A supposed-to-be full 2 days stay in Davao City was trimmed into 1 and 1/2 because of flight schedule changes (thanks to the unfavorable weather conditions). But this didn’t stop me in visiting Davao and bonded with a close friend.
D A V A O C I TY
Secure, Clean and Disciplined City
I have proven that it is really a clean city and people are very disciplined. My friends and I spent a night in Matina Town Square (sort of the Mango Avenue if you’re in Cebu). People gathered in one area for smoking. Establishments stopped selling liquors and other alcoholic beverages at 12mn but they can still be there at MTS until 2am. They have wide roads in Davao and I can say that I haven’t experienced any traffic congestion. The roads are super clean. I was just surprised why I cannot see any street cleaners as early as 7am when in Cebu you can still visibly see them at that hour. I asked my friend and said that she hadn’t also seen them citing that most store owners and locals clean up their messes to avoid fines and community service. Ahh I wish it’s the same here in Cebu.
Most of their jeepneys are small too. They have their sort of Lawin jeeps but nothing compared to most of the jeeps we have in Cebu. The bigger jeepneys have farther destinations (that can reach to the nearby province of Tagum) and the smaller ones are in the city area only.
Davao – Cebu – English
- kambyo – sukli – change
- kanto – eskina – corner
- mag adto ka dri – ari ka dri – come over here (it’s kind of awkward to hear this but it’s the normal thing in there. mag adto ka dri lol)
I was able to spend a night in Roxas Night Market. It is sort of a hawker center but Filipino style. It is the same with the night market we have in Colon, Cebu. Lots of street foods are sold such as barbeque, proven, fish ball, grilled fish, dragonball and more. There are even ukay-ukay (preloved clothes) and their massage centre.
Pastel – no, it’s Camiguin’s pastel. This one’s a rice meal – rice topped with spicy minced chicken (halal food)
Proben – deep fried chicken skin (with flour)
I wasn’t able to taste the famous “durian” fruit but hey I was able to sip a durian coffee. I know, I know it’s not the same thing but the coffee tastes really good. I bought few packs of Durian candies at Apo ni Lola (that was where the Durian coffee was bought too).
Of course, I did some photo op with President Duterte! Yes! I know right! Lucky me .. (pancit canton)! But not the real one, only a replica of him. HAHA!
I was also able to try the famous Aling Foping’s durian halo-halo! Tasted good too…
People’s Park at Night
Walking in the street of Davao City at night is not scary at all. Police officers are visible anywhere. They are friendly too! They have advanced police motorbikes, ambulance, and fire trucks too! Some are doing their night jogs at the People Park while others prefer to spend the night with their loved ones star gazing.
S A M A L I S L A N D
I spent a whole day in Samal (Monfort Bat Caves, Hagimit Falls & Kaputian). It is a different province and it’s not under the jurisdiction of Davao. I have already heard that security might not be the same as you’re in Davao. But during my stay, I didn’t feel less secure at all.
From Davao City, we went to Sta Anna Wharf, that’s where the barge will take us to Samal. It’s a very short ride actually. You only have to pay 60 pesos for a motorcycle including the driver and rider.
Monfort Bat Caves
Entrance fee: 100 pesos
Environmental fee: 5 pesos
Yes, I think it’s quite expensive for a short tour within the bat sanctuary. Why? Because the bats are looking for their own food and I think there’s not much of a huge maintenance needed there. Okay. Stop ranting.
The residing fruit bats are tiny. They are like a small rat but with wings. The tour guide said that they spent the entire day sleeping and then get out of the cave at night to get food. These tiny creatures are one of the reasons why there are lots of trees and plants in the island. Great job!
Since it’s a bat cave, expect a very foul odor. But hey, I haven’t found batman yet. JK!
From the main road, you need to travel about 10-15 minutes to reach the multi-tiered Hagimit Falls. There’s still room for improvement for this falls, especially to the higher tiers.
Multiple areas to swim though the best part has sort of 2 main waterfalls that are closer to each other. You can dive in certain parts. You can even go inside the cave of the waterfalls, but it’s more like a short tunnel. You may ask the guide to help you out.
Entrance Fee: 40 pesos
Entrance fee: Free (since it was a town fiesta)
There are cottages, tables, tents for rent for ordinary days. Not sure about their rates though.
It’s not as clean as the beaches in Bantayan Island perhaps of the ongoing celebration of the fiesta. But it’s still a good area to swim and chitchats. Across the Kaputian resort is the Talikod Island, which according to my friend has better beaches (though there were sightings of sharks roaming around). yaiks! If you have heard the news, that’s where a dead sperm whale was seen too.
My visit was indeed short but was filled with laughter and fun! I hope I can have a longer visit soon!
Special thanks to Trecia and her family for a very warm welcome! Sa sunod na pd friend!
Check our adventure at the video below: