If someone would ask me how far I have gone travelling around the Philippines, I would humbly say I have gone too far traveling around the 7,107 islands of the my beautiful country. In the course of my travels, I’ve discovered many spectacular places, been wowed by lots of amazing sights, tasted various regional cuisines, experienced diverse culture, and commune with different people. Somehow, I could claim I’ve seen and experience that so called “more than the usual” thing about my homeland. I have traveled so great and so hard it became my passion but toward the end of these journeys, I still shiver in excitement knowing I’m heading back home again – back to my home, my life, my Davao City!
Davao City has been my home for 15 years now. Living here was just a dream. Enjoying fully an awesome life at this Big City was something I never expected. As they say, when one wishes something zealously, everything just falls into place. In my case, it was dream come true.
I was born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Cateel in the province of Davao Oriental. It used to be 10 long hours away from Davao City. For somebody who grew up in far-flung province, living in Davao City was a big dream. In the early days, vacationing here was by then a luxury. It was every little kid’s dream to come here during summer. Only the privileged though could easily be allowed. In my case, I could only count the times I was able to set foot here. So, whenever I got the chance vacationing to Davao City, I lived from hand to mouth experiencing the so called city life there is here so when I come back to my province I could tell exciting stories about the Big City. Every kid in my hometown was like that – passionate about Davao City! Who wouldn’t be crazy experiencing things we never had at the province in the very first place. Like my first escalator ride at Datu Complex, my first movie experience at Odeon Theater,  my first telephone conversation, my first ride on a Ferris Wheel, my first visit to a big store called NCCC, my first visit to a park called Gap Farm  – all of my “firsts” took place at Davao City. And so, that dream of living at this city was born.
After high school, I was sent to Davao City to pursue my college education. Being a probinsyano, starting a student life here was hard. There were times I missed my life back at the province. But whenever I think of that Big Dream to live in Davao, I became willed and determined. Little by little, I learned many things about living in the city. I got to appreciate its comfort and convenience. Bit by bit, I met new friends, acquired new experiences, developed my skills and learned many things that molded me to become sociably dynamic. Sooner, I began to discover different places and explore natural wonders within Davao City. At one point I muttered I need not to go out of the City to see the Wonders of Nature because the whole city alone is an abode of such. I have learned to love Davao City. I have learned to love everything about her. Never did I know that this love that grew in my heart turned into something greater than it is – the passion to live and settle down in Davao City.
As wished, my life has been very blessed here. I was able to get a very good compensating job, acquired a house of my own, bought a car, got to travel to different places and lived a life I have always wanted. Everything just falls into place. Davao City becomes my home. It has become my life. For 15 years now since that day I moved here for college, Davao City becomes home. My LIFE IS HERE.

I just love DAVAO CITY. I love the fact that it perfectly exudes of what I called “a city of different getaways”. When I have the itch for the sand and the sea, Davao City has nice beaches. When I’m in the mood for mountain and waterfalls trekking, the highland districts of the City await for me. When I’m the mood for shopping, dining and entertaining, Davao City’s fabulous malls, restaurants and bars are just within reach. When I want experience colorful cultural convergence, Davao City takes pride of Kadawayan Festival and the Araw ng Dabaw. Everything is here – great finds, tropical fruits, the famous Durian, the Philippine Eagle, exotic Waling-Waling orchids. There is no room for boredom in the Big City.
For the past 15 years, I’ve witnessed how Davao City grows from a laid-back city into a brand new metropolis. Progress and growth has come to her. It has become an important gateway to Mindanao. Today, Davao City has soared high but the quality of life here is still the same – absolutely livable! It is a high quality of life that does not come at a high cost. An ideal place to live in and settle down.
Part of my personal growth, I have been traveling around the many beautiful places in the country for many years now. I must say I have toured around the different islands, cities and towns of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. At some point, I have been lured to live in those places but whenever I’m back at the City, I always realize I can never trade Davao City for any place on earth. I can never trade my life I have here in Davao City for any alluring place on earth.

Because LIFE IS HERE in Davao. My life is here!

Davao life is here
Submitted as an entry to the 75th Araw ng Dabaw Blog Competition

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111 Replies to “MY HOME, MY LIFE, MY DAVAO CITY”

  1. I can really relate d “escalator ride” in Datu Complex during my childhood days…he3 Pa-unahon da ni papa pauli c mama kay ingsakay2 pa kami escalator..ha3 but serously,I’ve been to different places also but nothing compares to d special atmosphere in Davao City..:)

    1. Hi Karen Joy, when i write this article, i know a lot of people can relate of those childhood experiences I had here in Davao City. And i know i am so right when i say, it is every kid’s dream in our town to come and settle here at the Big City. 🙂 Thanks Karen. 🙂

  2. Hi Olan, I can relate your blogs. We have the same sentiments as I am also a probinsyano like you. Not to mention that we came from the same province. I think we were batchmates or may be I’m older than you but I saw you in the campus way back in college. Anyways, goodluck sa entry mo.

  3. My heart is always longing for the beauty of my home sweet home, Davao City, Philippines. Although I am settled already in my adapted country for 13 yrs now in Australia, still I misses the warmnes of our filipino culture, our close ties with our family, relatives and friends. The filipino hospitality as well as the exotic varieties of fruits that can be found only in Davao City. I love and misses you so much Davao City, known as the ‘Land of Promise’. Mabuhay, Philippines!!!

    1. Hi Miss Delia. 🙂 As i said in this blog, wherever our wanderlust take us, wherever our beautiful life bring us – there will always be ONE HOME we will always miss and wish to be back – for us, it will always be DAVAO CITY! Thank you. 🙂

  4. Wonderful blog post! Like you I’m also a blogger who walks on happy feet, and had sometime been a probinsyana in Davao City as well.. I loved your blog, your stories, and your photos. Hopefully I could be in a level like yours someday! Keep inspiring fellow traveler!

  5. Hi Olan, I was not born in Davao but I’ve lived in Davao City for 4 years. I grew up in Manila. With those years I have learned to love Davao. I have seen many places in the Philippines but Davao City is still the best place where I want to stay. I will make sure when I go back to the Philippines, I would visit Davao.

    1. Hi Roxy. 🙂 I also have plenty of friends coming from Manila who choose to settle down here. 🙂 they too have the same feeling like yours – Davao City becomes their home. 🙂 They easily fall in love with the charm and quality of living here in Davao. 🙂

    vote Davao for one of the most AMAZING CITY OF THE WOLD…

  7. i have lived in different progressive cities in the countries but nothing beats my own – DAVAO City. well said, olan!

  8. Everyone who read your narrative above can relate into their own experiences about Davao one way or the other. So proud of you! Been away for 30+years but Cateel and Davao keep calling me HOME!

  9. i agree, davao is sooo awesum! my first in davao & in mindanao last feb 28-march 5 and i fell in be having a solo mindanao backpacking advneture & will end it w/ a mt apo climb on holy week..heheh..i love davao! pls visit bicol too, my province! =)

  10. I love Davao, I have read and talked about it with so many people, seen so many pictures and have heard story after story. I actually plan to visit there soon and look into places to live there. I perform music in the city here in the US, so to travel to a place like Davao is like laying my head on the softest pillow;).

  11. Hi. Olan. cograts for this job well done! Being away from home is never been easy and by reading this blog gave me a reason to come home where family and friends are waiting….I’m coming home sweet Davao. see you soon!!!!!

  12. WOW DAVAO!! Its really a great place. I missed the Kadayawan 2012 but Im happy that I am now relocated here in this beautiful City of Davao! This is one of the best city in the Philippines that tourists should not missed out when they visit Philippines. Hoping that more investors will come in to expand and put up their businesses to provide more Jobs to my fellow Davaoenos! Great beaches, food, people and spots! Tara na sa Davao City!

  13. Hi Olan! I was going through some travel blogs to decide where to bring my kids this summer. I happen to see your blog and found it very interesting. Its nice to know that there are people like you who takes time to guide us “first timers” and rave about the place where you grew up. I would just like to ask how we can maximize our 3 days in Davao and get to see the following places. Crocodile park, eagle sanctuary, eden, Samal Island particularly Isla Reta and Bluejaz resort/Maxima Aqua Fun(which is better)? Coral garden, Haguimit Falls(i have a 6 year old boy, will it be safe for him or is it too far to walk), Jack’s Ridge, Lachi’s, and before we go home, we want to buy some pomelo and mangosteen or probably visit the market. Thanks for your help! excited to see davao on Monday!

  14. While reading this entry, I couldn’t just help myself but to smile. I’ve loved everything in this entry. I felt proud that I’ve lived in this wonderful and majestic city since birth.

    Even though right at this moment, Davao City is still a livable city and it’s why some people in other places chose to live here and start a new life as a Davaoeno.

    Thank you for this entry! Ganahan kaayo ko! 😀

  15. hi there…

    chanced upon ur blog, happen to ask.. if u can suggest any itinerary for tourist wd wheelchair. is davao pwd friendly?


  16. Great post about Davao! Life is here, right? 🙂 Traveler’s may also check out Davao Seminars ( ) a well-organized hub for all seminars in the Davao Region. This aims to provide both the seminar organizers and lifelong learners an easier way to post and browse seminars in Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental. Thanks!

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