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Thursday, October 24, 2013
"AN ANNIVERSARY is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday and the hopes of tomorrow." - Quoted
Just like birthdays, we celebrate anniversaries - including those of establishments. Just recently, I had the pleasure of attending the first anniversary of Java Jive, one of the first coffee houses in Davao that is truly from the city as the owners and the people behind it are from Davao.
To make the event memorable, different bands and singers - some of them had performed previously in the cafe house - entertained those who attended the occasion.
First to perform was The Negative 4, an all-male singing group. The Musikademy (composed of Nica, Jillian, Mikee, Ela, Gabby, and Isa) followed. Both performers were warmly welcomed by the audience.
So were the two duo singers: Virtuoso Musica (Shelley and Jhun) and Javajive Duo (Romina and Migz). Justin Abando and John Cadelina also delivered lone captivating renditions each that had some of the spectators singing along with them.
But the star of the night belonged to Juris Fernandez, the acoustic singer who's a mainstay in ABS-CBN's variety show Asap. She teams up with Nina, Aiza Seguerra, Sitti, Richard Poon and Duncan Ramos to form a group called the Sessionistas.
Juris, who is from Davao and went to high school at the Ateneo de Davao University, rendered several groups, including "Got to Believe in Magic." We sang with her on some songs that were familiar to us.
In between the singings - plus drinking of coffee and teas and eating sandwiches and meals - the Java Jive launched its website - www.javajive.ph - in order for the world to know latest information about the establishment.
The anniversary was also the occasion of the launching of its 2014 Calendar Planner. To make the planner more meaningful, successful people from Mindanao were featured for each month.
"These people have been chosen because they become successful in their chosen field of profession - despite the odds," a Java Jive staff explained. "We want the young people to have someone to look for, especially if they need some inspiration."
Juris is one of the two ambassadress featured in the planner. The other one is Davao City Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta, who is one of the 37 champions of the "Kaya Natin" Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership. When asked of her hardest experience in life, she could not think of anything. "I am so resilient in that sense," she admits. "I tend to roll with the punches and appreciate life's lessons."
The other ten were all called ambassadors. The first five are Israelito P. Torreon, a respected lawyer and law professor; Datu Khadafeh "Toy" Mangudadatu, a "public servant" who serves the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao; Dr. Reagan Cabahug, one of the finest cardiologists in Davao City - if not the whole Davao region; Erwin L. Tan, a fashion designer who has dressed such celebrities as film and television actress Kim Chiu and singer Regine Velasquez; and Arturo P. Boncato, Jr. the new assistant secretary of the Department of Tourism.
The remaining five are Wenceslao "Wency" Cornejo III, the former Manila-based songwriter and vocalist who has been residing in Davao City since 2010; ex-Governor Emmanuel F. Pinol, who describes himself as "farmer and writer;" Christlamb Reae C. Vicente, a well-known licensed customs broker; Ricardo P. Enriquez, a university professor at the Ateneo de Davao University; and Henrylito D. Tacio, a hall of fame awardee in science reporting and correspondent of "Reader's Digest."
"We are hoping that young people can learn from their lives," the Java Jive staff pointed out.
Java Jive located at the Centron Building in Quirino Avenue. It is open 24/7. A branch will soon open.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 25, 2013.