Hooray!  Good News to travelers! Agoda.com –The preferred booking magnate of Filipinos offers Kadayawan Hotel Deals in Davao City to encourages more Pinoys and international travelers to experience Davao’s brightest festival.
Agoda.com is Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced a selection of deals on hotels in Davao for the Philippines’ Kadayawan Festival.

From now until the end of September, Kadayawan Festival brings a slew of vibrant cultural events to the city of Davao, and with it a unique opportunity for travelers to delve into ethnic Filipino culture and tradition. With origins as a harvest festival held by the indigenous tribes of the Davao province, Kadayawan began as a form of thanksgiving and is today the largest festival in the southern Philippines.

Unifying the different ethnicities of the Mount Apo region, the theme of Kadayawan 2012 is “Ten Tribes, One Vibe”. Festivities include cultural performances, handicraft displays and stalls, live music concerts with traditional local street foods, arts and artifacts exhibitions, colorful parades, trade expos, sports events and more.

Aside from the myriad scheduled events of Kadayawan, Davao is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Adventure seekers can head to the hiking trails of Mount Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak at nearly 3,000 meters. There are trails for all levels of fitness in the surrounding national parkland, and several that lead to the summit, where experienced trekkers can view Mount Apo’s crater lake.

Vacationers looking for a more relaxed experience can head to Eden Nature Park or simply enjoy stunning regional panoramas from the high altitude restaurants and viewpoints of Jack’s Ridge. For an exciting day out with the family, there’s a crocodile breeding center not far from the city center, complete with animal enclosures and a butterfly park. A Philippine Eagle Center is also a great educational trip for all ages, housing this endangered species as well as other animals and raptors.

For an urban Davao experience, visitors will find plenty to do in Davao city. Historic architecture, cathedrals, Buddhist temples, and the People’s Park give travelers a variety of different cultural aspects to explore. There is also a generous selection of modern malls in Davao, for those who can’t pass up the possibility of finding a local sale.

To see Davao during one of its most exciting times, make the most of Agoda.com’s low rates by clicking to www.agoda.com/asia/philippines/davao.html or checking out a selection of the best deals on offer below. Agoda.com Kadayawan SALE: Davao hotel deals!
Pearl Farm Beach Resort – up to 25% discount!
From USD 99 (PhP 4,191.66) per night. 
Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao – up to 10% discount!
From USD 69 (PhP 2,921.46) per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. 
Marco Polo Davao Hotel – 12% discount!
From USD 95 (PhP 4,022.30) per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. 
Apo View Hotel – 20% discount
From USD 64 (PhP 2,709.76) per night. Must book at least 7 nights in advance. 
Hof Gorei Beach Resort – Pay 2, Stay 3!
From USD 47 (PhP 1,989.98) per night. 
The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases – Up to 46% discount!
From USD 53 (PhP 2,244.02) per night. 
Casa Leticia Business Inn – up to 50% off!
From USD 28 (PhP 1,185.52) per night. 
North Zen Hotel – up to 50% off!
From USD 26 (PhP 1,100.84) per night.
The Royal Mandaya Hotel – 40% discount!
From USD 55 (PhP 2,328.70) per night. 
Courtview Inn – 15% discount!
From USD 37 (PhP 1,566.58) per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. 
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About Agoda Company Pte Ltd:
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Conquering Mt. APO Agco-Kidapawan trail in Davao City

Conquering Mt. APO’s Agco-Kidapawan trail in Davao City.

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb “

I would like to present to you my kababayan Lily Arlos. This is her story. And I feel honored that she gave me the go signal to share this story with all of you.
Meet Lily Arlos in full gear just before the two-day climb to the peak of Mt. Apo. Yes, she is so ready for the climb.
Lily Arlos is gutsy. Look at her latest conquest in Davao! Can you beat that?
 Lily with a yellow phyton.

Lily narrated this: Agco kidapawan trail kami. Bihira lang ang dumadaan sa trail na yun kasi mahirap unlike sa ibang trail ng Mt.Apo. Umakyat kami April 8, 2012 patapos na ang holy week kaya paakyat pa lang kami pababa na ang mga locals at ibang mountaineers na umakyat ng holy week.
 On the way up the mountain, they saw a group of Manobo children with make-up on their faces.
About dun sa bata manobo tribe ng Mindanao. Hindi ko alam nagtaka rin ako bakit naka make-up siya. Hindi ako familiar sa tribe nila. Natuwa lang ako sa kanya kaya kinuhanan ko sya ng picture. Actually kahit yung ibang bata naka make-up din sila.
Sobrang hirap nung climb namin kasi sa sobrang dami ng umakyat nung holy week wasak na wasak ang daan sobrang putik pa kasi laging umuulan dun rain forest kasi.
Ha ha ha, kahit sinong mountaineer hindi kayang I explain yan kung anong napapala namin sa kakaakyat. Kung anong nakukuha namin. Tanong ko rin yan sa sarili ko while trekking kapag feeling ko hindi ko na kayang ihakbang ang paa ko pero kapag nakarating kana sa summit kapag nakita mo kung anong meron sa taas wow! Iba! Hindi ko ma-explain ang feeling. Sabi nga “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb and only through suffering can we find ourselves.”
Cha: May ginagawa ka ba na preparation o exercises b4 ka umakyat?
Lily: He he. Wala. tamad akong mag exercise Hiking na ang exercise ko, Ha ha! Kaya yung 1st climb ko nung 2008 nagka trangkaso ako kala ko hindi na ko makakapag summit. Until now wala akong preparation kapag may upcoming climb.
Nag start ako 2008. 1st climb ko major agad.sa Mt.Pulag Benguet via Akiki trail o mas kilala sa tawag na killer trail. Hindi ko expected na major pala yun kala ko minor lang at day hike lang 3days pala.pero buti na lang naka survived
At the summit of Mt. Apo
Top of the world.
They managed a smile kahit sobra na silang pagod sa two days na climb na halos walang tulog.

The view from the summit. Ka level mo na ang clouds!
Lily at the summit.
Mahilig si Lily mag pose sa top ng mga bato na nag-ba-balancing act.

 Sobra ang fog kasi ka level mo na ang ulap. Ha ha ha!

Lily Arlos at Mt. Apo, Davao City. Nakuha nila ng two days ang dapat ay three days na climb.
Congrats Lily!  
Despite the difficulty of the climb, nothing compares with the happiness that we feel when we conquer a mountain.- Lily Arlos



Welcome to Davao Pearl Farm!

Almost two years ago we went to Pearl Farm on a day tour. Nestled In the idyllic islands of Samal & Malipano. The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a mere 45-minute boat ride from the wharf.  

Davao Pearl Farm Gateway
The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a former cultivation farm for luxurious south sea pearls.

The famous stilt houses in Davao Pearl Farm


Photos by Khae. Thanks Khae!


Outdo yourself!

The Xcelerator is Davao’s destination for thrill seekers and adventurers. The perfect place for the brave, and the gutsy.

The Xcelerator is the longest, tallest, and fastest Zip Line in Asia. The zip line is estimated to be around one kilometer in length. 

The ride costs only 500 pesos. It includes the equipments, a raft ride across the lake, and a guided hike to the peak of the hill where the zip line’s launch point is. Small children age 1-5 riding tandem with an adult are free.

When they say adventure, they really mean adventure. There your fears will be tested and your perception of what you can and can’t do redrawn.

Rated #1 – Best Zipline in the Philippines!  Experience some AtmosFEAR On A True Speed Zip Line

Xcelerator speeds average between 70-120 kph depending on the weight of the rider and the types of pulleys used.

It’s only frightening at first, just when you’re about to let go. A few seconds of terror will amount to nothing once you experience the refreshing sensation of soaring through midair.

What better way to witness the splendor of nature than to fly through the wind for a gorgeous aerial view?

                              CLAIMS to be the only US-certified zip line in the Philippines

Outland Adventure is located at President Carlos P. Garcia Highway (Diversion Road), Ma-a, Davao City. It’s across the Gap Farm. Next to the Laud shooting range. Their entrance is near the Twin Rocks before going up the hill towards Dencios Hilltop Restaurant. Outland does not offer shuttle service.

If you’re taking a private car from downtown Davao City, take the Matina Highway (MacArthur Highway) and turn right to Ma-a Road (NCCC Mall). Go straight until you reach the Diversion Road (C.P. Garcia Highway) at the end of the Ma-a Road. Turn left and go straight until you see the Outland Adventure or Gap Farm signage.

When taking a cab from downtown area, just tell the driver you’re headed for Gap Farm in Diversion Road, Ma-a. Outland Adventure is just 20 meters across Gap Farm.

If you want to take public transport, take the Ma-a jeepney from downtown. Get off at the Phoenix Gasoline Station and take a tricycle to Outland Adventure.
The Xcelerator is operated and managed by Outland Adventure. It’s located at Carlos P. Garcia Highway (Diversion Road), Ma-a, Davao City. Outland Adventure downtown office telephone number (82) 224-5855.

The Xcelerator is open open Every Day (except Tuesdays) from 8am to 5pm
Open Sundays (1pm – 5 pm) 

No entrance fee! Bring your own snack or lunch. Free use of picnic tables. Refreshments are available.




“It is the journey not the destination that matters.”
We went on a road trip to Davao on my fourth day in Mindanao. The Ladaran family from Polomolok fetched me at 4 o’clock in the morning from Tito Boy and Tita Malou’s house in Polomolok then we traveled by land to Davao. 
The main purpose of our Davao sojourn is to visit the son of Tito William and Tita Nelly Ladaran who had an accident a few months back. He got hit by a vehicle owned by a certain Melanie Tan of Davao City while aboard his motorcycle. Both of his legs were injured and also one of his arms. 
The driver of the vehicle at that time bought him to the hospital. They were paid a total of P150,000.  Tito William was made to sign a paper stating that it would be the total money that the owner of the vehicle would pay, no more, no less. Unless he signs the waiver his son would not be operated on. In a situation like that na gipit na nga lalo pang ginigipit, what would a poor father do? To ensure the safety of his son, he had to sign the waiver so the operation would be done. “Pikit mata kong pinirmahan ang papel para maoperahan na ang aking anak,” said Tito William. 
Anyway, the total bill at the hospital amounted to more than P180,000. He was still crippled up to this writing. He need to undergo physical theraphy but due to budget constraint they had to resort to a quack doctor in Samal Island, a certain Kapitan Bale for their son’s therapy.

After visiting their son in a Davao shanty we then went to Davao Port. In order to go to Samal Island, private cars and public utility vehicles has to avail of the roll-on roll-off (Roro) ferries in Sasa Wharf. 

It was my first time to try the roll-on, roll-off (Roro) facilities in the Philippines. ( I first tried it in Malaysia. ) The ride took only 15 minutes. 

These happy bunch became my instant family. They may not have all the riches in the world but I love how they take things lightly despite not having a tons of money.  They were always laughing.  The genuine smile and happiness was contagious.


They were all smiling despite the fact that we had walked for almost half an hour on a very muddy road to be able to reach Kapitan Bale’s abode.

Muddy ground 


Finally! After waiting for Kapitan Bale for almost half an hour at the Cabana ( Bahay Kubo). The quack doctor began treating his patients. 


 The healer in action.

He don’t ask for money but his patients brought coffee, sugar and bread.

Kapitan Bale’s altar.

Posterity pose with the Ladaran family at Kapitan Bale’s bahay kubo.


All smile again despite the illnesses they suffer.  The old woman has fungus in her lungs, the old man her husband, suffers from hypertension, rheumatism (rayuma) and gout, the little girl has sepsis and the guy had a motor accident and had stainless on his arms

While in Kapitan Bale’s place in Samal Island we tried this super cool drink. When in Samal you must try this pure cow’s milk!


You can buy a bottle of fresh cow’s milk for Php35 a bottle. They have different flavors such as:

  • melon
  • durian
  • mango 
  • chocolate 


Kapitan Bale posed like a bale. Lols 
This time around, I saw and experience the other side of Davao and Samal Island. A far cry from my first visit to Davao and Samal Island wherein I experienced and saw only the rich lifestyle of Davaoenos and its wonderful sites..


Walking back to the main road


We met a cow along the road on our way back to our service…mooooooooooo

A pose with the cow under the noon time heat


The little girl in our group is the one who spotted the cow first mooooooooo…


Finally our vehicle by the road side.