Tambayayong is a Visayan term for collaboration, for working together to achieve a common goal. In Tagalog, it is called pagtutulungan or bayanihan.
Last May 19, I went home to Davao City, tagging my friends along from Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark to participate in an outreach project called Tambayayong which was organized by my High School’s Grand Alumni Association and widely supported by my batch, Batch ’92. Our batch, celebrating our Silver Jubilee this year, hosted the 8th Grand Alumni Homecoming which Tambayayong was part of.
The beneficiaries had the privilege to avail of free medical and dental consultation, tooth extraction, sugar test, cholesterol test, legal consultation, haircut, massage, and even cups of hot porridge (lugaw).
Following its success, our alumni association now intends to make Tambayayong an annual event where more services will be added and more people will benefit year after after.
But beyond the said outreach project, our small group of six managed to sneak in a few side trips. With very little time to explore the city before and after Tambayayong, we maximized it by going to a few go-to places in the city.
Vista View Hilltop
Overlooking Davao City and Samal, Hilltop also offers a nice view of Mt. Apo and a boodle package good for 8 people worth P2,000.
Tip: Better go there at dusk or at dinner time to appreciate the ambiance better. It was pretty humid when we went there but hey, it was summer.
Dimple’s Lechon House
Dimple’s is the most popular and one of the oldest lechon sources in Toril, Davao City. Nothing fancy about the place. No frills, just tasty lechon. The skin was crunchy and the meat was tender and juicy. And that’s what we had to jumpstart our second day in Davao. Lechon for breakfast, yeah, why not?
Eden Nature Park
For the thrill seekers and nature lovers combined. We conquered our fear of heights at Eden’s Skycycle (P200 per head), Skyrider (P150 each), and Skyswing (P400 tandem). We rode horses for P100 and filled our tummies at Skyview Café nestled at 2,500 ft. above sea level. Snacks were included in our P280 entrance fee so for me it was a good deal. Plus with the generosity of their operations manager, Celia, we got 5% discount in all of our transactions. We only stayed there for a couple of hours but the fun was so sulit.
I would recommend Eden to anybody who would like to explore Davao City. There are lots of activities you can do there with friends, family, whoever you wanna tag along. I’ve been there a few times and it feels like new to me every single time. For some R&R, nature tripping, swimming, fishing, or adventures, Eden is the place to be.
The place is huge so if you go there, better allot more hours to enjoy it.
Similar to Hilltop, Jack’s Ridge offers an overlooking view of the city. However, Jack’s Ridge has more options in terms of dining and amenities. It has a pool, a playground, a coffee shop, a KTV bar, a conference room, cottages by the hills, and an open-ground amphitheater that’s ideal for wedding receptions and photo shoots.
One of the must-try restaurants in the bevy of choices in Davao City is Marina Tuna. Many celebrities visiting Davao City have dined there. Not cheap but you get your money’s worth, promise!
Feast on a platter of seafood and fresh buko juice. Their oysters, kinilaw, and fresh tuna are to-die-for.
PS: Try their Durian ice cream cake. For someone like me who doesn’t eat Durian at all, I loved it. Extra creamy and delicious.
President Duterte’s Home
Inside Doña Luisa Village in Matina is a typical Filipino green house with a blue-green gate. That’s the simple residence of the most powerful man in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte.
Costa Marina (Samal Island)
Costa Marina is one of the more affordable beach resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS). Samal is another city, it’s not part of Davao City but its proximity makes tourists believe they’re still in Davao City.
Contrary to its neighbor Paradise Island Beach Resort, Costa Marina is less crowded and you can see different varieties of fish swimming in its shallow waters. Its beachfront is shaded with branches of trees.
Be sure to wear slippers when you get into the water, it’s peppered with stones and corals.
Other places we went to: Luz Kinilaw at R. Magsaysay Avenue, Apo ni Lola Abon in Matina, Aldevinco Shopping Center in Claveria, Chinatown (Uyanguren), Redemptorist Church, Abreeza Mall, and the bomb site in Roxas Avenue where the famous Davao Night Market takes place every night.
I would have wanted to take my fellow Kiwanians to D’ Bone Collector Museum and the Davao Museum but it was a Sunday so they were closed.
There’s so much more to Davao City than the places we went to.
To give you an idea on the vastness of its land, Davao City‘s official website says: “Davao City, reputedly the largest city in the world, has an area of 244,000 hectares, or 8 per cent of the land area of Southern Mindanao Region or Region XI. It is divided into 3 congressional districts and furthermore divided into 11 administrative districts. Poblacion and Talomo Districts comprised District I, meanwhile District II is composed of the following districts, namely: Agdao, Buhangin, Bunawan and Paquibato, District III includes Toril, Tugbok, Calinan, Baguio and Marilog.” Check out Davao’s official website to know more about the city: http://www.davaocity.gov.ph/davao/profile.aspx?id=land