CULTURAL POTPOURRI| Marco Polo Davao’s Kadayawan Festivity

THE MARCO Polo Davao launched its Kadayawan offerings of food, visual arts exhibition and a fashion show held at the lobby last August 1, 2017.  “This Kadayawan festival celebrates not just the bountiful harvest and blessings that we receive throughout the year but this special event is also an opportune time for all of us to give thanks for being able to withstand all the challenges we face especially at this period.  As our beloved Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said, ‘We will not allow fear to cripple us, nor will we allow those who intend to put us down cripple us.  We will not allow those who intend to put us down keep us from celebrating life and giving thanks for all the blessings Davao has been given and continues to enjoy.’  Life is here in Davao City.  Now more than ever, we are committed to the embodiment of the maxim,” emphasized Pamela Villegas, Marco Polo Davao’s Director of Sales, in her welcome speech.

GM Dottie Wurgler-Cronin with the staff of Marco Polo Davao

GM Dottie Wurgler-Cronin with the staff of Marco Polo Davao

     Showcased at the Marco Polo Davao Lobby are the colorful paintings of proudly Davaoeño artist, Victor Dumaguing, who is a relative of Davao’s celebrated artist, Kublai Milan.  Dionelo’s 40 piece art series is said to be a reflection of the artist’s evolution of life.  His touching themes on family, community and relationships are what makes his collection readily acceptable to the viewing public.

     The hotel’s entrance foyer itself readily announces the vibrant Kadayawan spirit of Mindanaons.  From Dionelo Balofinos’ floral arrangements, to the T’nalak Home artistry of Maricris Floirendo-Brias, to Arch. Jose Racho’s antique collection consisting of an impressive brass armor and helmet to various indigenous musical instruments.

     Marco Polo Davao’s love and support for the preservation of the Philippine Eagle was never more evident when it presented its Philippine Eagle mascot followed by a fashion show participated in by representatives of the Hotel’s various departments.  Both male and female models who did the catwalk carried with them Philippine Eagle stuff toys which were dressed by the associates.  The 10 pairs of Philippine Eagle stuff toys are up for auctioning; and the proceeds of the auction will be given to the Philippine Eagle Foundation.  Veteran designer Alfonso “Boy” Guino-o was tasked to choose the best dressed Philippine Eagle stuff toy pair.

     After the fashion show and the kodakan session, the always smiling Executive Chef Alex Destriza and F&B Director, chef Chel Galang, invited the guests for a taste of the colorful flavors of Davao’s 11 tribes in a culinary journey the Cafe Marco way.  “We take pride in the diversity of our cuisines but this month, we are highlighting the local flavors of Davao.  Our inspiration comes from the 11 tribes of this region.  It is truly a great opportunity for our guests to know more about the City through a taste of its rich flavors and textures provided by Davao’s land and sea that are truly ours,” slay chef Alex.

     Cafe Marco’s buffet table consisted of a wide variety of local delicacies such as spicy tuna (Maranao style), tiyula itom (a Sama beef soup), adobo pugo, piassak (Tausog dish), linotlot nga nonno (Diangan food), yellow rice (Kalagan dish), palikambing and pitis of the Tausog tribe, dugdug na bulig of the Diangan, among others still.  It takes some time to acquire a taste and be familiarized with these these tribal cuisines.  I loved the carabeef tapa with yellow rice and the native desserts.

     Thank you, Marco Polo Davao, for enriching our Kadayawan celebration.  Thank you, GM Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, chefs Chel Galang and Alex Destriza, and Sarah Dayrit (for the pictures used on this page).

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