Davao, located in the multicultural island of Mindanao, is the largest city in the Philippines, covering 2,444 square kilometers of land. With an area as large as this, the city offers the best of both the urban and rural worlds.
As an established urban area, it is home to 5 major malls, an international airport, a seaport, and a number of parks, high-rises, hotels, shopping centers, universities, call centers, and other establishments.
Vehicles waiting for the green light in Roxas Street
Singing the night away with friends in the World Palace
On the other hand, it’s rural side cradles the Philippine Eagle Center (home of the country’s national bird), Eden Nature Park, Crocodile Park, Malagos Garden Resort, Tiboli (a local tribe) Weaving Center and vast lands devoted to agriculture.
Get a full view of the city while on the Skyrider in Eden Nature Park
The city is practically typhoon-free. That would be courtesy of the protection provided by the mountains surrounding Mindanao. These include the mighty Mt. Apo, standing at 2,954 meters as the highest peak in the Philippines.
Aside from the monkey-eating Philippine eagle and the majestic Mt. Apo, almost synonymous to Davao are the Waling-waling (a rare orchid) and the Durian (an exotic tropical fruit). During the Kadayawan festival, we celebrate the bounty of our harvests by parading our native fruits and flowers on our major streets.
Get your durian straight from the tree!