Downtown: The Heart of Davao City
The heart of Davao city has become one of the most occupied and well-visited by Davaoenos which is the downtown area. This is where San Pedro Cathedral, Davao City Hall and a lot of bargain establishments meet each other. It looks like it offers the power of three within a single location; the religious needs, the legal offices and the shopping experience. I remember when I was a child, if my mom's looking for something, she would just say “I have to go to downtown to look for it.” So, that's how it marque as a place where everything is there.
The DowntownThe downtown area has been a witness to a lot of commemorated events. The San Pedro Street as one of the busiest streets in Davao, is a most-visited places area in Davao by locals. You will miss half of your vacation if you don't include this in your itinerary. So, never forget to include these places on your list. You can take a ride from a jeep or a taxi from your hotel, because it is the point where most of the transportation meets.
San Pedro CathedralThe San Pedro Cathedral is one of the oldest church in the city. It is located at San Pedro Street corner Claveria Street. If you plan to visit the church on Sundays, you have to be early before the mass starts so that you have the privileged to choose the seat you wanted, whether its in front of the altar or at the back or even on the chapel. A lot of devotees attended the mass during weekends that is why the seats are taken faster than you thought. Aside from the seats on the church itself, it has two side to side chapels as extension. So, I recommend that you visit it during weekdays early in the morning if you wanted a solemn-peaceful ambiance experience.
Davao City HallThe city is governed by Mayor Sarah Duterte, daughter of the President Rodrigo Duterte. Her office is at Rm. 4, City Hall of Davao. There are two-separated buildings, the Sangguniang Panlungsod(SP) Building and the old City Hall of Davao. There is an information desk in the SP building also known as the Legislative building where you can ask for data for whatever purpose you may want to know. Also, there is a city library where you can do research. I used to visit the library a lot of times when I was in high school. I remember the place as a very quite and solemn library where you can share seats with others or have a solo table. And be very silent or else the library guards will send you out if you don't follow the rules. To utilize the library, you just need to present a valid ID and enjoy your research job. Another great thing in the Legislative building is that there is a stall for the souvenir items like t-shirts, native bracelets and a lot more. Discover them and see for yourself some special items in the store.
San Pedro StreetSan Pedro Street is one of the oldest streets in Davao City. This is where the parade of the most awaited events in Davao City lies. A lot of business establishments are existing and competing for the attention of the visitors here. Mostly are general merchandising stores like:
- F and F
- and Ukay-Ukay Stores(Selling Used items)