The 51st Hijos de Davao, Part 1

A YEAR and five decades after, the social club turned civic organization of Hijos de Davao is going strong and living its purpose to preserve Dabawenyo culture.

The RIgodon de Honore on the 51st Hijos de Davao ball

On Hijos de Davao’s golden year, time was ripe for the legacy to be penned and published. With the much-anticipated Hijos de Davao volume finally out, the stories of the significant characters who were influential in shaping this city can now be read.

The Hijos de Davao coffee table book

Making the Hijos de Davao book possible- Chiaw Yap, Marissa Tionko, Benjie Lizada, Stella Estremera & Iggy Castrillo

The formal launching gathered the descendants of the organization’s founders, the first people to leaf through the book’s pages before the ballroom doors opened for the anniversary ball.

The backbone of the Hijos de Davao organization, Rose Cabaguio. Here with Hadji Allado.

This year, Meg Ong, daughter of 25th year muse, Gretchen Jocson-Ong, was named and crowned the 51st muse. Escorted by Marco Garcia-Dizon, the two young locals made a most dashing pair for the elegant Davao affair.

Muse Meg Ong & escort Marco Dizon

The pair's moment on the limelight.

The next generation performing a contemporary number.

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 08, 2015.

The muse's family- Gretchen & Frederick Ong

An important person in the muse's life, aunt Dephne Jocson, with good friend , pianist Mary Anne Espina.

Proud grandfather of the muse George Jocson with Abdul Aquino, Hadji Allado & Louie Gahol

Long with Fred Pineda, Pat Montemayor, Amy Diano & Sonya Garcia

Sara Duterte-Carpio

The Dizons: Marco, Bianca Jackie, Sonny, Rossana with husband Mervin 

Bebot & Bien Estanislao

Boy Tionko, Long Pineda, Dinggay Sasin, Louie Gahol, Baby Garcia, Benjie Lizada, Milen Albano, June Diano, Jackie Dizon, Karlo Nograles, Frank Villaroman

Mike Dakudao, Bing Taojo, Mark Oropesa, Samantha Liao, Augusto Campos, Inah del Rosario, Rosanna Loseo, Josef Ledesma, Kat Dalisay, Mervin Loseo, Ada Angala, Chino Cosculluela, Celia Defato, Emil Sitjar, Trish de Jesus, Vincent Garcia & Pep-C Velez


Bemboy & Marie Tionko

Frank Villaroman with Fred & Tessa Villaroman.

Milen Garcia-Albano with son Raffy

Pia Gemepsaw-Ocampo & Sonia Gempesaw

Lito & Silvia Lorenzana 

Dikdik Rodriguez

Milagros Lizada & Ana Lopez-Reyes

Syliva Lorenzana, Dinggay Sasin, Sonia Gempesaw, Lilian Abella, Sara Duterte-Carpio, Bong Alba, Tina Tionko, Marie Tionko, & Rose Cabaguio

Charlie & Marido Gonzales with granddaughter Mischka

Alex & Rose Alcantara

Anthony Sasin & Binggoy Montemayor

Francis Ledesma, Josef Ledesma, Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, Martin Ledesma & Mr. & Mrs. Pavan Kakar