Seda celebrates 5th year

Photographs 
by Honey Jarque Loop for the 
Daily Tribune 
Gwen dela Cruz, general manager of Seda Cebu.
Photographs by Honey Jarque Loop for the Daily Tribune Gwen dela Cruz, general manager of Seda Cebu.

Five years ago, the landscape of Cebu Business Park forever changed when Seda Ayala Center Cebu opened its doors to appreciative local and international travelers.

Evening gown by Paco Serafica.
Evening gown by Paco Serafica.

Helmed by general manager Gwen dela Cruz, with 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, she assembled a sterling team that was ready — and had triumphed — through each and every challenge imaginable — to include the global terrors, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and devastating typhoons like "Odette."

Gwen dela Druz, Margie Lhuillier, Javier Hernandez and Genny Puno.
Gwen dela Druz, Margie Lhuillier, Javier Hernandez and Genny Puno.

Fast forward to half a decade, the property brought together Cebu's top corporate partners and most esteemed individuals to celebrate the past and embrace the future through the Pagpadayun.

DesigneD by Stef Tirado.
DesigneD by Stef Tirado.

A Bisaya word which means "to move forward," Pagpadayun is a testament to the previous trials that the hotel faced and surmounted — as it was spearheaded by the officers and supported by the staff — and the hotel's bright tomorrow.

Designed by Eyla Orsais.
Designed by Eyla Orsais.

The Filipiniana-inspired affair was anchored on their core values, dubbed as LIVEM — Leadership, Integrity, Vision, Excellence and Malasakit.

Gown by Pearl Arandia.
Gown by Pearl Arandia.

The evening showcased the well-orchestrated five-course dinner, unveiled by executive sous chef Gina Limot. It was definitely a top-tier gastronomic experience.

DesigneD by Jan Tiong.
DesigneD by Jan Tiong.

It likewise highlighted fashion, as they collaborated with the Fashion Association of Cebu's Elite Talents to include designers, such as Stef Tirado, Jan Tiong, Eyla Orsais, Paco Serafica and Pearl Arandia.

Filet Mignon and pan seared parrot fish drizzled with red wine reduction, safron sauce, mashed potato and asparagus spears.
Filet Mignon and pan seared parrot fish drizzled with red wine reduction, safron sauce, mashed potato and asparagus spears.
Chicken liver pate served with toasted baguette and a drizzle of cumberland sauce.
Chicken liver pate served with toasted baguette and a drizzle of cumberland sauce.

In attendance were Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corporation board of directors representative Michael Alexis Legaspi, president and chief executive officer Javier Hernandez, chief financial officer Phearl Raz, Seda Hotels Group communications director Genny Puno and Seda Hotels Group engineering group director Efren Rodrigo.

Laurie Boquiren, Neil Felipp, Jun Alegrado and Eva Gullas.
Laurie Boquiren, Neil Felipp, Jun Alegrado and Eva Gullas.

The aptly named observance was more than just a mere get-together for it celebrated Seda Ayala Center Cebu's drive to persevere despite the challenging onslaught of natural crises.

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