Friday, August 2, 2013

Seven Misconceptions about Davao City

Davao City
Davao is not your ordinary cosmopolitan city.

"Don't judge my brother, he is not a book." There goes the famous line of Melanie Marquez. It had gained fame because (1) it's funny, and (2) it's ridiculously funny. However, that particular quote makes sense at some point. Let me rephrase her quote by modifying some words: "Don't judge a place if you haven't been there." For the past years, I have met people from different provinces in the Philippines - Metro Manila, Baguio, Legazpi, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, and etc. And whenever I inform them that I am from Davao, they'd often tell me all those out-of-this-world claims based from premature judgments. Here are the seven misconceptions about Davao City.

1) It's a mall world, after all!

I had a friend who's from the Kingdom of Pili Nuts. In the middle of our highly intellectual conversation, he suddenly asked, "Do you have malls in Davao?" I got caught off guard by his question. I replied, "Yes, we do have malls in Davao, in fact we have two SM Malls in which one is a premier mall. We also have an Ayala Mall. It's like Greenbelt, but on a smaller scale. And we also have lots of homegrown malls strategically located at the downtown area.

Davao City
Inside SM Lanang Premier.

And then poof, he became Koko crunch!

2) Electric Dream

This story was shared by my mom. Back in 1988, she went to Manila to attend her board exam review. Her roommate, who's a resident of Manila asked her, "May kuryente ba sa Davao?" (Do you have electricity in Davao?). My mom lost her consciousness for three nanoseconds.

3) T[err]ourism

Davao City is the main gateway of Mindanao. It has an international airport accessible to other major points of the country, and as well in Asia. Business is thriving in the city and is clearly evident due to numerous infrastructures such as recreational areas, business centers, hotels, and a whole lot more. The city is also a melting pot of different tribes, cultures, and beliefs. Truly, Davao is a diverse city.

Davao City
Multicultural city.

Despite its unique feature, people outside Mindanao tend to judge Davao in general (and this also applies to different cities and towns in Mindanao). I am not denying the fact that there are religious and political conflicts in Mindanao. But, those conflicts are usually very far from the city and don't happen everyday. Consider this: It's really impossible to totally eradicate crime in a city. To say that Davao is unsafe because it's in Mindanao is an ignorant and an irresponsible statement. I pity those who have this kind of mentality.

4) Rules of the Air

Back in college, I went to Quezon City to attend a conference held at one of the most prestigious universities of the country. My seat mate, who was also from the host university asked, "So like, you're from Manila ba?" To which I replied, "No, I am from Davao."

Davao City
PAL B747-400 service.
Davao City
Davao International Airport.

"So like, how did you get here? Like, did you ride a bus or barge or something?" I was not sure if she's mocking me or if she's really serious. "I had just arrived yesterday and the Boeing 747 flight took me an hour and thirty minutes to reach Manila. And yes, we have an international airport in Davao."

"Oh, talaga? I thought Davao is just a very big bukid!" She exclaimed. Guys, take note of the word bukid. BUKID. Wow, big word!

5) Let's have a coffee break!

I remember two years ago when I met up with a friend in Makati. Her friend was also with her. After some informal introduction, he got surprised when he knew that I am from Davao City. We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon at Starbucks 6750. My friend's friend was a bit loud and nosy but tolerable at some level.

My friend's friend thought that I am ignorant to such that I haven't set foot to a coffee shop. He overwhelmingly said, "You know, Starbucks is really good! You should try their Coffee Jelly (seriously, Coffee Jelly?!) and their pastries as well. And oh! The shop has free wi-fi connectivity which allows you to connect to the world wide web." He even added, "I'd love to have your photos taken with your orders later. Di ba wala kayong Starbucks sa Davao?"

I just smiled and replied, "I am aware of that, thank you. And we have Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Bo's and some homegrown coffee shops like Green Coffee, Basti's Brew and Blugré in our city, offering similar services. You haven't tried our very own Durian coffee, have you?"

He will never be my friend.

6) Religious Battle

On the second day of the conference, I was tasked to lead the morning prayer. After that, my group mate who hails from Mandaue approached me with a puzzled look. "You're from Davao, right? I thought you're a Muslim." I was really surprised by his claims. I told him that Davao City is predominantly Christian. At least, he did not give any racist remarks. Very good!

7) Rainbow Cab

Some of my friends who were planning to to visit Davao often ask me about the things that they shouldn't miss. However, the most common question was this: Do you have cab services in Davao?

Black and white. Photo by anythingaboutdavao.blogspot.com

Yes, we do have a cab service in Davao, in fact it comes with different colors - white, yellow, orange, blue, sky blue, pink, lavender, silver, and black. Taking a cab is the most efficient way to tour the city. And oh, Davaoeño cabbies are known for their honesty. There's nothing to worry about when you take a cab in Davao City. You can also pay the cab driver through your debit card. Isn't that convenient to the commuters?

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Davao is truly a great place to live in. It was even named as one of the most livable cities not just in the Philippines, but also in the southeast asia region. Peace and order coexists with each other, and the Christian and Muslim communities interact well because the two groups respect each other's beliefs and traditions. The people of Davao is the main reason why the city is such an extraordinary place. Davaoeños are peace loving and friendly, but intolerant to erring ways. Lastly, we are law-abiding citizens. People outside Davao may find the city too stiff due to numerous city ordinances. But for Davaoeños, we learned to live with the laws because we firmly believed that discipline is the key to success. Everyone strives hard to make Davao a better place to live.

Davao City
Downtown Davao at night. View from Jack's Ridge.

Truly, Life Is Here in Davao!

166 comments:

  1. I love this post and I love Davao!

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    1. I just want to say that i love this article as well as a little sad that there are some misconceptions to our lovable place of Davao City. Indeed they didn't know how peaceful and safe Davao really is. Sure, it's true that people in Davao are well disciplined and smart enough compared to other cities. Hail Davao City!! :) HAPPY KADAYAWAN EVERYONE!! :D

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    2. I don't consider their ignorance of Davao City borne of misconception. I lived there quite a while and it's their forte to find fault and disparage people and places from outside Manila. They're actually awkwardly ignorant and don't find books or internet or any source of educated information interesting. Sorry but rather than answer these mockery, teach then how to use a computer of read books and magazines.

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    3. I have stayed in many places in the Philippines, but a large number of people from NCR don't know Mindanao, particularly Davao City. Their questions like availability of electric power, telephones, TV channels, taxis, shopping malls, etc. always comes up. In one instance, I got so exasperated about their disparaging remarks that i blurted out, "At least kaming taga Davao, nakapunta ng Maynila, kayo di nakapunta ng Davao." My kumadre's son was elated when a taxi brought him to our house and the boy happily remarked, "Nay, sinuklian ako ng mama," referring to the taxi driver. He was so elated that the taxi driver gave him his change which probably did not happen in all of his taxi-riding days in Manila. I know of several public and private employees and officials who relocated/stayed for good after a short stint/assignment in Davao City. Davao City is cosmopolitan; almost all major Filipino tribal groups are represented - Cebuanos,Ilonggos, Cavitenos, Batanguenos, Pampangos, Ilokano, thus, several dialects are spoken here. My children who are working abroad, when they retire, will go back to Davao City.

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  2. i love davao!!! that's why i keep coming back!

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  3. hahaha!! nice sir renz! i love the part wen u said "And then poof, he became Koko crunch!" tagems ang mga igno. haha!

    i hope this will be a wake up call sa mga walang kaalam alam sa davao. :)

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  4. Nasaktan ako ng husto sa number 5 Renz.. Imagine, sasabihin sayo ng harapan na very big bukid ang Davao?!

    ang sakit sakit lang.. :(

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    1. Its true 80% of Davao are still green, that is why I love this place because it is not heavily polluted like other cities.

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  5. Wow! Well said! Err, I mean written.. hehe.. I love this article..

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  6. I miss Davao. People do have a lot of misconceptions about the place. Actually about Mindanao as a whole. I remember when I studied in Manila in Grade 5, a classmate asked why I wasn't Muslim and that they feel that Davao is a province as if it's something negative. We were children back then, but I hope parents in the newer generation are more aware that there are a few differences and more similarities between each other - wherever we may come from.

    Plus points talaga sa honest Davao taxis! :)

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    1. Huy Ed! How are you? Long time no see! Davao misses you. Balik na diri oi! :))

      Yeah, I do hope na mawala na yung mga misconceptions not just in Davao, but also sa buong Mindanao.

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    2. Hi Renz, Here in Dubai lang. haha. medyo dugay2x pa ko balik. :)

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    3. RM Bulseco, you cannot say whole Mindanao. I have lived In Cotabato Province for a long time and I witnessed how different Cotabato from Davao. Davao is a very peaceful area but Cotabato is simply different with almost everyone having unlicensed gun and not safe loittering around at night. I liked Davao because Mayor Duterte made it a peaceful City. Speak for Davao but Mindanao.

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  7. Grabe, my jaw dropped when I read the ignorant comments and questions thrown at you, especially the bukid part. :D

    The thing is, you're not alone. I live in Malabon, which is still a part of Metro Manila, but there are people who ask me if it's already a province - seriously? LOL. Some ignorant people need to learn to shut up.

    But, thank you for this post. Davao is in my must-visit places, and I can't wait to visit soon!

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    1. It's not that they need to "shut up".
      It 's that they need to learn how to 'research' on their own. -_-

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  8. Laughtrip yung story about BUKID and Starbucks! Hahahaha. Ako na nahihiya para sa kanila

    Thanks for posting this one. Humorous post yet very informative.

    Cheers!
    geejaytravellog.blogspot.com

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  9. very well-said sir...

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  10. if there is another place in this country that will settle in besides manila.. it is definitely Davao

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  11. Thanks everyone for reading this post! :-)

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  12. Love your conviction and your love for our DAVAO CITY. TRULY DABAWENYOS ARE THE BEST in terms discipline and law abiding individuals. I LOVE THE MAYOR and the platforms he did for our city. I'll be back there next year for my vacation. Too bad to those people who are ignorant because they will never experience that in Davao LIFE IS HERE.

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  13. Thanks for the great article sir ;) they really havent tried our very own durian coffee(the other guy) haha

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  14. Next time you get a similar ignorant comment just say, "Wala bang Google sa ?"

    I'm from Manila and we visited Davao a few years back. Looks very much the same, except Davao is cleaner, safer, more nature-y. :)

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  15. Some people are just plain ignorant. I had a similar incident in one of my vacay travels in metro manila.

    One time while riding a jeepney, i asked a co-passenger for the directions of a particular place, then thanked him for his help. And then he asked,"bakit taga-saan ka ba?" To which i replied,"tagaDavao." He said,"ah ganun ba, layo ah. May jeep rin ba sa inyo? Hindi ba puro kalabaw lang ang nandun?(sabay ngiting nakakaloko)" I was just speechless. Wow. Sabi ko,"kuya if u must know, i drive an isuzu alterra in davao. At kung di naman, sumasakay ako ng taxi. Pero OO. May jeepney rin sa amin kung yun ang tinatanong mo." sabay lingon sa kabila.

    It still infuriates me to this day whenever i remember that incident. That happened in 2011. Minsan wala sa lugar kayabangan ng ibang taga-manila. Pero yung iba lng naman, not everyone.

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  16. I love Davao! I have to admit though that I heard some weird misconceptions about it prior to my first Davao flight. Thanks to my beloved Davaoeno friends, they convinced me to book a flight in late 2009 and even went there alone. I can say blame the media for just showing the downsides (for ratings? tsk). I do believe though na with numerous print and online features, marami na rin ang magiging open-minded pagdating sa pananaw nil a about Davao. Nice article, Renz! :)

    RE: TAXIS: Normal lang na itanong yan i think :P

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  17. RM,
    the same questions were asked of me 33 years ago when i went to study in manila. plus the fact that the city was considered to be of a war zone then, with tanks tanks parked on every street corner.
    shows you how media can influence people, half of the time in the wrong way. what's funny is that i was more updated, in a lot of ways, than some of my manila based classmates. btw, are you related to Alex (my classmate in ateneo high)?

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    1. Alex is my uncle. :) Thanks for reading!

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  18. Idagdag mo pa ito:
    Diba sa Davao, isa lang ang building ninyo? - talking about thr Marco Polo hotel which is ung visible na tall building sa downtown area and also related dun sa talk about Davao city being a "bukid"

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  19. masarap din sa chicco de cafe :)at marami pa pang di nakalista sa blog nato... many hidden treasures

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  20. One colleague at work even asked me if meron bang McDo sa Davao. Ohah!

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  21. ignorance is their new bestfriend ! :D

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  22. I'm working abroad for 10 years now, and what I notice when I come back home is that the traffic is unbearable... that is because of the growing population of our great city... more people migrating to Davao City.

    Just my thinking... maybe... just maybe, it's better to leave it that way. Let them think that Davao is primitive and old-age so they won't think of migrating to Davao and congest our city.

    I like this article... but when I tell Filipino here in US that I'm from Davao, so far it's all complements that I hear... like... "Diba maganda sa Davao?", "Sana makapasyal ako sa Davao." , "Masarap daw ang pomelo duon". CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!

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    1. i agree with keeping the notion that davao is primitive and old fashioned as their conception of what it really is.. call me selfish but i really don't want them (especially manileños) to migrate here.. mayayabang talaga mga taga manila

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    2. I agree! I would much rather have them thinking that Davao is some exclusive getaway bukid, so that they'll not think of migrating to Davao. The fact that Davao is all at once City and Bukid at the same time is what makes it so enticing! Nakaka addict ang Davao and mind you, a lot of ppl in manila plan to retire in Davao. Sana lang it won't be too urban. As it is now, honestly, Davao is in danger of becoming like cramped Manila. I miss old Davao, when it was just victoria plaza and Js gaisano and everyone knew everybody else. As for the side comments, yes, we all experienced that in one way or another, pero most educated people from Manila usually are all praises for Davao, seriously! They're mostly eager to be friends with us and can't wait to visit. We are best known for our rare fruits, fresh seafood, cheapest buffets, peace and order, clean air, honest cab drivers, to name a few. The best comment I heard about Davao so far: "Bakit sa Davao, ang daming magaganda sa inyo?!!! Baka dahil sa tubig ninyo, kasi ang gaganda ng mga taga Davao!" Hahaha (Mo lang?) I must say, for all the funny comments they blurt out, nothing beats the compliments they also throw at us!

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    3. stop telling people how beautiful Davao is. Let the mga taga Manila suffer in their concrete jungle. They might migrate here. The few that I met from Manila are ignorant and mayabang. They think that Manila is the Philippines. Keep them ignorant and afraid of Davao.

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    4. You said "(they) are ignorant and mayabang" yet you try hard to imitate, though not even close, from the taglish of girls from exclusive schools "let the mga taga Manila..." Be yourself...never try to sound like someone you're not

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    5. You said "(they) are ignorant and mayabang" yet you try hard to imitate, though not even near, from the taglish of girls from exclusive schools "let the mga taga Manila..." Be yourself...never try to sound like someone you're not

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  23. Kasuway sad ko dati sa manila I was asked if may signal ba daw sa mobile networks. Gipangutan sag Ko ug malls kung naa ba daw. Pastilan ning mga taga Imperial Manila!

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    1. Hey facts you want? Google mo gago! BIMP-EAGA host lang naman tsaka may airport naman at sea port din dito sa aming dakbayan, please cure your ignorance! People like you sedserved to be assigned at Spratly's!

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  24. I stopped reading when you mentioned "Davao City is the main gateway of Mindanao." facts please?

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    1. Davao is the main gateway of Mindanao because (1) it is served by an international airport and seaport and (2) there is an extensive road network around the city that connects to other points in Mindanao.

      Do I need to further elaborate that?

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    2. and boom! It became coco crunch. this is a nice read RM. I'll definitely share this.

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    3. Tagam.Hhaha

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    4. Gateway to BIMP-EAGA too right?

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    5. Taga gensan siguro ning tawhana, wa kaila.

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    6. wala na ata kabalo unxai gateway... tsk bad...

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    7. naa Damosa gateway...hehehe

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    8. "I stopped reading when you mentioned "Davao City is the main gateway of Mindanao." facts please?" <--- may pa "stop reading" ka pa. Isa pang Ignorante na hindi taga Davao. pa ingles ingles pa.. Mag ipon ka muna ng maraming barya para pang hulog mo sa piso net para medyo matagal tagal ang time mo sa internet at maka Google search ka, Hindi yung puro lumang Komiks pa rin ang binabasa mo..

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  25. this post is funny. ignorance should be a crime! but i guess, more than getting annoyed and berating some of our less knowledgeable countrymen, we should be more accommodating towards them and strive to teach them that there is more to Mindanao than the war-torn footage and bomb sites they show on TV.

    in my opinion, the best thing about Davao is the people - Davaoeno's are proud and loyal. I think it comes from having lived comfortably and peacefully in the city when there are wars and murders of innocent lives and rapes all over the news . honestly, if you're not the outdoorsy, nature-lover type of person, Davao isn't really all that 'happening'. but the charm is really with the people and our love for Davao. We just have to understand that it's not the same with people from other towns and cities in the country. And besides, I'm guilty of having had some misconceptions about Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and the like. So Davaoeno's, let's just spread the love :))

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    1. Hi Telai! Yep, some people were on my shoes, they'd prefer to react the other way around. In my opinion, I think it's useless if I'd waste my time, fuming to them. But instead, I'd prefer to clarify them in a more peaceful approach. :)

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  26. Great article! Visited my hometown again after a year of absence and amazed at how it has progressed. Love how everything is so orderly and that there are more coffee shops and free wifi in the city!

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  27. I've also encountered people outside of Davao who misinterpret things around here.
    Like when a band member from Manila visited, and I was with him in the cab. He said "akala ko bukid lang ang Davao, pero modern pala noh" and I didn't reply instead I thought I wanted to throw myself out of the cab lol

    AND! once I had a phone call with a guy from Manila. I had trouble talking in tagalog at that time because I haven't practiced speaking it well. He just went laughing his butt off by saying something discriminating that the people who speak Bisaya or Cebuano can't speak Tagalog sensibly.

    welp! Now that I have mastered speaking Tagalog, they compliment me by saying "You don't sound like a bisaya".
    what the hell... lol

    It seems that even other Filipinos ridicule their neighbors which is a "fun" thing to do but not generalizing.

    thanks for the post man!

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    1. nahitabo sab na nako long time ago kadto didto pa ko nakapuyo sa manila....but i plainly said to them....sorry i'm not interested with your dialect(tagalog)....hilom lagi....

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  28. I like your blog renz. My opinion is I really don't care if they don't know about Davao but, the fact that he lives on the other side within Philppine soil,is a hypocrite thing. Those people you encountered were just trying to impress themselves, as if they are old rich. Trying to fit themselves in the high social class. People in Davao are simple and natural people. We do not try to be somebody. I don't even think we are world class. Masyado silang hambog.I hope they realize that.

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  29. HAHAHAHAHA I love the humor of this post, sir ;)

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  30. He became 'koko crunch' - what does it mean? :D

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    1. he became stiff and speechless as if he disappeared because of guilt and shame and that he wanted to have amnesia so that he will forget how to breath and die because of it.

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  31. Very nice post! Davao is one of the cleanest cities too! And bawal ang snatchers at holdapers dyan! :)

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  32. A friend of mine took a job somewhere in Luzon back in 2000, was asked, "anong currency nyo sa davao?" i was floored! Feeling ko tuloy they don't have books when they were in school or they don't know how to read or use the internet. Nakakaloka talaga! Parang di nag-aral.

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  33. Ha ha ha!!! Kami'y Dabawenos din at marami pa sa ating mga kababayang Pinoy o banyaga ang hindi pa nakarating at nakaalam kung ano ang Lungsod ng Dabaw. Ang masasabi ko lang ay huwag tayong masaktan kung hindi tama ang kanilang impression sa atin, bagkus taas noo natin silang hikayatin na pumasyal sa Dabaw at pag-nakita nila ito tiyak sila ay matatauhan. Wow, ang lugar mismo ng Dabaw ang sasagot ng kanilang mga katanungan at pag-aalinlangan, he he he. Mabuhay ka RM Bulseco !!!

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  34. Thank you for giving justice to our beloved city! You write really good, too. :) Kudos!

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  35. jeeezus christ! ive been waiting for something like this to show up! thank you!! they dont have a fucking clue.

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  36. Nice one Renz :-)very informative indeed :-)

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  37. very nice article Renz. very informative :-)

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  38. Wi-Fi in Davao is like asking for water.. It's almost always free everywhere! :)-TVG

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  39. And one thing... They're afraid of davaoenos.. They all think we're rebels.. LOLS... It's kind of convenient in some ways..

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  40. was there a question as to: sino ba mayor nyo?

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  41. Coming from one of the cities in Mindanao, also experienced this.

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  42. The misconception that Davao is unsafe can only be attributed to the whole "Krisis sa Mindanao" phrase haphazardly used by ignorant journalists. The strife is mostly contained in the ARMM area. Mindanao isn't made up of only ARMM, you know.

    Anyway, nice post, bro. :)

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  43. This article made me miss my hometown more... been to different places but Davao is beyond compare... one of the cities that greatly showed remarkble growth but still remained the most liveable place on earth... I am Davaoeña and I am proud if it.

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  44. In 2008, I went to luzon and stayed in madaluyong. I was asked how I reached there, sabi ko "Ahh plane, (xempre!)" Like I was even thinking to myself "stupid question lagi! LOL".. Then she replied, "aba mayaman., pa airplane airplane.. di ka ba nag barko na lng, ung roro".. sagot ko naman, "Hindi, may pera ako eh tsaka no, d ako nagbarko".. sa utak ko, ang yayabang kala nyo mayaman. Etong lugar nyo puro eskinita, malaki pa bahay namin sa inyo times 10! Grrrr...

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  45. Great article, this is true in DAVAO! You know what, people from other cities have the perception that people from Davao are ignorant, Davao is not safe well in fact there's are more unsafe there are more holdups, thieves, dishonest people and you can testify that through the news. I just don't like when that guy said "is there any Starbucks in your city?" well don't claim that Starbucks comes from your city, International yan no, nauna lang kayo. Well we have very good coffee naman the very best "Durian coffee" nga-nga si ate, di pa siguro nya na try. Well everything has been said enough sa article. Truly "DAVAO, LIFE IS HERE!" Kudos to you RM Bulseco. Good Job. Proud to be Dabawenyo. :)

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  46. And that my friends is why I study here... lol

    Great article, kuya Renz. Makafrustrate ang experiences mo pero you really know how turn things around! :)

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  47. Born in Tacloban but I love it here a year after birth to the present.

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  48. I love your post and made me laugh at some of the misconceptions, labi na ang sa "very big bukid!"

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  49. I totally agree with this article. I have an office mate who went to Makati for training, when her training mates learned that she's from Davao, they asked her this question "May Jollibee ba sa Davao?"

    Seriously? @.@

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  50. Well said! Amazingly true! Keep up the good work.

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  51. There is no place like DAVAO. I am proud to be a part of it.

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  52. Love this post! I have seen lots of crocodiles there. :) I mean in Crocodile park.

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  53. well,I have to say they are total ignorants!! Don't judge a book by it's cover people!! Hindi bukid ang Davao no!! Kaya nga may nakalagay na CITY..... wag nyong sabihin hindi nyo alam kung ano ang ibigsabihin nun?! I was totally shocked about the "Starbucks" thing. I mean hello??? ang dami naming coffee shop sa Davao meron nga ring coffee shop si Dawn Zulweta dito sa Davao diba?!
    Plus independent city kami kasi walang governor dito sa Davao.Ang mayor namin, papakainin ka nang papel kung nakagawa ka nang krimen!! Davao Life is here!!!

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  54. Nice article! Davao wins! Hehe

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  55. i'm proud being a dabawenyo!!!! maayo kay wala nila gipangutana kung unsa ang ginapuy-an sa mga taga-dabaw???

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  56. may tama nga naman sila. techinecally, Davao is a very big bukid. if you're referring to the Davao region which consist of norte,sur, oriental, and compostela. nakatira ako sa davao hanggang highschool. common misconception ay.. pag sinabihan mo ang manilenyo na tagadavao ka. iniisip nila davao as a provice(same if you ask someone where're they from.. sinasagot nila Laguna,Bulacan,Samar etc.). kaya nga minsan nagtatanong pa sila "san sa davao?" kahit di pa sila nakakapunta dun.. kaya ang lagi kong sinasagot DAVAO CITY. para sure.

    pero ibang usapan na pag alam ng kausap na DAVAO City ang tinutukoy at sinabihan parin ng DAVAO IS A VERY BIG BUKID. bigyan ko nlng yung taong yung ng spaceburger as pasalubong. haha

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  57. "He will never be my friend." --- Good decision! LOL
    Proud Davawenya here.

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  58. Hi everyone! Thank you for sharing, and reading this article.seriously, I did not expect that this article would gone viral. I know this article could've been written better, but yeah, I think I have reached out to some people that have the same mentality about Davao.

    BTW, happy Kadayawan to my fellow Davaoeños! Cheers!

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  59. Ang OA naman ng reaction ng iba. So what kung tinawag na BUKID ang Davao? HINDI NAKAKAPAGPABABA NG MORALIDAD kung nakatira tayo sa bukid. There;s no issue there, after all, as written at the title of the article, "misconceptions." Wag naman maging OA kasi misconception ng tao yun and hindi naman natin sila masisisi kung iyon ang 'akala' nila. At the end of the tunnel, walang masama kung nakatira tayo sa bukid. Bakit naman tayo masasaktan diba? Opinyon lang! CHEERS!

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  60. Ang gandang gawing Ad campaign ito...
    May mga buildings ba sa Davao...?
    May mga taxi ba sa Davao...?
    May mga jeepney ba sa Davao...?
    May mga malls ba sa Davao...?
    May mga beach ba sa Davao..?
    May mga cars ba sa Davao...?
    .......

    Boom! In your face!

    :D

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  61. This post is hilarious because it rings so true! What's good about it though is that it has become an avenue for us to get together and remember what we so love about Davao. Sometimes the comments of Manila people can be insensitive or downright insulting, and it is understandable for us to get piqued. But the more important thing I guess is not to focus on correcting the misconceptions but on reminiscing and remembering the beautiful things we love about Davao and maybe, use our creativity to showcase these to our fellow countrymen. There are things to preserve and things to improve on. One thing we all have in common is our love for our hometown and this should inspire us to be pro-active and not vindictive nor spiteful. If there is one character we are known for, it is for the goodness of our bisaya hearts and we should take care to maintain that.

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    1. True, anon! I chose not to retaliate violently, but instead I correct them nicely.

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  62. may 911 ba ibangs panig ng bayan? we have one in davao say nyo?

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  63. I have mastered Tagalog when I was in college, and when I came to work in Manila people were surprised when they know that I am from Davao and a Bisaya. We may feel slighted when people consider us as "taga bukid", but look at them. By their prejudice alone, they're not really above us. They're actually down there, natives of a polluted city who we do not even know from what diploma mill they got their college degrees from.

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  64. May coke ba sa davao???(Circa 1980)

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  65. too sensitive. or much worse too high of a pride. who cares if there is or no starbucks here. Not even proud of that foreign capitalist company making money in a third-world country. Lumad ko sa dakbayan sa dabaw. Kung makadungog ko og ingani, mostly I just laugh and happily correct them. Dili maayo cge tag pataasay og ihi. Davao is way more livable than any other cities in Metro Manila but still they have greater annual city income.

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  66. Oh I so love this Blog!! I am even teary eyed reading this!! I am a Dabawenya and I so loved and proud to be!! There is no place like Davao.

    I am working in one of the country clubs in Manila and everytime the members would know I am from Davao. They would start to ask me a lot of questions about my beloved Davao. And here i am answering them in an honest way possible and of course bragging about how Davao City is different from what they just hear or saw in the news. But my last sentence for them. " Maam/Sir, you have to see it and experience it to believe it. After your trip, come and see me and tell me if i am lying!! So far they all come back to me but, not to tell me i am lying instead, they share thier wonderful experience in Davao with me. Taxi drivers in Davao are one of a kind.

    Congrats for this article! Keep up the good work!! God bless you!!

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    1. That's nice to hear! Before judging, thy have to experience Davao. Whatever their experiences were, good or bad, it would somehow allow Davao to improve some things and/or maintain the things that people love about Davao. :)

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  67. ..Even I'm not yet been there in Davao I can say that Davao is really beautiful, NO DOUBT! :D

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  68. In 2002,a co-teacher in Florida, USA was so inquisitive what Davao looks like. Good I brought some pictures of scenic spots in Davao. Showed her pictures of orchids, durian and other fruits, beaches and etc. She's so fascinated but still asked the question " Do you have Post Office there?" Since she asked nicely I have to tell her more what Davao is. Other students got to ask if we still live in trees, if we have computers. We just have to be tolerant to answer them nicely if we feel that they are really curious about our place.

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  69. This post has been one of the most epic that I have ever read so far. Hahaha. Nice one! Though I'm not from Davao, I can truly say that the city is indeed beautiful! :)

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  70. Davao City is the perfect place to be

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  71. We just got back from Davao. Spent 3 whole days and 2 nights. I guess this post says it all (misnomers) about Davao. It became one of my favorite cities! Nice post, renz! Amazing place, Awesome people. I'd love to come back! ;)

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  72. 20 yrs ago in pre-med, a classmate asked if our newspapers were a day late in Davao. I (and a friend of mine from Iligan) just had to laugh. We asked him, "Do you think we live in trees and swing from vines?" To think this classmate was from a prestigious Manila high school. It's a little sad to hear that some people in our country still are so ignorant.

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  73. I was once asked if there were flying eagles around davao.

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  74. This piece is so entertaining! Haha. My boyfriend's from Davao, btw. Before (2009, I think), I asked him kung may malls ba sa Davao. Sabi niya, oo. Kakatayo nga lang daw ng SM sa kanila. Tapos, I'd joke around him pag kumakain kami sa labas dito sa Manila. "Oh, may ganito ba sa Davao?" LOL. Pero not to the point naman na pipicture-an ko siya na may hawak na Starbucks or whatever coz that's plain stupid :/

    Oooh, last! Whenever his mom visits him dito sa Manila, lagi kaming kumakain sa Max's Restaurant, kasi fave yun ng mommy niya at wala pang Max's sa Davao (ngayon meron na daw hihi).

    Anyway, been to Davao twice, and I love it <3

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  75. ..yung EX ko taga manila... when i visited her family to pay respect (kasi ganun naman tlga tayong taga davao db?) abot hanggang langit ang tanong nila kung gaano at ano ang davao... ni isang compliment wala akong narinig... ang nasabi ko lng tlga that made them "angry" i think was " malinis ang davao, presko, safe and higit sa lahat hndi mabaho"...

    ..nung pumunta ang father nya dto sa davao city, i invited him over sa bahay... at nasabi nya,.. "ganito pla sa davao maluwag" (i think he's referring sa mga bahay dto na hndi tulad nung sa manila na ang sikip)... he went home with loads of pomelo... ayun pogi points xado... bad nag break kami nung anak nya,.. hahai...

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    1. nakigkigan man kya nimo iyang anak? ug nakigkigan nimo ok ra kaayo

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  76. very well said! I couldn't agree more with all the things you've said here. I have this friend na someone from Manila asked him if BANKS exists ba dito sa DAVAO hahaha they underestimate us to much i bet that if they will come here and see na developed naman ang city natin they'll go bonkers haha

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  77. The best place to stay in Davao City is the Apo View Hotel. Known for it's first class luxury and homely accommodation, the hotel is the extension of Davaoeños very own! Come and stay at the Apo View today and tell the experience!

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  78. I enjoyed reading this! Hilariously informative! I've been to Davao once (in 2011) when I purposely visited Kidapawan and Digos City for an official business. And I have to say that your posts about Davao helped me to at least know the general facts about the city. I hailed a cab from the airport and confidently enjoyed the view to where I was heading without minding the cab meter 'cos I believe every driver there is honest. Thanks, Renz!

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  79. I noticed the taxi honesty right away - first impressions make a lasting impression on tourists.

    It does seem that a lot of people in Manila have a bizarre backward view of Davao (and anywhere that isn't Manila...?), except the ones who've actually been here. I heard about the legendary Davao friendliness long before I visited myself.

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    1. Yeah, people outside Davao, especially those residing in the metro tend to judge Davao. They thought it's just a big province filled with nothing but grass, cows, and other farm animals. :)

      Thanks for the comment, mate!

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  80. I love Davao City too, even though I'm from Butuan City :)

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  81. I love this Blog! ;)

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  82. i like davao if it will not rain :D

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  83. Sa METRO MANILA ba my 911? Hahaha

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  84. Thanks so much for posting this Renz (feeling close hehe)
    Just want to share my story: I was visiting my aunt in Lipa, Batangas. In my head I could not help but think of how small their town is (this was way back in 2002). She took me to Greenwich kasi I said I wanted pizza (deep inside I was missing Picobello, which btw is closed already. I'm so sad) So while I was attacking my pizza, because I was so so hungry, I caught her staring at me with this puppy-owner look. Then she said "Hay naku 'day. Walang ganito sa inyo no? Sige lang, kain ka lang ng kain ha? Magbaon ka kung gusto mo."

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  85. i also hate it when they call davao a province....hello...davao city nga di ba, largest city in the world in land area

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  86. "may kuryenta ba kayo sa davao?"

    that comment gave me cancer.

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  87. I feel you bro! :) mao pud ng mahitabo sa akua when i say i'm from davao or i'm from my province cotabato. haha

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  88. 105 comments.. Wow.. This is so true.. Instead of getting mad, I pity those ignorant people. As a pure blooded Davaweño (living in Gensan) I am always proud to call Davao City as my home.

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  89. You had me at Koko Krunch ;-)

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  90. i'm proud be a dabawhenyos.'ayos imng article bai'
    davao city is a safe city.'

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  91. i'm proud be a dabawhenyo. davao is safe city' makataw man pud ta lay jollibee sa davao,naa gani dri saudi.,davao pa.'
    try nu mag spend sa samal island, naa d2 nindot na beaches..'
    ayos imng article bai..

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  92. People from NCR... or generally from up there.. I pity their ignorance. However, I like using their ignorance against them... it makes them look more stupid. Mura bya limpyo ilang syudad asta rabang hugawa baho pa jud. tse!

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    1. Miss Kate, pueding utrohon na nimo imong " FROM UP THERE? " , they are not up, they are down there. Dahil nasa atin ang pinakamataas na bundok ng Pilipinas, Mt. Apo. Please read my comment down. thanks,

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  93. Davao is truly the most LIVABLE place to live in. Just like any metropolitan city actually A LOT BETTER... I do hope that people go there first before they judge the place... I miss Davao all the more..

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  94. Familiar ang conference.. parang nagkasabay tayo nyan wahaha and I was also asked about those questions.. May nagsabi pa nga wala bang flyover sa Davao?

    Sabi ko nalang meron naman di lang gaya dito sa inyo na maraming layers wahaha

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  95. This is true! Na experienced jud naku ni..everytime I'm in manila for seminars or training from work.. But the funny thing is mas marami ang hindi pa nka experience na tga manila to ride a plane or even going to beach..when I knew some my reaction was.."really? D nga?".. Ky layo raw mga beach didto..they hav to travel pa..while the plane experience wla nmn silay ma adtuan pa..hehe..balos balos lng..hehehe

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  96. living in ignorance makes you bobo.... i love DAVAO, im proud dabawenya!

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  97. GJ Very well said

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  98. Davao is one place where you can expect na susuklian ng tama ang bayad mo kay Manong Taxi driver !

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  99. Davao is the cleanest, safest and most liveable place to be! Rich in diverse culture, people are more disciplined in keeping the surroundings clean, low crime rate, booming economy and lots more to boast of! I'll always profess my love to my hometown... Cheers to Davao & Davaoenos!

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  100. Skyblue na Taxi?

    saan doon? XD

    Davao is just a silent place with a bang!!!... mas mabuti na nga ma green pa ang 9O% na total land area to protect from natural causes of disaster and of course natural protection na rin

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  101. nice article, nahurot nakog basa pati mga comments

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  102. because they haven't been to davao... poor them... LOL

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  103. Thank you for sharing! Some people are so ignorant about Davao.

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  104. That's why I don't wanna go away from here, except if there's a personal reason. I love Davao, the land of my birth.

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  105. Graduated from UP Min, stayed in Dvo for 4 years, me loves Dvo too even though I'm not from Dvo!

    People from Luzon have these general misconceptions from people living in or hailing from Mindanao. When I was still working in Mnl about 4 years ago, a colleague asked where I came from and I said from Cagayan de Oro somewhere in Mindanao.

    1st question he asked: Are you Muslim?
    2nd question: diba magulo sa inyo?

    So educated (he's from La Salle) and yet so ignorant... These people should travel more.

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  106. 2nd incident: My trainer's friends stopped by our training room. Each of us introduced ourselves. When it came down to me. One of them suddenly said: "wow fresh from the mountain... So how do find Manila so far?" then I smiled and sarcastically said: not really a biggie, the city is infested with mice, rodents, cockroaches and all other critters around, trash seemed to be endless, an awful stench of canals bellowed everywhere you go, as for Manila, just minute, been to Singapore more than 10 times when I was still in college because it is our kickstart point whenever me and my family visits my aunt in Mt. Isa, Queensland Australia every summer. So I find it common, it's not that fanciful if you ask me.."



    BOOM..! Another jerk went down the drain..!! LOL ayaw lagi mi tistingi mga bisaya Kay majority sa amoa, Cge mi travel overseas. Hilomon Lang mi peep ayaw jud... Kay na.. LOL

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    1. LOL! Sa tanan comment kani ra nagpa katawa nako big time! Kabalu na ka unsay spelling sa tagam teh?

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  107. Those nasty comments are evidently uttered by those who lack tact if not had poor education, particularly in geography, sociology and social studies. If I were the one told about those questions, I would quickly reply as "From what planet (province, municipality or city) are you coming from? You're staying in the capital city of the PH and yet and obviously, you are poorly informed on what's happening to your country." Well see, if they could best explain on why and how they came up with those tactless if not pea-brained queries.

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  108. im american and i lived in davao for 2 years i laugh how people think its a terrorist hub or other garbage , davao rules , i miss it alot

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  109. So like, this is magandang post of yours. Oh my gee! Like, this should be a sampal to those who make sabi na Davao is A BIG BUKID. Kudos! Hahaha >:)

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  110. I would like to see the people of Davao do something about protecting wildlife, such as the flying lizards which are dried and sold in public markets as medicine to treat asthma. Aren't there enough enlightened people to spread the word that animal species need protection and dried or smoked protein will not dilate the bronchioles? Such senseless poaching practices just confirm the misconception that Davao is a backward and unenlightened city. I hope the citizens of Davao will stop the massacre of these species. Until we hear from the mayor what his plans are for stopping illegal wildlife poaching, Davao will belong to my and my friends' boycott list. Thank you very much. Yours truly, Skye Lark.

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  111. why do you have those kinds of friends in the first place?

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  112. why do you have those kinds of friends in the first place?

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  113. haha Mr. RM, nakabasa ko sa imong profile! (highfive) ganahan pud jud ko ni Anne Hathaway ug Natalie Portman! magaganda. My fave celeb ng Hollywood!

    cheers,

    MarkBillions

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  114. I'm currently working in Quezon City but I grew up in Davao City. Sometimes, it irks me when they categorize Davao City as province. One of my teammates even ask me if there are buildings in Davao City. And my manager ask if it's safe to go there. But the one thing I can't understand is they imagine mayor Duterte like the ruler in North Korea.

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    1. Hayaan mo sila, ang importante we are enjoying peace and order that Davao City has offered. Kaya yong gusto ng gulo sa ibang planeta nalang sila pumunta at tiyak makatikim sila sa diciplina sa Davao City.

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  115. I have my ex gf from bacolod nman i2. Pumunta ako s knla pra bisitahin xa den tinanong nya ako kng mrami b dw rebelde s davao or nkakatakot b dun.. den i said dalhin kta s davao pra malaman mo. Den na pilit ko nga xa.. pg dating nmin s davao den pinuntahan namin ung abreeza mall.. sbi nya.. wooooowww.. para akong nasa manila.. (she is been mnla b4 ) sa isip2 ko nman..kng e compare ang bacolod s davao? Nku.. ang layo nang improvement nla

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  116. I can say that this article is somewhat biased cus' the impact of the article for me is black and white. You know parang negative kase di naman ganun ang interpretation ng mga tga Luzon at Visayas na cities sa Davao e. Somewhat parang boastful lang itong article or pa bida. Kase as far as I experienced they judge Davao City positively with regards to my friends, the people I met from different places. Siguro isang factor din like sa person na Dabawenyo na kanilang makaka usap on how they observe you. Ganern :D

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    1. For me hindi pagboboast ang article na ito, sinasabi lang nya ang mga katutuhanan. Kung taga Davao ka at na experience mo ang mga paglalait, maintidiham mo kami.

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  117. I do love the misconceptions made.. why? coz its time for me to brag about Davao City.. especially the best part which "Lahat ng bagay nasa ibang City nasa Davao na, but hindi lahat ng meron sa Davao nasa ibang cities na! " haha! How would they know? Hindi nman sila napadpad dito sa Davao (evil laugh).. and also, pag yang mga misconceptions nawala na.. maybe Davao City will be like the other city in the Philippines.. walang pinagka iba.. Im a proud Dabawenyo.. hehe.. guys from other cities.. please visit us here to know us more! Go davao! thanks for this article. :D

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  118. May kuryente na dito sa Davao kaya lang may rotational brownout nga lang but still I love my city!

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  119. honestly i rather have their misconceptions about our great city...im going to be selfish!

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  120. I love this blog and I'm proud to be Dabawenyo. Hindi ko nilalahat, pero tutuong mapagmataas ang tag Maynila. Para bang sila lang ang magagaling at may alam sa buhay. Na sila ang pinakasikat sa buong Pilipinas. Para bang sila nalang ang umaasenso sa in terms of lifestyle, economic, social and infrastructure developments. Mababa ang tingin nila sa mga taong galing sa Visayas and Mindanao. Minamaliit nila yong mga tiga Davao ( Mindanao at Visayas) Noon lagi nilang sinasabi " Aakyat kaba ng Manila ", " Kailan ka aakyat ng Manila" referriing kung pupunta ka sa Manila. " Kailan ang baba mo ng Davao". Nakapagtrabaho din ako noon sa isang government agency dito sa Davao at ang head Office ay Manila. At lagi nilang sinasabi " Paakyatin ka raw ni boss sa Manila ( meaning papuntahin ako sa Manila ) or bumaba kana sa Davao ( meaning umuwi kana sa Davao). Siempre maiinis karin so I made a correction to my boss or to people who look down Davao as a very poor undevelope City / Province. Sinasabi ko na nandito ako nakatira sa pinakataas na bundok ng Pilipinas, MOUNT APO, kaya ang sabi ko " Sir, hindi po ako puedeng bumaba sa Maynila, masmabuti sigurong kayo ang aakyat dito sa Davao to address the problem personaly. Doon natauhan ang boss ko. Mula noon, yan na ang dialogue ko " Bababa sa Maynila at Aakyat sa Davao". Marami rami na rin akong napasyalan na ibat ibang lugar sa buong Pilipinas, ngunit di ko ipagpalit ang pinagmamalaki kong Davao City. Masaya na ako dito, makakatulog ka ng mahimbing. Presently I am living outside Philippines, but my mind is at rest and confident leaving my home. dahil mababait mga kapitbahay ko and the Dabawenyos in general. may malasakit sa kapwa at di mapagmataas. Again, I am speaking in general terms ( ang mga nakararami ) Hindi ko naman sinasabi na walang mga untoward incidents na nangyayari sa Davao, but it is very isolated at mga dayo galing sa ibang probinsya or ibang bansa ang nagdadala ng gulo sa Davao.

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  121. I think the main reason kaya ignorant ang mga Manilans about Davao is because It's underrepresented. Hindi kasi sya madalas makita sa TV na ina advertise and kapag nababalita namn, it's either may kaguluhan, or something bad . Wala talagang exposure sa media or kahit sa newspaper. Kung meron bihira. Yung iba naman, nagtratravel sa singapore and hongkong kesa sa ibang parts ng Philippines (karamihan ng classmates ko) kasi nga mas nababalitaan nila yun .Kaya ayun. Yung iba naman, they just don't give a damn. HAHAHA mga walang pake sa labas ng comfort zone nila. Cheer Up Davao.

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  122. I do have the same experience, I just laugh..laugh..and laugh, Manila is good but dirty and noisy!

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  123. Davao is a highly urbanized city but takes only 5 minutes to get to the bukids. Yan. That is what I really love about Davao, both rural and urban Davao.

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