Marco Polo Davao marks a milestone as it celebrated its 20th Anniversary last December 7, 2018 at the Marco Polo Ballroom with the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte, its VIP guests from the business sector, diplomatic corps, government, media and society. 

Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte with Halifax Davao Hotel Inc. President Francis Ledesma, Rosie Dominguez, Emmy Huang, Cynthia Dominguez, Founding Chairman Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Wharf Hotels Management President Dr. Jennifer Cronin, Marco Polo Davao General Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, Halifax Davao Hotel Inc. Chairman Bienvenido Tan, Adrian Juanengo, Rafael Dominguez

“We are honoured that the Founding Chairman, Secretary Dominguez, had the bold vision and determination 20 years ago to partner with our company to establish an iconic, internationally acclaimed hotel. Marco Polo Davao soon became the epicentre of events for the city, and today prides itself on being the Heart of Davao, said Wharf Hotels Management President Dr. Jennifer Cronin.

Halifax Davao Hotel Inc. President Francis Ledesma, Chairman Bienvenido Tan and Wharf Hotels Management President Dr. Jennifer Cronin

Dr. Cronin also presented a Peacock embroidery artwork as a symbolic gift from WHM which means power and grace and continuous good fortune for Marco Polo Davao. The gift was received by Halifax Davao Hotel Inc.s Chairman Bienvenido Tan and President Francis Ledesma.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gives his congratulatory message

Republic of the Philippines President Rogrigo R. Duterte and founding chairman Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez also gave a congratulatory message to the management of Marco Polo Davao.
Lucky guests won exciting prizes such as round trip tickets from Marco Polo Davaos corporate airline partners - Philippine Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Silk Air, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia bundled with overnight stays at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore, Marco Polo Hongkong, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila and Marco Polo Cebu Plaza during the raffle.

Marco Polo Ballroom was elegantly decorated with a touch of emerald, peacock, crystal and 
silver by one of Davaos most prestigious event stylists, Annie Lim.


Guests experienced a night of musical journey from the countrys leading violist Maestro Alfonso Coke Bolipata, renowned concert pianist Najib Ismail and internationa opera singer Mee Hai Cho.  Songspell Philippines Inc., Davaos best musical group, performed a musical excerpt of The Greatest Showman while the groups alumni performers rendered classic Broadway songs.

Marco Polo Davao also provided its guest a culinary journey through the sumptuous cocktail spread prepared by Exec. Chef Alex Destriza, showcasing Davaos Malagos Cheese and Malagos Chocolates.  Free flowing beverages from Titania Wine Cellar, Wine Warehouse, Forth and Tay, Heineken and San Miguel complemented the event.

Marco Polo Davao has become a landmark in the city. It has grown together with the citys momentous events and has contributed to the tourism industry in Davao City and the whole of Mindanao as well. The hotel has been part of Davaos history and every Davaoenos stories.

Mindanaos first 5-star international hotel chain opened its doors in 1998 with a vision of contributing to the growth of Davao and Mindanao as a premier destination.

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Thank you Marco Polo Davao for having us!

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Davao City
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  1. This is an outstanding venue, with great and thoughtful staff, and a fantastic chef. The location is well situated. We has been delighted to host our annual event at these event venues for the past few years, and the space has been perfect for our group of roughly 300.

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