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Cultural Potpourri | A Benedicto thanksgiving

Last fine Sunday evening, May 20, 2018, restaurateurs Rommel and Lena Benedicto of Patok sa Manok and Rekado fame gathered their dear family members, relatives, and friends.  Their popular Rekado restaurant was reserved for them the whole evening to celebrate

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Cultural Potpourri | Marcela “Lily” Ledesma-Puyod (1921-2018): A Portrait of A Mother’s Love

JUST what was it in the amazing woman that enabled her to attain a rich and rewarding life through all the 96 years of her life? For Marcela “Lily” Ledesma viuda deFederico Puyod, she confessed that it was her children

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Cultural Potpourri | Manila’s Panasonic Fashion Show 2018 with Davao Designers

LAST Apr. 10 to 13, 2018, was the staging of Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival (PMFF) which brought together the country’s popular designers, fashions models, and fashionistas.  The 8th fashion extravaganza that the PMFF has always been known for was one

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Cultural Potpourri | Davao Welcomes PHILBEX & TLEX 2018

DUBBED as “the biggest thing to happen to Mindanao’s construction industry,” the four-day Philippine Building and Construction Exposition in Davao (PHILBEX Davao) was officially opened to the public last May 10, 2018, at the SMX Convention Center of SM Lanang

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Cultural Potpourri | Sumo Sam Rises Again

THE JAPANESE-American joint called Sumo Sam which opened in Davao City’s Abreeza Mall last Oct. 11, 2011, is one of the country’s leading chain of Japanese restaurants spearheaded by young and aggressive Manila entrepreneurs led by actor/chef Marvin Agustin and

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Cultural Potpourri | Sydney Sy Tancontian: Davao’s Victorious Judoka

“IT IS VERY seldom that you have Jiujitsu/Judo tournaments held in Davao City. I have been trying my best, despite the lack of funds, to popularize the Japanese martial arts of Jiujitsu and Judo especially among the children. My own

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Cultural Potpourri | Chef Claude Le Neindre: Davao’s French Culinary Icon

CHEF Claude Le Neindre is undeniably Davao City’s most celebrated and successful chef. His hard work, perseverance and strong passion to this day are equally matched with an innate business acumen which have made him successful in his field. Chef

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Cultural Potpourri | Lee Ju Soon’s Korea Town Restaurant Delights

LAST WEEK, I found myself having three scheduled appointments within a week with the international Korean opera singer of a diva, Ms. Mee Hai Cho. Yes, she is back from a good and restful vacation in her native Seoul, South

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Cultural Potpourri | Celebrating the Pinoy Artistry of Aranaz with Plains & Prints @ Chimes

IT WAS IN 1999 when three artistic and entrepreneurial women banded together and established “Aranaz.” Aranaz, their fashion label, made a name for itself in no time after being recognized in utilizing exotic prints matched with Pinoy impeccable craftsmanship in

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Cultural Potpourri | Marco Polo Davao’s Francis R. Ledesma, Dottie Wurgler-Cronin and Jeffrey Adlawan, Finalists for the Hotelier Awards Asia 2018

INDEED, Asia has been enjoying tremendous growth within the hospitality industry that continues to remain unabated in these global times. Providing some of the world’s finest selection of luxury hotels, praiseworthy resorts and boutique hotels, Asia is a front-runner in

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