March 2017 musings: food, fashion & art on the buffet

The Araw ng Dabaw is one of the busiest times in Davao. It gives everyone a reason to celebrate for a day, a weekend, a week and even the entire month. Nothing to complain about, except for the traffic jam and weight gain.

Food took center stage, as usual. Misto at Seda Abreeza served heavy hitters on the buffet table—rice toppings in six variants that paired well with the grilled fare. Then Marco Polo Plaza Cebu came to Davao and dished out Mango Bango, a four-course meal that highlighted Cebu’s popular fruit, and its sister hotel’s “House of Buchi”, the Lotus Court, brought back its Sunday dim sum lunch buffet as well.


green mango sorbet

Refreshing, surprising. The green mango sorbet by Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


Misto's rice topping

Smoked Fish, Salted Egg Fried Rice. One of six rice topping dishes at Misto


For a “purposeful dining” experience, IChef worked with celebrity chef Sharwin Tee and whipped up an all-Davao inspired menu. It was a charity dinner that handed 100 percent of the proceeds to two beneficiaries. Busog applied to the tummy and the heart.


IChef holds charity dinner with Chef Sharwin Tee

A purposeful dinner gathering. Chef Sharwin Tee with IChef’s Joji & Nicole Bian hosted a charity dinner


The ratio must have been 10 stalls to one truck in the Food Truck Festival, which probably defeated the event’s purpose, but that didn’t matter. The people went anyway. Serve good food and they will come. Show more food trucks though next time and give the label justice.


Davao food truck festival

More stalls, very few food trucks at the first Food Truck Festival in Davao but it was jam packed anyway


Ole, La Lola Churreria is in town! The good ol’ Spanish pastry is made from scratch, cooked when ordered and served with love (and chocolates). The dips though are a bit too sweet for my taste. I’m good with cinnamon and sugar.


Churreria La Lola opens in Davao

What La Lola churros can offer: a whole lot of fun & loving.


There is a spike on the art scene graph and this is very encouraging for the emerging artists.

The recent Art in the Park event chose an ideal venue to reach out to people of all social classes. Small was how Salcedo Park’s Art in the Park started and look at where it is now. If you’re in Manila today, witness the once in a year art spectacle. Let’s support our version and make it a bigger affair by the year.


Davao's Art in the Park

The first Art in the Park in Davao’s People’s Park.


Art in the Park Davao

Seen at Art in the Park at the People’s Park- Ballpoint pen portrait. Old Man Series 1 by Jomar Bacus.


Vic Secuya’s celebrated the colorful imagery of Mindanao in his latest one-man exhibition, and across the city art classes are breeding more and more artists.


Vic Secuya solo exhibit at SM Lanang Premier Davao

Vic Secuya at the opening of his solo exhibit


paintings by Vic Secuya

Vic Secuya celebrated the colors of Mindanao in his recent solo exhibition at SM Lanang Premier


PWC’s graduation class exhibition in Abreeza covered visual arts, industrial, interior and fashion designs. It was a good exposure for the young talents and avenue for the school and instructors to showcase what the students learned.


Oil painting by Eloisa Sanson

Loving this piece by PWC art student, Eloisa Sanson


oil painting by Kate Labio

Distraction by Katre Labio


Fashion Design student Dally Amandaron did a great job in the senior’s competition. Her clean lines and detail stood out from the rest. The undergrads could learn from this lady why quality is the twin of their craft. As to why the younger ones’ collections were given the go signal to work the ramp by their instructors, I am still wondering.


PWC senior dfashion design class

The graduating students of PWC Fashion Design School


Chimes presented a pop-up show featuring the new labels on the retail floor. Interesting selection they have but for a homegrown store I still have to see if Davao fashion labels will end up on the roster. Davao is teeming with talents. Do tap them.


Chimes presented its summer collection


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