History and Culture
What's a "Duterte Tour"?
Ida Damo | Jun 21, 2016
Even before his inauguration on June 30, 2016, a lot of people have been coming to Davao City to have their photos taken at the very unassuming house of the 16th President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Seeing the need to better organize the activities and the places that people would want to do with their fascination with president-elect Mr. Duterte, a Davao-based travel agency has designed a tour.
What are the highlights of the tour?
1. Yellowfin Restaurant and KTV of the President (Passing Only)
After a long day’s work, the Mayor usually ends up with friends at this restaurant and KTV to bond over bottles of beer and rounds of videoke singing.
They also offer delicious tuna dishes and other Filipino cuisine.
2. 911 Public Safety Security Command Center (Limited Access)
This the emergency response service of Davao City patterned after the 911 of the USA and Canada. It is the first in the country and in Asia and is for free.
3. Duterte Residence (Short Walk Inside a Private Subdivision)
The green house and a standee of the President has been a backdrop for many selfies.
Before winning the election, tourists would stay longer to catch a glimpse of the mayor and hopefully have a photo with him.
4. Duterte Town Center (Passing Only)
Duterte Town Square used to be known as the Matina Town Square. It is a popular venue for concerts and contests and has a row of restaurants where you can have local and fusion cuisine.
4. Museo Dabawenyo
The Museo Dabawenyo has a permanent exhibition of the city’s history and its indigenous peoples. It also hosts one-man exhibits of artists from Davao and the rest of Mindanao.
The President’s father served as the last Governor of the undivided Davao.
6. House of Hope
The President keeps the children close to his heart. The House of Hope was established to provide support for children with cancer and is located at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.
Therapy, medical expenses and boarding are provided for by the city. The President-elect surprises the children with parties and loves to go on unscheduled visits to the center.
By taking the tour, you get to know the newly-elected president and catch a glimpse of the Davao that he loves.
You can actually go to these places without the help of a travel agency but for those who want to have a guided tour, contact Borderline Travel and Tours at 091777719991 or email us at [email protected].
(All photos used are credited to their original owners)
How To Get There:
Davao City can be reached by plane, boat and bus from Manila and Cebu. Major airlines fly daily to Davao City and travel time is an hour and 50 minutes. By boat and bus, it is 3 days and 2 nights travel.
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