Today is the 69th Birthday of our Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City’s most handsome and awesome Mayor. I am writing this post about Davao because I want people to know that Davao is such a beautiful city.
I lived in Cebu City for 5 years. I have also visited Manila twice so I think I can run some comps like I do with my work. LOL. Kidding aside. I mean, I can have a point of comparison.
COST OF LIVING
Davao is a thriving city when it comes to industrialization, high rise buildings are sprouting here and there. It used to be just Landco, Pryce Tower, Marco Polo, Grand Regal, and the abandoned Durian Hotel. But now I could no longer count ’em. Cebu on the otherhand, is the melting pot of all other cities in Visayas, thus,it is great to do business there. So Cebu is a progressive city. Commodities, Real estate, taxi fare, jeepney fare, coffeeshop, restaurant; Price are almost the same. Cebu has SNR. Davao has one now. Cebu has two SM Malls, One in Consolacion, one in Mabolo. Davao has two SM Malls one in Ecoland and the other one in Lanang. Prices are almost the same. Dong Juan restaurant in Davao offers more expensive prices because of some franchising fees they have to pay extra. Starbucks coffee are now available in Davao.
Alot of investors were very leary at first. Davao did not have Starbucks Coffee, not until Ayala started investing in the city. We now have Krispy Kreme, and J. Co’s, these are famous Doughnut stores in Manila and Cebu, and now here they are, in Davao.
There is danger everywhere. If you go to place where danger is, you will definitely be going to get what you want.
When I was in Cebu my necklace was snatched from my neck by some 8 year old boy. I did not blame him, I blamed myself for wearing one while trudging the streets of Colon. It did not only happen once but twice. The second time was in Colon still, while buying mangoes. But thank you to my fake LV bag, the snatcher had a hard time unzipping it, my phones were out of trouble. So I still have my two phones.
I lost one of my phones, guess where? In Davao City. While riding a jeepney, I did not pay so much attention with my belongings because I was so confident that no one will get it since it’s a low-end cherry mobile phone. I lost it. There are snatchers in Davao now. And here’s one good news Mayor Duterte is taking care of those snatchers. That’s what I love about Davao, there is this awesome guy to the rescue.
I lost my camera in Davao, but I got it back. Now this is not a snatching problem. This is a ME problem. It also boils down to, wherever we are…We have to be careful. You don’t go to places that you know is dangerous and you are wearing jewelries and bringing valuables.
There is no speed limit in Cebu and Manila, but in the land of promise where life is (Davao’s slogan) there is a speed limit. If you are in the busy streets of Davao you will have to drive 30 kph, if you are heading outside the busy streets you can speed up to 40 kph, and if you are outside the busy streets you can speed up to 60 kph. But well, slow, yet the number of accidents in the streets are not as high as before. I don’t normally cross the street alone, that’s why right now I am obeying the rules of the land. I cross the pedestrian so I could be with other people. I am happy with the speed limit, it gives me peace of mind that I will not die from a car accident or a motorcycle accident or even a bicycle accident. Got hit by a bicycle once, Got hit by a motorcyle while riding a bicycle. Had two motorcycle accidents, one I was badly hurt. So you would understand why I love the speed limit.
I know you can find fruits anywhere, everywhere but Davao has alot of fruits. I could name some of few that I delight eating; Durian, Mango, Mangosteen, Marang, Rambutan, Lansones, Mabolo. Ohhhhhh. I especially love Mangosteen. You can still buy it from Cebu and Manila but they are pretty expensive.
There are lotsa beaches in Cebu. That’s why there are so many Expats there, many foreigners want to settle in Cebu for that reason. I love all the beaches there but going to beaches there means riding a bus for 4 painful hours. Or the easiest thing you could do is go to Mactan and visit some resorts there.
In, Davao you can go to Samal Island in a matter of 30 minutes to an hour and wuhoooooooo go sunbathing and spend less money as well.
FRESH AIR/PROVINCEY FEEL
In Cebu though, I chose a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I lived in Talamban, so I loved my stay there and there was fresh air. But most places in Davao still has the provincey feel. I rented a place near Abreeza mall and guess what my clock is:the crowing of the roosters outside. You can still see places that even if you are in the city, it still feels like that of the country side.
ROADS and TRAFFIC
Surely Roads in Manila are wider because of the number of vehicles and of course their population. Roads in Cebu are also wide, but growing number of vehicles made the roads small. We still have wide roads in Davao, so traffic is not so bad.
Cebu: Bisaya, Cebuano
Davao: Bisaya, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Tagalog
I guess, this is it for now.