"Davao: The Place Beyond the High Grounds" Top 5 Page for this destination Davao City by monina_c

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Wikipedia on Davao:

"The name Davao came from the phonetic blending of the word of three Bagobo subgroups when referring to Davao River, the main waterway which empties itself into Davao Gulf near the city. The aboriginal Obos who inhabit the hinterlands of the region called the river, Davoh; the Clatta or Guiangans called it Duhwow, or Davau, and the Tagabawa Bagobos, Dabu.

To the Obos, the word davoh also means a place "beyond the high grounds", alluding to the settlements located at the mouth of Davao River which were surrounded by high rolling hills.

When asked where they were going, the usual reply is davoh, while pointing towards the direction of the town. Duhwow also refers to a trading settlement where they barter their forest goods in exchange for salt or other commodities. "

In these modern times, although forest goods are no longer used for barter and the city has sprawled well beyond the bounderies of the old settlement, Davao continues to be a thriving trading center.

But despite the urban sprawl and the development that marks Davao in the 21th century, there are still a lot of places in this vast city where people can take a breather and forget about the daily grind, places where we can just kick back our heels and relax completely.

Each visit to Davao is a joy

It gives me a chance to relax and just roam around without the pressure of time hounding me. Usually, that is. The slower pace of Davao living drove my cousins nuts! The Davaoenos seem to move in an invisible field of molasses. :) No one rushes around... everybody seem to have learnt the lesson of taking it slow and savoring the moment.

This latest trip was made easier by friends from VT, most especially VT MEMBER DEBAY of Davao. Thanks Debbie, your help made my visit very special. VT tips and Davao Forum became the bases for my itinerary.

So nobody's perfect!

Despite all the advance planning something still gets left out... The lesson I learnt this trip:


BTW, this postcard is available to whoever asks for it. Just e-mail me your address and it's on its way!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A lot of fruits, cheap food, good beaches
  • Cons:Places of interest are spaced to far apart
  • In a nutshell:Laid-back, Lush and Luscious
  • Last visit to Davao City: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • muguruki's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Nice tips but mmmm not sure about snake kissing though!

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    i don't know how this excellent page on eagles escaped me. nice pictures and great information you shared on awesome work. i also liked a very colourful Kadayawan page.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    You are right, this is laid back, lush and lots of fruits to eat. Good job of presenting this fine place.

  • pattypoo's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Hi Monina, We are fine and Ellie is now a year old..I just saw your egg dish fried in batter. It must be pancake batter made with flour egg and milk beaten together sound's yum yum.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Another good place to visit. ow is it from Manila? The restaurant seems to be good one but I cant's stand chicken liver, rest is very tempting.

  • airasia's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    happy birthday pal. hope you have a great time celebrating this special day. hey did you switch OFF the light yesterday ?

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 4:52 AM

    HI im from Davao. you are right. the services here for tourist sucks. haha

  • ainemesor's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    thanks for the welcome greeting monina, will be in Davao this week. Will be staying over at relatives in Tagum (abt 2-3 hrs away from the city). I have a very tight budget so I don't know what will happen yet haha. Thanks for the one-day-tour tips.

  • OH_DK's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Beautiful pages Monina! - and great informative tips. If I make it to The Philippines one day I have to check out all your tips.

  • crewrower's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    cool page. I'm taking a baby step to Mindanao by going to Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin next month!


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