2nd BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference set on Oct 23-26 in Davao City!

Source: Sunstar.com.ph

AROUND 250 exhibitors from the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) and The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) are expected to join the international trade fair in Davao City on October 23 to 26, 2014.

Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) director of investment promotions and public affairs, on Thursday said the 2nd BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference will be held at the SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier.

“Majority of the exhibitors are agriculture related. Although, we are also looking into having exhibits on other investment opportunities within the area other than agriculture like trade and tourism,” he said.

Montenegro said they are closely coordinating with the secretariats of BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT as to who will be participating in the four-day event.

This is the first time that the Philippines will be hosting the event which is also in time for the 20th year celebration of BIMP-Eaga’s creation.

The event, dubbed as “Realizing the Opportunities of Asean Integration,” will provide a “strategic venue for exhibitors, business leaders, as well as key and private sector representatives from the two sub-regions and its development partners to forge greater partnerships, and realize the opportunities of Asean integration.”

This also “seeks to broaden the platform for showcase of unique products and services while seizing the possibilities of exploring and tapping new market links within and outside Asean.”

Aside from the trade fair, they are also expecting some 700 business leaders from BIMP-Eaga, IMT-GT, and partner countries who will attend the Business Leaders’ Conference on October 23.

There will also be buyers-sellers matching, technology seminars, ICT Summit and Technology Expo 2014, Street Food Festival, BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT Film Festival, and a Friendship Golf Tournament.

MinDA will sit on top of the organizing committee in partnership with Mindanao Business Council Inc. (MBC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the City Government of Davao.

The 4th Davao Mega Travel Sale on March 7 to 10 at SM Lanang Premiere!

The 4th Davao Mega Travel Sale on March 7 to 10 will be bigger this year as it will be partnering with the globally renowned travel event Meetings, Incentive travel, Conventions and Exhibit markets (MICECon) to be hosted by Davao City for the first time ever this year.

Davao City
With the theme “Making your travel ideas into corporate experience,” the event will be held the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.
With 20 local travel agents joining the occasion, airlines participating in the event are Cebu Pacific Airlines, Tiger Airways, Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR), Air Asia and Zest Air while also supporting the event are Tourism Malaysia and Sabah Tourism.

Watch a Free Movie at SM Cinema on Dec. 8 at SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premiere!

SM Cinema celebrates 100% digital clarity with a Free Movie Day

SM Cinema, currently the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, has been part of the lives of Filipino families for over 20 years. With its commitment toward quality movie entertainment, SM Cinema recently converted all its film-based theatres into Digital Theatres—the first cinema franchise in the country to do so. With this notable milestone, SM Cinema gives back to its loyal patrons with another FIRST in Philippine cinema history—the FREE MOVIE DAY event, a grand movie blow-out slated to happen this December 8, 2012.

This SM Cinema event will offer free movies in all of SM Cinema’s 246 Digital Theatres in all 45 branches nationwide! The line-up of movies will include the horror-thriller House at the End of the Street, Stolen, the latest Nicolas Cage action flick, the biopic Supremo: The Andres Bonifacio Story, crime drama film Deadfall, the popular Step Up Revolution and the restored version of Ishmael Bernal’s Himala. Apart from these six movies, two independent films courtesy of the Film Development Council of the Philippines will also be a part of the line-up.

Registration for SM Cinema’s Free Movie Day is from November 22 to December 6. Just follow these five easy steps:

  •  Like and Register at our e-PLUS Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/eplus.sm)
  •  Click on the Free Movie App.
  •  Choose your Cinema, Time and Movie
  •  Print the confirmation email.
  •  Surrender the printed confirmation email at your preferred SM Cinema branch for your free two tickets.

Free Movie Day is made possible by SM Cinema, e-PLUS card— your most convenient access to the movies, Multivision Pictures of the Philippines, AV Production, Crystalsky, Pioneer Films, Star Cinema and the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Free Movie Day is also being brought to you by Coca Cola, Bright Pop, Purefoods San Miguel and Mister Donut.

International Film Expo 2012 on Nov. 23-24 at SMX Lanag Premiere!

An impressive roster of exhibitors – each one recognized as leading players in the local and global film scene respectively – have already solidified their intent to participate in the INTERNATIONAL FILM EXPO (IFX) 2012 to be held from November 23 to 24, 2012, at the newly-opened SMX Convention Center – a world-class 4,745 square meter MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) facility – at the SM Lanang Premier Mall, the SM group’s second and largest mall in dynamic DAVAO CITY.

This was made known by officials of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the lead agency for film in the Philippines that is spearheading the pioneering project in partnership with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce.

Among the participating EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS that have secured a booth are: Array’s Technology/DCinema,Audio-Video Solutions CorporationCrystal Audio, and Panasonic. Some of the production and post-production outfits that have confirmed their intent: Post ManilaBetelnuts, Inc.Alchemy of Vision and Light,Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation. Among the Film Studios: GMA Films and other independent production groups.

The broadcasting outfits that have so far set a definite presence: First United Broadcasting Corp. and Southspot Entertainment Network. Among the academic institutions in participation: De La Salle-College of Saint BenildeUniversity of the Philippines Film Institute and theUniversity of San Carlos.

The international film commissions and their representatives who are flying in:  Asian Film Commissions Network and Screen Authority Sapporo. One of the LGUs who will have a booth: The Province of Davao del Norte. (More applications from other registrants are already being processed.)

Together with the expo where exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their various product offerings and services to a wide-audience, lectures and presentations to be conducted by respected keynote speakers will also be held. Covering a variety of topics relevant to the film industry today, the confirmed SPEAKERS are:

1.  Topnotch filmmaker Erik Matti and producer Dondon Monteverde of Post Manila will talk about the use of Green Screen in the film Tiktik;

2.  Rey del Poso, President and Founder if Array’s Technology/ DCinema will speak on full digitization for cinemas;

3.  Dr. Rolando Tolentino, the University of the Philippines Dean and Jag Garcia of DLS-College of Saint Benilde, will delve on the subject of film education and training with the changing landscapes for contemporary filmmaking;

4.  Lope V. Juban, President of Philippine Film Studios and local producer of the Hollywood blockbuster Bourne Legacy, will expound on maximizing Philippine potentials for international filmmaking;

5.  A representative of the Screen Authority Sapporo will share insights on the free content zone in Japan;

6.  OH Seok-Geun: AFCNet President of the Asian Film Commissions Networkwill discuss the FLY project. FLY is a film education & training program sponsored by the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet), the Busan Film Commission (BFC) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the -ROK targeting 22 trainees from 10 ASEAN member countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and Korea. Renowned Asian filmmakers will be helping the students create a short film, while supplementing the production with workshops and master classes.  A major highlight of the IFX 2012 is the red-carpet premier of the Brillante Mendoza’s “THY WOMB”, an entry to the forthcoming Metro Manila Film Festival, top billed by Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco and Lovi Poe, and a recipient of 3 awards as well as critical acclaim in the Venice Film Festival. FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos states, “With the latest development in the peace initiative in Mindanao, the FDCP sees the mounting of the IFX 2012 as timely – sending positive signal for stakeholders in the film industry that Mindanao and the Philippines is open for business.

For more information, please visit www.ifx.ph

Mindanao Banana Congress set in SMX Lanang Premiere, Davao City on Nov. 7-8!

A gathering of at least 500 banana industry stakeholders from all over Mindanao will be conducted on November 7 and 8 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.

The stakeholders are composed of growers, farmers, cooperatives, suppliers of production inputs, traders, exporters, logistics players, industry associations, agrarian reform communities, research institutions, academe, other support groups and participants from government agencies and local government units (LGUs).

Spearheaded by the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Incorporated (PhilExport) Davao Chapter, the Mindanao Banana Congress is expected to result in the attainment of five major outcomes, to wit: formulation of the banana industry roadmap; improved access to government support programs; established supplier-buyer linkages; significant contribution of the banana industry on the hunger and malnutrition mitigation measures of the government; and industry growth and development.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto said that as a partner of this endeavor, the agency is giving its full support to the first-ever Mindanao-wide banana conference.

“This is an event that shows how important convergence is between the government and private sector especially in achieving industry growth and development,” she said.

The two-day forum will likewise tackle the various issues and concerns confronting the banana industry namely: plant diseases, phytosanitary standards protocol, good agricultural practices and product traceability.

Other topics include integrated management and control of major banana diseases. Discussion on the proposed Banana Research Center shall also be included. Side events include the Banana Business Café (Business Matching), the Banana Special Setting and the Banana Food Showcase, an exhibition of various banana recipes for commercialization.

Resource persons who are considered experts in their respective fields are invited to grace the occasion and share their insights and expertise to the participants.

For interested parties, they can contact Chug Torres of the Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), the Congress secretariat, at (082) 224.2581 or 225.0763 for more details.

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):

SM Cyberzone . . . .formally opens in SM Lanang Premiere!

SM Lanang Premiere, just opened to the public, the biggest mall in Mindanao to date in Davao City!

The day before the mall opens to the public, bloggers were invited to the formal opening and ribbon cutting of the Cyberzone. Cyberzone is located at the 3rd floor of SM Lanang Premiere, where the coolest and latest gadgets are to available.

I was one of the lucky Davao Bloggers to be invited to grace the event. It is also the biggest event since SM Lanang Premiere was also inaugurated and blessed on the same day. The SM Supermarket, SMX Convention Center, SM Department Store and some of the mall stores had their blessing and opening on the same day.

Cyberzone is the place to be if you are looking for gadgets, the biggest and variety of stores in one place to be just formally opens to the public. It also caters to variety of your gadget needs, from cellular phones that is fit to your budget to the latest smart phones, point and shoot cameras to DSLR’s, desktops to laptops, and much, much more.

All you need in just one place the Cyberzone.

For more information, please like their Facebook page or visit their website at www.smcyberzone.com.

More photos on the opening below:

IMAX Lanang movie line-up for 2012 – 2013 bared!

SM Cinema, is the country’s leading film exhibitor and exclusive distributor of IMAX in the Philippines!

Now that IMAX is already in Davao City at SM Lanang Premiere, people are interested to know what is in store for the movie goers to watch out for.

The movies that are up for showing in IMAX Davao are:

Digital IMAX originals for 2012

  • Under the Sea
  • Dinosaur 3D

Digital IMAX originals for 2013

  • Deep Sea
  • Born to Be Wild
  • To the Arctic

IMAX movies for 2012

  • Flying Sword of Dragon Gate
  • Frankenweenie
  • Skyfall
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

IMAX movies for 2013

  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • A Good Day To Die Hard 5
  • Oz: The Great and the Powerful
  • Jack the Giant Killer
  • G.I. Joe2: Retaliation 3D
  • Man of Steel
  • 300: Battle of Artemisia
  • Ender’s Game
  • The Hobbit: There are Back Again

To know more of the date of the showing of the movies mentioned above , visit SM Cinema’s website at www.smcinema.com.



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.

Artist to Perform and Party at the SM Lanang Premiere bared (Sept. 28 – 30)!

SM Lanang Premier – a world class mall that sets premium standards with its array of shopping, dining, and entertainment options will open its doors officially on September 28, 2012!

SM Lanang Premier brings the definitive shopping experience of a premier SM Mall to Davao City with its modern structure and cutting-edge design, upscale retail mix, dining concepts, and world-class entertainment and convention facilities never before seen in Mindanao.
And they are inviting International and local artist to perform at the mall.
September 28: One Big Party
  • Callum David, 10 a.m. at The Atruim
  • The Zombettes, 7 p.m. at The Park

September 29:

The Kitchen Musical Cast: The Atrium at 5 p.m.

  • Christian Bautista
  • Carla Dunareano
  • Ikey Canoy
  • Thou Reyes

One Big Party: The Park at 7 p.m.

The Republiq DJ’s

  • Ace Ramos
  • Mars Miranda
  • Martin Pulgar

September 30:

The Atrium at  5 p.m.

  • Jay Cayuca
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