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Carlos Celdran does Davao, Episode 1

During my years of living in the Philippines, I have lived in two different cities.  We lived about 2 years in General Santos City, and for the past 14 years we have lived in Davao.

I have to admit, I really consider myself to be a Dabawenyo now after having lived here for so long.  In fact, I have lived in Davao for longer than any other place that I have ever lived.  I grew up moving about every two years, so I really feel like I have set my roots now, and it is unlikely that I will be uprooting my family anytime soon.  My kids have lived a much different childhood than I did.  They have lived a pretty stable life in just one place during their formative years.  For me, I would always have to adjust to a new place, make new friends, etc.  That is a tough life for a kid.

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I suppose when you grow up like that, you tend to kind of feel a desire to set some roots and settle down, and I feel very comfortable living that lifestyle now.  For my kids, I expect that having lived in just one place, they might, or probably will, want to spread their wings a bit as they get older, experience different cities and different parts of the world.  You know, we always desire what is new to us, what we did not have in the past.  Nothing at all wrong with that, it is actually to be expected, I think.

There is a fellow named Carlos Celdran who is a well known Filipino.  He has been involved over the years with performing arts and such.  He is from the Metro Manila area, although he has a lot of family ties in Davao as well.  One thing that Carlos is fairly well known for is that he offers walking tours of different areas of Manila.  You can go and meet at certain times and days, and he will walk you (and the rest of the group) around the area and show you significant sites and share information about the area.  Kind of nice to have a local person who is very knowledgeable to give you such a guided tour!

Carlos Celdran does Davao, Episode 2

Over the past weekend, I came across some videos that Carlos had done almost 2 years ago.  He did sort of a “walking tour” of Davao City.  I watched the two episodes, and really enjoyed them!  Carlos offers a great look at Davao, and it is so obvious that he really likes the city a lot, based on the nice things that he had to say about Davao.

Anyway, I enjoyed the videos so much that I decided to share them here on LiP.  If you have never been to Davao, this might show you about what the city is like!  If you have been to Davao, maybe you will learn something new about the place, or maybe you will just feel like you are back home.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the city as much as I did!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Kenneth Crawley
Kenneth Crawley
6 years ago

Although my wife is from Gensan/Marbel areas, and I know those cities quite well,
My home is Davao City, more so than where I am right now in U.S.
I just wish I was back there.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago

Same here. My wife is from GenSan, but we are both Dabawenyos now!

Yoko Uno
Yoko Uno
6 years ago

Mr.Bob,im going davao this december 13,early next year my japanese husband will follow .We both decide to live davao permanentlly by 13 G visa.
how can we get health insurance in davao,im 66 and my husband is 64?will gou give me help about this matter.By the way my husband is japanese his name is Yoshiharu Uno.Thank you Mr. Bob.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Yoko Uno

Just apply at the PhilHealth office and you can get coverage there.

If you want to supplement with private insurance, you will need to shop around for that.

Rusty Bowers
Rusty Bowers
6 years ago

Bob,

They say that even the community hospital’s for the poor, there is a name for them but I’ve forgotten it, is quite nice in Davao is that true?

I’ve seen that the ambulances in Davao are state of the art, right? Or was the state of the art photo of the Davao ambulances really taken in the States?

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Rusty Bowers

Hi Rusty. The ambulances in Davao are state of the art, as good as any ambulance I have ever seen in the States. They are also free, as are all 911 services. If a 911 worker ever asks for payment just contact the Mayor, he will make sure it does not happen a second time.

Chasrand
Chasrand
6 years ago

Hi Bob,
Interesting little Videos.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Chasrand

Hope you enjoyed them like I did.

Jon B
Jon B
6 years ago

You made me homesick once again, Bob. Why, you!! (shaking my fist at my PC)

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Jon B

Hoping to see you back here soon, Jon! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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