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Felcris Toril in Davao now open!

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The largest branch of the Felcris Supermarkets in Davao City opened its doors to the public today. Felcris Supermarket and Department Store Toril branch is the 6th branch, with the other five branches located in Calinan, Ilustre, Quirino, Magsaysay and Sales.

Occupying an area of almost 7,500 hectares, the two-storey Felcris Supermarket is the biggest so far. The Supermarket is a response to the demand of Toril residents for an accessible supermarket and department store, which sells affordable groceries and dry goods.

Toril residents flocked to the Supermarket early. even before the doors were opened to the public. The opening of the store is just in time for the school opening since the store offers a wide array of school supplies for all ages.

Felcris Supermarket Toril has also leased the front portion of the establishment, specifically near the highway, to various stores such as Mang Inasal, Honeybear, a bank and other stores. Cindi Yap said this is just the start of more exciting t…

Manufacturing, Wood and Food Industry Showcased in Davao Event

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Three industries took centerstage in Davao City starting Thursday with the opening of the three-day Manufacturing Technology Davao on May 27. The show was held in the city three years ago and is now back with a blast!

Event organizer Global-Link MP chief executive officer Patrick Lawrence Tan said what makes this year’s show a must-see is the fact that it gathers in one roof “three specialized industry shows” including the Total Office Products Show (T.O.P.S.), Woodmach Davao (Woodworking & Furniture Making Technology) and the Davao Food Expo.

The Manufacturing Technology Show, which will be held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is open to the public for free.

Tan said this is one of the most successful shows in Manila and they are bringing it to Davao “because we know how strong the demand and growth potential is here.” He added that the exhibitors believe in the Mindanao region’s growth and they feel there is a need for businesses to have access to world class products and tec…

Mayor Sara: the new Duterte on the block

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Mayor-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio has become one of Davao City’s major attractions, not just because she is the first female mayor of this city of at least one million population, but because she is more than her father’s daughter.

Dabawenyos rarely had a glimpse of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter Sara when she was still in High school and even in College. However, some who saw her riding the Big Bike with her father were either intrigued or remained in awe as to how this mestiza (thanks to her German blood courtesy of her mom Elizabeth Zimmerman Duterte) could inherit not only her father’s tough stance but even his passion for Big Bikes.

But that was a long, long time ago, way before Sara Duterte-Carpio became the vice mayor of Davao, with her father as the Mayor. A lot of people thought she was just a shadow of the elder Duterte at the City Council, but the younger Duterte has proven her critics wrong, both in terms of how she handled the Council and how she handled her father.

After a…

Samal as retirement haven

This second class city with a population of 82,609 people (as of the 2000 Census) is already an established vacation site thanks to its white sand beaches with 118.5 kilometers of continuous coastline and pristine clear waters. However, the island city may just end up in the world map once again as a retirement haven.

“That’s part of our vision ----to be a retirement haven,” Island Garden City of Samal information officer Noel Daquioag said.

The Philippine Retirement Authority is also confident about the potential of IGACOS as a haven for retirees. Daquioag said “the agency is active here and they have been talking to foreigners, usually married to Filipinas, encouraging them to invest here in Samal.”

“There have been initial talks about signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the local government since last year and we hope to continue with that after the elections since this is a busy season,” PRA regional chief Jaime Llanes said.

Llames said the MOA primarily consist of talking points d…

Samal beaches doing brisk business

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If there is one attraction that has brought the world’s attention to the Davao Region, that would be the region’s clean and pristine beaches particularly those found in the Island Garden City of Samal. It is thus not surprising that the island’s bountiful beaches are doing great business.

“There is actually no need to get out of Mindanao because we have a lot of summer destinations here,” Department of Tourism XI regional director Sonia Garcia said. The reason why we keep on coming up with various events for our destinations like the Samal Island is for people not only from Mindanao but also from other areas, to get to know more about these destinations, she added.

Attractive beaches are interspersed within Samal Island’s116.3 square meter area, which is populated by only 82,609 residents as of the 2000 Census. The island’s population has however greatly increased in the past years as more and more expatriates and retirees have made the island their home. This number can also pop up du…

Gold bullion as an investment prospect.

Dabawenyos and Filipinos in general are still old-fashioned when it comes to saving their hard-earned money so the most popular option is to put money on the bank. This may be one of the safest investment option but it will take an eternity before you can even earn a decent interest rate.

Why not try to buy gold bullion? Gold is one of nature’s most precious metals and its value continuously increases through the years, making it a wise investment medium. Aside from gold, you can also opt to buy silver which is available in ingot (this is actually pure bullion silver that comes in a size and shape more convenient to the owner) or coin form. Gold is also available in both forms.

Davao is near the gold-rich district of Mt. Diwalwal in Compostela Valley and people around this area are aware of the value of gold. Gold bullion is actually nothing new to the world since it has been used as a unique investment piece even during the olden days of the Greeks and Romans.

Amassing dollars seem to b…