Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Impressions Last: Davao City

The Kadayawan Festival had surely brought millions of tourists worldwide.


And with that, we asked some of the local and international tourists about their first impressions of Davao City and Kadayawan Festival. Here are some of their answers:

“The streets are very wide compared to my hometown, Cebu City. It’s a city filled with different colors and cultures!” – Doi Domasian of The Travelling Feet

“I stayed at MyHotel at San Pedro Street and it reminds me of old Manila. Also, the Kadayawan Festival was well organized, at least, compared to other Philippine festivals that I’ve attended. And oh, the Durian tastes like McDonald’s coke float! Swear!” – Jerome Baluyut of Balintataw

“Davao City is definitely a perfect place for an online-based freelancer like me who loves eating affordable good food and communing with nature. Taray.” Robbie Bautista of The Creative Dork

“Taxis come in different colors. There’s blue, white, yellow, violet and silver! We can’t wait for the black taxi this December!” – Edcel Ceniza and Sheena Darunday of The Wandering Couple

“Davao is a one huge city with a plethora of choices to choose from (from food, accommodation, adventure, night life and a whole lot more).” – Nathalie Penados of Chronicles of my Wandering Sole
“I really enjoyed Kadayawan - the organizers went the extra mile to make visitors feel welcome right at the airport with the free 'Davao Punch' and the comprehensive brochures and tourist maps. The parade logistics however should be smoother and continuous, preventing any long gaps and lulls. But overall I'd love to join Kadayawan for years to come.” – Edgar Alan Z. Yap of Eazy Traveler

“Davao is metropolitan city. Streets are very wide and I was very surprised to see a LOT of malls within the downtown area! I didn't know that Davaoeños love to shop too, just like Manileños. Also, the taxi drivers charge exactly as what the meter tells. I absolutely love this city!” – Ella Berjamin of Ramblings of a Travel Rookie

“Davao is the perfect place for adventure seekers. One can choose to climb Mt. Apo or swim to the pristine white sand beaches of Samal – all of which are just stone throws away.” – Catherine Iblan of Seeking Felicity

“I absolutely love this city, next to Manila. People here are warm and hospitable. This is probably one of the best trips I’ve had so far. I’d definitely go back to this city and try eating Durian again!” – Will Hoffmann, backpacker from Tasmania, Australia
How about you? What’s your first impression of Davao City?


  1. This is off topic, but I hope to meet other bloggers in my field as well. Just like you. More power to The Geek! :-)

  2. Kat! You should attend ng mga activities ng Davao Bloggers! I'm sure you'll meet a lot of cool people within your niche. :D

  3. very nice post, renz. makes one proud to be a davaoeno! :D

  4. Salamat kuya Ed! Bisita pud dire panagsa! :D

  5. naks! i like how you summarized everything! hehehe coke + durian FTW!

  6. At buti nalang naalala ko pa lahat ng mga pinagsasabi niyo. :-)

  7. hahaha. sinabi ko ba yun? lels. i still miss Davao now that I'm back here in Cebu. Iba ang first impression ko ng Davao which I will soon share too. thank you ulet guys for making our stay in Davao remarkable! :D

    ai wait lang, if CJ is Christian Joyforlong and Junjun for short, ano naman ibig sabihin ng RM? ahahaha

    P.S. i think may mali sa html code ng url ko sa taas renz :)

  8. RM - Renz Marione te Doi. Haha. Kana man imong gi-ingon, well gi translate lang nako kay you said it in Bisaya eh (basta kuya Olan asked you on our first night). Haha.

    about the URL... whoops! Noted!

  9. Wonderful post Renz! And I love the look of your blog.

    You may travel far and wide, but your heart will always yearn for Davao, yes?

    Davao is <3

  10. Ate Ri! Oh yes, proud Dabawenyo here! Pasalamat nga ako na dito nag-settle/migrate mga lolo/lola ko. Majority of them are from Luzon eh.

    Indeed, Davao is <3

  11. davao blogger here.

    great photo!

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