Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Join Hunkababe.com

Please register yourself and take a look around. There's lots to see and do, so take your time, meet some new friends, and make yourself at home.

Hunkababe is a community social networking website originally populated by teens through to late twenties, but is now popular with all ages, including thirties, forties, and even fifties. Hunkababe allows users to create online profiles and interact with each other using instant chat and messaging facilities (like an interface similar to email).


• Barcelo Pearl Farm Island Resort. Once a pearl farm where oysters were cultivated, it is now a world-class tropical paradise that beckons with the promise of a private retreat in the tranquil and exotic island of Samal. The resort offers numerous attractions. For the sports enthusiast, tennis courts are available. For a truly relaxing experience, the Ylang Ylang Soothing Lounge beside the waterfall is simply the best place to relax and be lavished with a massage, body scrub and a lot more.
• The Marco Polo Hotel captures the elegance and sophistication that is in keeping with the fine reputation enjoyed by the chain. I love to stay at this property not only to be in the heart of the city, but also to experience a taste of the warmth of Davaoeño hospitality. It is unquestionably the city’s finest hotel.
The Lotus Court Restaurant found at the hotel serves the best authentic Cantonese cuisine in town. The amiable Jimmy Montenegro, food and beverage manager, prepared the dinner menu that had for appetizers strips of roast duck, steamed chicken, fresh cantaloupe with shredded lettuce and pili nuts glazed with a homemade combination of plum and chili sauce. The main course consisted of deboned pomfrey or pompano topped with a special black bean sauce, shrimp mousse wrapped with thinly sliced squid meat deep fried in salt and pepper, bean curd sautéed with black mushrooms and lettuce in oyster sauce, queen crabs rich in crab roe stir-fried with chili garlic sauce, turmeric seafood fried rice and, for dessert, hot sweet red beans topped with lotus seeds. It was without a doubt my best Chinese meal ever.
• Malagos Garden Resort. It features native Philippine plants, orchids and butterflies. It likewise has a collection of Napoleon Abueva’s sculptural artworks spread on its 12-hectare enclosure.
• Eden Nature Park and Resort nestled on the upper slopes of grand old Mt. Talomo offers one of the best views of Davao City and Davao Gulf. It provides a real alternative to the fast-paced city life with its cool pleasant weather, vista playgrounds, prayer garden, camp huts and hiking trails.
• Philippine Eagle Research and Nature Center. It is here where the first ever Philippine eagle was born in captivity, aptly named Pagasa. It is a living proof of the dedication of the Davaoeños to preserving their environmental heritage.
• Rancho Palos Verdes. The first world-class championship golf course in Davao. Set in rolling terrain, it offers varying levels of play for golfers with water hazards, ravines and scenic holes.
• Aldevinco Shopping Center with its good selection of Muslim brass items, ethnic trinkets, tribal artifacts, baskets, batik fabrics, bags and antique Chinese wares.
• Marketplace, where Davao’s claim to culinary fame, bariles (tuna), is abundant. For more gastronomic experience, drop by the Marina Tuna Restaurant famous for its local version of the Japanese sashimi. Suka at Sili located at the Venue is the best place to savor buntot ng tuna cooked to perfection.
• In spite of my lack of appreciation for the durian, one cannot leave Davao without savoring the king of all fruits. Davao is also famous for its delicious bananas, citrus, mangosteens, sweet pomelos, rambutans and oranges.
• Waling-waling, an orchid of exceptional beauty with velvety petals in royal colors of purple, red and yellow. It is the queen of the rainforest.
The Davaoeños, who are spontaneous and convivial in their celebration of life, are sincerely warm with a strong spirit of camaraderie.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Davao World Records

World's Largest City
he residents of Davao City claim they live in the world's largest city. They are talking about the land size of the city that covers 2,212 square kilometers. Most of these areas, however, are distributed as forests, coconut groves and rice fields. In comparison, New York, the largest city in the United States, has an area of only 787 square kilometers while the whole of Metro Manila covers only 636 square kilometers.Davao City lies at the mouth of the Davao River near the head of Davao Gulf. It encompasses about 50 small ports in its commercial sphere. Davao has large banana plantations, whose produce are exported to Japan and other countries. The city also boasts of a modern international airport. Puerto Princesa City, a chartered city of Palawan province, is disputing Davao City's title. It claims to have a total land area of 2,539 square kilometers encompassing 66 barangays.In terms of population and land area, the world's truly largest cities are Tokyo, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, New York City, Bombay, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

World's Largest Durian Candy Bar
On March 15, 2002, 25 people in Davao City spent six hours to cook, mold and roll the world's largest durian candy bar - a 6-meter, 200-kilogram delicacy made of durian, a smelly but sweet fruit commonly associated with the name of the city. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)


1, Hong Kong, China
2, Singapore, Singapore
3, Taipei City, Taiwan (Republic of China)
4, Melbourne, Australia
5, Dalian, China
6, Shijiazhuang, China
7, Quezon City, Philippines
8, Cebu City, Philippines
9, Guangzhou, China
10, Davao City, Philippines


1, Shijiazhuang, China
2, Dalian, China
3, Quezon City, Philippines
4, Cebu City, Philippines
5, Guangzhou, China
6, Davao City, Philippines
7, Colombo, Sri Lanka
8, Taipei City, Taiwan (Republic of China)
9, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
10, Taichung, Taiwan (Republic of China)


1, Singapore, Singapore
2, Melbourne, Australia
3, Hong Kong, China
4, Taipei City, Taiwan (Republic of China)
5, Davao City, Philippines
6, Quezon City, Philippines
7, Seoul, South Korea
8, Chongqing, China
9, Shijiazhuang, China
10, Guangzhou, China

Araw ng Davao 2009 Activites

Disclaimer: All the schedules listed in this web site were provided for by the City Tourism Operations Office of Davao and the organizers of the 72nd Araw ng Dabaw. This blog is not responsible for any misinformation brought upon by last-minute changes in schedules of any event listed in this web page