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Friday, March 22, 2019

Rediscover Davao: The King City of the South

When visiting the Philippines most tourists will venture out in the Luzon and Visayas region such as Manila, Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, and Bohol but little did they know that there is a paradise waiting for them at the Southernmost part of the Philippines – Mindanao.
Some people have this misconception that no tourist is safe in Mindanao because of the negative news that they’ve watched or heard. Yes, there are parts of the island that is not safe and must be avoided but not the City of Davao. In fact, it has been considered to be the safest city in the Philippines!

When in Davao City, you'll see strictly implemented rules, an active 911 hotline for emergency situations, and high police visibility which made locals and foreigners comfortable to roam around at night because of. But what truly makes this place special is how everyone respect, love, and be well-disciplined for their city.
Davao City is considered to be the center of trade, commerce, and industry in the island of Mindanao. Locals are called DavaoeƱos with some who belong to other ethnic groups known as Lumads and from various Moro groups. Often mistaken as a Muslim province but Roman Catholic religion is still dominant in the area while the rest is comprised of other Christian groups and non-christian faiths, primarily Islam.

Getting to Davao
Nestled in the southeastern Mindanao, you can easily reach Davao City by getting a ferry ride or direct flight to Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO). Since the majority of tourists prefer a quick travel time, there are several local airlines that run flights from major airport hubs in the country.
As for the only airline in the Philippines with a 4-star rating from Skytrax, Philippine Airlines (PAL) offer daily flights coming from Cebu, Tagbilaran, Manila, and Clark. Travel time to Davao City from Manila (MNL) will take 1 hour and 40 minutes, 1 hour and 10 minutes from Clark (CRK), 1 hour from Cebu (CEB), and 1 hour and 15 minutes from Bohol (TAG).

Check out below flight schedules:
Airport Code
Origin
Flight No.
Frequency
Schedule
Notes
Depart Time
Arrival Time
MNL
Ninoy Aquino International Airport
PR 1809
Daily
04:00
05:40

PR 1811
05:50
07:40
Until Mar 30
PR 1811
06:00
07:50
Eff Mar 31
PR 1815
Fr-Su
08:05
09:50
Until Mar 30
PR 2813
Daily
09:25
11:15
PR 2813
10:15
12:05
Eff Mar 31
PR 1815
Mo-We-Fr-Su
11:35
13:25
PR 1815
Tu-Th-Sa
11:55
13:45
PR 1821
Mo-Tu-Th-Sa
14:30
16:15
Until Mar 30
PR 2817
Daily
14:45
16:35
PR 2817
15:15
17:00
Eff Mar 31
PR 2819
17:10
19:00
PR 2819
18:40
20:30
Until Mar 30
PR 2823
We-Fr-Sa
18:55
20:45
Eff Mar 31
PR2823
Mo-Tu-Th-Su
19:45
21:35
PR 2823
Mo-Tu-Th-Sa
20:00
21:45
Until Mar 30
PR 2823
We-Fr-Su
20:25
22:06
PR 2825
Daily
22:15
00:05
PR 2825
22:55
00:45
Eff Mar 31
CRK
Clark International Airport
PR 831
Daily
10:50
12:45

PR 2839
Mo-We-Fr-Su
17:10
19:00

CEB
Mactan-Cebu International Airport
PR 2363
Daily
06:40
07:40

PR 2365
13:40
14:40

PR 2345
18:20
19:20

TAG
Bohol –Panglao International Airport
PR 2373
Daily
12:25
13:40

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Still unsure about Davao City for your next vacation? Then let this guide give you info and convince you to visit the King City of the South:

Durian Capital of the Philippines
Though Durian is infamous for its unlikely smell and spikey appearance, it has been the signature fruit and icon of Davao City. It's abundant in the area due to various factors such as the weather, fertile volcanic soil, and fruit bats, hence the nickname "Durian Capital of the Philippines".

And because of this, the locals had made several ways to incorporate Durian in most of their products. You'll see shops selling Durian flavored ice cream, candies, chocolates, jam, and even coffee!

Home of the Philippine President
Why not pay a visit to the hometown of the 16th and current President of the Philippines right?

Rodrigo Roa Duterte is from Davao City, in fact, he was their mayor for 22 years! His ancestral home has been welcoming lots of his supporters and tourists over the past years because it's just a small and simple house, painted in green, unlike the common misconceptions that politicians live in a grand mansion. They also have a standee of the President outside where you can take selfies with!


Witness the Majestic National Bird
Home of the rarest raptors in the world and an endemic animal, a visit to Davao City wouldn't be complete without seeing the majestic Philippine Eagle. Also known as Monkey-eating eagle or “Haribon” for the locals, is one of the top predators in the Philippine rainforest but is now critically endangered and it is believed that only a few hundred pairs of them are thriving in the wild.

It’s not hard to see why it is Philippine’s National bird; it symbolizes hope, beauty, and the Filipino spirit.

Immerse with Nature at Mt. Apo
Ask any hiker for their must-hike mountains in the Philippines, and we're pretty sure you'll find Mt. Apo on top of their list!

It is the highest point in the Philippine Archipelago with an elevation of 2,954 meters above sea level and nicknamed as the “Grandfather of all Philippine Mountains”. From an array of landscapes, waterfalls, rock formations, and a lake to interacting with indigenous groups that settle in the mountain, its trail offers full immersion with nature and culture.

Make sure not let your guard down as you might see the rare Philippine eagle in its natural habitat!

Taste an Award Winning Chocolate
Prepare your sweet tooth and try the award-winning chocolate from Davao! For the past years, Malagos Chocolate has been receiving various awards locally and internationally at the same time helping to improve the lives of the cacao farmers. It is run by the Puentespina Family from Davao, which also offers the famous Malagos Cheese.

Don't miss to try their tree-to-bar experience at Malagos Chocolate Museum, bring home a box of their dark chocolates, and be certified chocoholics.

These are only a few of what makes Davao City a melting pot of culture, history, and nature but overall, it has more than enough to make its visitor's experience worthwhile.

It's time to leave your comfort zone, take the offbeat track, and create a different kind of adventure!

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