A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

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A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

Being at the heart of Davao City has a lot of advantages.  Logistics made easy and movement is not restricted. There could be as many destinations covered for a limited number of days.

Because itinerary is unplanned, we just go where our feet leads us and through the help of our friend, Olan, serving as our instant tour guide.


Across the Marco Polo Hotel is the Aldevinco Shopping Center. Even before the big shopping centers in the city were built, there was Aldevinco.  It has become a landmark and a popular to-go-to place for souvenir finds and cheap bargains, and continues to be known even at present.  We bought our souvenirs at the said shopping center and even fruits are likewise available (durian or pomelo).

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A walking distance from the shopping center is the talked about strip where the Roxas Night Market is situated.  Days before we arrived, a bombing incident took place in the said area.  At the very site where the incident took place, candles were lit and wreath of flowers offered for those who died on the tragedy.  Security measures were tightened at the said area.  All passers-by and patrons are being subjected to inspection. 

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

It was business as usual.  On my first night in Davao City, taking the last flight for the day from Manila, we were fortunate to have been able to catch one of the stalls open offering a variety of street food finds.  We came back during our last night as well and roam around the vicinity.  Stalls offering cheap merchandise of all sort and massage services as well are common finds in this night market. For curiosity, I tried the durian ice cream on a cone, which is a popular treat on the sidewalks of Roxas Street.  Its taste of sweetness is just too much for me, maybe a sample or a bite size should do.

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

To kill time, we passed by the People’s Park in the city center which is popular for its sculptures of indigenous people and the dancing fountain.  Described as one the greenest and cleanest public parks in the Philippines, it is covered with lush vegetation covering more than 1,000 species of plants all over the world.

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

The San Pedro Cathedral is one landmark in Davao City center every visitor should not miss.  It becomes the focal point of varied parks and old buildings that stood witness to the history of the city.  The church façade is even more picturesque during the blue hour. 

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

Across the church is the city’s Legislative Building with the imposing Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity as its forefront.

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITYA WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY
  
The Quezon, Osmena and Rizal Park also has its distinct features which are worthy of visit.  The said parks surround the City Hall and the San Pedro Cathedral. 

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

Icons associated with Davao City – durian, orchid and Mt. Apo – are subjects of sculptures displayed at the front of the City Hall in a park named Quezon. 

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

Next to the Quezon Park is the Rizal Park where a stage is built to hold concerts and other important activities in the city including live entertainment of bands, which we have witnessed that day.

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A noticeable marker which declares “Early Davao Settlement” greets visitors entering the Osmena Park.  Our friend Olan, serving as our guide, provided more historic information of the plaza.  The stroll becomes an instant cultural heritage appreciation tour akin to a history class field trip.  Situated at the corner of C.M. Recto Avenue and San Pedro Street, there are old traditional houses that surround, museums and old buildings that date back from centuries and still stood and well-maintained even at present. 

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

Another historical destination which appears like an ordinary dining restaurant but a good vantage for the city night lights is the Jack’s Ridge. The land on which the Jack’s Ridge now stand once formed part of the headquarters of the retreating Japanese forces towards the end of World War II.  The fresh air and the city lights were such a good combination for rest and relaxation uphill.

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

And for our final destination is the Baywalk and the Statue of David.  It was night time and honestly I could not see any sight worthy of capture and remarkable for this destination.  I was able to see the Mermaid sculpture from a distance at the Baywalk but my camera could not capture low lights.  The Baywalk area lacks working lamp posts and proper illumination.  The area stirred by controversy (which I only learned afterwards) might be a good place to visit during day time.  The replica of Michelangelo’s Statue of David illuminated by yellow lights is the highlight for a visit at the Baywalk.  Out of curiosity, I’m still glad we passed by this landmark.

A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

Davao City is indeed interesting.  It is not only the hometown of the current President of the Philippines, but it can also be a promising tourist destination even for just a weekend (like what we did).  It can likewise be a gateway to more explorations in Mindanao.


A WALKTHROUGH OF DAVAO CITY

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