Monthly Archives: March 2013

Apo View at 65

Recently, we were invited by Apo View for a luncheon meeting with their CEO Chris Pamintuan, as he talks about the history of Apo View & the plans they have for the celebration of the hotels 65th Anniversary.The hotel has been the very first hotel in Davao City & the 2nd longest running hotel in the Philippines. It has been around since the late 1940’s, and this coming March 23, 2013 they are celebrating their 65th year anniversary.  On a press release given to us:

On March 23rd we will be hosting a thanksgiviing party for its industry partners, valued clients and friends. Guest will be treated to a lavish spread of cocktails and tapas. For the evenings entertainment, some of the country’s most talented musicians who started their careers at Apo View Hotel will come home to join the celebration, they will entertain guest ang show their appreciation to the hotel, which was home to them before making it big outside of Davao. There will also be loyalty recognition awards to their loyal employees who have devoted their lives to serving the hotel and the hotel’s guests.

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The Pamintuan family founded Apo View Hotel in 1948 when  the world was still recovering form the World War II. The hotel which started as a 15 room lodge and a restaurant aimed to accomodate those who were exploring Davao and were looking to rebuild their lives in Davao. Today, the hotel has grown into a first-class facility with over 150-rooms, two dining establishments, a bar, a casino and a wide range of convention and banquet facilities.

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The hotel has been recognized by the Department of Tourism as a Pioneer Hotel in 1999 and was given International Recognition for efficiency and International Gold Star for Quality in Switzerland on the same year. Moreover, the hotel received the prestigious Datu Bago Award in 1992, the highest recognition by the city of Davao to outstanding constituents.

With new leadership backed by an experienced staff, Apo View Hotel marks its 65th year with the assurance that the hotel will continue to grow alongside Davao City to provide locals and guestly a distinctly Davao experience with each visit.

[Foodtrip] Terriyaki Boy

I was a bit hesitant to dine at Japanese restaurants since I am not a fan of Japanese food and got  only a few Japanese dishes I am familiar with at Terriyaki boy. It was when we were invited to a food tasting event last February that I got to taste new dishes from this resto. We tried their Sushi feast together with some new meals on the menu.  I am not much of a Japanese food fan, but the food served to us were really good.  Here are what we had during the event:

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Tempura Tuna Sashimi Tartare (MUST TRY!) – this is one of my favorites during the food tasting, raw tuna with tempura breading & a hint of spiciness from the chili oil.. I love how the fresh tuna blends in with the chili oil in this simple yet delicious appetizer.

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Crunchy Salmon Salad– Salmon on a bed of greens in Japanese Mayo, this is also my fave appetizer

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Tofu Steak– Breaded Tofu, top with sweet savory sauce w/ ground pork, onions & shitake mushrooms. the tofu is soft with a hint of sweetness from the sauce

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Tebasaki– Japanese Style double fried Chicken Wings, it somehow is similar to the Korean fried chicken. The chicken stays crispy with a hint of terriyaki sauce.

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Tori Brown Rice Nabe– brown rice with chicken fillet, shitake mushrooms, young corn & Terriyaki Boy sauce.Its a meal on its own. – For white rice eaters, you will love this, brown rice fried rice.

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Terriyaki Boy Chicken– Succulent grilled boneless chicken, marinated & cooked with our very own Terriyaki Boy sauce. This is one dish I won’t miss ordering. simple yet yummy dish.

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Seafood Teppanyaki– Fresh prawns, yellowfin tuna, cream dory & squid stir-fried with bell peppers, onions, shitake & teppanyaki sauce.  This is one ultimate dish for seafood lovers like me.

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Caramel Banana Yogato- Frozen yogurt with banana, caramel & sesame seeds. Somehow reminds me of banoffee pie 😀

Now, I have a few more new dishes I can suggest to friends to try when dining at Terriyaki boy.  It was one fun lunch for us bloggers to try this dishes while having fun chit-chatting with the owner. Thanks for inviting us to experience what’s the best dishes Terriyaki Boy is offering.

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2nd floor Abreeza Mall beside Pancake house.

1st Davao Sinugba Festival

Davao has been popular not just of the abundant fruits we produce, the clean environment and the traffic free roads.With lots of tourist around the Philippines visiting our place for our nice beaches, lower standard of living, and affordable food, many tourist loves visiting Davao. Way back when there were a few restos from different places had opened in Davao, BBQ restaurants were a hit for us Davaoeno’s, we like to have a cup of rice and a few sticks of bbq with sawsawan(sauce) would satisfy our hungry tummy at a very affordable price. It has also been known for the good food especially what we call Sinugba (char-grilled meats & seafood).One of my favorite dishes among the Filipino food is the BBQ chicken, been doing food trip to find the best tasting BBQ chicken in town. This would be a good chance for me to do the BBQ chicken food trip.

This year as our city will be celebrating the 76th Araw ng Davao this coming March 14-17, we will also be having the 1st Davao Sinugba Festival. Its an eat-all-you can BBQ Fest for P200,  There will also be a contest going on
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Here is the press release for this event: 

In time for the 76th Araw ng Dabaw,  Mocha Productions and Tienda del Mercado will host the 1st Dabaw Sinugba Festival from March 14-17, 2013 at the Tienda del Mercado in Acacia St., Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.

The Dabaw Sinugba Festival will showcase and celebrate the BBQ and grill cuisine in the city by bringing together local BBQ and grill businesses, culinary schools, and food enthusiasts.

The festival will offer mouthwatering displays of BBQ and grill food including kababs, burgers, pork and chicken BBQ, and grilled seafood.

One of the event highlights is the “Eat-All-You Can Sinugba Buffet”. For P200, festival goers can feast on the selection of BBQ and grill dishes.  Participating in the sinugba buffet will also earn them the chance to vote for the “Best Sinugba” among the 32 food stalls.

The festival will also feature BBQ and burger eating contests, cooking demos and contests, and nightly acoustic music entertainment.

Here is the schedule of the 1st Singba Festival:

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The Dabaw Sinugba Festival will run from 4 PM -12 midnight daily from March 14-17, 2013.

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The four day festival is the launching event of Tienda del Mercado, a weekend market and bazaar, which will showcase lifestyle choices in crafts, plants, food and drinks, fashion, music, health and fitness, animal grooming, and many more.

For more info’s you can like their page:

[Beauty] Godiva Skin launch

Godiva Skin Care has launched its new line of skincare last Feb1-3 at SM Annex. It was a day of pampering for the ladies who had joined the event. They had the skin analysis, hand massage, beauty make-over and the photobooth for the ladies to experience a day of fun and pampering. Way back when the popular beauty creams aren’t made available in the Philippine market, mom & I tried Godiva beauty cream. It was a nightly ritual to put creams on before going to bed.

After a few years, Godiva Skin Care has made a comeback, with their popular main ingredient the Licorice which helps whiten skin that lasts. Licorice is a plant found on the Mediterranean region. The licorice roots are used as flavorings, it also has its medicinal properties which are mixed with the beauty creams.

Godiva’s beauty journey was held at SM Annex, it was consisted of 4 booths to try out. Namely the skin analysis booth, hand massage, beauty makeover and the photobooth. I had go through the 4 booths before the event has started. I must say, it was a beauty journey that we girls would love.

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The program was held at SM Davao Annex, it started with a make-up demo by Allan Alforque, a few group of singers and they introduced their lovely model for Godiva Jessica Keinle & hosted by Ms. Claudette Centeno. After a quick interview with Jessica, they had a mini program featuring Davao local talents who sang a few songs.

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Among the guest and bloggers who where invited, they also had cocktails & raffle. One of the members of Davao Bloggers won a Lenovo Android phone. We bloggers were each given a set of Godiva Skin products for testing.Godiva currently is launching its skin care products on Colleges & Universities around Davao. Watch out as they might be doing a beauty journey on your school soon!

Luvnat & Godiva Skin is giving away 3 sets of beauty products to 3 Lucky Luvnat followers.

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