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People’s Park Davao: A Piece of Nature at the Heart of the City

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
Davao Peoples Park

Peoples Park in Davao

When visiting Davao City, don’t ever miss to jump off to People’s Park to make your visit a remarkable and a complete one. The park is accord after the 843-acre Central Park in New York City, United States of America. This is a joint venture of the private sectors and the local government of Davao. It is the park in Region 11 with a grandest view and provides a maximum security measures for all tourists, visitors and locals. The area is flooded with visitors especially during weekends and holidays. One can enjoy its scenic view with hundreds of trees, flowers and plants in the vicinity.

This park will soon become as a landmark of the city in the years to come. To mention is the planned 18 Million Peso dancing fountain that will be implemented after the May election. This fountain showcases synchronized movement of the water jets accompanied with the music and lights in different colors.

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Mt. Apo Trail Map is Now Available for Free

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo - the highest peak in the Philippines

Good news for tourists and mountain climbers who would like to climb the highest peak in the Philippines. Mt. Apo Trail Map is now available for free. All the things that you want to experience and witness are shown in the map.

The Trail map contains information about the mountain and its attraction. You can get a free copy of Mt. Apo Trail map in the Davao Department of Tourism office.

More about Mt. Apo
Mt. Apo stands 9,692 feet above sea level and features picturesque landscapes, volcanic structures, amazing rocks capes and virgin forests. It is capped by a 500 meter wide volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. The Lake Venado in Mt. Apo is one of the highest lakes in the Philippines.

How to get there
From Davao City, please proceed to Kapatagan in Davao del Sur, one of the jump-off points when climbing Mt. Apo. A registration fee of 500 pesos for every climber is required at the site. Before climbing, you can visit Forest Springs. This resort has a wide picnic area and a perfect place for camping. You can find the house of Kublai Milan in Kapatagan, Davao del Sur. Kublai Milan is a popular sculptor and artist based in Davao. While staying there, you can jump off to Camp Sabros and experience one of the longest zip lines in the country. You take a view of the beautiful scenery of the entire mountain.
At the foot of Mt. Apo, you can visit Kalimudan Bagobo Cultural Village in Barangay Tibolo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. You can interact with the tribe living in the place and have an opportunity to learn about their culture. This village is elevated 2,000 meters above sea level.

These attractions are perfect for this summer season. You can enjoy the summer vacation by spending time in one of the beautiful spots of Kapatagan and discover the wonder of nature.

Mt. Apo is truly one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines.

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Davao Hotels Practice Green Tourism

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Samal Island

A beach resort in Samal Island

What makes an environment-friendly hotel? There are many ways to practice in order to be considered an environment-friendly hotel. The use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps and other environmentally-friendly practices within the establishments are just some of the practices to be called environment-friendly.

One of the hotels in Davao City is now practicing a green tourism activity. The Marco Polo Hotel, a popular hotel in Davao has acquired some of the characteristics that make this hotel an environment-friendly. All the lights in the hotel are CFL or Compact Fluorescent Lamps. The warm showers come from a pump that gathers heat from other sources. The hotel also segregates its waste products from non-biodegradable to biodegradable materials. The practices done by Marco Polo hotel lead them to received the Asean Green Hotel recognition Award. The Marco Polo Hotel Davao sets a good example for the rest of the hotels and other tourism establishments in Davao City for their green initiative.

In the same development, the United Nation has many programs and campaigns like the green passport and the sustainable coastal tourism campaign in order to promote sustainable development. The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) and the Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC) were launched to develop awareness for a global sustainable tourism industry.

Last March, a forum on Green Tourism was held in Davao in order to introduce energy-saving practices and guidelines. The ideas about Green Tourism are expected to be adopted by the different sectors in the local tourism industry.

Green Tourism is very important for a sustainable development and minimizing the negative effects of climate change. This campaign is a great strategy to encourage tourism businesses to voluntarily adopt the basic green guidelines so they can become more sustainable.

Aside from Marco Polo Hotel, there are already some supermarkets, resorts and tourism establishments that already started practicing green tourism.

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Fun in the Sun: The Caracoles Festival 2010

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Monday, April 26th, 2010
Caracoles Festival

Caracoles Festival

The Davao Region is celebrating four festivals annually with the extensive promotion of the Department of Tourism. The festivals are Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Bulawanon Festival in Compostela Valley, Musikahan Festival in Tagum City and the Caracoles Festival in the places surrounding Davao Gulf.

Caracol is a Spanish term that literally means a conch, snail or shell. Samal Island is a perfect place for Caracoles Festival since a lot of marine lives inhabit the place.

The “Fun in the Sun” program was officially opened and presented the 2010 Caracoles Festival with dances that are inspired by creative marine life costumes and accessories. After being held at the Sta. Ana Wharf last year, the Caracoles Festival is now back at the Island Garden City of Samal which will be held at Peñaplata Central Elementary School. This is the third “Fun in the Sun” summer program in Region XI which usually fall during the last Saturday of April. This is indeed one of the most awaited events in the island that the people of Samal and visitors are waiting for.

Visitors can plan their summer getaway and experience the sundown to sunrise non-stop party. All tourist destinations of the island are now all set to provide an unforgettable experience for the guests. Amidst the scorching heat of the sun, one can still relax and enjoy with Samal’s white sand beaches, beautiful resorts, cool swimming pools and hanging out at Hagimit Falls.

The event includes a five-day Gulf Dive program. You can check-in and choose among the best resorts with perfect amenities at an affordable price. During the event proper, witness the different dances with colorful costumes inspired with marine life presentation.

Caracoles Festival is definitely an auspicious occasion for all party lovers and for those who want to spend their summer holiday with a bundle of unique experience.

Caracoles 2010 Update
The Caracoles Festival was moved on May 22, 2010.

Davao City Bidding for MICE 2012 Conference

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Friday, March 5th, 2010

Waterfront Insular Davao

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao building

Davao is aggressively bidding on Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions conference or MICE to be held in the city in 2012. The local tourism players in Davao are formulating ways to make the city more attractive to host the said event like creating an affordable and unique tour packages. This year, the MICE event was held in Subic while Cebu will host the event next year respectively.

The competition to host the Mice conference in 2012 is now down to two possible venues where Camarines Sur and Davao City are big contenders. The city of General Santos City also placed a bid for the Mice conference in 2012 but later was not included in the shortlist.

The conference is expected to gather about 500 to 600 participants and be attended by the upscale market. Among the people who are expected to attend the conference are the travel agencies, event organizers and international travel media outlets.

Philippine conference on meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) will surely place Davao in the international MICE map. The global market for MICE alone is estimated to be worth more than $300 billion.

Among the possible topics to discuss during the event are the issues and the different opportunities facing the tourism market. Possible venues are the Central Bank of Davao, Davao Convention & Trade Center, several hotel function rooms and many others.

The staging of MICE in 2012 in Davao City is expected to develop and market Davao as another MICE destination in the Philippines. On January 2006, Davao hosted the Asean Tourism Forum which gathered more than 3,000 foreign delegates.

Benchmarking Trip to Thailand to Boost Davao Tourism

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Monday, February 15th, 2010

Eden Nature Park Davao

Eden Nature Park Davao

A team from the Davao Tourism industry has visited Thailand for a benchmarking trip. The said trip will eventually help the team to learn and gain more ideas on the successful tourism industry of Thailand.

Thailand is a good example of country with reputable tourism industry and attracts millions of tourists each year.

Experiences and lessons learned by the Davao tourism industry contingent from the week-long Thailand benchmarking trip last December are expected to help boost the tourism industry in the Davao region.

The benchmarking trip to Thailand is a project of the tourism industry cluster team under the Davao Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Program (DICCEP).

In the same development, the local tourism players of Davao are working hard to realize the hosting of Davao City on the upcoming MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) conference in 2012.

Image courtesy of Eden Nature Park website