Kadayawan Davao Fashion Forum

I was particularly excited with this social occasion because it is my first style event. I finally get to suit up. The past few events I’ve been attending were food events. I mean I’m not complaining but a little bit of fashion exposure would help me explore my undiscovered niche. Kadayawan + Fashion sounds like a good combination. Also it would help forward and promote the Industry. I’m all in to supporting our local fashion industry. A win-win situation here.

The event

Abreeza Fashion Forum unveiled three design-themed events namely Fashion Weekend Davao, Habi Kadayawan, and  The Matigsalug Indigenous Crafts Project Branding Launch. Front and center to discuss and answer all the queries were Aztec Barba and Emi Englis Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) president and secretary respectively and Kadayawan Festival Director Gatchi Gatchalian.

DFDC Secretary Emi Englis, Kadayawan Festival Director Gatchi Gatchalian, and DFDC President Aztec Barba

Fashion Weekend Davao.  A fashion show that will exhibit garments inspired by the 11 Kadayawan tribes of Davao by members of the DFDC, the Ann Pamintuan, world-renowned Davao furniture and jewelry designer, themed pieces displayed at the exhibit, and “Kadayawan Faces” showcasing makeup brand Artistry, and high street fashion from Abreeza Mall’s own brands.

Habi Kadayawan. A fashion accessory design competition which aims to display the rich heritage of the 11 Kadayawan tribes—Sama, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Ata, Klata-Guiangan, Tausug, Kalagan, Ovu-Manuvo, Tagabawa, Matigsalug, and Maranao. 13 finalists from different fashion experience qualified 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.

Habi Kadayawan 13 finalists with DFDC members, Gatchi Gatchalian, and Ruby Ochoa
Credits to Abreeza for the photos and thank you for inviting us.

The Matigsalug Indigenous Crafts Project Branding is spearheaded by the AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. and DTI with cooperation and involvement of TADECO, Yvette Bags and Bead Collection, Great Gifts, and Maria Vinecrafts. This project aims to promote and build a crafts livelihood program for the members of the Matigsalug Council of Elders Marilog District.

One of the purpose of these events is to incorporate fashion into Kadayawan as what Sir Gatchi said during the Forum. He said that in the past Kadayawans we all see floats, parades, food bazaars and exhibits but not enough fashion and  style. So through this events and projects, we could inject fashion into Kadayawan by also helping designers, artists and community members. DFDC also wants to create bigger and bolder impression of Davao Fashion that would elevate the existing industry even more. Let us support our local fashion industry.

Davao Bloggers Society looking Dapper in the stage.


The wardrobe

I’ve been leaning towards the fashion niche but currently my blog posts are about lifestyle and travel. I had a mentoring session with one of the pioneers of DBS, it got me thinking about my pathway in the blogging industry. She asked what niche I really want to blog about. Here goes my first attempt on becoming a full pledged style blogger.

Black. Wear something black. That was the memo sent to us by Abreeza. So I immediately assembled an outfit. Scrambling to find a good fit but here it goes. Black long sleeve from Memo layered with a jacket from Bench. I wore pants also from bench and shoes from Ferragamo Salvatore. I liked the outcome because it does not only reflect my style but it is also comfortable.

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Photos taken by caramielrush

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