EACH month, followers of SunStar Davao, especially those who are foodies, look forward to the Best of Davao (BOD) video and print segment.
BOD is one of the many segments of SunStar Davao with the primary intention of telling the stories and hearing the voices of Dabawenyos. An original version was by SunStar Cebu, with Davao later on catching up in 2014. Three years after, it was developed to become a regular digital and print content of SunStar Davao.
It starts with an online poll scouting for suggestions and recommendations where in Davao City serves the best-tasting featured food of the month. Followers, food critics, and lifestyle columnists give their suggestions. And of these many suggestions, the best three are chosen. Three distinguished judges are then invited to determine which the best among the bests is anonymously.
In the past, BOD segments have featured best chocolate cake, greaseless chicken, pastil, siopao, brazo de Mercedes, egg pie, Hawaiian pizza, and so many others.
In the many different food items that were featured were the equal number of local food entrepreneurs that had been supported and helped by the video segment.
“Daghan sad mi nadawat na mga inquiries, nag express og interest na magfranchise ug magpalit sa produkto. So far, growing ang business and daghan jud customers nag ingon nga nakita nila ang Pastil Queen sa SunStar. We also use the recognition as proof of legitimacy sa among brand,” Rovie Aguilar of Pastil Queen shared in an earlier interview.
Pastil Queen was the winner of the Best of Davao 2018: Pastil. They are mostly present in food bazaars and exhibits in malls.
On the other hand, Gervacio’s Bakeshop was also glad after winning Best of Davao: Egg Pie for it helped promote their product more.
“Sukad na news mi daghan mipalit sa amoa eggpie gikan sa nakabasa ug mga nakatilaw. Mubalik-balik pa jud og palit. Dako gyud tabang. Salamat ma’am,” Lourdes Owe, manager of Gervacio’s Bakeshop shared.
However minimal and slowly, BOD stays true to its objective of uplifting and supporting the local entrepreneurs in Davao City.