Mindanao is often on tv or newspapers. Not because of our wonderful mountains, gorgeous beaches, beautiful and picturesque landscapes but because of what's going on in Basilan. Yes, it is part of Mindanao but if you look at your maps, it is just a small part of it.
So I am hoping that through my Mindanao series, people from all over the world will understand that
I'll start with my hometown, Davao. The first time my husband John came to the Philippines, on board the plane en route to Manila, an overseas filipina worker sitting beside him, told him not to go to Davao or he'll get kidnapped and might get beheaded. lol
I'm sorry but I couldn't help but laugh when he told me about it. Jokingly, I congratulated him for visiting me despite of what he heard and read. I mean, you know , you have to be really , really brave to come to Mindanao right? hahaha ... No, I am not being sarcastic. lol
That's why we celebrate Kadayawan Festival on August of each year as thanksgiving for the abundant bounty we receive, year after year...
When the news kept on saying that there's a shortage of rice a few years ago, I was like "what are you talking about"? We have abundant supply of that here! You see, we get our rice mostly from Davao Oriental.
Davao is home to the highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo. I had the chance to visit Kapatagan , Davao del Sur last month. And there I stood for awhile, watching the majestic beauty of the Philippine's tallest mountain. The place has a cool temperature which reminded me of Eden and Buda.
NOTE: If you want a clear picture of Mt. Apo, be sure to take one early in the morning. After that, it gets enveloped with clouds and thick fog.
Our city is also the home of Pag-asa, the monkey-eating eagle which was born at the Philippine Eagle center in Calinan. And the world famous Waling-waling, aptly known as the queen of all flowers.
(Boat Fee: P800.00 Entrance Fee: P10.00 per head)
Davao is the business center of Mindanao so yes, we have an international airport. We have an international seaport as well. It is a big city with all the comforts it has to offer, less the terrible traffic I hate in Manila. Sorry Manila friends, I just can't stand the smoke and the traffic there. :)
Yes, it's a busy city. But we live a laid back lifestyle. To borrow the city's phrase - Davao, life is here!
I couldn't agree more... If you don't come and visit our place, it is your loss. (winks :)
Lea C. Walker