Giving Mama Dulcing a Birthday Trip to Davao City
17.07.2015 - 19.06.2016 30 °C
Mama Dulcing turned 70 on July 2, 2015. And so I gave her an unforgettable birthday celebration - a trip to Davao City.
Now that she's a widow, I thought of bringing her along with me in my trips as much as possible. The opportunity came when I got an engagement in Davao with the Padada Water and Sanitation Cooperation in Padada, Davao del Sur. I scheduled my final output presentation on July 18 so I planned our trip on July 17-19. This was Mama's first time in Davao City.
I hired my cousin Abeth, who operated a taxi in the city, to drive us around. He picked us up at Davao Airport when we arrived that morning of April 17. Curious about breakfast of Paksiw Tuna, we headed to Ah Fat Restaurant at Victoria Plaza. But paksiw was not served that time so we opted for Chinese foods, siomai in particular being Mama's favorite.
After breakfast, we decided to pay a visit at San Pedro Cathedral. This is the only place in the city where you find beggars of any age but mostly are old women. Then proceeded to Museyo Dabawenyo. The exhibits are enough to get a glimpse of Davao history and heritage. What amazed me was the fact that entry is free and a dedicated guide is assigned to every group of tourists.
Then I remembered an article about a Bone Collector in Davao. So I inquired from the museum the direction to get there because my cousin who lives in Davao for so long did not know about it. Finding the location of the museum was quite challenging, it is located in the remote community towards the seashore.
I advised my company that we rather have our lunch somewhere near the Davao Crocodile Park. Unlike the crocs farm in Palawan, here the people are free to roam around without a guide. We circled the park to find all animals other than the crocs, like turkey, sheep, birds, tiger, and butterflies. Tired, we then found a place in the Tribu K Mindanaoan, a venue within the area that serves meals.
Having enough for the first day in Davao, we asked our drvier to drop us at First Pacific Inn where I booked for 2 nights. Mama and I slept the whole afternoon and walked around the neighborhood to find a place to dine that night. We passed by the People's Park, durian fruit stands, and Gaisano Mall.
The next day was my scheduled presentation and I can't bring Mama to Padada. So I arranged my cousin to pick her up from the hotel and bring her to their place to meet his family and my other relatives in my father's side. And in the afternoon, I followed her there at my cousins' residences in Bangkal village. I met my cousins in Davao and Nanay Sinda, their mother, and later we shared together the dinner.
The next day was Sunday and I proposed to my cousin's family to come and share a tour with us after hearing the mass. Unfortunately, most attractions are closed on Sunday, so we ended up malling at the new SM Premier in Lanang. Then they sent us off to the airport that afternoon.
Before taking off, I asked Mama D if she enjoyed her vacation. Of course, she did, which made me feel so elated.