By Jade C. Zaldivar
Fresh from the excitement of Araw ng Davao festivities, the city’s private partner for festivities Duaw Davao Festival Foundation (DDFF) has started to promote the Davao Summerfest 2012 set from April to May.
Aware of the city’s aiming for a bigger Summerfest, DDFF executive director Lisette Marques said the foundation will be calling for the participation of sports and arts related activity organizers who will be holding their events this summer.
“As this year’s Summerfest components include (1) sports camps, (2) sports expositions, and (3) games, we are encouraging those who are going to make any activity related to these to inform us and in return we will accredit them,” Marques said
“We will promote all of their activities to visitors we have invited to the city,” she added.
Marques said that in addition to the sports related activities last year, arts and music related activities will also be held this year for a grander celebration.
“We are also inviting those who will hold dance camps, vocal lessons, acting camps to become one with us in the Summerfest,” she said.
Summerfest 2012 sports project head Neil Bravo said the festival is “geared towards attracting sports tourists.”
“You might ask ‘what makes the sports events held during the Summerfest so different from those held during Araw ng Davao?’ The Summerfest is mainly geared to promoting Davao City as a sports destination. We will be bringing in big names in the sports world which will definitely attract sports tourists and enthusiasts,” Bravo said.
Among the highlights of the Summerfest, he said, will be the Mt. Apo International Boulderface Challenge, and motorcycle and bicycle races.
Pocholo Elegino, officer in charge of the City Sports Office, said the city is optimistic the Summerfest will also attract sports coordinators from all over the country.
“With the Philippine Sports Commission we will be gathering sports coordinators here wherein we can establish Davao City as a hub for sports in Mindanao. We have a lot of excellent athletes here, we just need to promote them,” Elegino said.
Marques said in 2011, the Summerfest activities gathered more than 3,000 tourists into the city.
“April to May last year talagang puno ang mga hotels natin. From the athletes pa lang talagang ang dami. As we’re making the festival bigger this year, we’re expecting more tourists to come which in turn will be good for Davao City,” she said.