People’s Park in Davao City

Months before our trip to the largest city on the island of Mindanao, I had already been searching the Internet for a list of must-see places and attractions in Davao. I stumbled upon Flickr and saw a great number of awesome Davao photos but my attention was caught by those gigantic sculptures of durian and the Philippine eagle.

We decided to look for these gigantic sculptures during our last day in Davao, since our flight bound to Manila was scheduled in the afternoon. One of our colleagues, Mimi, who was from Davao served as our tour guide/photographer for that day and took us to the People’s Park.

Davao People's Park - Philippine Eagle by Kublai Millan

We arrived at the park at around 11.00 a.m. only to find out that it was closed and will be opened at 1.00 p.m. Good thing, the park was just closed for the residents of Davao and is still open for tourists as long as they present an ID indicating that they live outside Davao.

Davao People's Park - Durian Dome Davao People's Park Directory Davao People's Park - Philippine Eagle by Kublai Millan
Large Sculptures by Kublai Millan Large Sculptures by Kublai Millan Large Sculpture by Kublai Millan

Davao City’s four-hectare People’s Park which was formerly known as the PTA grounds was opened on December 15, 2007. This P72 million worth park showcases a mini forest, interactive fountains, ponds and waterfalls, a durian dome, a shady and open plaza, a statue of a gigantic Philippine eagle and a fantasy-themed park with large sculptures made by the Mindanaon artist Kublai Millan representing indigenous groups in Southern Mindanao.

Bench at Davao People's Park Bridge at Davao People's Park Large Sculptures by Kublai Millan
Pond at Davao People's Park Large Sculptures at Davao People's Park Davao People's Park - Walkway
Long Bench at Davao People's Park Benches at Davao People's Park Davao People's Park

We really had a great time strolling around this colorful park since there were few tourists at that time but unfortunately, we did not get to see the whole place because I suddenly had a migraine attack. And after some few shots, we left the place and then headed to Aldevinco to buy some souvenirs. Too bad, I also did not get to see the gigantic durian sculpture because my friend Mimi, did not know where it can be found. The next time I go back to Davao, I promise, I will truly search for that gigantic durian sculpture.

Location

People’s Park is situated in the heart of the downtown area and is just in front of Casa Leticia and at the back of Apo View Hotel. The streets alongside it are Jose Camus and J. Palma Gil.

Fee

There is no entrance fee to the park but it is usually full of people during weekends.

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51 responses to “People’s Park in Davao City

  1. Wayne Post author

    Hey Z! Maybe you didn’t get to see those big sculptures before you went to Davao that’s why you where not able to visit this place. I haven’t seen the big durian and until now, I still wonder where that big sculpture is located. πŸ™

  2. Wayne Post author

    Ahhh! Shot yata yan ni Senyor eh, diba? Ako naman, alam kong Kublai ang name. Pero hindi ko alam kung anung surname. Haha! O-)

  3. Paul

    Nice one Wayne. This remind me of the nice moments spent in Davao. My last trip was in 2007 (I was lucky enought to witness the Kadayaman event). Looking forward to travel to Davao in the near future & taste its delicious durians! πŸ™‚

  4. Wayne Post author

    Paul: Awww, that’s nice. Same here, we’re also looking forward to traveling again to Davao. Maybe by this time, we’ll now get to see the gigantic Durian sculpture that we’ve been dying to see. πŸ˜€

  5. Wayne Post author

    @Dong Ho: Yeah, Davao is really one of the best destinations in the Philippines. πŸ˜€

    @The Lady in Green Ruffles: Thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚

    @Mimi: Miiiiiiiii! Ang daya naman. Kahit nung pauwi hindi ko man lang yun nakita. Hahahaha! πŸ˜›

  6. Wayne Post author

    Hi Gilbert!

    Really? Sayang, bakit hindi ka sumama? πŸ˜›

    Uyy, i love durian candy. Kahit ayaw yun ng iba, favorite ko yun. Lalo na yung sa Lola Abon’s. Yummy! (Y)

  7. Zorlone

    @Wayne,

    Although I didn’t see the big durian, I did have durian coffee and tasted the fruit. You know I should have started blogging a long time ago, coz, now I know more people who live in those places where I want to visit. It would have been fun to meet them face to face. Of course, it would still be interesting to meet them now.

    So, I will be keeping an eye out when pasyalera.com decides to travel to Malabon.

    Z

  8. Wayne Post author

    @Z: I was not able to taste the durian coffee when I was there. I tasted the fruit but didn’t like it that much. But I love their durian candies. A lot!!! πŸ˜€

    Re: Your travel blog. It’s never too late, you can still create a new blog for that. πŸ˜‰

    Hahaha! Are you in Malabon? πŸ˜› Will there be a free pancit? πŸ˜€

  9. rdthedeveloper

    haha, di mo talaga nakita yun giant Durian? LOL. Although di mo talaga sya makita when you leave the airport going downtown kasi dun sya sa kabilang road. Mapapansin mo lang sya on your way to departure area.

  10. Wayne Post author

    rdthedeveloper: Ayyy talaga?! Hindi ko nga siguro talaga yun makikita dahil nung pauwi kami, eh minamigraine na ako. Di bale, may next time pa naman eh. Taga Davao ka diba? πŸ˜€

  11. rdthedeveloper

    yup, i moved here for work and start small IT biz :). Been living here for 2 years already, and it’s really nice place. nice people, no traffic, no typhoon, cheap fruits, 20 mins to white beach, pretty ladies πŸ˜›

  12. Wayne Post author

    Wow! That’s cool. I agree! A lot of my friends are from Davao and some of them are already planning of going back there for good. And to add to that, the place is very peaceful. πŸ˜€

  13. Wayne Post author

    Wow, dumalaw si Father dito. πŸ˜€ Salamat din po sa pagdalaw sa amin. Ilalagay ko rin po kayo sa links namin. πŸ˜€ Sana sa susunod imbitahin mo kami sa hometown mo para makabalik ulit kami doon. πŸ˜€ Hehehe!

  14. Wayne Post author

    Uyyy, gusto ko ring makarating dyan. Yung isang officemate ko, taga dyan. Pinipilit kong magbakasyon kami sa kanila kaso parang kinakabahan ako kasi baka hindi safe. Or baka mabomba kami or makidnap? Safe din ba dyan? :o)

  15. Ronald

    Hi Ms. pasyalera,…The BIG DURIAN sculpture can be found at the International AIRPORT of Davao which is also sculptured by Kublai. Had you not notice it?

  16. Wayne Post author

    Hi Ronald,

    I didn’t see the Big Durian on my first trip to Davao last Feb. I was having a migraine attack when we left Davao that’s why I didn’t notice it on the departure area. But I already saw the Big Durian last September during my second visit to Davao. Finally! Hahaha! πŸ˜€

  17. aldwin

    you’re looking for the gigantic durian? lols you could have seen it before you enter the departure area of the davao int’l airport. LOLs that big durian can be found outside of the davao airport. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

  18. Michael III

    Hey! >:O You forgot to captured tha main place of People`s Park.
    But actually I`m happy :o) because even though we have an oil increase,
    but still Mayor Duterte gave us a park in order the Dabawenyos can visit here tegether with thier families and friends..

  19. Erlinda Tabaniag-Oyan

    I am a davaowena, that,s why i love the place, and i wanted to visit all the beautiful places so that i can tell my friends in manila, it’s worth visiting davao city. Luv u DAVAO!

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