Kadayawan fashion design events: Who came

What: Two fashion design competitions- Kadayawan Ball and Habi Kadayawan

Where: SM Lanang Premier

Who came: The stylish set and renowned artists

Davao and Mindanao fashion is taking a serious turn and on its way for global exposure. With mentors and professional judges, the design aesthetics of the apparel and accessories designers tasked to create unique and wearable local tribe-inspired pieces have changed. They are now geared to appeal to the mainstream market.

Two big Kadayawan fashion events brought Davao’s best designers forward: Habi Kadayawan and Kadayawan Ball.

Habi Kadayawan, on its second season, was fine tuned. There are now three categories: professional, hobbyist, and student. It’s a move that will encourage the winners to go beyond winning a title and go into production for the local and international market.

Kadayawan Ball is a new contest. It encourages the apparel designers to create wearable, Davao tribe-inspired formal attire. Inspiration is the key word. This sidetracks the designers from creating another costume-y apparel.


Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio,1 Susabel Reta & Dottie Wurgler-Cronin at the kadayawan Ball competition

Alfonso Boy Guinoo, Joji Ilagan-Bian & Lena Benedicto at the Kadayawan Ball competition

The 2018 Hiyas ng Kadayawan winners graced both the Kadayawan Ball & Habi Kadayawan competitions

Evelyn Magno, Neneng dela Paz, Baby Montemayor

Brenda Barba, Joji Batu & Gene Bangyayan

With the judges & hosts of Habi Kadayawan

Kadayawan’s organizing committee- Ronald Go, CTOO GeneRose Tecson, Gene Bangayan, Susabel Reta, Apollo Alquiza & Glen Santillan

Davao artists- painter Brenda Barba, couturier Boy Guino-o & sculptor Ann Parmintuan at the Habi Kadayawan competition

Nicole Bian & company at the Kadayawan Ball

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Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.