Cebu Pacific Announces Flight Cancellations Due to TS Vinta

Cebu Pacific has announced (as of 8:45PM, December 21) flight cancellations due to unfavorable weather caused by Tropical Storm (TS) Vinta. Below are the cancelled Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights scheduled tomorrow (Dec 22).

Route / Flight numbers
DG 6851 / DG 6582
DG 6853 / DG 6854
DG 6885 / DG 6896
DG 6901 / DG 6902

Cebu-Tandag-Cebu DG 6951 / DG 6952

Cebu-Butuan-Cebu DG 6925 / DG 6926

5J 791 / 5J 792
5J 785 / 5J 786
5J 793 / 5J 794

Cebu-Camiguin-Cebu DG 6690 / DG 6691

Davao-Dumaguete-Davao DG 6532 / DG 6533

Cagayan de Oro-Dumaguete-Cagayan de Oro DG 6537 / DG 6536

Cagayan de Oro- Tagbilaran-Cagayan de Oro DG 6785 / DG 6784

Manila-Cagayan de Oro-Manila
5J 397 / 5J 398
5J 383 / 5J 384
5J 379 / 5J 380
5J 391 / 5J 392
5J 385 / 5J 386
5J 389 / 5J 390

Iloilo-Cagayan de Oro-Iloilo 5J 695 / 5J 696

Cebu-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu
DG 6715 / DG 6718
DG 6719   DG 6720
DG 6717   DG 6722 
DG 6724

Davao-Cagayan de Oro DG 6738

Cagayan de Oro-Caticlan-Cagayan de Oro DG 6302 / DG 6303

3 Davao Provinces Under Signal No. 2 as Tropical Storm Vinta Intensifies

Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley Province were placed under tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) no. 2 as tropical storm Vinta intensifies.

According to PAGASA, Vinta has slightly accelerated while maintaining its westward movement.

Heavy rains are expetced over Davao Region, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas within the next 24 hours. 

Residents of the above-mentioned areas are advised to be cautious for possible flooding and landslides. They must coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices and continue to monitor for updates.

Vinta is expected to make a landfall over Caraga - Davao Region area between late this evening and tomorrow morning (22 December).

Forecast Positions: 
24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): In the vicinity of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur(8.8°N, 125.7°E)
48 Hour(Saturday morning):245 km South of Cuyo, Palawan(8.7°N, 120.8°E)
72 Hour(Sunday morning): 220 km West Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan(9.3°N, 116.8°E)
96 Hour(Monday morning):260 km West Southwest of Pagasa Island, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR)(9.9°N, 112.0°E)


TCWS#2 (61-120kph expected in 24 hrs)
Surigao del Norte Incl. Siargao Islands, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Northern Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Camiguin

TCWS#1 (30-60kph expected in 36 hrs)
Southern Leyte, southern portion of Leyte, Southern Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, Southern Negros Occidental and Southern Negros Oriental,Dinagat Island, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Rest of Davao Oriental, Northern Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, 


The gift of fragrance & grooming from Rocky’s

Are you still looking for that holiday gift for the special man in your life? How about the gift of scent and grooming from Rocky’s Barbershop

Rocky’s launched its new line of fragrances for men this year. As tribute to the year the first Rocky’s branch in Victoria Plaza Mall, it named its premier scent 1996. I was intrigued when it first came out so personally tried it. I basically like it's fresh and sporty scent, plus it's so affordable!

“1996 comes in two variations—perfume and aftershave. The aftershave will be the in-house, after grooming splash of Rocky’s,” said Kay Gempesaw, Rocky’s Marketing Manager.

The signature scent bears the fragrance that best describes the Rocky’s man—classic and traditional. It is woody, aromatic and musky with lemon and lavender on the top notes, tarragon and thyme for the middle notes and patchouli and musk for the base notes.  

“This is the first Christmas for the 1996 fragrance and we are putting the perfume and after shave in one gift pack. This is an ideal gift for men. It‘s available in all the five outlets of Rocky’s in the mall of Davao,” said Gempesaw.

“Rocky’s also has gift certificates in P100 and P500 denomination which can be used to avail of any of the Rocky’s Barbershop services in any of the Rocky’s Barbershop branches—Victoria Plaza, GMall, Abreeza Mall, SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier.”

So, stop thinking and give the gift of fragrance and grooming from Rocky’s this holiday season. Let the man in your life experience the tradition of more than 20 years of men’s grooming service.

#ShareTheLove this Christmas season with exclusive treats from PayMaya

It’s a great time to be a PayMaya account holder this Christmas season with lots of discounts, rebates, and freebies coming your way.  Use your PayMaya to shop and complete your holiday gift list so you can share the love to family and friends during this season of giving.

“Christmas is a season of giving, and we’re happy to help our customers share the love over the holidays with PayMaya. This is our way of thanking our customers in helping us achieve a very fruitful year as the leader in digital payments in the Philippines,” said Paolo Azzola, PayMaya Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director.
Spreading the Christmas cheer to all is also made easier with exclusive discounts to PayMaya account holders when they shop at Lazada and Zalora. Users can enjoy an additional 20% discount when they shop at Lazada until December 15 by using the code PYMYDEC.
Meanwhile, fashionistas looking to complete their holiday outfits can look forward to a 20% discount this month when they shop at ZALORA, simply by entering the code PAYMAYAHOLIDAY upon checkout. The discount rises to as much as 25% during Zalora’s Online Fever sale event on December 12 to 15 with the code PAYMAYAFEVER25.
These discounts are on top of the already deep discounts being offered by Lazada and Zalora this December.
Get as much as P1,250 on referrals with PayMaya in Facebok Messenger
With PayMaya, it’s easy to let your friends and loved ones know that you care about them. And with PayMaya in Facebook Messenger, both of you can feel the love as well!
Simply sign up or link your existing PayMaya account in Facebook Messenger and refer friends to sign up too and you will both get P50 in your PayMaya accounts
To do this, all you have to do is share the promo link that you will receive from PayMaya in Messenger to up to 25 friends with Android devices to start earning the referral bonus. Subscribers of all mobile network in the Philippines may sign up until December 19 and get the bonus amount, which will be credited to their accounts in 2 to 3 business days.
“All of these privileges highlight that paying with your PayMaya is now better than simply paying with cash. Using their PayMaya accounts, shopping online and in-store, sending money to others, and purchasing load or paying bills is easier than ever. We can’t wait to share even more exciting things and experiences exclusive to PayMaya account holders that we have in store for the coming months,” shared Raymund Villanueva, Issuing Head at PayMaya.
Getting a PayMaya account is easy and instant. Just download the PayMaya app via iOS or Android and register.
A million ways to #ShareTheLove
With PayMaya, there are a million ways to share the love to your friends and family because all PayMaya app registrations, physical card activations, and purchases worth at least P1,000 from today until December 23 will earn raffle entries for PayMaya’s #MerryMillionaire promo.
Users stand a chance to win P10,000 in the weekly draw and a whopping P1 million tax-free in the grand draw, which will give them even more reasons to spread the love to others this holiday season.
And to make it even more convenient to load your account, PayMaya has further expanded its long list of loading partners to include all branches of Cebuana Lhuillier and ExpressPay, as well as the online banking platforms of RCBC and Metrobank.
This is on top of the more than 15,000 top-up facilities already available nationwide such as Robinsons Department Store Business Centers, SM Business Services, TouchPay kiosks, 7-Eleven, Palawan Pawnshops, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Petron stations along NLEX, and Smart Padala centers down to sari-sari stores in grassroots communities, and Unionbank ATMs.
PayMaya Philippines, the country’s pioneer and leader in cashless payments, is the digital financial services arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations. To know more about its products and services, visit

Mid-Autumn Festival at Marco Polo Davao

Marco Polo Davao celebrated Mid-Autumn festival with sumptuous dinner at Lotus Court last October 3, 2017.

Upon arrival, guests were offered Jasmine soothing iced tea as welcome drinks. Lotus Court’s favorite dishes such as Peking Duck, Buddha Soup, Crabs with ginger and onion, Steamed Pompano, assorted Dimsum and as well as Red Bean with Egg Yolk and Lotus Seed Paste mooncakes were served in the buffet station. The celebration was entertained by wushu performance by Silver Gray wushu troup.

Celebrated in the middle of the autumn season, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.

10 Adventures You Shouldn’t Miss Out in Davao

It is no longer a secret that Davao is just the perfect destination to visit when you are looking for a place that will feed your thirst for adventure. But when planning our vacation, all of us try to fit in as much activities and places to visit as we can in our itinerary but sometimes because of this we even get confused of what to include already. 

To lessen the stress and the confusion for you,  I listed down the best adventures out there in Davao that you MUST try. This Davao tour is definitely going to be one for the books!

As nerveracking as it may seem at first, once you are there attempting to water raft, you will continue to long for more time.  There is a thrill that you will get as the current tries to move you, as the rapids try to push you. If pushing yourself to the limits is what you want, then this is a must include activity on your list.

The highest mountain found in the Philippines, why would you want to miss out on the opportunity on climbing it? Challenge yourself and see the wonderful view you will get when you reach the top, it is a view like no other. Another thing to cross out off your bucketlist!

If you want another water adventure, Maxima Aqua Fun is the place to go in Davao. Their waterslide is quite popular for a reason, it is because it may seem like “just another water slide” at first glance but it sure will get your adrenaline running once you take that slide.

Looking for an opportunity where you can face your fear of heights? There is no better activity than the adventure offered at Eden Park in Davao, one of the best places to explore in Davao. Enjoy the view and the environment at Eden as you cycle and/or swing your way across the nature park. You might get a little cold feet at first but the entire view, I assure you, is worth it.

Maybe you want something more heart thumping. Maybe that sky swing and the sky cycle is just not enough for you. There is no need to worry, the management takes proper care of the equipment. Just grit up and hold your breath because the scene is breathtaking.

There are many things to see in Davao, one of them is the treasure beneath the surface of the sea. It would definitely be a delight for you to see the famous and undeniably beautiful ecosystem found in Talicud island. Enjoy getting up close and personal with the fishes. Then you can just sit and relax after at the beach.

If you are goping to see more magical and mystical places during your vacation, Epol Falls may just be the answer you are looking for. Epol falls is not entirely known to many visitors in Davao so visiting it would definitely be a peaceful experience. The cascading falls, the soothing cool water, and the uniquely formed rocks gives the entire falls an enchanted look.

Feeling adventurous? This may not be the highest mountain here in the Philippines but it sure is one of the most difficults climbs you will have in the country, even regular climbers have found this mountain quite a bit of a challenge to climb. But of course, nothing great comes easy, meaning once you get on top of that mountain, you will feel a sense of accomplishment for conquering such a difficult task.

Another climb that you can include on your list. The great thing about exploring Sicao falls is that it is fairly easy to climb but at the same time, this falls is yet another place to experience something enchanting. The falls is definitely a picture perfect shot you can post anywhere.

Not everything beautiful is seen under a bright light, the cathedral cave in Davao gives you another interesting and unique experience of seeing something totally different from what you would usually associate with something wonderful. Spelunking at the cathedral cave is a famous activity because of its unique rock formations inside.

On your Davao vacation trip, ditch the usual spots and activities, and try out these not-so-popular but definitely heart thumping activities. Experience the best Davao tour!

***Text and photos by Kaiser Mangampo.

Rocky’s Barbershop launches online promotion

Rocky's, the first barbershop in a mall, launches its September promotion entitled #iLoveRockys. Up for grabs are Rocky’s fragrances, 1996 and Adventure.

1996, Rocky’s signature fragrance pays tribute to the year the first Rocky’s branch opened in Victoria Plaza Mall. Classic and traditional is what the 1996 perfume exudes. It is woody, aromatic and musky with lemon and lavender on the top notes, tarragon and thyme for the middle notes and patchouli and musk for the base notes.  

Adventure embodies the young, daring and modern “ Rocky’s Man” – fresh and full of optimism. It bears a light and fresh citrus, woody marine fragrance with lime and bergamot for top notes, cedar wood for middle notes and grey amber and musk for base notes.

Here’s how would you can score a bottle of 1996 or Adventure for free.

The promotion is open to all Davaoeños with a personal Facebook and/or Instagram accounts (with their face photos on the accounts) in Davao City only.

Women can join, too, because Rocky’s barbershops offer services women can enjoy.

Repost the iLoveRockys photo from the Rocky’s Barbershop Facebook page (Rocky’s Barbershop) or Instagram account (rockys_barbeshop) on your personal account with a comment why you love Rocky’s, and add the hashtag: #iLoveRockys.

Ten (10) winners will be chosen and will receive a bottle of Adventure or 1996 perfume each. Names of the winners will be posted in Rocky’s Barbershop Facebook and Instagram accounts on the first week of October.

Good luck and don’t forget to hashtag (#iLoveRockys).

Marco Polo Davao's Silk Road Iced Coffee

A few days ago, I, along with other bloggers and media friends participated in a one-of-a-kind experience at Marco Polo Davao. The hotel introduces the new Silk Road Iced Coffee to the members of the media and bloggers. Instead of the usual media launch, Marco Polo Davao came up with a fun event leading to the launch of the new product. It was like an amazing race where we had challenges and pit stops before the main event. It was fun and entertaining.

Created from overnight-infused coffee flavoured with cinnamon syrup and milk, the Iced Coffee consists of a blended frappuccino poured into a swirled, chocolate-glazed glass symbolising the roads well-travelled of the Silk Road. Topped with marshmallow, burnt gold-peaked meringues are flambée-finished by blow torch, emanating the sun-glinting mountains along the legendary route. The iced beverage will be presented with a fresh cookie smothering marshmallows and chocolate between Graham crackers, warmed to perfection, inviting guests to explore the history of the Silk Road.

“We are delighted to unveil the next in the series of our signature beverages for Marco Polo Hotels. The Silk Road Iced Coffee was created during a competitive contest of fabulously designed and deliciously different coffees originated by our General Managers. The combination of iced coffee and warmed cinnamon cookies will make it one of the most appealing and flavourful drinks for our savvy guests and connoisseurs of culture, said Mr Philippe Caretti, Vice President Operations, Wharf Hotels.

Philippe Caretti, Vice President Operations, Wharf Hotels, Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, General Manager, Marco Polo Davao, Pearl Maclang, Director of Sales and Marketing, Marco Polo Davao

Following the success of the Signature Earl Grape Iced Tea, Marco Polo Davao launched another signature beverage, the Silk Road Iced Coffee which will now fall part of Marco Polo-wide signature items. 

You can enjoy this new drink in any of Marco Polo Davao's restaurants and bars at Php260.00 nett.

Changing The Way How People Feel About Insurance

FWD Life Insurance Philippines may be a new player in the insurance industry but it is gaining popularity and has paved its way to becoming the fastest growing life insurer in the country. The author of I Love Davao had a chance to sit down with some members of the FWD Sales Team in Davao City along with other members of Davao Digital Influencers, Inc. It was an enlightening experience and we all learned a lot from the FWD team.

The FWD team talked about insurance in general as well as their success stories, values and how FWD helped them improve their lives and their clients. 

Meet the FWD Sales Team

Maria Theresa Pia Zamora

Maria Theresa Pia Zamora or simply Pia is an Area Sales Head of FWD Life Insurance Philippines. She currently manages FWD’s Bancassurance sales operations in Davao.

Pia is a graduate of BA Communication Arts major in Speech Communication from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. She previously worked as a Sales Trainer from another insurance company where she handled licensing training for newly-hired financial advisors and monitored their sales performance to ensure monthly sales target are reached.

Pia shared that with FWD Life Insurance, she felt more secured. As a single mom, she believes that FWD can give her and her daughter a brighter future. She said that FWD is true to its tagline to always get ready to live your life. She added that, there’s always pressure in work in any industry but at the end of the day, what’s more important is when she’s able to help people with an informed decision. Know more about Pia.

Mary Joy Corilla

Mary Joy Corilla is one of FWD’s top-notch Financial Solutions Consultant. She's only been in the company for a year but she has already received various recognition for her passion and dedication to helping and educating her clients to come up with an informed decision when dealing with insurance and investment. 

Joining FWD gave Mary Joy a harder challenge than she could ever imagine but it did not stop her in pursuing her career in the insurance industry. From being a Med Rep, she moved to being a Financial Solutions Consultant. With FWD, she was able to provide for her family and was able to travel abroad because of FWD’s incentive programs. Know more about Mary Joy.

Rocky’s Kadayawan treat: maximum indulgence for festival revelers

Street dancing, aimless walking, sights touring and endless shopping, this is what the Kadayawan season is all about. 
SPArty for the men and women of the media at Rocky's SM City branch
While you bask in the Davao’s most colorful festival, don't forget to avail of the other treats you can also indulge in at a great deal— a hair and foot spa at Rocky’s!

“Running on its third year, the Rocky’s Kadayawan treats for the festival revelers are back for all— men and women alike, to enjoy: Argan Oil Hair Spa and Foot Spa services at a big discount. It’s our way of being part of the Kadayawan,” said Kay Gempesaw, marketing manager of Rocky’s Barbershop.
Application of the Argan Oil hair formulation on Glen Santillan, owner of and
“We encourage everyone to take time out and dive into guilty pleasures they deserve after a day under the Kadayawan sun,” said Kay.

Perfect for your crowning glory is the Rocky’s Argan Oil Hair Spa therapy. It conditions the hair and scalp and moisturizes dry, brittle hair. The treatment uses a non-greasy preparation made from natural Moroccan formula. 

And for your most able companion—your feet, give it the pampering it deserves. The Rocky’s Foot Spa will breathe new energy to your trotters and ensure it’s back at its best condition. 

Let your hair and feet glow and you’ll glow with it, especially with the 20% discount on the Argan Oil Hair Spa and Foot Spa services.
Tere  Nierva enjoying her Argan Oil Hair Spa. Head massage allows the Argan oil formula to penetrate the hair roots & relaxes the well-being as well
The Kadayawan promotion offered at all Rocky’s branches for the whole month of August.

Who said women can’t have a relaxing time in a barbershop? At Rocky’s, they can! 

Aside from the Foot Spa and Foot Massage, women can also avail of the Manicure and Pedicure from the Rocky’s Menu of services. Waiting for their men to get up from the barber’s chair need not be uneventful for them.

Emerge rejuvenated, in top form and ready for more of the Kadayawan merrymaking.

Make it your daily habit this Kadayawan season, head to Rocky’s Barbershop for your much-deserved head and foot pampering. 

Rocky’s Barbershop is along your footpath during the Kadayawan. It’s all conveniently located in all the malls of Davao- Abreeza Mall, SM Lalang Premier, SM City Davao, Gaisano Mall of Davao and Victoria Plaza Mall. 
Davao media & social influencers with Rocky's marketing manager, Kay Gempesaw

Kay Gempesaw with the Davao's social media influencers
Rocky's fragrances- 1969 & Adventure
Follow Rocky’s Barbershop on Facebook: Rocky’s Barbershop, and on Instagram: rockys¬_barbershop.

Kadayawan 2017 Promotions : Supersize Boodle Fight Meal at Park Inn Davao

Park Inn by Radisson Davao celebrates the Kadayawan festival with a special Boodle Fight Meal for the third time, beginning Monday, August 14 till Thursday August 31, served daily for Lunch and Dinner at RBG, all day dining restaurant.

“We are bringing back the popular boodle fight for the third time, this time with even more dishes to enjoy,” explains Hotel Manager, Ms. Emelyn Rosales. “Our launch is basketball themed and we rode on the popular term 3-peat. It’s the 3rd time that we are having the boodle fight since 2015. We’d also like to make this a big splash as a take-off for our Kadayawan Celebration.”

“The tasty dishes created by our chefs are surely going to excite all Dabawenyos and visiting tourists alike.” adds Ms. Rosales. “Have a taste of your Filipino food favorites such as Nilagpang na Bangus, Lato Salad with Salted Eggs, Crispy Pork Belly, Hang Dried Chicken, Fried Tilapia, Grilled Tuna Tail, Longganisa, Pancit Canton, Camote Float, Ube Turon. All of these come with Rice and one pitcher of Samalamig Drink  Boodle Fight 3-peat Meal is priced at Php2,999 net per set good for 8-10 persons, available daily from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM, begining August 15 to August 31.

Book your table at 272 7600 or email us at

Kadayawan 2017 Promotions : Rekado

When it comes to Filipino comfort food, there's one place that I can immediately think of - Rekado. The restaurant has an array of Pinoy dishes cooked like how mothers and grandmothers prepare it, with some recipes prepared with a twist to create a more flavorful taste.

I've been to Rekado several times and it never failed me. It's consistent when it comes to taste and service. I always have a delightful meal when I go there whether for lunch or dinner. 

Another thing that I like about Rekado is they always offer something new to its diners. This Kadayawan season, Rekado came up with new comfort food entries on its menu.

“For the Kadayawan menu, we are bringing in the classic Filipino dishes,” said Chef Pauline Benedicto-Mallillin.
Chef Pauline Benedicto-Mallillin
A delicious new dish is added on the appetizer list— the Oyster Dinakdakan. It's deep-fried oyster meat tossed in a seasoned creamy dressing with onions and chilis dressing. This is my favorite! It's best paired with their kinilaw na malasugui to balance the taste and get away with the "umay" factor.
Kinilaw na Malasugui
Oyster Dinakdakan
Crispy Dinuguan with Chicharon and Burong Mangga is crispy yet tender pork belly on a rich stew. “We top our homemade burong mangga to balance the richness of this dish,” said the chef.
Crispy Dinuguan with Chicharon and Burong Mangga
Corned Beef and Bone Marrow Bulalo. The broth of this hearty dish is simmered for hours with aromatics and flavorful beef cuts. The corned beef is specially made for Rekado with no preservatives. This is served with a beautiful cut of bone marrow that is seasoned finely and oven baked. 
Corned Beef and Bone Marrow Bulalo
With the Inihaw na Liempo, the pork belly is charcoal grilled to infuse smokiness, while brushing with a flavorful marinade until flavors are well incorporated. 
Inihaw na Liempo
Chicken Adobo sa Gata. This all-time Filipino favorite is delicious in itself but the coconut milk takes this dish to another level by adding creaminess to the sauce. It's one of those times the diners will have to say, “Extra rice please!”
Chicken Adobo sa Gata
On Rekado’s Davao Seafood Platter are the treasures our waters so graciously provide: the tuna panga, bagaybay, bihod and imbao. These are marinated in a spice paste and barbecued with a special marinade.
Davao Seafood Platter
“That’s six new dishes on Rekado’s menu starting this Kadayawan month, and we’re making these permanent entries on our menu,” said Chef Pauline, “And we’re cooking up more additions in the coming months.”

Aside from the delectable dishes mentioned above, we were also served with their home-made biko (rice cake) which became my instant favorite. I love how simple it was cooked and presented - just biko topped with latik and lunok. Simple yet delicious and satisfying.
Biko (Rice Cake)
As for the drinks, try their healthy fruit shakes - guyabano and avocado. I ordered the latter ans it was good - creamy and not too sweet.
Guyabano and Avocado shake
Rekado Filipino Comfort Cuisine is at 1050 Jacinto Extension 11-B Poblacion District, Davao City, with telephone numbers (082) 284 2136; (082) 224 3031.
Follow them on Facebook: Rekado Davao, and on Instagram: rekadodavao

Peak Hours Augmentation Bus Service Schedule & Routes

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region XI has announced that as of August 22, the  Peak Hours Augmentation ...