Davao - The City
Indigenous tribes like the Bagabo, B’laan, Mandaya, Masaka, Manobo and T’boli mingle with migrant settlers, bohemian, Muslim and expatriate communities and a steady flow of tourists. Add to this a vibrant business and investment sector, a large seaport that handles cargo in and out of the country and you have a mix that makes Davao one of the most engaging and busiest cities imaginable. Davao may be on the map as being one of the world’s largest cities in terms of size but to the people of the Philippines it is, above all, one of their most charismatic and culturally diverse cities. Its population comes from all corners of the globe.
Davao, or Metropolitan ‘Metro’ Davao as it is often referred to, hugs the southernmost coastline of Mindanao island to the south of the Philippines. Although, technically, independent of any province it is generally linked with Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental and the Compostella Valley. The four areas are known as the eleventh region of the Philippines, with Metro Davao being its capital. All the areas have their own distinct characters. Davao del Norte is known for its acres of banana plantations and citrus groves along with the beautiful Samal Island just off its coastline. Davao del Sur is where visitors will find the Mount Apo National Park dotted with orchids. The white beaches and waterfalls make Davao Oriental a natural haunt of visiting holidaymakers while the Compostella Valley affords the cream of earth’s natural wonders.