Davao City is known to be the safest and largest city in the Philippines as well as the hometown of our dear President Rodrigo Duterte.
I am so grateful I was able to explore the place which I am going to share with you guys. We stayed two days and two nights in Davao and we visited some of the popular tourist spots in the place.
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It is a cultural-theme park located at the center of Davao City. I was so amazed on how strict the security is upon entering the place. The security personnel checked our bags carefully and I also noticed that they have several CCTVs in the vicinity. Aside from the statues and plants that surround the place for picture-taking, this park is a great venue for health enthusiasts who want to go for a jog. I suggest to visit this place in the afternoon when the weather is not too hot.
Entrance fee: Free
Uy Building, 49 Palma Gil St, Poblacion District, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
2. Philippine Eagle Center
This place is a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle (Philippine’s national bird). Visiting this center is a good part of the itinerary in Davao but it took us an hour to arrive from People’s Park, more time travelling than the time we actually spent there.
I like how the place displays a rainforest-like environment but to be honest I was a bit disappointed because we only saw a few animals and some are very far from us.
Entrance fee: Php 150
Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City
3. Lon Wa ( Lon Hua) Buddhist Temple
I was astounded when I saw a Buddhist Temple in a predominantly Muslim region. Lon Wa temple is believed to be one of the biggest Buddhist temples in the Philippines.
The place is so quiet and very peaceful. The design of the building makes it more attractive for the tourists to visit it.
Cabaguio Ave, Agdao, Davao City, Davao del Sur
4. President Rodrigo Duterte’s House
The simple green house of the very controversial president of the country recently became a popular tourist spot in Davao.
There is a checkpoint before entering the street where visitors are asked to sign-in and one member of the group must surrender a valid ID which will be given back upon leaving the subdivision. Along the way I noticed a small tent of vendors who sell souvenir items like magnets, keychains, mugs, and even t-shirts.
I salute Mr. Duterte for being the most down to earth president of the Philippines.
Sapphire Street, Doña Luisa Subdivision Phase I
5. City Hall of Davao
This place has been one of the popular tourist spots in Davao especially for first timers because it is surrounded by different parks such as Rizal Park, Osmena Park, and Quezon Park.
One thing I love the most in this place is you can play with plenty of pigeons.
6. Tribu K Mindanawan
This tourist spot is a cultural village that showcases the various cultures and heritage of the indigenous tribes of Mindanao. Different traditional houses are seen on this place, however, according to the personnel some of the houses were destroyed due to a heavy storm.
Talomo, Davao City, Davao del Sur
Guests can also watch a fire dance show that will surely amaze everyone, nevertheless, we weren’t able to watch it because they only have shows from Fridays to Sundays. Just beside the place where the fire dance is held is a restaurant that serves exotic dishes, I believe Sisig crocodile is one of their best sellers.
7. Local Fruit Stands
Davao is widely known for its abundant and rich durian fruits and going to this place will never be complete without tasting one.
8. Roxas Night Market
Among all the places I visited in Davao, this is my most favorite. Why? Because of the foods! This street is very active at night from unending food trip that fits your budget. Aside from the foods, there are also ukay-ukays (second-hand bargain stores), you can also get the chance to relax after a long day because massage therapists are available in the venue.
Roxas Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
If ever you’ll visit Davao, I recommend Prinza’s durian ice cream. It’s the best!
The beauty and magnificence of Davao City made me love the place most especially its well-disciplined, hospitable, and very kind people. I’m amazed how the system works there, how clean the places is and how davaoeños are responsible enough to follow the rules, believe me, they are one of the best filipinos you’ll ever meet.