DAVAO CITY

People don’t smoke on the streets and there’s a ban on singing karaoke at night time — Davao is a place famous for its rules. Located about 978 kilometers south of the sprawling capital, this bustling city has an energy that never seems to abate. Davao has become even busier after its former mayor Rodrigo Duterte was elected as President of the Philippines. With rising buildings and new malls, Davao is modernizing and urbanizing. Yet, for most Davaoeños, life continues to move at a slow and relaxing pace. At Magsaysay Park, children play and run around, especially after school hours. In the morning, residents participate in organized exercise routines. Street vendors offer colorful produce like suha, mangosteen, and durian all day long. At night time, crowds flock to bars and restaurants for relaxation. In the heart of the city, there is a famous watering hole offering at least 60 kinds of craft beer — it’s a testament to how much has changed in Davao over the decades. The city is the gateway to some of the most beautiful beaches that the region has to offer. The 14-hectare Pearl Farm is one of the most expensive resorts in the region — but you get what you pay for. There are other options for people looking for something more adorable. Some of the beaches have an entrance fee that is less than a hundred pesos. Other notable attractions in the area are the crocodile park,  the People’s Park, the Philippine Eagle Center and the Matina Town Square. Davao is also the home of the tallest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo.
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