SCENE CITY| Davao Events Suppliers Association

WHAT started informally as Wedding Events Suppliers Party (WESP) in 2011 has now attained a stature that has been largely welcomed and accepted by Davao City Tourism Office.

It organized its first set of officers and crafted the name DESA in Sept. 29, 2015, and was officially established on Dec. 5, 2016 as Davao Events Suppliers Association and eventually became a formal organization composed of a growing number of event organizers, florists, designers, sounds and lights providers, entertainment-performers, hosts, make-up artists, photographers, videographers, cake makers, party providers, caterers, hoteliers and other Davao based allied professions.

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DESA President Elinor Marcelino delivers her message

On Feb. 14, 2017, DESA held its first induction and oath-taking ceremony at the Waterfront Davao Insular hotel. Inducting officer was Councilor Al-Ryan Alejandre who started out as one of the event organizers during his early days as a media person.

He congratulated the officers and members of the organization, having known most of them, saying they have come a long way and that they deserve to be recognized as professionals in their trade.

DESA aims to spearhead the development, planning and execution of events, including the delivery of holistic and strategic directions, with the goal of achieving positive benefits, creating beneficial impact and experiences not only for the organizers, clients and the host community, but also for the event participants, audiences, guests, sponsors, and the media.

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DESA Officers with Inducting Officer Councilor Al-Ryan Alejandre

DESA also aims to inspire a collective spirit of professionalism among its members by creating an avenue of information dissemination, which includes the conscious sensitivity towards venues, events, customs and practices, culture, art, history and unique interests of groups and areas. DESA will also spearhead the camaraderie of its members through their continuing education and training:  introduction of new and challenging ideas, updates on event management and technology.

DESA president Elinor Marcelino encouraged the members to work in the spirit of volunteerism among its members.  As the avenue of giving back to the community,  where DESA will actively participate as needed, in projects initiated by government, quasi-government and the private sector, the area of tourism, including destination promotion, increasing tourism arrival, extending tourists stay as well as promotion of local business, food, drinks, arts and crafts.

The founding officers of DESA, together with its enthusiastic board and members, are at the forefront of these initiatives. Though the tasks are overwhelming, they are fully committed to increase the level of professionalism among its members through education and further training, create an air of cooperation rather than competition and protect the interests of both its members and their clients.

Immediate past president Brandy Allan Fuentes made his Valedictory Speech before the induction ceremonies.

The affair was attended by Dottie Wurgler Cronin – Marco Polo Davao general manager, Emelyn Rosales – general manager of Park Inn by RBG, Bryan Ives Lasala – general manager of Waterfront Davao Insular hotel, Regina Tecson – Davao City tourism officer and Kennedy Kapulong – general manager of Seda hotel.

The ballroom was decorated by Noel Tanza. Thank you, Bong Vicente for the photos.

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