THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH: DAVAO

I am so excited to tell you about my very first travel this year!

It is a fact that I love writing about my first time experiences. I am really glad that I’ve got the time to do it right now. I waited so long for me to have the time to sit down and write. I was so busy within the past few days.

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My colleague and I left at 7 AM on January 10, Saturday. I was so excited to see Davao City!Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

After an hour and a half, we arrived at Davao International Airport.

SAM_0256This is the scene that welcomed me at the airport! LIFE IS HERE indeed!

It is work-related but I want to write it as if it’s my very own travel. *laughs*

The weather was fine! The sun is up and the atmosphere’s peaceful.

KIDAPAWAN CITY

From the city proper of Davao, we headed to Kidapawan City to visit the Department of Labor and Employment to meet its officials.

It was a three-hour drive from Davao City.

The road to Kidapawan is well-paved though a bit zigzag-ish. Ang presko ng hangin doon!

We also passed by Digos.

On our way to Kidapawan, we dropped by one of its finest sea food houses located just along the road of Santa Cruz, Davao, called Dolly’s Seafood. This seaside restaurant strip is found beside the main highway between Davao City and Davao del Sur.

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The restaurant has a balcony where you could watch the beauty of the Davao gulf. Below the balcony are young swimmers waiting for visitors to toss coins. The water’s not that deep (knee-waist) yet still dangerous but these kids are already used to it.
SAM_0175With the officials of DOLE Kidapawan City.

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This is ate Lydia. She is a sugar worker and is one of the beneficiaries of DOLE’s project for the sugar workers in Kidapawan. Sugar field planters and workers do not have a formal organization of their own which then makes them vulnerable to employment problems such as benefits, claims, and the likes. 

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A Marian image at the dormitory where we stayed. (Davao city proper)

I am not sure if this is the usual scenario of the city,  but there was no traffic when we were there.

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We looked for some interesting souvenir items in this Pasalubong Center! It is great to know that the City Government of Davao has initiated this!

Here are some of the stuff inside the Pasalubong Center:

SAM_0231 SAM_0230 SAM_0228 SAM_0225These are all made by the creative members of a Women’s Organization as livelihood program of the local government.

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This is ate Ginging, a local of Davao who creates souvenir items out of straws, and other recyclable materials. I asked her what ATO NI BAI means. She answered, “ATIN ITO, PARE!”

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ABREEZA MALL. We rode a jeepney to get here for a minumum fare of Php 7.50.

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OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP PARISH. Located in Bajada, Davao City is this beautiful church that is just right in front of Abreeza Mall.

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We visited this prayer place near the church. Outside it are our Badjao brothers and sisters selling candles and asking for alms.

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We left Davao on January 11. While waiting for the plane to take off, I took the time reading this book I bought at Booksalein SM Lanang for Php 90.00 only!

Thank you God for this beautiful experience!

I ask You Father to bless Davao and its good people.

I am definitely looking forward to my next travels. Daghang salamat Davao!

Jhonn Robert, 24, a Filipino writer who wishes to travel the word with just a backpack and a good camera.

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