KADAYAWAN TRADITION CONTINUES AT THE APO VIEW HOTEL MANAGED BY EUROTEL

On the celebration of 30th Kadayawan Sa Dabaw, the Apo View Hotel, the city’s premier hotel joined the people of Davao in celebrating the city’s annual festival that celebrates the bountiful harvest of the land, rich and diverse culture of its people and its tranquility of living.

DCIM100GOPRONow managed by the Eurotel, Apo View Hotel’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival brought in all the colorful sights and lively sounds of the festivities inside the premises of the hotel. Hotel guests who stayed at the Apo View during this week-long celebration were treated with in-house festivities to feel the vibe and spirit of the festival.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (53)DCIM100GOPROApo View Hotel’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival is a tradition that has been made every year. In fact, hotel patrons and frequent guests look forward to witness such spectacular event every year. At one point, Apo View Hotel is renowned being the only hotel in Davao with such festive and most colorful event every Kadayawan Festival season.

DCIM100GOPROThis year, Apo View Hotel managed by Eurotel brought back the music and dances of the Kaagan Dance Theatre Collective Inc., a Mindanao finalist to the Pilipinas Got Talent, as they showcased the ritual and traditional dances of the different tribes of Davao and nearby provinces.

DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROThe premises were adorned and filled by sights and sounds depicting the festive colors, cheerful sounds and jovial spirit of the celebration. Being Davao’s premier and the second oldest hotel in the Philippines, Apo View Hotel’s own version of the Kadayawan Festival embraces the city’s invaluable effort in honoring, preserving and promoting the artistry and rich culture not just the bustling City of Davao but of the Island Mindanao as whole.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (55) Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (57)Kudos to the Apo View Hotel for continuing this tradition of showcasing and promoting what is truly Dabawenyo and Mindanaoan. Indeed, something to look forward to every year.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (54)***I would like to thank Ms. Leah Adolfo for my Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2015 weekend experience at the Apo View Hotel.

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

MODA MINDANAO 2015 23 MODA MINDANAO 2015 24 MODA MINDANAO 2015 25 MODA MINDANAO 2015 26 MODA MINDANAO 2015 27 MODA MINDANAO 2015 28 MODA MINDANAO 2015 31This year’s Moda MindaNOW also features the works and creations of last year’s grand winner Fashion Designer JARED CERVANO whose collections are inspired by the B’laan Tribe.

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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”.

THE COLORFUL PAGEANTRY OF MODA MINDANAO 2013

Aside from the famed Indak-indak Sa Kadalanan and Pamulak Float Parade, another colourful event I always look forward to see every year is the Moda Mindanaw, a fashion event of vivid colour and pageantry held annually as part of the celebration of Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (46)Moda Mindanaw is an annual Fashion Designing Competition that aims to feature the fashion designs and creations of the up-and-coming fashion designers and accessory artists from different sides of Mindanao highlighting the vibrant culture of island through their intricate designs and creations.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (73)Moda Mindanaw is a festivity that pays tribute to Mindanao’s rich and colourful cultural heritage. Through the years, it has become a perfect affair to showcase the best of Mindanao-inspired fashion creations. In fact, it has gone far and has evolved from promoting the island’s indigenous materials to showcasing Mindanao’s different hand woven textiles and various fibres.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (43)What’s more, this multi-coloured fashion event has become a center stage for young and vibrant designers to showcase their craft. For years now, Moda Mindanaw features what is hip and fashionably in while preserving that Mindanaoan identity in each creation. Individual fashion creations and designs are showcased every year in a new and different concept yet these creations exude Mindanao originality and uniqueness.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (66)This year’s Moda Mindanaw highlights the culture of the 10 tribes of Davao City – the tribes of Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama. These ethnic groups that comprise the 10 different tribes of city are among the reasons why Kadayawan Festival is celebrated every year. The celebration is a way of paying tribute to their contribution to the rich cultural heritage of the city. And this year’s Moda Mindanaw showcases the different colours and patterns of these tribes.

MODA MINDANAO 2013 (20)As part of this year’s Moda Mindanaw, 36 of Mindanao’s up-and-coming fashion artists were required to pay tribute to the 10 Tribes of Davao. With their interaction with these tribes, they are expected to come up with street and evening wear for men and women and accessories which reflect the culture of the ethnic group assigned to them. And as expected, these talented fashion artists showcased the best of creation incredibly inspired from the rich culture of Mindanao.

MODA MINDANAW 2013
MEN & WOMEN STREET WEAR COMPETITION

FIRST PRIZE. MEN'S STREET WEAR.
FIRST PRIZE. MEN’S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. MEN'S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. MEN’S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. MEN'S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. MEN’S STREET WEAR.
FIRST PRIZE. WOMEN'S STREET WEAR.
FIRST PRIZE. WOMEN’S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. WOMEN'S STREET WEAR.
SECOND PRIZE. WOMEN’S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. WOMEN'S STREET WEAR.
THIRD PRIZE. WOMEN’S STREET WEAR.

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EVENING WEAR COMPETITION

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EVENING WEAR ENTRY 1 - FIRST PRIZE WINNER
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 1 – THIRD PRIZE WINNER.
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 5 - SECOND PRIZE
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 5 – SECOND PRIZE WINNER.
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 9 - GRAND PRIZE WINNER.
EVENING WEAR ENTRY 9 – GRAND PRIZE WINNER.
With a very special participation of Miss Bayang Barrios, a very proud Mindanao
With a very special participation of Miss Bayang Barrios, a very proud Mindanao

Personally, watching the grand stage of Moda Mindanaw for another year is another opportunity for me to see and be mesmerized by such fabulous creations that depict the rich culture of my own identity as Mandaya, Dabawenyo and Mindanaoan. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TALENTED MINDANAO FASHION DESIGNERS
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TALENTED MINDANAO FASHION DESIGNERS

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

MANDAYA AND DAGMAY WEAVING AT KADAYAWAN 2012

For someone like me who was born and raised in one of the far flung towns of Davao Oriental, seeing the showcase of what my province has to offer featured in the metropolis is such great delight. There is a sense of pride and honor whenever I see them adored and admired by flocks of spectator. Just like today in this season of Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2012, true members of Mandaya Tribe from the town of Caraga, one of the 11 municipalities of Davao Oriental, is featured by the Apo View Hotel as one of the highlights of the Kadayawan Fiesta at the Apo View 2012.

The proud tribe of Mandaya is one of Mindanao’s surviving minority tribes in the Philippines. Most of them live in the mountainous areas above the coastal town of Davao Oriental particularly in Boston, Bagangga, Caraga and Manay including my hometown of Cateel. The Mandayas are exemplary known to be artistic and creative.

I can still vividly recall back on those days growing up in Cateel how amazed I become every time I see members of Mandaya Tribe fully dressed up in their colorful and intricately woven dresses. Every year, Mandayas would come down from the mountains to the town’s Poblacion to take part of the town’s parochial fiesta. They would showcase their ritual dances, chant their songs and display a colorful culture truly one of its kind. It was always a mesmerizing sight for me and I grow up loving my tribe’s culture.

The Colorful Accents
The Intricately Hand Woven Dress
The Earrings Attached to the Headdress

Aside from the colorful costumes, unique dances and exuberant chants, the Mandaya are known for their creative skill in weaving cloth they called Dagmay. Passed on from generations to generations, they have woven cloth from fibers of native abaca tree which is abundant in the region for many years. The finest grade of hemp extracted from abaca stalks is stripped pounded, combed then prepared for dyeing. They used mud, root and other organic materials as dyes making the woven fabric colorful and bright.

The Weaving of Dagmay Fabric
The Tie-Dyed Abaca Fiber
The Loom
The Design
The Mandaya Weaver

Dagmay is distinguished from other tribal weaving by the intricate figures and patterns said to depict the folklores and beliefs of the Mandaya tribe. This art is handed down from one generation to the other. There is no patterns copy. Each design is an expression of individual weaver, thus, making it most intricate, unique and skillfully mastered. Today’s dagmay weavers are proud product of their ancestors’ masterful skills.

The Weaver, The Loom, The Fiber = DAGMAY

In this Kadayawan Festival week, the Apo View Hotel pays tribute to our tribe’s cultural and historical heritage through the Mandaya’s participation in the weeklong celebration of Kadayawan Fiesta at the Apo View 2012. Two Mandayan women, Minda Amorayon and Dina Mangilawod are housed at the hotel to showcase the intricate Weaving of Dagmay Fabric at the main lobby. Dressed in full Mandayan attire, Minda and Dina are proud to show a pure Mandayan tradition that has been passed on from generations to generations. Seeing them at the lobby flocked by amazed crowd, I can’t help but take pride of my province’s true treasure – the Mandaya people.

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You can still catch my Mandaya sisters at the Apo View Hotel for the Weaving of Dagmay Fabric until August 19, 2012. Kadayawan Fiesta at the Apo View 2012 runs from August 6 to 19, 2012.

HAPPY KADAYAWAN EVERYONE!

MY HOME, MY LIFE, MY DAVAO CITY

If someone would ask me how far I have gone travelling around the Philippines, I would humbly say I have gone too far traveling around the 7,107 islands of the my beautiful country. In the course of my travels, I’ve discovered many spectacular places, been wowed by lots of amazing sights, tasted various regional cuisines, experienced diverse culture, and commune with different people. Somehow, I could claim I’ve seen and experience that so called “more than the usual” thing about my homeland. I have traveled so great and so hard it became my passion but toward the end of these journeys, I still shiver in excitement knowing I’m heading back home again – back to my home, my life, my Davao City!
Davao City has been my home for 15 years now. Living here was just a dream. Enjoying fully an awesome life at this Big City was something I never expected. As they say, when one wishes something zealously, everything just falls into place. In my case, it was dream come true.
I was born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Cateel in the province of Davao Oriental. It used to be 10 long hours away from Davao City. For somebody who grew up in far-flung province, living in Davao City was a big dream. In the early days, vacationing here was by then a luxury. It was every little kid’s dream to come here during summer. Only the privileged though could easily be allowed. In my case, I could only count the times I was able to set foot here. So, whenever I got the chance vacationing to Davao City, I lived from hand to mouth experiencing the so called city life there is here so when I come back to my province I could tell exciting stories about the Big City. Every kid in my hometown was like that – passionate about Davao City! Who wouldn’t be crazy experiencing things we never had at the province in the very first place. Like my first escalator ride at Datu Complex, my first movie experience at Odeon Theater,  my first telephone conversation, my first ride on a Ferris Wheel, my first visit to a big store called NCCC, my first visit to a park called Gap Farm  – all of my “firsts” took place at Davao City. And so, that dream of living at this city was born.
After high school, I was sent to Davao City to pursue my college education. Being a probinsyano, starting a student life here was hard. There were times I missed my life back at the province. But whenever I think of that Big Dream to live in Davao, I became willed and determined. Little by little, I learned many things about living in the city. I got to appreciate its comfort and convenience. Bit by bit, I met new friends, acquired new experiences, developed my skills and learned many things that molded me to become sociably dynamic. Sooner, I began to discover different places and explore natural wonders within Davao City. At one point I muttered I need not to go out of the City to see the Wonders of Nature because the whole city alone is an abode of such. I have learned to love Davao City. I have learned to love everything about her. Never did I know that this love that grew in my heart turned into something greater than it is – the passion to live and settle down in Davao City.
As wished, my life has been very blessed here. I was able to get a very good compensating job, acquired a house of my own, bought a car, got to travel to different places and lived a life I have always wanted. Everything just falls into place. Davao City becomes my home. It has become my life. For 15 years now since that day I moved here for college, Davao City becomes home. My LIFE IS HERE.

I just love DAVAO CITY. I love the fact that it perfectly exudes of what I called “a city of different getaways”. When I have the itch for the sand and the sea, Davao City has nice beaches. When I’m in the mood for mountain and waterfalls trekking, the highland districts of the City await for me. When I’m the mood for shopping, dining and entertaining, Davao City’s fabulous malls, restaurants and bars are just within reach. When I want experience colorful cultural convergence, Davao City takes pride of Kadawayan Festival and the Araw ng Dabaw. Everything is here – great finds, tropical fruits, the famous Durian, the Philippine Eagle, exotic Waling-Waling orchids. There is no room for boredom in the Big City.
For the past 15 years, I’ve witnessed how Davao City grows from a laid-back city into a brand new metropolis. Progress and growth has come to her. It has become an important gateway to Mindanao. Today, Davao City has soared high but the quality of life here is still the same – absolutely livable! It is a high quality of life that does not come at a high cost. An ideal place to live in and settle down.
Part of my personal growth, I have been traveling around the many beautiful places in the country for many years now. I must say I have toured around the different islands, cities and towns of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. At some point, I have been lured to live in those places but whenever I’m back at the City, I always realize I can never trade Davao City for any place on earth. I can never trade my life I have here in Davao City for any alluring place on earth.

Because LIFE IS HERE in Davao. My life is here!

Davao life is here
Submitted as an entry to the 75th Araw ng Dabaw Blog Competition

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