THIS ride everyone must take soon. It’s designed to add a few more drops of sweetness in your cup of knowledge about the city we grew up in.
Yes, you’ve trodden San Pedro Street as a child until today, heard Mass countless times in San Pedro Cathedral, had your share of photographs in front of Davao City Hall from film to digital age, took a peek at the Museo Dabawenyo, perhaps performed on the stage of Rizal park and took refuge from the scorching heat under the trees at Osmeña Park, but do you know about the history of these places? Why they named as such?
Gather around, ride the jeepney (the official ride of the tour), then take a walk and find out a bit more information of these stops, and while you’re at it, how about snacking on the city’s best bites?
The newly created Visit Davao Food Trip & Walking Tour took a sample run recently with resource person Olan Emboscado leading the tour group composed of the Visit Davao Fun Sale partners- BPI, Bonamine and the local media, which included GMA7TV host and former City Mayor Sara Dueterte-Carpio, through the street of San Pedro and alleys of Bankerohan Public Market.
“This is Level 1 of the city tour program,” said Eden David, the Chief Tourism Operations Officer, Department of Tourism Davao Region, “The Food Trip and Walking Tour, made in partnership with the Restaurant Owners Association of Davao City (ROADC), was designed for the students of the Tourism and HRM courses. This will feature the homegrown restaurants and the local flavors of Davao through a market visit and local food appreciation, a culinary immersion.”
The DOT-XI sites that this activity will intertwine with the country’s Visit Philippines 2015 program, the Madrid Fusion Flavors of the Philippines. On this part of the map, Davao will have its own version of celebrating local flavors with Spanish influences. Participating restaurants will be Bistro Rosario, Tiny Kitchen, Chippens, and many others.
Prior to the food trip, the itinerary commences with a cultural and heritage walking tour at the Davao’s iconic edifices namely the City Hall, San Pedro Cathedral, old parks and Museo Dabawenyo.
The food trip follows with a tour of the local market and its vast offerings. Sampling the local fruits including the durian will be part of the activity.
Capping the tour will be the visit to one of the participating local restaurants where a special menu will be prepared for the participants.
On April 23, the history lessons and food appreciation will commence, and will run until April 27th. Scheduled will be two schools per day with ten students and one adviser per trip.
“An experienced tour resource person has been tapped by the DOT Davao to handle the tours. Accompanying each tour will be two travel bloggers and a representative from the media, who will be tasked to promote the experience,” said Eden, and added, “ The Davao Food Trip and Walking Tour’s transportation is subsidized by Bonamine under the free tours program of Visit Davao Fun Sale. Students will cover the food trip fee to include food, resource persons and lecture materials.”
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