The Best of Davao City | 7 Interesting Facts You Should Know
Davao City, or Metro Davao is officially called Metropolitan Davao in Southern Philippines. It is one of twelve metropolitan areas in the Philippines. It is largely gaining popularity not only as travel destination but one of the top cities to settle, and retire at. Here are interesting facts to know about Davao City.
Eco-Adventure Capital of the Philippines
If you’re searching for city that capitalizes on the outdoors, you might just find Davao City a pleasant surprise. Its sprawl covers over 224000 hectares in Southern Mindanao, among the largest in the world. This leaves ample space for environmentally friendly expansion and development. So it is not a surprise that it is home to environmentally sound travel and leisure activities for the family, and large groups of friends.
Largest City of the Country
Progressive, and modern with a land area of 2,444 km², it is the largest city in the country. Despite its large size and the growing population calling this city their home – Davao City improves to 5th in ranking of world’s safest cities.
The Highest Peak
For the outdoorsy and adventurous, it is home to the highest peak in the country. Mount Apo is a large solfataric, potentially active stratovolcano in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. With an elevation of 2,954 metres (9,692 ft) above sea level. Its elevation makes it the Grand Father of all Philippine Mountains. It remains to be the dream mountain to climb for every Filipino mountaineer.
Safe home of the Philippines Eagle
The Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), also known as the monkey-eating eagle or great Philippine eagle endemic to forests in the Philippines. It is the world’s largest eagle, the most powerful birds of prey, and one of the most threatened raptors. The Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao hopes to save the species from extinction through its conservation and education efforts. They focus on the great Philippine Eagle not only to recover its dwindling populations but also to protect its forest habitats.
The 16th President of the Philippines
The first Mindanaoan president of the country, Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte, hailed from Davao. Also known by the nickname Digong, President Duterte, a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent serving as the 16th President of the Philippines since 2016.
The Shashimi Capital
One of the thriving, and big industry in the city is Sashimi. Thi is the reason why Davao City is also known as “the Sashimi Capital of the Philippines”. It won’t come as a surprise that because the Filipino variant of the Japanese food sashimi, the kinilaw, is the most common food often served at restaurants and even at homes here in this city.
Top Ten Asian Cities of the Future
In a list by the Finance Direct Investment (fDi) magazine of the Financial Times Group, Foreign investment experts have noticed Davao City’s potential for business and was ranked it as tenth of the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future in 2008.
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