Davao City, Philippines
Last October, I went to Davao City. It was AWESOME. :p
I worked as a fundraiser for WWF-Philippines (Worldwide Fund For Nature/World Wildlife Fund) and we were sent there to gather donors for the organization. My experience of the city was great. In my search of people with a heart for the environment, I got to talk to the locals and I have come to the observation that most Davaoeños are sincerely polite. Not to put in a bad word for Manila/Makati guys and gals, but I noticed that they are really more accommodating and generally nicer. Also, they are obedient citizens and abide to the rules of their local government to the extent that even pedicabs stop on red light at 2:00 in the morning.
FOOD. It is said that a place’s culture could be experienced in their food. Well, we certainly did have a taste of Davao. Street foods are everywhere in the city so we did not starve walking the streets searching for donors. Plus, the omnipresent, thirst quenching, 5-peso Buko Juice is one of my favorite things about Davao; 1, because it’s refillable and 2, because it’s mixed with evaporated milk. As for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Barbecue Boss became a hotspot for our hungry selves because of the 6-peso-per-stick BBQ which is delicious and also their mouth-watering and tongue-firing sizzling Davao Express. Fruits are also a LOT cheaper and more fresh as they come from the city itself or nearby cities. In fact because of this, about 30% of my trip was spent on fruit shopping. :p