Davao Cultural Festival held in Beijing

Subscribe Now September 16, 2013 at 02:34pm

Food and culture from this part of Mindanao was featured in the Davao Cultural Festival held in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China.

Hosted by Marco Polo Parkside (Beijing) the festival featured the Kalumon Performance Ensemble who will be performing indigenous inspired songs and dances at the hotel until September 27.

During the opening last September 9 guests and visitors tasted Davao-based cuisine prepared by team of the celebrity Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzalez.

Among these dishes include Kinilaw (tuna with vinegar) and Pomelo Salad followed by the Davao Malagos cheese as sidings to the dried shrimp. Lechon manok (roasted chicken) and grilled tuna panga (tuna jaw) were some of the main offerings at the Filipino buffet spread.

The Festival is a joint project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) with partners Marco Polo Parkside and Cebu Pacific. It is part of the DOT program on increasing the awareness on Davao in the lucrative Chinese market particularly in Beijing, the event hopes to entice Chinese tourists to visit Samal and Davao cities.

"We are working closely with the airlines to connect Davao directly to our markets especially China." According to DOT Regional Director Art Boncato who stressed on the importance of connectivity between Davao and China.

Among the guests during the opening were Minister and Consul Donna Rodriguez who represented the Philippine Ambassador to China. She was accompanied by officials from the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Department of Tourism -Beijing office represented by Mr. Warren Palacio.

Former Marco Polo Davao General Manager and now the current Marco Polo Parkside GM Stanley Lau, DOT-XI Chief Tourism Operations Officer Eden David, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing Candice Iyog and Celebrity Chef Gene Gonzales led the guests during the toast.

Aside from the Davao Cultural Festival, other promotional activities included media and travel trade presentations on Davao tourism offerings which were both successfully held also at the Marco Polo Parkside last September 10.

Source: pia.gov.ph



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