Waterfront kicks off Summer Fiesta 2012-A A +A
Thursday, May 31, 2012
IT WAS a grand first for Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao as it opened the Summer Fiesta 2012 last May 26 and 27 with the people of Davao reliving the experience of a traditional Filipino fiesta at the sprawling gardens of the seaside hotel.
The Garden Ten was transformed into a fun fiesta village with great fashion and foodie finds. The highlight on the first day was the extravagant Santacruzan procession featuring lovely ladies from the illustrious families of Davao.
The second day saw the continuation of the festivities at the Larong Pinoy game booths and the Fiesta de Mercado with a live band by the Utopia Band.
Hotel manager Rouel Guanzon sees the event as the start of a wonderful new tradition to be carried out for years to come as Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao.
Guanzon was joined by Department of Tourism (DOT)-Davao Director Arturo Bncato, City Tourism Officer Jason Magnaye, Duaw Dabaw chair Gene Bangayan in cutting the ribbon during opening ceremonies and delivered his welcome remarks to kick off the festivities.
A holy mass was also held at the Kalaw room and presided by Fr. Victor Gilay of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. The Magallanes Elementary School rondalla and dancers provided the opening salvo.
The Sagala gown competition was topped by Joao Tarepe of Chardin, while Fuji Jiminez of Modiste and Ro-an Aguilar emerged second and third placers, respectively.
The Santacruzan 2012 participants included Isabela Lucita Rabat Francisco (Reyna Elena), Veronica Milagros Garcia Rabat (Reyna Emperatris), Alicia Santos Jaldon (Reyna de las Flores), Veronica Tolentino-Gabaldon (Reyna de las Virgines), Steffi Gabrielle Tolentino (Reyna del Cielo), Dr. Zeny Martin (Reyna de las Propetas) and Jacinta Isabel Reyes (Reyna Paz).
The year's Fiesta del Mercado exhibitors included Grub Resto Cafe, Frango Loco, Paz Delicacies, Father Franco, Pot & Fire, Gardy's Lechon for food.
For fashion, the exhibitors were Bheng Angliongto, Extreme Finds Davao, Chiche Alejandre, Mei Avancena and Anna Magnaye and Kara Respicio.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 01, 2012.