Davao Digital Influencers

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First of all, kudos to the officers led by Mr. Glen Santillan for the success of Davao Digital Influencers, Inc.  (DDI, Inc.) grand launch and acquaintance party. Held last September 3, 2016 at Polo Bistro, Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, passionate bloggers, video bloggers, and microbloggers gathered to celebrate the official start of the group. It was a night of socialization, fun and most of all a night of inspiration not just as digital influencers but as Davaoeños. A proof that we will rise up as one Davao after the unfortunate incident of bombing at Roxas Night Market which was just a night before our party.

“The timing was a meaningful one as we reminded our young base to use their talents anchored on universal and time-tested principles of truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, humanity, and accountability”, posted by ASec Art Boncato in his official facebook account. He is also one of the guests during the party.

It is such an honor to be part of this community and I am looking forward for more fun and productive experiences with these awesome people. I also believe that posting your thoughts online is not just enough. It is also nice to go out and meet the people behind their blog sites and social media accounts. This is what I also like with this kind of gathering. I just love the reactions when bloggers met and say, “ahhhhh ikaw pala si >insert screen name<”.

Here’s a photo diary of what happened during the grand launch:

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Started the event with a moment of silence and a prayer offered to the victims of Roxas Night Market bombing.

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Opening remarks by DDI Vice President (External) Ms. Verna Luga.

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DDI officers inducted by Davao City Councilor Joanne Bonguyan.

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Mayor Inday Sara Duterte’s message to DDI read by Councilor Joanne Bonguyan. photo credits here.

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Good food. Shout out to Tiramisu. ugh!

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ASec. Art Boncato delivered his inspirational message.

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We also had fun games with cool prizes from our sponsors but I wasn’t able to take photos during the game because yeah I played but not lucky enough to win as lucky as Lucky. (Happy that http://www.luckysketch.com officially joined DDI. He got an awesome blog). Congratulations for winning the grand prize- a Davao-Cebu-Taipei round trip ticket  courtesy of @cebupacificair.

 

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Ms. Dottie V. Würgler-Cronin, General Manager of Marco Polo Davao also one of our guests.

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Cheers to a new beginning! photo credits here.

Of course we are much thankful to all our sponsors:

Here are some of our group photos  :

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Mommy Bloggers

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Food Bloggers

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Fashion and Beauty Bloggers

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Personal and Lifestyle Bloggers

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Alyssa and me! we are from Team Mantika!

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some of Davao Digital Influencers. photo credits here.

special thanks to Ms. Jojie Alcantara and Rhon Datu Maumpid because everyone got a souvenir prints of this group photo. #TeamDDI loves #TeamInstaxPH.

Ofcourse here’s a selfie and OOTD of yours truly. Just in case it’s not obvious (lol) our theme was anything Denim and Diamonds.

Thank you everyone and I hope to meet more influencers.

Engage. Influence. Make A Difference. That’s #TeamDDI.

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Get an iPad Mini 2 for only P599 monthly with Smart Bro

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The country’s leading mobile broadband brand, Smart Bro now offers the best and most exclusive deal for the iPad Mini 2.

Just in time for the 31st Kadayawan Festival celebration of Davaoeños, Smart Bro unveiled the most affordable way to own an iPad mini.

The package includes an iPad Mini 2 for only P599 per month with 1.7GB monthly data and not just that because it also comes with free 1.1GB  of video streaming on YouTube, iflix, Dailymotion and Vimeo for the first three months.

To avail, you may visit any SMART stores nearest you or click here.

This deal is part of the Brokada road trip across the major cities nationwide with Smart Brokada celebrities represented by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe MJ Lastimosa and singer Michael Pangilinan. It was launch at Home Crest Hotel, Tulip Drive Davao City last August 6, 2016 and of course SMART and PLDT Heads were present to announce this easiest way to own an iPad mini.

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(from left to right – Mr. Gary Dujali, PLDT Vice President and Head of Marketing for PLDT Home and Smart Bro; Michael Pangilinan; MJ Lastimosa; and Ms. Jaja Jesalva, Senior Manager for Smart Broadband Marketing)

To know more offers and the upcoming Brokada road trips, visit http://smart.com.ph/bro

More photos during the product launch :

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Davao Digital Influencers

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with SMART Brokada Michael and MJ

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My Duterte Journey a #MyDuterteStory

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I was there👆🏻!

(photo above not mine. credits to the owner)

It was a crazy roller coster ride for all the Duterte supporters. Kung na simulan at nasubaybayan mo ang lahat ng pangyayari alam mong hindi ganon kadali na umabot sa araw na ito. Isang napakalaking karangalan ang mag trabaho at mag bigay ng serbisyo para sa #TunayNaPagbabago. Yes! Isa po ako sa mga simpleng tao lamang na volunteer sa social media  (syempre kahit offline mode) para kay Mayor Rody Duterte. Akala ko madali lang siyang e kampanya dahil sa dami ng kanyang napatunayan sa loob at labas ng siyudad ng Davao pero hindi pala. It was never easy defending him but it was worth it. Malaki ang tiwala ko sa taong ito and I will be standing proud sa buong buhay ko na for once may ginawa ako para sa bansa. Hindi siya perpekto, lalo na ako! But as you take the inaugauration today as the 16th President I together with the rest of the Filipinos gives you the floor. It’s time for you to lead the entire Philippines. (huhu) Panahon na para maisakatuparan ang mga pangako mo. Pangako ko rin Mayor Presidente, I will always be here not anymore to defend you kasi alam kong you take responsibility in your own words and actions but to be here to support you in all your plans for the good of the many Filipinos. Enjoy the journey and wishing you well on your Presidency (hindi parin ako makapaniwala)

Taos puso din po akong nagpapasalamat sa bumubuo ng Bloggers for Duterte at sa lahat na kasama sa grupo. Ang dami kong natutunan at alam kong hindi lang sa pagkampanya tayo magsasama. Mahaba habang anim na taon pa ang lalakbayin natin. Thank you Bloggers and Duterte Campaign Team.

Julie Ann Escudero

Volunteer for Duterte

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more photos of my Duterte journey :

 

want to take part on the historic inauguration of the 16th President?

No matter where you may be in the Philippines, you will be able to watch the livestreaming of the Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration today on mobile and FOR FREE.

Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers nationwide will be able to do this using freenet. Subscribers only need to download the freenet mobile app from the Google Play Store or the SafeZone app from the Apple App Store to view the free mobile livestream.

Cheers for the Real Change!

Make Your Own Havaianas 2016

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Celebrate Japan with Havaianas this year!  Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH), the biggest flip-flops customization event in the country is happening today April 22, 2016 here in Davao City.

Havaianaticos will experience the land of the rising sun as they customize their own flip-flops by mixing and matching colorful soles, straps and pins.

Here is a first look at this year’s Shibori-inspired limited edition commemorative pair available in top and slim soles.

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Shibori is a Japanese-inspired fabric-dyeing technique. The design goes perfectly with a selection of kawaii pins – zori, empress, ramen and more!

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Trivia : Did you know that our favorite flip flop brand was born in Brazil in 1962 but what most people do not know is that the very first flip flop was inspired by the Zori – flat, thonged Japanese Sandals made of fabric straps and rice straw soles.

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Want to experience MYOH 2016?

They will be at 2nd level of SM Lanang Premier (beside Starbucks) from April 22 to May 1, 2016.

For more details, check out Havaianas Philippines on Facebook and @Havaianasphils on Instagram and Twitter. Use the hashtag #MYOH2016 to join the fun!

Street Art in Davao City by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®

Have you read my previous post about the The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®’s Brew Your Best Year: Street Art Series?

The second leg of the series was conducted by the street artists here in Davao City last February 27, 2016. It is the first public mural created by the CBTL customers in Davao City which can now be seen in what is called the “creative and entertainment hub of Davao”, Matina Town Square.

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CBTL Street Art series Davao leg

The event started with a brief background about Street Art its history and legalities. Also speakers featured known personalities and their works in the field of street art. So I started to get curious to Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and more.

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Franco one of the local street artists in Davao City and an expert in using wheat paste as his main medium talking about the History of Street Art.

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Ghamar Kanda sharing about the legalities of Street Art. He is popular of his works in spray cans and industrial paints.

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Troy Bascon showing more artworks and different type of street arts. He is known for his iconic style of using cans and intricate grafitti letters.

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Kim Vale discussed how to incorporate stencils in street art. He is a graduate of fine arts with a background on painting.

There were different art enthusiast from Davao who joined the event. Some were into calligraphy, stencil arts, sketching, painting but obviously most of them shares the same passion and interest in Art.

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There were also bloggers and others who were first timers like me since I’m into oil pastels back then and have never tried street art yet . I got the chance to express something I had in my mind that time but I wouldn’t credit it as an achievement to crossed my Bucketlist which is to create a Graffiti on a wall because I know I need to do better than what I made during the event and like what I said I  just made “something” and the bucketlist I have in my mind aims “a complete wall” (is their an incomplete wall btw, sorry!). I mean  not just one little side of a wall. Hahaha! Boo! Nonetheless, I enjoyed the experience especially the struggle and laughter I shared with my group mates who were also first timers.

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Lou, Sarah, Me and our Masterpiece (insert Sir Michael)

Check out more art works of Davao artists :

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I appreciate how industries nowadays gave value to their corporate social responsibilities. So far, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is one of those businesses I know who has been actively conducting activities like this which benefits the people and more than that I also like their workshops because it’s for free. Indeed CBTL have taken upon itself the mission to spread joy in all forms and one of it is by encouraging the people to brew their best years by becoming the best version of themselves.

Looking forward to another activity with CBTL.

More photos of the event :

Want to share your story on becoming the best version of your self? Submit it here.

Davao City’s Middle Eastern Cuisine: Café Rihanna

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Another addition to Davao City’s Arab Mediterranean concept café has just opened last February 29, 2016. Located at Don Dionisio Commercial Complex Cabaguio Avenue Davao City, Café Rihanna offers authentic Middle Eastern food to satisfy your spiced dish cravings.

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Taking pride of using ingredients all the way from Saudi Arabia, you will also love their menu as some of it are first in Davao City.

Check out the following for their available dishes and drinks.

APPETIZER- Samosa (Beef/Chicken); Turn-Over (Beef/Chicken); Hummus; Paratha; Khubz

SOUP- Molokhia Beef Soup

SALAD (Salatat)- Greek Salad

MAIN COURSES- Biryani Wadiy’s Style; Biryani Saudi’s Style; Kabsa Wadiy’s Style; Kabsa Saudi’s Style; Mandi

DRINKS (Shorbat)- Laban Plain; Laban Salty

Teh Tarik (Milk Tea)- Plain/ Strawberry Macadamia Nut/ Green Apple Pomegranate

Qahwa (Coffee)– Brown Qahwa; Qahwa Traditional Prep (Arabica)

Soda and Juice Pineapple Juice; Mango Juice; Coke Regular; Coke Zero; Sprite Regular; Pomegranate Juice; Fresh Lemon and Green Apple; Fruit Shake; Apple/Mango; Banana/Avocado

DESSERT- Baklava; Pudding; Basbousa; Zabadiy

Ice Cream– French Vanilla and Cream Cheese; Peanut Butter  and Caramel

And here’s some of the food and drinks I tried together with other Davao Bloggers during their food tasting event four days before grand opening.

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Kabsa Saudi’s Style

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Biryani Saudi’s Style

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Raita yogurt paired on Biryani Saudi’s style

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Laban Plain

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Qahwa

More photos during the food tasting event :

Cafe Rihanna is open from 10am to 10pm. You may contact them for reservations at 09173096008 and like their official Facebook page here for updates .

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®’s Brew Your Best Year: Street Art Series

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Brew Your Best Year by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is kicking off 2016 with the launch of a three-part series of events that will hit big cities in the country: Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

The theme of the series will be Create: Brew Your Best Masterpiece in which community members will get to unleash their inner creativity and exercise their imagination by learning about Street Art – a booming platform for individuality and self-expression- and then applying what they’ve learned by being a part of the team who will create The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s very first public mural.

The first leg of the series conducted by street artists BEK Graffiti and Janot happened last February 13, 2016 in the South’s Queen City, Cebu. The street art mural can now be seen at the Escario Wall, Cebu City.

For Davao City, the event is happening on February 27, 2016 in what is called the “creative and entertainment hub of Davao”, Matina Town Square. Some of the most well-known streets artists will showcase their talents and share personal stories behind the pursuit of their passion for street art. They are Troy Bascon – one of the pioneering graffiti artists in Davao with his iconic style of using cans and intricate graffiti letters, Kim Vale – a fine arts graduate with a background of painting that eventually led him to his love of using stencils in his creations, Ghamar Kanda – knowledgeable in spray cans and industrial paints for his street art and is popular for his works using imagery such as fish with a lobster claw, and Franco – one of the local street artists whose work you can find in every corner of the city and an expert in using wheat paste as his main medium.

The event is a half-day workshop from 1:00-5:00pm. Participants will get to learn about the history and basics of street art and graffiti. After which, participants are encouraged to collaborate together to design a street art mural in one of the walls in Matina Town Square.

And guess what? CBTL is opening 20 slots for the Davao leg event. Those who are interested to experience one of the ways in becoming the best version of your self- self-expression  through street art, kindly refer below for the mechanics.

1) Post an original artwork or photo on Instagram with the theme, “Making my life my best masterpiece”.

2) Make sure you use the hashtags #brew2016 #cbtlph in the caption of your photo.

Individuals with the most creative entries will receive an exclusive invite to the event.

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To know more about the event, please visit the

Official Website of Brew Your Best Year | Brew Your Best Year Facebook | Brew Your Best Year Instagram | Brew Your Best Year Twitter

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And with that, presenting this freedom wall inside my room.

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It’s quite unorganized and sometimes chaotic but you can see the expression of my dreams, failures, learnings and memories as one. That’s how I make my life my best masterpiece. You get lost in some way, but after after all, Life is colorful.