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.


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

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Feast At Home Through The GrabFood Kadayawn FEASTival Raffle Promo


 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: (1 order equivalent to 1 raffle entry.)

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


● 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. 


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


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.

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!

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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)

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

  • 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