Monthly Archives: July 2012

HTC One S & HTC Desire Launch @ Gmall

HTC  a Taiwanese manufacturer of Smartphones had their roadshow held at Gaisano Mall of Davao, last Friday July 20,2012.  They launched its latest addition to the HTC Family, which are the HTC One S and the Desire V & C. Its a smartphone which has the mid-ranged price.  It was attended by the press and bloggers alike.

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The HTC Philippine’s Marketing Communications Manager, Mr. Franciso Torno III, introduced the 3 latest models, the features these smartphones have. Here are the phones that was launched that day. After the introduction they invited us to dinner at Crab Gusteaus @ The Peak, Gmall.

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During the dinner, we were seated with Sir Kiko Torno, who gave us the chance to have hands-on experience in using the phones. I love how HTC has more applications and how highly durable it is compared to other smartphones. HTC has a concept store here in Davao which is located at the 3rd floor Gaisano Mall of Davao.
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HTC ONE S 

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Key Features:

– Camera Never miss a shot. A speedy one second start-up, rapid-fire continuous shooting, simultaneous 1080HD video and imaging, and an 8MP camera. And with HTC ImageChip get great shots regardless of lighting and movement.

Sound The HTC One series all come with Beats Audio™ so everything you hear on your phone—from music and videos to games and YouTube—is rich and authentic.

-Design The 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass screen is wrapped in a slim 7.8 mm metal unibody for durability.Available in ultra-matte black and an anodized gradient.

For the HTC One S, it combines slim design with super fast dual-core processor, an ultimate combination of style and powerful technology. It compliments an active lifestyle since it has an excellent picture quality on 8 megapixel camera with advanced camera functions. For music lovers, this phone integrates Beats Audio for authentic, studio-quality sound.

-SRP: P26,990

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HTC Desire C 

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–Large 3.5″ HVGA Display

– 5mp camera

-Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

-Integrated 25gb dropbox

SRP: P10,990

DESIRE V (Dual Sim)

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– Brush Metal finish

– 30% bigger display & 22% lighter

– 25GB cloud storage

– 5MP w/ audio focus & flash

– Active Dual Sim

SRP: P16,990

If I’ll be needing a new phone I would consider the HTC One S or HTC One X to be my next phone, I am simply impressed by the quality of this phones.

DBTour2012: Food Trip -Zabadani

After a long day from the Davao Life is here tour, we had snacks at Zabadani at The Peak Gaisano Mall. It is a  Halal Middle-Eastern Cafe that has 2 branches around Davao. Their line-up of food and beverages are from the Islamic world such as Shawarmas, Pitas, Mediteranean meals and Salads, Malaysian Curries and Ayran (yoghurt) drink. Owners who are Muslims wanted a business that could cater both Muslims & non-muslim clients with healthy & Halal foods. It somehow is another food trip for me since I don’t usually eat this kinds of food daily. We were served with this during our visit:

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Pita Shateerah– its pita bread with ground beef in tomatoes with spices. (its a must try! )

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Samboosak– Meat pie wrap in wheat dough with slightly bitter and smoky spices and fried.

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Ayran- Yogurt drink either plain or flavored. It helps neutralize the spices when dining at Zabadani.

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The Downtown Explorers together with the owner of  Zabadani.

 

Zabadani Halal Middle-Eastern Resto

4th floor, The Peak, Gaisano Mall of Davao.

DBTour 2012- Food trip Lachi’s

Lachi’s is a popular dessert place here in Davao. They are known for their yummy Sans Rival. Its a highly recommended place to try out, especially for the tourist. After the morning tour around the city, we had lunch here.  Its a cozy place where you get good food and good desserts under one roof. here are what we had for lunch.

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Among the meals served, my personal favorite is the laing, though a bit spicy, it really is a must-try. The Sweet & spicy chicken and the oriental chicken is also recommended.  For the desserts, here are what we had: their popular Sans Rival(in Classic & Durian) flavors , Creme Brulee, & Cheese Cake. We also had their French Macaroons.

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Lachis is located at  Ruby Street, Marfori Heights Davao City

You can call them for reservations at (082) 224 5552.

DBTour 2012- Pasalubong Center & Cinematheque

The pasalubong center is the recent addition to the places of must-visit here in Davao. It was primarily established by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte to promote and sell Davao products to local and foreign tourist who visits our beloved city.This two-storey center is divided by sections: fruits, flowers, processed foods, and housewares.It is located at Palma Gil St. (formerly DepEd Bldg.) its just a block away from Peoples Park.
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Here are some of the products they are selling. Its somehow a one-stop shop for tourist who wants to buy local pasalubongs, they also sell pomelos and other local fruits outside.

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CINEMATHEQUE

The Philippine Cinematheque is a vital part of the Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), whose mission  is to “bring Filipino films to Filipinos”.
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Cinematheque was inaugurated last June 29, 2012 in time for the film festival. It is located at Palma Gil street in a building donated by the city government of Davao. They have  this statue of the late National Artist for Film Lino Brocka, to pay tribute to Brocka’s cinematic achievements. It has a 120 seating capacity. Usually they show classical film and film festivals will be held on this venue.

  • The Cinematheque was designed, and is destined to be, an alternative and accessible venue
  • For classic and contemporary Filipino films, both mainstream and independent
  • for state-of-the-art foreign films sourced through the FDCP’s Film Cultural Exchange Program with other countries, and

for workshops and symposiums on directing, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, and all other aspects of filmmaking

Credits to: www.fdcp.ph

Davao: Life is here Tour Downtown Explorers

Davao Bloggers together with the City Tourism Office and SMART had brought us bloggers and photographers to several tourist spots around the downtown area.Taking a break from my usual saturday work last July 14,2012, we visited the places we usually would pass by around downtown. Our group was called the “Downtown Explorers” We went around the Davao City hall, Osmena Park, Rizal Park & the Davao Museum.

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City hall and places near by are the first few stops we had as the “downtown explorers” starts the city tour. Since I was born and raised here in Davao. I’ve never had taken a city tour seriously simply because I would always think that its just around the corner. It was last year when some of my friends from other places came for a visit, that I got to tour them around this places. After a second visit to this parks, it makes me feel that I am once again a kid who is enjoying our field trip.
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Davao City Hall -was constructed in 1926, 10 years before Davao became a city.
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The Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity & the Sangguniang Panglungsod at the back.. is dedicated to the different people of Davao, from the different tribes to the Muslims who came and settled here.
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San Pedro church is the oldest churches here. The original structure was built in 1847 during the Spanish period. It is one of the city’s first establishment for worship.
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As we visited the Davao Museum, I just thought it was a boring places seeing those old stuffs, I was surprised that it was quite interesting to visit this places and know what Davao was way back. The places or buildings it had before, the people who lead the place and the 10 indeginous tribe that Davao has, their history, how they lived and the kind of houses they have. Visiting the Davao Museum, you will gain more knowledge which is unknown even to us who rarely visits this kind of places.

Peoples Park– is often visited by people from all walks of life.

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Museo Dabawenyo Viewing Schedule:
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Credits to: Angel Deiparine for the pic
It is indeed a wonderful experience visiting this familiar places around Davao. It makes me appreciate more of what our city has to offer and what more it could offer. With the booming city, there are more and more investors here and abroad who are invitesting in Davao, in terms of new malls opening, and new restaurants.The laid-back life, the friendly people, the clean environment.  Indeed, Davao…Life is here.

Credits to: Fra Diavolo Jamir & Gian Carlo Tancotian for the pictures

DBTour2012- The Bone Collector Museum

Davao is such a wonderful place to live, its just amazing that our place has lots of places to visit, we just have to take time to go and explore the tourist spots around the metropolis. Taking a break from my usual saturday work, together with 10 bloggers, we visited the places we usually would pass around downtown.I was part of this tour that was called the Downtown Explorers.

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Darell D. Blatchley is the founder of this museum which just had opened to the public recently on January 2012.  Inside the museum you will find a collection of  marine species, birds, snakes,butterflies horse, monkey, tarsier and other animals which are found abroad. Most of the bone collections are donated from around Davao by some private individuals while others are from private institutions. Blatchley’ himself  collected some of this since he was just a kid. The  highlight of the museum are their collection of sharks jaws, the whale sperm and other forest animals.
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It was very educational to visit this kind of museum and at the same time its quite sad to know that this marine creatures died due to the neglect of people around who threw their garbage on the sea. It somehow is an eye opener for us to be responsible enough to throw our garbage properly.

The D’Bone Collectors Museum is located at San Pedro Street. It is open on Mondays to Fridays only – from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fee is P50 for adults and P40 for students and children.  For reservations, you may call 0919-6240744 or e-mail: crocodiledd1@yahoo.com.

my multiply.com experience

My multiply.com shopping experience was really good. I was reminded that June 30 was about to come a few weeks back. I have to decide as to what I would purchase with the GC that was given to me. At first I was to choose to buy clothes online, but since I need to fit them first before I buy them. I also had thought of getting a new wallet, but I can’t just put my red wallet aside since it was a gift from a good friend. So I just decided to get a new bag since I was really looking for a new one.

I find it really convenient to shop online using multiply since its just a few clicks away and your done. No need to dress up just to go to the mall, no need to commute, no need to find someone who can accompany you to the mall. No hassles, all you need to do is go visit www.multiply.com and search the item you want to buy, compare prices and decide whether you need or want the item. It takes at least 3-5 days for it to be delivered.

Thanks to multiply for the convenience of purchasing online. 

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A date w/ multiply.com

Multiply.com had an event held at Cellar de Oboza a few weeks back. Multiply.com way back was a Social networking site wherein you could post at least a few hundred pictures in a month. It also has a blog, music, video wherein you could share them with your friends. After a few years, it was converted into an online shopping site, wherein sellers put pictures and prices of the merchandise they are selling. Now multiply has greatly improve by providing convenience to online sellers simply by doing a marketplace and Stockroom feature wherein you could just put the number of stocks available and the specifics in you merchandise. Bank transactions are also done by multiply wherein the sellers are informed if the buyer has already paid thru bank. Multiply has changed since they saw a potential market on the online shopping which really do give convenience to everyone who wants to shop for good quality stuffs. It also caters to the people who are from afar who doesn’t need to go to the city to simply just shop for good quality goods. As of now, Multiply has 6 million members and 130k plus online sellers. Their biggest market sellers are from the Philippines and Indonesia.

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It has somehow surprised me that with the change of multiply from social media site to an online shopping site. Since back then I would usually post all my pictures on the site and let my family n friends view n comment from it. I also do blogs back then and also done two themes for my multiply site. Before the talk, lunch was served to us at Cellar de Oboza. We had our group picture at the end of the program.
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I would like to thank Multiply.com for inviting us at Davao Bloggers for the talk and for the token you have given us.