If you’re into gastronomical trip in Davao City, one of my highly recommended places that you should check out is the BABABOY RESTAURANT which has a newly opened branch in the night market district of Davao City, the Manuel Roxas Street.

Most of the food served here are of Chinese influence as the owner, Ey Liao, is of Chinese descent. He learned the art of cooking from his Chinese grandmother and inherited her heirloom recipes. Today, some of these recipes which he considered a traditional menu of his family are now being served at Bababoy Restaurant. But as he travels around the Philippines and other countries, he added a little twist to these delectable recipes to make more flavorbale and has international and even local tastes.


PILOT BEACH: Baganga’s Newest Beach Craze

Among the 11 municipalities of Davao Oriental sharing these untouched coasts, the Municipality of Baganga secretly possesses long beaches and lengthy coastline teeming mostly with captivating white sand shores. Secluded from crowded commercial tourism, these coastlines remain exquisitely unspoiled keeping its old world magic that exudes quaint setting of untouched nature – the kind of beach so perfect for those who love off-the-beaten type of beach adventures.

Adding to the many coastal wonders of Baganga is the newly opened PILOT’S VIEW BEACH RESORT located in Baybay Bobon, Salingcomot, Baganga, Davao Oriental.

VISIT BAGANGA and be mesmerized by the Coastal Wonders of the Eastcoast Jewel of Davao Oriental.



Indeed Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year as every city and town in the country celebrate the season with gladness, joy and much anticipation. This has been our tradition every year and we are known to have the longest Christmas celebration in the whole world.

In the Province of Davao Del Norte, one town celebrates the Holiday Season beyond the usual Christmas Celebration. The celebration is grand and has become the town’s signature event staged every year. This is the Kahayag Festival of the Municpality of Carmen which is now on its 6th year.

Kahayag Festival serves as the town’s celebration of thanksgiving for its bountiful blessings received each year and it is celebrated during the Yuletide season. During the whole month of December, the 4-hectare Town Plaza and Tourism Complex is adorned by giant Christmas Trees, different Christmas Lanterns, colorful Belens that all glitter and shine at night – a spectacular sight that draws the attention of the locals, tourists and even passers-by.

This is an LGU-initiated event but widely participated by the all Barangays, schools, various groups, private sectors and even different corporations.

During the month-long celebration, different festivities are staged every night participated by the different agencies and groups in the town. It has becomes one grand celebration that the people of Carmen looks forward to every year.

Kahayag Festival 2016 sa Carmen runs from December 2, 2016 to January 2, 2017. So, when you’re passing by Carmen, do drop by the Town Plaza and Tourism Complex and be mesmerized by this Holiday Landmark of Davao Del Norte.

#CarmenDavaoDelNorte #KahayagFestival2016 #GoMindaNOW


There is no doubt that the Philippines has the longest Christmas holiday season in the world and the Filipinos, even those who live abroad, are known to celebrate the season with great anticipation and wondrous merriment, and the City of Davao, along with its great people, is no different.

dscf3955For the entire month of December, the city beats with exciting and cheerful Christmas events known as Pasko Fiesta sa Davao. This yuletide merriment is part of the official annual event celebrated in the whole City of Davao.

dscf3894Pasko Fiesta has become the city’s tradition of celebrating the wonders and magic of Christmas. It also serves as year-ender celebration and thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings that the City and its people enjoy throughout the year – and that include the unity and camaraderie that people of Davao enjoy.

pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-20164 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-20165 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-20166 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-20167 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-20168This Yuletide Festival has also become a way of showcasing Dabawenyos ingenuity and creativity. It is during this season that the city is filled with colorful decorative lightings adorned all over in the city – from street posts and center islands to public parks and government buildings. Everywhere, you can feel the spirit of Christmas.

pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201612 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201613 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201614 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201621The most anticipated event during Pasko Fiesta sa Davao is opening ceremony that highlights the traditional lighting of the Giant Christmas Tree at the Rizal Park and the City of Hall of Davao. This annual event draws spectators to witness and take a first glance of the glittering and shimmering showcase of Christmas lights that added more festive spirit in the area.

pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201625 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201626 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201627Year after year, the historical City Hall of Davao becomes a Christmas Symbol and a Holiday Landmark as locals and tourists flock in front of the city’s heritage building to see and take photos glowing structure. It becomes a fitting venue that provide Dabawenyos the opportunity to commune together to celebrate the yuletide season and share its message of love and peace. It is a perfect spot where families can come and bond together during yuletide season.

pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201628 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201629 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201630A wide range of activities for both locals and tourist are also available throughout the entire celebration of Pasko Fiesta sa Davao. Among the most anticipated activities is the Parade of Lighted Christmas Lanterns where a variety of well-decorated holiday symbols and lanterns are on display.

pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-20162 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201617 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201618 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201620 pasko-fiesta-sa-davao-201624Pasko Fiesta sa Davao 2016 runs from December 2, 2016 to January 2, 2017. So, when you’re in Davao City during this season, visit the City Hall of Davao and get yourself that one wonderful selfie at the city’s Holiday Landmark. Christmas in Davao City is Pasko Fiesta!!!pasko-fiesta-davao-2016


THE TRAVEL TELLER #ProjectGiveBack Year 5

There is so much joy in giving.
There is so much happiness in sharing.
We count our blessings. We pay it forward.
This is the essence of giving back.
To share what we have and make those who do not have enough feel that they are blessed.
We become the blessings.
And we believe the Blessor will bless us even more!

This is what I’ve learned for four years now initiating #ProjectGiveBack. I may not that wealthy. I may not have all the treasures of the world. What I have is this humble influence to inspire others, especially those who are truly blessed, to share their blessings especially to those who need more.

THE JOY OF GIVING BACK. Photos from 2014's #ProjectGiveBack spearheaded by The Travel Teller.This Christmas 2016, we…

Posted by Olan Fernandez Emboscado on Sunday, December 4, 2016

With the overwhelming support of friends, benefactors and sponsor, The Travel Teller’s Project Give Back has been a huge success. With the help of my friends and volunteers, we traveled to remote communities and schools in the far-flung barangays of my hometown of Cateel, Davao Oriental to bring our little Christmas Gifts especially for the kids.




In this year's "Project Give Back" of The Travel Teller, we aspire to give each recipient one bath towel that she/he can…

Posted by Olan Fernandez Emboscado on Monday, November 28, 2016

For the past four years, bringing these “good tidings” was not as easy as others may think. We would brave monsoon rains and tropical depression to reach our destination. We would ride dump trucks that are only capable to survive the rough and muddy roads. We would cross rivers to get to the other barangay. Four years have been very challenging. But despite all these, there is so much joy in giving back that we wanted this to continue. The smiles of the kids, their giggles, their laughter, their excitement to see us – ahhhhh, they’re just all beyond words. There is magic in sharing. There is so much love.




CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR! And 'tis a season of giving again. Now on it's 5th year, join The Travel Teller and his friends…

Posted by Olan Fernandez Emboscado on Monday, November 21, 2016

And so, this year, we continue our noble cause – to inspire those who are already blessed to share their blessings and make us instruments to bring these blessings to those who need it.




We are heard. The Davao Bloggers Society donated 50 pieces of microfiber bath towels for the #ProjectGiveBack…

Posted by Olan Fernandez Emboscado on Thursday, December 8, 2016

This year’s recipients are pupils of Bayong Elementary School, Aragon Elementary School, Baybay Elementary School and one community in Poblacion, the Purok Talisay. Like all the schools in Cateel, these three schools were hardly hit by Typhoon Pablo in 2012. Some of their pupils were among the survivors of the monstrous disaster.




I got two gift checks today from SM CITY DAVAO – one for #ProjectGiveBack and another one for me! 🙂 SM Lanang Premier…

Posted by Olan Fernandez Emboscado on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

So, this year, we invite you join us in this endeavor of making other people merrier this Christmas. BE OUR PARTNER and become a way to make our little IP brothers and sisters feel the true meaning of Yuletide Season. Contact us and we will be delighted to have you as our sponsors.




***First Set of Sponsors***This year's edition of #ProjectGiveBack spearheaded by The Travel Teller is supported by…

Posted by Olan Fernandez Emboscado on Friday, December 9, 2016

Our Gift Giving is scheduled on December 27-28, 2016. For your pledges, you may call or text 0939-342-3939. Salamatay gayud kamayo.