Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Last weekend members of  The Davao Bloggers  in cooperation with Davao City Tourism Office held a day tour entitled "DAVAO LIFE IS HERE DAVAO BLOGGERS DAY TOUR". Participants were divided into four groups and I was able to join  "The Calinan thrill -seekers" group composed of 10 bloggers and  photographer. Here's the first part of my blog:

"D'Japanese Tunnel Hotel and Family Resort" located in Matina, Balusong Diversion Road. The tunnel was built in 1942   by the Japanese with the length of 8.9 kms. but today it can be accessed up to 150 meters.  Inside the tunnel were life size replicas of Golden Buddha and Japanese Soldiers.

replica of  japanese soldiers
 replica of "The Golden Buddha"
The resort has a swimming pool for kids and adults,  restaurant and function rooms for wedding, baptismal and conference. One of the best getaway for families and friends. For bookings and reservations you may contact D'Japanese Tunnel Hotel and Family Resort  at (082)299-0975, (082)2950678.

Pool area for kids and adults
 D'Japanese Tunnel Hotel room

Next stop for that day was in Mintal known as "THE LITTLE TOKYO OF DAVAO CITY"  were we met up with the Barangay Captain Raymond Bargamento. It was my first time hearing the history of Mintal and I was amazed by the history itself.

We visited  Mintal Historical Markers in Mintal Elementary School where the "OHTA KYOZABURO"  memorial site which was made in honor of Ohta Kyozaburo a Japanese entrepreneur who was one who invested in Davao City.  Old remains of  ruins of Japanese school structures and the ruins of  Japanese Pyramide can also be found. We also made a visit to Japanese Cemetery,  Irrigation Canal, and Old Japanese houses.

                                                            Ohta Kyozaburo Memorial Site


                                                          OLD JAPANESE  HOUSES

Watch out for the continuation this story as we explored Sul Orchids Davao, Malagos Garden Resort and our our last stop at Santander, Kainan ng bayan, Inato lang Ihaw-ihaw.  Special thanks to SMART  for providing us pocket wifi.

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