Today, we are featuring a guest article from my friend, Cassie. Cassie is a Filipina who lives in Davao. We have been friends for some time and I like her style. Cassie is a professional singer here in Davao. She is also a Virtual Executive Assistant doing different kinds of online work. In the past there have been several times when I have needed assistance with some small things and Cassie has always been there to help me. So, a while back I asked Cassie if she would be willing to write an article for this site! I asked her for an article where she could tell foreigners about some things in the Philippines that she thought they should know about. So, the article below is what she presented to me. Based on my local experience in Davao, I have to say that the things she shared are indeed true! Thank you Cassie for sharing this information! from MindanaoBob
Davao City has been known for plenty of things, both bad and good. The bad includes vigilantes, strict policies, and the mayor. The good includes just about the same thing too.
The city’s slogan says “Life is Here” and indeed it is. From the potable water, abundant supply of fresh food, incredible culinary skills of even a mere food stand, to being one of the safest cities to live in (in the world). Davao will charm you with its variety of goodness (food, people, service and places).
If you’re coming, from anywhere else on this planet, to Davao and it’s your first time to take a cab, I guarantee you that it is like a breath of fresh air, figuratively and literally. You’ll be amazed as how a growing city has kept itself free from pollution.
As for walking on foot when exploring Davao, you’ll find that even if you have left your bag open, nobody will dare take anything from it. Hundreds of cameras have been set up within the city to monitor, prevent and even identify potential trouble. If you’re also itching to get a tan, the beaches are literally 10-15 minutes away. It’s like, you can swim with the fishes on your coffee break.
As mentioned earlier, Davao also boasts of an amazing food experience both for tourists and the locals. And here, we’ll explore more on some of the best food spots in Davao:
Crazy Cravings – It’s a little Mexican-inspired bistro which has, by far, serves up the best Pizzadilla in town, along with the entire menu. It’s located at Martin Building, 1050 Jacinto Extension, right beside Kopiroti. The prices aren’t that high as too. With a fully air-conditioned space, the wait time for your food won’t be much of a bother.
Lachi’s – If you were to ask the locals where would be the best place to eat? Lachesis would be the easiest and quickest answer you’ll get. From sandwiches, rice meals to amazing cakes, this little food place (which has now expanded a bit) will serve you food that is truly unforgettable. As if on cue, make sure you try out their Unforgettable Grilled Pork Ribs and you will find out why it was named that way in the first place. Despite its success and popularity, they have maintained the quality of their food and have had no intention of branching out just yet. Lachi’s is located at Door 1-H Values School Building, Ruby Street, Marfori Heights Subdivision. It’s better to call ahead and reserve your seats as the place usually gets packed, almost right away. The prices are also incredibly low for high quality food.
Café Demitasse – A café situated almost by the corner of Torres and Mabini streets, this little Café which has now expanded big time offers a wide variety of food as well; Breakfast meals, pasta, pizza, smoothies and cakes. You will also find that all these amazing food won’t cost you too much, which makes the place all the more delightful.
Aling Foping’s – If you’re craving for dessert and good old-fashioned Halo-Halo, this is the right place to eat at. You even get to select the ingredients for it too. It is located at Matina Town Square (MTS).
So if you’ve been dying to find the best place to take a vacation where there’s great food, honest people and amazing beaches, then visit Davao and you’ll understand why Life is Here.