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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Eden is also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground.
Life’s unicycle where we simultaneously juggle work, personal affairs and sanity, causes us to faint sometimes. If you happen to be in that part of your routine where you are losing balance, startle more that adventurous soul and try daring your circus skills. Get out from the unicycle for a while and treat yourself to face-warpingrides.
How about teasing your circus skills of balance, agility, motor coordination as well as showmanship and physical comedy? Yes, you can not control those funny facial grimaces from the extreme stimuli when suspended at a 60 feet high cable, from a tower in an elevation 3,000 feet above sea level. All these in a day at one of the most popular and most visited mountain resorts in the Philippines today!
Eden Nature Park and Resort, or more commonly known as Eden, is a member of the JVA Group of Companies based in the Davao Region. It is located in Barangay Eden, Toril, Davao City, about 30 kilometers from the city proper and is situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level. A superb tourist attraction that offers tons of activities and amenities for all ages.
The moment you enter the Eden Adventure Park, the topography and the horizon you behold add to the thrill, where the sky rides are seem theatrically arranged. It is like a natural amphitheater where the towers of the rides are constructed at the lower part of the property. When someone is trying any of the extreme sky rides, a majestic horizon is on the backdrop while the spectators from the higher part of the park watch the rider at eye level.
It is like entering a outdoor circus venue where you can be one of the performers of the daring acts at some part of the show or just one of the contagiously thrilled audience watching the other day tour goers trying the rides. The spectators scream with you especially when the 90-degree Skywing is released.
Extreme Sky Experience Rides
Safety is Eden’s paramount concern. Trained attendants and operators ensure your safety. Your safety is significantly enhanced by securing you a body harness and safety gears especially ordered in France.
SKYWHEEL : The “German wheel”-like ride you see from the circus.
You should be atleast 50 kilos. Three wheels are available to travel at the same time.
SKYSWING: It is like flying trapeze, only with harness because you are not a pro.
“After Eco-tourism and Agri-tourism, a third leg – what we call as Adventure Tourism – was added to the resort’s activities. This was to make Eden also cater to the younger and more adventurous generation.” -Brenda Ocampo, Director of Sales and Marketing
SKYCYCLE : Artistic cycling and Slackwire balancing acts combined!
With 6 more lines from 2 when it opened in 2013, this ride is obviously a hit where artistic cycling and slackwire balancing skills are combined.
SKYRIDER: An aerial straps act without the acrobatics.
Since it started operations in October 1997, Eden has evolved from a simple nature park to a Davao destination offering a spectrum of relaxing things to do to heart pumping rides to overcome. It is definitely not just a nature lover’s paradise but also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground or contextually, an aspiring circus performer’s safely harnessed theater. Dangle safely before going back to life’s unicycle!
I am comparing my extreme sky experience to several circus acts to let the readers feel more how every ride feels. This does not necessarily mean that you have to try these like a circus performer. Dangle safely.
Let us celebrate. You deserve a premium fly at PhP 78!
The Philippines’ only 4-star full service airline, gives Filipinos the fly they deserve at surprisingly affordable fares in celebration of its 78th year in the airline industry.
78th Anniversary Sale
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Travel period: March 16 to December 31, 2019.
Booking dates: March 1 to March 10, 2019.
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Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) 78th anniversary sale is its biggest sale for the year. With offers as low as Php78 for domestic and as low as USD78 for international routes, passengers can now book as much flights as they want in 2019 as travel period runs from March 16 all the way to December 31, 2019. Booking dates are from March 1 to March 10, 2019.
May you be traveling alone, with “the one” for your #relationshipgoals, with friends or the whole family, PAL has provided more than two million seats for this anniversary sale to fill up the flights across its growing network of over 30 domestic and over 40 international destinations.
1941: PAL’s first flight was completed from Makati to Baguio. Happy 78th Philippine Airlines
Picking a fabric with travel friendly features is a different story. It exudes your style but eludes you from a fat luggage. Are you ready for the next takeoff?
One of the most touristic things to do in the destination is to dress up like a visitor while being not too flamboyant to intimidate the locals. That garb which gives you comfort, function and the desired immersive vibe of your own flair of style while en route.
This series is dedicated to the sets of outfit one can get inspiration from while travelling. Every episode is also infused with ideas you can add in your itinerary like food and cafe stops, tourist spots, and tech solutions for services while traveling. Our first touchdown, South Cebu!
Macchiato Espresso and Bulgogi Pizza to kick off the trip! (The Pyramid, IT Park Garden)
A baseball cap, a vertically textured tee, jeans and my favorite tasseled loafer wrapped my touchdown-to-first-stop look. I also brought with me a jacket which complements the shades of the cap, the shirt and the shoes. The cap, the jacket and the jeans insulate heat while at the airport and during in-flights, especially during early morning flights. Easy to slip-on foot wear like this gives you less hassle during the airport security procedures upon check in.
Wandering around the Queen City of the South was made smoother using Grab Car. This was my first time to depend on the app all my transportation needs in a trip. (1) The rates are fixed no matter how heavy would the traffic be towards your destination. This also deters the possibility that your driver might try to take the longer route to charge you bigger from the ideal rate. That is very important to travelers who are new to the place. (2) The en route comfort and exclusivity. You seem to have a personal driver and own car. What is a few more tens in exchange of that convenience?
Food Trip at the Sugbo Mercado Weekend Food Market, IT Park Garden
HOT AND HOLY IN SOUTH CEBU
Hot Morning Stops : Whale Shark Watching and Tumalog Falls, Oslob
I chose a low U tank and a printed swimming shorts to enjoy both the ocean with the sharks and the cold spring from the waterfalls. I wore a long sleeve polo over the tank-short combo for both style and protection. The entire look shows a monochrome green tropical look finished with a dark brown Panama hat without its bow.
The long sleeves guarded the skin from the pinching sun, possible skin irritants from the air during motorcycle ride (had several experience from previous trips) and plant swords while trekking towards the falls. I easily rolled these sleeves when it got humid while it served as a bathrobe every after the water romance.
ROADSIDE LOCAL FOODS : Squid Adobo from a Carenderia, tropical fruits and the famous Lechon from Carcar Public Market
Holy After-Lunch Visit: Simala Shrine, Sibonga
Just like visiting in any religious tourist spot, we have to be in a respectful drape. Thus, I folded a pair of smart linen pieces for this church visit which was light to carry in my back pack early that morning.
This was my favorite outfit for this trip. The entire look showed a smart casual appeal made touristy because of the linen material. Fortified such appeal with the leather shoes and the same hat I used earlier that day, but now with a hankie that serves as its bow.
This was the most relaxing part of the trip. I thanked for the blessings and surpassed trials from 2018, both in the family affairs and corporate matters. I also asked for wisdom on my plans for 2019. I was relieved, thankful and confident after praying. The feeling was as light and breathable as the linen that touches my skin every time the wind blows as I strolled throughout the vast temple.
Spent few more minutes taking photos of the impressive European design of the church and of course some Gram-worthy photos of the place as my background.
LINEN IN THE CITY
The third day started late. After dressing up, we tried Gibb’s for lunch before heading to SM Seaside. The Spicy Honey Garlic wings were my favorites. Urban Cebu was hot and humid that day. Thus, I chose to wear another linen pair. This time, I opted a long sleeved linen shirt since part of our itinerary was to visit the Sto Niño Basilica later that day (but unfortunately, it was already closed by the time we arrived. TIP: Be there not later than 5PM).
Linen is a travel friendly fabric. Apart from it is light in your luggage, it is also easy to dry. I washed my linen pants that night as I arrived in my stay since it was stained with chocolates I ate during the long bus rides. Don’t judge me. Smirk.
I met with a close friend from high school at SM Seaside. My chum recommended “10 Dove Street Confectionery” so eagerly and persuaded me to catch up there over cakes and coffee. I loved the Mango Pandan slice.
A cream tee, jeans and the leather loafer sealed my last-stop-to-takeoff look. Accented it with a hankie-turned-to-scarf to blend with the French ambiance of La Vie Parissiene. Yes, Airport Looks tend to be with similar style pieces. Same material, same heat insulating purpose while inside a wintry airport and aircraft.
It was my second visit here. Chose the enclosed part of the restaurant this time. Enjoyed the night with Shanpelino and pizza. Shot some photos, did online updating and reminisced funny travel stories from the previous days with the team while sipping some Moscato in betweens.
We ended the night at 10 PM to prepare for our flight by 6AM. After packing up my things, I sneaked for some alone time with a cocktail at a nearby bar from our stay. Drafted my prognostications for 2019 on my phone’s Notes. On top of it was “Sell handsomely,Travel handsomely.”. Then, I Grab-ed our ride to the airport.
We all search for ideas of what to wear on the specific stops of our trip. Picking a fabric with travel friendly features is a different story. It is in fact a travel-style hack. It exudes your style but eludes you from a fat luggage. Are you ready for the next takeoff?
The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe.
One of the guests I was able to network with during the Philippine Airlines event two months ago, told me about the ostentatious difference between today’s Davao city from his last visit four years earlier, “I am from Mandaluyong. I last visited Davao perhaps around 4 to 5 years ago. And it’s really very different now. It is like the renaissance of Digong’s turf, an infrastructure rebirth.”.
Over the past two years, Davao’s economic age is indeed on its puberty. Corporations which are used to be boxed in Manila, are starting to build their Mindanao offices around the Durian city. More obviously, as you commute around the city now, real estate properties sprouted creating seemly like a bar graph on your horizon.
May your choice be a condominium, house and lot or just simply a lot, I rest the decision on to you and to your affordability. My point here is, what if that peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood you aspire is now found in the soothing charm of the French Riviera?
A French Riviera-inspired community along the Davao Gulf. An aspiration, isn’t it?
Ocean Cove Beach Residences : A microcosm of a peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood in a French Riviera
Ocean Cove Beach Residences is an 18.3-hectare French Riviera-inspired seaside community located in Davao’s scenic Bago Aplaya, Talomo District. Only 12km from Davao City, it is highly accessible to both public and private transport via the access road leading to Mergrande Ocean Resort. It is your seaside home with typical lot cuts at 144-250 sqm. More details at https://www.filinvest.com/projects/ocean-cove/ .
Men U Open Collar Shirt : The supple seaside wear
The coastal vibe of Ocean Cove blends with a perfect seaside wear. Pieces which are made from materials which protect from the pinch of the sun but are light and supple for the breeze of the sea.
The infinity pool with the amazing landscapes of Samal Island and Talikud Island.
A fabric which moves with you when you are enjoying the shore vibe but seemly traces your silhouette when you are paused, staring at the horizon, waiting for the sea wind’s next blow.
The disposition of where you live is influential to a city resident. The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe. That soothing chi of the shore, twice a week or even the hours after work, everyday.
May your stay in a seaside be frequent or forever, enjoy the seconds with perfectly matched wearables. Aspire a style that suits to the estate.
Flight experience should be remembered like staying in a flying hotel with a “from the heart” kind of service. Truly, a Buong Pusong Alaga.
Even without the recent 4-Star rating from Skytrax, every Filipino knows how premium the “fly” is when it is with Philippine Airlines (PAL). Ever since PAL’s first flight from Makati to Baguio 77 years ago, the airline had never really stopped beating their own second-to-none standards.
With its 8th Bombardier Q400 type aircraft, what are the “more” treats expected for the passengers?
Philippine Airlines is no longer just a Manila-centric airline. Our new aircraft and our new hubs are a winning combination that will help expand our market reach both domestically and worldwide. This is imperative for a global airline, and we must sustain and build on our hard-won 4-Star rating.
– PAL President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Jaime J. Bautista.
More Time : Faster cruise speed gives you more time to enjoy the destination.
Bombardier Q400 fleets travel 30% faster. This efficiency pleases passengers may the reason of the trip be for vacation or for work. Bask with more time at the destination or accomplish more objectives at a business meeting. Faster cruise speed also comforts the passengers that flight schedules are followed smoothly.
More In-Flight Comfort : This is why there is “Q” in “Bombardier Q400”.
The “Q” stands for quiet. Yes, the faster travel time does not compromise the sound of the aircraft’s traverse regardless of how lengthy the haul is. Is not that a conducive auditory reception to at least get a bit of prophylactic rest before reaching your destination?
In time for Holy Week, PAL opened a link from Davao to Siargao, a fast-rising destination for surfers and adventure seekers. Siargao joins Tagbilaran, Zamboanga, Manila, Clark and Cebu as destinations from Davao. PAL is now increasing the Davao-Bohol flights daily, and plan to increase Davao-Clark flights in the coming months.
Haute interior also pampers you. These are premium seats, wider windows, spacious leg room, higher ceiling and larger luggage bins. I always believe that the flight experience should be remembered like staying in a flying hotel with a “from the heart” kind of service. Flights with PAL are! Truly, a Buong Pusong Alaga.
PAL is also assessing the request of DOT Secretary Teo to launch international routes directly from Davao International Airport, possibly to BANGKOK or a point in JAPAN.
More Worth of Your Money : Consistently values you from the Heart.
It is not just about reaching point B from point A. It is about the entire memory from booking, boarding, flying and disembarking. A lot of passengers auto-destroyed their trip due to dissatisfaction from delayed flights while others from an undesirable service culture of airline staff. There is nothing more costly than bad emotions during a travel. A memory of a smooth trip is more healthy to cherish than a memory of a seat sale. That is proven and true since 1941.
Philippine Airlines is the country’s first and only 4-Star airline, joining 42 other carriers like Emirates, Japan Airlines and British Airways.
From that five-seater Beech model 18 aircraft to now’s 86-seater Bombardier Q400 NG to the luxurious, first in Southeast Asia Airbus A321neo this June, Asia’s first airline had flown literally and idiomatically, so high. The five stars by then will just be a fortification and notoriety. We all know which airline in the Philippines really satisfies the Filipino people, from the heart.
Two scenarios. First, you are one of the Sarangani Bay Festival goers. After the 2-night beach party, the 360-degree view of the beach venue, Gumasa, had teased you so intensely which triggered you to give in and discover what is more in Glan. What is one sunset to extend the trip that culminates your summer?
Second, you did not make it for this year’s biggest beach party in the Philippines. But the itch still persists – You have heard your office mates talking about Glan. Your friends have uploaded marvelous photos geo-tagged to Glan or yet, you just finished reading this travel post all about Glan.
Discover the glistens of Glan!
The southernmost municipality of the Sarangani Province, Glan owns the Earth’s deepest cove with the horizon featuring the Celebes sea, heritage structures and that grilled chicken the locals love to eat with a homemade condiment. It is forty-five minutes via van away from General Santos City (the nearest airport).
Apart from the scenic cove after cove view, there is that unique charm when you are able to feel the spatial stimuli of exactly where a historical event took place.
The Chicken-Ala-Bukid is marinated from the inside out by injecting a special sauce made from the cooked spices and herbs. These ingredients are those which are just typically found in a townsman’s backyard.
It is your choice. The chicken could be fried or grilled. Then, it is eaten with “Dabo”. It is the locals’ favorite condiment when eating the Chicken Ala Bukid. It is a sweet and spicy dried fish with tomatoes, garlic and onions. One of the locals told that it is an Indonesian recipe. It resembles the Escabeche. You will love the succulence especially of the grilled version of the Chicken-Ala-Bukid, as you partake it with freshly steamed rice slathered with the chili oil from the Dabo.
Head over to “Freddos Chicken Ala Bukid” at the town’s Poblacion to try this. This is 20 minutes from Gumasa Beach where the Sarangani Bay Fest is held.
Antonio Pigafetta is actually Ferdinand Magellan’s on-board travel blogger. I would recommend reading some of his historical accounts especially the part where they have reached the Sarangani and Balut (Candigar) Islands in 1521. Read it before your Glan trip. If not because of his epic diaries, Philippine history is not as vivid as it seems written in our grade school textbooks.
Besides the Sarangani Bay being a witness of several voyages, Sumbang Point, which is about 45 minutes from the SarBay Fest venue, is reportedly the forced landing site of the fourth expedition in 1543 lead by Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Villalobos. His team failed to sail on to Mazaua to look for food because of the low-winds.
Apart from the scenic cove after cove view, there is that unique charm when you are able to feel the spatial stimuli of exactly where a historical event took place. Not just then for the beach lovers, Glan, with the Sarangani Bay and the Sumbang point, is also an ideal destination for educational trips for History and Anthropology.
Stay at the villas of Belimac. It is exactly along the shores of Sumbang point.
You could choose either or both the heritage houses at the town’s Poblacion or the 80-year-old ancestral house of Don Juan at the Hacienda Don Juan Resort.
Carved window frames and ceiling moldings as old as the Commonwealth era are still so defined among the neighboring heritage houses. These details make Glan’s heritage houses unique from those found in Vigan. Indeed, a living architectural museum.
The ancestral house at the Hacienda Don Juan offers a distinct kind of antiquity from those found at the Poblacion. The vintage spirit of the interiors and the sea breeze through its wide windows make you feel like basking your vacation days at your own grandparent’s home. You will love to stay for a while here. Explore the whole resort with their uniquely designed cottages too. The resort is 30 minutes away from the heritage houses which are at the town center.
COVE AFTER COVE HORIZONS
Glam is one of those quaint places where picturesque views of the horizon are omnipresent throughout your trip – from the dawn of your day 1 until the dusk of your departing day.
The enchanting blues of the beaches. The flavors of the townsmen’s food. The juxtaposition of the heritage and recent structures. The dissociative charm of modern existence in an unsophisticated daily dealings. – All a tourist would wander for. I am happy for you if you can make it for SarBay Fest this year, But if unfortunately you can not, Glan would just keep on glistening.
DATES TO VISIT
OCTOBER : Lubi-Lubi sa Glan Festival I APRIL : Mahin Festival I MAY: Sarangani Bay Festival