Davao 2016 Part 2 – Museo Dabawenyo and D’Bone Collector

One of the very few places where photography is allowed!

You know a city has its soul intact when its culture and history are properly preserved, and when they’re made easily accessible to the public. In fact, the city museum of Davao is absolutely free of charge, with volunteer tour guides on standby. You can’t miss it – the location is right smack in the middle of the city center.

Unfortunately, photography was prohibited in the museum. Please check it out if you find yourself in Davao! The tour only takes about an hour, and it’ll definitely make you appreciate the city even more.

Notable things from my visit to Museo Dabawenyo – a quick introduction to each Lumad group (different tribes in the South) with replicas of their houses, actual weapons, etc., American and Japanese artifacts from the war, a Japanese map of Davao (complete with Japanese street and building names) that prompted the Philippine government to turn the town of Davao into a charter city, lots of prestigious awards that the city has gotten for peace and good governance, a complete list of Datu Bago awardees, some interesting Duterte-related anecdotes from the tour guide (like how Duterte’s mother was the one who encouraged arts and culture in Davao, and how they only need a Finisher now that they have President Duterte the Punisher and Mayor Sara the Puncher – LOL), and one of national artist Victorio Edades’ last paintings!