Heritage meets hip in Davao

Alsons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons Dev) recently made dining and entertainment a little more exciting with the launch of Poblacion Market Central.

Alsons Dev opened the doors of Poblacion at the end of last year. It hosted over 300 veteran and up-and-coming artists during the Mindanao Art Fair in October 2021; brought together adventurous foodpreneurs, artists and artisans during the month-long Christmas Bazaar; and moved Aldevinco Mall’s most beloved and long-time tenants to a new space with upgraded facilities in January 2022.

It has been less than a year since the first customers entered this new center with nearly one hectare of gross floor space, and so far Alsons Dev has delivered a merchant mix of art, antiques and gift shops, dining and convenience concepts. retailers with a convenient parking level.

To date, Poblacion has over 70 merchants, with more opening in the fourth quarter.

Creativity runs deep

As Davao City welcomes local and international visitors in time for the Kadayawan Festival, Poblacion is also unveiling its food hall, Kukun, which is short for Kusina in Kultura ng Dabaw.

Kukun offers value, variety and experience, serving everything from Persian cuisine from Majid’s Kabab, Pinoy grilled dishes to Siargao BBQ from Yassi, lechon meals from Porky Best and seafood bento boxes from Claribel Restaurant. It is also home to AMCG Farm, which sells fresh produce; Hootsa, which has an extensive menu of milk and fruit teas; and Myami Vyce Resto Bar, which serves mocktails and cocktails. Popular coffeehouse chain Bo’s Coffee is also here to serve its single-origin beans from all over the Philippines.

There is more to Kukun than the flavors and aromas of the south. Enter the food hall and customers would also be greeted by a visual display of the Davao Arts and Culture Fair – okir woodcarvings by Maranao artists, murals by Davao creatives Ghamar Kanda and Makro Aquino , and lighting designed to highlight all floors. – ceiling elements woven together.

Outside the food hall, in the Atrium area, a huge mural by contemporary Mindanao artist Kublai Millan greets customers. Millan is the sculptor, painter and digital artist behind the giant durian monument at Davao International Airport and the sculptures of giant eagles and Bagobo children in People’s Park.

“Alsons Dev is pleased to welcome and showcase the work of Davao’s top creatives,” said Miguel A. Dominguez, director of Alsos Dev. “Whether they make food, sculptures, weavings and textiles, or handicrafts, we believe that testing their concepts in a place like Poblacion Market Central contributes to a commercial and cultural scene destined to gain national recognition. .”

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