The Finalists: 2023 Habi Kadayawan Luxe Wear Apparel & Fashion Accessories Design Competition

"MindaNOW and Beyond" is the theme for the 2023 Habi Kadayawan Luxe Wear Apparel and Fashion Accessories Design Competition. The competition, a segment of the annual Kadayawan Festival, returns on the festival's slate this year after a pandemic-caused hiatus. Expect the rise of new talents from all corners of Mindanao.

In this year's edition of Habi Kadayawan, the Davao City Tourism Operations Office and the Kadayawan Committee introduces exciting modifications to the competition criteria:

- The Fashion Accessory subcategories is inclusive and will include the "Community Category" wherein 
 Indigenous People (IP) and emerging cottage industry groups can participate. 

- The Youth Category is back, and will include finalists from Fashion and Design-related schools and youth members endorsed by their respective Local Government Units.

- The Commercial Category is expanded from professional designers to include freelancers and hobbyists who have started their fashion accessory businesses online or onsite platforms. 

"With the revival of Habi Kadayawan, fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders can look forward to a spectacular showcase of Mindanao's rich traditions and cultural heritage interpreted in innovative, contemporary designs," said the organizers.

Apparel Category Finalists
  1. “Ampik “  by Adaza, John Bonniedick- Region XI, Davao City
  2. “Bago/Bag-o”  by Alcantara, John Erah -Region XI, Davao City
  3. “Higalaay Splendor" by Casino, Shine J.- Region X, Cagayan de Oro  
  4. “Liwat-Liwat” by Ignes, Jozel - Region XII Koronadal, South Cotabato
  5. “Denaul”  by Akmad , Kari Jr. - BARMM
  6. “Banyuhay” by Minoza, Richard - Region IX, Zamboanga 
  7. “People+Current” by Sinfuego, Renee- Region XI, Davao City
  8. “Tepo” by Solito, Jad -Region XI, Davao City 
  9. ”Wearmin” by Terrado, Garvy - Region XII GenSan
  10. ”Piece by Piece”  by Velarde, Clenton - Region XII, Alabel Sarangani Province
Accessory Category Finalists

Commercial Category:
  1. “Tubaw Macrame-Turung” by Borillo, Shiela Mae - Region XI, Davao City 
  2. “Pusô” Bag by Floirendo, Oscar- Region X, Cagayan de Oro 
  3. “Panolong” Clutch Bag by Gomez, Christopher- Region X, Cagayan de Oro 
  4. "Butterfly Bags” by Sabate, Joshua- Region XI, Davao City 
  5. “Gintlove” by Vesorio, Arnold- Region XII, Sarangani Province 
Community Category 
  1. Crocheted Neckpiece Warmer by the Samahan ng may iba’t-ibang Kakayahan sa Dabaw (SADAKAB), represented by Bajinting, Edelberta- Region XI, Davao City 
  2. “Langkus” by the Namnam Kouyagan Eco-tourism Aribal association (NAMKE-TTA), represented by Masaloon, Okya- Region X, Bukidnon
  3. “Guzo” Evening Bag by the Association of Panabo United Crafters (APUC Association), represented by Yambao, Rowena- Region XI, Panabo
  4. "Son’neng" Bag by the Bagobo Tagabawa Pangulabe Association (BTPA), represented by- Aalazar, Joseph- Region XI, Toril, Davao City  
  5. “Bakutal” Tagakalo Women’s Bag by the Datu Dawata Women’s Association (DDWA), represented by Labis Lolita- Region XI, Davao Occidental
Accessories, Community Category

Youth Category 
  1. “Matibulo” Bag by Boyless, Roland- Region XI, Davao City 
  2. “Cocoshell Parure” Earring, Necklace & Braceletdoble by Jayson- Region XI, Maco Davao de Oro 
  3. “Sogot” Neckpiece by Molina, Robert Rey- Region XII, South Cotabato 
  4. The "Laut/ Lilaut” Upcycled Bag by Ricablanca, Jurad- Region XI, Davao City 
  5. “Panimayan” Bamboo BeltPatayan, Meljan- Region XI, Maco Davao de Oro

Habi Kadayawan 2023 is co-organized by the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc., with design creativity and business incubation partners including the Department of Trade and Industry Region XI, Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation, Inc., Ayala Malls Abreeza and the Alagang Ayala Program, and Philippine Women's College of Davao's Bio-Circular-Green Technology Business Incubator in Creative Hub for Industry 4.0 or CHI+, a DOST-funded TBI.

(with PR)