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Monday, December 26, 2016

#ChristmasAroundthePH: Yule Duel choir competition at SM City Davao



Back to blogging, first I like to greet everyone a Merry Christmas! Im sure you had a blast from last night's Christmas eve, I'm still having some hang over after the celebration because we seem not to end the night and everyone are still enjoying some videoke after our Christmas dinner.



#ChristmasAroundthePH blog series is here for its 5th post featuring our 1st trip in Davao City, the home city of our 16th Philippine President, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, its one of my dreams to visit his city and consider this as my 1st ever trip to Davao City and a blog post fresh from the land of promise.

The #MerrySMChristmas events featured today is about the Yule Duel choir competition at SM City Davao. The event was held at the Annex Building and its a huge building filled with lots of tech stores, restaurants and also a spacious area for events and mall activities.

SM City Davao is considered as the very first SM Supermalls here in the Mindanao region.
The original SM City Davao mall building is a bit old and shows some similarities of an old SM mall here in Manila, but adding some new building like the Annex building, this gave us a more modern look and feel for shopping.

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Our Bears of Joy is here checking out the event center at the Annex building


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Front entrance of the Annex building


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This tower signage reminds me of SM Centerpoint or SM City Sta Mesa, they share the same design in terms of tower signages.


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Entrance to SM City Davao's Annex Building


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Inside the old SM City Davao building, looks like I'm at SM City Bacoor. Im at their former event center and today it is already a space for kiosk and booths.

Looking above are the giant Christmas balls display.


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At the Annex building, you can spot the three giant Christmas tree, as the main center piece of SM City Davao.

There's also a big chair where you can sit down and have a Christmas photo op with the giant trees.
Around it are some statues of Nutcracker soldiers playing some musical instruments.

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Its so colorful and everything glows infront of you.


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I got lucky to meet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte inside SM City Davao,I did recognize her when she was stopped by mall goers for some photo op. She's so nice to everyone and she even responded to my request to have a quick photo op with my Bears of Joy.

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SM City Davao also posted some giant tarps with designs of popular landmarks around the world. Here's our bear posing in  a Marina Bay Sand photo and the Great wall of China photo. It look so real when you take a photo with it.

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And here's my take-- under the Eiffel tower in Paris, France hahahah


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SM City Davao invited school choir from all over the city to join in a one day choir competition. They are required to do a live performance of three Christmas song, and their performance will be graded by invited judges of the contest.

As for this contest, they closed 3 groups to compete at the Yule Duel.

Prizes are - 3rd place PHP 5,000 cash
             2nd place PHP 10,000 cash
             1st place PHP 15,000 cash

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Three judges of SM City Davao's Yule Duel


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First performance - Conexus Harmonia Chorale of Tagum City National High School


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The Sto. Tomas Youth Choir

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The Denians Voice Ensemble

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The judges watching the performance of the three choir groups


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Audiences are friends and family member of the choir group, some are shoppers who stopped by to watch the Christmas choir battle.


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Awarding the 3rd place winner - The Denians Voice Ensemble

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Awarding the 2nd place winner -  The Sto. Tomas Youth Choir

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1st place winner and grand winner - Conexus Harmonia Chorale of Tagum City National High School

Each winning choir team receive cash prizes, trophy and certificate of participation to SM City Davao's Yule Duel

Watch: the winning team's entry



video by Ted Claudio



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Photo op with the choir group!
Everyone are so game and happy! we're still having some hang over after the choir contest

Here's a 360 degrees photo take by Ted Claudio



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Here's our video greetings in 360 degrees video taken by Ted Claudio



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BEHIND THE SCENES
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After a long blog coverage, our SM City Davao friend Vitto invited us to try and have a lunch here at Roadhouse Cafe, its one of the popular resto here in SM City Davao, Also I noticed that this is the most suggested resto to try according to our friends on Facebook.

Vitto said that the best and most recommended dish here is the Kare Kare and seafood basket.
Yup! he is right! their version of Kare Kare is different and taste even better.

Galeng!


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Up next: Vitto bought us here at Blugre coffee, its a home grown cafe here in Davao City. Their best seller and most recommended beverage are all drinks with DURIAN!!


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We took the challenge to try their hand crafted beverages laced with durian fruit.
After one sip of it.....my brain get to blow it self due to its creamy and tasty, fruit flavor.

OMG!! this is the drink that Im looking for! so we over indulge ourself with lots of durian macha tea, durian coffee, durian shake and a cream cheese durian cake!

Durian mixed on different kinds of food can make your brains explode!

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New drink offered here at Bluegre' Coffee is the DuterTEA,
Yup! I ordered one! Its good!!! its a macha tea with durian


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Thanks to Anne and Vitto for touring us around SM City Davao


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Thanks for reading my blog series!

More to come!!! up next: SM Lanang Premier


SM City Davao
https://www.facebook.com/smcitydavao/


ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS AROUND THE PH BLOG SERIES
Christmas Around the PH blog series is a project of #EATgetaway blog team of Azrael Coladilla of Azrael’s Merryland Blog, Ted Claudio of Wazzup PH and Enzo Luna of Juan Manila Express. This blog series project is in partnership with SM Supermalls. The mission for the project is to witness and feature the different Christmas center piece of the branches of SM Supermalls and also get to know how they will celebrate Christmas located in different regions in the Philippines.

BLOG POST
SM CITY TRECE MARTIRES
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-grand-magical.html

SM CITY PAMPANGA
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-nickelodeon.html

SM SEASIDE CEBU CITY
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-glory-of-christmas.html

SM CITY CEBU
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-christmas-village.html

SM CITY DAVAO
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-yule-duel-choir.html

SM LANANG PREMER
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-tunnel-of-lights.html

SM CITY FAIRVIEW
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-3d-video-mapping.html

SM SOUTHMALL
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmasaroundtheph-kids-sent-letters.html

SM CITY MARIKINA
http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2017/01/christmasaroundtheph-final-blog-series.html


#EATGETAWAY VLOG X CHRISTMAS AROUND THE PH


SM CITY TRECE MARTIRES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsFTjLkLbAk

SM CITY PAMPANGA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFi3jJJz6Yk&t=48s

TRAVEL TO CEBU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJhfNHxLEZ0

SM SEASIDE CEBU CITY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lfXMehvCFw

SM CITY CEBU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IICnOCTdEos

SM CITY DAVAO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GV29JM-6N0

DAVAO NIGHT MARKET
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jBvSUAk8v4&t=534s

SM LANANG PREMIER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txqynpMTjjg&t=332s

SM CITY FAIRVIEW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUBG49kl-1k&t=145s

SM SOUTHMALL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgME9CVXEZQ&t=19s


SM CITY MARIKINA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpXTnyerJDw&t=9s

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th at the Top 100 Blogs that Matter and 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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