DOT-11 pushes campaign for “Visit Davao again” in 2016


It is time to “Visit Davao Again” is a call for those who have visited the region and the first timers with several destinations being readied for visitors to explore.  More so that summer is coming, the time is right to plan the visit.  Come and visit the island, the sea and the mountain. Walk to the malls and grab the best items when in summer the biggest Fun Sale unfolds. We will wait for you guys and experience again Davao’s best. The Tourism Department here is pushing this campaign as explained in this story …

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 6 (PNA) — The regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is kicking off an aggressive campaign to entice tourists to visit Davao again in line with Visit Philippines 2016.

DOT 11 director Roberto Alabado III said the essence of the campaign is to encourage tourists who have visited the city to come back and explore more of Davvao’s tourism products.

“They still have a lot to do and the three days two nights stay in Davao City is not enough for one who is enjoying what is best in Davao,” he said.

The campaign commenced last year when it launched the “Summer In December”, a photo exhibit featuring the tourism sites of Davao in coordination with Park Inn.

He said the campaign also includes “where to go” of the best places in Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley Province.

Alabado said it has been their continuing advocacy for the tourists to come.

Meanwhile, Alabado disclosed a continuing increase in tourist arrivals because of the strong domestic market especially that Davao has become a MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) destination.

The foreign market is there to complement our tourist arrivals, he said.

He said the new direct air connection of Davao-Singapore will add up to the number of foreign tourists and ‘balikbayans’. (PNA)BNB/LCM/PRIX DIGNA D. BANZON/LDP

Coconut …


Known as the tree of life … Davao corners the biggest area planted to coconut. Coconut is a tree where all it parts can be of use … from the trunk, the leaves and more especially the fruit.  And lately, foreign personalities go crazy about “buko” juice and based on personal experience taking this juice makes me more active.  In an article published by Digital Running Club on coco water it said it could replenish electrolyte in the body after a though workout as it contains all five essential electrolytes, namely, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium, and calcium.  A lot can be done about coconut and this Davao businessman explored into producing coco syrup which became popular in other foreign markets … here’s my story …

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Davao businessman finds new foreign markets for coco syrup

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 17 (PNA) — A Davao businessman has found new foreign markets for coco syrup in Germany and Australia.

Benjamin Lao, president of Lao Integrated Farms Inc. (LIFI), said their company as one of the major players in the coconut industry in the Davao Region, had initially exported some 1,200 liters of coco syrup to Germany and another 900 liters to Australia in July this year.

“That volume is just our initial export since we just began last month. There’s a growing demand for coco syrup in the global market,” Lao said.

He also said local coconut producers in the region will find another boost in terms of income since negotiation is ongoing between them and the new global markets to allow the entry of coconut products, including coco sugar, syrup and seasoning in Japan and Canada.

Lao said 80 percent of the total production of their coco syrup is exported to global markets while only 20 percent distributed locally.

He said the United States and European countries remain as LIFI’s top international markets.

Lao said they have been exporting to these international markets since 2009 of about 8,000 liters of coco syrup and about a ton of coco sugar a month.

Lao said his firm produces 350 kilograms of coco sugar and 600 liters of coco syrup a day. These products, derived from the coco sap.

He also assured local coconut producers that exporting coco syrup will not wipe out the copra business in the country.

“The production of these products will not affect the copra, since the coconut sap comprises only 2 to 10 percent of the coconut tree,” Lao said.

In order to increase production of coco sap, he recommended planting two dwarf varieties of coconut — the Mawa and Aromatic — that can produce an average of four litres day. (PNA) Prix Digna D. Banzon/ldp/utb

New 7-storey hotel opens in Davao


A seven-floor hotel with over a hundred rooms opens early January this year in Davao City.

Uy Ching Siong, owner of My Hotel which is a businessman’s hotel in an interview said the hotel was the former Grand MenSeng Hotel located in one of the city’s major thoroughfares, the San Pedro Street.

With a project cost of over P47 million, he said the renovation was focused more on the rooms and the putting in of new facilities. Nothing was altered with the structures because when they check on the engineering works, it had strong foundation and in good condition.

The invested fund covered the land acquisition, the building renovation and machine and equipment.

He said My Hotel offers affordable rates plus other amenities like free WiFi access in every room, free long distance calls to to the US and Canada, free Globe line to Globe line nationwide call, free Sun to Sun call, free local call, 24 hours security camera, fire alarm system, standby generator, PABX telephone system, color TV with cable in every room, elevator, free newspaper reading, function room and restaurant.

“We wanted to give the best to our clients that is why we also invested on these modern equipment and faciltiies,” he said.

Despite the mushrooming of other small hotels in Davao City, he said they are optimistic of their hotel investment as they bank more of getting more clients with their location just within the heart of the city.

My Hotel is very near the San Pedro Catheral, the City Hall, San Pedro Police Station, banks and major stores.He said occupancy rate is still fluctuating even as he said that they are satisfied with what they have although they need to promote the hotel in either Manila and Cebu.