying that I am tagged on a comment by several Davao Bloggers, I thought: I may have won!” John Llamas, the content creator behind the blog, Johndappercloser, and social media handle @Johndappercloser reminisced the winning moment. He is the 2021 Davao Blogger of Year. It is the most coveted annual accolade given to an official member of the Davao Bloggers Society who best represents the ideals and aspirations of the organization. This award is given to the blogger who has best served the organization and the community in 2021.

We were able to obtain some of the winning nomination statements from the declaration post. We asked John to react to the quotes on why fellow members endorsed him as a candidate for such an award.

“…for his work as a blogger, consistently making blog posts”

Nominator

When you finally find the purpose for a passion, that is when you start doing anything for it consistently.

I created Johndappercloser in 2015 simply as a creative outlet. No brand partners. No regular readers. I went back to writing just like in high school and college months after being promoted as the youngest Sales Manager of the one-call-close sales company that I am working for. This time, I was writing about the corporate lifestyle – sales strategies, motivation, corporate style. When my blog statistics started showing that I may have gained traction from readers, that was when I thought that there is a classified group of corporate people out there who actually related to the topics I write about. That was when I started publishing blog posts more frequently.

Joining DBS in 2017 added dimensions to my blog articles. The brand collaborations coordinated by the organization helped me discover the intricate skill of weaving every brand’s promise into my readers’ work-life dealings through every post I publish. This indeed widened my audience.

“…his accomplishments as an officer by doing his best to communicate with brands.”

Nominator
DBS Virtual Acquaintance Party 2021

Everyone was adjusting when we took over the office as a new set of officers. Our work in maintaining the external relationship of the organization with brands and agencies was really put into a test battery. It was not an easy negotiation every time. Being mindful though, of the organization’s strength and reputation plus the collective efforts of the officers made every partnership successful.

Indeed, the most challenging negotiations that I have participated in so far happened when I was the incumbent VP for External Affairs of a premier blogging community, while the world was facing a pandemic.

“…maintaining an updated IG feed with high-quality photos.”

Nominator

It is flattering that my fellow creators describe my Instagram photos as “high-quality”. Updating an IG feed was actually a challenge during the pandemic. Limited areas to shoot for content inside my living space as well as sporadic creative blocks as results of worrisome scoops from news channels, were just a few of the hurdles that we have to keep on overcoming to maintain the visual narrative of our handle. Knowing the core message that you want to resonate as a brand and sticking to a well-thought-out preset are helpful ways to enjoy creating intentional content on Instagram.

The Awards Belong To You!

“I already concluded 2021 as the most rewarding year so far when Kolm came to our life. Then the Outstanding Davao Blog award was given to our blog, Johndappercloser last Saturday. After less than 48 hours, here is another honor awarded to us. I am so thankful!” Llamas expressed.

READ ALSO: Johndappercloser Bags 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog Award

“To my fellow members of the Davao Bloggers Society, thank you for appreciating our work. To my readers, I hope to grow with you one published post at a time. To the brands and agencies who keep on trusting me and our beloved community, Davao Bloggers Society, your brand’s message will always be impeccably amplified. To my family and friends, thank you for the genuine engagement on my online channels. To my Almighty God, please keep on whispering interesting content angles in the years to come. Thank you! Lastly, to Jasmine, since you are too good to be an Instagram Girlfriend, you are now promoted as an Instagram Wife! Hakhakhak Llamas celebrated.

2021 Brand Partners

Treasure Cloud Storage • Acacia Hotel Davao • Watsons • Nissan • Diclosil • Unilever • Shopee

Grab PH • PLDTHome • PayMaya • Blue Posts Boiling Crabs And Shrimps • Holcim

PARTNERSHIP HIGHLIGHT: “Creating content for Shopee Philippines was the collaboration we enjoyed the most. We even made a “Shopping” section on our blog for such partnership.” John Llamas divulged.

Johndappercloser Bags 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog Award: “It was like Leonardo Dicaprio’s journey to his first Oscars.”

Do not ever stop beefing up your talents just because someone told you that you are already great or that you are trying so hard. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents at all!”

After a series of nominations in Davao Blog Awards since joining Davao Bloggers Society (DBS) in 2017, http://www.johndappercloser.com (JDC) bags its first recognition as 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog.

“It was like Leonardo Dicaprio’s journey to his first Oscars.” John Llamas, Chief Content Strategist of JDC described the experience. The accolade was presented by Maria Jose, DBS Trustee during the DBS Sparkly Night – Virtual Christmas Party 2021 via the organization’s official Google Meet account, December 11, 8PM.

From trophy to a virtual badge. Due to advisories regulating social gatherings, this year’s DBA winners were given a special badge that winners may use and post on their blog and social media posts.

Before winning his first Oscar® for Best Actor in 2016 for his performance in “The Revenant”, Dicaprio received a series of nominations as Best Actor for The Aviator in 2005, for Blood Diamond in 2007, and for Wolf of Wall Street in 2014, which by the way is my favorite sales-related movie of him portraying a real-life Closer, Jordan Belfort,” Llamas explained. “These movies showed how masterful Dicaprio is in his craft. Most movie fans even suggest that these deserved him earlier Oscars wins. However, Dicaprio just kept on improving his acting prowess instead of allowing any accolade to validate his caliber as an actor. That is exactly the inspiration that I want to amplify out from our first award – Keep improving. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents just because someone told you that you are already great or that you are trying so hard. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents at all!” Llamas emphasized.

There were no niche categories and other special categories for this year’s Davao Blog Awards. Rather, the top blogs with excellent content that are aligned with the vision of the organization were given the “Outstanding Blog of 2021” Award.

Three more blogs were also declared as 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog. These are http://thepopblogph.com/ by NepC Ledesma, http://davaogeekhub.com/ by Josef Cagas, and https://www.youtube.com/user/JEXXHINGGO by Jexx Hinggo.

We also have listed below the nominations which Johndappercloser received from the previous seasons of the Davao Blog Awards.

  • 2020: No Davao Blog Awards due to the pandemic
  • 2019: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist
  • 2018: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist
  • 2017: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist

A Second Award This Year, Maybe?

Right after the announcement of the Outstanding Davao Blog awardees, Jose also revealed the finalists for this year’s Davao Blogger Of The Year which included Jexx Hinggo of http://www.youtube.com/user/JEXXHINGGO, Olivia Limos of http://www.oc-craft.com, Roxanne Lacap of http://www.roxannelacap.com, and John Llamas of http://www.johndappercloser.com.

This year’s winner, which will be determined through the votes of the official members of the Davao Bloggers Society, will be announced on December 13, 6PM at the DBS Official Members’ Facebook Group Page.

Johndappercloser in 2022

Financial Calmness For Filipinos is the latest advocacy that I want to lobby using my platform. That means more finance blog posts are yet to be published from now on under our Investments and Insurances Blog Series. We have been trying out creating vlogs and reels as well. Those are content pieces that we are excited to produce for Style and for our transitioning lifestyle from corporate to business, the Bleisure Lifestyle. I intend to grow with my readers too as I unlock a new chapter in life! Thus, a Dad Cave section on Johndappercloser is coming up.” Llamas declared.

We hope that you will be visiting http://www.johndappercloser.com more frequently this year. Turning our weblog into a metaverse is a part of our lofty yet doable game plan in the years to come” – Llamas manifested.

2021 MOST VIEWED BLOG POSTS

Being this year’s Outstanding Davao Blog awardee, let us highlight the top 3 2021 blog posts of Johndappercloser which garnered the most number of readers.

TOP 1: Two Korean Business RomCom Series For Salespeople | Entertainment That Matters

TOP 2 : Bleisure Guide | Acacia Hotel Davao + Cape San Agustin, Gov. Gen. Sightseeing

TOP 3: My Kadayawan Revelry | From Food Hopping To Food Grabbing

MOST VIEWED BLOG POSTS SINCE 2015

These are the top 3 blog posts as well which created an impressive cadence onto Johndappercloser’s stats and insights since October 2015.

TOP 1: Grocery List for Young Urban Professionals | Feat. S&R Members’ Treat Sale Items

TOP 2: PayMaya Releases Newly Designed, EMV-enabled Card | How to Get | How to Upgrade

TOP 3: STYLE PICKS : Habi Kadayawan 2019

Yuletide 2021 Deals: Celebrate Responsibly At Acacia Hotel Davao

An orthopedic bed, a roasted beef, a simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality

Coined terms for socials like “intimate gathering” and “celebrate responsibly” prove that the pandemic mutated our ways on how to celebrate. Now that the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, how do you plan to spend them?

“Resting on an orthopedic bed, waiting for the melt-in-your-mouth roasted beef to be served while feeling that simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality the entire time.” Well, if that imagery dazzles you, then this list of Yuletide offerings below deserves deliberation.

Utmost comfort and optimum rest! The “Acacia Dream Bed” – an orthopedic bed with a memory foam top specifically designed to surely luxuriate you!

CHRISTMAS DEALS

A MERRY APPETITE

A merry appetite awaits with Acacia’s Holiday Flavours offered from Christmas Eve until December 26. The Christmas buffet spread features Western and Asian cuisine along with the luscious highlights at Waling Waling Café such as Lechon Roll, Roasted Beef Chuck Roll, and Roasted Turkey.

… AND A MERRY STAYCATION

A laid-back holiday fun? Gift yourself and your family that unforgettable holiday getaway with a genuine Filipino hospitality that is simply heartfelt!

A more affordable offer exists too with “‘Tis The Season” room package at Php3,888 nett per room per night which includes Breakfast for Two and a surprise Christmas gift.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DEALS

The Countdown!

The trendiest and most functional accessory in the past two years takes center stage! Do not forget to dazzle your mask and win exciting prizes as we greet 2022. Acacia’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet is priced at Php 2,488 nett per person on December 31, 2021 at Aves Function Hall.

A fine dining experience on New Year’s Eve is also available! A 4-Course Set Dinner at Php 1,888.00 nett per person is offered at Acacia’s Waling Waling Cafe.

For a more budget-friendly option, “In With a Bang” room package at Php 4,288 nett per room per night entitles you with a Breakfast for Two and complimentary party hats and trumpet.

A well-rested you. Whatever season, when you are in Acacia.

You will not see any chimney from afar looking at Acacia Hotel Davao nor any fireplace in any of its suites. But the warmth inside, especially this Yuletide season is different. Why? Because it’s simply heartfelt no matter how you would want to celebrate the Holidays. You deserve to get that holiday feeling.

RESERVE NOW: Email: enquiry@acaciahotelsdavao.com I Telephone: +63 82 298 8088 I Mobile: +63 917 827 0088

Bleisure Guide | Acacia Hotel Davao + Cape San Agustin, Gov. Gen. Sightseeing

These were just some of the stories of heartfelt solace that would make you feel that they all seem ready to assist you in Acacia and at that, they mean doing it sincerely!

At last! After 10 months in business exile from Davao due to the pandemic, I was able to visit the city for my unit’s recruitment and sales roadshow. And since it is my first long trip after months of work-from-home only dealings, I made it imperative to stay in the city’s newest hotel plus a 3-day trip to Governor Generoso.

LEISURE: Where The Davao Gulf And The Pacific Ocean Meet

Due to matrimonial considerations, this trip started with the leisurely part. Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental is a 4-hour drive from Davao city. It is famous for Cape San Agustin. Reaching the trio lighthouses was literally reaching the terminus of the Philippine road. The view from the top though was truly an emancipating experience for my long-quarantined senses. A refreshing prelude before the meetings in the city.

BUSINESS: Where Davao’s Latest Hotel Amenities And Heartfelt Hospitality Meet

Acacia Hotel Davao was my only preference for this trip. Apart from its 11 event spaces, I was thrilled to do my intimate meetings about finance at the exclusive club lounge on the 10th floor. Most importantly, its location along JP Laurel is easily accessible for my recruits and prospect owners to meet me.

What made a mark for a recommendation from this stay though was the thoughtfulness of the staff.

As soon as I opened the car trunk to prepare the bags for check-in, the guard at the basement parking, who was carefully directing an entrant car, asked me if I would like to request a bell service staff. This appears to be usual in a hotel but that initiative was irresistibly comforting for someone who came from a 4-hour drive, with luggage for four to be unloaded. A few minutes after, the bellhop arrived with a luggage cart.

The staff was indeed pampering. We requested the breakfast meals the next morning to be served in-room for my mom, sister, and Jasmine, and my little dapper, who chose to stay in bed and rest more. They delivered it instantly without any charges. These were just some of the stories of heartfelt solace that would make you feel that they all seem ready to assist you in Acacia and at that, they mean doing it sincerely!

And oh! I just simply love the sizing of their bath robes. hakhak It fits just right. You know what I mean! (versus the baggy, mascot-suit-like ones)

Real, Than Reel Meetings

The post-vax business dealings might not swiftly resume to the office. Thus, a hotel for both business and leisurely use is indeed a significant preference for scheduled work trips. You may have mastered creating new businesses through virtual meetings for how many months, but do not ever forget that selling has its “personal” component. Visiting both your prospects and existing partners is knowing their needs better, simplifying business negotiations, cultivating the relationship, and improving your well-being.

My Kadayawan Revelry | From Food Hopping To Food Grabbing

Indulging in arrays of local Davao food was transitioned gracefully and appetizingly in the new normal, by the GrabFood PH superapp.

In the pre pandemic celebration of Kadayawan Festival, there are two things that excite me. One, attending Habi Kadayawan, a style spectacle of apparels made by various local designers, inspired from the rich 11 tribes of the city. Two, hopping through spreads of local dishes from Davao-grown restaurants, feeling that festive vibe traversing gleeful streets from one plate, platter rather, to another. The Festival is always about Fashion and Food, for me.

READ MORE: HABI KADAYAWAN

The New Normal Kadayawan Festival Celebration

When the regulation of social gatherings is mandated due to CoVid-19, the city’s festival steering body gracefully transitioned the celebration by airing the awaited events live through the Kadayawan sa Davao Facebook account. Such regulation also implied a feast-at-home celebration of the Festival. Indulging in arrays of local Davao food was transitioned gracefully as well and appetizingly at that, by the GrabFood PH superapp which lists more home-grown restaurants in their menu, offering more choices, availability and FEASTivities! 

Here are five Davao-grown restaurants and my respective favorite “Grabs” for the FEASTival or even for a usual day’s food cravings. 

  1. Dod’s Ihaw-Ihaw

READ MORE: A World Street Food Master In Davao

Feast At Home Through The GrabFood Kadayawn FEASTival Raffle Promo

HOW TO JOIN:

 STEP 1: Order from a select list of restaurants on Grab (Grab Superapp).

STEP 2: Use the promo code “MADAYAW”.

STEP 3: Accomplish the raffle form here:https://grb.to/FEASTival (1 order equivalent to 1 raffle entry.)

* Promo runs from August 16, 2021 to August 31, 2021

PRIZE DETAILS:

● Grab will be awarding 10 winners with 40 GrabFood vouchers worth P250 off, no min. order required, and 25 winners with 8 GrabFood vouchers worth P250 off, no min. order required. Voucher can be used for any restaurant, in any city, and with no expiry date. 

● Electronic raffle draw will be on September 6, 2021 via online Zoom meeting with the presence of a DTI Representative.

● Winners will be posted on Grab’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (stories) accounts on September 9, 2021. Winners will be contacted by a Grab Representative on the same date. Winners will be notified via registered mail and in-app inbox message, too.

2. Lachi’s Sans Rival ATBP.

3. New Davao Famous Restaurant

5. Cecil’s Snack Inn and Bakeshoppe Inc.

5. Southwing Cafeteria

READ ALSO: First-to-try Restos in Davao

We have indeed adjusted to the new normal. Working, schooling, doing business and even celebrating Fiestas, we all do these now at home, facilitated by an app or an online platform. As to for FEASTing-at-home, my app is Green! Before, hopping. Now, Grabbing. Happy Kadayawan! 

Grab Piso Festival: P1 Delivery Fee, P1 Meal Until June 30

An app-based, user-only celebration of favorite home-delivered food at its friendliest tag!

Aside from convenience, variety and safety, New Grab Users get tremendous value-for-money with the “Grab Piso Festival”. One peso delivery fee and one peso meals await new users until June 30, 2021. 

PISO FOOD DELIVERY

Indeed a generous overture for the first purchase of new users, an irresistible P1 delivery fee promotion from Grab await for the whole month of June, with no minimum fee! Open to all new Grab users from Cebu, Pampanga, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Lipa, Dumaguete, Tarlac, Olongapo, and Zamboanga

PISO DEALS

New Grab Users can also enjoy some of their beloved comfort food for only P1 all throughout June. Check out GrabFood app regularly to find out when you can get your favorite food at its lowest price from tap to lap! 

“In the coming months, we hope to expand our exciting promotions to include more partner brands, and more cities nationwide,“ says Greg Camacho, Head of GrabFood. 

Indeed, Grab Piso Festival is an app-based, user-only celebration of favorite home-delivered food at its friendliest tag! It is not for everyone. Download the app first. Now! 

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

Grab This Treat! P200 Off When You Gas up at Phoenix Stations in Davao City

You deserve this treat!

Save on your fuel budget by downloading the GRAB app! As a treat to new GRAB users in Davao, the leading super app in Southeast Asia, has partnered with Davao-grown fuel company, Phoenix Petroleum in giving away PhP 200 worth of fuel vouchers. There are 11-participating Phoenix stations in Davao to choose from.

How to Grab The PhP 200 Free Fuel Voucher 

  1. Download the GRAB app for free on Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  2. Sign up for a new account within February 19 to March 7, 2021.
  3. After signing up, you will automatically receive the voucher as a welcome gift via GrabRewards.
  4. GRAB user can immediately use the voucher to gas up, if they make a minimum purchase of P300 at any of the 11-participating Phoenix Petroleum stations in Davao City.
  5. The fuel coupons may be claimed until May 06, 2021 up to 60 days after the promo deadline.

What to do When Gassing Up at a Phoenix Gas Station 

  1. Find the reward in the new user’s feed or in the Rewards catalogue
  2. Click on the reward
  3. See the terms and conditions and click “Redeem” then confirm redemption
  4. Click “Claim” to claim the reward in any of the participating Phoenix stations.
  5. Allow the pumpboy to input the 4-digit PIN to redeem your P200 OFF. 

“This is a strategic partnership between Grab and Phoenix Petroleum to be able to provide more convenience to nearly two million Davaoenos.” said Ronald Roda, Head of Country Operations for Grab Philippines.

“Together with Grab, we want to strengthen our relationship with Davaoenos as we offer more value and convenience.” said Henry Albert Fadullon, Phoenix Petroleum Chief Operating Officer

The technology which services are offered through an app does not just make our daily purchases easier. It also makes our experience more rewarding. Grab the GRAB-Phoenix Free Fuel Promo now. You deserve this treat! 

Terms and Conditions:

Coupons can only be used once. Used coupons will be automatically be deleted from the GrabRewards tab but can be viewed in the Transaction History (reference # unavailable). || All unredeemed coupons shall be forfeited and automatically deleted from the GrabRewards tab after the redemption period. || Successfully redeemed coupons through the app may neither be changed nor cancelled. || Coupons are non-transferable and non-convertible to cash or credit. || Coupons must be redeemed at the station. Management retains the right to reject any coupon that has been screenshot, tampered with or found in any way unacceptable. || Coupons may be used for in-tank fills only. Refilling of containers will not be allowed. || P.O., truck and bulk transactions are excluded in the promo. || Coupons may be redeemed until March 14, 2021 (7 days after promo end date) only.

*For more information, follow Grab Philippines on Facebook and check out the Grab app.