Bountiful Davao: A Blogger’s Perspective

It's more fun in Davao!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

I got an early present for Mother’s Day! The family, especially the husband, are so supportive of my blogging. I love you, family!

My other family, the FoodPrints, headed by patriarch (heheh!) chef Sandy Daza, traveled to the south. Davao! I expected a great adventure. I just had to be with them! Thank you, Red Balloon and Lifestyle Network, for all that I can experience and blog about. I’m truly grateful.

Everywhere I looked, there was always a bloggable photo in my mind. The Davao banana is so difficult to split into parts. There is a Part Two of my personal photo diary, besides the FoodPrints with Sandy Daza BTS. One thousand and one photos from one destination is astonishing! It definitely exceeded my expectations.

TravelFoodPrints Davao

We stayed at the Park Inn by Radisson fronting the SM Lanang. The hotel is very global-modern. The staff were warm. In fact, all of Davao! Major thanks to awesome DoT Asec Art Boncato Jr, the tireless Ms. Vanessa of DoT Davao and our very special tour guide, Ruben Neri!

Half of our Davao stay was spent at the Apo View Hotel owned by the Pamintuans. Downtown Davao is such a great travel destination in itself. Very cosmopolitan and yet laid-back.

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The iconic Davao waling-waling orchid was quite difficult to pin down. We traveled far to take a snapshot. And I’m sorry, I wasn’t able to shoot the Philippine Eagle in all its majesty it so deserves:( It was huge, the body is approximately my size.)

Below are photos taken at the Malagos Farms, owned by the Puentespina family, who produce global-quality cheeses and chocolates. So honored to have met a low-key, dedicated, nature-loving and hardworking family. A proud Filipino moment indeed!

Malagos FarmMalagos Farms Cacao TreesCacao FarmAldevinco Shopping Center, Davao

I was so makulit to Ruben about going to Aldevinco. I told him everyday. I was so happy the girls wanted to shop for batik also! I bought blouses in a size bigger. I grew fat in Davao, but really no regrets!

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The view from Jack’s Ridge was spectacular. Thankfully, there were lights all over during one of those legendary Mindanao-wide brownout rotations!

Blugre Coffee

Blugré Coffee is where I had an iced durian coffee. Beautiful creamy coffee that leaves you thinking Davao is so distinct among the places FoodPrints has covered.

Bluegre Coffee, DavaoFoodPrints - Blugre, DavaoFoodPrints at Park InnEarly morning light shines on Red Balloon EP Jennie Celdran, associate producer Melanie de Leon, scriptwriter Nikki Alfonso and Directir Cris Sevilla-Bilbao.

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Paradise Island, managed by Julian Rodriquez, was memorable. The authentic Spanish paella composed of Samal Island’s sea bounties kept teasing the senses while we waited for it to bloom. It came out glorious!

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Among the food that brought me to nirvana was the chewy-crunchy guzo, a kind of seaweed. I also found pinakbet in this Mindanaoan paradise. It was dressed in lean pork, rolled and made hamonado. I think I heard this is an award-winning recipe by the chefs of Paradise Island.

Award-winning Hamonadong PinakbetFoodPrints Lunch at Paradise IslandCreamy Durian Coffee

I got a hot durian coffee for myself. The balanced flavors were rewarding!

Vinta in MindanaoSamal IslandFruit Tubs

Tiny Kitchen, owned and managed by Julian’s younger brother, Vince Rodriguez, and his beautiful wife, Donna Peralta, and their children, was a standout. The little kitchen bursting with big flavors is sunshine. I will post a separate story on the cutest cashier in the entire Davao.

Tiny KitchenStraiway to The White House

I thought we’d never make it to The White House. Food there is like red carpet dressing. The old Ker house was refurbished and made into a fine dining restaurant by Ms. Cathy Binag. Young Chef Justin Sison’s Yamamomo Cheesecake looked and tasted like no other cheesecake in the entire Davao City, where cheesecake baking is huge.

Davao PomeloThe White HouseAntique TreeFoodPrints at The White HouseDavao Durian

Of course, Davao is not Davao without Durian! Lola Abon’s creations are Davao’s pride.

Check out my Davao Photo Diary, Part 2. The FoodPrints Season 2 is premiering on May 18, Sunday, 8:30 PM on the Lifestyle Network, Channel 52 on Sky Cable. Don’t forget the whole new season! There is also a FoodPrints episode shot exclusively in Spain. Chef Sandy Daza rocks!

Photographed by Jeng, Bert, Ruben, Nikki, Francis and Blauearth
© Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014

La Union Photo Diary


La Union is best known for its beaches, and without doubt, the surfing capital of Northern Luzon. The weather was intensely hot and so was the 4th Mt. Dayawen Mountain Bike Downhill Challenge, organized by the La Union Adventure Team. We thought we’d lose our very own Jake, who might have been temporarily blinded by the traitorous sun. Sans body armor and neck brace, he handled so well a nasty gap in the course of his seeding run. During the final run, however, at the same cranny, he bowed to the ground. Blood was seen flowing from his nose. Everyone went frantic seeing him on a spine board and being transported in an ambulance to the hospital.

The girls chased him at the ER. Thank goodness, he miraculously wore Edzel’s neck brace for his final run! The blood apparently oozing out from his sniffer was blood from a freaking blown out zit!

We headed to Gear Mooh after he was discharged. Another gutsy Batibols needed to buy a neck brace.

La Union

– Enticing buknok at the Nipa Resto Grille on the first day. The satiating, exotic union of chicken and buko (coconut) juice was spot on that I needed to duplicate it at home.  Hoping to be able to share my own version here in the blog soon.

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– The homie cheering squad in uniforms. Joking aside, the theme dressing was completely accidental:)

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– Caught Pro Category winner JR Barba posing with the Sagadans.

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– The Gear Mooh Cycle Parts and Services along P. Burgos in Tanqui, San Fernando, boasts of high-end bikes, parts and gear. Spotted side view mirrors for bikers:) Brandon got a pair of Five Tens to replace his worn out Serfas. (Here’s Miss Daisy’s contact details: 0920-868-6774 or (072) 607-0382  [landline] in case you need to know about something.)

Kaw Bin

– Eating for the soul at Kaw Bin. Feeling depleted, we got hot hototay soup, shrimp curry and miki bihon guisado, their bestseller.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013