DAVAO CITY: The King City of the South

By Jalene B.D.S.

 

It’s our first trip to Davao City, famously known for its durian fruits and Duterte’s residence, and I did some research about the places to visit there to maximize the time during our stay. Our flight to Davao was in the morning and it took almost 2 hours, giving us a chance to travel around in the afternoon.

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The Durian sculpture across Davao Airport

DAY 1. After we checked in at the hotel in front of Gaisano Mall, we took our lunch then asked the service crew how to commute going to San Pedro Cathedral.

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San Pedro Cathedral

San Pedro Cathedral is a good place to start with, here’s why:

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Rizal Park

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Davao City Hall

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Osmeña Park

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People’s Park

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Pasalubong Center is just beside Davao’s People’s Park.

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How did we get there? Just ride a jeep with the signboard “San Pedro” and just tell the driver to drop you there. Fare costs PHP 8 only.

DAY 2. For this day I planned to go to these places: Philippine Eagle Centre, Malagos Garden Resort, and Davao Bone collection Museum. But the only place we’ve been through is the Philippine Eagle Centre.

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Philippine Eagles , also known as monkey-eating eagles and are now critically endangered, are the only blue-eyed raptor in the world.

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The bamboos are startlingly impressive.

How did we get there? From Gaisano Mall, we rode a jeep bound to Bankerohan and fare costs 8 PHP. Just tell the driver to drop you off at the terminal bound to Calinan. From the terminal, we rode a van and fare costs 30 PHP. Then, you’ll ride a motorcycle 20 PHP going to Philippine Eagle Center (2 pax per motorcycle).

DAY 3. Originally, we only planned to go to the now President Duterte’s residence and the Lon Wa Buddhist temple. But with the hospitality and kindness of one of the PSG’s (Presidential Security Group), we were able to have a side trip at 911 Main Headquarter in Davao City. Aside from that he drop us off at Lon Wa Buddhist Temple which he’s kind of hesitant if that’s the place I’m pertaining to because I don’t know where it really is and how to go there. As it turned out, that is the place!

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President Duterte’s Home

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911 Main headquarter in Davao City

The staff of 911 main headquarters are so kind and very accommodating. They even brought out and let us borrowed the firefighter’s hat which is quite heavy! I then came to think that firefighters are admirable. They’re job isn’t easy, with the heavy equipment while extinguishing the fire to save people, one needs great strength and courage.

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Lon Wa Buddhist Temple

How did we get thereWe rode a taxi to President Duterte’s residence. And the rest were through the help of one of the members of PSG who’s very kind to offer us a ride going to Gaisano Mall, where our accommodation is. But since we still got time I asked if he could drop us at Lon Wa Buddhist Temple which he agreed to hesitantly at first because he’s not sure if the temple he knew is what I’m pertaining to because I don’t know the exact location. With his help, we were able to see Davao’s 911 Main Headquarters as well.

DAY 3-7: We stayed at Davao Oriental.

DAY 8: We were able to have a quick tour at Davao city again before our flight to Manila.

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Chinatown in Davao City

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Magsaysay Park

 DAVAO CITY ITINERARY

DAY 1

10:55 am – 12:50 pm > Flight to Davao

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm > Checked in at the hotel

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm > San Pedro Cathedral

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm > Rizal Park

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm > Davao City hall

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm > Osmeña Park

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm > People’s Park

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm > Pasalubong Center

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm > Dinner at Gaisano Mall. Stroll around the mall and went to the Peak at Gaisano Mall

DAY 2: 

7:00 am – 11:30 am > Philippine Eagle Center

12 nn – 3:00 pm > Malagos Garden resort

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm > Davao Bone Collection Museum

Out of these three destinations, we were able to go to Philippine Eagle Centre due to the inclement weather.

DAY 3:

7:00 am – 8:30 am > Duterte’s residence

8:30 am – 9:00 am > Davao City’s 911 Main headquarter

9:00 am – 10:00 am > Lon Wa Buddhist Temple

10:00 am – 10:30 am > Early Lunch

11:00 am > Checked out

12 nn – 2:00 pm > ETD Lupon Davao Oriental

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