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Celebrity Chef Donita Rose, the Brand Ambassador of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, kicks off her first leg of Regional Festival tour at Gaisano Mall on August 20 here in Davao in time for Kadayawan Festival celebration. 

Chef Donita Rose shares her #JollyHeartMate Chicken Curry with Durian
Celebrity Chef Donita Rose and Sous Chef, Sonny
(Photo by Joel Bagas)


Chef Donita Rose came for a cooking demonstration, showing off her cooking techniques featuring her unique and signature dish, the Chicken Curry with Durian. 

What we notably know about durian is that they’re abundant in Davao and they’re mainstays to a lot of desserts and frozen delights. We seldom see durian as an ingredient for a main dish and seeing how Chef Sonny, Donita’s Sous Chef during the show poured in real durian meat to the curry mixture tugged up excitement in me how the dish would fare with durian. Interestingly, after the cooking demo we had a chance to sample her finished dish – and it was actually good. 

Sauce so creamy. The curry just right. Taste so good. The milder than mild whiff of durian is perfect for non durian eaters. If I’ll do my version of this recipe, it’ll be durian all the way. Yay! Durian in Agdao Public Market now sells P30/kilo, perfect time to cook!

Chef Donita Rose shares her #JollyHeartMate Chicken Curry with Durian
Chicken Curry with Durian by Chef Donita Rose
(Photo by FlyAce PR)

Chef Donita Rose shares her #JollyHeartMate Chicken Curry with Durian
Chef Donita Rose shares her #JollyHeartMate Chicken Curry with Durian
The Chicken Curry with Durian sample packs distributed to the audience

Chef Donita Rose shares her #JollyHeartMate Chicken Curry with Durian
Thanks a bunch  #JollyHeartMateCanolaOil for the front row seat.
With Leebai Sinsuat Ambolodto of Edge Davao, the Royal Chef 
and Tere Nierva of davaofoodtrips.com

In a small table talk with Chef Donita during the Meet and Greet at Rekado Restaurant, she emphasized the use of abundant local ingredients in her recipes. This is what we can expect in her special dishes along with the use of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil in the course of her regional festival tour around the country, something every local can easily source. 

 “We must always be conscious that the ingredients we use should be good for the heart, like Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil which contains the lowest amount of bad fats (saturated fats) but packs in the good kind like omega 3 and 6 that are good for the heart,” Donita shared.

Woman Elan Vital and Chef Donita Rose
Woman Elan Vital and Jolly Heart Mate Brand Ambassador, Chef Donita Rose

I’m a mother of 3, 4 including my husband :p and I’m a regular of GMall supermarket. I have to be honest that while I often see this brand on the shelf, I never really attempted to pick one. All for the very cultural reason that this is not my usual brand. And also for the fact that, I have limited knowledge of the product. I’m one customer that needs first hand info to believe and try it to possibly shift.

This event is quiet enlightening for me. The casual talk with Ma’am Zeny Prudentino, Senior Product Manager explaining the benefits of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil made me decide to try. 

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil also contains Vitamin A and has a pale golden color, light texture, and neutral taste that makes it good for all kinds of cooking. Aside from being versatile, it also has one of the highest smoking points which make it very ideal for frying.

#JollyHeartMateCanolaOil
Thank you Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil for these samples.

Yay! Doing now my own kitchen demo of these brightly colored Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil. Product Review coming right up. Please check back again or you may subscribe to my blog so won't miss a post.

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil 
is distributed by FlyAce Corporation, 
7th Floor, Fly Ace Corproate Center, 
13 Coral Way, Central Business Park, Pasay City.

Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JollyHeartMateCanolaOil/

Hello there my dear friends!

Our furry friends from The Secret Life of Pets movie have taken their adventure to McDonald's! 

Discover their secret tricks when you have them with every McDonald's Happy Meal you buy. They are now all available nationwide.

In in the movie, The Secret Life of Pets, Max's life is turned upside down when his owner brings home a stray dog named Duke. Both dogs go on an adventure in the streets of New York and find themselves tangled in different kinds of crazy antics and situations. The movie will be shown in cinemas starting August 24.

Collect all eight characters from the movie today! Each pet toy comes with unique tricks and antics every #McDoHappyMeal lover kid and of course, adults will surely enjoy!

The SECRET LIFE OF PETS FAMILY now comes with every box of #McDoHappyMeal
The movie 'The Secret Life of Pets' will be shown starting Aug. 24 
in your favorite cinemas, nationwide.

The SECRET LIFE OF PETS FAMILY now comes with every box of #McDoHappyMeal
Chloe. A Blue tabby cat who loves food and cat treats.

The SECRET LIFE OF PETS FAMILY now comes with every box of #McDoHappyMeal
Duke. The adopted mutt who become Max' new brother.

The SECRET LIFE OF PETS FAMILY now comes with every box of #McDoHappyMeal
Croc and Buddy on the run

The SECRET LIFE OF PETS FAMILY now comes with every box of #McDoHappyMeal
Sweet Pea. A parakeet who enjoys flying and being outdoors.

The SECRET LIFE OF PETS FAMILY now comes with every box of #McDoHappyMeal
Snowball, Max and Gidget. Each have special tricks waiting for you to find out!

Share your family special moments with 'The Secret Life of Pets' Happy Meal! Like McDonalds on Facebook; www.facebook.com/McDo-ph or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #McDoHappyMeal

Enjoy!



HUNAT DABAW 4: “TAKBO PARA KAY APO”

Hunat Dabaw, a yearly run for-a-cause organized by The Royal Mandaya Hotel is now on its fourth year. This year’s most anticipated run will be reeling in fun come September 4, 2016. 

Since its inception back in 2013, Hunat Dabaw has extended generous support to various entities and organizations as the activity’s beneficiary. This year, Hunat Dabaw’s proceeds will be used to help in the rehabilitation and restoration of the recently fire-stricken, Mt. Apo. Some will also be used to drive up information and awareness campaign on how to take care of our country’s heritage and on how devastating forest fires like this wouldn’t happen again. 

This year’s target will only be 2,500 participants from all three categories; this is to ensure safety and manageable flow of participants. Hunat Dabaw isn’t just your usual boring fun run. This year will also be a foam fun run with P200,000.00 worth of prizes to be given away, yay! Can’t wait! 

Run Categories and registration fees are 3K (P375), 5K (P425) 10K (P475). Your registration fee include; Singlet, Race Bib, Certificate, Buffet Breakfast and Raffle Coupon. Fun Run starts 4am on September 4th. Race route will start from The Royal Mandaya Hotel to Carmelite Monastery in Lanang and back for the 10K category. 

Registration is accepted at these areas; Columbia Sports Apparel SM Ecoland, Gaisano Mall of Davao and NCCC Mall. For more details, call The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Palma Gil St., Davao City, or call; (082) 225-8888, (082) 225-1885. 

Let’s ‘Takbo Para Kay Apo.”

HUNAT DABAW 4: “TAKBO PARA KAY APO”

ETC paintensity in Davao


ETC Paintensity will rock Davao this Kadayawan. 

If you're up for one-of-a-kind spectacular night that combines high-energy music, art, dance and paint?  Then you're in for a night of fun and electric excitement! Party with the country's top DJs - BadKiss, Martin Pulgar, Knoxville, and more! 

Be part of this exhilarating street party because
ETC Paintensity 2016 will be bigger, bolder, wetter and wilder this year!
Don't miss it for the world,
Join the fun come August 20, Saturday at SM Lanang Premier grounds from 4PM to 1AM. 

ADMISSION IN FREE!

PARTY RESPONSIBLY!
a friendly reminder from #ETCPaintensity2016  
OFFICIAL SOCIAL MEDIA PARTNER!

Davao Digital Influencers, Inc.


Davaoenos are responsible party goers, but just in case few rules to remember;

PARTY RULES 

1. Strictly NO SMOKING. Our smoking areas are located near Vikings, and near RDU fronting SM Store entrance. 
2. For safety purposes, wearing of slippers and bringing of backpacks are not allowed. 
3. Dangerous and violent activities will not be tolerated. Offenders will be forced to leave the premises. 
4. Throw your garbage on the designated trash bins in the area. Recycling is highly encouraged.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

1. Professional video and photo camera (SLR with detachable lens) 
2. Big posters/banners/placards/signage 
3. Laser pens and pointers Weapons and/or any sharp objects 
4. Candles, fireworks and/or any kind of pyrotechnics 
5. Glass/pet bottles, cans, hard plastic containers, etc 
6. NO pets allowed 
7. Alcohol beverages and illegal drugs 
8. Large chains, spike bracelets, wallet chains, large metal belt buckles, food and drinks 
9. Chairs (any type)


One bizarre feeling about eating in a newly opened restaurant, is that, you know you’re going to eat but you don’t know what you’re going to expect. And this happens again with my dining experience with Potions Grille and Resto Bar. 

Read on ...

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR

It’s exciting to note that the food scene of Davao is constantly evolving. One recent addition is Potions Grille and Resto Bar at Plaza de Bole along Torres St.

It's very accessible, it’s neat, uncomplicated, comfortable place. Tables are amply spaced so more room to move around and I like it!

Potions Grille and Resto Bar Dining Hall
 Dining Hall

On the menu is a good list of Asian specialties – Korean, Japanese and Filipino food all at affordable price, well, that’s Davao - food so diverse, price so friendly.

And Woman Elan Vital was one lucky earthling, I got to sample few of what’s on the menu. 

So here we go;

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
The Appetizers. 
Sweet Banana Chips, Hungarian Sausage, Creamy Sweet Potato and Kimchi.

Banana chips for the win. I like it, it is not your usual greasy chips scored out of the supermarket shelf. Recommended!

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Salmon Sushi (P169)

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
California Maki (P179)

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Gamjatang (P250)

This traditional korean dish is served doubly hot - temp and spiciness. Potions' version is a bit tamer in terms of spiciness. Maybe because most Pinoys have low tolerance levels to spiciness - I'm one of those, so this is just right.

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Kimchi Jigae Pork (P190)

Watching that Korean Drama, Let's Eat made me want to devour a wokful of this stew. They made it appear like there's no chili at all.  Man, those peeps really has some superpowers. But as I said, got low tolerance level to spiciness - so pass. But if you're looking for traditional Korean dishes, with lots of other Filipino dish options on the side, then Potions is the place to be.

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Spicy Fried Chicken (P189)

Potions Grill and Resto Bar also have set meals on the menu. Constant on the platter is the rice, the balled mashed sweet potato (I love it), the coleslaw in purple cabbage and the fruit in syrup. Options are Pork and fish cutlets. Sweet Food Deal and Recommended pick! 

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Lechon Kawali (P159)

Drop everything and ask for a platter of this Lechon Kawali instead. If you're eating lechon kawali all too often in your whole life, you would know what's good and not. Potions' version is the bomb! Nganung lami man ni, hahaha! 

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Barbeque Back Ribs (P800)

This BBQ Back Ribs is the most pricey one on the menu. The meat fall off the bone, the sauce - so good! The yellowish stuff around the meat is melted Mozzarella, put them all together and ....  didn't your mother ever tell you to use kubyertos when you eat? Nganung nagkinamot ka? Lami man gud! LOL!

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Seafood Special (P800)

Another pricey set on the menu. But they say, you work to find money to eat. So, wag kang kuripot! Hehehe. If you want real, filling and satisfying food, this platter deserves a space on your table. Guaranteed, cravings satisfied!

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Fresh Smoothies, Beverages, Mocktails and Cocktails are also available
Tequila Sunrise |Lemon Grass Drink in cold/hot | Potion Juice | Orange Juice

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
Private Room that can accommodate 5-10 persons

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
The bar

DAvao Food: ASIAN SPECIALTIES AT POTIONS GRILLE & RESTO BAR
(L-R) Chef Arnel Dura, Chef Wence Rey Dalion Erot, Malaya A. Adalim, Ritchie C. Cabatino, Bueren Jay Nuique, (Barista/Manager) and  Ms. Ruchelle V. Aaron (Head Manager)

The food selections served were surprisingly delightful, worth every peso you spend. 

What’s more amazing was that, I usually picture a chef – middle aged or so. And because the food was so good, we requested if we can honour the Chef who made us happy. And so they came out – man, look at them, I didn’t expect them to be so young - and yet they made food so good. This world needs a lot of them, I swear! Thank you, Chefs – may your tribe increase!

Davao Digital Influencers, Inc.
Thank you Potions Grille and Resto Bar for having us!
(Photo credits:  www.escapemanila.com)


POTIONS GRILLE AND RESTO BAR
Plaza de Bole Compound, F. Torres St.,
Davao City, PHILIPPINES

OPEN from MONDAY-SUNDAY
RESTAURANT - 10:30am to 9pm
BAR - 6pm to 2am

For reservations and inquiries, 
Call: (082) 297-1714
Look for Ms. Ruchelle Aaron 
https://www.facebook.com/potionsgrilleandrestobar/


KUSINA SA SUBLI: LITTLE COMFORT FOOD HAVEN IN THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF DAVAO
Kusina sa Subli in Lanzona Subd. Matina, Davao City
(Photo credits: rudedolfo.blogspot.com)

Kusina sa Subli, the little comfort food haven in the southern side of Davao City, is coming up with yet another round of sumptuous offering this Kadayawan – the Boodle Feast.

Kusina sa Subli’s Boodle Feast is a delectable spread of familiar flavours of home – kinilaw, grilled tuna belly, ensaladang talong, pork bbq, the oh, so good imbao soup and the all-time favourite crunchy young mango in bagoong dip (drooling). But even with its familiarity, I’m certain you’ll find excitement in this food encounter especially if it’s shared with yet again - familiar stories, good old friends, new found friends, your visiting friends and more than ever your dearest family and kids.

BOODLE FEAST AT KUSINA SA SUBLI THIS KADAYAWAN
The P900 Feast

BOODLE FEAST AT KUSINA SA SUBLI THIS KADAYAWAN
The P1000 Feast

BOODLE FEAST AT KUSINA SA SUBLI THIS KADAYAWAN
The P1300 Feast

Kusina sa Subli’s Boodle Feast comes in very affordable packages, P900, P1000 and P1300. Each set serves 3 to 5 persons.

Aside from the boodle feast set, Kusina sa Subli also have an extensive list of delicious and filling dishes in their menu. I’d personally recommend - Paella Negra (Thank God for Chef Weng, it’s so good I could cry), PakFry (braised and fried tuna tail), Grilled Tuna (belly or panga), their famous Pork Adobo, Siomai, Chicken in White Sauce and so on and so forth.

All these are prepared using only the freshest ingredients and local produce Davao City has to offer.

VIP KTV rooms are also available at Kusina sa Subli. If you want private and great moments with your friends - spacious, comfortable and neat rooms are available for taking. Rates are very pocket friendly, starts from P1,500 to P2,500. P500 only for the rental and the remaining amount is consumable and take it all away, have a time of your life for 4 hrs. 

So, if you’re up for a gastronomic challenge, Kusina Sa Subli is all too ready to accept it!

So 'This Kadayawan, Take Me To Subli'.

BOODLE FEAST AT KUSINA SA SUBLI THIS KADAYAWAN
Chef Frine Fuentes' mouthwatering Lechon Roll. This one isn't on the menu yet and we're the ones who sampled it first. Believe me when I say, this roll will be worth your drive up north. So juicy, so tasty, so good!

BOODLE FEAST AT KUSINA SA SUBLI THIS KADAYAWAN
Kusina Sa Subli Boodle Feast sa Kadayawan Spread!

BOODLE FEAST AT KUSINA SA SUBLI THIS KADAYAWAN
Davao Digital Influencers and media friends 
at Kusina sa Subli, thank you so much for the invitation.
(Photo by: Glen 'the awesome' Santillan)



KUSINA SA SUBLI
Subli St., Lanzona Subdivision,
Matina, Davao City
Philippines

For reservations / inquiries connect through 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kusinasasubli
Instagram: @KusinaSaSubli

Writing this post made me bring back old memories of our first PLDT telephone. While we were not the first house to have telephone along R. Castillo back then, our first phone was ever worth remembering – who can't ever forget that black rotary dial phone.  Eventually, we had our first home internet connection with PLDT DSL. Remembering that dial-up internet access sound right now, made me feel nostalgic, yeah, those were the days.

And with all these smart phones, easy access internet we are using now, I just realized, thank God, I was one of those who experienced how it’s like to nurture fortitude waiting seconds even minutes to dial each number and to connect to slow-poke internet back then. I can’t count anymore how many times we’ve replaced our phone units. Now we have pocket wifis, telpads, smart watch etc. and this beautiful Regine Series phones, in which I still I don’t have – but would love to have. That cordless one is super handy! 

It’s a remarkable experience to be one of those who journeyed with PLDT from that analog phone to the now - country’s leading digital and multimedia services provider. 

Today, PLDT Home celebrates this success by giving it back to its valued subscribers. And what can be more awesome than kicking it off along with Davao City’s celebration of the 31st Kadayawan Festival. 

PLDT Home brings Regine Velasquez Alcasid, PLDT Home Ambassador to Davao for a mini concert, dubbed The Regine Series, as a way of thanking Davaoenos for making PLDT Home number 1.
.
PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Thank you PLDT Home and Ms. Jojie Alcantara for inviting us. 
Yay! Second row view was awesome!

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2016, Ms. Maxine Medina also graced the event. (middle)

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Smart Home devices were also featured. Fam Cam, the smart home monitoring system.
The TVolution Stick, a powerful PC in a stick that comes with a free wireless mouse and 
keyboard. The Smart Watch and Telpad that is powered by PDLT Home Fibr.

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Excitedly waiting for Regine!

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Then came Michael Pangilinan and Janelle. 
Imagine life without a little break and a stage without these two, might be sad. 
God, I died laughing! One of my best afternoons!

Michael Pangilinan and Janelle rocking the stage. 
I swear, I never regretted I came, Kalingaw!

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Contestants of the Regine Sing-Alike Contest.

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
And then came Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. She's the same powerful Asia's Songbird I know from years ago. Still Reigns! Walang Kupas!

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid on stage for PLDT Home Regine Series 
at SM Ecoland Annex, Davao City

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Songs from yesteryears by Regine. Songs that everybody knows and everybody sings, how cool!

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
PLDT Home DSL Booths were also set up. But they're practically all over the malls here in Davao. It's a convenient place where interested subscriber can avail of the latest fantastic sale with the best broadband deals. This include free installation of wifi modems and home bundles that features 10Mbps of speed and a free 4G Smart Bro Pocket Wifi for only P1,599/month.


And the fun wasn't over yet!

Davao Digital Influencers' (DDI, Inc.) members and media friends were treated to a night of Thanksgiving, raffle and fun at Marco Polo Hotel Davao.

We had a chance to meet, greet up close and personal, PLDT Home ambassador, Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
Mr. Gary Dujali, PLDT Home VP and Marketing Director with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

"As the Philippines' leader in digital innovations and multimedia content offerings, we want to make sure that our services and products are available to all Filipinos around the country. Davao is among the first to experience the dawn of the smart HOME powered by PLDT. This is our way of showing gratitude and honoring Davaoenos for making us number 1 in their homes. " Mr. Dujali disclosed.

#AtHomeWithRegine: PLDT Home REGINE SERIES IN DAVAO
A toast of thanksgiving and to a fruitful year. (L-R) Gary Dujali, PLDT Home VP and Marketing Director | Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, PLDT Home Ambassador | Ms. Maxine Medina, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2016 and Miss PLDT Home | Ms. Jennifer Hammond, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016.

Davao Digital Influencers and Davao Bloggers at PLDT Home Regine Series
Davao Digital Influecers, Inc. and Davao Bloggers 
at PLDT Home Regine Series Thanksgiving Night.

THANK YOU PLDT HOME!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS ABOUT 
PLDT HOME Digital Products and Services, visit;
http://pldthome.com/