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Davao Downtown – Ponce Suites, Magsaysay Park, Jack’s Ridge, Matina Town Square

Davao By September 12, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Straight from the Pearl Farm Marina, our cab brought us to Ponce Suites in downtown Davao. H picked this place because he thought, being all artsy it was, I was going to love it. It was the weirdest place ever and quite scary to be sleeping in to tell the truth. Or maybe I was not in the proper mindset  (I always say that to excuse myself.)

Ponce Suites, Davao

Nevertheless, we sampled their menu, had all our breakfasts at the penthouse resto and even spent some time hanging out, literally, really, as in literally, on a cage jutting out of the building’s top floor, with some drinks.

Ponce Suites, Davao

Breakfast at Ponce Suites

 

If it were not for its commercial purpose, Ponce Suites in Dona Vicenta Village, Davao City, could have been placed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most decorated establishment in the world…with artworks from a single artist. Here are a few words from PonceSuites.net about Kublai Ponce-Millan, one of the most prolific contemporary artists in the country.


Kublai Ponce-Millan, who created all these giant works, was born on July 8, 1974 in Cotabato City. He finished schooling at the University of the Philippines with a degree of Fine Arts. After which, he dedicated his life back in Mindanao, sculpting the culture from which, where which he grew up, as a human being and as a soul. The massive pieces magnify calm, passion and grief proportonately in the stone-grain finish accomplished with the five-year technique developed through various weathers accompaning their inceptions and growth, from steel and wiremesh underpinnings above and below ground, to the finishing of the last detail of the gesturing hand. – Click here for the source.

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Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Davao, November 2006 – Part II

Davao By September 8, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

In the mornings, we headed to the resto for the breakfast buffet then went for a stroll or a swim or a nap. We didn’t really find a lot of things to do there other than what one would call “relax”. At one point we decided we we’re going to explore the island and headed for the resort gate to walk out and explore what’s beyond BUT we didn’t quite make it.

The Parola, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Davao

The Parola, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Davao

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Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Davao, November 2006 – Part I

Davao By September 8, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

My very first point-and-shoot camera, the very first waterproof camera that Pentax put out in the market back in 2005, was a gift from H. My very first digital SLR, bought in 2006, was a wedding present from H. The first photos taken with this camera, an Olympus E-500, were taken during our post-wedding trip to Davao two days after the wedding.

This is where I take a trip down memory lane, in my desire to look at how I was, at twenty-four years old, a very young bride and still fresh from my year spent living in El Nido where I spent days eating six times a day and getting a full 8-hours of sleep almost every night.

This is also where I take a trip down memory lane, in my desire to look at how the very first pictures we took, with our camera, bought just the day before, its manual we never really read, looked like.

The package we got at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort was at P18,000 for the two of us for a three-days and two-nights stay with all the meals included as well as boat transfers.

To get to the resort, all boat transfers are done at the Pearl Farm Marina.

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Checking in and listing in for the transfer to Samal Island

Pearl Farm Marina, Davao

Waiting for the transfer

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