Monday, August 7, 2017

You don't have to spend much when you explore Davao City. It is a budget-friendly place so you can definitely do more for less. Here's a list of tourist attractions in Davao City that you can visit for FREE. Yes, it's for free! (Read: 10 Reasons to Visit Davao Now)

1. People's Park
Located at the heart of Davao City, People's Park has been a popular destination for both locals and tourists in the city. It features sculptures of Kublai Milan, one of Davao's famous artists. It is covered with lush vegetation and is ideal for family bonding. There is no entrance fee to visit the park.

2. Museo Dabawenyo
If you are into historical finds, you may visit Museo Dabawenyo for free. It is labelled as a "people's museum" and its programs are geared towards better historical and cultural awareness, understanding and integration. It is located at Cor. A. Pichon and C.M. Recto Sts., Davao City and is open from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday. 

3. Magsaysay Park
This month of August is the perfect time to visit Magsaysay Park as the Kadayawan Village is set to open on August 14. Eleven traditional houses will be built representing the 11 ethnolinguistic groups in Davao City namely: Ata, Iranun, Kagan, Klata-Guiangan, Maguindanaon, Maranao, Matigsalug, Ovu Manuvu, Sama, Taga-Bawa, and Tausug.

4. Lon Wa Temple
The Lon Wa Buddhist Temple also known as Long Hua Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao. It is located Cabaguio Ave, Agdao District, Davao City

5. Davao City Hall
The Davao City Hall is the seat of the City Government of Davao headed by its Mayor, Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. It's one of the must-visit places when you explore Davao City especially for first-timers. (Read: Davao 101: A Complete Davao City Travel Guide)

6. San Pedro Cathedral
San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City. Its original structure was bulit in 1847. It was named after San Pedro (Saint Peter), the patron saint of Davao. It is situated at the heart of the city just few meters away from the City Hall of Davao.

7. Bankerohan Public Market
For visitors who want to take home fruits, the best way to shop is at Bankerohan Public Market. The prices are lower compared to the ones in the malls or at the airport stalls.

8. Roxas Night Market
If you want to experience Davao’s street food and night bazaar, head to Roxas Night Market and you’ll enjoy a wide array of food that will surely satisfy your tummy. Must-try is the matcha buchi sold at only P10. The night market is free to roam around but if you want to eat or buy something, of course you'll need to pay for it. Hahaha

9. Davao Chinatown
Davao city has one of the largest Chinatowns in the country. It is marked by four arches namely : The arch of Peace, Prosperity, Friendship and Unity.

Where to stay in Davao? 

Recommended Hotels in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel below to know the rates and availability.
  1. Marco Polo Davao
  2. Seda Abreeza Hotel
  3. Park Inn by Radisson Davao
  4. Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
  5. Apo View Hotel
Recommended budget accommodation in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel / hostel / Dormitel / Inn below to know the rates and availability.

  1. Homitori Dormitel
  2. North Zen Hotel
  3. GV Hotel Davao
  4. The Royal House Travel Inn & Suites
  5. Hotel Uno
  6. Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto
  7. My Hotel Davao
  8. Green Windows Dormitel
Do you know of any other place that can be visited for free in Davao City? Please let us know in the comment below.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Davao City is becoming one of the major tourist attractions in the Philippines. Thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte, the city has gained more popularity when he was elected into office. Davao City, in general, is more than just about sightseeing the legendary bird as it, too, is a hub for many things that are worth the visit whether within the bounds of the city itself or elsewhere close to it. From nature trips to extreme adventures, the city has got something for you to enjoy. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Davao now! Read: Davao 101 : A Complete Davao City Travel Guide.

10. You can have a close encounter with our national bird - the Philippine Eagle.
A visit to Davao City is not complete without going to the Philippine Eagle Center, home of the Philippines' national bird. It is located in Malagos about an hour away from the city proper. Entrance fee is only P50 for adults and P30 for children. Here's a guide on How to Get To Philippine Eagle Center.

9. You can chill and unwind at the Garden of Eden Restored.
The Garden of Eden Restored or the Tamayong Prayer Mountain is the seat of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the Executive Pastor of The Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name. Aside from its religious significance, it has now become one of the tourist attractions in Davao City. Read more about the Garden of Eden Restored.

8. You can experience nature and adventure in one place at Eden Nature Park.
Eden Nature Park is a popular mountain resort in Davao City located in Toril. It is about 95% man-made and an ideal place to relax, refresh and at the same time a perfect venue for some adrenaline-rush adventure. You may try their skycycle or if you're adventurous enough, you can do the skyswing.

7. You can explore the pristine beaches of Samal or Mati.
If you want a beach getaway, you can either go to the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) which is just an hour away from the city proper or if you want an adventure, go to Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental which is about 3-4 hours away. In Samal, Costa Marina and Paradise are some of the good places to beach bum and swim. They are the closest white beach resorts in the city and a boat ride only takes about 10 minutes from the boat terminal in Sasa. To go to Dahican Beach, here's a Dahican Travel Guide on how to get there and what to expect. Also see 13 Gorgeous Beaches in Samal.

6.You can do a side trip to the mighty Aliwagwag Falls.
The mighty Aliwagwag Falls is said to be the longest cascading waterfalls in the Philippines. It is located in the town of Cateel, Davao Oriental and was one of the sites badly hit by typhoon Pablo. Through the initiative of the local and provincial government, an eco-park was built which make it more tourist-friendly. With a minimal entrance fee, you can enjoy a picnic with your family and friends and do other activities such as swimming and crossing the monkey bridge. Read: Things to Do in Davao Oriental.

5. You can experience how safe Davao City is.
There's no doubt, Davao is one of the safest cities in the country. You can use your mobile phones or cameras without the fear of having them stolen. You can roam around the city at night without the fear of getting mugged.

4. You can see the residence of the President up close.
You can have a quick tour at the humble abode of President Duterte and see the facade of his residence.

3. You can experience Martial Law in Mindanao
You may not be able to experience another Martial Law in your lifetime so why not go to Davao and experience what it feels like to be in a Martial Law under the Duterte administration. Honestly, you'll not even feel the difference not unless you get out of the city and pass the checkpoints. It's business as usual and people live a normal life despite the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

2. You can feast on different tropical fruits at very affordable prices.
Kadawayan season is also the fruit season in Davao City. Different type of tropical fruits are available in the city at very cheap prices. Durian, mangosteen, rambutan and lanzones are sold in the streets for as low as P30 per kilo (sometimes even less). If you want to feast on Davao Fruits, the best place to go is either in Magsaysay Park or in Bankerohan

1. You can watch and experience the King of Festivals - Kadayawan sa Davao
One of Kadayawan Festival's highlights is Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan or the street dancing parade participated by different groups from all over Mindanao. It features participants with colorful and vivid costumes showcasing choreographed dance inspired my Mindanao's tri-people community : The Christians, the Muslims and the Lumads (Indigenous People). This year's Indak Indak sa Kadalanan is set on August 19, 2015. Here's the Official Calendar of Events of Kadayawan sa Davao 2017

Where to stay in Davao? 

Recommended Hotels in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel below to know the rates and availability.
  1. Marco Polo Davao
  2. Seda Abreeza Hotel
  3. Park Inn by Radisson Davao
  4. Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
  5. Apo View Hotel
Recommended budget accommodation in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel / hostel / Dormitel / Inn below to know the rates and availability.
  1. Homitori Dormitel
  2. North Zen Hotel
  3. GV Hotel Davao
  4. The Royal House Travel Inn & Suites
  5. Hotel Uno
  6. Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto
  7. My Hotel Davao
  8. Green Windows Dormitel
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

I can still vividly remember how Davao Digital Influencers started a year ago. It was over lunch when we talked about forming a new organization with a vision of sharing our influence in making a positive impact in the local community. 

We formally launched DDI on June 30, 2016 at Mc Donald's Sta. Ana branch to kick off our Kadayawan Twitter Party to help the city in promoting its annual festivity. We're only about 20-something when we had our initial launching and we're now 67 as of this writing.

I got elected as President of the organization and I was keen in making DDI a formal organization so we processed our Securities and Exchange registration. Barely two months from its inception, DDI became the first and the only SEC-registered blogging organization in Davao Region.

We're basically a very young organization but we've managed to partner with several companies and organizations to help them in expanding their social media presence. This year, we have partnered with the Davao City government to be the official social media partner of Kadayawan Festival. We're so thrilled to help the city in promoting the country's King of Festivals. 

It's definitely an honor to be a part of an organization such as DDI. I've met more people and gained new friends. It's a challenging journey but we we're committed to our vision, mission and goals.

DDI would like to thank the following sponsors for their love and support:
Platinum: Smart Communications, Inc., AirAsia, FWD Life Philippines
Gold: PLDT Home
Silver: Jolly Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Bronze: Abreeza Ayala Mall
Benefactors: Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp., Cecil's Snack Inn & Restaurant, Seda Abreeza Hotel, Marco Polo Davao, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Davao, M Magazine.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The annual adventure of a lifetime contest is back, as Juan For Fun (JFF) backpacker teams officially start their race to a one year travel-all-you-can pass to any of Cebu Pacific's domestic and international short haul destinations. 

This is JFF's sixth year and the biggest so far. The annual backpacker challenge will again bring young travelers to their chosen dream destinations, for free!

On July 17, 2017, five teams were chosen to race for this year's JFF backpacker challenge. The teams were given P40,000 pocket money, their gadgets, and Cebu Pacific flights. They will travel around the Philippines for seven days. 

Two of the five teams are from Davao : Team Barbie composed of Carl, Don and Mars who are students from University of Southeastern Philippines. They are cultural dancers of their university dance troupe called Pangkatsilayan Theater Collective.  The other team from Davao is Team Juanton - Geia, Dominic and Chyn. They are best friends and have been taking trips together since high school. 

Team Barbie

Team Juanton

The other three remaining teams are Team Patsada from Cagayan de Oro City, Team Malackai from Baguio City and Team PHun from Bacolod City. 

Last year's JFF backpacker challenge winner from Bacolod City took more than 70 flights in one year. 

This year's coaches are: YouTube Vlogger Wil Dasovich, bloggers Sabrina Iovino and Kyle Jennermar, social media strategist Ren Sapitan, and returning coach and travel writer Jude Bacalso. 

JFF Coaches with Team Malackai (Coaches' Choice Awardee)

Watch as young travelers make a jump into a whirlwind adventure with Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacking Challenge 2017. Follow their adventures at and the hashtag #JuanForFun2017. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

AirAsia, the world's best low-cost airline, has announced its latest direct flights from Davao to Kuala Lumpur starting December 21, 2017. The new flight route will be exclusively operated by AirAsia Berhad. It is the fourth direct route from the Philippines to Malaysia after Manila, Cebu and Kalibo. (Read: Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur)

The announcement was made by AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes at the Davao Investment Conference held at SMX Convention Center in Davao. Mr. Fernandes said "Davao has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first cities we flew to when we started our Philippines operations in 2012. In fact, Clark-Davao, which we pioneered, was one of the two maiden routes when we started AirAsia Philippines five years ago. SInce then, we have worked to strengthen our network in Davao. In this year alone, we have launched new flights from Davao to Cebu, Palawan, and Boracay, and enabled fly-thru via Cebu to international destinations such as Singapore, Taipei and Seoul. (Read: Travel Guide : Perak, Malaysia)

Hey also added, "Today marks the start of teh nest phase of our commitment to Davao. We believe Davao has the potential to be the international gateway for ASEAN to the southern Philippines, beginning with this new route to Kuala Lumpur. We strongly support the development of cities outside Metro Manila, and we are confident that by increasing connectivity and accessibility to affordable air travel, AirAsia can help play a role boosting economic growth in the south. We can't do it alone and we need airports to share in the responsibility, but together we can make His Excellency President Duterte's vision of a more prosperous Philippines come true."

To celebrate the new route, Mr. Fernandes also announced a promotional all-in fare of Php99 one-way. Booking period is from July 21, 2017 until July 30, 2017. Travel period is from December 21, 2017 to August 28, 2018.

Flight schedule:

Flight AK591 DVO-KUL 
Departure: 1455
Arrival: 1845
Flight schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Flight AK590 KUL-DVO
Departure: 1025
Arrival: 1425
Flight schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Book your flights now!

Interview with Tony Fernades of Air Asia.
Posted by I Love Davao on Thursday, July 20, 2017