Walking tour of Davao

Carlos Celdran is in town to get to know the cities of Davao and Samal, with the aim of (hopefully) tailoring a new kind of tour. Carlos is well-known in the capital for his unique walking tours of Old Manila. Those tours have gained popularity, not only because of their uniqueness, but also thanks to Carlos’ brand of humor and charisma.

A couple months ago, my cousin had a brainstorm. Michael Aquino works for About.com as its travel writer for Southeast Asia, and he pined for an off-the-beaten-track type of sightseeing tour for Davao, akin to what Carlos was doing in Manila. Well, what better way to do that but to get the man himself on board!

Blogie, Carlos, Mike

The blogger with Carlos & Mike

Through Facebook and Twitter, Mike and I were able to pique Carlos’ interest in Davao, as well as solicit the support of the indefatigable regional director of Department of Toursim – Region 11, Art Boncato, Jr.

Davao City’s tourism, in my opinion, has remained unchanged for too long. We need something different here, we need to do something new in order to attract tourists to come to Davao and stay for a bit longer. From what I’ve observed, travelers come to the city and hie off to other places. While that’s also a good thing, on the other hand, I think they’re missing out on some truly Dabawenyo experiences.

Why did we bring Carlos Celdran to Davao? I believe it’s very good practice to listen to somebody from the outside, someone who has a fresh perspective, someone who might see what’s been under our noses all this time.

Kudos to DOT-Region 11 for putting together this familiarization tour! With Dir. Boncato at the helm, the Davao Region’s tourism industry is a sure winner.

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3 Responses to “Walking tour of Davao”

  1. sam says:

    “I believe it’s very good practice to listen to somebody from the outside, someone who has a fresh perspective, someone who might see what’s been under our noses all this time”.————-Sana nga lang ganon mentality of all davaenos. Not like most of the people who replied to some of my comments about their city. My god, fanatism to the last degree. Blind, ignorant and no culture. Davao is nice. It’s also nice to better the way of thinking. Sayang yang mga resources na yan, lalo na the new generation.

  2. pinoysatimog says:

    Hi Sam,

    You can’t blame if some Dabawenyos arer fiercely proud of their heritage…the city has gone through all the pains and they were able to move forward to what is it now on its own..What has been describe by Imperial Manila as the backdoor in the past is now the gateway to the Southern Philippines.

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