Christmas at DGT: The Season of Amazing

Christmas is just around the corner, and let me tell you, here at the Davao Global Township, is not just all about the impressive skyscrapers. They know how to embrace the true spirit of the season by cherishing quality time with our loved ones, family, relatives, and friends.

Welcome to the 'Season of Amazing' here at DGT, where excitement and wonder abound!

I was absolutely thrilled when I received an invitation from DGT, courtesy of PRWorks. Why, you may ask? Well, let me tell you. The reason behind this request is to welcome you to an exciting announcement that is sure to ignite your holiday spirit! Brace yourselves for the inaugural Christmas lighting ceremony just beside the magnificent DGT Weekend Market: Festive Fair 2023  area. This remarkable event promises to be a delightful gathering where people can come together to revel in the joys of delectable food, endless fun, and an abundance of excitement. Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as we embark on this unforgettable journey at the newest hotspot in town.

The highly anticipated event commenced with a solemn prayer, setting the tone for what was to come. As the echoes of the prayer subsided, the air was filled with a sense of patriotism as the crowd unitedly sang the beloved national anthem of the Philippines, "Lupang Hinirang". In a mesmerizing display of musical talent, a group hailing from the prestigious University of Mindanao, the UMChorale took the stage. With their unique arrangement of the timeless classic 'OH, Holy Night', they captivated the audience with their soulful rendition.

University of Mindanao Chorale

In a recent event, Mr. Frederick H. Yuson, the esteemed President of Yhest Reality and Development Corporation, took the stage to deliver his opening remarks. With great enthusiasm, he provided a comprehensive overview of the exciting plans that the corporation has in store for the upcoming year. The highly anticipated Weekend Market has finally kicked off, bringing a delightful array of vendors and products to satisfy all your shopping desires. But wait, there's more! Brace yourselves for the grand unveiling of Phase 1, the Outdoor Mall, which promises to be an unparalleled outdoor attraction like no other. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of unique shopping experiences and captivating ambiance. The anticipation is palpable, and we can't wait to explore this extraordinary addition to our city's retail landscape. Stay tuned for updates on this remarkable development!

Mr. Frederick H. Yuson
President of Yhest Reality and Development Corporation

And soon, in a groundbreaking development, both the East Village and West Village will have architectural marvels—a staggering six towers each. This momentous occasion marks a significant milestone in the urban landscape, as these towering structures promise to redefine the very essence of modern living. With their sleek designs and innovative features, these new additions are set to capture the imagination of residents and visitors alike. The East Village and West Village have truly outdone themselves, solidifying their status as the epitome of urban sophistication soon! And fingers crossed for the imminent arrival of BPO and hotels at DGT.

We had the privilege of hearing from none other than Mr. Jose Franco Soberano, the Director, Senior Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer of CLI. With his wealth of experience and expertise, Mr. Soberano shared a heartfelt message that touched upon two vital aspects of life: family and appreciation. As a visionary leader, Mr. Soberano emphasized the significance of family in our personal and professional lives. He highlighted the importance of nurturing strong bonds with our loved ones, as they provide us with unwavering support and serve as our foundation. Recognizing that our families are our pillars of strength, he encouraged us to prioritize spending quality time with them amidst our busy schedules. Moreover, Mr. Soberano underscored the value of appreciation, both in our personal relationships and within our organization. He emphasized the power of expressing gratitude towards our colleagues, recognizing their hard work and dedication. Expressing his utmost gratitude to the vibrant city of Davao for its unwavering support and encouragement towards our local entrepreneurs during the highly anticipated DGT Weekend Market: Festive Fair 2023.

Mr. Jose Franco Soberano
Director, Senior Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer of CLI

"With high hopes and a sense of anticipation, we look towards the future, where the vibrant city of Davao and its residents, the Dabawenyos, will continue to rally behind the remarkable initiatives of CLI. The unwavering support from this community has been instrumental in propelling the city's development to new heights. As we embark on this exciting journey, we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring forth transformative progress and create a brighter tomorrow for all."

It was unfortunate that Davao City Mayor Sebastian 'Baste' Duterte was unable to grace the occasion. City Councilor Louie John Bonguyan, who served as the mayor's representative and delivered the message to the attendees, made up for his absence in a satisfactory manner.

City Councilor Louie John Bonguyan read the message of City Mayor Sebastian 'Baste' Duterte.

Ms. Tanya Rabat Tan, the Director of the Department of Tourism Region XI, shared her heartfelt message on love, happiness, and togetherness. With her vast experience and deep understanding of the tourism industry, Director Tan's words resonate with a sense of wisdom and authenticity. Director Tan emphasizes the importance of Love as a driving force that not only binds individuals together but also creates a harmonious connection with the world around us. She believes that love is the key ingredient that fuels our passion for exploration and discovery, making every travel experience truly meaningful and transformative. Furthermore, Director Tan sheds light on the significance of Happiness in our lives. She reminds us that happiness is not merely a destination but rather a state of mind that in commemorating a profound bond of friendship, one that has weathered countless obstacles and emerged victorious, we come together to celebrate.

Ms. Tanya Rabat Tan
Director of the Department of Tourism Region XI

In addition, she expresses immense gratitude towards Cebu Landmasters for their decision to select Davao City as a prime location, which has undeniably contributed to the flourishing tourism industry in the city.

And lastly, we have a truly touching message from the esteemed Chairman, President, and CEO of CLI, none other than Mr. Jose Rodriguez Soberano III. In his insightful discourse, he delves into the profound essence of Christmas—a cherished season that beckons us to extend our hearts and hands to those less fortunate.

Mr. Jose Rodriguez Soberano III
Chairman, President, and CEO of CLI

In an exciting turn of events, he went on to share the ambitious plans of CLI for the upcoming years. With a fervent hope for progress and growth, he earnestly prayed for the realization of these plans, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts with their esteemed partners.


I am absolutely ecstatic to share with you all the incredible news of the very first Christmas Tree Lighting event that took place at DGT. The anticipation was palpable as we eagerly awaited the grand lighting of the magnificent 30-foot-tall Christmas tree.

Check out the video embedded below to experience the complete flow of the program.

For many individuals, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony may not always elicit a sense of excitement and anticipation during the festive season. For many individuals, the absence of a Christmas tree in their own abode may leave them in awe when they encounter the myriad of captivating designs, luminous lights, and exquisite ornaments adorning these majestic trees. In this season of gratitude, it is essential to acknowledge the incredible blessings that life has bestowed upon us, regardless of our emotions or physical appearance. It is a time to reflect on the wonders of existence and express our heartfelt appreciation for all that we have been given.

After all, this is the SEASON to give back all the blessings we had in 2023 and be grateful enough for the AMAZING life God bestowed on us!

Thank you, Cebu Landmasters and PRWorks. Merry Christmas, everyone!