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Davao Recreation:

Recreation : Davao, PhilippinesApo Golf & Country Club

Lanang Golf & Country Club.

Mountain climbing.

Mountain bike trails. Horseback riding.

Diving and water sports at the resorts.

Gaming at Casino Filipino.

Davao is a sportsman's dream paradise. One can play golf or tennis, go diving or fishing and enjoy spelunking or mountain climbing.

Diving. Davao Gulf dive trips can be arranged through Scuba Davao (c/o Fishpenn Davao, Anda St. Davao City Tel. 62812), Coral Reef Resort, Paradise Island Beach Resort, or Davao Insular Intercontinental Inn (For addresses and telephone numbers, refer to section on Accommodations). Popular sites are around Samal and Talicud Islands for beautiful corals, drop offs and sea life-filled slopes. In front of the former Aguinaldo Pearl Farm off the western shore are World War II shipwrecks. Off the gulf 's northeast section are the Ligid Islands made up of Big Cruz and Small Cruz. These are rimmed by narrow coral shelves and a few pinnacles. The more adventurous can go to Nangan Bay on the east side of the gulf. Here are more corals, fish and sharks. It is possible to dive year round, though March till July would be the best time.

Golf. Davao is a favorite golf destination. Lanang Golf and Country Club in the heart of the city, (Tel. 75952) is an 18hole layout in a plantation setting with challenging situations. It has a clubhouse, restaurants, tennis court, golf sets and caddies. Apo Golf and Country Club, located in Dumoy (l l km south Tel. 81944), is an 18-hole championship course with views of Mt. Apo on clear days. Also laid out in a coconut plantation setting, the famed course has a clubhouse, conference hall, swimming pool, pelota court, restaurant and golf sets. New Davao City Golf Club in Matina (3 km south Tel. 81845) is a 9-hole course with golf sets for rent, caddy service, a clubhouse and canteen.

Climbing Mount Apo takes four days. There are many trails so climbers often ascend and descend through different routes to see more of the place. Before climbing, contact the Department of Tourism Office in Davao (Magsaysay Park Complex, Tel. (82) 221-0070/221-6955) or the Mt. Apo Climbers Association of Davao City ( c/o The House of Lord Anthony San Pedro St. Davao City Tel. 62062/78247) where tents, camping, gear, provisions and guides are available. The Davao Tourism Office also organizes Holy Week climbs called "Conquer Mt. Apo" and semestral break ascents in October called "Octotrek" where large numbers of climbers join in.

Horsegifht : Davao, PhilippinesSpelunking in Samal Island and Tibangao Caves in Sanghay, Malita can be arranged with the Department of Tourism.

Tennis can be played at the Davao City Tennis Club on A. Pichon Street, Capitol Tennis Club along Bolton Street, and Davao Insular Intercontinental Tennis Courts in Lanang.

Game Fishing action is at Cape San Agustin where marlin and tuna abound.

Horsefights are staged during summer months from March to May in Malita, 150 km south of Davao City. The fighting stallions are trained by Tagakaolo and B'laan tribesmen and brought down from their settlements to an arena.

Merienda Philippines Cuisine

Merienda is taken from the Spanish, and is a light meal or snack especially in the afternoon, similar to the concept of afternoon tea. If the meal is taken close to dinner, it is called merienda cena, and may be served instead of dinner.

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