From Ann Pamintuan’s breathtaking sculptures to gustatory delights from Malagos Farm’s Olive Puentespina and in-house chef Giovanna Bang Flores, there is a woman’s touch in most everything at Davao City’s brand new Seda Abreeza hotel.
Besides Pamintuan’s works of art in the lobby and other areas of the hotel, another point of visual interest is Seda’s use of T’nalak items made by Mindanao’s T’boli tribe, an advocacy of Maricris Floirendo-Brias who organized the T’boli Weaving Center for the indigenous people of her province.
These come in the form such decorative items as picture frames, candle holders and other paper products that have also become extremely fashionable in high-end homes and institutions in Australia, Europe and Japan.
Many of Brias’ items, as well as those of other Filipino designers are available at T’nalak Homes, a concept store at the adjacent Abreeza Mall within the same complex as the hotel.
Meanwhile, the soft and aged cheeses at the hotel’s Spirale restaurant buffet are carefully crafted by the enterprising Olive Puentespina of the famed Malagos Farm. She also supplies these to top hotels around the country and business class flights of different airlines that fly out from the Philippines.
Although Puentespina did not formally study the art of making cheese, she was able to develop the right process to create such high quality cheeses that now number 25 kinds. She is has also ventured into the cacao business and exports beans and chocolate for hot cocoa mixes and chocolate bars abroad.
Last but not the least, Seda is proud of its lady executive chef Giovanna Bang Flores who in a short span of time has earned the approval of Davao City’s foodies and guests for her innovative dishes of Crispy Prawns with Misto Chili Sauce and Sinugbang Tuna Buntot.