Waniban Island in Davao

Waniban Island Tamisan Mati Davao Oriental Mindanao Beach Location Size Resort Tour Sand Scuba Diving Snorkeling Waniban Island is located across barangay Tamisan in Mati, Davao Oriental, in Mindanao. Waniban is thirty minutes away from Pujada Island. A small island, Waniban it is only about four hectares. Unlike in the Pujada, there are humble huts where visitors can stay. Unfortunately, there are no foods for sale and it was good we brought our own. Indelible bought some fish from a fisherman who came to the island. Like those in Pujada, the beach has also white powdery sand. The seawater surrounding the island can be perfectly identified; it’s like strata of the different shades of blue which include aqua blue, blue green, and dark blue. The Island is covered with lush landscape of greenery that sits on powdery white sand beach on its shoreline amid the crystal clear turquoise waters of Pujada Bay. The northern part of the island is a Continue reading

Aldevinco Shopping Center in Davao

Aldevinco Shopping Center DavaoThe Aldevinco Shopping Center is one of the best places to buy pearls and handicrafts in Davao. This shopping center is located between two of Davao City’s busiest thoroughfares, conveniently nestled at the junction of Claro M. Recto and Manuel Roxas Avenues.

In 1963, Conrado Alcantara and his wife, Ladislawa, took one look at an 8,370 square meter property along Claveria Avenue (now Claro M. Recto Avenue) and decided that it was the perfect place for a commercial complex. Davao City then had just entered a time of progress in construction and even in business. The Alcantaras invited the Manila based group of Architect Roman Solitaria to build the first shopping center in Davao City, the Aldevinco Shopping Center or simply known as Aldevinco. Continue reading

The Manobo Culture

ManoboThe Manobo are probably the most numerous of the ethnic groups of the Philippines in terms of the relationships and names of the various groups that belong to this family of languages. Mention has been made of the numerous subgroups that comprise the Manobo group. The total national population including the subgroups is 749,042 (NM 1994); occupying core areas from Sarangani island into the Mindanao mainland in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Davao provinces, Bukidnon, and North and South Cotabato. The groups occupy such a wide area of distribution that localized groups have assumed the character of distinctiveness as a separate ethnic grouping such Continue reading

D’Leonor Inland Resort & Adventure Park Davao

D'Leonor Hotel Davao Designed for both business and leisure travel, D’Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park is ideally situated in Davao City Center; one of the city’s most popular locales. Situated only 11.4 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. At D’Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. To name a few of the hotel’s facilities, there are luggage storage, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, newspapers, Wi-Fi in public areas. Continue reading

The Kalagan Culture

KalaganThe Kalagan live on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. They are located in an area between the interior uplands and the western coast of the Davao Gulf. These Kalagan are mainly of the Tagakaolo Kalagan branch. They have converted to Islam either through intermarriage or through contact with their close neighbors, the Magindanaw. The Kalagan (Tagakaolo, Dagan, Laoc, Saka, Caragan, Calagan, Kagan, Laoc, Caragan, Calagan, Mandaya, Mansaka) belong to the Mandaya/Mansaka group, and have three subgroups: (1) Tagakaolo proper, (2) Kagan, and (3) Lao. The latter is an acculturated group in the Haguimitan mountains of the San Agustin peninsula on the east side of Davao gulf, Continue reading

Hotel Galleria in Davao

Hotel Galleria DavaoSituated in Davao City Center, Hotel Galleria is the perfect place to experience Davao and its surroundings. Only 1.6 km from the city center, the hotel’s strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Hotel Galleria is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Top features of the hotel include car park, smoking area, luggage storage, concierge, shared lounge/TV area. Continue reading

Home Crest Residences Davao

Home Crest Residences DavaoWelcome to Home Crest Residences, a boutique hotel located right across SM Davao, along Tulip Drive. Home Crest is only a short walk to great shopping, dining and entertainment conveniences. Public transportation is accessible right at our door step providing guests with easy commute to downtown. Home Crest is nestled in a friendly neighborhood amidst towering trees and green gardens. A van terminal, 24-hour convenience store, spa, ATMs are close by. Home Crest sets the pace by offering top-of-the-line amenities and personalized services at par with best practices and global standards. They aim to be different from the usual inn or hotel by creating a cozy and friendly atmosphere where guests can look forward to Continue reading

Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases Davao

Ritz Hotel & Garden Oases DavaoThe Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases is one of the best hotels to stay at while in Davao City. It offers the business and leisure traveler all the comforts of a standard hotel with unparalleled service that makes you feel at home. A 20-minute drive from the Davao International Airport, the hotel is conveniently located within the business and commercial district and walking distance to shopping and recreational centers in Davao City. Situated along Porras Street in Obrero, this four star property is positioned in the business center, makes it perfect for the executive who needs to be within reach of the government offices as well as the tourist who needs an easy access to shopping malls and entertainment spots. Boasting 88 Continue reading

Grand Menseng Hotel Davao

Grand Menseng Hotel DavaoWell-placed in the restaurants, shopping, sightseeing area of Davao city, Grand Men Seng Hotel provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Also within easy reach are City Hall of Davao, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Osmena Park. At Grand Men Seng Hotel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy coffee shop, elevator, airport transfer, bar, laundry service. Continue reading

Panapog Festival in Davao

Pangapog Festival DavaoThe Panapog Festival is held the first week of August on Samal Island in Davao. This is a thanksgiving festival in honor of Magbabaya (Sama God), and for a bountiful harvest highlighting the culture of the Sama, the indigenous people of Samal, as shown in the indigenous sports, and other culture-based competitions. This festival features a parade, indak-indak sa dalan, cultural presentations, and much more. At the culmination on the Pangapog Festival will be the Sayaw-sayaw sa Dan (Mardi Gras) dancing towards the beat of the local Sama Dancers.