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As in most of Mindanao, Cebuano / Bisaya is the native language used in Davao. English and Tagalog are also widely used and understood.. Department of Tourism get free maps and info for all of southern Mindanao. 5th floor Landco corporate center. JP Laurel avenue. opposite MCDO. near Victoria mall.. there is also the Davao city tourist office in Magsaysay park it has a list of places to stay and info for places to see in and around Davao city.. there is also the Davao library and information center 3rd floor new city hall. San Pedro street. phone 082-225-3137.

General Info

Davao City is a city in Mindanao, Philippines. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,449,296 people, making it the fourth most populous city in the Philippines and the most populous in Mindanao.. It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines. With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers, the city is the largest in the country in terms of land area.. The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center for Davao Region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines..

Davao is also known as the " Durian Capital " of the Philippines.. For geographical and statistical purposes, Davao City is grouped with the province of Davao del Sur but is governed independently from it. The city is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays..

What To See

Mt Apo. the highest mountain in the Philippines.. Crocodile Park, Riverfront Corporate City, Carlos P Garcia Highway, Davao City, ☎ 2868883NOCC. The home of the Philippine crocodiles. This park serves as a breeding center and a great tourist attraction.. There are crocodile shows and others which shows in some days. Other animals too (tiger, deer,). Crocodile feeding is ₱ 35.. include entrance to butterfly park (8AM 5PM) and K'Mindanawan village (not real one, for tourist, fire show on fri / sat / sun 5 45pm 6 30pm) ₱ 150..

Eden Nature Park. Located about 50 km from Davao Eden Nature Park is close to the town of Toril. It's located in the mountains so it's cooler than Davao City. It has nice walks, restaurants, horse riding and a Sky Rider thing and lots more.. It's a pretty good day out and well worth the trip from Davao.. Jack's Ridge, Shrine Hills Road, Matina, ☎ 2978830NOCC. This was a hangout for Japanese Forces during World War 2 It is now a tourist spot in Davao City, where you can have a scenic view of Davao City (especially during the night)..

There is a restaurant, a pool, bars, cottages, and a trail up and down the ridge, where you can enjoy your stay.. Philippine Eagle Center. 8AM 5PM. See the Philippine eagle, one of the largest eagles in the world and, sadly, also one of the most endangered. The center is home to about 30 Philippine eagles.. Aside from eagles, it is also home to other birds and animals as well as raptors in a simulated forest environment. ₱ 60.. People's Park, Legazpi Street, Davao City. 7AM 10PM. A public park located along Legazpi Street. A park where people people gather around, enjoy the stroll crossing bridges, seeing man made waterfalls, beautiful plants, etc It is more enjoyable during the night..

San Pedro Cathedral, San Pedro Street, Davao City (town center, most jeepney road go through, just ask), ☎ 2210191NOCC. This cathedral, built in the 19th century, is the city's main cathedral.. Shrine of the Holy Infant of Jesus (Santo Nino Shrine), Shrine Hills Road, Matina, ☎ 2972911NOCC. A shrine that is up a hill where there are beautiful sceneries in which you can unwind, relax, and reflect.. There are mass celebrations once in a while per day. A lot of people visit this place during Sundays..

Lonwa Buddhist temple (less than 10min walk from crossing cabaguio avenue / JP Laurel avenue and St Camillus dormitel). no defined opening hours. free.. Dabawenyo museum. 9AM 12PM 1PM 6PM, closed on sunday + some holidays. no photos except on few recent paintings / separated room. free admission.. Forest Hill Resort, Talomo District. 9AM till 7PM. One of the most visited inland resorts in Davao city. Has a very nice big swimming pool and is very clean. php100 per person over 60yo p80.. Camp Holiday Resort and Recreatiom Area, beside Samal Ferry Wharf Samal Island, ☎ 3033294NOCC. 24 hours.. For the ₱ 100 day fee you get the use of swimming pools, nipa huts, open cottages and a seaside veranda..

Very clean. day tour php100. Overnight ₱ 150.. Museo Dabawenyo, Magallanes Street (Behide the City Hall). 9AM 5PM. History and Culture of Davao. Free..

How To Get In

Davao is the third most important Philippines city after Manila and Cebu. Two domestic airlines fly multiple times per day to Davao from Manila. There are also direct flights available to many Philippine cities.. Davao is served by the Davao International Airport (more properly named as the Francisco Bangoy International Airport) (IATA; DVO), which receives both local and foreign traffic to Davao. Silk Air, the regional airline of Singapore Airlines, is currently the only international connection directly servicing Davao from Singapore..

If you have Davao as your main destination in the Philippines, you might want to consider coming in through Singapore as this might be the most hassle free way to enter. Outside of taxis, you can catch a Jeepney ₱ 15 to town center by walking to the highway (5 10min walk).. a Taxi from the Davao Airport to down town Davao cost about ₱ 165. The airport has an information counter (but not always staffed) where you can buy prepaid SIM cards.. The terminal fee at Davao airport is ₱ 200 for domestic fights and ₱ 550 for international fights..

Cebu Pacific. Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu city, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Bacolod.. Tiger Airways Philippines twice a day from Davao to Manila, and twice a week from Davao to Cebu city.. Air Asia Philippines, twice a day from Davao to Cebu city.. Davao is also served by a bustling sea port with significant cargo traffic.. There are passenger ferries going to Davao city from Samal Island and Talikud Island.. There are no longer any long distance passenger ferries to Davao port. The nearest ports for Long distance passenger ferries from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Bohol Island are now at Cagayan de Oro port or Nasipit port 27 km from Butuan city..

A good way to get from Davao city to Samal Island is by the Island City Express buses that use the 24/7 car ferry from Sasa over to Babak on Samal island. The ticket price for the bus and ferry combined is ₱ 30.. If you just use the Car Ferry the ticket costs ₱ 10 per person. Island city Express buses go all the way to Kaputian on Samal island. From Santa Ana wharf (near Magsaysay park) boats also leave for Samal island ₱ 40.. There are buses from different cities, most of which are located within Mindanao, which usually stop at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) located at Maya, Ecoland, Davao City..

Bachelor Express goes to Surigao, Butuan, San Francisco, Bislig, Mati, Tandag, Santo Tomas.. Yellow Bus and Holiday Bus goes to Digos. General Santos. Koronadal.. Rural Transit goes to Cagayan de oro, Velencia, Malaybalay.. Weena Express goes to Digos, Kidapawan, Cotabato.. Philtranco goes to Manila via Surigao, Tacloban, Calbayog, Legaspi.. PP bus line also goes to Manila via Surigao, Tacloban, Calbayog, Legaspi.. Davao metro Shuttle goes to Panabo, Tagum city, Nabunturan.. there are also vans going to Cagayan de Oro for ₱ 485, Mati & Kidapawan ₱ 150, Cotabato ₱ 250 and Tagum. You can get the vans outside the Gaisano Mall and SM City Mall..

It costs ₱ 70 by taxi or p8 by Jeepney to go the 2 km from the Ecoland bus Terminal in downtown Davao..

How To Get Around

The simplest way to get around is by hopping into a taxi. A typical trip can cost about ₱ 70-90 or approximately USD2. Drivers in Davao do not normally bargain if they notice that you are a tourist, hence the cost of the trip is the same in price as a regular.. Davao Taxi Drivers are regarded as the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines. Taxi Drivers in Davao City do not charge tourists extra fare unlike their counterparts in Cebu and Manila.. If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, this is still the fastest way to get to your destination..

You can also call or send an SMS to the cab company directly to have a cab driver pick you up.. Taxis start their fare at ₱ 40 and will add ₱ 3.50 per few hundred meters. Please do say " thank you " or " salamat " once you have arrived at your destination.. Davao Taxis issue fare receipts that list the name of the taxi company, the plate number, and the taxi number which could come in handy if one leaves valuable items or documents inside a cab.. Just tell your taxi driver if you want to get a receipt..

Alternatively, if you opt for more adventure, then do as the locals and catch a colorful jeepney. Simply ask around for which route to take to avoid getting lost. They are usually available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city.. This is the cheapest option for getting around. The usual cost for a jeepney ride is ₱ 8 for every 4 km ride, and about a ₱ 1 increase per km when going beyond the 4 km (for regular passengers).. a Jeepney from down town Davao to the Davao airport cost ₱ 15 and takes 45min..

To pay, pass your fare to the person next to you, all the way to the driver or the conductor, by saying " bayad po ". Paying the exact amount is highly recommended.. To stop at a certain destination, say " lugar lang ", " para ", or knock your coins hard on the steel handle.. Another alternative ride aside from the jeepneys and taxis, is to rent a car. There are many cars for rent. If you don't know the routes you can hire drivers by asking the attendant of the rental company.. Local companies tend to be cheaper than the national ones..

Avis Car rental. Davao Airport and at the Apo View Hotel. Tel 2216430.. Buses are also available, but these tend to ply exclusively along the north south route and going out and in the city area. Air conditioned buses to Calinan go from Bankeroham Public Market.. Island City Buses go to Kaputian Samal Island via the car ferry at Sasa; these buses go past Magsaysay park ₱ 30.. Another mode of transportation around Davao Gulf is through a water taxi. Water taxis serve the daily commuters and visitors of Davao City, Samal Island, and neighbouring coastal municipalities around Davao Gulf..

It will get you to the island, waterfront restaurant, or beach resort you wanted with comfort and ease.. The pioneer water taxi service in the Philippines is found in Davao City and has the swift, safe and secure water transport, the best and most professional skippers and has a customer friendly and positive attitude, all incorporated to make your transfer easy and pleasurable..

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How To Get In

Davao is the third most important Philippines city after Manila and Cebu. Two domestic airlines fly multiple times per day to Davao from Manila. There are also direct flights available to many Philippine cities.. Davao is served by the Davao International Airport (more properly named as the Francisco Bangoy International Airport) (IATA; DVO), which receives both local and foreign traffic to Davao. Silk Air, the regional airline of Singapore Airlines, is currently the only international connection directly servicing Davao from Singapore..

If you have Davao as your main destination in the Philippines, you might want to consider coming in through Singapore as this might be the most hassle free way to enter. Outside of taxis, you can catch a Jeepney ₱ 15 to town center by walking to the highway (5 10min walk).. a Taxi from the Davao Airport to down town Davao cost about ₱ 165. The airport has an information counter (but not always staffed) where you can buy prepaid SIM cards.. The terminal fee at Davao airport is ₱ 200 for domestic fights and ₱ 550 for international fights..

Cebu Pacific. Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu city, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Bacolod.. Tiger Airways Philippines twice a day from Davao to Manila, and twice a week from Davao to Cebu city.. Air Asia Philippines, twice a day from Davao to Cebu city.. Davao is also served by a bustling sea port with significant cargo traffic.. There are passenger ferries going to Davao city from Samal Island and Talikud Island.. There are no longer any long distance passenger ferries to Davao port. The nearest ports for Long distance passenger ferries from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Bohol Island are now at Cagayan de Oro port or Nasipit port 27 km from Butuan city..

A good way to get from Davao city to Samal Island is by the Island City Express buses that use the 24/7 car ferry from Sasa over to Babak on Samal island. The ticket price for the bus and ferry combined is ₱ 30.. If you just use the Car Ferry the ticket costs ₱ 10 per person. Island city Express buses go all the way to Kaputian on Samal island. From Santa Ana wharf (near Magsaysay park) boats also leave for Samal island ₱ 40.. There are buses from different cities, most of which are located within Mindanao, which usually stop at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) located at Maya, Ecoland, Davao City..

Bachelor Express goes to Surigao, Butuan, San Francisco, Bislig, Mati, Tandag, Santo Tomas.. Yellow Bus and Holiday Bus goes to Digos. General Santos. Koronadal.. Rural Transit goes to Cagayan de oro, Velencia, Malaybalay.. Weena Express goes to Digos, Kidapawan, Cotabato.. Philtranco goes to Manila via Surigao, Tacloban, Calbayog, Legaspi.. PP bus line also goes to Manila via Surigao, Tacloban, Calbayog, Legaspi.. Davao metro Shuttle goes to Panabo, Tagum city, Nabunturan.. there are also vans going to Cagayan de Oro for ₱ 485, Mati & Kidapawan ₱ 150, Cotabato ₱ 250 and Tagum. You can get the vans outside the Gaisano Mall and SM City Mall..

It costs ₱ 70 by taxi or p8 by Jeepney to go the 2 km from the Ecoland bus Terminal in downtown Davao..

How To Get Around

The simplest way to get around is by hopping into a taxi. A typical trip can cost about ₱ 70-90 or approximately USD2. Drivers in Davao do not normally bargain if they notice that you are a tourist, hence the cost of the trip is the same in price as a regular.. Davao Taxi Drivers are regarded as the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines. Taxi Drivers in Davao City do not charge tourists extra fare unlike their counterparts in Cebu and Manila.. If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, this is still the fastest way to get to your destination..

You can also call or send an SMS to the cab company directly to have a cab driver pick you up.. Taxis start their fare at ₱ 40 and will add ₱ 3.50 per few hundred meters. Please do say " thank you " or " salamat " once you have arrived at your destination.. Davao Taxis issue fare receipts that list the name of the taxi company, the plate number, and the taxi number which could come in handy if one leaves valuable items or documents inside a cab.. Just tell your taxi driver if you want to get a receipt..

Alternatively, if you opt for more adventure, then do as the locals and catch a colorful jeepney. Simply ask around for which route to take to avoid getting lost. They are usually available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city.. This is the cheapest option for getting around. The usual cost for a jeepney ride is ₱ 8 for every 4 km ride, and about a ₱ 1 increase per km when going beyond the 4 km (for regular passengers).. a Jeepney from down town Davao to the Davao airport cost ₱ 15 and takes 45min..

To pay, pass your fare to the person next to you, all the way to the driver or the conductor, by saying " bayad po ". Paying the exact amount is highly recommended.. To stop at a certain destination, say " lugar lang ", " para ", or knock your coins hard on the steel handle.. Another alternative ride aside from the jeepneys and taxis, is to rent a car. There are many cars for rent. If you don't know the routes you can hire drivers by asking the attendant of the rental company.. Local companies tend to be cheaper than the national ones..

Avis Car rental. Davao Airport and at the Apo View Hotel. Tel 2216430.. Buses are also available, but these tend to ply exclusively along the north south route and going out and in the city area. Air conditioned buses to Calinan go from Bankeroham Public Market.. Island City Buses go to Kaputian Samal Island via the car ferry at Sasa; these buses go past Magsaysay park ₱ 30.. Another mode of transportation around Davao Gulf is through a water taxi. Water taxis serve the daily commuters and visitors of Davao City, Samal Island, and neighbouring coastal municipalities around Davao Gulf..

It will get you to the island, waterfront restaurant, or beach resort you wanted with comfort and ease.. The pioneer water taxi service in the Philippines is found in Davao City and has the swift, safe and secure water transport, the best and most professional skippers and has a customer friendly and positive attitude, all incorporated to make your transfer easy and pleasurable..

What To Buy

Davao City has many malls where almost all of them have cinemas, and all of them have supermarkets.. Due to security concerns, it is routine for security guards to lightly frisk people as they enter shopping malls in Davao, and indeed in most of the Philippines. The guards endeavour to be sensitive and invariably the guard is either female or there are separate lines for male and female entrants.. Most ATMs in Davao city have a p200 fee for overseas bank cards and a limit of p10.000 per withdrawal. an exception is the ATM at HSBC bank (UK). ground floor Luisa Avenue Square Jacinto extension..

that charges No fee for Overseas bank cards and allows up to php40.000 per withdrawal.. cd r king (there's one in most of the malls in Davao City), ☎ + 63 82 282-2184. 10; 00-20; 00. There are 13 of these computer and electronic goods stores in Davao city.. The biggest is the one on the 3rd floor at the Gaisanao mall.. Book sale, Nccc mall and both SM malls in Davao.. 09.00-20.00. Second hand books from the USA and UK. from p10.. Centerpoint Plaza, McArthur Highway, Matina Crossing, ☎ + 63 82 297-2353..

Chimes Specialty Store, Sales St. Gaisano Mall of Davao (G Mall), J.P. Laurel Ave, ☎ + 63 82 221-6168. 09.00-21.00. this is the Largest Gaisano mall in the Philippines. Cinema tickets from ₱ 110 per person.. Gaisano South Grand Citi Mall, Illustre St, ☎ + 63 82 224-0811. 10; 00-20; 00. The cinema has closed down.. New City Commercial Center Mall of Davao (NCCC Mall), Ma a, ☎ + 63 82 298-4881. 10; 00-20; 00. Cinema tickets ₱ 140.. SM City Davao, Quimpo Blvd, Ecoland, ☎ + 63 82 297-6403. 10; 00-20; 00. Cinema tickets ₱ 140.

SM Lanang Premier, J.P. Laurel Ave, Lanang, ☎ + 63 82 285-0943. 10; 00-20; 00.. Victoria Plaza, J.P. Laurel Ave, ☎ + 63 82 221-4990. 10; 00-20; 00.. Abreeza Ayala mall., J.P. Laurel Ave, ☎ + 63 82 321-9332. 10; 00-21; 00. Cinema tickets ₱ 150. Puregold Supermarket, JP Laurel Ave (Km9 Sasa). 09; 00-21; 00.. Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Cybergate, JP Laurel Ave, ☎ + 63 82 282-1707. 09; 00-21; 00. There is also a Robinsons Supermarkets in the Abreeza Ayala Mall along JP Laurel Ave.. Felcris Supermarket, Inc, E Quirno Ave, ☎ + 63 82 225-0207. 10; 00-20; 30. There are three Felcris Supermarkets in Davao city, one in Toril and one in Calinan..

Felcris is Part of Davao 24 hour Central Convenience stores and the Central Warehouse Clubs. (owned by the Yup Family). you can find Davao 24 hour Convenience stores and the Warehouse clubs all the way from Bayugan city in Agusan del Sur in the North to Malita Davao Del Sur in the south.. SM Savemore Supermarket, Gen Douglas MacArthur Hwy, Bangkal. 09; 00-21; 00. There is also a SM Savemore Supermarket along JP Laural Avenue Bajada. Same prices as the supermakets in the SM Malls.. NCCC Supermarket, San Pedro St, ☎ + 63 82 298-4881. 09; 00-20; 00. There is also a NCCC Supermarket at Ramon Magsaysay Ave, Center point, Bolton Street..

NCCC also own HB1 Convenience Stores which are all over Davao City.. Gaisano Grand mall of Toril., Toril. 10; 00-20; 00. Cinema tickets only ₱ 90.. Gaisano Grand mall Tibungco.. 10.00-20.00.. S R Membership Shopping, Gen Douglas mac Afther Hwy. 09.00-21.00..

What To Eat

Davao is renowned for its durian and pomelo. Eating durian is admittedly an acquired taste but those who do end up liking it will swear that the bad smell is worth it. Pomelo is a citrus fruit that most closely resembles a grapefruit and s quite common in South East Asia.. Beware of bringing durian inside airplanes as well as hotels and other establishments. They may have strict regulations on allowing durian inside and some do not allow durian to be brought in at all.. Sea Urchin Restaurant, Mamay Road, a few meters from Damosa Gateway. A full range of Chinese cuisine. Cold cuts..

Ahfat, Victoria Plaza area. The ultimate gastronomic experience. Try the steamed shrimp, spicy spare ribs and crab fuyo.. Yahong Torres Street. Try their talaba and diablo chicken wings. Their crispy pata is also a must !. Na Trang (Jekoy's Grill), Jacinto Extension, beside Central Bank. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Try their tofu and mushrooms, Vietnamese pancake, wet lumpia and fried spring rolls. Coffee is great here also.. Jack's Ridge, Just across the Santo Nino Shrine. Delicious Filipino cuisine and a breathtaking view of the city..

Cubyertos, Torres Street. Try their signature vegetable chicken salad.. Dencia's, Ilustre Street. Classic Davao Chinese cuisine. Best orders are tokwa't baboy, congee, and pancit canton.. Gardena Fresca, Within Coca Cola Village in Matina. Their bestseller is adobong tahong.. Talaba Joe's, Rizal Street. Come to this place for the freshest oysters in Davao.. Claude's, Rizal Street. Authentic French cuisine.. De Bonte Koe, Rizal Street. Dutch Cuisine. Try their herring with onions. Never miss the apple pie..

Boodels, Within Barrio Obrero. grilled tuna belly. Tastes great too.. Gerry's Grill, Within G Mall. The many versions of sisig are great. * food chain found all over the Philippines. Mang Inasal, within G Mall and SM Mall. Delicious barbecue chicken. * food chain found all over the Philippines. Grand Emerald Seafood Garden, within Victoria Plaza Complex. Good food, Reasonable Price, Nicely Lit Interiors.. Mandarin Tea Garden, branches at G Mall, SM Davao, Nccc Mall, Rizal St, Guerrero St, Duterte St, DCLA Complex.,.

Dimsum Diner. Within G Mall and somewhere near Holy Cross College. Best orders are salted fish fried rice,.. Dox's of Davao * Rosal Street, Catalunan Pequeno near Yuchico Orchid Gardens. Habachi Iron cookery with a Southern flare.. Tadakuma, Damosa Business Center, Mamay Road, Davao City, ☎ 2348813NOCC. serves delicious Japanese dishes at reasonable prices. Tsuru, Legazpi Street, Davao City, ☎ 2210901NOCC. serves high quality Japanese dishes. They also have an All You Can Eat Buffet every 15th and 30th of the month..

Harana, F Torres Street, Davao City, ☎ 2277763NOCC. A very famous barbeque restaurant that serves awesome barbeque dishes, steaks, and other Filipino dishes.. Krua Thai, F Torres Street, Davao City. serves Thai dishes. De Boerderij (The Farm), 6 DBC Bldg H, McArthur Hway, Matina (100 m south from Ma a junction), ☎ 082-303-1255NOCC. 11; 00-02; 00. Cozy international bar with Dutch roots.. Burger, steak, pizza & pasta, kroket, bread.. Euro Baker, Lower Ground floor Gaisano Mall of Davao.. 10.00-20.00. and now also at Gaisano mall of Toril..

Davao Green Buffet Haus, Corner Legaspi and Gen Luna streets, ☎ 2251860NOCC. 11.00-14.00-17.30-21.00. All you can Eat Buffet. p148.. Taco Boy, JS Gaisano, Gaisano mall of Davao, SM city. Abreeza mall., ☎ 09212029499NOCC. 10.00-20.00. Mexican food. there is also a Taco boy in Gaisano mall in Tagum.. and Matina Centerpoint.. also at Ateneo de Davao University. Nccc Mall. from p17.. Lachmi Food Court, C Bangoy street.. 10.00-19.00. There are many places to Eat at the Lachmi Food Court. One of the most low cost places to Eat in Davao city. Combo meals from..

Albertos Pizza Davao, Bolton Street (over the street from Jollibee), ☎ 082-321-5065NOCC. 09.00-01.00. Garden Express Pizza. 9 inches = p80. 11 inches = p120. also do Breakfasts.. Free Delivery with no minimum order required. Pizzas from p75.. Jenny friend chicken JFC, San Pedro street, ☎ 09228882283NOCC. 24 hours. You find Jenny fried Chicken fast foods all over Davao city. they also sell Grilled chicken for p20 Pork chop p25.. Cassava cake p12 Soft Drinks from p12, a cup of rice p5, chicken and rice meal p25..

Barbecue Boss, E Quirino Aneune., ☎ 63-9223796748NOCC. 10.00-01.00. Barbecue Restaurant. five Pork Barbecue with all the Rice you can eat. Very Cold beers from php35. Has a Garden where you can drink beer at night.. Bankerohan Public Market, Magallanes Street.. 24 hours,. the Best place in all of Davao city to by Low cost Fruits and Vegetables. Kuya Ed Buffet, Magallanes Street (behide Old City Hall), ☎ 63-82-2242162NOCC. 17.30-21.00. An all you can eat buffet. Sells drinks. p139.. Tita Dz Kainan, F Inigo street, ☎ 222-2647NOCC. 11.00-14.00-17.00-20.00. all you can eat Buffet with ice tea. p139.00..

Twins Restaurant, F. Inigo street, ☎ 227-6686NOCC. 10.00-20.00. All you can eat buffet with ice tea. p130.. Grub Resto cafe, Duterte street, ☎ 301-8069NOCC. 14.00-17.00. all you can eat Pasta. p125.. Fortune Bread Bakeshoppe, R Magsaysay avenue.. 24 hours.. there are 3 Fortune bread bake shops in down town Davao. from p2 per bread... City Triangle Food Court, Claveria street (over the street from Ateneo University). 09.00-18,00.. Carlos Food House, F Inigo street, ☎ 09177056898NOCC. 10.00-18.00..

Saluhan Lounge Buffet, Quirino avenue (near the Sampaguita tourist Inn), ☎ 302-4080NOCC. 07.00-09.00-11.00-20.00. all you can eat Breakfast buffet. Lunch and Dinner Buffet. p99/149.. City foods, Ramon Magsaysay avenue. (in side the Nccc), ☎ 082-221-7777NOCC. 09.00-20.00. Fresh Lumpia p20. Fried Lumpia p22.. Kainan Ni Maria Buffet, Mac Arther highway (door 8 aala bldg over the street from the Nccc mall). 11.00-20.00. all you can eat Buffet 15.00 till 17.00 only p78.00 p78/138.. Catmens Home style Buffet, 546 A low Bldg Quirino Avenue. 07.00-21.00. all you can eat Buffet specials Breakfast. Lunch. Merienda. Dinner. also has one one take one pizza..

B Delight Bakeshoppe, San Pedro street.. open 24 hours. there are B Delight bake shops all over Davao from p3..

Options For Drink

There is the local Tanduay Rum, billed around town as " the Number One Rhum ".. There are large Seventh Day Adventist populations on Samal and Comotes Island, and in Mindanao generally. Adventists do not drink and any stores they own will typically not sell alcohol.. Kangaroo Coffee Co, Tionko cor. V Mapa St, ☎ 082-222-2766NOCC, 0932-724-2309NOCC. 8; 30AM 12; 00MN M Th, and 8; 30AM 1AM F Sa. Closed on Sundays.. Kangaroo is a place dedicated to fresh Mindanao coffee, home style food, and inspirational literature, in a classical modern atmosphere..

Specialties include Kangabrew (brewed coffee), Durian Mocha Heaven Ice blended, Mangosteen Passion Ice blended, Tsokolatte (native hot chocolate with espresso, KangaYo (fruit & yogurt drinks), Smoked Fish Pasta, Chicken Curry Rice Meal, Creme Brulee, New York Cheesecake, Kanga Nuggets, Kanga Mint Cookies.. Some Place Else, Rizal Street (Havana Compound), ☎ (82) 2286304NOCC. A great place to hang out. Ask for their Shisha Fries.. Knight's Cafe (Red Knight Gardens), Guadalupe Village, Lanang, Davao (Near by Casino Filipino), ☎ 234-3408NOCC. 6; 30AM to 9; 30PM. Knights Cafe offers a choice of local and Western dishes at its pool side bar and restaurant..

WiFi and swimming is free if you buy food / drinks. Feast of Fish&Chips to Kinilaw and from traditional English breakfast to Pizza. Good place to meet and get lots of local knowledge.. Ellen's Tuna Queen, South Street Dbp Village, Matina, Davao City (now located at its new home a few meters from the NCCC Mall Matina Highway, From NCCC Mall along Maa road turn left to the first street corner of Dbp Village (South Street)), ☎ 09228147063NOCC, 09102261849NOCC.. M Sa 10; 30AM 9PM. Serves the original pritong paksiw buntot ng tuna formerly at Petron Bajada, sinigang silik ng malasugui, beef calderetta, laing, kinilaw (tuna), lechon kawali and tuna sisig..

Grilled steaks (lamb chops, beef prime ribs, burger steak) are also served. Try the latest Tuna Sisig na Pizza and the creamy halo halo at its best.. Basti's Coffee, Victoria Plaza. Basti's is a cafe in Victoria Plaza, with an entrance outside as well as through the food court. They brew great coffee, and they ask you to pick between ' mild ' and ' strong '.. They also have pastries including an interesting durian cheesecake. Davao is a no smoking in public places city so smokers might find it useful to know that there is an enclosed and air conditioned smoking section in Basti's..

Where To Sleep

There is no shortage of accommodations in Davao, ranging from the four star accommodations of the Marco Polo Davao on Claveria, the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Ponciano, the Grand Regal Hotel and Casino Filipino and the Waterfront Insular Hotel on Lanang, and the Apo View Hotel, where Casino Filipino 2 is located, to lodges and inns, pension houses, dormitels all around the city.. Serviced residences like the Crown Regency are also rising in popularity, or one can find townhouses or apartments for rent, all for negotiable rates. you can find a place to stay from p175 a night..

C5 Dormitel, Roxas Avenue (1 block south of Ateneo de Davao Univ), ☎ + 63 82 228-6186, e-mail; c5dormitel@yahoo.com. A " luxury dormitory " for ₱ 650 for single, ₱ 1100 for double; ₱ 1300 for suite.. Monthly rates; ₱ 15,000, ₱ 25,000, ₱ 33,000 respectively. Cable TV, air con, Wi Fi, laundry area, parking, study area, guest lounges. Hot water in suites.. Located in C5 Building, travel agency, beauty salon, laundry shop.. Crown Regency Residences, J.P. Cabaguio Avenue Agdao, ☎ + 63 82 225-8188. All rooms air con, broadband internet, and cable TV. ₱ 2300 and up..

D'Counter Executive Dormitory, 15 B Jose Camus St, ☎ + 63 82 226-2045.. ₱ 255 for basic single; ₱ 335 for single with TV and private bath; ₱ 545 with A / C and cable TV; ₱ 720 for double with A / C, bath, cable TV; family room for 3 with bath, cable TV, and A / C for ₱ 1100.. El Rio Bachelor's Pad, Lot 22&23, Block 16 Kamuning St, El Rio Vista Village Phase 4A, Bacaca, ☎ + 63 917-7014411, + 63 922 896 0724.. Monthly Rate P6000 small room, P7000 medium sized room, P7500 large room P600 per day good for 2 persons; includes mini kitchen, cooking utensils & pans, electric stove, electric kettle, knife, plates, spoons & forks, refrigerator, own washing sink, own shower with heater, Internet, television with cable, individual controlled air conditioned room, bed & bedding, cabinets, dining table and chairs..

First Pacific Inn Davao, Quirino Ave, ☎ + 63 82 305-6183, fax; + 63 82 300-9173. First Pacific Inn is a freshly, newly built (Opened January 2010) 17 room business Inn, catering to both short and long term visitors.. Quirino Ave is very busy 24/7 with heavy truck and motorcycle traffic as well as many emergency vehicles. If you want a full night's sleep look elsewhere. Rooms at front are very noisy and are only ones with dbl beds.. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Rooms are clean but spartanly furnished..

Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort, Purok 3 Tolosa, Barangay Matina Biao, Tugbok District, ☎ + 63 82 284-1165, 2717837NOCC, or mobile + 63 939 402 5585FORMATNOCC, + 63 917 705 6418, e-mail; gumamelacaverockfarmresort@yahoo.com.. On premises, there is a river / creek, natural short waterfalls, springs, World War II Japanese Imperial Army caves / foxholes (the land where the resort is situated is part of the Tolosa Family Estate which was also occupied by Japanese forces during WWII), rainforests / vegetation, paintings and Bagobo inspired sculptures, world's tallest concrete hibiscus (gumamela) sculpture made by Rey Mudjahid " Kublai " Millan, man made and mud painted Poolside Caverock (artificial caves and rocks), natural thermo (warm) spa - swimming.

pool, sports facilities (billiard, table tennis, darts), restaurant and bar, secured environment, traditional - heritage cottages (modern native design), hybrid hibiscus (gumamela) plants - centennial series, millennium series and celebrity series from the University of the Philippine Institute of Plant Breeding and other ornamental plants.. The resort has 6 elegant traditional - heritage (modern - native concept) and 2 bamboo cottages with private verandas. The breeze in the farm is particularly refreshing. The bathrooms are well appointed with varied walls and floor designs and a LED shower system with multi directional nozzles at your body in varying angles..

The cottages are crafted with different ceiling and bathroom designs made by local artisans in varying colors and with modern furniture and fixtures. The Pool View Cottages are in front of the spa - swimming pool with a magnificent and well preserved jungle backdrop.. Humberto's Hotel, J Palma Gil cor. P Gomez Sts., ☎ + 63 82 222-3831 to 34FORMAT. Humberto's Hotel was featured by PAL Mabuhay Magazine on its lifestyle section as a " Charming Botique Hotel ".. It was also chosen and awarded by the 2003 National Shopper's Choice in May 28, 2004 as no. 1 Small Hotel in Davao City. Best rates on official website start at ₱ 2,200. * Hotel Esse Davao, F Torres St, ☎ (082) 227-37-73NOCC, fax; (082) 295-34-85..

Hotel Esse Davao provides deluxe, executive and premiere rooms with 32 inch LCD TV with cable channels, free wireless internet access and complimentary breakfast. Its facilities and services include a steakhouse, standby generator, in room massage services and tours.. Lanang Business Inn (LBI), Banawe St Lanang, ☎ (082) 221-5847NOCC. There is a free breakfast and wifi in the lobby. The rooms are clean with individual bathrooms, AC, TV.. Marco Polo Davao, C.M. Recto (formerly Claveria) cor. M Roxas Blvd., ☎ + 6382 221 0888, fax; + 6382 225 0111. lol.

Microtel Inn & Suites Davao, Damosa Gateway Complex, Mamay Road, Lanang, Davao City 8000, ☎ + 63 82 233-2333. Business centre with conference rooms, car rental, airport transfer, refrigerators and cable TV.. My Hotel, San Pedro St, Davao City (beside BDO - San Pedro Branch), ☎ + 63 82 300 4040; + 63 82 222 2021; FORMAT, e-mail; myhoteldavao@yahoo.com.. Check in; 2PM, check out; 12nn. It offers free Wi Fi access in every room, free Sun to Sun cell phone call, free calls to the US and Canada, Hot and cold shower, Air conditioned rooms with cable TV, telephone are ₱ 995..

the MY Hotel has security cameras. there are also Single Fan rooms with out side bathrooms. now has free breakfast. ₱ 250.. MyPlace Dormitel, Veloso St, Bo. Obrero (at the back of Victoria Plaza), ☎ (082) 2217518NOCC. Standard Room - P800, Superior Room - P1,000, Suite Room - P1,500, Extra Bed - P300.. Room has 2 beds, a / c, hot and cold shower, free wifi, 24/7 security, add P100 for TV.. Oroderm Beauty Hotel, Magallanes (St) (just off Quirino ave), ☎ + 63 82-221-2700. a / c Single / double rooms with hot water bathrooms and Cable TV. Breakfast included..

Ponce Suites, Road 4 (at corner of Road 3) in Dona Vicenta Village, Bajada (from JP Laurel Street at Victoria Plaza, turn at Chow King and take the first right, then your first left and go to the end), ☎ 082-227-9070NOCC.. Wifi. They also have food with a rooftop open terrace. impressive art collection. ₱ 1500.. Red Knight Gardens (Suites), 8th Street Guadalupe Village Lanang, ☎ + 63 234-34-08. Has a pool, gardens, bar & restaurant owned and managed by Brit. Rooms are fully furnished.. All rates are fully inclusive of water, electric, gas, T. V, local phone calls, hot & cold shower, daily maid services.

Sampaguita Tourist Inn (the new one), Quirino Avenue (at My Mayon St), ☎ + 63 82-305-8680, e-mail; chaehwan@chol.com. Nice for the price. Basic single for P325, double 400, triple 500, family 650.. Add about 200 for A / C Add another 50 to 200 for hot water. Add another 100 to 300 for coffee table and sofa. Other phone + 63 82 302-7645. free wifi.. Sampaguita Tourist Inn (the old one), Mt Mayon St (turn off Quirino right at the new Sampaguita and go a block up), ☎ 082-300-4110NOCC. Clean, decent, budget..

single with private bathroom and cable TV p300. Single with A / C bathroom and cable TV for P475, another 50 for hot water. Add 100 for a double and another 100 for a triple.. free wifi. free soap. best overall budget place to stay in Davao city. ₱ 300.. St Camillus Dormitel, 3rd Floor, SPMC Cooperative Building, Southern Philippines Medical Center (aka Davao Medical Center) Compound, Bajada, ☎ (082) 3019997 / 09179049032 / (0917) 8230514FORMATNOCC.. Check in; anytime, check out; anytime. Best value accommodation in Davao City. Airconditioned rooms, quiet location, short walk to all modes of public transport, owners and staff are helpful and very friendly..

The dormitel occupies the whole third flood of the building (you can ask permission to go up the rooftop for a breathe of fresh air). Each no frills room have four double decker beds, with common tables and a (very) small cabinet for your more important stuff.. Toilets / shower stalls are clean and well lighted. Separate facilities for men and women. The ground floor of the building is occupied by various establishments; laundry shop (18 ₱ / kg), food center, vendors and a popular Chinese fast food chain..

The second floor is occupied by an internet cafe and spa / parlor. Tip; call for reservations well ahead of time as they opten fill up pretty quickly with various traveller groups. 180 / day.. Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, Lanang, ☎ + 63-82-233-2881, fax; + 63-82-233-2801. On the side of the Davao Gulf, with landscaped gardens; view from corridors.. Samal Bahay Kubo, Barangay Katagman, Purok 5, Penaplata District, Island Garden City of Samal, ☎ + 63 912 806-6372. Check in; anytime, check out; anytime. If you want real peace and quiet, go here..

No videokes, guaranteed. You could set up a tent, if you like or get a room in a Bahay Kubo (hut). The owner's wife is a mean cook, specializing in Thai and Indian dishes.. There is no in suite toilet, but the " outhouse " is very clean and has running water. The site is several minutes away on foot from two tourist spots; Moncado's Camp 23 and Balay ni Moncado (Moncado's Whitehouse).. You can arrange for a pickup at the Penaplata Warehouse Club bus stop then take City Island Express Bus from Davao City to Samal Island. Or, you can arrange a pickup from Davao City..

Green Windows Dormital Backpackers hostel, 5th floor fct tower 1034 mt apo street, ☎ 63-82-3003893NOCC. a / c dorm beds. The 1st backpackers hostel in Davao city. ₱ 188... GGT tourist inn, Villa Abrille Street, ☎ 3058617NOCC. single bed, matrimonial, double, triple bed. Cheapest air conditioned rooms in town. ₱ 300/400/500/600.. Hotel Uno, Cm Retro Street, ☎ 63-82-2821111NOCC. Fan single / double rooms with outside bathrooms. A / C rooms own bathroom and cable TV. New and clean hotel. Has elevator and restaurant..

D Morvie Suites, CM recto street and san pedro street, ☎ 221-0075NOCC. Two new D Morvie Suites in Davao city to add to the three in Cagayan de Oro and one in Iligan city.. a / c rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV 12/24 hours. New and clean, but small rooms. Free WIFI. ₱ 250/450.. Day Light Inn, San Pedro Street (over the street from the MY hotel), ☎ 09433807611NOCC. Clean A / c and fan rooms with outside bathroom. from ₱ 250/450.. Evergreen hotel, R Magsaysay Aveune (In Davao china town Near NCCC), ☎ 082-2213860NOCC. Clean fan rooms with own bathrooms. Free WIFI. ₱ 375/495...

GV hotel, Magallanes Street, corner of Legaspi Street., ☎ 63-82-3210628NOCC. 7 a / c single rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. 17 a / c twin rooms with own bathroom and cable TV.. 6 a / c Matrimonial rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. the GV Hotel Davao has 95 rooms. ₱ 450/590.. El gusto family lodge., Magallanes street, ☎ 2273662NOCC. Fan rooms with own bathroom. ₱ 400.. Las casitas inn 2, 509 loyola street obrero, ☎ 082-2226552NOCC. Fan room with own bathroom. A / C twin sharing room with own bathroom. free Wi Fi. ₱ 350/695..

Casa Graciana inn., 06 juna subd matina (near the NCCC mall), ☎ 63-82-297-7836NOCC. Fan rooms. ₱ 300.. Quoyas inn, km7 diversion road buhangin (not far from Davao airport), ☎ 082-058263NOCC. Fan rooms with out side bathrooms. ₱ 375.. Aveflor inn, 108 Cm recto street, ☎ 082-227-8152NOCC. single. semi double. Matrimonial. free WIFI. p600/650.. Anton rose inn, Quimpo blvd, ☎ 63-82-297-5558NOCC. fan rooms. ₱ 290.. Carpels pension house, J camus extensiom, ☎ 63-82-221-1641NOCC. fan rooms. ₱ 400.. Homitorl Dormitel., bangoy street corner sta ana avenue, ☎ 082-295-2969NOCC. a / c dorm beds. ₱ 190...

Residencia vhila Dormitel, 83 cm recto street., ☎ 082-295-3033NOCC. a / c dorm. ₱ 175... B S Inn, Cempesaw street cor monteverde street. (near NCCC Uyanguren), ☎ 63-82-221-3980NOCC. a / c rooms with own bathrooms. ₱ 650/750.. Davao Fortune inn, 127 d r Magsaysay avenue., ☎ 63-82-221-0819NOCC. a / c rooms with own hot water bathrooms with or with out Cable TV. ₱ 550/600.. Davao Imperil inn, C M recto street, ☎ 63-82-222-4930NOCC. a / c single / double with own bathrooms. ₱ 510/680.. Ayrelios Pensione, Bolton street., ☎ 082-227-8146NOCC. fan single / double. a / c single / double. p195/295/395/460...

Megiko Dormitel., J Rizal street., ☎ 09328697988NOCC. a. c double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. free WIFI. 12/24 hours. p250/500.. Royal Downtown Inn, San Pedro street, ☎ 226-2180NOCC. a / c single. twin. Matrimonial with own bathroom and Cable TV. p500/600/650.. Elles Pension House, Mt Apo cor Gen Luna streets (A J building), ☎ 221-8499NOCC. a / c single / double rooms with own hot water bathroom and cable TV. WIFI.. Bahay ni Tuding Inn, 160 san pedro street. (behide mercury drug), ☎ 63-82-295-2487NOCC. a. c standard room. p800..

Emerald Inn, J Camus ext (next to the Sampaguita tourist inn), ☎ 221-1641NOCC. a / c single / double rooms with own hot water bathrooms and cable TV free WIFI.. Southern Tourist Inn, 421 Villa abille street, ☎ 082-221-7431NOCC. 83.a. c single / double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. p650/750.. Radiance Inn, San Pedro street, ☎ 222-6484NOCC. a / c rooms with own hot water bathrooms and cable TV. p639/739.. The Manor Hotel, A pichon street (D A Bldg), ☎ 063-82-221-2511NOCC. a / c rooms with own Hot water bathrooms and Cable TV free WIFI. p850..

Darong Lodging Inn, Magalleanes street (next to Sony Service Center), ☎ 082-222-3089NOCC. fan rooms with hot water bathrooms and Cable TV free WIFI. 12/24 hours. p300/450.. Bella Suites Hotel., A Pichon Street, ☎ 221-3060NOCC. fan rooms. a / c single / double rooms with hot water bathroom and Cable TV. free WIFI. p299/599/699.. Alta Pension House, J P Lurel avenue. (over the street from the G mall), ☎ 082-221-1843NOCC. single fan with common bathroom. twin fan with common bathroom. a / c twin with common bathroom..

Larous Pension House, V liustre street (near JS South mall), ☎ 082-305-7438NOCC. fan double. a / c double. p350/400/575.. D Counter Executive, Jose Camus street (over the street from peoples park), ☎ 082-2262045NOCC. single occupancy outside c. r p285..

How To Stay Safe

Davao is generally a safe city even for travellers and violent crime is rare except few parts of downtown Davao are unsafe at night. Your biggest concern should be pickpockets, who are active in downtown Davao and on jeepneys..

Where To Go Next

Cagayan de Oro, from Davao to Cagayan, bus / Van 7 10h duration depending on weather / traffic / road construction, multiples stop including lunch + diner break, 530 A / c / 400 w / o to Davao Ecoland bus station, take jeepney south from San Pedro / City Council to go to bus station ex; ~ 45min two jeepneys from St Camillus dormitel /). General Santos, 3/4 hour bus ride.. Butuan city, 6/7 hour bus / Van ride.. Cotabato city, 5/6 hour bus / van ride..

History

The region's name is derived from its Bagobo origins. The word davao came from the phonetic blending of three Bagobo subgroups' names for the Davao River, a major waterway emptying into the Davao Gulf near the city.. The aboriginal Obos, who inhabit the hinterlands of the region, called the river Davah; the Clatta called it Dawaw, and the Tagabawas called it Dabo. To the Obos, davah also means " a place beyond the high grounds ".. When asked where they were going, the usual reply was davah. Dawaw also refers to a trading settlement, where forest goods are bartered for salt and other commodities..

Although Spaniards began to explore the Davao Gulf area as early as 16th century, Spanish influence was negligible in the Davao region until 1844, when the Spanish brigadier general Agustin Bocallan claimed the area in what is now Davao City for the Spanish Crown, despite opposition by the Sultan of Maguindanao.. Official colonization of the area, however, began in 1848 when an expedition of 70 men and women led by Jos Cruz de Uyanguren of Vergara, Spain, established a Christian settlement in an area of mangrove swamps which is now Bolton Riverside..

Davao was then ruled by a chieftain, Bago, who had a settlement on the banks of the Davao River. Bago was the most powerful datu in the Gulf area at that time.. Cruz de Uyanguren met the Mandaya chieftain, Daupan, joining him to help defeat Bago. They failed to defeat Bago when their ships were outmaneuvered crossing the narrow channel of the Davao River bend.. Three months after the battle, Cruz de Uyanguren began building a causeway connecting the other side of the river, but Bago's warriors raided the workers. Several weeks later, Manuel Quesada, Navy Commanding General of Zamboanga, arrived with a company of infantry and joined in an attack on Bagos settlement..

After Cruz de Uyanguren defeated Bago, he renamed the region Nueva Guipzcoa, founding the town of Nueva Vergara in 29 June 1848 to honor of his home in Spain and becoming its first governor.. He was reported to have peacefully conquered the entire Davao Gulf region by year's end, despite a lack of support from the Spanish government in Manila and his allies. Cruz de Uyanguren attempted to make peace with the neighboring tribes, urging them to help develop the area; his efforts, however, did not succeed..

By 1852, due to intrigues by those in Manila dissatisfied with Cruz de Uyanguren's Davao venture, Marquis de Solana took over Cruz de Uyanguren's command of the Nueva Guipzcoa region. By that time, the capital, Nueva Vergara had a population of 526.. While relative peace with the natives prevailed, the population grew very slowly. In the 1855 census, the Christian inhabitants and converts numbered 817.. In 1867, the original settlement on the Davao River, was relocated to its present site with Saint Peters Church as its center at the intersection of San Pedro and Claveria Streets. In the meantime, in response to Davaoeo demands Nueva Vergara was renamed Davao..

The pioneer Christian inhabitants of the settlement were the proponents of the 1868 adoption of Davao.. The arrival of three Jesuit missionaries in Davao in 1868 to take over the mission from the sole Recollect priest in the Davao Gulf area marked a concerted effort to convert the natives to Christianity.. Through their zeal and field work, the Jesuits gradually succeeded in winning souls to live in reducciones, which easily allowed instruction in Christian precepts and practices.. By the 1890s, Muslims began to become Christian converts by the efforts of their datus, although many others remained steadfast in Islam..

Saturnino Urios, who labored among the Moros of Hijo in 1892, divided the population; those who wanted to live among the Christians left Hijo, and were resettled in Tigatto, Mawab and Agdao under the supervision of Francisco Bangoy and Teodoro Palma Gil.. These groups generally refer to themselves today as Kalagans.. The development of large scale plantations faced a labor shortage, and workers were contracted from Luzon and the Visayas. Many Japanese became landowners, acquiring lands by government lease or buying American plantations..

The first two decades of the 20th century found Davao a producer of exports.. Japanese entrepreneur Kichisaburo Ohta exploited large territories, transforming them into abac and coconut plantations and developed large scale copra, timber, fishing and import export trade.. People from all over Luzon and Visayas settled in Davao. As a result, they outnumbered the indigenous Manobo, Tagacaolo, Guongan and B'laan tribes in the area. Because of increasing Japanese influence in the region's economy, on March 16, 1936, congressman Romualdo Quimpo from Davao filed Bill 609, creating the City of Davao from the Town of Davao and Guianga District. Because of increasing Japanese influence in the region's economy, on March 16, 1936, congressman Romualdo Quimpo from Davao filed Bill 609, creating the City of Davao from the Town of Davao and Guianga District..

The bill called for the appointment of local officials by the president.. Davao was inaugurated as a charter city on October 16, 1936 by President Manuel L Quezon. The City of Davao became provincial capital of a united Davao Province. It was one of the first two towns in Mindanao to be converted into a city.. By that time, the city's population was 68,000.. On December 8, 1941, Japanese planes bombed the city and the Japanese occupation began in 1942. In 1945, American and Philippine Commonwealth forces liberated Davao City from the Japanese. The longest and bloodiest battle during the Philippine Liberation occurred in the city at the time of the Battle of Mindanao..

World War II brought destruction to the new city, and set back the economic and physical strides made before the Japanese occupation. Davao was among the earliest to be occupied by Japanese forces, and the city was immediately fortified as a bastion of Japanese defense.. It was subjected to extensive bombing by forces led by Douglas MacArthur before American liberation forces landed in Leyte in October 1944.. After the Second World War, although the Japanese Imperial Army had inflicted a heavy toll on the city, it continued its economic growth. Its population rose to 112,000 in 1946; some Japanese inhabitants assimilated with the Filipino population, while others were expelled from the country..

The city resumed its role as the agricultural and economic hub of Mindanao. Logs, lumber, plywood, copra and banana products gradually replaced abac as major exports.. Thirty years later, in 1967, the Province of Davao was divided into three provinces Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur. The city of Davao became part of Davao del Sur; no longer the provincial capital, it became a commercial center of southern Mindanao.. Davao has become an ethnic melting pot; it attracts migrants from throughout the Philippines, lured by prospects for prosperity in the country's second largest city..

During the 1970s, Davao became regional capital of southern Mindanao; with the reorganization, it became the regional capital of the Davao Region and highly urbanized city in the province of Davao del Sur.. The city witnessed mayhem as it entered the early 1980's. It became a focal point for conflict between criminals, communist guerrillas and leftists. The conflict inside the city became severe that murders in the streets were the norm at the time.. It lasted until 1985, when the locals formed the vigilante group " Alsa Masa " to drive out such elements from the city..

Real social stability in the city, however, began in the earnest when Rodrigo Duterte first assumed office as the city mayor in 1988. The city was still considered that time as the country's murder capital.. Shortly after he assumed office, he made steps for countering and drastically reducing the crime incidence in the city, such as the creation of several city ordinances and his alleged mobilization of local vigilante death squads..

Economy

Davao is part of the East Asian Growth Area, a regional economic cooperation initiative in Southeast Asia.. In 2011, Davao City ranked 87th among the world's fastest growing cities by the City Mayors Foundation, based in London and Freiburg, Germany.. According to the foundation, the city has a projected average annual growth of 2.53 percent over a 15 year period; Davao was the only Philippine city to reach the top 100.. Davao Light and Power Company, an Aboitiz company which is the third largest electric utility in the country, serves the city's needs..

Davao, playing the role as the country's fruit basket, is a leading national producer as well as the island's leading exporter of fruits such as mangoes, pomeloes, bananas, coconut products, pineapples, papayas and mangosteens.. Durians, which are locally grown and harvested and common in the city, are also notable exports.. The Davao Gulf provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include yellow fin tuna, brackish water milkfish, mudfish, shrimp and crab. Most of the fish catches are discharged in the fishing port in Barangay Toril, which are then sold in the numerous markets within the city..

Davao City serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and is also one of the financial hubs of Mindanao. Commercial industrial plants such as those of Coca Cola Bottlers, Phil.. , Pepsi Cola Products, Phil., Interbev Phil Inc and RC Cola Phil., companies located in the city, as well as fruit packaging exporting facilities, food manufacturing plants and a very huge number of business establishments ring the city.. There are also construction industrial plants such as those of Holcim Philippines and Union Galvasteel Corporation, and SteelAsia. The latter was the largest and most modern steel rolling mill production facility in the country, completed on December 2014 and was purposely built to increase the national steel production and to reduce the construction costs in Mindanao..

One Network Bank, based in the city, is the largest rural bank in the Philippines in assets; most branches are in Mindanao. Government social insurance agencies such as the Social Security System and Government Service Insurance System are also in the city.. There are several commercial areas in the city Poblacion, Davao Chinatown, Bajada, Lanang, Matina, Ecoland, Agdao, Buhangin, Toril, Mintal and Calinan, the latter three located at the southwestern part of the city.. There are many shopping centers that dot the city. Notable ones include Abreeza, which opened in May 12, 2011, is the first and largest Ayala Mall in Mindanao, and SM Lanang Premier which aside from being the first and only SM Premiere Mall is also the largest shopping mall in the island..

Other major malls in the city are Gaisano Mall of Davao, NCCC Mall of Davao, and SM City Ecoland. Construction of new shopping malls in the city are currently underway..

Geography

Davao City is approximately 588 miles southeast of Manila over land, and 971 kilometres by sea. The city is located in southeastern Mindanao, on the northwestern shore of Davao Gulf, opposite Samal Island.. Davao City's land, totaling about 2,443.61 square kilometres, is hilly in the west and slopes down to the southeastern shore. Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines, is located at the city's southwestern tip.. Mount Apo National Park, was inaugurated by President Manuel Quezon to protect the flora and fauna of the surrounding mountain range..

The Davao River is the city's primary drainage channel. Draining an area of over 1,700 km2, the 160 kilometre river begins in the town of San Fernando, Bukidnon.. Almost half of the total land area is classified as timberland or forest. Agriculture remains the largest economic sector comprising banana, pineapple, coffee and coconut plantations in the city.. Davao has a tropical rainforest climate, with little seasonal variation in temperature. Average monthly temperatures are always above 26 C, and average monthly precipitation is above 77 millimetres..

This gives the city a tropical climate, without a true dry season; while there is significant rainfall in winter, most precipitation occurs during the summer months.. Mount Apo is home to many bird species, 111 of which are endemic to the area. It is also home to one of the world's largest eagles, the critically endangered Philippine eagle, the countrys national bird.. The orchid waling waling, also known as the " Queen of Philippine Flowers " as well as one of the country's national flowers, is also endemic in the area..

Fruits such as mangosteen and durian, grow abundantly on Mount Apo.. Despite Davao City's location in the Asian portion of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the city has suffered few earthquakes and most have been minor. Mount Apo, 40 kilometers southwest from the city proper, is a dormant volcano..

Demographics

The population of Davao City is 1,449,296 according to the 2010 NSO Census. Metro Davao, with the city as its center, had about 2,274,913 people in 2010, making it the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the most populous city in Mindanao.. The city hit its one million people in 1995 at 1,006,840 inhabitants that year, becoming the first city in Visayas and Mindanao and the fourth nationwide to achieve such a mark.. Residents of Davao City are colloquially known as Davaoeos. Many Davaoeos of other Asian descent live and work in the city. Most Davaoeos are of mixed Visayan and Lumad descent. Japanese and Chinese descendants make up the remaining Davaoeo population..

Davao Cebuano is a sub variant of Mindanao Cebuano and the most widely spoken language in the city. English is the medium of instruction in schools, and widely understood by residents. Aside from Davao Cebuano, Tagalog, Chabacano de Davao, and Mindanao tribal languages such as Manobo and Mandaya are also spoken.. Hiligaynon is spoken by residents who came from Iloilo and Bacolod cities and Hiligaynon speaking areas of North and South Cotabato provinces.. The largest religious group is Roman Catholic, comprising about 80 percent of the population. Other Christian groups, such as the Iglesia ni Cristo, Evangelicals, the Jesus Miracle Crusade, the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, and followers of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, comprise eight percent..

Seventh day Adventists, Protestants and Baptists are other Christian denominations. The remainder belong to non Christian faiths.. The Restorationist church Kingdom of Jesus Christ had its origins in the city. It currently has 4 million Filipino adherents both locally and outside the city. Apollo Quiboloy, the self proclaimed " Appointed Son of God ", was the leader of the movement.. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao is the main metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic Church in southern Mindanao. It comprises the city of Davao, the Island Garden City of Samal and the municipality of Talaingod in Davao del Norte; under its jurisdiction are the three suffragan dioceses of Digos, Tagum and Mati..

Archbishop Romulo Valles of the Archdiocese of Davao, appointed on February 11, 2012, by Pope Benedict XVI, took office on May 22, 2012, at San Pedro Cathedral. Saint Peter, locally known as San Pedro, is the patron saint of the city..

Education

The city government provides free education at the primary and secondary levels at public institutions. Currently, as sanctioned by the Department of Education, all primary and secondary institutions in the city use the K 12 educational system.. The city currently hosts five universities. These are. Other schools and colleges in the city include. Sports facilities in the city include the Davao City Recreation Center, Tionko Football Field and the gymnasiums of Ateneo de Davao University, Philippine Women's College of Davao Event Center, the University of Southeastern Philippines, Holy Cross of Davao College, the University of Mindanao, and Mintal Comprehensive National High School..

Major sports centers within the city's metropolitan area are the Davao del Norte Sports amp; Tourism Complex and Davao del Sur Sports Cultural and Business Center Complex, respectively located in Tagum and Digos.. These are used for regional, as well as national, sports events and other gatherings and public meetings.. There are locally based sports teams in the city. Davao Football Association, working under the Philippine Football Federation, represents the city and Davao Region for national football events. Locally based basketball teams such as Goldstar Davao and Duterte Agilas work for the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association..

Collegiate varsity teams based in the tertiary institutions inside the city also compete in national competitions..

Law And Order

The Philippine National Police, a military task force has been formed to protect the city from terrorist attacks and other crime. Task Force Davao is affiliated with the Philippine Army and headed by an army colonel.. A curfew on minors is enforced. All businesses, especially bars and discos, are mandated by a city ordinance to stop selling alcoholic drinks at 100 am. Motorcyclists without helmets and motorists with defective lights are not allowed to enter the city.. Checkpoints in key parts the city and at its limits are manned 24 hours a day to enforce traffic laws..

Social stability was crucial for the progress of the city. Under Rodrigo Duterte's tenure as mayor from 2001 to 2010, the city maintained its stability. The crime rate dropped between 1995 and 2008.. However, the Davao Death Squad gained notoriety for vigilante killings; this earned Duterte the nickname " The Punisher " by Time magazine. The city is currently listed as the 4th safest city in the world.. The Public Safety and Security Command Center, the first in the Philippines, is located in Sandawa, Matina..

It is headquarters for 911 and the center for the 170 closed circuit television cameras installed in different strategic areas as of today covering access roads and populated downtown areas, and also including outside the Davao International Airport and six in different bridges to monitor the rise of water level in the citys rivers.. The center also controls traffic signals in the city..

Media

National media networks such as ABS CBN Corporation, GMA Network, Inc, TV5, PTV, IBC 13, and 9TV maintain local stations in the city. The broadcast coverage of these media stations includes all of Davao Region as well as some areas beyond the region.. There are media networks based in the city as well. Davao Christian Broadcasting Channel and Sonshine Media Network International are two religion oriented media networks, with the latter having a nationwide broadcast coverage as well as news amp; current affairs programs..

The locally based community network SouthSpot broadcasts only on cable television. Several radio stations also operate within the city, most of which operate in a daily, 247 basis.. In addition to 24 national newspapers, Davao City has 21 local daily newspapers, including the Sun Star Davao, the city based Mindanao Times, and the Mindanao Examiner..

Government

Davao City has a deputy mayor, designated by the mayor, who is a link to the mayor. The deputy mayor is the mayor's representative for community events. The position complements the city's vice mayor, given the large geographical area of the city.. Rodrigo Roa Duterte is currently the incumbent mayor of the city, elected last May 13, 2013 national election.. Davao City has 182 barangays, with three legislative districts. The city government of Davao is proposing two more congressional districts to serve its growing population..

Members of the House of Representatives are.

Tourism

The Philippine eagle, the country's national bird and considered the largest eagle in the world, is endemic to Davao. The orchid waling waling and fruits such as durians, pomeloes and mangosteens are popular and generally cheaper in the city.. Tourist destinations in the city include the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, Mount Apo, the Davao Crocodile Park, Malagos Garden Resort, Eden Nature Park, and People's Park in the city center which is popular for its sculptures of indigenous people and dancing fountain..

Samal Island, a part of Metro Davao, is an island city situated immediately off the city's coast in the Davao Gulf, popularly known for providing some of the best beaches in the country.. The city also offers outdoor activities, such as wild river rafting, river tubing, wakeboarding, and mountain trekking, most especially up to the peak of Mt Apo.. Two major annual festivals are held in the city the Araw ng Dabaw on March 16 and the Kadayawan Festival in August..

Orientation

there are many Money changers at the Aldevinco Shopping center. C M Recto street (over the street from the Marco Polo Hotel). one with a good rate is Jaydees money changer phone 224-2332.. your also find X Change money changer on the 2nd floor of Abreeza mall.. there is a Consulate General of Indonesia on Melati Street Ecoland. phone 2992931. a Malaysian Consulate General on Bonifacio Street. Phone 2214050. the Consular office of Japan on R Magsaysay avenue.. you can find Laundry shops all over Davao city. (from php18 per KG). there are Internet cafes (some 24 hours) all over Davao city From ₱ 10 per hour..

The Bureau of Immigaration office. JP Laurel Avenue Bajada. (over the street from the Victoria Plaza Mall). Visa Extensions done in Less than one Hour.. Medical Services. you can see a Doctor at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. JP Laurel Avenue. phone 82-2272731. (a Government Hospital) for ₱ 30. or you can see a Doctor at Davao Doctors Hospital.. E Quirino Avenue. (a Private Hospital) for ₱ 350. a Low cost Pharmacy in Davao is the Generika Drug store. there is one on San Pedro Street. Zenit Dental centre 4th floor Gaisano mall Jp laurel avenue is a clean and has good prices for dental work..

Foreign Relations

The influx of foreign visitors and the presence of expatriates and migrants in the city have prompted the governments of Japan, Palau, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United States to open consular offices in the city.. An honorary consulate of the Czech Republic was also established.. The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines opened a virtual consulate, where inquiries regarding visas, foreign relations concerns and travel to the United States can be made by e-mail and chat.. The virtual consulate is maintained in coordination with Ateneo de Davao University, University of Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Cross of Davao College and AMA Computer College..

There are 10 sister cities of Davao, as designated by Sister Cities International.

Infrastructure

Popular modes of public transportation in the city are multicabs, jeepneys, tricycles, buses and taxis. Multicabs and jeepneys ply 82 designated passenger vehicle routes around the clock. Tricycles ply routes beyond the main streets of the city.. Taxis have several routes in and around Davao City. In mountainous areas, the habal habal passenger motorcycle is the main mode of transportation.. The city has the first taxis in the Philippines to accept payments from BancNet and MegaLink ATM and debit cards. The black taxis are linked to the Global Positioning System, and dispatching is done by computer..

The city offers a wide bus network to cities and provinces in Mindanao and as far as Pasay City in Luzon, and Ormoc and Tacloban in the Visayas.. The city is accessible by bus from several points in Mindanao such as Cotabato, Kidapawan, General Santos, Digos, Koronadal, Isulan, Tagum, Tandag, Malaybalay, Mati, Monkayo, Malita, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, and Surigao.. Construction and improvement of roads and bridges in the city are underway. The city's third major road, the Buhangin Underpass, was completed in the first quarter of 2003. The Traffic Management and Computerization Scheme was implemented, considered one of the most modern in the country..

Davao is connected to Manila by roll onroll off inter island ferries. The city is served by domestic passenger ferries at Sasa Port and Santa Ana Wharf, the international seaports of the Port of Davao.. The port is capable of servicing inter island and international shipments. It is located in Davao Gulf and has two approaches, one at Pakiputan Strait between Davao and western Samal Island.. The Port of Davao has two government seaports and nine privately owned ports. In addition, the Toril International Fish Port Complex accommodates small and large scale fishing activities and provides facilities such as cold storage..

Davao City has direct flights to major Philippine cities and Singapore. Located north from the city center, Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the major airport serving the city and the region. It is the busiest airport in Mindanao and the third busiest in the country.. On November 12, 2007, Cebu Pacific announced that the airport would be its third hub.. There are 31 hospitals and tertiary centers in the city like Davao Doctors Hospital, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, Ricardo Limso Medical Center, Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital, Metro Davao Medical and Research Center, Davao Adventist Hospital, MMG Hospital, CHDC Hospital and the Southern Philippines Medical Center..

Davao has been praised by the World Health Organization for its smoke free policy since 2002. the first in the Philippines..

Culture And Heritage

Assimilation is the essence of multicultural city of Davao. A chartered city, it appreciates differences in culture and tradition of the ethnic groups which joined the local tribes present during its early history as a city.. Like most cities in the Philippines, Christians predominate in Davao. Christian churches and chapels dot the city's landscape along with temples, mosques and other places of worship.. Another Spanish tradition is the celebration by barrios of the feast day of their respective patron saint with a festival. In these celebrations, songs and dance become the sights and sounds of Davao..

The largest of these celebrations is the week long Kadayawan Festival. The Davao Chinatown is the primary residence of the Chinese community. It has its own seaport, the Santa Ana Wharf which is also a part of Davao International Port.. Japanese cultural influence, like that of the Chinese, was also prominent in the city. The concentration of the Japanese Community before was in Mintal in the 3rd District of Toril, Davao City.. In fact, a Japanese cemetery and Japanese Shrine is located there in Bago Oshiro in Mintal. There are various Japanese owned businesses in the city. Davao is also home to Nikkie Jin Kai International School, a Japanese Educational Institution..

There are a number of cultural heritage sites in the city, including the Davao Museum, the Mindanao Folk Arts Museum, Davaoeo Historical Society Museum and the Philippine Japan Museum. Japanese historical sites include the Japanese Tunnel, the 20th century Japanese cemetery and the Furukawa Fiber Plant.. The cuisine of Davao City features skewered and grilled meat dishes, but the most common dish served in the city is kinilaw, a relative of ceviche made from tuna, mackerel, or swordfish with cucumber and chili marinated in vinegar..

Sinuglaw, a portmanteau of sinugba and kinilaw in the Cebuano language, is also a term for a dish in which diced, grilled pork belly is mixed with kinilaw.. Fruit dishes, snacks, and desserts are also popular, most made from durian and bananas. Ginanggang is a banana dish that originated in this city and spread to other parts of the country; a banana is grilled, skewered, brushed with margarine and sprinkled with sugar.. Durian dishes, snacks, and desserts include durian ice cream, durian pie and durian shakes..