A lot can be said of Mindanao, and most of it is unfair misconceptions and preconceived notions. The media has sensationalized the news surrounding the island of Mindanao, channeling the place as an image of self destruction with the uncanny aversion to peace.
Being a Mindanaoan and a Davaoeño, one could not help but be saddened by the unfair treatment and depiction of Mindanao’s culture and status in the news, which roughly equates to not being noteworthy at all.
Albeit the negative image others have continued to paint the island with, there is still that old world meets modern cityscape ethnic charm that befalls every visitor of Mindanao, especially the urban cityscape that is Davao City.
For starters, good weather beckons you to come and spend the day outdoors even while the plane is still taxiing to a halt. You could not help but smile at the clear blue sky, lush green trees, and a warm greeting that is plastered on the airport’s tarmac.
Whether you are a first time visitor or a consistent patron of the city, the moment you first set foot on the airport will fill you with excitement on all the things that await you outside the airport doors. Getting a cab from the airport’s warm and hospital cabbies is a fresh take on the word transportation.
Accommodation is not a problem in this city either, as cheap hotels in Davao City abound. That being said, finding Davao hotels should not pose a problem at all, even if you have not pre-booked for your stay, provided that it is off peak season.
One such cheap hotel in Davao is Jade Dragon’s Suites. Situated along one of the major thoroughfares of the city, this Davao hotel is friendly on the pocket and has a lot of amenities to boast of for a fraction of the price. Where else can you find a Davao hotel that offers free blood pressure taking and first aid as one of their basic amenities for all visitors? Holistically speaking, you can never wrong even in a cheap hotel in Davao as it offers the best of service even with a budget.
This is why your budget does not pose a problem too when you are utilizing the city’s available modes of transportation. For those who can afford a cab ride to go around the city, a minimal flag down fare of Php 40 plus a Php 3.50 added increment for every kilometer passed is the current fare.
Jeepney rides cost much cheaper too at Php 8 for the first 4 kilometers, with and additional of around Php 1.50 per additional kilometer. Tricycles and sidecars are practical especially when you visit the smaller streets at Php 7 per way, depending on the distance.
All that affordability just for the transportation alone – and there is still more that awaits you. Visit Davao today and enjoy the laidback and carefree lifestyle.