Event | Discovering the Easter Safari Adventure in Samal

Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines | March 31, 2024: Discovery Samal, a haven of unique and unforgettable experiences, recently hosted an Easter Safari Adventure last March 31, 2024. This Easter Sunday celebration was an event that captivated families and their kids with a variety of activities and entertainment, including a safari adventure ambiance and the much-awaited Easter Egg Hunt at the beachfront. These unique and fun elements were set against the serene view of Discovery Samal, creating cherished memories for families. 

As part of Discovery Samal’s Happy Summer campaign, the Easter Safari Adventure was a unique experience that left guests brimming with anticipation. From the moment they arrived at the Resort, they were immersed in a safari adventure, complete with life-sized displays of safari animals and a plethora of activities such as the jungle inflatable from PopKarts Davao and a safari-themed photo booth from Funpix Davao to capture their safari adventure moment. 

Hosted by our charming safari leader in safari costume, the event started with warmth and enthusiasm, welcoming kids and their families to an afternoon of joy and celebration. Concurrently, the buffet snacks opened, providing everyone with a delectable array of treats to fuel their adventure.

One of the standout moments of the Easter Safari Adventure was the dance performance by Discovery Samal’s beloved mascots, Coco and Pearl, who were dressed in safari costumes along with their safari friends. Both children and adults had the chance to meet and interact with these endearing characters.

The excitement continued with parlor games, which created a competitive and friendly atmosphere for the kids. The ‘Bring Me’ and Trivia Game winners were given mini coco or pearl bears as prizes for their swift thinking and fast reflexes. The entertainment continued with a colorful and fun bubble and dance performance by Ziastep. Children were in awe as the colorful bubbles filled the air. They also got to experience being inside a massive bubble as they wore their best smiles.

The event's main highlight was the thrilling Easter Egg Hunt at the beachfront. As the sun set on the horizon, an egg-hunting area was prepared for the kids as they started to quest to find the special eggs. But the hunt didn’t end there. As a surprise, more eggs were scattered around the activity area for kids to find, adding an unexpected twist to the adventure. This element of surprise added an extra layer of excitement to the event.

As the event dwindled and everyone was busy counting and opening their Easter eggs, a moment of anticipation filled the air as they awaited the announcement of winners. The top 5 best in costumes, who thoroughly embodied their costumes - Mila, Sam, Saphire, Summer and Megumi, were able to take home unique loot bags from Samal Shores Residenza, and Discovery Samal’s Coco and Pearl Bears. A roll call was announced to check who hunted the most eggs, and fourteen kids received a loot bag from Discovery Samal and Samal Shores Residenza. Among the hundreds of eggs scattered around the area were hidden special eggs with corresponding prizes. Samal Shores Residenza hid five large Easter eggs, and five lucky egg hunters, who had an eye for extraordinary things, received huge loot bags filled with exciting giveaways. Five winners also received the cuddly Coco or Pearl Bears plus a Gift Certificate of Php 1,500 Credit for Food and Beverage. And for the most awaited prize, the person who was able to take home the Grand Prize, a Coco Bear, a Happy Summer tote bag filled with goodies and a Gift Certificate of an Overnight Stay in a Junior Suite was Sky, who was able to spot and take the Discovery Golden Egg.

As the event ended, guests were treated to an adorable bunny-shaped loot bag filled with goodies, marking the end of a truly unforgettable Easter Safari Adventure at Discovery Samal. We invite you and your family to join us for our upcoming events and experience the magic of Discovery Samal for yourselves. 

For more information on the Happy Summer Campaign and to make reservations, visit www.discoverysamal.com or contact us at +63 84 308 2998.

Event | Sun Life Cycle Ph Shines Bright With More Than A Thousand Cyclists at Cavite

CITY OF IMUS, Cavite (April 8, 2024) – Living a fit and healthy lifestyle wihtin reach as the Sun Life Cycle Ph opens the wide roads of Imus exclusively for families & friends to enjoy each other’s company and share their love for the cycling on yesterday, April 7, 2024.

Every year, more and more attendees gather as young as one year old with Sun Life ambassadors Piolo Pascual and Raven Rigor in the lead. The event will feature a 60km individual and corporate ride, a 45km ride, and a 30km ride. Kid-friendly biking paths will also give a chance for families to bond with 500-meter kids’ solo rides and even rides with parents.

Imus City once again hosted the event. City Mayor Alex Advincula said of the event, “Cavite will always be a home for families to enjoy events and activities that encourage a healthier and happier quality of life.” The Mayor added, “For five years, we have partnered with Sun Life and IRONMAN Philippines towards this goal. We are excited for another day of fun which could also inspire the community in a positive way.”

This year, Sun Life will continue to champion this goal. Sun Life continues to be an advocate of health and wellness of the community with efforts that ensure accessible healthcare within barangays and remote areas, as well as supporting events that not only challenges individual athletes and hobbyists, but also to encourage the local community towards an active and quality lifestyle. Carla Gonzalez-Chong, Chief Client Experience & Marketing Officer of Sun Life said of the event, “Through the years, Cycle PH has established a distinct identity in the local cycling scene: a family and beginner- friendly event that aims to infuse the love of physical movement as a way of prioritizing one’s health and well-being. We look forward to new memories we can create together on the road this Sunday.”

With the support of Sun Life, the organizers are able to hold the Tres Ocho campaign which encourages women who would otherwise not have thought of joining a cycling activity by opening registration for 38 pesos during the International Women’s Day. Princes Galura, Regional Director of the IRONMAN Philippines said of this effort, “Ultimately, we have the positive impact of our events for the community in mind. Along with the City of Imus and the title sponsor Sun Life, we hope to promote inclusivity and encourage women participation in sporting events.” This year would be largest number of female participation of the Cycle Ph events.

Lifestyle | Your Dream Wedding: Unveiling Luxury, Elegance and Unforgettable Experiences

Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines | The vibrant beat of drums welcomed esteemed event partners from Davao as they embarked on an unforgettable journey to Discovery Samal, the island's newest luxury paradise. The recently concluded Davao Event Partners’ Familiarization Tour treated event partners to an immersive experience of unparalleled luxury and hospitality.

Kicking off with a grand drumbeater performance, guests were ushered into the tropical oasis of Discovery Samal with warm smiles and refreshing welcome drinks. The General Manager, Stanley Lau, personally greeted each guest, setting the tone for an extraordinary day.

As the cool island breeze enveloped them, guests were led to the Carcacoles Convention Center, the newly opened 1000-person capacity convention space with an astounding view of Davao Gulf, perfect for grand celebrations and conventions. The Fam Tour started with a heartwarming message from the General Manager, Stanley Lau.

"We are delighted to host the esteemed event partners from Davao and showcase the unparalleled beauty and luxury of Discovery Samal, and we are partners in creating memorable occasions for our guests. Let’s work hand in hand as we make people happy,” he said.

After this, the heads of departments for the operations team were introduced. Up on the stage with Mr. Lau were the Owner’s Representative, Ms. Celina Lim; the Senior Sous Chef, Neal Roa; the Director of Rooms; Ms. Bing Burgos; the Executive Housekeeper, Ms. Chona Montemayor; the Security Head, Mr. Richie Flores and Director of Engineering, Engr. Arjun Cellona.

In addition, the Sales and Marketing team was introduced, spearheaded by the Director of Sales, Ms. Katherine Dizon, Associate Director of Sales – Events and Conventions; Ms. Chatty So, Senior Sales Manager for Rooms; Ms. Loreta Jabilles, Senior Sales Manager for Weddings, Mr. Christian Panimdim, Events Manager for MICE, Ms. Bullet Laguna, Sales Manager for Rooms, Mr. Francis Morales, Sales Coordinator, Ms. Riza Provido, Marketing Communications Manager, Ms. Graziella Izza Cadiente, Assistant Digital Marketing Manager, Mr. Joshua Jon Jaralba, Graphic Artist, Ms. Dennise Ellison Carcueva and Marketing and Communications Officer, Ms. Thea Faye Lois Garcia. 

The prominent event partners were invited to the stage for a quick photo opportunity. Following the photo session, everyone enjoyed an interactive group dance performance led by the very talented Ms. Bullet, which is a tradition by Discovery Samal. The dance performance, also called ‘Rara,’ had everyone smiling and swaying their hips to the beat of the music.

After returning to their seats, the atmosphere was filled with laughter and merriment. Mr. Panimdim took to the stage where he presented the Discovery Samal’s Your Dream Wedding Packages, where guests were given the chance to admire the beauty of each venue, may it be for an intimate or big wedding. Following him was Ms.Dizon’s introduction to the rooms and other resort amenities. The audience was engaged in interesting discussions that arose from insightful questions and concerns from both.

The Davao Event Partners’ Familiarization Tour proved to be a fascinating, educational experience for all involved, with guests embarking on an insightful resort tour. With the opportunity to tour the resort from Level 8 to Level 1, guests were able to see the venues and rooms discussed in greater detail such as the Divine Grace Chapel with its glossy wooden floorboards and high ceiling and a small pool adorning its surroundings made to look like its floating, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the facilities on offer. The experience was certainly more impactful than merely seeing pictures, with guests able to witness firsthand the beauty and quality of the resort's amenities. As a token of appreciation for their participation in this important event, guests were presented with a small but meaningful gift, highlighting the value of their time and efforts in attending the occasion.

The event came to a delightful end as the partners were greeted with an exquisite Asian-themed buffet lunch that left everyone's taste buds craving for more. The lunch spread was a perfect mix of Chinese appetizers like siomai, Thailand’s pad thai and Filipino delicacies such as lechon. The drumbeaters from Grant's Event and Production added an extra level of entertainment to the already delightful feast, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone present.

Throughout the tour, guests were captivated by the resort's stunning architecture, lush landscapes, world-class amenities and delicious culinary delights. From picturesque outdoor venues to elegant indoor spaces, Discovery Samal offers endless possibilities for creating unforgettable events. The Davao Event Partners’ Familiarization Tour at Discovery Samal was a resounding success, highlighting the resort's commitment to excellence and dedication to creating memorable guest experiences.

Event | The Stellar Fashion Gala

Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines | Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation Inc., (DFDCFI) in collaboration with Discovery Samal, presented a mesmerizing launch for The Stellar Fashion Gala, a charity event aimed at promoting local fashion talent and supporting charitable causes within the community. The event, held at Discovery Samal's luxurious function spaces, brought together media representatives, brand partners and distinguished guests for an unforgettable afternoon of glamour and generosity.

The launch kicked off with an scrumptious pass-around cocktails reception at the Main Lobby, where guests mingled and savored signature drinks amidst a backdrop of anticipation and excitement. As the event commenced, guests were welcomed with warm remarks and acknowledgments, setting the stage for an afternoon of inspiration and celebration.

Emi Englis,the President of DFDCFI welcomed everyone with his message that is filled with heartfelt gratitude towards all the guests. He highlighted the importance of supporting local talent and charitable initiatives, which resonated with the audience and sparked a sense of unity and collaboration for the rest of the afternoon. 

One of the highlights of the Launch was the captivating video presentations showcasing the event's partners, sponsors and the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI). These visual narratives provided insights into the collaborative efforts and shared vision behind The Stellar Fashion Gala, highlighting the event's commitment to promoting sustainable fashion and community empowerment.

Industry partners also graced the event, Department of Tourism Region XI, Regional Director, Ms. Tanya Rabat-Tan,Department of Science and Technology Region XI, Ms. Judy de Asis-Nueva Ecija,Department of Trade and Industry Region XI, Division Chief, Mr. Arriel Nengasca,The President of Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation Inc., Dr. Rosevic Cembrano and Executive Director Ms. Marian Comilang,The Director of the Philippine Textile Research Institute, Dr. Julius Leaño Jr.,Mr. Jackie Aquino of JCA Productions and our friends from the mediaDuring the event, the guests enjoyed a stunning fashion show in the main lobby. The collections were created by incredibly talented local designers and showcased an array of vibrant colors, intricate designs and innovative styles. The runway was truly captivating, highlighting the richness of Filipino creativity and craftsmanship. The guests were completely engrossed by the show and left feeling impressed and inspired.

Following the fashion show, a special presentation introduced the designers behind the showcased collections, providing guests with an opportunity to learn more about their inspirations and creative processes - Aztec Barba, Dodjie Batu, Emi Englis, Edgar Buyan, Benjie Panizales, Windel Mira, Ebay Ayag and Bamba Limon

The Stellar Fashion Gala’s launch culminated in a momentous ceremonial exchange, during which representatives from the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation Inc. (MTEFI), Davao Fashion and Design Council (DFDC), JCA Productions and Discovery Samal officially announced their commitment to the Gala. This symbolic gesture marked the beginning of a collaborative journey towards empowering local talent and making a positive impact in the community.

A press conference provided media representatives with an opportunity to engage with key stakeholders and gain deeper insights into the event's objectives, initiatives, and impact.

“The Stellar Fashion Gala aims to have a special place in our hearts as it represents the convergence of creativity, compassion and collaboration. We celebrate the talent and ingenuity of our local designers while also shining a spotlight on the charitable causes that we hold dear” , said General Manager Stanley Lau

DFDC together with Discovery Samal and their brand partners, expressed gratitude to all participants \and reaffirmed the organization's commitment to advancing the local fashion industry and supporting charitable causes. The Stellar Fashion Gala is set to happen on September 28, 2024 at the the Caracoles Convention Hall of Discovery Samal where 600 guests are expected to graced the first event of its kind in the island. As guests departed, they carried with them the promise of an unforgettable fashion gala and the knowledge that their support would make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need.

For reservations and inquiries, please visit www.discoverysamal.com or contact +63 84 308 2998.

Travel | 2GO Expands Travel and Logistics Operations in Davao and General Santos

MV 2GO Masigla sails to Davao and GenSan for business and leisure.

Manila, Philippines – 2GO, the Philippines’ largest integrated transportation and logistics solutions provider and a part of the SM Group, is thrilled to announce a significant addition to its operations in Davao and General Santos with the addition of new vessels for travel and logistics.

The move is part of 2GO's commitment to fostering economic growth and facilitating seamless connections in the Mindanao region. Through its investments in infrastructure, technology, and personnel, 2GO is poised to elevate travel and logistical experiences for individuals and businesses alike.

The MV 2GO Masigla, the latest addition to the MV 2GO fleet, will embark on its first operational voyage on March 18, 2024, departing from Davao and GenSan bound for Iloilo, before returning to Manila along the Manila-Davao-GenSan-Iloilo-Manila route.

Increased Travel Options and Logistical Solutions

Davao and General Santos residents, as well as visitors, now enjoy enhanced travel options with 2GO's new routes. Businesses in the region benefit from upgraded logistics, ensuring faster goods movement. Beyond their immediate surroundings, Davao and General Santos provide logistical and travel support to areas such as Tagum, Digos, Kidapawan, Socksargen, and others. This strategic positioning allows efficient coordination and seamless operations across this extended network.

Frederic DyBuncio, President and CEO of 2GO Group, Inc., expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, stating, "Our increased presence in Davao and General Santos reflects our dedication to being at the forefront of meeting the evolving needs of our customers. We are confident that these enhancements will contribute significantly to the overall growth and prosperity of the regions."

With this expansion, 2GO is keen on strengthening its position as a key player in the travel and logistics industry of the Philippines.

In addition to its cargo transport services between Manila, Davao, and GenSan, 2GO elevates the travel experience with the MV 2GO Masigla. This vessel offers amenities similar to restaurant dining, hotel-like accommodation, a fully-equipped salon, and entertaining karaoke rooms. Passengers can also enjoy onboard retail outlets featuring well-known brands such as MINISO, QuikMart, and Watsons, along with freshly brewed beverages from Café 2GO. It's a seamless blend of business and excitement for travelers.

Sea travel reservations are available from Manila to Davao or GenSan, and from Davao or GenSan to Iloilo and Manila, starting at just PHP 1,140. Moreover, a comprehensive range of shipping services is fully operational and ready for scheduling to meet customer needs.

To know more of 2GO’s products and services, visit 2go.com.ph or download the 2GO App on Android and iOS.