Dusit Davao’s Festive and Flavorful Kadayawan Celebration

Festive and flavorful – this is where the entire Kadayawan set of offers and activities will revolve for Dusit Davao’s celebration. The hotel launched through a face-to-face event at the Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom last July 28, attended by partners in the government, tourism, media, and society, highlighted with performances from the Kalumon Performing Ensemble.

GM Christoph Kuch, in his welcome message, said, “It might surprise you to know that since Dusit opened in 2019, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate Kadayawan the way Dabawenyos do. So, this year, we went all the way and made sure that we have the right partners to pull off this celebration.” With a goal to compliment the set of offerings to the vibrant festival schedule of the city government, Dusit Davao partners with Ninofranco by Wilson Limon, Kathryn Fanlo, Malagos Chocolates, and the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

Kadayawan Executive Committee Member Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre delivered a message in the event as well saying, “As we appreciate the Kadayawan Festival, may we all be reminded about its importance. It’s not a mere celebration to have fun, it is a celebration to thank God for all the abundance and blessings we have received.” The event officially opened with the ceremonial banging of the gong led by GM Kuch, and witnessed by Councilors Al Ryan Alejandre, Bernie Al-ag, and Myrna Ortiz, DOT RD Tanya Rabat-Tan, TLDC COO Cathy Ko, and Cluster DOSM Lannie Merilo.

Showcasing the culinary prowess of Dusit Davao, Executive Sous Chef Christopher Lugtu and his team prepared an array of dishes with a glimpse of what’s to come during the festival week. Tribal dishes like Piassak from the Tausugs, Landang from the Maguindanaons, Linotlot nga Manok from the Jangans, and Wadjet Makadurian from the Sama group are on the menu, along with Dusit’s signatures as the cochinillo. Malagos Chocolates took over the dessert station with the pastry team’s Grissini, Mango Chocolate Malagos Mousse, Malagos Chocolate cake and macarons, cheesecake, and truffles. These dishes are set to be featured during the Kadayawan weekend’s Madayaw Cafe dinner buffets at Php 1400 net per person.

A mini runway show delighted guests after dinner, featuring the creative works of Wilson Limon and Kay Fanlo on Ninofranco and Kathryn Fanlo Accessories. This matches the current partnership of Dusit Davao with PAL, including airfares in the accommodation packages to make traveling easy, convenient, and experiential. Ninofranco and Kay Fanlo’s works will be displayed by Dusit Gourmet this August.

To celebrate Kadayawan is indeed an exciting festival that Dabawenyos are looking forward to since pandemic hit our City.



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