Davao

By Allison Gonzales

Introduction

Our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is proudly from Davao City, otherwise called the “Durian Capital and Fruit Basket of the Philippines”, is a favorite tourist destination for both the locals and foreigners. Declared as ‘One of the largest cities in the world’, with a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers.

A city that is clean and green. Their water is considered to be one of the best in the world for safety, taste and mineral content without a need to boil or purify, and there is no smoking in public places.

photo | newtouristdavao.blogspot.com

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Davao’s history dates back thousands of years to the time when the different ethnic groups as Manobos, Bagbos, and Mandayas conquest and the establishment of an official community throughout the area today known as Mindanao.

photo | allaboutdavao.com

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The city was founded by Spanish crusaders (1848). American settlers arrived in 1900 which resulted in the city’s growth of farms, transportation and communications. Japanese plantation owners arrived in 1903 and were responsible for developing abaca and coconut plantations and teaching the Filipinos better methods of cultivation. Agriculture remains an important part of the city’s economy.

photo | dclifeishere.blogspot.com

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Although much of the original city was destroyed by bombing in World War II, the city survived and became a center of trade for Southern Mindanao.

photo | dclifeishere.blogspot.com

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W.O.W. DA-VAOw!!! Attractions …

The Grandfather of All Mountains… MOUNT APO! – photo | ppborla of flickr.com

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Fun never stops as you move your muscles doing the many exciting activities offered here. Eden’s Park is 95% human-made and it is a great model of how humans can re-create nature and rebuild a lost environment.

photo | EDEN

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The beautiful beach of Samal! Do take your time to enjoy excellent water sports in Samal Island, dubbed as the largest resort city in the country.

photo | SAMAL

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WONDERING ANIMALS from different habitats …

The eye in the sky… the Philippine Eagle!

 Davao is also the home of one of the largest and most powerful forest-dwelling eagles in the world – The Philippine Eagle, or the Monkey-Eating Eagle, known locally as “Haribon or “Haring Ibon,” forest-dwelling eagle in the world.

  ETA: 1 hr drive from the city; private/public transport

photo | davaocitybybattad.blogspot.com

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DAVAO CROCODILE PARK

C-R-O-C in the Philippines?? The Davao Crocodile Park is a major tourist destination as it showcases a ‘state of the art’ crocodile farming system in the country. Apart from crocodiles, other exotic animal species such as raptors, monkeys, bearcats, snakes, birds, and various reptiles can be found in the park.

Located at the Riverfront, Corporate City Diversion Highway, Ma-a, Davao City, and is about 15 to 30 minutes from downtown of the City.

photo | Davao Crocodile Park

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FOOD …

DURIAN

Fun never stops as you move your muscles doing the many exciting activities offered here. Eden’s Park is 95% human-made and it is a great model of how humans can recreate nature and rebuild a lost environment.

photo | EDEN

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CLAUDE’S LE CAFE DE VILLE

The old house along Rizal street, Paseo de Habana is now a fine dining restaurant which serves French and Mediterranean Cuisines of your choice! 

It used to be an ancestral home of the Oboza Family, a prominent family in the city that turned into a landmark dining destination in Davao.

photo | boylakwatsero.blogspot.com

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SAYA-OW, DAVAO!!!

KADYAWAN FESTIVAL

Kadayawan” is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw”, a greeting used to explain a thing that is good, valuable, superior, or beautiful. It is a week-long celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s harvest every third week of August.

photo | filipinohomes.com

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SSPX

SAINT JOSEPH PRIORY

photo | facebook.com/St-Josephs-Traditional-Catholic-Priory

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Sacrament of Confirmation

Last October 19, 2013, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais made his way to Davao for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

photo | confirmation – sspx davao

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The Catholic Association of the Nurses and Doctors called the ACIM-Asia, is a pro-bono Medical group headquartered in and mostly supported by France, began its work in General Santos with the first large Rosa Mystica Medical Mission last August 12-17, 2007. There were 2,000 patients that was given actual consultations and diagnosis, and some 150 patients through a referral to local specialists. For more information about their missions please visit: http://www.acim-asia.com/index.htm.

photo | rosamysticamission.blogspot.com

Some of the information were taken from a blogspot of a faithful from Davao: http://saintjosephpriorydavao.blogspot.com.

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CONTACT

St. Joseph’s Priory

#9 Carpio Subdivision,  Buhangin

Cabatian Road Davao City 8000

Phone No.:

(63) 905 291 7032

E-mail:

jtpfeiffer@juno.com