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The 54th Hijos de Davao Part 1

Davao’s grand affair was celebrated with high hopes for the future. In the past years, the younger set has been visible among the crowd that filled the large ballroom. This year’s 54thHijos de Davao gala ushered the presence of new faces from the younger generation of Davao immigrants of old and new—and they all came stylishly dressed to the occasion. The “Davao family” is getting bigger.

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

The waltz of the muse & her escort

 

Foundation president Vince Garcia looked back to last year’s celebration when his fellow officers were apprehensive over the Marawi incident and the declaration of Martial Law. Would it be wise to scale back the event?

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Current President Vince Garcia & Ex-Officio Jacki Garcia

 

This was nothing new to Hijos de Davao. It was Board member Rose Cabaguio who reminded the foundation that in 1972 Martial Law was also declared yet the event was never cancelled. The event tuned out to be a well-received and festive one.

Through the best or less auspicious times, no matter what the circumstances Davao is in, the tradition of celebrating Hijos de Davao remains unbroken.

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Officers, Board directors & advisers of Hijos de Davao Foundation- Marissa Tionko, Benjie Lizada, Lourdes Estanislao, Vince Garica, Rose Cabaguio, Carmen Diano, Jacqueline Dizon, Isabel Lemen, Rowena Daluz & Pilar Rodriguez

 

So was this year’s event. Following previous event’s injection of a fashion show that featured modern take on indigenous design, this year featured a mother and daughter fashion show.

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Ann & Sandy Gotamco , Leah & Celine Nitorreda

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Mia & Sophia Floirendo, Bianca & Christine Baretto-Uy

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Michelle, Danielle & Natalia Ang, Marga & Nikka Nograles with their daughters

 

Speaking of fashion, the beautiful Cecilia Reta, broke the practice of having a non-Davao-based designer to tap for a muse’s gown. Cecilia turned to the family’s trusted local designer, John Belandres, to create the elegant number she wore to the night’s affair. She was radiant princess of the evening.

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

The 54th HIjos de Davao muse, Cecilia Reta, & her escort, Cody Gahol

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

The muse & her family. Rodolfo, Jessieden & Cornelio

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Cody Gahol with his family, Cecilia, Ricardo & Carla

 

Officiating the coronation of the muse were Executive Secretary to the President Salvador Medialdea, Margie-Moran Floirendo, Cong. Karlo Nograles, Cong. Milen Albano, Vince Garica and Anette Tionko.

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

The crowning of the muse. Anette Tionko, Cong. Milen Albano, Margie Moran-Floirendo, the muse & her escort, Salvador Medialdea, Cong. Carlo Nograles & Vince Garcia

 

A toast to Hijos de Davao!

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

The 54th Hijos de Davao Rigodon de Honor participants

 

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Rigodon de Honor

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

(Standing, clockwise) Cong. Carlo Nograles, Toni Ang, Antonio Garcia, Exec. Sec. Salvador Medialdea, Dennis Uy & Rodney del Rosario

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Betty Medialdea, Che Uy, Rochelle del Rosario & Eetang Ang

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Pia Rodriguez, Nena Hizon, Naty Fortich, Dicdic Rodriguez & Kristine Fabregar

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Sylvia & Arthur Garcia, Baby & Binggoy Montemayor

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Imee Garcia, Rosanna Loceo, Jackie Dizon with grandson & Baby Garcia

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

HdD founding member Perla Palma Gil & Nely Hizon

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

The brother, the sister & the escort

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Cody with the Gahol clan

 

54th Hijos de Davao gala

Cecilia & her clique

 

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

For travel stories, visit jeepneyjinggoy.com.
Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com

 

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