Layak Paanod: Wild Water Tubing

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River Tubing or locally known as Paanod in Davao is an outdoor sport in which people ride salbabidas (or inner tubes, “donuts”, “biscuits” due to their shape) down a river. Depending on the conditions of the river, tubing can be a relaxing way to spend a day, or it can be an energizing wild adventure. It’s like white water rafting, but with tubes in place of the rafts. But unlike water rafting which you do in a group; this water sport depends on you entirely.

I don’t know how to swim so I was a little hesitant to float and flow freely down the rapids on my own but this was another activity I was really excited about and looked forward on this trip so I’m not gonna back out. Layak team will provide the life jackets and helmets for additional safety.

We were told that the river is shallow. We can stand on our feet if we fall out of the tubes. Though, there are deep areas, too. In any case, the best way to go on is just to float freely, Layak team is there to assist and rescue us all the way to end of the ride.

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There’s another thing that you might want to try. To float down the river using just a two bottles connected with each other using a rope. It’s good because the bottles acts as a “salbabida” so you will just float and just go with the flow of the river.

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People’s Park

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People’s Park is a cultural-theme park located at the center of Davao City. It is the brainchild of the then mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte, who, in December 15, 2007, led the ceremonial inauguration of the park.

The Durian Dome serves as the visitor’s center and main entrance which opens to the park. This spiky dome roof was artistically designed after the spiky shell of the durian, a tropical fruit which Davao City is known for.

Most of the other statues are representing the Lumad People. Lumad is a term pertaining to Davao’s varying groups of indigenous people. You’ll find a lot of these statues at almost every corner of the park; most are in groups and some are alone or in pairs. They make a good symbolism of unity in diversity and a good impression to the visitors how rich in culture that Davao region has.

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Our most favorite statue here is the Philippine Eagle statue. They must have put it there to show everyone how the Davao City government values the preservation of this bird and other wildlife as it’s the home of the Philippine Eagle Foundation. The craftsmanship of the makers of this statue is really amazing. Despite of its large size, we can how realistic the eagle looks like.

Davao Crocodile Park

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pangilIf you’re killing time in Davao City, south of the Philippinesand would prefer somewhere that isn’t too far from the city center, visiting Davao Crocodile Farm would be an interesting option. Davao Crocodile Park was considered as one of the key tourist destination in Davao City as it features various exotic animals such as monkeys, snakes, birds, tigers, various type of reptiles with of course Crocodiles. It is where you can learn and enjoy the rich flora and fauna of Davao City.

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This photo is taken in the entrance of the Crocodile Park when me and my friends visited it back in 2012. The surrounding area has restaurants and shops, as well as a butterfly farm in the vicinity. The park boasts of both saltwater and freshwater crocs, lizards, fowls, and if I have to emphasize this again, a tiger. There are tacky statues of indigenous tribesmen and animals. There’s a yellow python you could carry for those precious photo ops.419218_10151382502000241_74653298_n