History of Davao
The history beyond the name Davao is derived from the phonetic blending of three Bagobo’s (indigenous) subgroups for the Davao River. The aboriginal Obos called the river Davah (with a gentle vowel ending. The Clatta called it Dawaw while the Tagabawas called it Dabo.
Davao is also known as the “Durian Capital of the Philippines. It is one of the biggest exporter of tropical fruits in the country. The population of Davao is about 1,632,991 according to the 2015 census, making it one of the highly inhabited city in the Philippines. Davao Region consists of four provinces, namely: Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Daval del Sur and Compostela Valley.
Attractions of Davao
1.Philippine Eagle Centre
The Philippine Eagle Center is one of the most popular tourist spots in Davao City. The center operates primarily as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle also known as monkey-eating eagle (scientific name: Pithecophaga jefferyi). These imposing bird is among the tallest, rarest and most powerful birds in the world- one that can be found only in the Philippines. Aside from eagles, this place is also a home to other birds, mammals and reptiles.
2. Eden Nature Park
Eden Nature Park is a 80-hectare mountain resort in Davao City that offers a variety of leisure, adventures and romantic experiences. It has plenty of attractions that you can enjoy and explore. You can visit the ampitheater, flower garden, butterfly garden, go for the birdwalk, hiking trail or go for the heart-pumping rides like skycycling, skyriding, skyswing, zipline and horsebackriding.
3. Crocodile Park
Davao Crocodile Park is one of the popular tourist destinations in Davao City that showcases a ‘state of the art’ crocodile farming system. This park was established in 1995 and is now a home to thousands of crocodile and many other wild animals.
4. Malagos Garden Resort
Malagos Garden Resort is one of the most visited tourist spots in Davao. This garden resort covers an area of 12-hectares and is just an hour ride away from the city. There are lots of things you can do in Malagos Garden Resort such as bird feeding, making your own chocolate, try adventure activities like wall climbing and bike zipline or play the giant version of Snake and Ladders, Scrabble and many more. Malagos Garden Resort has also restaurants and cafe’s that offers a wide range of food selection. And for those who wish to stay longer, Malagos Garden Resort also has rooms and cabin-inspired villa’s.
The Museo Dabawenyo building was used to be the Court of First Instance. It was restored and rehabilitated to house and showcase the rich history of the people of Davao. As an educational institution Museo Dabawenyo aims to take the lead in disseminating knowledge of Dabawenyo cultural and historical heritage. The museo is divided into four rooms: The Indigenous People’s Gallery (collection of arts, crafts, musical instruments, weapons, etc.); The Moro People’s Gallery (collection of miniature houses & boats, chairs, weapons, armos and crowns used by the Muslim people; The Contemporary Gallery (collection of classic and modern designs from woord carvings to paintings; The Memorabilia Gallery (collection of olden day clothes, bills, musicals notes, porcelains and any more.
6. People’s Park Davao
People’s Park is a public park in the center of Davao City. The park covers an area of four hectares where you can find a big Durian Dome inspired from the durian fruit and cultural sculptures that portrays the indigenous people of Davao. It also has a mini trofical rainforest, falls, shady trees, a dancing fountain, fish ponds and children’s playground. It is frequently visited not only by tourist but also by locals.
7. Mount Apo
Mount Apo, an active volcano, rising to 9,692 feet or 2,954 metres, is the highest point in the Philippines archipelago. Mount Apo is about 32 km west of Davao City. This mountain is home to over 272 birds species and to one of the world’s largest eagles, the critically endangered Philippine Eagle. There are four major lakes in Mount Apo namely the Lake Agco- also known as “The Blue Lake”, the Lake Venado, a well-known mountaineers camping site. And the Lake Macadac and Lake Jorden that can be found in the summit grassland.
8. Jack Ridge Resort and Restaurant
Jack Ridge Resort and Restaurant is well-known for it’s magnificent view of the city. It also has a historical importance. The place was once part of the headquarter of the retreating Japanese forces towards the end of the World War II. Aside from the beautiful view, tourists can also enjoy delicious Dabawenyo cuisine and live entertainment while sitting in an open-air dining area. There’s also cottages and pool for those who wants to stay the night.
9. Roxas Avenue Night Market
Night market at Roxas Avenue is very popular among locals. Some call this place as BBQ heaven. It is an open area where you can find hundreds of stalls selling all kind of Filipino foods and fruits, but also bags, shoes, clothings, household items and many more.
10. Samal Island tour
Samal, officially called Island Garden City of Samal, is made up of Samal Island and the smaller Talikud Island in the Davao Gulf. It is just 2 kilometers away from Davao City, which is just around 10-15 minutes boat ride. Samal is said to be the largest resort city in the Philippines and currently one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the country. Aside from the good beaches/beach resorts it also has numerous marine reefs and pleasant water that attracts more tourists. The 10 most visited/famous beach resorts in Samal are the following: Isla Reta Beach, Pearl Farm Beach, Kaputian Beach, Secdea Beach, Costa Marina Beach, BlueJaz Beach Resort, Punta de Sol, , Canibad Beach Cove, Cavanico II Mare Resort and Paradise Island Resort.
11. D’Bone Collector Museum
D’Bone Collector Museum houses more than 700 bone specimens, which makes it one of the largest collector of bones, skulls and skeletons in the Philippines. According to the American owner/founder of the D’Bone Collector Museum Darrell Dean Blatchley, they opened the museum in 2012 with a total of 150 specimens in one-story of the building. The museum continues to grow, what then one floor of collections now becomes three which houses over 700 specimens.
12. Davao Zorb Park
Davao Zorb Park- is a place where you could try Zorbing or what others called Globe-riding. It might not be familiar for everyone, but zorbing is becoming one of the most popular outdoor activities in Davao City, especially for those who seek adventure and thrill. The zorb ball is a huge inflatable and transparent ball, usually made of plastic (PVC) and is about 3m in diameter. Zorbing involves rolling downhill in a safe and a controlled location. For safety reasons, everyone who wants to try zorbing is oblige to sign a waiver. It is not allowed for pregnants or for people who have serious problems like heart disease or high blood pressure and for those who have neck and back problems.
13. Davao Butterfly House
Davao Butterfly House is a home to many beautiful butterflies, flowers, plants but also exotic animals like tarantulas, scorpions, fishes and many more. According to the management, the best time to spot butterflies dating, hatching, mating or dancing is on sunny mornings. They are usually inactive on cloudy days and at night. It is located just few minutes away from other tourist attractions such as the Crocodile Park, Tribu K’Mindanawan and a lot more.
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