City Places of Interest
Oshiro Experimental Station in Mintal, 14 km. from the
city, is an abaca plantation where
ornamental plants are cultivated and Philippine fruits and flowers
are cross-bred. Horticulturists and avid gardeners will enjoy visiting
Island in the municipality of Sarangani has fortress ruins
of the Spanish conquistador, Lopez Villalobos.
Plantations on the mainland in Panabo and Carmen, between
Davao City and Tagum, let visitors have the opportunity of sampling
freshly plucked fruit and watching the farms in operation. There
is also a plantation in New Bataan worth visiting.
Museum Located inside the Dava Insular Village, the Museum
is a showcase of the province's colourful heritage. On display are
tribal arts, crafts, costumes, weapons, musical instruments and
other pieces from the highland tribes. Contemporary artists have
displays on the second floor's modern gallery.
Dabaw, just behind the Davao Insular Hotel, is a replica
of a traditional Mandaya house with tribal women demonstrating the
arts, crafts and skills of their people. Wearing colourful, traditional
attire, they weave dagmay cloth from the fibres of the native abaca
plant. This cloth is fashioned with beads, bells and embroidery
to produce handsome bags, wallets and home accessories.
Talicud Caves allegedly have giant pythons and an underground
passage crossing Davao Gulf to Malalag, Davao del Sur. The caves
were used for burial by the Kalagan and Isamal tribes and are worth
Wa Buddhist Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao.
Located along J.P. Cabaguio Avenue, in a setting of candle trees
and bamboos, it features Italian marble slabs, a magnificent Buddha,
a gold kuanyin; carved wood ornamentation depicting the life of
Buddha; carp-filled lily ponds;
and high-ceilinged halls.
Apo is Davao's unique natural wonder. At 3,144 m it is
the Philippines' highest peak. Its base covers about 72,796 hectares
of mountain ranges that extend from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Northern
Cotabato, Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur to Misamis Oriental. Apo means
"grandfather of all mountains". It is an inactive volcano
with no recorded eruptions. Mount Apo's attractions are thundering
waterfalls, rapids, lakes, geysers, sulphur pillars, primeval trees,
endangered plant and animal species and a steaming blue lake. Tip:
Trek or climb to Mount Apo via Kidapawan City in North Cotabato,
the most scenic trail. For amateurs, it's best to join organized
climbs for the safest trail up the mountain.
Garden These gardens feature, among others, the queen of
Philippine orchids, the "waling waling" or vanda sanderiana.
The waling-waling is a rare, exquisite bloom, considered by many
to be the most beautiful in form among all the Philippine orchids.
The more popular gardens are the Puentespina Orchid Garden along
J.P. Cabaguio Avenue in Davao City, the Yuhico Orchid Gardens in
Greenhills and the Derling Worldwide Orchid Corporation in Dumoy.
Davao City has a botanical garden that is a relaxing place to stroll
through on your own or take the kids to stretch their legs.
Farms Pearls are once again being cultivated on a small
scale, although most island communities rely on fishing for their
livelihoods. For more information on tours ask at your hotel on
Eagle Nature Centre in Calinan breeds and cares for the
endangered Philippine Eagle or Pithecophaga jefferyi. Once found
in Luzon, Leyte, Samar and all of Mindanao, the Philippine Eagle
is now close to extinction, with its last remaining abode in the
Mount Apo range. It is one meter tall, weighs four to seven kilograms
and has a wing span of two meters. Formerly called the Monkey-eating
eagle, it feeds on flying lemurs, wild cats, flying squirrels and
monkeys. The Philippine Eagle Nature Centre is accessible from Davao
City via Bankerohan Public Market where jeepneys to Calinan are