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5 Days in Davao: Exploring Davao City, del Norte, Oriental, Occidental

When I found myself booking a plane ticket to Davao City, I immediately contacted Sam and told him he had free rein to basically craft an itinerary for me. I was pretty much open to anything, and he indulged. So here’s part and parcel of what happened and where we went. We had our private driver (of Sam’s choosing) who could take us from Davao City to  Occidental and back. While it was tiring, it was such a great experience to see how expansive and beautiful Davao is. I hope you enjoy this little blog post about my Davao adventure…

My Gastronomic Davao Experience with Etours.ph

Davao is synonymous with good, affordable, inventive food and on my second visit, I was invited to try out a new food tour conceptualized by Etours.ph along with accredited DOT guide Samuel Libre, Jr. I’ve met Sam before, he was our assigned tour guide during Kadayawan last August . He did such an exceptional job that I got in touch with him right away when I planned my return to this busy city. So here’s a peek at the different Food Tours you can choose from: Organic Food & Urban Farming Features a roster of farm-to-table establishments that offer delicious organic food. Our…

Glicerio Villaluz: The ‘Birdman’ of Davao City

Where can your Php 5.00 take you? Seems a measly amount but it can make you happy and feel like a child again, at least momentarily. And no, we’re not going to buy ice cream or candy, nothing of that sort. You can simply buy a pack of bird seeds for Php 5.00 and feed the pigeons in Rizal Park, Davao City. This was my first stop last Monday, and the park that was teeming with people at last August’s Kadayawan Festival is now empty and quiet. Sam (my guide for the week) told me that I should start my…

My Top 8 eats in Davao City

Let’s steer away from Durian for a bit and explore what else Davao City has to offer. Davao City has been so controversial as of late most especially because of our current President Digong, but this didn’t stop us from visiting this wonderful city during Kadayawan Festival at the height of Martial Law. If you’re wondering how the province is doing during Martial Law, it’s business as usual for everyone. While we were initially anxious about the military presence and constant helicopter rounds, eventually we felt safe and enjoyed the festivities. Kadayawan is a Bagobo word that means happiness, and…

6 Fun facts about Davao City

What do you know about Davao? For me, it’s synonymous with Durian, the smelly fruit-slash-aphrodisiac that many people go crazy about. I know of Mati, the popular pristine beach and surf spot in Davao Oriental, and of course Samal Island in Davao del Norte. For this post we’ll focus on the largest city and 3rd most populated metropolis in the Philippines (next to Metro Manila and Cebu), Davao City. Home to President Duterte and deemed as the “safest” city in the Philippines, here are 6 facts you must know about Davao City: 1. Kadayawan is a unique festival in the…

Is 2018 up for the challenge?

Earlier this year while having dinner with someone, we got into the conversation of how our 2017 fared compared to last year. He, with full conviction, declared that his 2016 was more epic and he had yet to see what the current year can bring. After that episode, I started thinking about my own year and if it was any better. The answer at that time was 2016 had been fantastic. Too fantastic that I backtracked and re-read my New Year’s wish last January, I warned that 2017 will have some big shoes to fill.