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Opening Celebrations in Davao

Inaugurations are most festive occasions. So far the Davao August calendar was marked with celebrations of flowers, food, fashion and beauty. Here’s a round-up of what transpired on Week 2.   Kadayawan official opening at Magsaysay Park The council promised a grander, bigger and more colorful Kadayawan festival this year and the opening ceremony proved that they meant business.     It was a beautiful...

Roses & rubies at 80

She was a teacher, a strict one at that, a jeweler, one of the pioneers in the city, and most of all, a mother, who singlehandedly raised her three children to the successful persons they are now.     Turning 80 is a milestone and Emilia Sitjar deserves the big celebration fitting for a loving mother, a caring sister, a good friend and fellow devotee to the Divine Mercy. Yes, they were all there filling...

The 11th Ambassadors’ Tour Philippine Reception

The Department of Tourism-hosted dinner reception and “Philippine Tapestry” Cultural Presentation was the culmination of the four-day visit of the Ambassadors’ Tour delegates in Davao City. For four days, 187 delegates led by Philippine Consul Generals based in the United States were flown to Manila and onto Davao by PAL to experience the King City of the South up-close. Their mission: to show the world that Davao...

53rd Hijos de Davao Part 2

The aura is quite different in this year’s Hijos de Davao celebration. The elegance of the Davaoeños filled the tastefully appointed ballroom quite nicely. The scene was quite relaxed, as expected of an affair where attendees know each other, and quite festive, perhaps because there are more good reasons to celebrate. Indeed there were. “Tonight’s 53rd Founding Anniversary of the Hijos de Davao is made more special...

The 53rd Hijos de Davao Part 1

There is something more festive with the Hijos de Davao celebration this year. Do we give credit to the presence of the Malacañang VIPs gracing the affair? The infusion of the colorful Mindanao fashion into the program? The more elegant set-up of the ballroom? The professional direction of the program from the host to the good choice of musical performer? I say all of the above. But those are just the ornamentation...
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