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Last week Bob and I went to GenSan. That was our travel again there for many months. While leaving Davao I’ve noticed already that there are  so many buildings being built in the city. Some were convenience stores, mini grocery stores, apartments, subdivisions and condominiums. It really amazed me at how many condominiums now being built here in the city. Five to 7 years ago it’s hard to find any condo unit here in Davao, but now you can just see condo buildings sprawling all over town. We also have many good buses now too that have wifi and bathroom.

Yellow Bus Execuitve Class has Restrooms and WiFi on board

Yellow Bus Execuitve Class has Restrooms and WiFi on board

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On our way there the roads are being repaired and I think they’re widening the road too. I’m not sure because of politics that’s why the roads are being rebuilt. Hey, it’s almost election time here. But no matter what’s the reason behind it, it was really nice seeing that the road were getting fixed (in-town and out of town). As we approached GenSan I can also see many good improvements there. Way better than when we used to lived there. Well, that was 14 years ago already. Too many things happened then. They have many malls and good hotels now there too. I’ve seen they also have condominiums that are built already and some were being built. It was really nice seeing my home place keeping up with the rest of the country. GenSan used to be a small city. Now with the improvements I’m happy to say it’s one of the good city here in the Philippines.

I know also that Cagayan De Oro is improving ever since my visit there. I know they have nice subdivision, good malls and hotels there too. I’ve heard from a friend that they have many condominiums units there too. Cagayan is also trying to keep up with the big city improvements of the Philippines. It used to be Manila is the only place that you can see condo, Cebu followed later. Nowadays, Mindanao just catching up.

Surigao Del Sur/Del Norte are also improving too. Too many small city in Mindanao are improving. Many of the mall owners now open at those small towns. Like when Bob had the gig last year we visited those malls in the small towns it was really nice watching too many people went there and shop. Some might just be cooling off, but I’ve seen people buying too.

Lots of Construction in Davao

Lots of Construction in Davao

I’m just talking about the whole Mindanao in general. Really Mindanao really improved a lot over the past 15 years. Bob and I used to travel all over Mindanao. So happy to see that almost in every small town now so many improvement coming. Like convenient stores are now there and malls are building there or was already built there. It’s just nice seeing that Mindanao is going strong even though the news or the people from the North said to not step foot here because it’s a dangerous place. Honestly they don’t know a thing a bout the place and talk bad about it. It’s really annoying.

As you can see food that being sold all over the country most of it came from Mindanao. Honestly, we almost have everything in here in our island. Talking about fruits we have here (Davao & Kidapawan & other place in Mindanao), talking about fish we have here (GenSan), pineapple (Polomolok, Bukidnon & Cagayan). Talking about meat we have here. We also have rice & corn growing in so many areas here in Mindanao. We have coconuts almost all over Mindanao, some parts of Mindanao grows palm trees. Vegetables Davao & General Santos/ Polomolok area.

Proud to be Mindanaoan!

Feyma

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Gerardo Reynaldo
7 years ago

Nice observations, feyma. As for the road widening works going on, it takes an average of 3 years from the planning, bidding of contractors and the construction to do such a big project. But the road widening all over Mindanao started years ago. But i guess people can’t help to think about coming elections and this kind public works…

Feyma Bayoy Martin
7 years ago

Hi Gerardo – I’m just happy that they tried fixing the roads around Mindanao. It’s good for the people of Mindanao. Thanks for your comment!

Jim
Jim
7 years ago

Hi Feyma- We still travel around Mindanao, very recently to Davao and Gen San. We also notice the tremendous construction work going on in cities and towns that we visit. Davao for example has changed beyond all recognition in the last 10 years more so in the last 5 years with new Malls and Condo’s and high rise buildings of all descriptions not to mention the empty lots now being built on in some of the more lucrative Sub-divisions. Even the main highway on Samal Island is being currently reconstructed to a high standard although the opposite side from the… Read more »

Willie
Willie
7 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Jim,

Yeah, especially with the abductions of the 3 foreigners and Filipina there on Samal island last month. Please take heed.

http://cnnphilippines.com/regional/2015/09/22/3-foreigners-Filipina-kidnapped-Samal-Davao-del-Norte.html

Jim
Jim
7 years ago
Reply to  Willie

Hi Willie- Yes unfortunately these things do happen although not in the area mentioned which came as a complete surprise I can imagine to all who live there.
Regards.
Jim.

marjorie
marjorie
7 years ago

Hi Feyma
The bus in the photo is a great improvement on the ones we travelled on between Davao and GenSan 7 years ago. Something to look forward to next time we visit.
Marjorie

AussieLee
AussieLee
7 years ago

10 years this year since I visited Davao. I don’t recollect any cranes or really major building sites back then so things have certainly changed!

ScottD
ScottD
7 years ago

Hi Feyma, I can say Gensan has changed a lot. I remember when me and my asawa got married almost 9 years ago there was not much in Gensan. There was 2 malls KCC and Gaisano. KCC was the nicer of the two. I was unable to come back to Gensan for about 5 years till 2013. And I can tell you Gensan grew so much. They have a SM City Mall now and it is really nice. The KCC was expanding and remodeling too. And not to mention all the Hotels, houses and other businesses being built. I am… Read more »

AJ UK
AJ UK
7 years ago

Hi Feyma Things certainly are changing and it is the reason we are going to stay in the area. I am worried about the port development though in Sasa. The port is to be upgraded with faster offloading crane systems but where is the traffic going to? The road past Sasa wharf is already congested enough without more traffic adding to the problem. Obviously someone has thought about these things. The proposed bridge to Samal would be a relief as well and will save the queueing at the ferry terminal on the busy days like Sundays and public holidays. The… Read more »

Rusty
Rusty
7 years ago

Feyma,

Normally I’d say be careful what you wish for. However, you have a very different mayor.

I know Duterte will keep a handle on the growth situation. Usually, almost always, with growth comes crime. Your mayor will hammer the criminals.

We, Tagbillaran, has growth also. One can only hope the mayor here is able to control those criminals that come with growth.

Nelia Victolero
7 years ago

For roads, this is national government projects. Thanks Pinoy for managing our taxes well

Feyma Bayoy Martin
7 years ago

Hi Nelia – I am thanking the local government too for pushing the projects. Nice to see you here. Thanks for the comment!

Lou
Lou
7 years ago

Thanks for your good observations Feyma. I look forward to visiting Mindanao early next year when am home for good to visit places, friends and relatives who’ve relocated there many years ago. Sure Mindanao is the “Promised Land”. Blame the media for the bad publicity in the past.

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