CSJ Conference: About Davao

Tara na sa Davao!

Welcome to Davao City, the largest city in Mindanao. A city where you can find the diversity of Mindanao in just one spot. Find more information about the city and accommodation options here.
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Welcome to Davao City, the largest city in Mindanao. A city where you can find the diversity of Mindanao just in one spot.

With President Duterte being the first President from Davao, national attention has turned to this city and Mindanao island. It has an international airport, connected to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as many Philippine destinations. Davao’s reliable taxis will take you anywhere in the city. Its seaport is one of the busiest in the island.

Davao City is a salad bowl of not just of students - as most of the top universities and colleges are present here - but young professionals as well.

Investments have recently made it the tourism hub of Mindanao. It is a city of different gateways. Beaches are pristine and very accessible. The highland districts also await the trekkers and wildlife enthusiast. It is the home of the Philippine monkey-eating eagle and vanda sanderiana (waling-waling). Party goers and food lovers have so much variety of bars and restaurants to choose from.

Davao City is culturally diverse with eleven major ethnic tribes converged in the city. In 2009 the city received an award of most-culture friendly in the Philippines. It takes pride of the Kadayawan festival and Araw ng Davao celebration. Despite its diversity, safety and security is the top priority of everybody. As proof, Davao is in hall of fame on best peace and order council in the Philippines.


The city has so much to offer in terms of accommodation. The first muslim-owned hotel in Davao was opened in 2011, the El Bajada Hotel with 67 rooms to offer. It is conveniently located along Bajada Street, walking distance to malls and other restaurants. Standing in the heart of shopping and business district of the city are the Marco Polo Hotel of Davao with 245 guest rooms and suites and The Pinnacle Hotel & Suites with 214 rooms to offer. All these hotels are located in the proximity of Ateneo de Davao University, the host of the “On CSJ” Conference.

Tara na sa Davao!