CULTURAL POTPOURRI| Seda Abreeza’s Kadayawan Fest Feast

“WE IN SEDA Abreeza are very excited to share with you what we have in store for the coming Kadayawan Festival celebration that we have decided to launch it on a July…As all eyes are in Davao City at this time, the direction is quite clear. We want people to discover the best of Davao City.  This is our way of delighting not only the Davaoenos but those who visit Davao and see what it has to offer. This is our way of participating in this year’s exciting Kadayawan,” said a smiling Seda Abreeza GM Ken Kapulong as he warmly welcomed the guests to experience the best of Seda Abreeza’s August promotions which he dubs as “Discover the Best in Davao.”

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(L-R) MarComm Faith Dimaano, ADOS Kathy Namuag, Rex and Olive Puentespina

For this very special Kadayawan Festival, which sees former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared as the highest official of the Republic of the Philippines, Seda Abreeza partners with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), the Malagos Farmhouse, and the Malagos Chocolates.

     “These are but three prime assets of Davao that the City is known for: the Philippine Eagle and the internationally-renowned Malagos cheeses and chocolates,” commented GM Ken that surely made Olive and Rex Puentespina and the PEF head, Dennis Salvador, truly proud that night as was Kadayawan Chairman Art Boncato who came dressed in his signature Alfonso Guino-o Mindanaoan creation.

      The entire Seda Hotel Chain in the country has partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation on a conservation mission; and is adopting PEF’s amazing bird ambassadors.

On the other hand, GM Ken thanked the Malagos Farmhouse of the Puentespina family for the opportunity to partner with Seda Abreeza stating, “Your world-class and internationally-known products are one of Davao’s best assets. We are proud to feature and support Davao’s very own.” And to think that despite all the hours Olive spends in her little cheese factory in Agdao, she’s still having a difficult time fulfilling all the orders coming from the renowned hotels of Manila alone. “At the end of the day, I smell like cheese. But thanks to a very supportive husband (veterinarian Bo Puentespina) who helps me in the business,” said the Quezo Queen. Well, no cheesey smell emanated from the feisty Batanguena turned true Davaoena that night as we gave each other fuerte abrazo y besos.

     Last July 25, Seda Abreeza’s T’nalak Room was transformed into a gorgeous reception room decorated with proudly made-in-Davao products. F&B Manager Oliver Evanglista’s eye-catching table setting was designed with Davao’s famous fruits in colorful abundance.

     “Seda Abreeza’s all day dining restaurant, Misto, has its menu loaded with Kadayawan fiesta favorites for the entire season.  The set meals from soup to dessert surely speak Davao. Indeed, food is one of the best accessible ways of expressing our City’s distinct culture.  Misto continues its Friday Indulgence with more of local grilled classics, seafood delights, and seasonal fruits in the spread.  Four beverage offerings will be launched this August to cater to the various tastes and preferences of Misto diners. Misto also offers its wine-and-cheese pairing with Davao’s renowned Malagos Cheese of Olive Puentespina.  There is also the Malagos Hot Choco paired with suman. The Kadayawan Dinner Buffet will entertain diners with live cultural performances by the award-winning dance troupe, Madayaw Cultural Ensemble,” reveals the charming Communications Officer, Ariesha Faith Dimaano.

     Seda Abreeza’s Exec. Chef Giovanna “Bang” Flores will surely cook her way into the hearts of Misto diners, both locals and foreigners alike. After her recent trip to Canada, the talented mestiza chef is obviously inspired with her Kadayawan Festival culinary offerings this time. Her version of traditional Filipino cuisine has that richness, sweetness, spiciness, sourness, and creaminess that basically pays respect to Filipino dishes we are familiar with. But Chef Bang’s Pinoy cuisine bears her signature in an updated manner. Chef Bang’s desserts like the Malagos chocolate cake with mangosteen frosting and the mango charlotte are heavenly.

     Congratulations, Seda Abreeza, for your Kadayawan Festival’s “Treasures of Davao” offerings you’ve come up with.  My special thanks to GM Ken Kapulong, Communications Officer Faith Dimaano, Exec. Chef Bang Flores and F&B Manager Oliver Evangelista for a truly wonderful preview of the Kadayawan Festival of Thanksgiving only at Seda Abreeza.

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