Marco Polo & 11 tribes in fashion

THIRD on the list to present its Kadayawan offerings is Marco Polo Davao (MPD) and they kicked off the celebration with a Fashion & Fusion event at the hotel lobby.

DFDC tribal inspired creations. (Clockwise from top) Egay Ayag - Tausug; Emi Englis - Maranaw; Benjie Panizales- Maguindanao; & WIndell MIra- Ata Manobo.

Saluting the 11 tribes of Davao, MPD collaborated with the newly established Davao Fashion Design Council and the hotel chefs to execute through garments and cuisine the best representation of the highlighted communities.

DFDC's Emi Englis & his Maranaw isnpired couture piece in handwoven Inaul fabric with straw insertions

DFDC Edgar Buyan

A peek into the result—an exciting interpretation of the indigenous people’s fashion and cuisine seen through the eyes of the couture and culinary experts—was presented on opening night of the hotel’s August festival presentation.

Officially opening the hotel events. Indonesian ConGen Endah R. Yuliarti, Malaysian Consul Zawawi Tahir, GM Dottie Würgler-Cronin, Kadayawan Co-Chair Arturo Boncato, HDHI Pres. Francis Ledesma & DFDC Pres. Aztec Barba

Curtain call. The Davao Fashion Designers Council interpreting the 11 Davao tribes through fashion at the opening MPD's Kadayawan Fashion & Fusion event

Backstage with DFDC. Windel Mira, Dodjie Batu, Benjie Panizales, Aztec Barba, Edgar Buyan, EMi Englis, Bamba Limon & Egay Ayag

Attending the event were members of Hijos de Davao Foundation, the City Tourism Office, Davao City’s Diplomatic Corps, Department of Tourism and regular guests.

Carolina Josserand, Virginia Andersen & Marco Polo GM Dottie Cronin-Wurgler

Tourism mavens. Kadaywan 2016 ExeCom's Art Boncato & Davao City Toruism Officer GeneRose Tecson

Hijos de Davao Foundation's Rose Cabaguio with Dinggay Sasin

Marga Nograles & Baby Montemayor, MPD DOSM Pearl Peralta & Baby Montemayor

MPD MarComm Manager Josef Ledesma with Robbie Aguilar

The evening’s affair was capped with the unveiling of the Rodrigo Roa Duterte Presidential Plaque, the newest addition to the lobby’s gallery of Philippine leaders.

Unveiling the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Presidential Plaque

Throughout the festivity, the designs of the guest designers will be exhibited at the hotel’s reception hall and the cuisine of the 11 tribes can be enjoyed at the Café Marco and Polo Bistro from August 12 to 20.

Mindanao Tribes Set menu at Polo Bistro
Php 990 net per person

Appetizer: Plaren a Seda a Barilis (Magindanaw) - Spicy Tuna (one of a trio in the starters set)

Soup: Mongo Soup with roasted whole garlic served with 24 hours braised beef ribs adobo.

Main Dish: Linotlot nga Manok (Jangan) - Chicken cooked in bamboo. Served with Sinigapuna (Kalagan)- yellow rice.

Landang (Magindanaw) - Beef cooked in coconut milk. Served with Sinigapuna (Kalagan) - yellow rice.

Dessert: Trio from Sama & Tausug tribes- Wadjet- Durian Rice Cake; Daral; & Pasung- steamed cone cake