Tuesday, August 11, 2015

30th Kadayawan Sa Dabaw Schedule of Activities

Since birth, I really have no personal experience with Kadayawan sa Dabaw though I live just an hour away from the city. I haven't seen the Hudyakan sa Kadayawan in person, none of the activities during the festival I ever attended. This year will be the first time that I am going to the event. 



I watch the parade and other activities only on television, all I know was it's colorful and fun. I was not allowed to go due to security issues, but Davao has proven for years that there's nothing to worry about. Thus, I am coming! I married young so and was always left with the kids, but now that they are old enough, I am now free to ramp and enjoy the festivities. Plus the fact that my job as a general virtual assistant gave me the luxury to choose the time I want to do my job. 

Since I am so excited, I want to share with you the schedule for the 30th Kadayawan Sa Dabaw. Below is the photo I got from the official Facebook page of Davao City Tourism. Enjoy and hope to see you there!

 Photo by Davao City Tourism

August 13 - 16 | The Great Kadayawan Trade Fair and Bazaar at Davao Convention & Trade Center
August 14 - 23 18:00 Onwards | Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan at Roxas Ave 
August 15 - 23 | Hulagway sa Kadayawan Photo Contest at Around Davao City
August 17 16:30 - 17:30 | Ecumenical Mass at Roxas Ave 
August 17 18:00 - 20:00 | Pagbukas: Opening of 30th Kadayawan Festival at San Pedro Square
August 17 20:00 - 00:00 | Kadayawan Street Party (Opening) at San Pedro Square
August 18 08:00 - 17:00 | Sayaw Mindanaw (Prelim) at Davao City Recreation Center
August 18 18:00 - 00:00 | Tunog Mindanaw at San Pedro Square
August 19 18:00 - 22:00 | Sayaw Mindanaw (Finals) at Davao City Recreation Center
August 20 08:00 - 17:00 | Lumadnong Dula: Davao Tribal Sports at People's Park
August 20 18:00 - 00:00 | Kadayawan Street Party at San Pedro Square
August 21 07:00 - 09:00 | Davao River Festival at Tionko Field
August 21 09:00 - 12:00 | Panagtagbo at Tionko Field
August 21 14:00 - 17:00 | Lumadnong Bantawan at Rizal Park
August 21 18:00 - 22:00 | Hiyas sa Kadayawan at Davao City Recreation Center
August 22 08:00 - 17:00 | Indak - Indak sa Kadalanan at Roxas Ave to San Pedro St
August 23 08:00 - 12:00 | Pamulak Kadayawan at Magsaysay Ave to San Pedro St
August 23 17:00 - 00:00 | Pahalipay Concert at San Pedro Square



Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort is My Next Destination Before the Month Ends

I just wanna be in "Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort", located in Samal Island. I've been planning since I saw photos from my Facebook friends but haven't really had the chance to go here. I did a lot of research about the resort and was really fascinated by the sceneries and amenities. It's a little bit expensive, but it's worth the price. I will blog more about this resort soon!

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Photo credits to Robert Fua

More photos of  Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort from their website 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Another Trip to Isla Reta Beach Resort

So this is my second time in Isla Reta Beach Resort (read my previous post here) located in one of the islands of Samal Island a year and four months after my very first visit. The resort is still the same, beautiful white sand beach, very clean, I can't see any major additional improvements aside from the canteen and shower areas. They have built a shower area outside the comfort room both for male and female.

This trip was really unexpected as it was decided just that day. Our original plan was Maxima Aqua fun though I've been there once already. The 9 am boat to Isla Reta just departed when we came so we have to take the 12:30 pm boat. Thinking it would be a waste of time we decided to take the other way going to the resort. We went to Sasa wharf and rode the barge (10pesos fare), from there a motorcycle (habal2x cost 100 pesos) took us to Kaputian and a small banca (I think fare was 20 Pesos) was waiting for us to get us to the Island. The fare roughly cost 260pesos round trip. The last trip going back to Kaputian is 5 PM so we didn't waste time.

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We had an awesome day as the sun cooperated much with us, we took a lot of selfies, groufies, and lots of swimming and laughing. It was truly memorable since it was the last bonding we'll be having with our friend Hannah who's going to Manila a week after. Isla Reta Beach Resort is really worth going, surely you will not regret your stay there!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Lake Agco Adventure, Definitely Nature's Best! (Lake Agco, Kidapawan City)

We've been invited by a close friend from Kabacan to her birthday celebration in Lake Agco, it was just a family get together with some of her closest friends and I strongly believe that I am one of them haha. We woke up early around 4am and started our journey to one of the best nature has to offer!

Located at Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City, Lake Agco is at the foot of Philippine's highest mountain Mt. Apo and is approximately 2.5 hours away from Davao City and about 45 minutes from Kidapawan City via multicab. The road is very stiff and honestly got a little scared that the engine will shut off, unluckily breaks won't work and we'll all go rolling down hahaha! What a creepy imagination but I did pray a lot lol. Like most of my previous travels, I did enjoy the sceneries along the way!

Arriving at Lake Agco, stalls of souvenirs parade outside the resorts. Mahomanoy Mountain Resort has hot and cold swimming pools both for adults and children. We enjoyed our jacuzzi experience at Lake Agco Jacuzzi Antapan Mountain Resort and climbed up and down going to the small falls which is the most tiring part of the adventure. We also witnessed and smelled the sulfur coming out of Lake Agco, there are tiny geysers and springs around the lake too. You can grab some mud and put in your face and body, they say it's good for your skin. It was such a nice experience with mother nature, what an adventure!


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lake Sebu, Seven Falls and Zipline Adventure!

Right after the Saranggani Bay Festival popularly known as SarBay Fest, we then headed to Tupi, South Cotabato to visit my friend Tonyo who works in Edens Flower Farm. I really appreciate his hospitality to our group he gladly welcomed us into his house. There, we're able to take a bath, charge our gadgets and have lunch. I called him few days before the trip if he can be our tour guide and that his daughter can come with us too.

From Geneneral Santos City, Tupi is 45minutes to an hour away by land, beware of the 40km/hr speed limit which is strongly emposed  upon reaching the municipality proper. After lunch we then decided to have another adventure to make use of our time and grab the opportunity since we're already in the south. The road going to Lake Sebu is fine most of the time concrete. From my car's window I saw several souviner shops outside making me so excited to go out of the car the moment it stopped. It was already 2pm when we reached the place so we wasted no time and hurried inside.

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Located in Barangay Siloton, Lake Sebu is an awesome place to relax and unwind. Few steps from the entrance you'll see the first waterfall, but in order to see the rest of the falls you need to ride the Zipline or trek down the eco-park which we can't do since we are out of time. Well of course since I'm an adventurous type of girl I did took the Zipline challenge. Six of us took the ride including my friend Tonyo and his daughter. I have no regrets at all, the ride was a lot of thrill and I felt complete after the ride hahaha! Don't dare miss the zipline if you go to Lake Sebu, it's really worth it! 

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Going back home we passed by few stalls selling the infamous Tilapia fish. We bought about 4 kilos of it for dinner, deep fried to perfection! We are so lucky to have our tour guide Tonyo, not only is he a tour guide but also our cook hehe. I really owe him a lot! We rested for few hours especially me since it's my turn to drive going back to our native land Davao City. 
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South Cotabato has so much to offer other than Lake Sebu and the Seven falls, there are many beautiful inland resorts and mountains to hike. I am coming back to blog more about the place!