Make it Davao this Summer!


Davao will rock your summer this year with more exciting line up of must see and do around the region.


VDFS 2017 launching

Davao will “rock” your summer!


“Every year, we aim to go bigger. There is just so much to see, do, and appreciate in Davao, and we put together a unique set of events and activities to reflect that,” shared DOT XI Regional Director, Robby Alabado.


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DOT XI Regional Director Robby Alabado, VDFS Execom Chairman Benjie Lizada & Committee on Tourism chairman, Councilor Ryan Alejandre


On the fourth year’s official launching, the VDFS committee announced this year’s dates and event schedules. From April 10th to May 31st, discounts will be offered on airfare, accommodations, tours, dining, shopping, beauty and wellness, as well as fun events in sports, arts, and nightlife.


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Visit Davao Fun Sale 2017 launching at RBG Park Inn by Raidsson


Here are some of the highlights that will surely be hashtagged as one of your most memorable summer experiences.

In Davao, join the Duterte Tour, take a weekend Pub Crawl or catch the Hataw Dabaw Streetdance Competition. Cultural Performances? Art Mindanao and Daba-Daba Performance Festival will be featured all season long at malls and dining strips.

Have you experienced Davao Oriental? You should! Dahican Beach will be the venue to this year’s National Skimboarding Competition and Frisbee Invitational Tournament on April 21-23. Go beyond the shoreline and catch sight of dolphins and whales, and embark on an eco-adventure. Mt. Hamiguitan Unesco Heritage Park in San Isidro is a must-see.


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Davao Oriental tourism consultant Cynthia Rodriguez & Mati City’s Local Economic Investment & Promotions officer, Tanya Rabat-Tan


If you’ve been to Davao, chances are you’ve taken your saltwater dip on the beaches of the Garden City of Samal. Visit Samal. But have you seen the giant clams at the Taclobo Sanctuary or the bats at the Monfort Bat Cave? Join the tours! Who knows you’ll catch sight of brawny men and fit women along the way. That’s because the island will be hosting the DurianMan triathlon (April 23) and Samal Triathlon (May 7).


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Julius Paner, Sr. Municipal Tourism Officer, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur; Noel Daquioag, Provincial Tourism Officer, Davao del Norte; & Jenifer Carriaga, Sr. City Tourism Officer, Garden City of Samal.


Everybody knows about Mt. Apo but may have missed out on Sta. Cruz’s most exciting summer events—the Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge and the Mt. Apo Sky and Vertical Race. Truly a “rock summer” with this duo sport tournaments.

But there’s also another kind of sports event that’s well loved by many—a sale extravaganza. Check out the mall across the city, sale events will be aplenty during the VDFS season.


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SM Mall managers Lynette Lopez & Therese Manalo, with Dashiel Indelible, Mati City Tourism Officer


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Park Inn by Radisson’s GM Em Rosales & MarCom manager Patty Tan


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Waterfront Insular’s Jennifer Romero, Edmund Mayormita & Fides Castañeda


For detailed schedules, check out the VDFS website at out www. and @visitdavaofunsale on FB.

“Whether you’re into shopping, sports, arts, or even if you just want a quiet relaxing evening at a nice local restaurant and then go for a roadtrip in the region, we have something for you. There are, indeed, so many reasons why NOW is the best time to Visit Davao,” said Benjie Lizada, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Davao Fun Sale Execom.


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Signing of contract between partners


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DurianMan Marathon organizers


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DATA officers Bai Siang Lim, Gatchi Gatchalian, Jasmine Tilo, Toffee Tionko & Dottie Wurgler-Cronin


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DOT XI’s Tessa Piansay, Gracie Plata & Rayanne Patiño-Arao


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Davao media. Krtianne Fusilero, Prix Banzon & Marilyn Roque


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Davao media. Macky Lim, Christine Joice Cudis, Joy Ceniza &Ace Perez


The Visit Davao Fun Sale is organized by the Davao Fun Sale Execom in partnership with the Department of Tourism. It is co-presented by the City Government of Davao, AirAsia, Bonamine, BPI Cards, Cebu Pacific, and Tanduay.


Visit DAVAO FUN Sale 2017 APRIL 16 to May 31, 2017



Rock your Sparty (Grand Opening)April 19 – 20, 2017 (Wed & Th)Waterfront Insular, Davao City
Art MindanaoApril 19 – May 31, 2017Malls and Hotels, Parks, Davao City
DurianMan TriathlonApril 23, 2017 (Sunday)Davao City and Island Garden City of Samal, Davao Oriental
Ultimate Frisbee Invitational TournamentApril 22 – 23, 2017 (Sat & Sun)Davao Oriental, Mati City
Daba-Daba Davao: Dance and Theater PerformancesApril 22 – May 31, 2017Davao City
National Skimboarding CompetitionApril 22- 23, 2017 (Sat & Sun)Mati City, Davao Oriental
Mt. Apo Sky and Vertical RaceApril 29, 2017 (Saturday)Mt. Apo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
Mt. Apo Boulderface ChallengeApril 30, 2017 (Sunday)Mt. Apo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur Davao City
Hataw Dabaw Street DanceApril 29, 2017 (Saturday)SM Ecoland, Davao City
Pub CrawlApril and May 2017Davao City Restobars
Kabilin Festival: Cultural Celebrations, Visitours’ Exhibits and CompetitionsMay 1 – 7, 2017 (Mon – Sun)Province of Davao Oriental
Mindanao Dive Expo, Photo SeafariMay 6- 7, 2017 (Sat & Sun)Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Samal MarathonMay 7, 2017 (Sunday)Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Sand Sculpting CompetitionMay 7, 2017 (Sunday)Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Bigiw Regatta: Non-motorized banca “Sail and Speed” CompetitionMay 7, 2017 (Sunday)Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Dive Well Visit Davao Mindanao Dive Expo and Wellnes FairMay 11 – 14, 2017 (Thu – Sun)SMX Lanang, Davao City
National Volleyball Competition


May 19-21, 2017Dahican, Mati City, Davao Oriental
Madayaw Hugyaw SayawMay 20, 2017 (Saturday)Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Mindanao Pet CongressMay 26 – 27, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)Davao City
Battle of the StrongestMay 27, 2017 (Saturday)Matina Town Square, Davao City
Ethnica, Davao JamMay 27, 2017 (Saturday)Matina Town Square, Davao City


Dabawenya Alla Prima: Sketching of Popular PersonalitiesApril and May 2017Davao City
Daba – Daba Davao: Dance and Theatre PerformancesApril 22 – May 31, 2017 (All Weekends)Davao City
Art Mindanao: Cordillera-Davao Art ExchangeMay 31, 2017Davao City



Shopping SaleApril 15 – 16 ; May 27 – 31, 2017Davao City (Mallwide, Citywide and Simultaneous Sale)
·       Fun Tours Sale

·       Dining Sale

·       Accommodation Sale

·       Wellness and Spa Sale



April 16 – May 31, 2017



Davao City, Island Garden City of Samal, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, and Mati, Davao Oriental and Province of Davao Oriental


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SarBay events


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DurianMan Triathlon


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