Festive and Flavorful Kadayawan in Dusit Davao

dusitD2 Davao and Dusit Thani Residence Davao launches its very first Kadayawan event highlighting the art and fashion of Ninofranco and Kathryn Fanlo, the world-class Malagos Chocolates, and the conservation mission partnership with the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

Festive and flavorful – this is where the entire Kadayawan set of offers and activities will revolve for Dusit Davao’s celebration. The hotel launched through a face-to-face event at the Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom last July 28, attended by partners in the government, tourism, media, and society, highlighted with performances from the Kalumon Performing Ensemble. 

GM Christoph Kuch, in his welcome message, said, “It might surprise you to know that since Dusit opened in 2019, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate Kadayawan the way Dabawenyos do. So, this year, we went all the way and made sure that we have the right partners to pull off this celebration.” With a goal to compliment the set of offerings to the vibrant festival schedule of the city government, Dusit Davao partners with Ninofranco by Wilson Limon, Kathryn Fanlo, Malagos Chocolates, and the Philippine Eagle Foundation. 

Kadayawan Executive Committee Member Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre delivered a message in the event as well saying, “As we appreciate the Kadayawan Festival, may we all be reminded about its importance. It’s not a mere celebration to have fun, it is a celebration to thank God for all the abundance and blessings we have received.”

The event officially opened with the ceremonial banging of the gong led by GM Kuch, and witnessed by Councilors Al Ryan Alejandre, Bernie Al-ag, and Myrna Ortiz, DOT RD Tanya Rabat-Tan, TLDC COO Cathy Ko, and Cluster DOSM Lannie Merilo. 

Showcasing the culinary prowess of Dusit Davao, Executive Sous Chef Christopher Lugtu and his team prepared an array of dishes with a glimpse of what’s to come during the festival week. Tribal dishes like Piassak from the Tausugs, Landang from the Maguindanaons, Linotlot nga Manok from the Jangans, and Wadjet Makadurian from the Sama group are on the menu, along with Dusit’s signatures as the cochinillo. Malagos Chocolates took over the dessert station with the pastry team’s Grissini, Mango Chocolate Malagos Mousse, Malagos Chocolate cake and macarons, cheesecake, and truffles. These dishes are set to be featured during the Kadayawan weekend’s Madayaw Cafe dinner buffets at Php 1400 net per person.

A mini runway show delighted guests after dinner, featuring the creative works of Wilson Limon and Kay Fanlo on Ninofranco and Kathryn Fanlo Accessories. This matches the current partnership of Dusit Davao with PAL, including airfares in the accommodation packages to make traveling easy, convenient, and experiential. Ninofranco and Kay Fanlo’s works will be displayed by Dusit Gourmet this August.

Cluster DOSM Lannie Merilo, in her message, said “We came up with this big idea because we wanted to bring in a sense of local touch, showing off what Davao hospitality is all about. This is also where we thought it best to invite Ninofranco and Kay Fanlo, to emphasize that Davao fashion has evolved into styles that are ideal for travel, while elevating the reach of local artistry and craftsmanship.”

The night was capped off by the commitment of Dusit Davao to eventually adopt a Philippine Eagle through a campaign that will start in August. GM Kuch shares, “We are allotting a part of our revenue for the benefit of the Philippine Eagle Foundation. We will remain transparent and educational on this initiative, in order for our guests to believe in the same advocacy, and be catalysts to raise awareness on the conservation of our national bird and other species.” PEF Development Manager Andi Baldonado expresses her thanks to Dusit and ends it with a toast.


Guso Kinilaw


Tiyula Itum (Black Beef Soup)- Tausug


Pialam - Steamed Fish - Tausug

Adobong Pugo (Quail adobo)

Piassak (Cow Liver)- Tausug

Landang (Beef Cooked in Coconut Milk) – Maguindanao
Linotlot nga Manok (Chicken cooked in bamboo) – Jangan
Linotlot nga Nonno (Shrimp cooked in bamboo) – Jangan

Sinagupan- Tumeric rice- Kalagan


Davao Mango Vol Au Vent

Durian Cream Puff

Mangosteen Cream Brulé

Pomelo Panna Cotta


Wadjet Makadurian (Durian rice cake) Sama

Daral (Rolled Crepe with sweetened coconut meat) Tausug

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