Davao City is known as the largest city in the Philippines. It is also one of the most rapidly developing ones. It’s a favorite destination of local and foreign tourists, thanks to the safety and security of its streets and the many cheap hotels in Davao City.
Once checked into a Davao hotel, the tourist has a choice of many attractions to visit, from pristine beaches to nature parks to night clubs and shopping centers. There’s even a lot to see for the history buff in you.
Davao is a very old settlement initially populated by indigenous tribes such as the Bagobos. In the nineteenth century, a Spanish foray into the area brought Christianity to the natives and connected it to the central government of the Philippines. Besides the Spanish colonizers, other foreigners were also attracted to Davao, including Chinese merchants and Japanese settlers.
A fan of culture and history is certain to enjoy a trip to Davao during the city Fiesta, a colorful extravaganza now dubbed the Kadayawan Festival. It is a mixture of Catholic and pagan influences and has its origins in a thanksgiving ritual practiced by the lumad groups.
This festival showcases the best that Davao has to offer in terms of traditional and popular culture as visitors to the city are treated to displays of ethnic and modern music and dance, street parties, pageants and food fests.
If you don’t arrive in time for Kadayawan, then don’t despair. A short distance away from your Davao hotel, you’ll be able to find the San Pedro Cathedral, a church built in 1847 by Davao’s conquistador, Don Jose Uyangaren. At the right wing of the cathedral, you’ll get to see many beautiful antique images of the saints.
The Davao Museum is also another great place to visit. It contains a multitude of artifacts from Davao’s past, including tribal art, jewels, costumes and handicrafts. It also houses a collection of sculptures, ceramics and paintings.
Before turning in for the night at one of the cheap hotels in Davao City, you can also visit Jack’s Ridge. This resort and restaurant complex was built on what was once the Japanese Army’s headquarters in World War II. Caves dug by Japanese soldiers and an occasional bullet of 1940’s vintage can be found in the area.
Meanwhile, you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful cuisine while contemplating a breathtaking view of Davao Bay at one of the several restaurants at the Ridge.