Davao, the country’s largest city based on land area, is bestowed with a wealth of sobriquets like “The King City of the South,” “Crown Jewel of Mindanao,” “Durian Capital of the Philippines” and “Fruit Basket of the Philippines.” Both investors and tourists alike can’t help but be drawn to this cosmopolitan city in the south-eastern part of Mindanao where the comforts of a modern metropolis and the charms of a laidback rural lifestyle intertwine.
Business and leisure meet halfway in Davao City. The first-class highly urbanized city is the heart of trade, commerce, tourism, education, and finance in the Southern Philippines. A viable property investment hub in the country, this bustling urban center is also known for its favorable business climate and thriving economy.
Big-ticket infrastructure projects in the city such as the modernization of the Davao International Airport and Davao Sasa Port can further boost Davao’s economic growth and attract more business opportunities. In addition, Davao City is carving a name for itself as an ideal destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE).
Beautiful sceneries, eco-adventure attractions, wildlife experiences, and gastronomic adventures also await domestic and foreign travelers in Davao. It is home to the Philippine eagle (kingbird), waling-waling (queen of orchids), durian (king of fruits), and Kadayawan (festival of festivals). Mountaineers will also have the chance to climb Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak, which is dubbed as the “grandfather of Philippine mountains.”
Meanwhile, adrenaline junkies can have their dose of thrill and recreation while appreciating the lush flora and fauna in Eden Nature Park. And of course, the kids can have their meet-and-greet with the crocs and other wild animals in Davao Crocodile Park & Zoo. You can also take a stroll at the Museo Dabawenyo to get to know the city’s rich history and cultural heritage.
Multiculturalism is part of Davao’s history and identity as a city. It is considered as a melting pot of diverse cultures and peoples, a vibrant city where 11 ethnic tribes (Ata, Iranun, Tagabawa, Klata-Guiangan, Matigsalog, Sama, Ovu-Manuvo, Maranao, Maguindanaon, Kagan, and Tausug) reside. The indigenous peoples peacefully coexist with the hospitable Dabawenyos (residents) who open their doors to migrants from different places and walks of life.
A land of plenty, as they say, Davao is also a largely agricultural city. Thanks to its vast land, fertile soil, and good weather, local fruits such as durian, pomelo, mangosteen, marang, rambutan, lanzones, mango, banana, and pineapple are abundantly harvested here. Its farms and plantations supply products to local and international markets. Pomelo, durian, banana, coconut, pineapple, and mango are its top export products.
There’s no doubt that Davao is one of the progressive cities in the Philippines which has a combination of natural and man-made resources. In this list, we’ll look into some of the notable awards, recognitions, and citations of Davao City:
A Competitive City
Davao was recognized as the second most competitive city in the highly-urbanized city category—next to Manila which took the top spot—during the 8th Regional Competitiveness Summit – Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index Awards last year. Based on the data from the Department of Trade and Industry, Davao City placed second in terms of economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure while ranking fifth in resiliency.
An Agricultural Champion
According to its official website, Davao City won the National Gawad Saka Award in 2019 “for its contribution to the development of agriculture and the fishery sector.” The Department of Agriculture (DA) gave the prestigious recognition to the city, citing its programs that have helped support the farmers and fisherfolk.
Organized by the DA, Gawad Saka is an annual search for outstanding agricultural achievers which pays tribute to farmers, fisherfolk, organizations, and individuals for their excellence and important contributions in the country’s agriculture and fishery sectors.
A Center of Excellence
Investors are also attracted to Davao City because of its booming business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. It has been recognized as one of the centers of excellence for information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) operations by the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP).
Along with Iloilo City, Davao City joined the ranks of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Clark, and Bacolod City as premier IT-BPM hosts and high-density locations.
A Smoke-free Environment
A hall-of-fame of the Red Orchid Award from the Department of Health (DOH), Davao City is well-known for the enforcement of tough policies against smoking. Under the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Davao City, smoking of any tobacco product—including e-cigarettes, shishas, and the like—is prohibited in all accommodation and entertainment establishments (such as restaurants, hotels, and bars), workplaces, enclosed or partially enclosed public places and public buildings.
It is also banned in all public outdoor spaces (like parks, beaches, markets, and cemeteries), public conveyances (such as jeepneys and buses), government-owned vehicles, and other means of public transport within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.
The Red Orchid Award is a distinction given by the DOH to local government units, government hospitals, and offices that implement a 100 percent tobacco-free environment. It is also based on the criteria set by the World Health Organization (WHO) on tobacco control and prevention.
A Chocolate Haven
Love sweets and everything chocolatey? Davao City is the place to be! It is officially named the “Chocolate Capital of the Philippines,” with the whole Davao Region being declared as the country’s “Cacao Capital” under a new law.
Republic Act 11547 recognizes the significance of cacao as a “driver of rural development” that can boost export earnings, put the country in the limelight for producing the finest chocolate beans, and give livelihood to small farmers in the countryside.
The law also acknowledges the status of Davao as the Philippines’ largest cacao producer and its major contribution in making the country “world-renowned and sought after by chocolate makers from the US, Japan, and Europe.” Here you can find the world-class Malagos Chocolate, which has won numerous international recognitions. Puentespina Farm, the cacao farm of Malagos Chocolate, bagged another notable award as it was given an “heirloom cacao” designation by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund in 2019.
A Clean Land
Davao City bagged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City Award in 2018 along with Pasig City of the National Capital Region and San Carlos City of Negros Occidental during the ASEAN Tourism Forum held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
According to the City Information Office, as cited in the local paper Edge Davao, the recognition was given to the city for meeting the criteria of the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) that include the following: solid environment management program, cleanliness, waste management, awareness-building about environmental protection and cleanliness, green spaces, health safety, urban safety and security, tourism infrastructure and facilities.
An Attractive Property Investment Hub
Top online property portal Lamudi also listed Davao City as the second most popular provincial city or real estate hotspot outside Metro Manila in 2020 based on overall page views of property seekers. The “King City of the South” is also a viable location for outsourcing companies. In a news release last year, a director for commercial leasing said, “One of the trends highlighted by the pandemic is that investors have learned to spread their portfolio.
Some businesses are now looking at decentralizing and establishing alternative office spaces in areas closer to where people live rather than people going to them. Davao City, as one of the country’s real estate hotspots, will benefit from this trend.”
Also considered as an ideal residential hub in Mindanao, Davao City is known for its high livability index. It was even tagged as one of Asia’s most livable cities by the now-defunct Asiaweek magazine. If you’re interested in investing in this attractive residential haven, you can start looking for a ready for occupancy or a pre-selling condo in Davao.
Invest in Resort-themed Condos in Davao City!
Ready for Occupancy Condo of Northpoint Davao
Do you fancy living in a pine-themed residential condominium with an array of imported Caribbean pine trees from New Zealand? The first and only vertical pine community in Mindanao can be your next home in Davao City.
Northpoint by Camella Manors, an RFO condo in Davao, is a British-Kiwi-themed condo property located at JP. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City. Nestled in the heart of Metro Davao, its strategic location in Southern Mindanao’s regional center gives it the edge of having high potential returns on investments.
Northpoint has five towers: Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham, and Bradford. Davao’s gorgeous cityscapes, natural attractions, and a lovely backdrop of Samal Island can be seen from the top floors of the buildings. Enjoy the view while sipping a cup of coffee.
Not only will you be treated to Davao’s breath-taking sceneries, but you’ll get a good dose of health benefits as well. Northpoint’s luscious trees give off an average volume of 78,000 pounds of oxygen per year. These natural greeneries are complemented by the luxurious British architecture of the 5,220-sqm condo village.
Indulge yourself and your loved ones in Northpoint’s resort-themed condo amenities like the salinized pool, kiddie pool, fitness gym, sky courts, atriums, kids’ playground, clubhouse terrace, function area. 24/7 security is also provided for your peace of mind.
An authentic fine dining experience is also within reach. Tucked inside Northpoint’s project area is The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge, an old heritage house turned restaurant that offers plenty of Asian-European fusion dishes.
This condo for sale also has a solid bedrock ground. Its soil structure has a foundation that can resist a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
This affordable condo in Davao is only a 2-hour flight away from Manila and a 15-minute ride from Davao International Airport. Northpoint is considered as a “10-minute community,” where business hubs, places of worship, health centers, universities, malls, and a future commercial strip of its own are very accessible to residents.
Northpoint was also awarded as the Best Residential Development in Davao during the Philippine Property Awards 2016.
For your convenience, flexible payment methods are available. Visit the Camella Manors’ official website for reservations and inquiries about Northpoint.
Pre-selling Condo in Davao City at Camella Manors Frontera
For travelers, young professionals, students, families, and investors who are scouting for a pre-selling condo in Davao, check out Camella Manors Frontera if you want the perfect blend of city and suburban living.
Staying true to its Spanish name that means “border,” Frontera will let you experience top-notch frontier living with a cosmopolitan condominium lifestyle and nature-inspired ambiance.
This condo for sale is just a 2-hour flight away from Manila, making it accessible for both domestic and foreign visitors. Frontera is strategically located at the heart of an emerging business district in Manuel Garcia Road, Buhangin, Davao City, surrounded by leisure hubs, lifestyle centers, and other business establishments. In addition, residents don’t need to go far from home just to buy their daily essentials because there will be a commercial strip that can serve as their one-stop-shop.
Tourist attractions, major infrastructures, churches, hospitals, schools, malls, and parks are also within reach. Another fun perk of condo living in Frontera is enjoying its posh amenities such as the meditation garden, infinity pool, picnic hubs, sandbox play pit, alfresco fitness park, clubhouse lounge, jogging trails, kiddie pool, amphitheater pews, event hall, and pocket park.
To keep you and your family safe, the condominium also has 24/7 security and an electric perimeter fence.
Frontera, a 1.8-hectare project, is expected to be completed in 2023. The condo village will have six 8-storey buildings with 143 units per building. Frontera is open for official reservations.
Investing in a real estate property located in a rising business hub is a wise decision. If you want to generate passive income from the condo, you may avail the Vista leasing services and rent out your unit. There are also ongoing infrastructure projects near the property that can cause the land value in this area to appreciate.
Ready to come home to the Davao borders? Reserve and inquire now through Camella Manors’ official website.