SCENE CITY| Showcasing Davao through Global Skills

DAVAO is blessed with rich resources – from its scenic landscapes, unique flora and fauna to diverse and gentle people. As the crown jewel of Mindanao, the region is now in the spotlight. Davao can now be put in the world stage as a premier tourism and hospitality destination.


Students of tourism and hospitality gathered for the biggest event of the year – the JIB Global Skills Series 2017, held last Dec. 6, 2017 at the Activity Center of the Abreeza Mall in Davao City. The Global Skills Series is an annual competition event of the Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc. – College of Business and Tourism (JIB-CBT) which showcases the talents and skills of its College and Senior High School students from the tourism and hospitality programs.

Theme for this year’s competition series was “Celebrating the Crown Jewel of Mindanao: A Showcase of Everything that is Davao”. Timely enough, each detail of the event was made distinctly Dabawenyo, from the production, the design, to the concept.


The event opened with a grand unveiling of the jewels of Mindanao, led by the chairperson of the JIB Group of Companies, Joji Ilagan Bian; vice president for education development, Nicole Hao Bian; and distinguished guests. It was followed by a spectacular opening performance by the JIB Association of Combined Talents, featuring a showcase of song and dance, distinctly Dabawenyo and Filipino.

Highlighting the morning event was a talk with Roberto P. Alabado III, regional director of the Department of Tourism XI. In his speech, he highlighted the achievements of Davao and Mindanao as a premier tourism destination, and the potential it has gained since the rise to power of Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who hails from Davao. Also, he encouraged the students to take a look of the potential of Davao as a place for Halal tourism, as the city recently established a new air link with Malaysia.


“We are surrounded by many Muslim nations,” Alabado said, “and it is important that we need to tap the needs of our potential Muslim tourists, especially food.” He added, “Mindanao, particularly Davao, has the potential to offer Halal tourism because it has the establishments that specifically cater to the Muslim people.”

The competition included: synchronized in-flight stewarding, synchronized table napkin folding, delight the guest, marketing pitch, tour guiding, tour packaging, freaky shake, sugar rush, bed making, towel folding, race for service, serve up ‘til you drop, the art of napery, and the bar duo.


Held simultaneously were display events: dress the cake, lobby centerpiece, grand buffet table scape, many mini-flower centerpiece, and fruit and vegetable carving. There were media competitions as well, including photourism, “food tography”, on-the-spot blogging and 30-seconder video. Photo Credits: Bing Gonzales

Marilyn C. Roque

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