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Davao: Touring the Home Front

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A March 2007 trip to Davao by manlalakbay

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Davao: Touring the Home Front

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Overview

Costa Marina beach front Photo, Chennai, India
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I was born in Davao City but left when I was only four years old. It was only four years ago when I came back to live here for work. As I was used to the fast-paced lifestyle of Manila, it took quite a while for me to adjust to the laid-back and relaxed way of living in Davao. Now I have stayed long enough to say that I actually love being here. With minimal traffic and everything just 15 minutes away, there is a higher quality of life here. Davao has everything you want within reach. Nature-tripping, beach-bumming, fun festivities, endless shopping, or food bingeing.Davao boasts Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the country. Most sunny mornings, Davaoeños are greeted by i...Read More

Karlynn's

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Restaurant

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I love steaks! And discovering Karlynn’s was like a taste of heaven. It was actually a friend who took me in their old place which was a house made into a restaurant hidden in the crannies of in one of the subdivisions of Davao. Despite that, students, yuppies and families go out of their way to eat there.They have changed location since the first time I went there. One of their new branches can be found in Dona Luisa Subdivision which is near SM City. It is an open air restaurant done with native flair. Woven bamboo mats for the wall, bamboo wood for the foundation and nipa leaves for the ceiling. The fresh air has a way of stirring up your appetite.Their specialty is their Steak ala ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2007

Ibby's

Restaurant

Ibby's Photo, Davao, Philippines
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Ibby's is actually just a kiosk inside the SM City Davao that sells different kinds of pastries. They have muffins, cookies, cakes, and loaves.A friend told me that it's one of those success stories. This girl just loved baking and had her friends try it. And her friends prodded her to start selling her baked goods. And ta-dah! Ibby's was born.I was going home unsure if there was dinner at home so I decided to get myself a muffin. It was actually bewildering having to decide which one to get. Apple? Blueberry Cinnamon? Carrot? Vanilla? Vanilla Nut? I ended up getting one that I was certain would taste good. Chocolate Chip. Add to that an oatmeal cookie.Once I got home, I realiz...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2007

Kasagingan

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Restaurant

Kasagingan Photo, Davao, Philippines
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Ever since the entry of Starbuck's in the Philippines, coffee shops have been sprouting like mushrooms all over the country. There isn't really much variety to the choices, though customers can have preferences for coffee blends and desserts.Kasagingan is your alternative to these pop-coffee clubs. "Kasagingan" literally means "banana place." Its rootword is "saging" or banana. Their price for coffee is 25%-40% less than the most coffee shops. Thus, when my friends and I are out for a sober night out, Kasaginan is top option for its value-for-money caffeine fix.Like most coffee shops, it offers the usual blueberry cheesecake, which is actually quite good. Their choc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2007

Kasagingan
F. Torres St.
Davao

Bakbak

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Attraction

Bak-Bak Photo,
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I don’t drink. And my friends find it unfortunate that I don’t drive either. My sobriety would be an asset if they get pissed drunk. And getting pissed drunk can be great fun at Bakbak.Bakbak is a drinking place in F. Torres in Davao City. The design is like that of a large, open hut, with bamboo posts and a nipa roofing for that native feel. Wooden tables and chairs are placed inside and outside the hut. It is known for serving ice cold beer. It is so cold that the bottles come to your table covered in frost. There is no day in the week that it is not full because of their icy cool drinks. The din of the voices of the people enjoying their beer and sharing their stories floo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2007

Kadayawan Festival

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Attraction

Kadayawan Festival Photo, Davao, Philippines
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The Kadayawan Festival is one of the biggest festivities all over Mindanao. The event is celebrated the entire third week of August, with most of the highlights happening during the weekend.My friends and I have made it a point to celebrate the Kadayawan with the entire city. For many of us who have stayed in Davao for quite a while, this is the time when the city is most alive. It seems like the population doubles during these days.The entire day of Saturday, contingents from different provinces of Mindanao would perform in the Streetdancing. They dance and perform stories of indigenous peoples' rituals and legends to the heavy beating of the drums. The entire city explodes w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

Kadayawan Festival

Davao, Philippines

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