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Davao CityMarch 18-20, 2008

Davao City

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

UPDATE: Since the brutal killing of a 17-year old student (Kian delos Santos) who pleaded for his life so he could catch his exam, together with the senseless genocide of 20,000 Filipinos in Duterte's misguided crusade against drugs, I have since renounced and withdrew my support from him.

While predominantly Christian, Davao City is also home to Muslims, indigenous peoples and some Chinese. And while the rest of Mindanao is wallowed up in civil unrest, Davao seems to enjoy its relative peace and order, thanks in large part to their two-fisted mayor, Mayor Duterte. In Davao, they say, if you're the good guy, you'd be thankful for having Mayor Duterte. But if you're the bad guy, either you leave town or 'misfortune' happens to you. Accordingly, it took 2 years, at an average of 2 to 3 'misfortunes' everyday, for Davao to rid itself of its snatchers, rapists, drug dealers, and hence regain its peace and order. Of course, the rumored 'harbingers of misfortune' was never proven and no one got to jail.

When Davao was bombed, the good mayor appeared on local tv to announce that if he finds the perpetrators, and they happen to be muslims, he will cut their heads off with their bolos. If they happen to be military, he'll take their service-issued revolvers and shoot them on their heads. And if they're Christians, he'll nail them on the cross. Wow! How's that for tough talk?

After descending Mt. Apo, I still had a few days to go around the city with my climbing team. The highlight of Davao City for me is the food - seafood, durian, mangosteen, marang, and native chokolate drink. We would often find ourselves back at Bangkerohan (a market district) and indulge ourselves to their native chokolate drink, using the baterol.

Luz Kinilaw
A popular tourist eating place is Luz Kinilaw. An icon for a good many years, it serves grilled seafood - tuna collar (panga), squid, tuna belly, tuna eggs, etc. The best tuna kinilaw can also be found here. You can't miss this bare-bones eatery if you're a food tripper. It's located at Salmonan, Quezon Blvd. Any cabbie knows it.

Aldevinco Shopping Center
For shopping fabric, weavings, malongs, sarongs and handicraft, the place to be is Aldevinco. It's walking distance from Luz Kinilaw so it's a good idea to head here and walk around for interesting stuff. Malongs go for P250.

Ending Thoughts
2 days to be going around Davao is just a primer at best. It's got so much more to offer, and a backpacking itinerary covering the whole of Mindanao would be a nice 'to do' thing for the balance of the year.

--- TheLoneRider

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Great Things Going for Davao City

  • one of the cleanest potable water in the country
  • smoking is banned from commercial establishments
  • pineapple samurais are endemic here and nowhere else in the country (pineapple vendors who cut-up whole pineapples into chunks with just a few strokes of their carving knives)
  • public utility drivers conspicuously display their IDs
  • durian Mecca of the Philippines (not to mention Marang, Mangosteen and Sweet Pomelo)
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Not So Great Things Going Against Davao City

  • the weighing scale of fruit vendors specially the durian push cart vendors are a blatant cheat - showing almost twice the actual weight

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