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Davao probably derives its name from the ancient Bagobo word “daba-daba” or fire, which the tribe used for its rituals. The Tagbua tribe, on the other hand, called the river bisecting the region “Daba” and the Guiangan tribe, “Davoh.” Situated in the typhoon-free southern area of the Philippines, Davao is a city of diverse sights, sounds and tastes. It is a melting pot of both immigrant and highland cultures that blend in the colorful, exciting tapestry of ethnic heritage and modern lifestyles. Davao is the most progressive city in Mindanao and is the center of economic activity in Southern Philippines. It is now a fast emerging gateway to the evolving East ASEAN Growth Area including Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia – a re-emergence of trade cooperation by the four countries during the 17th century.Davao is one of those places where urban relaxation is possible. It has wide, well-lit streets, beautiful buildings, great resorts, the friendliest people and the freshest fruits, vegetables, and the day’s catch from the sea. While you find malls, a five-star hotel and nightlife, you can still feel to the wildflowers, long blades of grass, beaches and the towering Mt. Apo.
Indeed, Davao is touted as one of the most beautiful cities in Asia. From an airplane at night, it looks like an inverted universe with its billion dancing lights shining from wide, well-lit structures, streets and establishments.
How to Get There
There are regular flights to Davao from different key cities all over the Philippines – Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo. From Davao one can also directly fly to Singapore. Travel time is one and a half hour. Check with Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific for schedules. By ship, WG&A and Sulpicio Lines go to Davao regularly. Check schedules with their offices located at the Port Area. By land, take the bus. Philtranco has scheduled trips to Davao daily. Travel time is approximately 48 hours.
How to Get Around
Jeepneys and tricycles are available in the city proper. Motorcycles for hire, called habal-habal, are way of exploring the islands.
Davao Museum – Located at the Insular Village in Lanang, it is a repository of tribal art, costumes, jewelry, handicrafts and others. Paintings, sculptures, and ceramics are also exhibited. Eden Nature Park & Resort – A mountain paradise where one can commune with nature. This place has numerous recreational activities for visitors and a restaurant located in the mountains. Guests can stay in mountain cabins and camping sites.
Samal Island – Nestled within the cradle of Davao and the sea is the island garden of Samal. In the past, Samal Island housed the Aguinaldo Pearl Farm where cultured pearls were created using the latest Japanese technology. In its place now is the exclusive Pearl Farm Resort with a row of beautifully crafted nipa huts, some of which are two to three stories high. The Samal houses are elevated from the water by the use of stilts so you can easily go down from the house and snorkel in the crystal clear waters with a variety of marine life. Another attraction is the Mandaya Tribe. Usually two women and kids from this tribe spin the cloth that made them famous.
Malipano Island – Here you get a spectacular sunset touching the waters and white sand with the red and gold of the sun. You can kayak to and from here, and it has seven storeys high, built and designed with an old Spanish era theme.
T’boli Weaving Center – It is located at the Waterfront Hotel. Products famous here are woven materails like the yakan cloths and those woven by the Mandaya tribe and other T’boli handicrafts like traditional wedding hats, bamboo and coasters made from abaca fabric.
Dabaw Etnika – It is located inside the insular Hotel. Mandaya women weave their cloths which are not only made into clothes but also into table decorations, bags, beadwork jewelry, belts and other accessories.
Philippine Eagle Camp – This well-maintained camp is a sanctuary for the Philippine Eagle and other animals native to the Philippines.
Puentespina Orchid Garden – You will want to have your own variety of flowers, especially the orchids, cattleya, yland-ylang and waling-waling (Vanda Sanderiana for the purebreed). Puentespina gives pamphlets on how to grow orchids, and is open Monday to Saturday. If your purchase is above P500, you’ll get a free box. However, if you didn’t buy that much and your orchids are to travel by air or ferry, shell out a little extra money to put these in a box. The airport charges per box and you’ll recieve a permit from the DENR.
Lola Abon’s Durian Factory and Mindanao Industrial Confectionary – These are factories south of Davao City where you can watch durian fruitsbeing processsed into jams, candies, and other processed products.
Lon Wa Temple – It is a Chinese temple only four kms. from the airport where you will see the Buddha with the Thousand Hands inside thisgolden marbled pavilion. You may also opt to have your fortune read by the monks from the paper you pick from the incense sticks.
Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague – Found at Matina Heights, Davao City. Even non-believers can enjoy a quiet stroll on its serene and expansive grounds.
Talikud Island – Near Samal Island, this has beautiful beaches where you can go snorkeling/diving. Caves with resident snakes and has batscan also be found here.
Tagum – Various places of interest can be seen in Tagum. At the Dalisay Village, there is a citrus plantation, with exotic orchids and other plants, a Japanese tea house, and modern sports facilities. The Davao Penal Colony was once a World War II concentration camp for war prisoners. Now, it has turned into a plantation for rubber, cacao and abaca, and a botanical garden and a zoo, which are maintained by the inmates. Visitors can also buy a variety of wood carvings and stay in the guesthouses. At Carmen, you can swim at the famed White Sand Beach. Northwest of Tagum, you can go to Tibi-tibi in kapalong where there are hanging bridges and waterfalls, and native tribes of the Matigsalug, Talaingod and Langilan. Lake Ampawid in Asuncion has great marble quarries and banana plantations. Southeast of Tagum are waterfalls, the Mainit Hot Spring National Park near Mabini and the Tagnanan Beach with its white sand. Brqy. Mabini has the Maputi Hot Springs, the Cawacawa Waterfalls and the darkly mysterious Masara Mines. The Nabunturan area is where the endangered Philippine Crocodile is said to swim.