SCENE CITY| A salute to Filipino culture and cuisine

CELEBRATING Philippine Independence Day on June 12 this year was not merely displaying the flag in government buildings and private offices. It became more meaningful for us here in Mindanao with the feeling of unity amidst crisis and surviving the trials.

On a more festive mode, we joined Marco Polo Davao for a buffet which featured Filipino favorite dishes.


FRONT Office Team with Assistant Manager Ian Itao (middle)


CAFE Marco Service team

A switch of roles between Executive Chef Alex Destriza and Restaurants, Bars and Events Manager Chef Chel Yabut brought an exciting feel for the Independence Week celebration. Chef Chel, also a food historian, blogger and recipe and culinary director wore her toque once again as she took over the kitchen to bring authentic recipes from Southern Luzon to the Heart of Davao.


CULINARY team led by Chef Alex Destriza


GM Dottie Wurgler Cronin with RBE Manger and guest chef Chel Yabut and Executive Chef Alex Destriza

Dottie Wurgler Cronin, Marco Polo General Manager said “Our country’s national day or Araw ng Kalayaan is very timely and important in our times. Food is a representation of our freedom and culture as Filipinos from where you can taste the influence of Spanish, American, Japanese and Southeast Asian countries.”

Guests can enjoy their favorite dishes like Kare-kare, Kaldereta, Mechado, Sinigang, Afritada, Pinakbet, Adobo and sizzling Sisig.

The evening at Marco Polo’s Café Marco also featured Chef Chel as she demonstrated how to prepare “Ensaladang Talong” and “Pansit Pusit”.

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