The 55th Hijos de Davao, Part 1

Davao has never been busier.  The rise of investment interests translated to the unprecedented development in the city, consular offices are opening, direct flights to international destinations by major airlines are increasing, etc. These, in turn, increase the number of residents in the city. Has number of members of the 1964-founded social-group-turned-socio-economic-organization also increased? I believe so, by rule, if you have been a resident of Davao for ten years, you are automatically eligible to be a member of the Hijos de Davao. You are part of the Davao family.

You can show your affection for Davao by taking part of this important annual affair. It’s where you will meet the rest of your “family”, where you can establish your ties, which can be beneficial in more ways that just a social contact.

Hijos de Davao is a grand affair, yes. Isn’t the feast of Davao’s Patron Saint, St. peter, and the camaraderie started by migrants more than a century ago and made official 55 years ago causes for a big celebration?

The 55thgala presented 18-year old Alessandra Dominique P. Allado as its muse, daughter of Yuri Cabaguio Allado and Roselle P. Allado.  Her escort, Caye Alessandro Rabat Francisco, is the son of Javey Paul Francisco, the Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Kara Rabat Francisco.

The 55th Hijos de Davao Muse Alessandra Dominique Allado and her escort, Caye Allesandro Rabat Francisco

Comissioner Jingo Francisco, DOT-XI Regional Director Tanya Tan, Hijos de Davao President Vincent Garcia, 54th HdD Muse Cecilia Reta, muse Annika Allado, escort Caye Francisco, Cong. Karlo Nograles & Qui Ai Ping.

Like the Rigodon de Honor, paying tribute to Davao artists is also becoming a tradition. Local designers lead by Alfonso “Boy” Guinoo presented their creations inspired by the 11 tribes of Mindanao with the past muses as models.

The Rigodon de Honor dancers (photo- Shem Lokangit)

Rigodon de Honor

Past muses of Hijos de Davao in dresses inspired by the 11 tribes of Mindanao (photo- Shem Lokangit)

Joining the fashion show were Honorary consuls Baby Montemayor, Malou Monteverde, Joji Ilagan-Bian & Naty Fortich in the national costumes of the nations they represent

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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Yuri Allado & Family

The escort, Caye Francisco (right), with the family

Josie Tionko & Dept. of Finance USec. Tonette Tionko

Sonya Garcia, Cong. Milen Albano & Coun. Javi Campos

Commissioner Anita Quitain & Melchor Quitain, Sr.

Cong. Karlo Nograles with Bebet Nograles

Austrian Consul Peter Faistauer, Dana Fasitauer, Binggoy Montemayor, Hungarian Consul Baby Montemayor, Japanese Consul Genral Yoshiaki Miwa, Spanish COnsul Naty Fortich & Jess Fortich

Mike Dakudao, Migs Nograles, Marga Nograles, Boy Guino-o, Consul Joji Bian & Lena Benedicto

Councilor Jay Quitain & family

Family of founding member Pat Montemayor

Cecillia, Popong and Jess Reta with Karl & Pinky Reta

Betsy, WIlly & Maia Torres

Tomas & Tina Tionko, Gemma & Pepsi Velez