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Pomelo, mangosteen and durian. Crabs, squid and tahong. Durian shake in Merco. Souvenirs in Aldevinco. Fun in Samal Island. Support for the national animal in the Philippine Eagle Center. Peace and quiet on New Year’s Eve. Family bonding. These are memories from my first visit to Davao.

Ten years later, it still is all about family bonding. There’s more of those sweet, juicy pomelo. Durian candies. Durian ice cream. And for old time’s sake, durian shake in Merco. There are a few more added to my recollection of Davao. Buffet breakfast in Marco Polo. Horticulture plus choreographed shots in Eden Nature Park. Abaca handicrafts in the T’boli Weaving Center. R & R in Pearl Farm. And the city’s love story in Museo Dabawenyo. Davao is doubly delightful! Must visit, dapat dalawin!

Here are useful information:

Museo Dabawenyo

A Pichon Street corner CM Recto Street, Davao City

Phone: +63 82 222-6011

Free Admission/Monday-Friday 9am-6pm (better appreciated with a guide; ask for one as your register)


Eden Nature Park & Resort

Toril Barangay Road, Toril, Davao

Phone: +63 82 299 1020

Guided Shuttle Tour: Daily  8:30-10:45am/1:00-4:00pm


Philippine Eagle Center

Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City

Phone: +63 82 271 2337


Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte

Boat Schedule: from Davao Marina wharf to the resort – 8am/1:30pm/4pm/6pm and from the resort to Davao Marina wharf – 6:45am/10am/1pm/4pm

Boat Reservation: +63 82 235 1234 to 36 0r +63 82 234 7018 or +63 2 854 7892

Guests without airport pick up are required to reserve a seat on preferred boat schedule at least 3 days before the arrival in the resort; bringing of food and beverages is strictly prohibited.


T’Boli Weaving Center

Pearl Farm Davao Marina, Lizada Drive, Lanang, Davao City

You might meet a weaver from the Mindanao tribe working on a t’nalak fabric or a traditional costume in the shop.


Aldevinco Shopping Center

Claro M Recto, Poblacion, Davao City (across Marco Polo Hotel and Ateneo University)


Merco Restaurant & Ice Cream Shop

Rizal Street corner Bolton Street, Davao City

Merco has mushroomed over the years. Many are take-out counters found all over the city but this is the first and main establishment, which is part of childhood for many Dabawenyos – very much like the Magnolia House in Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City MM for many Manilenyos, i.e. my generation! And it’s like the signature coffee shops nowadays – “tambayan ng bayan.”

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