NiceThings at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2015 #dimsummit

I was blessed to have snagged a seat to the recently concluded Digital Influencers Marketing Summit. Now on its 7th year, the #dimsummit is DigitalFilipino‘s “unique conference designed to motivate, empower, inspire” digital marketers in digital leadership and social media marketing tactics.

digital influencers marketing summit 2015

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2015 #dimsummit

The speakers were very generous in sharing their best practices. Here are my favorite takeaways:

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NiceThings at Prism Gallery: Giselle Kasilag’s Short Stories Exhibit

I had the privilege of meeting Giselle Kasilag, a photographer/writer at the launch of her exhibit, Short Stories, at the Prism Gallery last October 10.

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It was a joy speaking with Giselle Kasilag. Her passion for her work is inspiring.

Giselle not only captures stories with her lens, she marries her talents in writing and photography by captioning her photos with fictional short stories. Is your interest piqued? It should be.
Here’s a sample of her work, my favorite piece from the exhibit — Wordsmith. I love minimalism and the simplicity of this image drew me in. The short story that goes along with it amused me. It’s like a private joke among my friends who struggle to keep from editing posters, billboards, and public notices.

Wordsmith by Giselle Kasilag

This photo was taken in Barcelona, Spain at an art exhibition celebrating the written word.

The Short Stories exhibit is the result of Prism Gallery’s challenge to Giselle to come up with a series that has never been seen from her before. The result is Giselle’s best work to date.

Giselle showed her work in her first solo exhibit last year at the Yuchengco Museum. Some of her photos have been featured in Times Square in New York, and the Louvre in Paris.

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Giselle’s wanderlust fills her treasure chest (translation: hard drive) with beautiful photographs.

The opening of Short Stories was graced by Giselle’s family, friends, and Prism Gallery’s habitues. It will run until October 24.

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Short Stories will run until October 24.

One thing I loved about the Prism Gallery is the absence of snooty curators. The place had a very laid back, open, and welcoming vibe, quite  unusual for an art gallery.

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A guest admiring Giselle Kasilag’s exhibit.

If you love art but are uncomfortable with the buttoned-up, straight-laced feel of most art galleries, you might want to pay Prism Gallery a visit.

Prism Gallery is located at Island Tower Condominium on Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For inquiries you may reach them at +63.886.3947.

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Prism Gallery is tucked behind AIM.

Heneral Luna: Ang Obra

HIndi ako magpapanggap na malawak ang aking pangunawa sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Hindi ako pinalad na magkaroon ng mga guro na nakapagpaliwanag sa ating makulay na kasaysayan kagaya ng nagagawa ng isang mahusay na aklat o pelikula kaya isa ito sa mga kurso na hindi ko binigyan ng pansin.

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Heneral “Articulo Uno” Luna

Pero ang isang bagay na alam ko mula sa sariling karanasan at obserbasyon ay ito: Bihira ang Pilipinong nagmamahal sa Bayan. Walang kinalaman dito ang mga kababayan nating naghahanapbuhay sa ibang bansa o ang mga napipilitang magpaampon sa ibang bayan dahil sa pagnanais ng maginhawang buhay. Ang tinutukoy ko ay ang pang-araw araw na pagwawalang-bahala sa ikabubuti ng bansa — mula sa simpleng pagpapakita ng kabutihang asal sa pagtatapon ng basura o pagsunod sa batas trapiko.

Hindi ibig sabihin na ang mga Pilipino ay kulang sa pag-ibig, bagkus, kulang lamang tayo sa pag-ibig sa Pilipinas. Gaya nga ng linya ni Heneral Luna sa pelikula, “Kaya nating magbuwis ng buhay para sa pamilya pero para sa isang prinsipyong makabayan?”

Kung ating pagninilaynilayan lamang, hindi ito isang akusasyon o obserbasyon na binibitawan ng basta-basta dahil lamang sa init ng ulo na nakakabit na sa pangalang Heneral Luna. Isa itong masakit na konklusyon sa mga taon ng pakikipaglaban para sa dignidad at kalayaan ng bansa.

Ang mga pangyayari sa  Heneral Luna ay hindi naman malayo sa ating buhay ngayon. Kung gano kahalaga na malaman at maintindihan ng mga mamamayan ang totoong sitwasyon ng bayan noon, ganun din ito kaimportante ngayon.

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Ang kagandahan nito, nasa ating mga kamay ang solusyon

Walang banyagang gobyerno na nakaupo sa Malacañang pero ang ating mga mata ay nakatutok sa labas ng bansa — pano gayahin ang kanilang pananamit, ano ang usong pagkain, ano ang bagong paraan ng pamumuhay. Ika nga ni Dr. Jose Rizal: pati ang ating mga kapintasan ay hiram.

Malimit sa ating pangarap ay magbakasyon sa ibang bansa. Hindi masama, pero sa tulad nating mahina ang ekonomiya, mas mainam sana na paikutin ang salapi sa loob ng bansa. Kung ito lang ay napaguusapan, marahil marami rin naman ang susuporta sa ganitong adhikain.

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Siguro di na dapat pag-isipan pa ang sagot

Naghihingalo ang Filipino — ang wika nating sarili na dapat sana ay ating kabisado gaya ng sarili nating anino pero mas pinipili pa nating maging bihasa sa wika ng iba. Nakakahinayang ang mayaman nating wika na may eksaktong salita para sa lahat.

Halimbawa, mayroon tayong apat na salita ng pagpapahayag ng nag-iisang salitang Ingles na love – pagmamahal, pag-ibig, pag-irog, pagsinta. Ang bawat isa ay iba ang ibig sabihin, iba-ibang uri ng pagmamahal sa iba’t ibang antas. Di ba nakakamangha?

Ang Heneral Luna ay isang obra hindi lamang dahil sa ito ay isang magandang pelikula na mahusay ang pagkakasulat at pagkakaladha. Ang obra nito ay ang pagbubukas ng diskusyon na akmang-akma sa panahon natin ngayon na uhaw ang mga mamamayan sa katotohanan. At lalo lamang gumaganda ang usapang ito dahil sa darating na halalan.

Ikaw, ano ang gusto mong buksan? Ano ang gusto mong baguhin? Pagusapan natin.

ang taong may damdamin ay hindi alipin heneral luna

Ang ating kalayaan ay nasa ating sariling mga kamay.

My Pick of Top 10 Emerging Blogs of 2015

Digital legend and walking ecommerce encyclopedia Janette Toral is giving newbie bloggers a platform to be celebrated and encouraged through the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. Nice Things has been nominated and is, in turn, nominating other deserving blogs. YayUs!

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NiceThingsPh is nominated in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2015. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Here are my 10 votes, in no particular order:

  1. Bicol Bloggers – For anything and everything about the Bicol region, hop on over to their site and take your pick of the best sites, food, buys, and more.
  2. Girl, Unspotted – I love to travel and this girl has a bad case of wanderlust. So, hover over to her blog for some awesome travel tips.
  3. Our Travel Dates – It’s about a traveling couple who love the beach. Are you beginning to see a pattern in my picks? Hehe
  4. Jon to the World – A travel blog that digs beneath the pleasures of travel and tries to find meaning in the mundane
  5. Artful Chapter – Who wouldn’t be impressed with this 11-year old girl who has a sensible blog that even I, with our over two decades of age gap, can appreciate?
  6. Vigor Buddy – For health and fitness tips, visit Vigor Buddy.
  7. Best of Negros Island – Anything and everything Negros is on this site. To learn about top destinations. food, events, and more before hopping on that plane, make sure to visit Best of Negros Island.
  8. Make Happy Money – A no-nonsense, straightforward money-handling advice site for teens and young adults.
  9. Fascinating Flowers – I love flowers and this blog is just the site to visit when you need a dose of a little floral beauty
  10. Frugal Yet Fab – I often refer to myself as a cheapskate but it’s really because I take pleasure in getting something fab (dress, bag, hotel room, concert tickets) while being frugal which is why I am nominating this blog – a kindred spirit.
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Keeping my fingers crossed for Nice Things, folks! Let’s hope for the best 😀

NiceThings about the #AlDubNation

I might be a bit late in joining the bandwagon but I’m glad I got to watch THE episode that broke the internet last Saturday with 25.6M tweets.

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#ALDubEBForLove

The #ALDubEBForLove episode was the perfect intro to the AlDub fever for a rom-com lover like me. Eat Bulaga’s comedic genius coupled with a good-looking, talented, and seemingly good-natured couple is just what the nation needs in an entertainment noontime show.

The wacky lolas with quirky personalities, who I think are triplets (?), had me laughing hysterically nonstop.

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Lolas Nidora, Tidora, and Tinidora

But what I love most about the show is the spotlight they put on Filipino values. I love Lola Nidora’s pangaral about love, courtship, and Filipino etiquette – something that today’s west-obsessed Filipinos badly need.

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One of the things I love most about kids is when they use “po” and “opo” .

Sa panahong hindi na raw uso ang panliligaw, ito ang masasabi ni Lola Nidora:

lola nidora's words of wisdom opo

Tamang panahon, tamang paraan, tama ang kahahantungan

During last Saturday’s Kalyeserye, Lola Nidora had three conditions for Alden and Yaya Dub’s date – harana, regalo para sa lahat, and chicharon. 

Lola Nidora also insisted that Alden and Yaya Dub keep a respectful distance from each other, about a foot apart. They were also not supposed to touch, not even the tips of their fingers, a real old-fashioned Filipino custom. #KiligPaMore

Off to watch another episode. #PabebeWave

NiceThings at Mati’s Meat and Bread

Made an amazing discovery earlier this week: Mati’s Meat and Bread. Tucked in a strip behind Festival Supermall, this gem of a find is one place that’ll soon turn into one of my favorite haunts. Thank goodness I’m a Southie!

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Mati’s Meat and Bread is located at Unit B2, River Park, Festival Supermall

Every single food I tried was amazing. The interesting mix of flavors and textures brought new dimensions to otherwise familiar dishes.

Got off to a great start with this Creamy Spinach Dip:

mati's meat and bread creamy spinach dip

This serving is for sharing but I can so finish it all by myself.

I never liked bone marrow (pausing for collective gasp from y’all), but I loved this Truffled Bone Marrow appetizer:

mati's meat and bread truffled bone marrow

This Truffled Bone Marrow was surprisingly delish!

Some of Mati’s Meat and Bread’s dishes are named after family members’s favorites. This one is Mama’s Buffalo Wings:

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Sakto lang ang anghang #nomnomnom

They also serve rice dishes:

mati's meat and bread beef salpicao

This beef salpicao was tender and flavorful.

Their salads are also very good:

mati's meat and bread camille's spinach and arugula salad

Camille’s Spinach and Arugula Salad is refreshing.

mati's meat and bread vince's chicken arugula salad

You should also try Vince’s Chicken Arugula Salad.

Mati’s Meat and Bread’s pizzas are on the top of my list:

mati's meat and bread salpicao pizza and bia's four cheese

i’m totally with Bia on this choice of Bia’s Four Cheese Pizza. The Salpicao Pizza isn’t so bad either.

mati's meat and bread pepperoni pizza

This Pepperoni Pizza is made more amazing by pesto and jalapeno. Yum!

mati's meat and bread tali's gamberetti

I love seafood so Tali’s Gamberetti is an instant fave.

If you love pasta as much as I do, you have got to try Mati’s Meat and Bread’s Truffle Pasta:

mati's meat and bread truffle pasta

Creamy yet light – perfect!

This nummy seafood pasta is worth a try:

mati's meat and bread seafood pasta

This seafood pasta dish is oil-based.

Not only is the food phenomenal, the place is also stunning.

mati's meat and bread at river park festival supermall

Natural light floods the dining area. Can you say instagram?

As a seafood lover, I can confidently say Mati’s Meat and Bread knocked this oyster dish out of the park:

mati's meat and bread oyster rockefeller

Oysters. Cheese. Nuff said.

Mati’s Meat and Bread is named after Mati, the youngest member of the Santiago clan of Melo’s. From this famous family of restaurateurs comes Caron Santigo-Macasaet and her husband Paul. They wanted to bring something fresh to the Philippine dining scene as influenced by their travels around the world.

One refreshing idea that Caron and Paul cooked up is this intriguing balut dish cooked in aligue.

mati's meat and bread balut aligue

Before digging into Balut Aligue, consult your doctor. Seriously.

As we all know, Melo’s is synonymous with good quality steak and Mati’s Meat and Bread is fast becoming a close second.

You can cook your own steak at your table or have it cooked in the kitchen.

mati's meat and bread steaks

I like mine well done.

If you want to know more about Mati’s Meat and Bread, visit their Facebook Page, you’ll see adorable Mati on the profile pic. Or you can catch a glimpse of their menu here:

mati's meat and bread menu

They have more dishes than the ones listed here but check this to get an idea of their prices.

Will be heading off to Mati’s again very soon. See you there?

SAP Business One Empowers Philippine Businesses for ASEAN Integration

Where to get SAP Business One in the Philippines?

With the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) should be prepared to compete and cooperate not only locally but throughout the ASEAN as well. One way of helping them prepare is through the power of SAP Business One. 

But where do you get SAP Business One in the Philippines, you might ask?

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SAP Business One is now in the Philippines

Mustard Seed Systems Corporation, a business solutions provider for Small and Medium Businesses, is one of the major partners of SAP in the Philippines. Just recently the company received the “SAP Business One Top Partner for Small Enterprise in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ)” and “SAP® APJ Partner Excellence Award 2015 in the Category Small Business Solution Innovation.

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SAP made easy for SMBs

SAP Business One is an efficient business integration software that will truly help SMEs particularly in the ASEAN Economic Community (ASEAN integration) starting this 2015. This is the reason why Mustard Seed is among the few providers of SAP Business One Philippines that offers a very affordable offer for those who would want to implement the system.

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Mr. Osler Fajardo, Managing Director of Mustard Seed Systems Corporation receiving the SAP® APJ Partner Excellence Award 2015 in the Category Small Business Solution Innovation.

What makes Mustard Seed different from other SAP Business One providers? Osler Fajardo, Managing Director of Mustard Seed sums up the very simple and out-of-the box way of implementing SAP Business One in two steps:

1. Making the implementation as simple as possible; and

2. Making the selling cycle as short as possible.

SAP Business One - Top Partner

Jheng Talan and Regie Soteco of Mustard Seed Systems received the SAP Top Partner Award during the SAP Business One Innovation Summit in Singapore.

SAP Business One has a robust array of features. Businesses may not be needing the whole full pack features of SAP Business One in practice. Thus, by being open to the clients as to what can be delivered and what the limitations of the implementation are, the whole process can be streamlined and a direct implementation pattern can be made.

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SAP empowers SMBs to compete regionally

Mustard Seed Systems is also gearing towards becoming a one-stop shop for businesses in the Philippines by providing other solutions they need. Watch this for more information.

As part of their commitment to SMBs, they will be present at the Asia Food Expo (AFEX) 2015 at the World Trade Center Manila from September 9-12, 2015. For more information you can visit their website at www.mseedsystems.com, contact them at +63(2)535-SEED / 63(2)535-7333 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mseedsys.

*This is press release from Mustard Seed Systems, slightly edited to fit this space.

Get a Macbook Air on a 24-month installment plan at zero % interest! Hurry!

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From the outside, the aluminum unibody design looks modern and minimalist. The tapering edges also make the laptop genuinely attractive and impressive, resonating the premiumness of Apple.

Measuring 17mm in diameter and weighing at 1.4kg, the MacBook Air is gorgeously thin and surprisingly light. It’s light enough that it’s barely noticeable in your bag and robust enough that you don’t feel like it’s going to break when you use it.

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NiceThings in Davao: Crocodile Park & More

Day 4:

Seeing as this was the last day in my Davao birthday vacay, we made sure to make the most of it. Good thing we took the last flight out.

First stop: Museo Dabawenyo

Patintera and I are big fans of art so we squeezed in a visit to Museo Dabawenyo into our last remaining hours in the city.

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Patintera taking a snap at Museo Dabawenyo

We weren’t allowed to take photos except for this one painting by the staircase:

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This painting depicts the three peoples who make up Davao: Muslim, Christian, and Lumad.

We learned that the name Davao came from three names: The Tagabawa called it “Dabo”, the Giangan called it “Dawaw”, while the Obo called it “Davah”. Combining all names, settlers began calling the place “Davao”.

How to get there:

Like most places in Davao, if you’re not a local, it’s best to ride a cab. Most cabbies are nice. In fact, we noticed a significant decline in our encounter with ill-mannered people while we were there. The small percentage of a-holes we came across were staff in our hotel (rhymes with barnacle). Dabawenyos are nice, helpful, and all-around good guys. Thumbs up!

Travel Tips:

Museo Dabawenyo is located in Poblacion District, a few blocks away from the Davao City Hall and St. Peter’s Church. You might want to swing by those two places as well when you’re in the area.

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The Philippine flag is flying freely in Mindanao. Let’s keep it that way.

From Museo Dabawenyo, we headed back to the hotel for our check-out. We left our luggage with the concierge before going off to Crocodile Park.

Crocodile Park

We were having second thoughts about going to Crocodile Park since we’re not big fans of motorcycles and we kept reading online that the only way to get there was on a habal-habal.

Well, good thing I refuse to leave anything to chance so on our way back to the hotel, I asked the cabbie about public transportation to Crocodile Park. And guess what? You can take a cab to and from Crocodile Park without breaking the bank. You don’t need to contract a cab to wait for you, stretching your budget beyond limits nor do you have to take the dreadful motorcycle if you’re penny-pinching. You can easily take a cab from the Crocodile Park as you would from a mall. Habal-habal myth busted!

Entrance fee to the Crocodile Park is P200, which also includes entrance to Tribu K’Mindanawan and Butterfly House.

The first thing you see when you enter is the skeleton of a really big crocodile.

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Crocodile parts at Crocodile Park

Not too far from it is the actual giant crocodile. Patintera wasn’t all convinced it’s still alive since it didn’t move at all while we were there. But I’m pretty sure it’s still breathing. I think?

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A ginormous crocodile at the Crocodile Park

The smaller crocodiles were a bit more limber.

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These crocodiles like the swamp.

Like the Philippine Eagle Center, which wasn’t all about eagles, the Crocodile Park isn’t all about crocs. It’s home to a pretty interesting collection of creatures.

If you’re gutsy, you can have a close encounter of the third kind with a White-bellied Sea Eagle. Of course, touching is prohibited. And with those sharp talons, you’d be smart to keep your hands to yourself.

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White-bellied Sea Eagle up close

This gorgeous bird was a bit of a snob.

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Not sure what this bird is called but she’s pretty.

When you see it…

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Another beautiful bird at the Crocodile Park

I think this one’s just a parakeet but the colors are pretty so she gets a spot here:

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Gorgeous colors

We stopped by the souvenir shop to get some pasalubong but they didn’t have sealed stock of the shirt I wanted to get for my sister so they pointed me to Tribu K’Mindanawan where the bigger shop is located.

Travel Tip:

Don’t buy shirts, wallets, etc. until you get to the souvenir shop at Tribu. They have a bigger and better inventory. And there are more stores to choose from.

Tribu K’Mindanawan

Now, I love animals as much as the next gal, more if the next gal was Patintera, but all the glorious animal scent didn’t really whet my appetite so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to dining but we had to eat lunch ’cause it’s tradition.

When I first heard about Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindanawan I thought it was a must-see for our Davao trip. And walking onto the grounds, I knew I was going to enjoy myself.

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Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindanawan

The place was way more than what I imagined. I expected good food but I did not expect a cultural tour of Davao. Kaonanan prides itself in offering tribal dishes, which is why I wanted to go there in the first place, but what made me fall in love was the palpable local flavor that hung in the air.

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Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindanawan’s dining area has interesting conversation pieces

The local indigenous music playing in the background was captivating. The decor was equally inspiring.

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The colorful Tribu K’Mindanawan

Not all dishes are cooked and served in bamboo but we ordered those that were:

food in bamboo at kakanonan tribu kamindanawan crocodile park davao

Cooked in bamboo

The Binayong Ajos, Luya, Tanglad na Manok is a Manobo dish of mashed garlic, ginger, and chicken cooked in bamboo.

binayong ajos, luya, tanglad na manok kakanonan sa tribu kamindanawan davao crocodile park

We had an actual Manobo dish. How cool is that? 😀

The waiter insisted that I try the Camote Tops Juice. I wasn’t sure I would like it so I told him I’d try it if he agreed to replace it for free if I didn’t. LOL

Lucky for him, the juice was delish!

binayong ajos, luya, tanglad na manok kakanonan sa tribu kamindanawan davao crocodile park

Camote tops juice for the adventurous me and Buco juice for the wimpy Patintera

Would have loved to try other tribal dishes but we had to rush back to the hotel to pick up our luggage before heading off to the airport. We didn’t even have time to go to the Buttefly House *sob* I was really looking forward to that.

I was extra nazi-ish about the time ’cause I didn’t want to miss our flight. We’ve had some experience in that area and it was costly. So, right after I changed my shirt (it’s hot in Davao), I nagged Patintera about going to the airport. And good thing I did ’cause traffic was bad, like, Manila-bad. But we got to the airport still with time to spare so we grabbed dinner.

I was a bit sad about leaving Davao. It’s just one of those places that agrees with me, you know?

Fun Davao Facts:

  1. The streets are clean. There’s no trash in the streets. None. Even wet markets are clean. Guys aren’t standing around whipping out their privates to do their business on the street like it’s the most normal thing in the world. If Davao was a girl you invited to dinner, you’d think she was raised well. Davao is a well-mannered, educated lady.
  2. Davao is typhoon-free. The mountains plus their environmentally sustainable way of living keeps them safe from the wrath of Gaia.
  3. People are nice. Living in Manila, the niceness of Davaoenos will be noticeable to you. No one’s rushing to “get there first” so everyone’s relaxed on the streets. No one’s insecure about their life and limb so people aren’t rude and abrasive.
  4. It’s safe. Not for criminals. But for those who live within the bounds of law, it’s perfectly safe 😉

I hope to see Davao again soon. Or maybe we can bring Davao to the rest of the country. That wouldn’t be so bad now, would it? *wink*

NiceThings in Davao: Philippine Eagle Center

Day One of my birthday vacay was A.MA.ZING.

Day Two wasn’t as exciting though. We ended up cooped up in the hotel for the entire day. Patintera had to finish writing a speech so I decided to catch up on my zzzs.

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Taking a break from writing for a selfie.

We did step outside a bit for lunch. We decided to stay close to the hotel so we explored G-Mall, just a block away.

I was so thrilled to find an art gallery that also sells indigenous products. Got Heart has really great art but I opted to get Kablon Farms dark chocolates for my mom and Sikwate tableya for myself.

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Got Heart installation outside the shop, located at The Peak on top of G-Mall Davao City.

I could have stared at their pieces all day.

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Patintera admiring the art at Got Heart — and thinking about the possible investment.

I’m still accepting birthday gifts, BTW, and I’m just gonna put that right here. 😉

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This piece by Dumaguing is simply mesmerizing.

Day 3: Philippine Eagle Center

We were thinking of going to Samal Island but we’d already lost a day so we decided to spend the rest of our vacay hitting the parks instead.

How to get there:

From our hotel in the city (I’m not gonna name it because it sucked but it rhymes with barnacle), we took a cab to the Annil Transport terminal found a few steps from the corner of San Pedro St. and Quirino Avenue. They have Coasters that will bring you to Calinan Public Market for P50 each. From there, we contracted a tricycle driver to take us to the Philippine Eagle Center, wait for us, and bring us back to the terminal for P250.

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On our way to the Philippine Eagle Center.

The Philippine Eagle Center is located inside the Malagos Watershed Reservation. To enter the complex, you pay P5 per head, a small fee that goes to the Davao City Water District.

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At the Malagos Watershed Reservation.

Entrance fee to the Philippine Eagle Center itself is P150.

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Welcome to the Philippine Eagle Center.

The Philippine Eagle Center is home not only to the Philippine Eagle but also to a host of other animals and interesting plant species.

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This Philippine Brown Deer took a break from his snack to give us a fairly decent shot,

White-bellied Sea Eagle be like “Take the photo already!”

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This White-bellied Sea Eagle had a lot to say. He was the only one in the whole park who was screaming at the visitors.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know that I luuurve trees.

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Gorgeous trees at the Philippine Eagle Center.

But I have to admit, none took my breath away like the majestic Haribon did.

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Philippine Eagle Pag-asa is quite photogenic.

There are stalls outside the Malagos Watershed selling souvenirs. I got a malong for myself and Patintera got a malong, sarong, and keychains for pasalubong.

On our way back to town, we asked our tricycle driver to stop by Malagos Garden Resort so we can take home their famous dark chocolates. This side trip (plus him waiting over an hour for us while we were in the Philippine Eagle Center) cost us extra P50 but we didn’t care, we went home all giddy from our nature and cacao high.

Travel Tip:

Keep your eyes peeled inside the Philippine Eagle Center. There are limited directional signs to follow so if you’re like me and you get confused easily at a simple turn, you might miss out on the other attractions. Good thing, I wanted to make the most of our trip that I was uncharacteristically mindful of the corners I haven’t explored yet.

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Just follow the unlabeled path.

The heat in Davao is no joke. So, we were pretty beat after spending an entire day outside. After dinner, we went back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Day 4 concludes our adventures. Watch this space for our trip to Museo Dabawenyo, Crocodile Park, and Tribu K’Mindanawan.