Monday, October 11, 2010

Davao 2010: Philippine Eagle Center

Upon entrance to Davao City Water District (DCWD) watershed, where Philippine Eagle Center is located you'll pay an entrance fee of P5.00/person. Another P50.00/person for adult and P30.00/person for youth (18 yrs and below) as entrance fee at the Philippine Eagle Center.

The Center simulates tropical rain forests environment conducive for the animal habitat and have various collections of plants and colorful flower landscape as well as a man-made fish pond.

PEC is home to 36 Philippine Eagles, 18 of which are captive-bred. It also houses 10 other species of birds, 4 species of mammals and 2 species of reptiles.

"The Philippine Eagle Foundation is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and its rainforest habitat. Organized in 1987, it had before that time been operating as a project undertaking research, rehabilitation, and captive breeding. "

How to get there?
* By Van
- Take van for hire going to Calinan at Bangkerohan terminal for P40.00/person.
- From Calinan, take a motorcycle for hire going to Malagos where the Philippine Eagle Center is located for P10.00/person.
* By Bus
- Buses going to Calinan depart every 15 minutes from the Annil Terminal located at corner Quirino and San Pedro Extension. Bus fare is P30.
- From Calinan, take a pedicab/motorcycle going to the PEC (P10.00/person)
* By Taxi
A taxi from Davao to the Philippine Eagle Center will cost you around PhP1500 (about 5 hours)

For more information, you could visit their website

Davao 2010: Eden Nature Park & Resort

Experience green... Breathe in nature... and savor freshness throughout this 80 hectares mountain resort popularly known as Eden.

Located 3,000 feet above sea level at Mount Talomo, Toril Davao.

Eden amenities include the amphitheater, the flower garden, hiking trails, mountain ponds, jogging lane, organic vegetable and herb garden, prayer garden, swimming pool, fishing village, campsite & camp huts, horseback riding, playgrounds, vista kiosk, seminar village and family cottages.

We grabbed their guided shuttle tour which helped us explore this 95% man-made park in less than an hour. Highlighting three of their must-see attractions during our stop-overs:

1. Flower Garden
- featuring the amphiteater, rainbow pass and wide variety of flower breeds.

2. Tinubdan
- over 5,000 square meters cultural park that promotes the Mindanaon culture. Derived from the root word “tubod”, meaning spring or origin of water. Tinubdan is the tubod of wisdom – a dynamic tour designed to give viewers glimpse of the customs, traditions, beliefs and the way of life of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.

3. Lola's Garden
- with a replica of our native bahay-kubo; lola's garden growing various organic vegetables and spices;

and the Mayumi's wishing well.

To see more of their tour packages visit their website.

How to get there?
1. Ride a jeepney bound for Toril, drop off @Mercury Drug Store.
2. Motorcycles are available for hire at P50-P80 per person to bring you right at the entrance of Eden Nature Park & Resort.

*By Shuttle
Check Eden Sakay na!
They provide shuttle service from Matina Town Square(MTS) at P200 per person during weekends. Shuttle departs at 8:30am and 11:00am from MTS and leaves Eden at 1:30pm and 4:00pm. During weekends, there are special trips where you can rent shuttle at P1500 good for 5 hours.

Davao 2010: Ponce Suites Art Gallery Hotel

Looking for an unconventional way of hotel experience in Davao. Check out Ponce Suites Gallery Hotel located at Corner Road 3 and 4 Doña Vicenta Village, Bajada, Davao. Its strategic location just across Victoria Plaza makes it easy for tourist to explore the city.

During our check-in we were greeted by friendly Maan, Kublai Millan's wife(right) who reviewed our itinerary, suggested routes and other places to visit and even taught us how to reach them by commuting. We learned that they have gigs in one of the bars in Matina Town Square where she performs as a singer. Wow an artist too :)

Outside Ponce are gigantic golden sculptures built around the boundaries of the hotel.

Left: Six ladies inside a gigantic durian fruit; Right: Family tree

Left: Nude woman doing Yoga; Right: Nude man seated in a toilet bowl

The lobby will welcome you with visually stimulating walls, colorful ceiling lights at the reception area and a gigantic wooden sculpture of a man reaching the ceiling light.

Each floor of this three-level gallery hotel has its own story. Every hallway and wall is decorated with rows and columns of canvass, art photos, still life paintings, art pieces made of driftwood, hair, old clothes, nails, steel, glass, paper and all sorts of scrap.

Every art piece that you can see here at Ponce Suites are results of the creativity and genius of Mindanao’s renowned artist Kublai Millan. He is also the man behind the gigantic sculptures you can see inside Peoples's Park and "The Durian" sculpture in the Davao International Airport.

This quirky hotel has 30 fully air-conditioned private rooms, 5 function rooms, townhouses, and 3 café and bars.

Kublai's Cafe at 2nd floor which offers affordable food and drinks in a cozy environment.

Transcend restaurant entrance at the rooftop.

Dining area.

Bar and order area

Ponce Suites boasting for its reasonably-priced accommodation, function house and art gallery... Definitely a must-see for tourists, art enthusiasts and adventurers.

For more details, visit their website

Davao 2010: 4Days, 3Nights Itinerary

Here's our Davao itinerary in capsule:

Day 1: Thursday, October 7, 2010
06:30 am - Arrive @Airport
07:55 am - ETD Manila
09:40 am - ETA Davao
10:00 am - Travel to Hotel
12:00 pm - Lunch
01:00 pm - City Tours
>> San Pedro Cathedral
>> Museo Dabawenyo
>> Lon Wa Buddhist Temple
>> People's Park
>> Shrine Hills
07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 pm - Back to Hotel

Day 2: Friday, October 8, 2010
06:00 am - Rise and shine
07:00 am - Breakfast
08:00 am - Nature/Park Tours
>> Eden Nature Park
>> Philippine Eagle Center
>> Davao Crocodile Park
05:00 pm - Go to Bangkerohan Market to buy fruits
07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 pm - Back to Hotel

Day 3: Saturday, October 9, 2010
06:00 am - Rise and shine
07:00 am - Breakfast
08:00 am - Samal Island Tour
>> Paradise Island Beach Resort
05:00 pm - Go to Aldevinco Shopping Center to buy pasalubong
07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 pm - Back to Hotel

Day 4: Sunday, October 10, 2010
06:00 am - Rise and shine
07:00 am - Breakfast
08:00 am - Travel to Airport
08:30 am - Arrive @Airport
10:10 am - ETD Davao
11:55 am - ETA Manila

For the actual itinerary, details and expenses of our mother and daughter trip to Davao, please see google docs below: