75 things to do in Davao

BY Ivy C. Tejano

DAVAO City, the largest and a highly urbanized metropolis in the Philippines, is filled with natural resources, a safe haven in Mindanao, and a melting pot for all culture that despite the differences among its people, they live together in peace and harmony.

Mar John Lu, a Filipino-Chinese young professional in Manila, said without a doubt, life is in Davao due to its abundant natural resources and beautiful surroundings. He said the city cannot be compared to other cities especially when it comes to the governance.

“When I’m in Davao I usually go along with my family and friends at the beach, roamed around the city, watch movie, or else we stay inside the house and discuss different stuffs. But what I really missed in Davao is its peacefulness and people, it’s really far different from Manila,” Lu said.

Richard Lubaton, a seaman of Solpia Marine and Ship Management Inc., said aside from eating in some dining restaurants in Davao, he also goes for an island hopping and swimming across the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) with his family and friends — A short boat or barge ride from Davao City to Samal where the famous Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Paradise Island Beach Resort and other cool resorts are located.

Ronald Malayao, operations manager of the L.M. Metal and Craft, said bowling at NCCC Mall and eating whether in a restaurant, carenderia, or along the streets, with his love ones is his most favorite thing to do in Davao.

Wanrop Boonthod of Thailand said he loves eating durian whether the raw or its variants and blends like durian candies, halo-halo, cheesecake, and flavored coffee in Blugre.

“For me one of the things I like in Davao is its nature and surroundings. Everything is quite organized. Well, favorite thing to do? Hmmm, dining at Jack’s Ridge either in Dencious Kamayan on the same hill. It’s refreshing to be on top seeing the wonderful views in the city,” said Karla Rose Garido, a first year college student of Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC).

“To unwind from the busy days, I usually go to National Bookstore and look for inspirational books to read so I can gather my strength and courage in life from it. Ginawa ko ng library ‘yung bookstore but sometimes I buy books, masarap lang talaga magtambay sa loob at magbasa,” said Hazel Eborde, a third year college student of University of Mindanao (UM).

Neslie Baculi, a neophyte architect, said she experienced a lot in the city except for one thing – to spend her time on mountain climbing in Mt. Apo, the grandfather of all Philippine mountains — a dream climb for all adventurers.

There are lots of things to do in Davao City as it offers both urban and rural life that one does not need to travel far so to experience another lifestyle. The common answers of the people of choosing the city is its nature, people, good governance, and beauty itself. The remaining things they love to do are as follows:

1. White water rafting on the Davao River — a water sports where people will get closer to nature, enjoy the water, and learned security measures in water.

2. Bar hopping along F. Torres Street and Matina Town Square.

3. Malling. Among the biggest malls in town are the new Abreeza Mall, SM City Davao, Victoria Plaza, NCCC Mall, and Abreeza Mall.

4. Hang out with friends everywhere. Among the places to hang out are Magsaysay Park, People’s Park, and Seawall at Sandawa.

5. Eating and enjoying native cuisines at Luz Kinilaw along Quezon Boulevard or Harana Restaurant along F. Torres St.

6. Stretch dancing for a healthy lifestyle at Holiday Spa and Fitness Center, Smashville, and Metro Lifestyle

7. Jogging at People’s Park

8. Head up to Butterfly House in Ma-a to discover the metamorphosis of the ugly and bizarre caterpillar into an elegant butterfly.

9. Try Wake Boarding at Deca Homes in Mintal

10. Movie marathon with friends either in cinemas or a friend’s house — a regular weekend habit of some people.

11. Enjoy the music in popular resto bars like Jack’s Ridge, Taboan, Kanto Bar, Durian Bar, and Calle 5 (C5), among others.

12. Basking at Eden Nature Park — one of the country’s prime nature and tourism destinations.

13. Experience coffee in Davao City — among the coffee shops in Davao are Coffee for Peace, Blugre, Kasagingan Kapehan, Kangaroo Coffee, East Coffee, Zabadani Cafe, and Caffe Firenzo, Tata Benitos.

14. Go to Pearl Farm Beach Resort — a 45-minute boat ride from Davao City.

15. Visit to the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Shrine — a church that can be found in Shrine Hills, where miracles happen according to the devotees.

16. Road trip around the city.

17. Head up to GAP Farm in Ma-a — one of the thrilling wonders of Davao City, full of adventures.

18. Play bowling at Dover Lanes.

19. Head up to Philippine Eagle in Malagos — a home of the Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle, and a place for other birds and animals such as the crocodile and snake.

20. Zip lines at Outland Adventure in Ma-a — where you can have a scenic view of Davao and Mount Apo as well at highway speeds while flying high above the ground.

21. Visit various health club fitness gyms like Holiday Gym and Spa, Metro Lifestyle, Smashville Fitness Center, and Matina South Health Studio Gym.

22. Go swimming at Water World — with a cool ambiance around that somehow refresh the minds of the people.

23. Get a chance to visit Malagos Garden which is considered as glorious attractions in Davao.

24. Visit Bukidnon the neighboring province. Pass through the Davao-Bukidnon Highway will able to see people the magnificent view of Mt. Apo.

25. Eating variety of fruits especially durian – aside from other fruits, durian stands out the most favorite fruit of the public, including foreigners for its different but delicious taste.

26. Go for a walk at Sun City in Davao — a simple exercise which is good for the heart.

27. Dine at Jack’s Ridge — a place where you can see the view of Davao City from atop.

28. Get along with ethnic tribes — to learn and appreciate their cultures and beliefs.

29. Eat barbecue and Kwek-kwek — some of the favorite foods of Dabawenyos that are also sold along the streets.

30. Visit the churches of Davao City. According to elders, people could make a wish if it is their first time on a church. Among the churches in Davao are San Pedro Cathedral, San Pablo Parish, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Sacred Heart Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Holy Family Church, etc.

31. Wander during the festivities — Araw ng Dabaw, Kadayawan sa Dabaw, or Pasko Fiesta.

32. Hang out at Quezon or Rizal parks — a common area near the San Pedro Cathedral and city hall.

33. Make a tour at People’s Park — a must-see tourist destination, where gigantic sculptures of an Eagle and Durian could be found.

34. Visit Museo Dabawenyo — where photos from history, amulets, and animal statues, among others could be found.

35. Wall climbing at Outland Adventure, Ma-a — for a healthy lifestyle.

36. Gun firing at Ma-a — a training ground for gun marksmanship.

37. Explore Bat Caves in Samal.

38. Take pictures around the city.

39. Skim boarding at Mergrande Beach Resort

40. Jam with performers at resto bars like Kanto Bar, Taboan, Durian Bar, Zed Bar

41. Enjoy the ambiance of Matina Town Square

42. Food trip in eat-all-you-can restaurants like Nanay Bebeng, Zab’s Tita D’z, Green Buffet, among others

43. Enjoy arcade games.

44. Head off to Magsaysay Park, one of Davao’s oldest park.

45. Enjoy carnival rides.

46. Take a bicycle ride at Rancho Palos Verdes.

47. Indulge at a beauty salon.

48. Have a body massage for exhilarating experience.

49. Join a tree planting activity.

50. Participate in dog summit.

51. Play computer games

52. Participate in Cosplay at SM Davao – a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

53. Enjoy jetski and other aqua sports in Samal

54. Invest in fast-developing Davao City

55. Watch various sports events at Tiongko football field or and Davao City Recreation Center (formerly Almendras gym).

56. Watch cheer dance school competition.

57. Belt out your singing prowess in KTV bars like World Palace and K-1 on F. Torres Street.

58. Watch a cock fight at Matina Gallera.

59. Try a hearty crabs buffet at Let’s Crab Eat along Torres Street or Glamor on Bonifacio Street, among others.

60. Get a massage from a blind masseur at NCCC Mall and Victoria Plaza.

61. Hiking at Mt. Apo.

62. Party hopping tour onboard The Venue Party Boat — a place where people are treated like VIPs.

63. Check out the China market along Ramon Magsaysay Street.

64. Visit Mana Davao on December and be awed by a showcase of Christmas lights and decors.

65. Participate in fun run events — the best form of exercise for the heart.

66. Taste Lachi’s popular cakes in Marfori Heights.

67. Watch an off-road race on Mamay Road.

68. Tour the ukay-ukay shops on R. Magsaysay Street, Roxas Avenue, among others.

69. Try Davao’s kind of lechon from several restos along Chavez Street.

70. Take an early morning or eveing stroll at Baywalk near Queensland in Matina.

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