CULTURAL POTPOURRI| A Taste of Kadayawan at Seda Abreeza

A GENTLE, early reminder of the annual Kadayawan celebration was staged by Seda Abreeza last July 26, 2017, at its well decorated and obviously Kadayawan-themed Ikat Ballroom.  Yes, the first urban lifestyle hotel of Davao City to launch it’s “indulging set of Kadayawan promotions” for its guests for this coming festive month of August despite and in spite of “Martial Law with a Smile” in the entire Mindanao.  It’s an even bigger Seda Kadayawan celebration this year as the hotel partners with the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Tabula Rasa Art Group, Olive Puentespina’s in-demand Malagos Cheeses, and Rex Puentespina’s internationally awarded Malagos Chocolates.

A TOAST for a festive Kadayawan celebration with Seda Abreeza's partners

A TOAST for a festive Kadayawan celebration with Seda Abreeza’s partners

“All eyes are focused on Davao at this time.  We at Seda want people all over the Philippines to know that things are going great in Davao; and we want to share with all our guests the best of what Davao City has to offer.  We are offering special promotions and activities in line with the City’s celebration of the Kadayawan Festival to match the hype: an on-going tradition for the sustainability and preservation of wildlife for Seda Abreeza’s room promotions; and a number of specialty drinks, dishes and such other culinary delights made with the finest of Davao’s products,” Seda GM Kennedy V. Kapulong promised the guests comprised of people coming from Davao’s various sectors of the community. Of course, the charming and bright Davao City Tourism Operations Officer Generose Tecson and DATA President Gatchi Gatchalian were in attendance to help in Seda’s mighty launch of its Kadayawan promos.  Guests of Honor that evening included Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu who came in his batik attire and Japanese Consul Tomoko Dodo who failed to make her stellar presence felt.

As mentioned by GM Ken V. Kapulong, Seda Hotels continue to help in wildlife conservation.  Guests who avail of Seda’s (whichever Seda Hotel in the country) best available rates from August to September 2017 will get their chance to help in this noble cause of preserving our wildlife.  This is an initiative to benefit the Bird Ambassadors of the Philippine Eagle Center which are often showcased in the organization’s Keeper Talks which help greatly with the Center’s information and education drive.  “Indeed, as a trusted hotel chain in the country, Seda sees the importance of this conservation mission campaign; and is truly supportive in making this partnership happen again,” reasoned the Seda Communications Officer, Ariesha Faith Dimaano.  Presented that evening to help raise awareness was the Center’s preserved eagle, Diola, in her mighty form to last forever more.  Diola will be exhibited at the Seda Abreeza Lobby during the Kadayawan Festival.

Thanks to the creative Seda Executive Chef Giovanna “Bang” Flores, lucky diners that evening enjoyed her spread of culinary delights inspired by the Kadayawan celebration of bounty.  It is no wonder Misto was a Philippine Tattler awardee for Best Restaurants.  Chef Bang proudly presented her well concocted dishes such as the sisig samosa, Malagos kesong puti and crispy adobo flakes pizza, slow roasted Angus beef short plate, Misto chili prawns, grilled tuna panga, alimango in kurma sauce plus the heavenly desserts of choconut banana turon which Prez Duterte would surely love; ube-leche flan cake, among so many others.  But why no halo-halo this time?  Pray tell.

From August 17-19, a lot more courses will be added such as smoked fish and salted egg triangles; boneless lechon, grilled baby back ribs, caramelized patis chicken wings; and tofu sisig with XO sauce. Not to mention the Malagos cheese and chocolate with wine pairing promotion which will be offered for the whole month of August.

To make the celebration even more interesting, Seda Abreeza partners with the Tabula Rasa Art Group for a month-long art exhibition at the hotel lobby.  There’s also a series of sketching sessions during the Kadayawan week at Seda Abreeza.

That evening, student dancers from the University of Southeastern Philippines’ Pangkat Silayan showed Davao’s rich cultural diversity through their colorful and energetic tribal dances and ethnic music.

Congratulations, Seda Abreeza, for your successful launch of the Kadayawan Festival the Seda Abreeza way.  More power to you.

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