12.21.12: The Day We Met a UFO at Ice Giants, Davao

Tonight is the night they say would end it all. And tonight is also the night me and my friends met the UFO.

Not the terrestrial body that you’re thinking. Wanna know what it is? Here goes…

Me and my friends originally planned to visit Manna tonight. It’s one of the brightest place here in Davao filled with colorful lights every Christmas Season. On our way, we decided to have a pit stop to fuel our growling tummies at Ice Giants, Damosa Branch, Damosa, DC.

The Stars at Damosa Walkway

Upon our entrance, we spent a few minutes cam hoarding first. Flashing smiles in various poses with the starry background.

Damosa Davao Walkway

Damosa Davao Walkway

A traveler without observation, is a bird without wings.. — at Damosa Gateway, Davao City

Damosa Davao Walkway

The Ice Giants Experience

We were welcomed by Sleeping Giants as we entered Ice Giants. This I find quite funny. But we didn’t mind, and proceeded inside.

The Sleeping Giants at Ice Giants

The Sleeping Giants at Ice Giants

Some more picture taking moments…

Ice Giants Damosa Davao City

Ice Giants Damosa Davao City

As the Giany Devours..

As the Giany Devours..

Ice Giants Damosa Davao City



Ordered what we want – A Pasta (Tuna Pesto and Creamy Carbonara) and Ice Cream for each of us.

The food arrived and we dig into it sumptuously.

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Berry Strawberry’s good, stuffed with Cherries, Strawberries, Choco syrup, mallows and choco kisses.

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Tuna Pesto

Tuna Pesto

The Carbonara tastes good but the Tuna Pesto I find a bit dry.

Creamy Carbonara

Creamy Carbonara

Mango Sundae

Mango Sundae

The UFO (Unidentified Floating Object)

As we were nearing the end of our meal, one of my friends noticed something in her Berry Strawberry Ice Cream.

Take a look at what it is.

The UFO - Unidentified Floating Object

The UFO – Unidentified Floating Object

We first spend some moments wondering what it is, me taking photos, them speculating the Unidentified Floating Object (UFO).

Then we finally called the waiter’s attention and asked, “Kuya ano ‘to?”


The UFO - Unidentified Floating Object at a Closer Look

The UFO – Unidentified Floating Object at a Closer Look

The waiter, obviously startled of what was found in the food and ashamed at the same time, almost stammering answered, “Cellophane (plastic) po ata Maam,” apologetically.

I could see in his face that he don’t know what to do, he even offered to prepare a new Berry Strawberry for my friend. But we refused, we were already bloated enough to take more.

We left the place with a different image of the place in our mind than we used to have. Probably an honest mistake, but I guess something that they should take as a lesson to learn from.

Reliving the Legends: Air Supply Live in Davao 2012

Finally! No words could explain how happy I am to witness the duo that made my heart sing and serenaded my childhood years performed live in front of me.

Yes, it’s Air Supply Live in Davao City. Indeed a once in a lifetime chance to see & hear them live! Surely not an opportunity I’ll simply pass on.

It’s been 4 years since the last time the duo singers performed here in the City. And now they’re back.

Air Supply is an Australian soft rock duo, consisting of Graham Russell as guitarist and singer-songwriter and Russell Hitchcock as lead vocalist. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. They formed in Mebourne,Australia in 1975 and have included various accompanying musicians and singers.

With their heavily orchestrated, sweet ballads, the Australian soft rock group Air Supply became a staple of early-’80s radio, scoring a string of seven straight Top Five singles. Air Supply, for most intents and purposes, was the duo of vocalists Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell; other members came through the group over the years, yet they only functioned as backing musicians and added little to the group’s sound. Hitchcock and Russell met while performing in a Sydney, Australia, production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1976. The two singers formed a partnership and with the addition of four supporting musicians – keyboardist Frank Esler-Smith, guitarist David Moyse, bassist David Green, and drummer Ralph Cooper – Air Supply was born.

Below are some of my snapshots taken during the memorable night, held last November 20, 2012 at USEP Gym, Obrero, Davao City.

Until we meet again Air Supply!

Kadayawan Festival 2012: Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan


Prepare yourself for a parade of colors as energetic street dancers dressed in vibrant traditional garb of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao flooded the narrow streets of Davao City as it celebrated the 27th Kadayawan Festival during the weekend, August 17 to 19.

Kadayawan, dubbed “the festival of festivals” and “the king of festivals” in the country, is a thanksgiving celebration of the 10 Moro and Lumad tribes in the region for the year’s bountiful harvest. Kadayawan is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw,” which means “good, valuable, superior, or beautiful.” The festival is structured as “the celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.”

Kadayawan is a must see every 3rd week of the month of August yet, another year of good harvest and a treasure for all the tribes in Davao and so, it’s also a time to spend in thanking God for all the bountiful blessings for this year.

Themed “Ten Tribes One Vibe,” this year’s festival showcased the diverse color, culture, and unity of the 10 tribes that inhabit the city: Tausug, Matigsalog, Obu Manuvu, Maguindanaon, Bagobo Tagabawa, Sama, Bagobo Klata, Maranao, Ata and Kagan.

Let’s unveil the most awaited schedule for this year!

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan is a people’s celebration and merriment through choreographed and theatrical street and dance-narrative competition anchored on indigenous tradition of festival celebration and continuously performed in major streets of Davao City. It is an open group competition of various groups, organizations, institutions or communities in Davao and Mindanao.

This year 20 contingents will compete + 1 non competing group will perform in the morning for the street dancing and in the afternoon during the grand ritual presentation;

Here’s the list of contingents for the street dancing competition:

1. Tribu Mapawa of Maragusan compostela Valey
2. Bolton elementarySchool
3. Naluponan, Tagugpo, Lupon davao Oriental
4. Sixto Babao elementary School
5. Talaingod Bobongan Dance Arts
6. Vicente Hizon Sr. elementary School
7. Bambad National high School
8. Atremio Loyola sinagtala Dance Ensemble
9, Notre Dame of Santo Nino
10. Tribu Kalibugan of Fatima elementary School
11. Indak Kabataan Performing Arts Guild of Digo, Davao del Sur
12. Jesus Soriano National High School
13 Mangudadatu Cultural Street Dancers
14. San Isidro elementary School of Buhangin
15. Mabuyok sa Mainit Cultural Troupeo Mainit Surigao del Norte
16. Teatro Catalunians
17. Kutawato Institute of Technology foundation
18 Santa Ana Performing Arts Guild
19 Lake Sebu
20 Cesario Villa-Abrille elementarySchool
21 Tribu Hamtong- SeniorCitizens Association of Agdao district (Non competing)

Kadayawan Festival 2012 Street Dancing Winners

Jesus Soriano High School of Davao’s Catalunan Grande and Bambad National High School in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat were declared champions in the competition’s city-based and open categories, respectively. Each won a half-million prize.

Here now is the full list of winners of the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (streetdancing)competition for Kadayawan Festival 2012 of Davao City.

Open Category

4th Runner-up - P100,000
 Entry #5 - Talaingod Bobongan Dance Arts of Talaingod, Davao del Norte
3rd Runner-up - P200,000
 Entry#15 - Mabuyok sa Mainit Cultural Troupe from Mainit, Surigao del Norte
2nd Runner-up - P300,000
 Entry#17 - Kutawato Institute of Technology Foundation of Cotabato City
1st Runner-up - P400,000
 Entry #9 - Notre Dame of Sto. Niño of Sto. Niño, South Cotabato (Cheers for my fellow South Cotabatenos!)

Champion – P500,000
Entry #7 – Bambad National High School of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat Province (They also joined in South Cotabato’s T’nalak Festival and placed second after Sto. Nino bagged first place for the T’nalak Festival Kadsagayan A Lalan)

Davao-based Category

4th Runner-up - P100,000
Entry #14: San Isidro Elementary School of Buhangin

3rd Runner-up - P200,000
Entry #6: Vicente Hizon, Sr. Elementary School

2nd Runner-up - P300,000
Entry #10: Tribu Kalibugan of Fatima Elementary School

1st Runner-up - P400,000
Entry #18: Sta. Ana National High School

Champion - P500,000
Entry #20: Jesus Soriano National High School

Madayaw Dabaw!

Untitled Epilogue of Kadayawan 2012

Rambled Ramblings

Oh travel bug in me, awake me as I succumb to this atrocious animosity inside.

Tomorrow is but another major festival that I long to venture, I wish to ravel in the parade of colors, the distinct aura of this promise city.

Oh how I wish to chronicle every step of the way, every beat of the drum, on every click of my cam.

If only it is easier said than done.

Sharing the mystic beauty of this land is more than just a sour, unthought,  ramblings of this traveler in me.

I wish to tell you EVERYTHING.

All that there is about my beloved paradise, my second home, my Davao.

Oh how I love your city scrapers, the daily walks and talks, the buzzes and fuzzes, the tangled night life from almost all corners, the sweet smell of your bountiful harvest, the unforgettable scent of Durian, to hear the happy feets stomping on highway streets, amidst the populous joyous crowd.

Oh how I long to see every activity of yours. Document every bit and piece of it. If only I’ve started early, then there might be more to tell.

But hey, words are just words, it’s the experience that counts. And hey, I won’t be gone. You and me, we still have a long way to go. More chances for me to shout out your wonders for every wander.

So let me stop this rambling, need to doze of this sleepy head. Tomorrow is yet another day.

Oh Davao, happy to be here now.


This is Kadayawan 2012!

Davao Kadayawan Festival 2012 Activities