Davao City serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao. The downtown area is where the Central Business District and some of the city’s landmarks can be found. The locals call the downtown area “Poblacion”, a Spanish word for city center. Its location is approximately 10kms from Francisco Bangoy International Airport – a 30-minute taxi ride.
Here’s some Points of Interest around the Poblacion District…
THE CITY HALL OF DAVAO
Located along San Pedro Street, one of the oldest streets in Davao City, The City Hall of Davao was constructed in 1926, ten years before Davao finally became a city in March 16, 1936.
COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT OF PEACE AND UNITY
Unveiled during the celebration of the Philippine Centennial in 1998, the Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity, which is situated right across the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Dabaw, depicts the peaceful relationship of the migrant and indigenous inhabitants of Davao in the last 100 years.
SAN PEDRO CATHEDRAL AND THE CLOCK TOWER
San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City. It was named after Saint Peter, the patron saint of Davao. The original structure was built in 1847. The Clock Tower near the cathedral was designed by Mindanao artist Kublai Milan.
Inaugurated on December 15, 2007, People’s Park covers an area of 4 hectares.The park is known for Mindanao artist Kublai Millan’s sculptures of indigenous people, and its dancing fountain is a popular destination for locals at night.
People’s Park is covered with lush vegetation, with more than 1,000 species of plants from all over the world.
The Museo Dabawenyo houses the rich history and diverse cultural heritage of the people of Davao. It was established by the City Government of Davao on November 15, 2006. It is meters away from the Andres Bonifacio Rotunda and Osmeña Park.
D’ BONE COLLECTOR’S MUSEUM
The Bone Collector’s Museum opened on January 2012. It features a unique collection of over 200 well-preserved skeletons of various animal species from different environments such as the plains, shallow seas and reefs, tropical rainforests, lowlands, and arid regions, including the skeletal remains of two rare sperm whales, one of which is a 41-foot (12.4 meters) long sperm whale which is the largest species of toothed whale and on display at the center of the Museum.
The bones of the sperm whales are among the 47 skeletal remains displayed in the world and two of only four in the Philippines.
THE CHINATOWN AND MAGSAYSAY FRUIT VENDOR ASSOCIATION
Chinatown in Davao City is the biggest Chinatown in the world, with a total land area of approximately 44 hectares covering at least four barangays. You can find Chimes Mall and 168 Mall within the area.
Just across the Chinatown street and near the Magsaysay Park is the well-known Magsaysay Fruit Vendors Stand where you can buy and eat the popular durian, mangosteen, marang, pomelo, rambutan, lanzones.
Other places you can check out around the Poblacion District…
Shopping malls: Abreeza Mall, Gaisano Mall and Victoria Plaza Mall
Parks: Rizal Park, Magsaysay Park, Osmena Park, Quezon Park
Hotels: Marco Polo Hotel. Royal Mandaya Hotel, Apo View Hotel, Grand Meng Seng Hotel
Overall, the downtown district is clean and organized. Davao City’s excellent policies to stop crime such as curfew, no-smoking city wide policy and strict enforcement of anti-drug and crime laws gives you a feeling of security walking around even when at night time.
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