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Davao City: Bangkerohan Market, Philippine Eagle Center, City Tour and Jack’s Ridge

DAVAO FRUIT GAZING: BANGKEROHAN MARKET


I asked my boss who is from Mindanao where I could buy cheap Durian in Davao. He said durian vendor are everywhere! In almost every street corner you could see vendors selling durian for 30-40 pesos per kilo. What!!! But the center of the city delicacy is of course the public market where everything is cheap and fresh. As for Davao Bangkerohan Market is the center of street trade and also the center of not just Durian but also of other tropical fruits like pomelo, marang, mangosteen and a lot more. But of course the King of Bangkerohan is nonetheless the king of fruits - Durian!!!  



Before we proceed to the Philippine Eagle Center we wanted first to experience the pride of Davao - Durian. And where else we can have it? Well as mentioned above…



Bangkerohan Market is just like another market in the Philippines. But the presence of cheap Durian and Marang is what makes this market different from any other in the Philippines. Whenever you visit Davao don't be shy to tell to the vendor that you want to eat an Arroncillo or Puyat (Variety of Durian) on side streets. They will gladly open it for you. In fact you will see many people eating the fruit while walking or in front of the fruit stand.






How to go to Bangkerohan Market? 
Since Bangkerohan is the center of Davao City most jeeps are bound there. Jeeps who has a sign of Claveria (New name C.M. Recto), San Pedro and Magallanes are bound to Bangkerohan.

PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER


I learn when I was on grade school that the national bird of the Philippines is the monkey eating eagle or much appropriately named as the Philippine Eagle. I am not just sure if I saw this kind of bird in Manila Zoo when we had a field trip there. Going to the Philippine Eagle Center is probably around 40-50 minutes from Bangkerohan. A van and a Habal Habal will get you there. 








Philippine Eagle is the biggest eagle in the world in terms of wings span. The Philippine Eagle's wings span could reach up to 7 feet. Oh wow... Once inch smaller from O’Neil’s height. 






I felt two things when I went out of the center. First was, I was happy I saw a big Philippine Eagle face to face and I knew more about them. Second was, I was saddened because these God created creatures they can't use their mighty wings to fly in which they are born to. And what makes it worse is that their feet has a cuff with a rope so that it will give a good effect of an eagle standing mightily on own podium. Oh that was a prison podium. 



I understand that these creatures are endangered and the people at the center are protecting them. It just makes me sad that they cannot fully use what God gave them which is to fly in the sky. 

How to go to Philippine Eagle Center?
Take a van off to Calinan(Php40). Once at Calinan take a Habal Habal (Php20) going to Philippine Eagle Center.

DAVAO CITY WALK - DAVAO CITY HALL, RIZAL PARK, SAN PEDRO CATHEDRAL, OSMENA PARK, DAVAO MUSEUM


Two things I notice in Davao. It's generally clean and peaceful. Yeah... Looks perfect right? It is not that euphoric as you imagine though. That's how the people depict their big city and that what I actually saw. People are polite and courteous to the visitors. 




A little walk in the city hall and the city parks will definitely complete one’s visit to a particular city. Davao City hall has of course has many people doing their own business. It is where the jeeps make a turn from Claveria and Magallanes since the city downtown Davao City has a one way route transportation system. 





You could see a lot in the city hall area. In front of the city hall is a park where picturesque big flowers on the center of the two fountain is making the fa├žade of the city hall perfect. Adjacent to the city hall are the Rizal Park and the Sangunuang Panglungsod. In front of it is the San Pedro Cathedral which has a bishop’s hat or mitre architecture. Adjacent to the Sanguniang Pangungsod is the Osmena Park where a flock of masseurs and masseuse will offer you nice massage for 60 - 200 depending on the type of massage you want.







Osmena Park is my favorite portion of Davao city... Hehehe... I really like foot massage and they offer a good one there. As a matter of fact I'm in this park every afternoon for 3 days to have a relaxing foot massage. Hehehe... So after a tiring day of walking, pamper your feet and give some livelihood to the cooperative of masseurs and masseuse of Davao City. Talking to these people is good though. You gonna’ have an insight through there street commentary on the current issues of Davao City.   






At the back of Osmena Park (Magallanes St.) is the Davao City Museum. The two story museum showcases the history of the city for free. You will be greeted by the employees politely and they would love to tell the story of their city to you.




JACK’S RIDGE


It was late afternoon when I and my travel buddy decided to have our dinner. And where else is the place to be? Of course it’s Jack Ridge!!! Okay. Jack’s Ridge is I think best place to visit during the dawn. You will see the whole of Davao City in this hill. As for us we didn’t able to catch the good view of the city since its already dark when we reach the place.



Since our tummy was already aching because of an all-day walk, it was best to indulge ourselves with the good food of Taklobo Restaurant (also in Jack’s Rigde). We ordered the meal of the day and one big spare rib. After eating we surprised ourselves with a Php600 bill… lol. So that Php300 each. It was just so disappointing that we were not able to eat our Marang because it was prohibited and we would have to pay Php50 for corkage. What!!! Were they kidding!!! We bought the Marang for just Php20!!!









Even though, I enjoyed the night view of Davao City in Jack’s Ridge. It was just refreshing and stress freeing night for me =)

Hot to get to Jack’s Ridge
From San Pedro Street (in front of the city hall) take a jeep bound to Matina (Php8). Tell the driver to drop you in Shrine Hill. From there take a tricycle going to Jack’s Ridge. You can either rent the whole tricycle for Php40 or wait for other passenger and pay Php8