If God would give me an opportunity to choose the top 5 places where I would opt to build my house and settle there, Davao would definitely be a part of the list.
Dubbed as the Asian City of the Future, Davao City is the largest city located in Mindanao.
Here are some of the factors why I want to live in Davao:
Climate. Davao City is free from typhoons. Milenyo, Ondoy, and Peping never had a chance to pass by there (they missed the beauty that the place offers…haha). The weather in the city is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and pressure, and there is no pronounced wet or dry season.
Proximity to Nature. I always wanted to live in a place where I can experience nature- where I can easily go to the beach whenever I want to, relax while listening to the song of birds and breathe fresh air into my lungs. Davao City can promise these things. The highest mountain in the country, Mt. Apo, which overlooks the city. It is also near the Island Garden City of Samal, which offers beautiful resorts. Eden Nature Park, a place where one can really experience nature, is just less than 2 hours drive from the city. Davao is also the Orchid Capital of the Philippines. One of the wild orchids that can be found here is waling-waling. The tree trunks of the rainforests of Davao are home for this endemic flower too! And wait! There is more! Davao is also home to some tourist spots like the Crocodile Park and the Philippine Eagle Center where the famous monkey-eating eagle is housed.
Food. If you are into cleansing diet, Davao is a perfect place for you. The place provides a good venue for fruit production because of its fine weather. Davao is home for high value crops and delectable fruits such as banana, mango, pomelo, mangosteen, pineapple and the famous exotic Durian. (If I would be given a chance to stay here, I might pursue my farming career )
Disciplined People. Do you know that in Davao City, people are not allowed to smoke? So, to all of you smokers out there who plan to visit Davao, better train yourself to not to smoke during your stay there. Another value that the people of Davao City offer is their honesty. Unlike in Manila, taxi drivers of Davao will give you your change up to the last cent. My friend had an experience that proves this. When he was about to get off the cab, he pretended that he had no smaller bills, and he handed the driver 500 bucks. As expected, the driver had no change. And since my friend was in a hurry for a meeting, he decided to leave his money to the driver and asked him to just be there after 1 hour, fetch him again, bring him to the hotel, and by then, he will get his change. After 1 hour, he came back to where he got off, and there is the driver waiting for him. Try to do that in Manila…:D
Economy . The city of Davao is also ideal for businesses. It has a diverse economy that features agricultural, industrial and services. Getting there is also easy. You can reach the place by air, sea or land. In terms of the local transportation, you can roam around the city by jeepney or by taxi. Shopping malls are also everywhere.
Security. Do you know that 911 is not only available in the US and Canada these days? Yes. In Davao, whenever you dial 911, someone from the rescue team will answer you. The system is called “Central 911” and is composed of Urban Search and Rescue Services, Fire Auxillary Services, Emergency Medical Services, K9 unit, and the police.
Truly, Davao is really an ideal place for me. Can’t wait to go back to that place, which for me is definitely a heaven!
*Photos by Mr. Eric Caranto
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