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Island Garden City of Samal

Facts about Samal City:

The Island Garden City of Samal is an island situated within the coast of Davao Gulf, and is a part of Metropolitan Davao. It consists of an archipelago of nine smaller islands that span over a land area of 30,130 hectares with 118 kilometers of long continuous coastline of pristine white sandy beaches. The topography of the island is a combination of rocky heights and rolling hills with swamps mangroves, tall coconut trees, flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees; icy waterfalls, beach coves, and caves. Marine life in the Island is bountiful: rare aquatic species such as pawikan (marine turtle), the giant taklobo (white-lipped clam), and colorful marine life species are abundant and a usual sight underwater.

The Island Garden City Samal was born out of the merging of the three principal municipalities namely, Babak, PeƱaplata and Kaputian. The City was created through Republic Act No. 8471 in 1998, an organic Act that paved the way for the dissolution and merger of the three municipalities into one local government unit, and is now officially named as the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS).

Samal Island is a popular destination for foreign tourists and local visitors. It offers a wide variety of great mountain climbing adventures and extreme nature challenges. With the Island's crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beaches, it is a perfect getaway for adventurers who seek water activities such as wind surfing, banana boat rides, jet skiing, wake boarding, water polo, Hobie cat sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and underwater photography; and simply a peaceful haven for those who seek quiet seclusion and privacy away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

My Father's Birthplace

Samal Island has been our family's second home, but for my father it will always be his first home. He was born and raised here along with his ten (10) siblings. When asked to describe about his childhood life in this island, he only has two (2) words to say; "simple & happy". But, of course, I know there are so much more than those two words. Let's just say that there are things in life that are worth keeping and remembering, but not necessarily shared.

For the countless times that we have visited samal, I must say that, somehow, I have personally felt and experienced the simple and happy kind of life that my father was referring to. Whenever we're there everything is the total opposite of the city life... here everything is back to basic.

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