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Davao

Davao

Historical landmarks, places of worship, and natural attractions abound in this independent city.
By Bianca Ma. Guerrero

Overview

Davao City is one of the largest cities in the Philippines, and is also one of the safest and cleanest. It is independent of any province, and is the capital of the Davao region. There are several historical and cultural attractions in the city such as museums, churches and shrines, but there are also beaches, forests, and other natural attractions not far away.

History

  • During pre-colonial times, what is now known as Davao City was already a melting pot of cultures. Different tribes, ethnic groups, and traders from other lands would come to Davao to barter goods.
  • In 1848, Don Jose de Oyanguren led Spanish troops to Davao, defeated the Muslims and began to build a Christian community.
  • The city was officially inaugurated by President Manuel L. Quezon on March 1, 1937.

Travelers' Attractions

A city as large as Davao does not lack for traveler's attractions.

  • History buffs will revel in the number of museums, cultural exhibits, and demonstrations around the city. Aside from works of art, museums house native artifacts. People from the native tribes in the area have weaving demonstrations, showing visitors how they have created their unique fabrics for generations.
  • Those looking for a spiritual retreat will find a wide range of places to visit, from Catholic cathedrals to Buddhist and Taoist temples.
  • Adventurers can go whitewater rafting in the Davao River, or take a boat to the nearby island resorts which offer various water sports activities.

Getting There and Away

  • There are direct flights to Davao from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, and Zamboanga daily, and to Cagayan de Oro four times a week via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Zest Air.
  • The city is also accessible by sea. Super Ferry and Sulpicio Lines have trips from Manila daily.
  • Another way to get to Davao City is by taking the RORO.
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