Dusit International to open first Mindanao hotel in Davao City!

Source: Interaksyon.com

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A world-renowned hotelier has expanded its operations to Mindanao with Davao City as prime location for its first serviced-apartment project with a total investment of P2 billion.

Dusit International entered the property development industry via the Dusit Thani Residence project which features 168 full-service units. The project is touted to open new options for upscale accommodations for long-staying business travelers from around the globe.

“Dusit Thani Residence will offer a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of urban Davao. We have planned this urban residence and hotel to exude a resort-like experience that combines Filipino warmth and joyfulness, and Dusit’s trademark personalized Thai hospitality,” said Evelyn Singson, president and vice chairman of Philippine Hoteliers Inc., the company that owns Dusit Thani Manila.

Singson said Dusit International has partnered with established Filipino real estate developer Torre Lorenzo in the conceptualization and construction of Dusit Thani Residence and the adjoining dusitD2 Hotel.

“This is the first Dusit Thani Residences in Asia, as the company’s other serviced apartments are located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The property is scheduled for turnover in 2018,” she said.

According to Singson, the main highlight of the project is the “amenity theater” that fosters community and shared activities. Bound by the hotel and the residential tower blocks, the amenity theater contains the swimming pools, water features and decks amidst a tropical landscaped setting. Complementing this central feature are the dining outlets, function rooms, children’s play area, and wellness facilities. An infinity edge pool will be located at the second level.

“The architecture is contemporary and mindful of the comfort of our guests. The design incorporates tropical elements that allow for shading and ventilation while maximizing the use of natural lighting,” said Torre Lorenzo president Tomas Lorenzo.

Dusit International and Torre Lorenzo have tapped Rchitects Inc. to lead the project development. The firm has created landmark resort and hotel projects in Boracay, Bohol, Ortigas, Cagayan de Oro and Palawan. Rchitects is working with Manny Samson + Associates (MSA), a leading interior design company focused on decorating for hospitality projects across Southeast Asia.

The property is located within Torre Lorenzo’s Siam 8000 property complex in Maryknoll Road, Lanang, Davao City.

Once completed, Dusit Thani Residence will provide easy access to the main business activities in Davao, yet still offers a safe and secure oasis at the end of a busy day. Guests and residents will enjoy rooms that showcase prime views of Davao’s city skyline and seascapes.

Dusit International has more than 60 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality field. Founded in 1949 with the opening of its first hotel on Bangkok’s New Road, Dusit International has since acquired a unique portfolio of distinctive accommodations. Dusit builds upon Thai culture and tradition to create a personalized welcome for all guests.

Pinoys can now visit Myanmar without visa starting January 2014!

Filipinos can now visit Myanmar (formerly Burma)without a visa starting January 2014.


In statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Filipino nationals holding ordinary passports may now enter Myanmar without a visa and stay there for up to 14 days, starting January 4, 2013.

January 4 is the date of effectivity of the agreement between the Philippine and Myanmar governments on the visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports. The agreement was signed during Myanmar President U Thein Sein’s state visit to the Philippines last December 5.


Krispy Kreme opens its doors in Davao on Oct. 20, first 100 stand-in and drive-thru costumers at SM Annex gets freebies!

Krispy Kreme has finally arrived in Davao City, and they will open their doors i  their SM Annex and Abreeza branches on the same day, that is October 20, 2012!

The first venture in Mindanao, and they are opening two stores at the same time and the third store will open by November at SM Lanang Premiere.

There are more than 690 Krispy Kreme shops in 21 countries, with a distinct confectionery experience brought by its delectable variety of offerings, piloted by the Original Glazed Doughnut, which has won the world over since 1937.

Since it first opened its doors in the Philippines six years ago, the world-famous doughnut and coffee brand has been making Filipinos fall in love with its range of signature treats. To date, Krispy Kreme Philippines now boasts of 31 stores in Luzon and two stores in Visayas—all constantly swelling with eager patrons who found that unrivaled delight brought by its products.

To complete the Krispy Kreme experience for Davaoeños, its Abreeza Mall branch will feature the Baked Kitchen, where the brand’s Baked Creations are freshly rolled out every day. Meanwhile, its outlet at The Annex at SM City Davao—its first 4th drive-thru store in the country set to operate in its own extended hours from 6am to 1am—will boast of the Doughnut Factory, where thousands of everyone’s much-loved Original Glazed Doughnuts are produced daily.


And to satiate its Davao market’s tastes some more, Krispy Kreme assures that its range of offerings in both branches will be halal-certified—veering away from flavors made with pork to appeal to the Muslim market.


Also, in true Krispy Kreme tradition, the first people—one from each of the eight (8) neighboring cities—to ring the cash register gets a year-long supply of the brand’s Original Glazed Doughnuts and Signature Coffee. Additionally, the second and third customers to fall in line will be rewarded six and three month’s worth of the same delights, respectively. The 4th to 100th purchasers are also in for treats, as they will be getting supplies of these Krispy Kreme favorites to last them a whole month.

 This is also true to any first 100 drive-thru costumers that will ring the cash register at SM Annex, which is the second drive-thru store in the country.

The eight (8) neighboring cities in Mindanao included in this promo are Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Agusan del Norte, General Santos, Lanao del Norte, and Cotabato City.

Serving world-class doughnuts and coffees since 1937, Krispy Kreme made its way to the hearts of Filipinos when it opened its first branch in the country back in 2006. Today, Krispy Kreme has outlets in 35 different locations nationwide, with hotlight stores in SM Mall of Asia, Greenhills Shopping Center, Festival Supermall Alabang, Bonifacio High Street, Cebu IT Park, Abreeza Mall and The Annex at SM City Davao. To get more information and updates about the brand and its products, you may become a friend of Krispy Kreme by visiting KrispyKreme.com.ph or by liking Chloe at facebook.com/ChloeKrispyKremePH.

The Legacy SumoSam opens its doors in SM Lanang Premiere!

Another SumoSam branch in Davao City, the third in total has opened its door”The Legacy SumoSam” at 1st floor, Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premiere!

SumoSam Chef Gemma Heradurra Carlo Lorenzana, Raymund Magdaluyo and Marvin Agustin

The opening of The Legacy SumoSam last October 7, 2012 was a meet and chat event with Marvin Agustin, who is the spokesperson, part owner and endorser of the restaurant. Agustin was accompanied by Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo, co-owner, and Mr. Carlo Lorenzana, Davao franchisee of SumoSam. And I was one lucky Davao Blogger to be invited for the event.

The Legacy Sumo Sam is an exclusive restaurant just for SM Premiere Malls in the country. What makes The Legacy different from other SumoSam restaurants in the Philippines is that 60% of the dishes in the menu are the same as that of SumoSam and the 40% are exclusively seen on The Legacy restaurants.

They also offers exclusive sushi that can only be have in all their Davao City branch. The Mt, Apo roll (Durian infused Sushi) a taste that is Davao, and the Crunchy Tuna Roll (with chicharon on top) which give it a unique crunchy taste.

A must try is their Dynamite roll, which is a bit spicy that can pass on to your palate. Their Pride Salad is also a must green salad topped with ripe mango bits, cherry tomato and walnut.

They also have Ebi (prawn) Tempura, Fish Tempura, and Crab Tempura and Chicken Teriyaki with sesame seeds.

That was some Japanese food experience courtesy of The Legacy SumoSam. Japanese at its best, not so expensively priced, just right for your budget.
For more information about SumoSam, visit:


Get your Japanese fix at these SumoSam Branches in Davao City:
3rd Flr, Abreeza Mall, Roof Garden
1st Flr, SM South Annex, Beside Grab-A-Crab
1st Floor, Fountain Court, SM Lanang Premiere

More photos below (Click to enlarge):

Tokyo Tokyo opens first branch in Vis-Min area at SM Lanang Premiere!

Almost 30 years since the first Tokyo Tokyo store was established at Quad Park in Makati, the country’s #1 Japanese fast food chain finally arrives in the VisMin Region – serving their signature dishes to Davaoeños first.

Tokyo Tokyo’s Marketing Manager Joan Pamplona said:

“As we officially open the doors of Tokyo Tokyo in the heart of Davao, we hope to open a whole new dining experience for all Davaoeños – one of quality, affordable and delicious Japanese cuisine. We’re very happy to be opening not only the first branch to be built outside of Luzon, but also the beginning of our long-awaited expansion plans in the VisMin Region.”


 Looking for affordable and deliciously filling Japanese dishes is now easier in Davao City with Tokyo Tokyo’s best-loved dishes – Prawn Tempura, Pork Tonkatsu, Beef Misono, Chicken Teriyaki and the all time favorite Red Iced Tea.


Not only that, they also have 5 kinds of different maki on their menu.


Tokyo Tokyo’s most craved Sumo and Bento Meals are also available. Aside from rice meals, Tokyo Tokyo also served their snackofferings such as Japanese burgers like the Shogun and Shitake Mushroom best paired with Nori Wasabi French Fries and Pearl Milk Teas.

When visiting the new addition of mall in Davao City, the SM Lanang Premiere, don’t fail to visit Tokyo Tokyo and enjoy Japanese food that is very affordable on the wallet.

For regular updates on Tokyo Tokyo’s latest product offerings and promos, like their Facebook page www.facebook.com/TokyoTokyoPhilippines.

Durian Flavored “Go Nuts Donuts” Amazingly Pinoy Brand only in Davao!

Who would have thought that Go Nuts Donuts is a proudly Filipino brand! I have been an avid fan of Go Nuts Donuts ever since I tasted their product in Greenbelt way back then. I was lucky enough to have been invited to their Donut Talk Event and got to know more about the company and its product together with some bloggers from the city.


The quality, taste, presentation and most of all the ingredients that they use to make their donuts is unbelievably world class. I even surpassed those of well known donut brands that have been existing in the Philippines longer in the market.

Go Nuts Donuts is just a new player here in Davao City and they have two branches here in the city:

  • Abreeza – Ground Floor Space 1033A, Abreeza Mall, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City
  • Gaisano – Lower Ground Level, Gaisano Mall of Davao, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City

The company have been innovative in their products and in time for the “Kadayawan Festival” they have a Durian flavored Donuts on sale for their local costumers only available here in their Davao stores!

Go Nuts latest product innovations are the: 

1. Sugar-Free Donuts / Go  Nuts Lite Donuts (in Choco Frost/ Honey Glazed) Flavors- @ as low as P18/ each


2. Pizza Donuts @ P36/each- Pizzas that look like a donut but are 100% pizza. Available in four variants:


–          Barbeque Pizza – topped with smoky barbeque sauce, caramelized onions, roasted bell peppers and chunks of chicken barbeque.

–          Garlic and Cheese – topped with tomato sauce, garlic bits and mozzarella cheese

–          Hawaiian – topped with tomato sauce, pineapple chunks, ham slices and mozzarella cheese.

–          Pepperoni – topped with tomato sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese

Recently, Go Nuts Donuts launched two supporting products:

  1. Grab and Go. Snacks wrapped in simple but fun individual packs and they can last for seven days. They’re wrapped in see-thru packaging; hence, customers can be assured of its freshness. Its extended shelf life also makes it great as pabaon for your kids.


  •   Donut Cakes  PhP 15.00/ pack – Yummy cakes in the shape of small donuts with extra-special toppings. Available in Cheese, Ube and Chocolate
  • –      Whoopee Pies PhP 25.00 ea- Soft mini cakes sandwiched with thick, yummy marshmallow filling.
  •  Available in Ube, Chocolate, and Vanilla

–          Moist Cakes PhP 20.00- Light on the bite, perfect to go with hot or cold beverages. Available in Butter,  and Chocolate flavors

–          Cookie Bites PhP 25.00/ pack– Bite-sized chewy, flavorful cookies with a healthy twist. Available in Classic Chocolate Chip, Double Fudge Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Oatmeal, and Peanut Butter

–          Fudgy Loops  PhP 20.00 ea- Choco donut loops with gooey choco frosting and candy toppersAvailable in Choco Peanut, Choco Frost, Black and White, and Chocolate Chips

  1. Pocket Pies  PhP 46.00 each
  • Just like the Go Nuts Pizza, these are for customers who wish to have a “savory” experience. Pocket Pies are flavorful meat fillings stuffed on a glazed (flaky) puff pastry crust and baked to perfection. These delicious yet affordable Pocket Pies are great when eaten right away or as pasalubong. Available in three variants:

–          Tuna – filled with chunky tuna goodness

–          Pizza – loaded with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and meat and veggie bits

–          Chicken – Packed with creamy chicken filling

Pinoys are sentimental when it comes to special occasions and holidays. On such occasions, they are fond of giving gifts to friends, families and loved ones. With this in mind, watch out for our seasonal donuts and beverages:

  •   Disney Donuts – Go Nuts Donuts is the exclusive licensee of Disney-themed donuts in the Philippines
  • –          Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Donuts
  • –          Halloween Donuts
  • –          Christmas Donuts
  • Valentines Donuts
  •  Summer Koolers  – All-natural, freshly-made ice blended drinks

For the love of its customers, it is evident that Go Nuts Donuts has evolved from merely offering donuts to other food items that support and build the brand. In line with the company’s evolution, Go Nuts Donuts has rebranded and taken on a new logo and tag line: the Go Nuts Donuts Plus!

Furthermore, the brand has replaced the original tagline INSANELY DELICIOUS! with the new tag line: MORE THAN JUST GREAT DONUTS!

Through the new logo and tagline, the Brand wants to convey to the customers that aside from donuts, it now has more food choices available for them but at the same time, it reassures them that donuts will continue to be the Brand’s core competence.

In the coming years, Go Nuts Donuts will continue to innovate its products to satisfy the customer’s needs and wants while still maintaining reasonable prices and giving the customers value for their money.  The brand is looking into strengthening its brand further and making its reach wider so that more customers will get only the best of what Go Nuts Donuts has to offer.


Metro Manila

1.)     Robinsons Place Manila

– Ground Floor Space No. 77710 Padre Faura Wing, Robinsons Place Manila M. Adriatico cor. Pedro Gil, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila

2.)     Sta. Lucia Mall

– Ground Level, Building III, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Marcos Highway cor Felix Ave. Cainta, Rizal

3.)     Bridgeway

– Space No. 01001K, Level 1, Coliseum Circle, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila

4.)     The Block, SM North EDSA

– Space 101, Ground Floor, The Block SM North EDSA, EDSa cor. North Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila

5.)     SM Mall of Asia

– Ground Floor Space 142, South Wing, SM Mall of Asia, J.W. Diokno Boulevard, MOA Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila

6.)     SM Sta. Mesa

– Second Floor, CT 201 SM City Sta. Mesa, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard cor. Araneta Ave., Sta. Mesa, Quezon City, Metro Manila

7.)     SM San Lazaro

– Ground Floor, Space 136-137, SM City San Lazaro, Felix Huertas cor. A.H. Lascon St. Sta. Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila

8.)     SM Makati

–       Ground Floor Concourse, SM Department Store,

9.)     SM Southmall

–       Ground Floor Space 1050, SM City Southmall, Alabang Zapote Road, Las Pinas City, Metro Manila

10.)  SM Megamall

–       Lower Ground Floor Tunnel Space CTT 001(A), SM Megamall EDSA cor. Julia Vargas, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

11.)  SM Manila

–       Fourth Floor Space 410a, SM City Manila, Concepcion cor Arroceros, Manila, Metro Manila

13.Waltermart Makati

– Second Floor, Waltermart Makati, Pasay Road cor. Chino Roces Ext., Makati City, Metro Manila

  1. Centennial Terminal NAIA

– Domestic Departure Area, Centennial Terminal 3, Andrews Ave. Paranaque City, Metro Manila

15.168 Mall

– Ground Floor Mall 5, 168 Shopping Mall, Sta. Elena St. Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila

16.Park N’ Fly Convenience Store

– Park N’ Fly Convenience Store MIA Road cor. Domestic Road, Paranaque City, Metro Manila

17.Festival Supermall

– 2nd Floor Festival Supermall, Alabang Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

  1. Shopwise Festival

– Ground Floor, Shopwise Left Wing Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

  1. Robinsons Supermarket

– Ground Floor, Robinsosn Supermarket, A. Aguirre St. BF Homes, Paranaque City, Metro Manila

 Greater Luzon:

1. SM Lipa

– Ground Floor Space 1018b, SM City Lipa, Ayala Highway, Lipa City, Batangas

2. SM Sta. Rosa

– Ground Floor Space 1046a, SM City Sta. Rosa, National Road, Barrio Tagapo, Sta. Rosa Laguna

3. SM Baliwag

– Ground Floor, SM City Baliwag, Dona Remedios Trinidad Highway Brgy. Pagala, Baliwag, Bulacan

4. Caltex Balibago

– Ground Floor, Brusmick Building, Caltex Gas Station Balibago Road, Balibago, Sta. Rosa Laguna

‘Crepelato Gelato’ more than just desserts!

Crepelato Gelato has now evolved into a place to dine, and merienda place just when you are going  about shopping or just wanting to relax and feed your hunger!

Crepelato Gelato is located at the ground floor of NCCC Mall, MaC Arthur Highway, Matina. The place have been know for their famous for their Crepes and Gelatos but now I know that they have much more to offer.

During the Davao Food Appreciations Tour (DFAT) 2012 i come upon a chance to taste their Fish and Fries, Pancit Malabon, Pork Chop in Vegies and their one of a kind Sanghon. Sanghon became ny favorite since it is a unique sotanghon with bannana blossom and cucumber as garnish on top. A unique combination, I never thought it would hit my palate  nicely. A must try indeed.

I would like to thank the organizers of th DFAT 2012 for the experience:


Pinoy food at its best at ‘Davao’s Piyesta KTV and Resto Bar’!

GenSans famous Piyesta KTV and Resto Bar is now her in Davao City’s SM City Davao Annex!

As part of the Davao Food Appreciations Tour (DFAT) 2012, we got to visit one of the best restaurant for Pinoy foods in Davao City.

If you love Pinoy food and you are craving for it, then the best place to go to is Davao’s Piyesta KTV and Resto Bar which is conveniently located inside the mall. If you are on a shopping mode and already tired and hungry, just a step away inside the SM City Davao.

The food are reasonably priced, the service is good and the food superb. If you are a group of five. they have a set menus called Piyesta Meals that is made just right for you, the Price ranges from P 1,000.00 – P 1,300.00 and if you are just there alone or wit a date then their a la carte menu is just as reasonable.

Piyesta Meal set is what I could recommend, seafood set meal, pork, chicken, vegetable, just look at their menu and see for yourselves which one just fits to your taste and diet. A Pinoy meal deal indeed!

Try out their famous Kura Sticks, a big chilli wrapped in a wrapper and dipped in a sauce, and savor the mild flavor of hotness, just one of my favorites.

A must visit if you are at SM City Davao, just go to the SM Annex and you wont miss Piyesta KTV and Resto Bar.

This years DFAT event is organized by:

Surprise yourself at “Fiesta Sorpresa” in Digos City!

A new dinning place to go to in Digos City is Fiesta Sorpresa, it is one of the place to be when dining is concerned for anyone who is into Pinoy foods.

People from Digos City can now enjoy and have more food choices aside from their usual dining fare which is usually Lechon Manok and barbeque. Which most of the people got to.

You will be surprised how reasonable their foods on their menu are. You can have a Fiesta Tipid Meals for as low a P49.00. And their Sabaw, Pampagana and Lamang Dagat are not that expensive either.

You can try their authentic Ilocano Bagnet, their Sweet and Spicy Wings, Fresh Lumpia, Rellenong Bangus and Sinampalokang Manok. Surely your family and friends would be delighted to try out any on the menu.

I surely did enjoy my short stay at Fiesta Sorpresa, thank to Davao Food Appreciations Tour (DFAT) 20012, I did not know that such a place exist in Digos City. But it is a new place that just opened early this month and mind you I will go back and eat there again.

Thanks to the organizers of DFAT 2012 for the experience:

Native Merienda Treats at “Ranchero’s Merienda Cena”!

On the first day of the Davao Food Appreciations Tour (DFAT) 2012, our briefing, introductions, and welcome snacks  with other bloggers who participated in this much anticipated bloggers event in Davao City at Ranchero’s Davao at the Abreeza Ayala Mall!

We were greeted with a native merienda treats on the Ranchero’s Merienda Cena. We were served with their Kakanin Trio with free hot tea, Fresh Lumpia, Freid Lumpia and Pancit Bihon Guisado.

Their Kakanin Trio includes Tibok Tibok (Maja Blanca with corn bits), Sticky Rice with Mango, and Suman Sa Lihiya at Latik. From the three, what i love most was the Tibok Tibok, it way very soft and it melts in your mouth and a crunchiness from the corn bits. Their Freid Lumpia, when dipped into the hot vinegar sauce just the right balance of taste.

It was nice to meet and get to know for the first time the bloggers who participated from around the Philippines. Some are familiar faces and acquaintances from Davao and some we met from previous bloggers event and of course new faces since this is my first ever DFAT.

Thanks to the organizers of the events:

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