Go On a Heritage Tour of Davao with Choose Philippines Pilipinas Wanderer Olan Emboscado
Ida Damo | Oct 10, 2016
Did you know that the Davao City Hall was built in 1926, before Davao became a chartered city a decade after? Engineer Santiago Artiaga, who helped design the building, became its first mayor. It is also the only building in the whole Davao Region that has a national historical marker.
It also was not spared during World War 2 and had to be rebuilt to its original structure.
Olan Emboscado, Choose Philippines' Pilipipinas Wanderer and the man behind The TravelTeller, takes visitors around Davao with old photos of a building and share with you tidbits of its history when you go on the heritage tour. Olan was tapped by the Department of Tourism to be its resource person for the heritage walk in line with the Visit Davao Fun Sale two years ago.
He has then collected old photos so that his tourists would have an idea of how things looked before with accompanying data.
This year’s tour with the Davao Bloggers Society started at Magsaysay Park or formerly called the Port of Sta. Ana where one of the national historical markers is enshrined.
Then they passed by C.M. Recto Avenue or as oldies would call it, Claveria where a built heritage house has been converted to a commercial establishment.
Heritage structures are buildings that are more than 50 years old.
After Claveria comes San Pedro Street where the San Pedro Cathedral is and where you get to see the original retablo.
San Pedro Street is also the location for the Sangguniang Panglungsod Building and the City Hall.
Three historical houses of pioneering Davaoeños was also included in the tour: Oboza, Lat and Habana.
With every heritage walk that Olan does, he ends it with a hearty meal in any of Davao’s growing culinary stops. This time, it was at Dencia’s Restaurant, one dining experience you should not miss when in Davao.
Book your heritage tour with Olan now!
(Photos from Olan Emboscado and Andrew Dela Serna of Davao Bloggers Society)
How to Get There:
Davao City is an hour and fifty minutes away from Manila by plane and 50 minutes from Cebu. Major airlines have daily flights to Davao City.
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