CULTURAL POTPOURRI| A night of Caribbean beats and vibes

THE WATERFRONT Insular Hotel Davao went all out for a hot night of Caribbean Beats and Vibes for its Annual Appreciation Night last June 3, 2016, at 7 p.m.  The grand fiesta celebration was held at the beachfront where a well-lighted, huge stage was setup.

The coconut trees in the area were festooned with colored lights and lighted colorful paper lanterns in varying sizes.  The Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao department heads and staff headed by the towering and dynamic GM Bryan Yves S. Lasala, who all wore colorful attires, warmly welcomed the guests who were equally dressed in colorful Caribbean-inspired outfits. Percussion music and drum beats filled the festive air.


WATERFRONT Insular Hotel Davao’s Department Heads, Sales & Marketing Team and GM Bryan Yves S. Lasala take center stage to greet guests

“This special gathering was meticulously planned for each and everyone of you, our highly valued clients.  It’s because of your loyal patronage that the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao has remained one of Davao’s most significant landmark through all these years.  Your family here at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao are dedicating this wonderful evening of festivities especially to you.  I personally extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for what has been in the past and will be in the days to come,” expressed GM Bryan Yves S. Lasala in his welcome address.


DOT Reg. XI, Davao Childrens’ Cancer Fund, Inc., PIA Reg. XII and City of Mati receive their Special Citation Awards

Arnold Alvarez’s Singing Tala dancers opened the night’s program, emceed by the charming Claudette Centeno (who exposed her leg through a slit ala Angelina Jolie), with an energetic number.  Oh yes, there were the stilt walkers, fire dancers plus the mananguete coconut climbers in choreographed numbers by Arnold Alvarez.  The lively scene had everyone’s adrenalin flowing double time.

The Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao Department Heads and Sales & Marketing team, some of whom you seldom see on ordinary days, were then introduced to the guests by emcee Claudette Centeno who was forever in her Angelina Jolie-inspired pose: Edgar Abanilla (OIC for Engineering), Jury Joy Rubi (IT Manager), DC Berdos (Assist. Front Office Manager), Oliver Ortiz (Exec. Housekeeper), Shakira Tabares (Peers’ Services Manager), Thomas Guanzon (Safety and Security Manager), Almira Molina (Finance Manager), Victor Barangan (Exec. Chef), Eva Ces Gamalong (Marketing & Communications Head), Cherry Zurita (Conventions & Events Supervisor), Christina Sothrea Boukos (Sales Coordinator), Sales Account Managers Leslie Anna Getutua, Francis Morales and Ryan Rodriguez, Jennifer Romero (Sales & Marketing Manager) plus of course, the well-loved GM Bryan Yves S. Lasala.

After a sumptuous dinner of grilled seafood, among others, prepared by the talented chef Victor Barangan and his culinary team, GM Bryan Yves S. Lasala, Bayette Alburo, Jennifer Romero and Jefrie Mendoza went up on stage to acknowledge Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao’s Appreciation Awardees for 2016.  There were the Special Citation Awards to the Department of Tourism Region XI, Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc., Philippine Information Agency Region XII, and the Mati City Local Gov’t. Unit; Media Partner Awards to Mindanao Times, Edge Davao, and Sunstar Davao; Event Organizer Awards to Golden Touch, Pinktouch, Elenor Marcelino and Erick Gagatin; Travel Agency Awards to Fast Pass Tours, Mt. Apo Travel & Tours, Travel Advantage Tours Davao, Gangnam Tours and ARS Dream Travel & Tours; Top Government Account Awards to DAR XII, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Cotabato Reg’l & Medical Center, DOH-ARMM, DENR XII; Top Non-Gov’t. Account Awards to Bangsamoro Dev’t. Agency, Education Dev’t. Center, The World Bank, Zuellig Family Foundation and Institute for Autonomy & Governance; and lastly, the Top Corporate Account Awards to the Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Davao Central Chemical Corporation, Solis Tropical Fruits, Inc., and the Petron Corporation.

Thank you, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, for the years of dedicated service and commitment to the hotel industry in Davao City.

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