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Fash­ion

Otoy Mer­cado, stylist, make-up artist

Where do you see Davao fash­ion head­ing in 2019? Will it sus­tain the pres­ence of lo­cal tribe-in­spired fash­ion in made in 2018?

I’m glad that the lo­cal tribal pat­tern has been given the proper ex­po­sure not only in the lo­cal mar­ket but also in the in­ter­na­tional scene. Though it has its down side of over ex­po­sure and mar­ket sat­u­ra­tion.

Tourism

Art Bon­cato, Un­der Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Tourism

Aside from MICE, what spe­cific facet of Davao should be pro­moted to lure in the tourists?

Sus­tain­able tourism sites and their sup­port com­mu­ni­ties de­serves to be cel­e­brated for mak­ing ef­forts in strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment, her­itage, or cul­ture, and the de­sire for op­ti­mum liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties for all stake­hold­ers.

Fit­ness

In­grid Taojo, Fit­ness coach/Owner, Ac­tivo Fit­ness

What is the fit­ness trend this 2019?

Func­tional fit­ness, re­fer­ring to prac­ti­cal man­ual la­bor, and in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing, which means skip­ping a meal. My top two bet. Both trends align with God’s call to the sim­ple life, sur­pris­ingly.

Health

Jeff Ysu­lat Fuentes, City Pop­u­la­tion Of­fi­cer, City Health Of­fice Davao

There was a sig­nif­i­cant rise of HIV and AIDS cases in 2018. How can we raise more aware­ness?

The is­sue of HIV is sim­i­lar to teenage preg­nancy; they are symp­toms of a deeper so­cial prob­lem. Prob­lems that arise be­cause we do not sex­u­al­ity out in the open and high­light re­spon­si­ble sex­ual prac­tices. How can we dis­cuss pro­tec­tion (con­dom use) if we can­not even start dis­cussing sex?

Din­ing

Lee­bai Am­bolodto, Food writer, Edge Davao

What will the Davao din­ing scene be this 2019?

Davao din­ing scene for 2019, I think, will fo­cus more on ev­ery­thing lo­cal and naked flavours and taste on dishes. Open kitchen will also be a pre­vail­ing fac­tor for restau­rants — al­low­ing their pa­trons to see how their food is pre­pared.

Ho­tel & Hospi­tal­ity

Ken Ka­pu­long, Gen­eral Man­ager, Seda Abreeza

How will the hospi­tal­ity sec­tor fare this year?

We re­main op­ti­mistic for 2019! With the fore­casts for tourist in­flux and up­com­ing con­ven­tions, we have a good out­look for the year.

Travel

Hazel Tag­i­macruz, Cathay Pa­cific Dis­trict Sales & mar­ket­ing man­ager

1. Hong Kong with the Cathay Dragon di­rect flights, HK is the eas­i­est week­end get­away;

2. Ja­pan for shop­ping, night lights and all things tech!; 3. Tel Aviv for its nat­u­ral won­ders and re­li­gious ex­pe­ri­ence, plus it’s visa free for Filipinos.

Busi­ness

Art Mi­lan, Pres­i­dent, Davao Cham­ber of Com­merce

What’s the busi­ness out­look for Davao this year?

We ex­pect busi­ness in Davao will con­tinue to be strong in 2019. This will be driven by the on­go­ing prop­erty de­vel­op­ment projects and the Build Build Build Pro­gram of the gov­ern­ment.

For Agribusiness, with the gov­ern­ment’s in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram such as farm-to-mar­ket roads and agri­cul­ture fa­cil­i­ties, the im­prove­ment in pro­duc­tiv­ity and qual­ity will con­sid­er­ably boost the re­gion’s pro­duce thereby mak­ing the prospects for our agribusiness in­dus­try very promis­ing this year.

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ho­tel gen­eral man­ager

KEN KA­PU­LONG

OTOY MER­CADO, stylist

air­line ex­ec­u­tive

HAZEL TAG­I­MACRUZ

fit­ness Coach

IN­GRID TAOJO,

DOT USec

ART BON­CATO,

City Pop­u­la­tion Of­fi­cer

JEFF FUENTES

food writer

LEE­BAI AM­BOLODTO

DCCCII Pres­i­dent

ART MI­LAN,

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