Summer is Here !

Starting this summer and onwards … it will now be ‘One Summerfun, One Davao’.  With this people can explore the different destinations of Davao Region and at the same time participate in summer fun activities.  On the beach are varied events from volleyball, swimming, diving, surfing etc. to the mountain climbing, trekking, skycycle, zipline and many more. These events were carefullly planned and organized for visitors because visiting Davao is also bringing home a great experience. Here’s some activities lined up by the tourism industry players for everyone this Summer … !

Tourism stakeholders promote ‘One Summerfun, One Davao’

DAVAO CITY, April 2 (PNA) — The different stakeholders in Davao Region are one in promoting this year’s summer activities dubbed as “One Summerfun, One Davao.”

One Davao Tourism Officers Association (ODTOA) president Noel Daquioag said it has been their goal to support each other as they market the different destinations in their respective areas.

“New destinations continue to be uncovered in the different places of the Davao Region,” he also said.


A unified promotion of these places will entice tourists to visit the different destinations of the region and creating events will also give them a unique experience,” he said.

Acting head of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region XI Eden Larano said the different local government units come together to complement each other in the promotion of their destinations.

“Because it is summer, most of the events are sports related activities from beach volleyball, mountain climbing, swimming and others,” she said.

Digos City tourism head Bebot Felera said they have every summer “Mt. Apo Summer Climb” from April 12 to 20, 2014,that is held in time of the Holy Week. Among others, the participants will be issued a Certificate of Climb. The climb carries a registration fee of P720 for local climber, P432 for student and P1,080 for foreigners.


Meanwhile, Davao del Norte for this summer will have the “Lingaw Sa Tag Araw Summer Workshops” that include workshops on visual art, brass band, dancesport, theater arts, hip-hop dance.

The other event is the Grand Sta. Cruzan which is spearheaded by the Tagum City Tourism Council and the Diocese of Tagum. It is a religious-historical celebration held in small Christian communities Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) in a presentation in the most colorful May-time festivity which depicts Catholic tradition of procession or parade of Biblical characters and the traditional presentation of the sagala (a religion-historical beauty pageant).

The City of Mati in Davao Oriental has organized “Mati SummerFrolic 2014”, an electronic music festival of colors in Barangay Dahican.

Provincial tourism head of Davao Oriental Miguel Troccio said together with this event is the 10th year anniversary celebration of the Amihan sa Dahican surfers which will highlight the Dahican Strip.

Included during the holding of Summerfrolic are beach volleyball, beach frisbee, foam party and the feast on waves of surfing and skim competition.


 In Compostela Valley, tourism officer Christine Dumpar said they are also into promoting their pilgrimage site where for this Summer they are encouraging tourists to help in the actual building of houses in Maragusan town where an area there is also badly hit by typhoon Pablo.

Participants, she said will be ushered to a side trip to the different destinations there from mountain climbing and trekking towards the waterfalls and the chance to see the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia, that can be found in the forests of Maragusan.

She said there are also sports activities in the beaches of Pantukan like beach volleyball, duathlon, frisbee, wake-boarding.

Davao City tourism head Lisette Marquez said there will be lined up sports activities even as she said that they will be inviting professional basketball players for this summer’s sports event in the city.

Marquez said during summer there is always an increase in arrivals, the city being the island’s major destination in the south.


She said fun activities are held and these are done in coordination with the private sector.

Major malls here continue to provide events be it in entertainment or organized activities for the youth and the children, she added. (PNA)FPV/Prix Digna D. Banzon/ldp


Because it’s summer …

During summer tourism destinations around the region hold activities either  in beach resorts or in the mountains from highland to island sites. Featuring not only their respective areas to visitors but also towards building relationships, meeting new friends and also the possibility of helping host communities strengthen their existing livelihood activities.  In ComVal, a festival is set to open this May where domestic tourists around Mindanao participate.  More on that event with this story I write about their summer beach sports festival  …   

Compostela Valley to hold 5th Summer Beach Sports Festival

Davao City, April 30 (PNA) — The province of Compostela Valley will hold its annual “Summer Beach Sports Festival” despite continuing rehabilitation from the disaster brought about by typhoon “Pablo” last December.

The provincial government decided to push through with the festival this summer as it has been a regular event for the past five years and people are looking forward to this.

Provincial tourism officer Christine Dompor said the holding of the festivities is also to raise awareness about the fragile state of the environment.

She said the beach festival will take place along the Pindasan, Mabini and Magnaga, Pantukan beaches to start this May 4.

Although she said that conducting the festival during summer made a difference in their visitor arrivals of about 5 to 10 percent but what is unique is that families come to visit our beaches where they hold family gatherings or reunions and join in the beach ball competition.

“The participants come from the different parts of the region,” she said.

Meanwhile, she said the swimming competition has participants coming from the various regions of Mindanao.

The race she said is an 800-900 meter race from Kopiat Island to the Mabini mainland coast.

Dompor recalled that their summer festival was awarded as the national champion in the 2010 ATOP-DOT National Search for Best Tourism Practice Awards.

She said the event this May features a series of beach sports event like water volleyball, beach volleyball, the 700-metre Kopiat Swimming Challenge, fire dance, body painting competition, regatta sailing contest, an amazing race competition, sea-kite flying, banca race, and bikini open.

The event she said is held within the 3,433-hectare Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape of Davao Gulf all weekends of May. (PNA)