Smart Gives Free Access to Twitter during Pope’s Visit

As a public service to millions of Filipinos who want to share their Papal Visit experience online, Twitter and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have teamed up to offer unlimited access to the popular social networking app on mobile phones for free from January 15 to 19, 2015.

Under the service, all 69 million prepaid and postpaid subscribers of Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text may take to Twitter without worrying about mobile data charges, allowing more Filipinos to follow the Pope’s Twitter account (@Pontifex), send wishes and prayers to the Pope using #DearPopeFrancis hashtag, and get real-time updates on the much anticipated apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.
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Davao City and Smart Prepaid to Launch World’s Biggest Torotot Festival


The Davao City government and Smart Prepaid have teamed up to give Davaoeños the biggest and loudest Torotot Festival in celebration of New Year at the Roxas Avenue Freedom Park on December 31.

The Torotot Festival promotes a safe way to celebrate New Year – sans firecrackers, which have been banned in Davao City since 2002.

Last year, the Torotot Festival set the Guinness Book of World Record for the most number of people blowing party horns simultaneously, with a total of 7,568 individuals – trumping Japan’s record with 6,900 persons.

Luke Mijares, Color It Red, DJ Big

This year, Davaoeños can expect a much bigger and louder celebration with a New Year countdown show headlined by renowned vocalist Luke Mejares and top alternative rock band Color It Red. On the other hand, a rousing street party led by DJ Big will usher everyone into 2015 full of positive vibes and energy.

The celebration starts at 5 p.m., with the city’s best dancers dishing out their best moves for the Inter-barangay Hip Hop Dance Contest.

Meanwhile, all festivalgoers will have a chance to win hundreds of prizes in on-stage games and fun contests such as the search for the Most Creative Torotot Contest and the Most Creative Torotot-inspired Costumes.

By simply loading up their mobile number via designated agents, new and existing Smart Prepaid subscribers may enjoy the Torotot Festival show and get a chance to win exciting raffle prizes, take home premium items including a free Torotot, as well as participate in the activities at Smart Prepaid booths.

The country’s leading mobile network will further boost its coverage in the area so everyone may enjoy snapping, posting and sharing the night’s most awesome moments with family and friends here and all over the world in real time.

Text FREE to 9999

Moreover, all Smart Prepaid subscribers may continue enjoy free 30 MB of mobile Internet and unlimited Facebook access to stay connected with their loved ones and celebrate the New Year meaningfully – by simply texting FREE to 9999.

To stay updated with Smart events and promos, simply follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook ( and Twitter (@SMARTcares).

Davao Blog Awards 2014 Winners


The Davao Blog Awards is an annual event that recognizes the best and the most awesome blogs by the Davao Bloggers. This year’s awards were given during the DBS Christmas Party held last December 7, 2014.

Below are the winners of the Davao Blog Awards 2014:

Best Beauty and Fashion Blog

Cham Tanteras -

Best Food Blog

Sarah Dayrit –

Best Gateway Blog

Chito and Leah de Castro –

Best Lifestyle Blog

Jose Manuel –

Best Parenting Blog

Ace and Crislyn Nierva –

Best Personal Blog

Arianne Buenviaje –

Best Technology Blog
Madie Boie Sahid –

Best Travel Blog

Renz Bulseco –

Blogger of the Year

April San Pedro –

Mad Badger of the Year

Ria Jose

Best Dressed Male and Female of the Night

Ace Nierva ( as Fred Flintstone)
Olivia Carmella Cena ( as Cleopatra)


Congratulations to all the winners! May you continue to inspire and touch people’s lives through your blogs.

Soar High, Mindanao!


Christmas Party 2014: Hollywood Hustle

Last Sunday, December 7, 2014, members of the Davao Bloggers Society dressed up in their favorite TV series/ Movie character for a night of pure fun. Take a look at how we partied the Hollywood way!


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These two definitely stepped up their game. Ace Nierva as Fred Flinstones and Olive Cena as Cleopatra were named as the Best Dressed Bloggers of the night.


Can you name the characters each blogger portrayed?

Again, we would like to thank our ever generous sponsors:

  • Smart Communications
  • Snoe Beauty
  • MySkin Origins
  • Krispy Kreme
  • J.CO Doughnuts and Coffee
  • Microtel by Wyndham
  • Air Asia
  • Lachis Sans Rival Atbp.

Credits to Floraine & Michael, Renz, Mark, & Julie for the photos! :)


Party with Us the Hollywood Way!

davao bloggers christmas party 2014

The Davao Bloggers Society’s annual Christmas party is here and we’re partying Hollywood style!

This year’s theme is Hollywood Hustle and we’re asking everyone to come in their favorite Movie or TV Series characters. We’re excited to see the bloggers’ pegs!

When: December 7, 2014

Where: Helen’s Kitchen, Buhangin Davao City

What: 6 PM

If you’d like to join us, please register at

We would like to thank our generous sponsors:

  • Smart Communications
  • Snoe Beauty
  • MySkin Origins
  • Krispy Kreme
  • J.CO Doughnuts and Coffee
  • Microtel by Wyndham
  • Air Asia
  • Lachis Sans Rival Atbp. 

See you there! :)


Doon Po Sa Amin Invites you to be Your Hometown’s Ambassador

Smart Doon Po Sa Amin year 7


Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) is calling all Filipinos, especially the youth to participate and use the Internet to promote what’s unique in your hometown through Doon Po Sa Amin. In previous years, DSPA was open to “primary” and “secondary” schools only, but this year, Smart included an “open category” to give all Filipinos a chance to contribute in the mapping of local stories across the country.

Now on its 7th year, DSPA aims to build an online map of the Philippines containing unique stories embodying the Filipino culture and heritage.

“Being digital natives, using online and digital technologies is natural to the youth. While they are young, we want to make them see technology as a tool that can be used to contribute to the development of the society,” said Smart Public Affairs Head Ramon Isberto.

“In the case of DPSA, what we want is to encourage them to generate and share their own content to instill love for one’s country, help promote their hometowns, and at the same time learn to use technology for learning.”


There are currently more than a thousand stories of Philippine festivals, history, delicacies, destination, and more were submitted to Doon Po Sa Amin, You may view these stories at

Call for Entries

If you want to be a part of the biggest online mapping activity in the Philippines, you may do so by joining the Doon Po Sa Amin crowd-sourcing competition:

DPSA is a team competition, with 8 to 10 members per team. The objective is to create a video featuring an interesting story about their hometown which can be about any of the following:

  • Activities to enjoy
  • Food to eat
  • History to uncover
  • People to meet
  • Places to go
  • Plants and animals to discover
  • Community products to support

Video entries can be in the form of animation, documentary, short film, or music video. All video entries will then be mapped via DPSA website. Registration and submission of entries is until October 31, 2014. Complete mechanics can be accessed here.


· Teams should be composed of 8-10 High School or College students.
· Teams are required to have a teacher-coach (minimum of 1; maximum of 3). The teacher-coach will be part of the participating team and will serve as the team’s official representative.
· Students from different sections/levels/courses can compose a team.
· All members must be officially enrolled in a school/university.
· There shall be no inter-school collaboration for any entry.


· Teams should be composed of 8-10 independent film-making enthusiasts.
· There is no age limit.
· Participants in a team can be a professional or non-professional.
· Teams should designate one official representative of the team.
· Characters and production crew can be part of the team members.

All members of the teams should be residing in the Philippines.

Deadline of Submission of Entries is on October 31, 2014.


Click here to know more about the contest mechanics and other contest guidelines. 

What are you waiting for? Be your hometown’s ambassador and tell us what’s unique in your place!

2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Business Leader’s Conference Schedule of Events

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Water for Peace and Development Forum

  • October 22
  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

BIMP-EAGA Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Leaders’ Forum

  • October 22
  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Seda Hotel, JP Laurel, Bajada, Davao City

Women’s Leaders’ Cafe (By Invitation)

  • October 26
  • 7:45 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Meeting Room 4, SMX Convention Center


International Exporters and Importers Forum

  • October 24
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Meeting Rooms, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel

Friendship Golf Tournament

  • October 24
  • 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Rancho Palos Verdes Golf & Country Club, Mandug, Buhangin, Davao City

East ASEAN Street Food Festival

  • October 23-26
  • SM Lanang Premier, Fountain Court Area

Doing Business in Free Trade Areas in Info Sessions

  • October 25-26
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Max 100px (first come first serve basis)
  • Meeting Rooms, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel

6th national ICT Confederation of the Philippines Summit

  • October 24
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Function Room 3, SMX Convention Center

Business Start-up (BizStart) @ Davao

  • October 25
  • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Reg Fee: P250.00
  • Function Room 3, SMX Convention Center

Davao City Gov’t Gears up For International Trade Fair and Business Gab

bimp-eage international trade fair

The City Government of Davao has declared October 20-26, 2014 a celebration week for BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT as it plays host to an international trade fair and business leaders conference to be held at SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center.

Dubbed as the 2nd BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference, the event expects to draw around 800 business leaders, government officials, traders, and potential investors from across five countries within ASEAN. More than 200 international exhibitors are also expected to participate in the trade fair.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, while the IMT-GT stands for Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle. Both sub-regional groupings are among the most dynamic economic cooperation in ASEAN.

“The City of Davao welcomes this event as an opportunity, not only for Davaoeños, but also for residents and entrepreneurs in other cities and municipalities in Mindanao, to effectively promote investments and generate trade in their respective jurisdiction,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said in Proclamation No. 3, signed on April 8, 2014.

The city government also issued an executive order creating the BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT Committee to serve as the main collaborating arm of the city with the other local and national agencies involved in the preparation for the event.

Overall preparations are spearheaded by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA.

At the City-led committee meeting held this week, MinDA Executive Director Janet Lopoz encouraged Davao City and Mindanao-based entrepreneurs to participate in the said international event, which provides strategic opportunities for trade and investments.

“Beyond mere showcase of unique products and investment opportunities from across the five countries, this international trade fair and conference will also benchmark on the our preparedness for the ASEAN economic integration by 2015,” she said.

The weeklong event is also a commemorative celebration of BIMP-EAGA’s 20th this year. BIMP-EAGA was launched in 1994 in Davao City as a key strategy to accelerate social and economic development of less developed areas in participating countries.

Other activities featured during the weeklong celebration also include East ASEAN Film Festival, ASEAN Street Food Festival, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Summit and Innovation Expo, Importers/Exporters Forum and a Golf Tournament.

Click here for the schedule of events