The Davao Life

Published Date Author: , December 30th, 2011
by Josephine Daylo, Davao Condo rental, Davao, Philippines
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Davao, PhilippinesThe city of Davao is the largest city on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It has a population of over 1,600,000 people. Which makes it the second largest city in the Philippines, second only to Manila.

It offers an international airport and its seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the Philippines. In recent years, Davao has developed into the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines.

Davao, Philippines - Times BeachIt ranks as the 87th fastest growing city in the world by the city Mayors Foundation and is listed by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th “Asian City of the Future”. In 2008, it was named as the Most Livable City in the Philippines by the Department of Tourism.

Davao has great beaches, diving spots and is close to mountains, including Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines.

Davao, Philippines - Mt. ApoEasy assimilation is an integral essence of multi-cultural Davao. It has grown appreciating differences in culture and tradition by numerous ethnic groups. Davao has a large number of churches, chapels, temples, mosques and other places of worship from numerous ethnic groups that integrate the city.

These many cultures have many celebrations wherein songs, dances and other forms of arts and merrymaking have evolved creatively in to the sights and sounds of Davao today. Such showcases point to its ultimate climax as the celebration of all celebrations – the weeklong Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.

Davao, Philippines

The Kadayawan Festival is celebrated every year as a way of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest of Davao farms. It is also a way to honor the native tribes of Davao.

The city enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. It has no pronounced wet or dry season and due to its location is typhoon-free. Weather predictability makes it highly conducive to agricultural production. Temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius.

Davao, PhilippinesThe city has a vibrant shopping scene with local brands competing with highly recognizable national and international brands. Any shopaholic will surely be delighted by shopping in our malls, thrift shops and seasonal bazaars and one not need spend a lot to do so.

One can find a wide array of souvenir shops in the city selling colorful ethnic-inspired clothing and fabrics, intricately-made crafts and trinkets, and many other products that depict the diversity of the city’s culture.

Davao, Philippines - China TownPasko Fiesta sa Davao is an integration of Festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing colorful lighting and array of decorations in public parks, roads and buildings, and a series of competitive performances showcasing the community’s creativity and talents while keeping alive Christmas traditions.

Davao, PhilippinesDuring this season, the city pulsates with exciting sights and sounds, barraged with mall sales, bazaars, food festivals, and night markets filled with wholesome entertainment night and days.

Davao is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the imposing presence of Mt. Apo.
For the gourmet, Davao offers a large variety of local and international cuisines at very reasonable prices.

Davao is known for its fresh seafood, notably the grilled yellow fin tuna, barbeques, and other delightful specialties. Not to be missed is the Durian, the fruit that smells like hell but tastes like heaven!

Some more places of interest in the Davao area are:

  • Samal Island: unspoiled and pristine, the island pride itself on its white sand beaches with vacation facilities for different kinds of water sports.
  • Pearl Farm Beach Resort: once a real pearl farm, its white sand beach now makes it one of the top tourist attractions with cottages inspired by the Isamal native design.
  • Philippine Eagle National Center: where the endangered Philippine Eagle is bread and protected.
  • Davao, Philippines - Eden ParkEdens Nature Park: it is located 3000 feet above sea level giving it a cool and moderate climate. It is 95% man-made and covers hectares of developed land.
  • People’s Park: opened in 2007 it features a mini-forest and large sculptures many made by local artists.
  • River Rafting on Davao River: an hour trip for downtown, it is a 13-km stretch of white water adventure.
  • Davao Museum: houses artifacts of Davao’s indigenous tribes and photographs of the city’s historic events and history of its pioneering families.
  • Crocodile Farm: the only crocodile park in the region provides a home to locally bred crocodiles including the country’s biggest named “Pangil” (fangs) measuring over 18 feet in length. You can tour the park on foot or horseback and feed the young fierce crocodiles.
  • DECA Wakeboard Park: considered to be the biggest wakeboarding park in the Philippines offering the best venue for the extreme water sports, wakeboarding and water-ski. The park also offers a scenic view of Mt. Apo.Davao City is the premier city and hub of Mindanao. It has the greatest economic activity, population, urban build-up and modern amenities in Mindanao. It is the third most important urban center in the Philippines.

    Davao, Philippines - Tudays FallsCurrent revenue statics show Davao City to be the fifth richest city in the Philippines in terms of local income-the only city outside urban Manila in the top five. On the international front, the economy has been opened to global competition and private investments have Davao City’s economy steadily growing for the last two decades.

    Davao, Philippines - Pearl FarmThe city has shifted from counting investments in the millions in the 80’s to billions in the 90’s. The city is conducive to business, as evidenced by the presents of the country’s top 200 companies. Exports in the city is now a billion dollar industry with a growing niche market for its products.

    Davao City contributed in making the Philippines as the world’s top exporter of papaya, mangosteen, and even flowers. The city has also consistently maintained a single digit inflation rate since 1993.

    If you’re looking for an exciting and unforgettable experience for both business and pleasure, come to Davao and feel the captivating lure of nature’s bounty fused with cosmopolitan comforts. A city that is booming but yet peaceful, modern yet rustic. Anytime of the year, there’s always a good reason to visit Davao City.

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basas swirl fritzkie said on May 18, 2015, 5:50 am:

davao is a nice place

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