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Smart Prepaid meets the New Year with Torotot Festival

[8 January 2015] Smart Prepaid joined Davaoeños in celebrating the colorful Torotot Festival, Davao City’s creative, fun and harmless grand welcome to the New Year without the harmful firecracker which is banned in the city since 2009.

Despite the absence of the ear-shattering noise of firecrackers and fireworks, Davao City’s Torotot Festival was not definitely any less loud and fun, especially with Smart Prepaid’s ‘Live All Out’ brand of epic celebration headlining it.

The Durian Capital began the merry-making with a parade of creative and dazzling Torotot-inspired costumes along the streets around People’s Park leading to Roxas Boulevard. A separate competition for the most creative torot on the other hand showcasing Davaoenos unparalled artisty produced a most deserving winner – a Torotot featuring an intricate durian wood.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lead the countdown to 2015 at the Torotot Festival show backed by Smart Prepaid

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lead the countdown to 2015 at the Torotot Festival show backed by Smart Prepaid

Loyal and new Smart subscribers attending the festival were treated to loads of fun too as they had the chance to win exciting raffle prizes at the Torotot Festival countdown show as well as Smart Prepaid activity booths.

The New Year countdown program started in the afternoon with a grand hiphop dance battle among Davao City’s barangays where Sta. Ana Move Struck earned the top prize with their jaw-dropping moves.

This was followed by the performances of the iconic Pinoy band “Color it Red” and renowned vocalist Luke Mejares who churned out popular OPM ditties that got the crowd singing and dancing along.

The loudest cheers and shrieks of the crowd however were reserved for Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who came to address the crowd and thank everyone, including Smart, for supporting the city’s advocacy to create and promote a safe, peaceful New Year celebration.

Davaoenos liven up the festival with colorful Torotot-inspired costumes

Davaoenos liven up the festival with colorful Torotot-inspired costumes

Thus, with so much unbridled enthusiasm, thousands of Davaoenos simultaneously blew their colorful torotots at the final moments of 2014, embracing the New Year with optimism and hope.

For the duration of the celebration, the crowd enjoyed clicking away and later posting and sharing their most awesome moments with family and friends here and abroad on the strength of Smart’s network, and its 30 MB worth of free mobile Internet to all subscribers.

As a fitting welcome to the New Year, Department of Tourism (DOT) Asst. Sec for Region 11 Arturo Bongcato unveiled their new campaign, “Visit the Philippines 2015.” Mr. Bongcato highlighted Davao City’s important role in this new campaign as the city continues to draw a growing number of local and foreign tourists every year for its natural wonders, rich culture, welcoming people and joyful festivals.

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