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Marco Polo Davao, shining at 18

With everyone’s eyes focused in Davao today, another icon is giving a good reason why they should do more than look but visit and experience what this Southern city has to offer. Marco Polo Davao is that icon.

It was in 1998 when the first international chain hotel in Davao and Mindanao opened its doors to its guests. It was the talk of the town and the must-stay hotel with its well-appointed rooms both business and leisure travelers can luxuriate in, dining halls offering an array of cuisines, a chic day spa and other amenities a top-rating hotel could offer. Its birth upped the ante in Davao’s hospitality arena.

 

Facade of Marco Polo Davao

Marco Polo Davao is first Marco Polo in the Philippines

 

It was in 1998 when the first international chain hotel in Davao and Mindanao opened its doors to its guests. It was the talk of the town and the must-stay hotel with its well-appointed rooms both business and leisure travelers can luxuriate in, dining halls offering an array of cuisines, a chic day spa and other amenities a top-rating hotel could offer. Its birth upped the ante in Davao’s hospitality arena.

In the history pages of Marco Polo Hotels, the Davao hotel is the first Marco Polo in the Philippines, which paved the way for other Marco Polo Hotels to rise in Visayas and Luzon.

Eighteen years later, it has held on to its stars. Marco Polo Davao maintained the high standards it built its foundation on, grew with the city and welcomed the changes of the times.

Perhaps the most distinctive of these changes is its appointment of the first female general manager and the first Filipina in its organization.

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Marco Polo Davao GM Dottie Wirgler-Cronin & PAL’s Vic Suarez

 

A wise move, I must say. Dottie Wurgler-Cronin may have added the very positive Filipina female charm into the almost two-decade old corporate veins of the hotel, but she runs her organization with firmness, unwavering in her cause enable everyone in her team to place Marco Polo on top of mind of both locals and tourists alike.

Marco Polo is aging with grace and like any other lady it deserves a grand party when turning 18.

Recently, a debut-themed, thanksgiving celebration was hosted by the hotel with its loyal clients and friends in the corporate, tourism, politics and the media on its guest list.

 

18th anniversary party set-up of Marco Polo Davao

An elegant & dreamy set-up of the ballroom on its 18th anniversary party

 

Johnny Litton was invited as the event’s master of ceremony.

 

Johnny Litton hosts the 18th anniversary party of Marco Polo Davao

The night’s master of ceremony, Johhny Litton

 

Like the Davao icon that it is, Marco Polo shared the limelight by showcasing the best of Davao in its celebration—the Malagos cheeses on the cocktail spread, artist Kublai Millan’s painting for the hotel was unveiled, an young decorator emerges and turns the ballroom into a dreamy white garden, and among the guest models in a fashion show that featured Ann Ong’s jewelry, were the new generation of beautiful and driven Dabawenyas turned heads as they took to the ramp.

 

Unveiling of Kublai Millan's Marco Polo Davao painting

Commemorative painting of Kublai Millan depicting the Marco Polo Davao & Davao City unveiled by Francis Ledesma & Jennifer Cronin

 

Guest model at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

My favortie model of the evening Nikki Hao Bian in Erwin Tan & Ann Ong accesories

 

 

The culinary team went all out in its preparation and presentation. Good food was bountiful and wine was flowing—the perfect recipe for a fabulous party.

Congratulations, Marco Polo Davao. Here’s looking to more grand years ahead. Keep on shining beyond 18!

 

Seen at the party.

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Rosie Dominguez, Marco Polo Hotels President Jennifer Cronin, Cynthia Dominguez & Renee Salud

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Marco Polo Ortigas GM Frank Reichenbach, Tara Litton & Johnny Litton

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Ruben Bangayan, Edgar Ang & Tomoko Dodo

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Lea Imperial, Marie Tionko, Jean Andersen, Baby Garcia & Rose Cabaguio

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Carlo Lorenzana & Mike Ayala

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Sylvia Lorenzana, Alice Pamintuan Rosie Dominguez, Lilian Abella & Dinggay Sasin

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Francis Ledesma with Paul & Nina Borromeo

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Loreto Lim, Marlon & Alma Te, Bong & Amalia Vega

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Francisco & Genette Lon, Joji Ilagan-Bian, Lena Benedicto & Jocy Ledesma

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

John Tria, Bo & Olive Puentespina, Toffee & Marissa Tionko

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Maan Chua, Deng Fuentes, Davao artist Kublai MIllan & risha Corpus

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Cj & Denise Go

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Debbie Hao, Bing Lima, Emmilou Go & Cathy Bangayan

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Christine Bangayan, Michele Bangayan, Cassey Yap, Camille Yap, Cindy Yap & Samantha Uy

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Angel de Leon & Jody Ledesma

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

With Renee Salud & Greggy Vera Cruz

 

Guests at the Marco Polo Davao 18th anniversary party

Armenio Lorenzo, Tirso Bitacura, City Tourism Officer GeneRose Tecson, Bingkoy & Pam Villegas

 

Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit http://apples-and-lemons.blogspot.com and http://jeepneyjinggoy.blogspot.com.

Also Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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