WHERE TO FIND THE SIX NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITES IN DAVAO REGION

Did you know that are only six National Historical Markers installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in Davao Region? These are buildings, monuments and special location that have historical significance not only in the region but the country as a whole.

DAVAO CITY NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE
FOUR OF THE SIX NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITES IN DAVAO REGION

DAVAO PENAL COLONY
Panabo City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 1956

The Davao Penal Colony is the first penal settlement founded and organized under Filipino administration. The settlement, which originally had an area of approximately 30,000 hectares in the districts of Panabo and Tagum, Davao del Norte, was formally established on January 21, 1932.

Davao Penal Colony
Davao Penal Colony | Photo by: Prison Watch

On December 20, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Forces attacked Davao and the colony was among the establishments taken over by the invading army. It was the biggest prison establishment in the country which was used by the Japanese invading army as their imperial garrison during World War II. After the liberation of the Philippines, a great deal of rebuilding and repair of the Davao Penal Colony had to be done because the war had almost completely destroyed the colony.

In 1956, Davao Penal Colony was the first historical site annotated by the National Historical Comminission of the Philippines as National Cultural Property inscribed with a national historical marker.

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PORT SANTA ANA
Santa Ana Avenue, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2003

PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY
Port Santa Ana served as the main Port in Davao in the early 1900’s

Port Santa Ana now called Sta. Ana Wharf served as the main Port in Davao in the early 1900’s. It where the first wave of Japanese workers landed and served as agricultural workers spread in the different parts of the undivided Davao Province. These Japanese workers were instrumental in bringing about the development of Abaca industry not only in Davao City but the whole Davao Region.

PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY
Port Sta. Ana today
PORT STA. ANA DAVAO CITY
Port Sta. Ana now handles mainly domestic and passenger vessels plying Davao City-Samal-Talikud Island routes

When the new and bigger Sasa Wharf was opened, shipping activities in Santa Ana Wharf slowly diminished especially when all bigger passenger and cargo ships started utilizing the main Sasa Wharf. Today It handles mainly domestic and passenger vessels plying Davao City-Samal-Talikud Island routes.

PORT STA. ANA MAGSAYSAY PARK DAVAO CITY
The NHCP inscribed marker is located inside Magsaysay PArk which used to be part of Port Sta. Ana.

Port Sta. Ana Pier is located within Davao Chinatown along Magsaysday Street. The National Historical Marker is located inside Magsaysay Park. The park used to be part of the huge Santa Ana Port.

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THE MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU
Mintal, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2003

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURUOhta Kyuzaburu was a Japanese merchant from Kobe, Japan who came to the Philippines in the early 1900s to arrange for the importation of the job-seeking Japanese laborers and to act as the labor contractor for the labor-seeking abaca plantation owners. These Japanese laborers were imported into Davao in 1904-1905. Ohta permanently settled in Davao and established Ohta Development Company, the first abaca company by the Japanese in the Philippines. Ohta Kyuzaburu along with his compatriots were instrumental in bringing about the agricultural and economic development in the Davao Province.

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU - MINTAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Monument of Ohta Kyozaburu with the National Historical Marker is located in Mintal Elementary School.

After his death, an obelisk was built in 1926 to honor Ohta Kyozaburo’s greatest contribution to Davao Province. An inscription read “KS Ohta, who believed in Davao and helped I grow”. Mintal which became the settlement and trade center of Japanese in the early 1900’s was said to be the Little Tokyo in the Philippines.

MONUMENT OF OHTA KYOZABURU - DAVAO CITYThe Monument of Ohta Kyozaburu with the National Historical Marker is located in Mintal Elementary School.

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CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
San Pedro Street, Davao City
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2012

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY was built in 1926, 10 years before Davao became a Chartered City

The structure of the City Hall of Davao first took form in 1926, ten years before Davao became a chartered City in 1936. It was built as Municipal Hall of Davao with the enterprise of Architect Valencia and Engineer Santiago Artiaga along with the Davao Jaycees. In 1945 during the Liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese Forces, the City Hall of Davao was destroyed. It took 2 years to reconstruct the building until it was completely rebuilt back to its original form in 1947.

CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
Taken during Davao Heritage Tour where The Teller Teller served as the Walking Tour Guide.
CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY
Inside Davao City Hall is this painting depicting the making of DAVAO CITY.

The CITY HALL OF DAVAO CITY is located along San Pedro Street, the oldest commercial street of the City.

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CARAGA CHURCH
Poblacion, Caraga, Davao Oriental
Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2012

San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental
This stone and wooden Caraga Church is built in 1877.

The San Salvador del Mundo Church is the parish church of Caraga, Davao Oriental. The town was established in 1861 making it one of the oldest towns in the province of Davao Oriental. When the Jesuits took charge of the spiritual administration of the town in 1871 from the Augustinian Recollects, a stone and wooden church was built in 1877 to serve as mission station of Spanish Missionaries in propagating Christianity in the eastern side of Mindanao. When it was completed in 1884, the church was dedicated to San Salvador del Mundo (Christ, the Saviour of the World).

San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental
Caraga Church’s wall made mostly of corals.
San Salvador del Mundo Church - Caraga, Davao Oriental
Caraga Church is the oldest church in the whole Davao Region.

In 2012, in time for the Caraga’s Parochial Fiesta, the San Salvador Del Mundo Church was declared a National Historic Site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The declaration was made 128 years after it was built in 1884, making it the first Church in Southern Mindanao declared a National Historical Site.

Untitled-1The San Salvador del Mundo Church of Caraga is situated in Caraga’s Poblacion.

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THE MONUMENT OF ANDRES BONIFACIO
Toril, Davao City

Inscribed with National Historical Marker in 2013

Bonifacio Monument in Davao City
Andres Bonifacio, the Father of Philippine Revolution

In celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of Philippine Revolution, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines turned over two bronze life-size monuments of Andres Bonifacio to the two most important cities in the country – one in Cebu City and another one in Davao City.

Bonifacio Monument in Davao City 2
The monument which was installed inside Toril Park in Toril, Davao City last December 4, 2013 as our country’s tribute to the Father of Philippine Revolution.

Andres Bonifacio founded and served as supreme leader of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from the Spanish colonial rule. He was executed on May 10, 1897, along with his two brothers, in the mountains of Maragondon, Cavite. They were convicted of sedition and treason against the Aguinaldo government.

The essence of the installation of Bonifacio’s Monument outside of Manila is the nation’s tribute to Ka Andes who loved our country deeply and offered his life to build our nation. The monument which was installed inside Toril Park in Toril, Davao City last December 4, 2013 was unveiled by NHCP officials together with the Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and artist Juan Sajid Imao who made the statue.

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THERE YOU HAVE IT. The 6 National Historical Sites in Davao Region annotated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. When you visit these places, find the marker and take a SELFIE. After all, these are National Cultural Properties of the Philippines. If you liked this post, pay attention to future posts as we will be doing a similar take but with the United Kingdom, Joseph Nahas will be contributing his perspective and specialized knowledge, expect some food for thought.

QUAYSIDE HOTEL: A Haven of Comfort in Melaka, Malaysia

One of the highlights of my Malaysia trip was my visit to the beautiful city of MALACCA, a UNESCO Heritage City about 3 hours bus ride from Kuala Lumpur. Thanks to the Quayside Hotel, my Melaka Heritage Tour was made more exciting and tremendously unforgettable.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (222)A stone-throw away from Melaka’s famous landmarks, Quayside Hotel is the newest addition to Malacca’s scores of fascinating hotels. Once a customs warehouse, it was renovated and transformed into a 3-star Boutique Hotel but has preserved the feel and features of what it is in the past. It is an ideal example a new concept hotel where new innovations and a little touch of antiquity is perfectly combined.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (637)From the outside, Quayside Hotel plainly looked like a modest warehouse. But as soon I got in, I was immediately welcomed by the impressive minimalist design of the inside. It offers an ambience of a five-star hotel with beautiful and stylish interiors that awaken my senses. The staffs were very accommodating reassuring a friendly and personalized service that makes me feel right at home. At an instant, I was so overwhelmed with the thought of having perfect time in this side of Malaysia. With the warm Malaccan hospitality, the atmosphere was made even homier.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (717) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (716)The spacious hotel lobby of Quayside Hotel is a charmer for me. Very minimalist but artfully designed to impress even its most discerning guest. To maintain the feel of its past, some of the furniture in the hotel is made from recycled items. I’m so amused to see tables made out recycled wooden palette.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (91)Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (86) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (742) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (743)What I like most about Quayside Hotel is its perfect location where Malacca’s must-visit tourist attractions are just within reach. Located at Merdeka Street, Quayside Hotel is where you can perfectly start your journey back time and history in this heritage city. In fact, adjacent to the hotel is the centuries-old Water Wheel and old Dutch buildings. Just a few walk is the famous Christ Church Melaka built in 1741. The Dutch Heritage Trail and the old Malacca West Bank Heritage Trail are just walking distance away. And hola, at the back of the hotel is the historical Melaka River.

At the back of Quayside Hotel is this quaint Melaka River.
At the back of Quayside Hotel is this quaint Melaka River.

Quayside Hotel being the one the newest boutique hotels in Malacca offers excellent services, state-of-the-art amenities and facilities that can truly satisfy the needs of its guests. When it opened last May 1, 2013, Quayside Hotel promised to bring a remarkable and worthwhile option to the accommodation scene in this historical tourist town.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (88)True to its word, my stay at Quayside Hotel was tremendously remarkable. I was booked at the Azure Suite and was pampered with such services I truly can’t forget even this time of writing. At RM 320++, it is the hotel’s most expensive suite but I got the most beautiful view one can get in Melaka – the dazzling Melaka River.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (29)Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (56) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (65)As I entered the suite, I immediately fell in love with it. Indeed, size does matter and yes, Azure Suite is so spacious for one person. Everything inside the room is a work of art – beautifully designed to compliment such beautiful ambience. I love the details of every piece inside the suite. From the frame portraits to the furniture neatly arranged on the sides. The bed is exceptionally comfortable and the bedside light specially made for Quayside Hotel is also a fascinating work of art.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (40)Now talking about comfort, the bathroom is just a heaven. That rain dance shower room is just so refreshing. I can still vividly recall how I stayed there for almost half an hour refreshing from the tiring heritage tour at Melaka.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (84) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (77)Quayside Hotel boasts of 39 beautiful and stylish rooms to choose from – superior, premium and suites ranging from RM 188++ to RM 320++. These special rates are surprisingly affordable considering the quality of the rooms, service and its ideal location.

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (58) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (63)Staying with Quayside Hotel comes with a complimentary breakfast at Halia Inc, a restaurant adjacent with the hotel. I chose local breakfast on my first day and western on the second. I have to admit, the food is to die for – I am so in love the char chuey teow.

IMG_0159 IMG_0162 IMG_0166 IMG_0160Halia Inc is a restaurant and bar by the riverside also owned and managed by the owners of Quayside Hotel. The place is incredibly spacious and just like its sister hotel, interiors and designs are interestingly impressive. I love the cozy ambience especially at night. I tried sitting near the area where I can take a good view of Melaka River – just lovely. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner serving oh-so-delectable cuisines.

HALIA INC RESTUARANT

Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (740) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (739) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (397) Melaka Malaysia Trip 2013 (738)Staying at Quayside Hotel gives me the opportunity to experience not only the fun and allure of the heritage city of Melaka but also the chance to pamper myself with quality hotel service that this type of hotel can offer. That said, Quayside Hotel is not only an ordinary place to stay but a great place to enjoy unique experience that balance the comforts of home with innovations in hospitality. Given a great chance, I shall come back and stay again in this place I can now call – a home in Melaka.

Stuart, the handsome owner of Quayside Hotel and Halia Inc.
Stuart, the handsome owner of Quayside Hotel and Halia Inc.

Thank you Quayside Hotel for your hospitality. Thank you Stuart for this experience.

QUAYSIDE HOTEL
No 1 Jalan Merdeka
Quayside Heritage Centre
Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Tel :+06-284 1001
Fax :+06-284 1002

Email: [email protected]
Website: http://quaysidehotel.com.my/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quaysidehotelmelaka

BAHAY NI TUDING: A Home Away From Home

San Pedro Street is one of the oldest streets in downtown Davao City. The bustling road is home to Davao’s famous landmarks that include San Pedro Cathedral, Urban Parks, the Legislative Building, and the old City Hall making it the busiest street in the metropolis – day and night. But amidst the hustle and bustle of the city’s busiest lane, there find one peaceful and quiet place I lived for a day and savored an intimate respite from a busy life that only comfortable homes can provide – Bahay Ni Tuding, a place I  can now call a home away from home.

Bahay Ni Tuding Davao (63)

Bahay Ni Tuding Inn and Resto is situated in the heart of San Pedro Street. It is conveniently located in a small driveway between Lachmi Shopping Mall and Mercury Drug. The entrance is deceivingly small but the property is surprisingly lavished with vast parking ground and richly surrounded by fruit bearing trees adding fresh and serene outdoor feel of the whole place.

Interesting Frames At the Hallway
Interesting Frames At the Hallway

Like a real home, Bahay Ni Tuding exudes the ambience of ease and tranquility one would ever want with the comfort of being at home. It has 12 beautifully well-kept rooms perfect for those who want nothing less than cozy bed and tranquil space assuring a quite soothing sleep. All rooms come with cable television, intercom phones and hot and cold shower – too luxurious for their very affordable rates. For those who stay connected online, all rooms and lounge areas are WiFi ready and guests get free access 24/7.

12 Beautifully Well-kept Rooms at Affordable Rates
12 Beautifully Well-kept Rooms at Affordable Rates

Other than cozy rooms, Bahay Ni Tuding’s dining experience is a must-try. There are food choices to decide from – all at very affordable price. Food served is somewhat “lutong bahay” – that is exactly what I want perfect for the homely ambience of their in-house restaurant. I had the chance to savor their house culinary favorites – the Bulalo Soup. For dessert, Tchuron and Minatamis na Saging are must-try.

Bahay Ni Tuding's In-House Restaurant
Bahay Ni Tuding’s In-House Restaurant

In the morning, the restaurant serves free continental breakfast for all registered guests. But for those who like more choices, Filipino and American breakfast can be requested at a reasonable price. In my part, I ordered “Paksiwng Moro-Moro” – a very typical food on every Filipino table.

Lip Smacking Breakfast
Lip Smacking Breakfast

The homey atmosphere of Bahay Ni Tuding is what I like most – from their interior design to their choice of furnishings. Interiors are designed with modern elegance but tastefully accentuated with antique Filipino style. I also find those wall décors and light fixtures interestingly fascinating. Some of it reminded me of a handful appealing houses that I visited in some of my travels.

The Homey Atmosphere of Bahay Ni Tuding
The Homey Atmosphere of Bahay Ni Tuding

Safety and security are the inn’s top priority. The whole property including the driveway and the parking space is secured with CCTV cameras guaranteeing guests maximum security and privacy. Their courteous staffs on the other hand are well trained to be of assistance 24/7.

Clean, Comfortable and Convenient
Clean, Comfortable and Convenient

For those new to Davao, staying at Bahay Ni Tuding offers not only comfort but convenience as well. It is nestled right in the heart of the city’s main business and commercial district where everything is accessible – churches, restaurants, shopping malls, banks, museum, parks and a lot more. For tourists, Bahay ni Tuding is walking distance to San Pedro Cathedral, Rizal Park, Museo Dabawenyo, the Legislative Building, and the old City Hall – the must visit landmarks in the city.

Bahay Ni Tuding Davao (36)
Come Home to Bahay Ni Tuding

So whether you’re from Davao up for a fine staycation or a tourist/traveler from somewhere heading to the city looking for affordable yet comfortable place to live with a 3-star service environment, Bahay Ni Tuding Inn & Resto is perfect for you – A Home Away From Home!

BAHAY NI TUDING INN AND RESTO
160 San Pedro Street, Davao City
Davao del Sur, Philippines 8000
Telephone Number: +63 82 295 2487
Mobile Number: +63 947 361 3544
Fax Number:  +63 82 295 2487

PHOTOS FROM BAHAY NI TUDING

This is where I spent my comfortable sleep.
This is where I spent my comfortable sleep.
Room Amenities
Comfort and Style
Bahay Ni Tuding Davao (6)
Room Amenities
Interiors are designed with modern elegance but tastefully accentuated with antique Filipino style
Interiors are designed with modern elegance but accentuated with antique Filipino style
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Paintings on the Walls
In-House Restaurant
In-House Restaurant
Puso! :)
Puso! 🙂
Minatamis Na Saging (a Lip-Smacking One)
Minatamis Na Saging (a Lip-Smacking One)
Binagoongang Baboy
Binagoongang Baboy
Grilled Tuna at Php 85.00
Grilled Tuna at Php 85.00
Grilled BBQ with Soup and Rice at Php 85.00
Grilled BBQ with Soup and Rice at Php 85.00
Pakswing Moro-moro, best for Breakfast
Pakswing Moro-moro, best for Breakfast
Tchuron (Turong na Saging with Chocolate Dip)
Tchuron (Turong na Saging with Chocolate Dip)
Fruits served on breakfast
Fruits served on breakfast
Choice of Pansedal for Continental Beakfast
Choice of Pansedal for Continental Beakfast
Or Loaf Bread for Continental Beakfast
Or Loaf Bread for Continental Beakfast
Jam and Jellies for Breakfast
Jam and Jellies for Breakfast
Image of St. Peter (Patron Saint of Davao City)
Image of St. Peter (Patron Saint of Davao City)
This blogger at Bahay Ni Tuding
This blogger at Bahay Ni Tuding

NOW, why called Bahay Ni Tuding?

The area where the inn is situated was once part of the vast land owned by Gertrudiz “Tuding” Verano Ortiz in the early 1900’s. She came from a family who were early settlers of the Davao City.  Before San Pedro Street became what it is today, a greater part of the area was once owned by her family. In her honor, the 4th generation of her offspring built Bahay Ni Tuding as great legacy of  her contribution to her family and to Davao City.

This is GERTRUDIZ "TUDING" VERANO ORTIZ and this is her LEGACY.
This is GERTRUDIZ “TUDING” VERANO ORTIZ and this is her LEGACY – Bahay Ni Tuding.