Kadayawan is just around the corner, and as a dabawenya, I’m 100% sure it will be a blast! This celebration is not just for parties, float parade and all, what it really highlights is the fact that DAVAO is a place of culture and heritage.
To make this year’s celebration more meaningful as it always been, Abreeza Fashion Forum, happened last August 1st, unveiled three upcoming design-themed events. These projects were discussed by Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) president Aztec Barba and secretary Emi Englis and Kadayawan Festival Director Gatchi Gatchalian.
Also presented at the said forum was Habi Kadayawan, a project of the Kadayawan Executive Committee together with the DFDC which aims to illustrate through a fashion accessory design competition the rich heritage of the 11 Kadayawan tribes (Sama, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Ata, Klata-Guiangan, Tausug, Kalagan, Ovu-Manuvo, Tagabawa, Matigsalug, and Maranao).
There were 13 finalists who graced the Abreeza Fashion Forum; namely, Bea Angela Abrigo, Carmaela Alcantara, Andi Amora, Sharen Arriola, Junnie Artajo, Lissete Castillo, Lala Chua, Maan Chua, Arwin Meriales, Mai Ongkiko, Yvette Celis Punzalan, Goldie Siglos, and Renee Francesca Sinfuego. Made up of both professional designers and aspiring design enthusiasts vie to win the first prize of P100,000, the second prize of P50,000, the third prize of P30,000, and the honorable mention awards of P5,000 each.
The design-themed events are set to highlight the cultural contributions of indigenous communities, not just serve as platforms to promote the talents of local and regional fashion designers. This second run of the Fashion Weekend Davao envisioned to be Davao and Mindanao’s premier annual fashion event and lifestyle platform on August 4 to 6 at Abreeza Mall’s Activity Center.
- August 4th to 6th, the world-renowned Davao furniture and jewelry designer, Ann Pamintuan along with garments by the DFDC, will interpret her works through exhibit.
- August 5th from 10 am to 5 pm, will be a design summit that will tackle industry professionalism, ethical practices, design education, and style forecasts.
- On August 6th, 5 pm, a fashion show that will parade garments inspired by the 11 Kadayawan tribes of Davao by members of the DFDC, the Ann Pamintuan-themed pieces displayed at the exhibit, a “Kadayawan Faces” showcase featuring makeup brand Artistry, and high street fashion from Abreeza Mall’s own luxe brands.
Lastly, the Matigsalug Indigenous Crafts Project Branding Launch was announced to take place at the Mindanao Trade Expo at Abreeza Mall on August 11th. The said project seeks to build a comprehensive crafts livelihood program for the members of the Matigsalug Council of Elders Marilog District Davao City, Inc. It is spearheaded by AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. and the Department of Trade and Industry with the involvement of TADECO, Yvette Bags and Beads Collection, Great Gifts, and Maria Vinecrafts.
Photos taken during the forum:
My Davao Blogger Society family. 🤗
Kadayawan Festival Director Gatchi Gatchalian.
Mark your calendars and see it for yourself the richness of Davao and the masterpieces of our local talents. Ato ni bai! See yah! 😍
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