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Ayala to Build Hotel in Davao

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Monday, January 24th, 2011

Ayala Land Inc., through its subsidiary Ayala Hotels and Resorts Corp. in partnership with Anflo Management and Investment Corp. (Anflocor) will construct a hotel which will be situated inside the 10-hectare Abreeza mixed-use development project.

The hotel is expected to be completed by middle of 2012. The hotel project is another boost to the growing tourism sector of Davao. It is noted that the visitor arrival in Davao City had been steadily growing for the past years.

The Abreeza hotel is the second in a series of hotel projects of Ayala Land in key Philippine cities. The first hotel project will rise in Bonifacio Global City in Manila. The nine-storey hotel will have 148 rooms and will feature world-class accommodations. The hotel is designed by C.T. Onglao and Associates.

One of the major advantages the hotel is its location. It is accessible to restaurants, shops and offices of the Abreeza complex. The hotel will cater the growing number of tourists and business travelers coming to Davao.

In the same development, the Abreeza project will also house a residential tower which is set to break ground by middle of this year. It will feature studios, one- and two-bedroom condo units.

Davao City to Host Asian Bird Fair

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Davao birds

from left: parrot and Philippine Eagle

Davao city will host the first ever Asian Bird Fair that will run from September 24 to 25, 2010 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel.

The event is organized by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines together with the Philippine Eagle Foundation and the City government of Davao. The Asian Bird Fair will showcase the respective bird festivals of different countries in Asia.

The Fair is expected to attract bird watchers, conservationists, eco-tourism promoters, environmentalists and more from around the Philippines and as well as from other countries.

Davao as a prime host has a wealth of bird species and has a huge potential for bird watching as an added feature for eco-tourism.

The First Asian Bird Fair also aims to promote the Philippines as a top bird watching destination in the world.

Davao City Wins Awards in the 21st Philippine Travel Mart

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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Famous images of Davao - Beach, fruits and flowers

Davao recently bagged two awards in the recently-concluded 21st Philippine Travel Mart held in Manila.

Philippine Travel Mart is an annual gathering of various tourism operators from the different regions of the Philippines. The event showcases top Philippine travel destinations.

Among the awards won by Davao City are the Best Booth in the Travel Fair City category and the Travel Fair People’s Choice overall champion. The booth features four of Davao’s exciting tourist attractions namely eco- adventure, flaura and fauna, cultural heritage and bountiful harvest. Also featured in the booth are abundance of fruits and different tourism sights.

Travel Mart is organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association and is considered as the biggest travel, tourism and trade show in the Philippines. Aside from Davao, other places that being promoted during the three-day event are Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, Cebu, Camarines Sur, Boracay and Ilocos.

Davao City Celebrates Kadayawan Festival 2010

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Kadayawan Festival

Beautiful Floral Float Parade during Kadayawan Festival

Kadayawan Festival is celebrated annually as a thanksgiving festival of Davao City and is known as one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines. “Kadayawan sa Davao” reflects the bountiful harvest, abundance of vegetation, tranquility of living, richness of culture and gift of nature.

This renowned festival is celebrated every third week of August with a very festive environment that every local and foreign visitors would certainly enjoy. Street dancing competitions, exhibits that promote Davao’s best products, talents and best services are made up to complete the said event.

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Environmental Projects for Samal Island Sought

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Samal Island beach

A beautiful beach in Samal Island

With the growing tourism industry, the local government of Samal Island is considering environmental projects to sustain its growth. The city government is eyeing PhP 164 million pesos for the environmental projects in order to preserve the natural beauty of the island.

The Environmental User’s Fee (EUF) under City Ordinance No. 156, series of 2009 was created to realize such undertaking. The EUF or the so-called “Blue-Green Ticket” is a 5-peso charge collected upon entry in Samal Island. The fund will be used for the environmental sustainability program of the city government.

The city government of Samal needs at least PhP 91 million pesos for a sanitary landfill project, Php 1.5 million for the slaughter house, PhP 6.5 million for the coastal park, Php 11.5 million for the waste water treatment facility, 3.5 million for the Penaplata Park and PhP 50 million for a treatment facility.

Being part of the Davao gulf, Samal Island is considered one of the biodiversity areas in the Philippines. Fortunately, resort owners and business operators are willing to support on the implementation of these environmental projects which is a positive approach for the island’s tourism industry.

These environmental projects are very important to ensure the island is able to maintain and preserve its environment despite the growing number tourists and establishments.

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Experience the Hippest Wakeboarding in Davao

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Deca Wakeboard Park

Wakeboarding at Deca Wakeboard Park

There is a new attraction in Davao that is breathtaking and full of adventure and this is wakeboarding. Wakeboarding is a water sport which combines the techniques of snow boarding, water skiing and surfing.

The Deca Wakeboard Park is the pioneer and offers this newest water sports in Davao. The park awaits every visitor who wants to experience not just physiological but psychological arousal that would definitely gives you fun under the heat of the sun. Wakeboarding is now the latest sensation that is also popular in other places. Here in Davao, one can experience wakeboarding in just few kilometers away from the heart of the city. It takes you around 20 to 45 minutes travel from the downtown area.

The Deca Wakeboard Park is located at Brgy. Tacunan, Mintal, Davao City and a first of its kind in Davao. This park was opened last August 2009 to all wakeboarding enthusiasts. The park features state-of-the-art overhead cable systems and an ideal venue for Wakeboard tournaments like the World Cup Finals. Amateur and experience wakeboarders can enjoy a wild ride since the facilities are complete and manned with highly-trained personnel. Since its opening, lots of local and even international wakeboarders are coming in. The developers of the park are constantly looking forward to make this park more competitive to suit the standards of other countries. There are amenities around the park that cater the needs of every visitor.

The Deca Wakeboarding Park is open seven days a week from 8:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon. Rate starts at PhP 400 up to PhP 1,000 per wakeboarder with free usage of wakeboard, vest and helmet. You can avail their discount provided you are a resident of Deca Homes.

So, if you want to unwind and experience wakeboarding, then wakeboarding at Deca Wakeboard Park is place for you. For inquiries, you can e-mail them through or call them up at (082) 304-6005 / (082) 286-4078.

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Guinness Recognizes Monfort Bat Cave in Samal Island

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, May 16th, 2010
Monfort Bat Cave

Monfort Bat Cave in Samal Island

The Monfort Bat Cave in Samal Island was recognized by Guinness as the world’s largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats or Rousetteus amplexicaudatus. The award was given last February this year. It has been the highlight of the Eco-Conservation Fair. The said event was held at SM City Davao Event Center last April 21 to 22 with this year’s theme “Bats Conserve Biodiversity”. The event was in connection with the Earth Day Celebration.

The fruits bats colony is located at the Monfort Eco-Park at Brgy. Tambo, Island Garden City of Samal. The said cave has five openings with an estimated bat population of 1.8 million. Fruit bats are less appreciated and sometimes misunderstood creatures but they are also good pollinators and source of organic fertilizer known as guano.

Samal bat cave

In this photo - Bats hanging themselves like acrobats

The Monfort Bat Cave shows that wonder of nature still exists which may seem that very few are left. Fortunately, we have this in Samal Island. The crusade continues by giving education for people to comprehend what these bats can do in maintaining balance of our ecosystem.

The Monfort Bat Cave is being preserved and protected by the owner herself Norma Monfort together with the support of the residence and the local government. There are seventy empty caves in the island and were traced to have been inhabited by these kind of bats.

Bat Conservation International, an organization based in Texas, USA stated that Monfort Bat Cave as among the few known to scientists.

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