Marco Polo Davao’s Journey at 20
Today, December 17, 2018 Mindanao’s first ever premier hotel and proudly the first Marco Polo hotel in the Philippines — Marco Polo Davao is celebrating 20 wonderful years of its own brand of elegance and warm Davao hospitality for everyone who comes and makes the hotel their home at the heart of Davao.
Marco Polo Davao marks a milestone as it celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Marco Polo Ballroom with the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte, with its VIP guests from the business sector, diplomatic corps, government, media and society.
Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte with Halifax Davao Hotel Inc. President Francis Ledesma, Rosie Dominguez, Emmy Huang, Cynthia Dominguez, Founding Chairman Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Wharf Hotels Management President Dr. Jennifer Cronin, Marco Polo Davao General Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, Halifax Davao Hotel Inc. Chairman Bienvenido Tan, Adrian Juanengo, Rafael Dominguez.
Mr. Bienvenido Tan, Mr. Salvador Castro, Mr. Luis Miguel Roces, Mr. Armenio Lorenzo, and Mr. Francis Ledesma
“We are honoured that the Founding Chairman, Secretary Dominguez, had the bold vision and determination 20 years ago to partner with our company to establish an iconic, internationally acclaimed hotel. Marco Polo Davao soon became the epicenter of events for the city, and today prides itself on being the Heart of Davao,” said Wharf Hotels Management President Dr. Jennifer Cronin (right in the above photo).
Dr. Cronin also presented a Peacock embroidery artwork as a symbolic gift from WHM which means power and grace and continuous good fortune for Marco Polo Davao. The gift was received by Halifax Davao Hotel Inc.’s Chairman Bienvenido Tan and President Francis Ledesma.
Republic of the Philippines President Rogrigo R. Duterte and Marco Polo Davao’s founding chairman Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez also gave a congratulatory message to the management of Marco Polo Davao.
Lucky guests won exciting prizes such as round trip tickets from Marco Polo Davao’s corporate airline partners – Philippine Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Silk Air, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia bundled with overnight stays at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore, Marco Polo Hongkong, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila and Marco Polo Cebu Plaza during the raffle.
Marco Polo Ballroom was elegantly decorated with a touch of emerald, peacock, crystal and silver by one of Davao’s most prestigious event stylists, Annie Lim.
Guests experienced a night of musical journey from the country’s leading violist Maestro Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata, renowned concert pianist Najib Ismail and international opera singer Mee Hai Cho.
Songspell Philippines Inc., Davao’s best musical group, performed a musical excerpt of The Greatest Showman while the group’s alumni performers rendered classic Broadway songs.
Marco Polo Davao also provided its guest a culinary journey through the sumptuous cocktail spread prepared by Exec. Chef Alex Destriza, showcasing Davao’s Malagos Cheese and Malagos Chocolates. Cheese indulgence for guests who love Davao’s cheese! Plus free flowing beverages from Titania Wine Cellar, Wine Warehouse, Forth and Tay, Heineken and San Miguel complemented the event.
Marco Polo Davao has become a landmark in the city. It has grown together with the city’s momentous events and has contributed to the tourism industry in Davao City and the whole of Mindanao as well.
The hotel has been part of Davao’s history and every Davaoeno’s stories. For us, it is where we often see the now President of the Philippines President Duterte with his aide way back then Bong Go who I remember so well took our family photo with then Mayor Rody at the hotel’s lobby lounge. Marco Polo is where we used to usually celebrate my hubby’s birthday with breakfast buffet at Cafe Marco after attending the Misa De Gallo at the chapel of Ateneo De Davao across the hotel at the heart of the city. We have many fun dining memories at Cafe Marco celebrating birthdays of my boys, Mother’s Day and other personal special occasions in the past.
Mindanao’s first 5-star international hotel chain opened its doors in 1998 with a vision of contributing to the growth of Davao and Mindanao as a premier destination.
Congratulations to our Marco Polo Davao Hotel family!
More photos from Marco Polo Davao of the event on the next post update.