MODA MINDANAO SEASON 11: Highlighting the Unique Mindanaoan Heritage

It has been 5 years now since the first time I watched Moda Mindanao. Since then I vowed not to miss this event every Kadayawan Festival.

_DSC0280Moda Mindanao is longest running fashion design competition in the entire Davao Region. Staged every year during Kadayawan Festival, Moda Mindanao aims to promote contemporary Mindanaoan fashion and pave the way for young and emerging local designers to become a recognizable name in Philippine and global fashion.

_DSC0357In its earliest conception, Moda Mindanao was part of the Urog Etnika, a Mindanao Fashion Show that was once an official event of Kadayawan Festival. From Urog Etnika, Moda Mindanao was staged separately to provide local fashion designers and accessory artists from different regions in Mindanao a platform to showcase their skills and creativity as they create fashionable garments and accessories highlighting the fabric, colors and patterns of Mindanaoan culture.

_DSC0356Now on its 11th year, Moda Mindanao is moving to its new home from SM City Davao to SM Lanang Premier. Aside from its new venue, it is now redefined as a “Young Fashion Designers Competition with a new format, new look and new perspective but with the same global aspiration – to highlight the unique Mindanaon heritage in a modern, contemporary and fashion forward way.

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Participating Young Fashion Designers from Mindanao

Ten local designers from Davao, SoCCSKSarGen and CARAGA Region competed in this year’s Moda Mindanao. The 10 equally talented designers vied in two categories – Pret-a-Porter and Evening Wear for women. Their astonishing and unique creations were showcased in a runway show highlighting the fabrics, patterns, and materials that reflect the unique Mindanaoan heritage.

Moda Mindanao 2016 5All the participating local designers created dazzling and eye-catching creations but it was Jay-R Gamboa Flores, a local designer from Sultan Kudarat who amazed not only the distinguished judges but spectators as well with his skillful ability to bring to life the Mindanao culture and colors through his exceptional creations. He was the runaway winner winning both Pret-a-Porter and Evening Gown categories.

Pret-a-Porter for Women

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According to him, his creations are inspired by the four indigenous tribes found in his Province of Sultan Kudarat – the T’boli, B’laan, Maranao and Maguindanaoans. The evening gown that he fondly called the “Empress of the Four Tribes” is an intricate work combining weaving, beading and handmade works. The fabrics used were from Cotabato City while bells and other accessories were from South Cotabato. The pret-a-porter on the other hand was inspired by Maranao and Maguindanaoan culture.

EVENING GOWN FOR WOMEN

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Every year, Moda Mindanao features a Mindanaoan artist who has excelled in his field. This year, Moda Mindanao Season 11 featured and highlighted the works of young international accessories designer Ken Samudio. He is the very first Filipino designer selected by Vogue Italia as one of its talents for accessories in 2014 and who was also featured on its 50th Anniversary issue.

Ken Samudio’s Award Winning Accessories

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Aside from Jay-R Gamboa Flores of Sultan Kudarat, other local designers who joined this year’s Moda Mindanao are Aloha Lelani Begin of Agusan del Norte, Arwin Mark Meriales of Davao Occidental and Alexis Nickole Rule, Jonas Andrew Amora, Aries Buenvenida, Mimi Tandingan, Bianca Sabellano, Kian Plaza Deocariza, and Neil Patrick Jimlani – all from Davao City.

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Jay-R Gamboa Flores and his winning creations inspired by the four tribes of his province of Sultan Kudarat.

Personally, being there watching the grand runway of Moda Mindanao Season 11 for another year is another astounding opportunity for me to see and be mesmerized by those extraordinary creations that depict the rich culture of my own identity as a Mindanaoan.

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Congratulation SM Lanang Premier for hosting yet another successful Moda Mindanaw Fashion Event.

TAMAYONG PRAYER MOUNTAIN: An Abode of Peace and Serenity

The cool mountain breeze of Tamayong started to crawl on my skin. The sun was up with its scorching heat but I cannot feel it here. As I sit on the bench gluing my eyes to the astonishing scenery before me, I was gently transported to a state of serenity and stillness. As I look around examining every single feature of this edenic place, I concluded to myself that indeed this is a sacred place to find serenity, to meditate and to pray.

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This is the kind of state that Tamayong Prayer Mountain brought me to. Located at the foothills of Mt. Apo in Tamayong, Calinan District of Davao City, this Covenant Mountain & Prayer Center of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ enjoys a cool temperature all year round. But aside from the cool climate of this 8-hectare property, it is the well-manicured landscape, well-kept gardens and the European-style buildings that make this place a “paradise on earth” where peace and absolute serenity can be well-felt. For the faithful, they called it “The Garden of Eden Restored”.

Tamayong Prayer Mountain (4) Tamayong Prayer Mountain (56) Tamayong Prayer Mountain (100)Upon entering the Prayer Mountain, I was immediately transported to a different world. My eyes feasted looking and appreciating the well-manicured lawns, the lush gardens, the colorful plants, the landscape architecture, and the European-inspired buildings. And for an instant, I was instantaneously embraced by the sheer feeling of serenity, tranquility, and calmness.

Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer MountainIt was Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the Founder and Executive Pastor of The Kingdom of Jesus Christ who spearheaded the construction of the Prayer Mountain with the help of his full-time workers and volunteers. Aside being the birthplace of the religious leader, this mountain side of Davao City has become an important place for his flock. When the whole world prepared to welcome the new millennium in 2000, Kingdom of Jesus Christ citizens work hand in hand for a 24-hour non-stop construction of this complex for their Millennial Service – a gathering of thousands of Kingdom faithful from different parts of the world at the turn of the new millennium on December 31, 1999. It took only six months to complete the construction in time for the said celebration.

Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer MountainThe complex features three grand western-inspired buildings painted in blue, pink and yellow. They are called Millennial Houses. The well-kept gardens are copiously filled with various flowers and plants. I learned that 60% of the flowers and plants that are planted here are imported from around the world. Leaves of pest-prone plants are soaped individually by the gardeners. About 200 workers work hand in hand to maintain and keep the sprawling complex.

Tamayong Prayer Mountain (28) Tamayong Prayer Mountain (58) Tamayong Prayer Mountain (64)Adding to the exquisiteness of the place is the soothing music coming from the outdoor landscape speakers installed in different corners of the complex. I was told that this piped-in centralized music is played all over the place, 24 hours a day.

Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer Mountain Tamayong Prayer MountainLike sacred shrines, Tamayong Prayer Mountain imposes some rules to follow when visiting the place. Proper dress code is required. Wearing of sleeveless, slippers, and shorts are not allowed for both men and women. As this is a prayer mountain, visitors are expected to make unnecessary noise while wandering around the mountain paradise.

Tamayong Prayer Mountain (72) Tamayong Prayer Mountain (78) Tamayong Prayer Mountain (83)When it opened in 1999, Tamayong Prayer Mountain was exclusively for the use of Kingdom of Jesus Christ and its faithful. But in 2011, the good Pastor decided to open their gates for the public to see and experience the Prayer Mountain. To visit the place, one can secure authorization from Jose Maria College near Davao City International Airport. The maintenance fee which is also considered an entrance fee is only Php 150.00. Bringing of food inside the complex is not allowed. However, there is a restaurant and a café where one can order food. It is also best recommended when you make your bookings, you also include the food package. It will cost only Php 250.00 to Php 350.00.

Restaurant inside Tamayong Prayer Garden
Restaurant inside Tamayong Prayer Garden
Visitors can book in advance include food o be served during the day tour.
Visitors can book in advance include food o be served during the day tour.
Souvenir Shop inside the Complex
Souvenir Shop inside the Complex

Getting to Tamayong Prayer Garden is easy. If you don’t have your own vehicle, take the L300 vans or Annil Buses in Bankerohan bound for Calinan. Travel time is about an hour and fare is around Php 45.00. Upon getting to Calinan proper, look for habal-habal ride queuing along the street sides. Inform the driver to take you to Tamayong Prayer Mountain but most of them simply call the place as Quiboloy. They charge around Php 35.00 one-way. From Calinan proper, Tamayong Prayer Mountain is about 20 minutes ride.

For booking and reservation, please contact:
Office landline: 304-0647 or 234-2866 local 123
Mobile No: 09163789619 (Globe) | 09491359173 (Smart)
Fax: 234-7277
Email: [email protected]

Special thanks to MR. RICHARD REYES for arranging my day tour to this magnificent place.

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TTT Gives Back 2015 1This year’s recipients are pupils of Patong Elementary School,  Spur Dos Elementary School and May-Laya Primary School, three of the farthest schools in Cateel where 90% of the population are Mandayas. These schools are among the hard-hit places when Typhoon Pablo ravage the town in December 4, 2012. These kids were among the survivors of the monstrous disaster.
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SAYAW MINDANAW 2015: Mindanao’s Colorful Indigenous Dance Festival

An exceptional convergence of vibrant colors accompanied by rhythmic beats and graceful movements of different tribes of Mindanao were showcased in the recently concluded 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw through the staging of Sayaw Mindanaw, an annual indigenous-based dance competition held in Davao City as part of the weeklong Kadayawan Festival celebration. For another year, I am so grateful to have witnessed such spectacular revelry.

DSC_0051Ten dance and theatre ensembles coming from different cities and towns in Mindanao converged at Davao City Recreation Center as finalists for the annual competition. Sayaw Mindanaw is regarded as one of the key events of the festival as it depicts the rich and vibrant culture and tradition of Mindanao portrayed though live indigenous music and theatrical dance narratives.

Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (3) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (4) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (5) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (8)Sayaw Mindanaw is open to all dance groups of students, out of school youth and community based performers though out Mindanao. Entries should be of theatrical dance narratives narrating Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ epics, folklores and traditions.

Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (9) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (15) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (17) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (19) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (23) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (26) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (32)Butuan City’s Kadanao Dance Theater Collective was adjudged as this year’s Sayaw Mindanao Grand Champion. Second place went to Madayaw Cultural Ensemble from Davao City and Kathara Dance Theater Collective also from Davao City bagged the third prize.

Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (37) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (43) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (56) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (58) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (60) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (66) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (74) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (79) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (84)For the second year in a row, the Pantuyan National High School Dance Troupe of Caraga Davao Oriental bagged the special citation as Best in Research Material. This group represented the Mandaya Culture of Province of Davao Oriental.

Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (88) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (90) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (91) Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (96) The staging of Sayaw Mindanaw every year as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration is one great opportunity to better understand and appreciate Mindanao’s indigenous culture and traditions. Our diversity and multi-ethnicity make this island the most interesting cultural destination in the country.

GRAND WINNER – KADANAO DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE

SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 WINNING PERFORMANCE KADANAO DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE from BUTUAN CITY is Sayaw Mindanaw 2015’s Grand Winner. Sayaw Mindanaw is one of the highlights of Kadayawan Sa Dabaw Festival.#KadayawanFestival2015#ByahengMindanaw#SayawMindanaw2015

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SECOND PLACE – MADAYAW CULTURAL ENSEMBLE

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THIRD PLACE – KADANAO DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE

SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – KATHARA DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE (2ND)SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – SECOND RUNNER UPKATHARA DANCE THEATER COLLECTIVE – DAVAO CITYSayaw Mindanaw is one of the highlights of Kadayawan Sa Dabaw Festival.#K2015 #Kadayawan2015 #KadayawanSaDabaw2015 #KadayawanFestival2015 #SayawMindanaw2015

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BEST IN RESEARCH MATERIAL – PANTUYAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

TRIBUNG MANDAYA | SAYAW MINDANAW 2015SAYAW MINDANAW 2015 – PANTUYAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL | TRIBUNG MANDAYAPantuyan National High School Dance Troupe of CARAGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL joined AGAIN this year’s SAYAW MINDANAW in celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2015 representing the MANDAYA Indigenous People of our beloved Province of Davao Orientall. The group ended with special citation as BEST IN RESEARCH MATERIAL.Congratulations guys and thank si much for bringing PRIDE and HONOR to our PROVINCE!!! Watch it on HD please!#K2015 #Kadayawan2015 #KadayawanSaDabaw2015 #KadayawanFestival2015 #SayawMindanaw2015

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MODA MINDANAO 2015: Highlighting the Colors and Patterns of Mindanao Culture

What started as a spin-off from Urog Etnika, a Mindanao Fashion Showcase, is now Kadayawan sa Dabaw’s major annual fashion event. This is the MODA MINDANOW, an event I swear never to miss every year.

MODA MINDANOW 2015  (6)Moda MindaNOW is an annual Fashion Designing Competition staged as part of Kadayawan Festival that provides a platform for local fashion designers and accessory artists from different regions in Mindanao to showcase their skills and creativity as they create fashionable garments highlighting the fabric, colors and patterns of Mindanao culture.

MODA MINDANOW 2015  (2)It is a glamorous event that pays tribute to Mindanao’s rich and colorful culture and heritage. Through the years, Moda MindaNOW has become a perfect affair to showcase the best of Mindanao-inspired fashion creations. In fact, it has evolved and gone far from promoting the region’s indigenous materials to showcasing Mindanao’s different hand woven textiles and fabrics.

MODA MINDANOW 2015  (1)Now on its 10th year, Moda MindaNOW continues to showcase the ingenuity, creativity and artistry of Mindanao-based fashion designers utilizing locally woven fabrics, fibers and accessories of the different tribes found in Mindanao.

MODA MINDANAO 2015 7This year’s staging and production of Moda Mindanao is in partnership with SM City Davao along with the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts (FIDA), the only institute in the city that offers focused fashion education. With FIDA on board, competing designers are challenged to raise the bar and create globally competitive designs. Designs that can be worn around the world – mainstream fashion yet still authentic in its design elements.

The Face of Moda MindaNOW 2015
The Face of Moda MindaNOW 2015

There are three categories where different designers are competing:
Pret-a-Porter, Couture and Innovative Design.

PRET-A-PORTER

Ready to wear fashion creation where designs and patterns are inspired by the different tribes of Mindanao.

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GRAND WINNER – PRET-A-PORTER CATEGORY

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COUTURE DESIGN CATEGORY

High fashion formal wear that shows the creativity of the designer through exquisite embellishment techniques and mastery of dressmaking.

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GRAND WINNER – COUTURE DESIGN CATEGORY

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INNOVATIVE FASHION CATEGORY

Ingenious creation that show the resourcefulness of the designer. This category encourages the contestant to experiment and incorporate non-fabric materials to interpret their designs.

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GRAND WINNER – INNOVATIVE FASHION CATEGORY

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JARED CERVANO whose collections are inspired by the B’laan Tribe is year's Moda MindaNOW's featured Fashion Designer.
JARED CERVANO whose collections are inspired by the B’laan Tribe is year’s Moda MindaNOW’s featured Fashion Designer.

And on this 10th edition of Moda MindaNOW, all the three categories – Pret-a-Porter, Couture and Innovative Design, are all won by the three young designers from Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

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All the three categories – Pret-a-Porter, Couture and Innovative Design, are all won by the three young designers from Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TALENTED MINDANAO FASHION DESIGNERS

Personally, being there watching the grand stage of Moda MindaNOW for another year is another great opportunity for me to see and be mesmerized by such extraordinary creations that depict the rich culture of my own identity as a Mindanaoan.

Moda MindaNOW, a fashion showcase of what is truly “made in Mindanao”.