By Din M. Villafuerte@dinmveeINQ

April 30, 2022 12:00:00


It is a city of many nicknames: “King City of the South,” “Crown Jewel of Mindanao,” “Orchid Capital of the Philippines,” “City in Bloom,” “Durian Capital of the Philippines,” “Chocolate Capital of the Philippines.”

Based on these tags alone, it’s pretty much easy to deduce that the City of Davao has so much to offer—from garden resorts and unspoilt nature trails to gastronomic delights and rich flora and fauna. It comes as no surprise that many local and foreign tourists are drawn to this part of Mindanao, given how it is teeming with wonders and curiosities waiting to be explored.

A trip to Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak, is usually first on the itinerary of every Davao City visitor. A protected area under the Natural Park category, Mt. Apo is home to over 200 species of birds and to one of the world’s largest eagles, the critically endangered Philippine eagle.

From the country’s most prominent mountain, you can head to the Philippine Eagle Center where visitors are offered a glimpse of the country’s forest ecosystem. The center facility is home to 36 Philippine eagles, 10 other species of birds, four species of mammals and two species of reptiles.

Malagos Garden Resort is one more stop that nature and animal lovers shouldn’t miss. The agri-tourism destination offers recreational activities such as bird-feeding, animal encounter, and bird and raptor shows. Malagos is also home to the country’s first chocolate museum. Here, you can even try if you have the skills to be a chocolatier.

Another must-visit is Eden Nature Park and Resort, an 80-hectare mountain resort in Brgy. Eden in Toril. Located some 3,000 feet above sea level, the area is known among locals as the “Tagaytay of Davao,” where one can expect scenic mountain views, a cooler climate and fresh air.

Imagine living basically just a stone’s throw from this nature retreat, where you get to enjoy the crisp and clean mountain air, cool weather and peaceful surroundings. Picture yourself being greeted by an unobstructed panorama of Davao Gulf the moment you step out of your house during the day, and unwinding at night while marveling at the city’s twinkling skyline.

Sta. Lucia Land Inc. (SLLI) makes that a possibility with Las Colinas Verdes in Brgy. Eden. Situated just off the Bayabas-Eden Road, this upcoming community is ideal for those who have been dreaming of building a home that’s a quick drive from Davao City.

The trusted property developer sees Las Colinas as suitable most especially for those who want a vacation home where they can engage in their hobbies. Homeowners can choose from estate-sized lots ranging from 500 sqm to 1,200 sqm.

Those who want to get serious with gardening or leisure farming will delight in Las Colinas’ cool climate. With an elevation of 771 sqm above sea level, the weather here is perfect for cultivating plants.

Aside from providing a conducive atmosphere for one’s craft, the 97-hectare residential development has features that will support one’s active lifestyle. Built within Las Colinas is a jogging path so residents can do leisurely runs safely within the property. Another special feature is the 2.7-ha man-made lake, as Sta. Lucia has long been an advocate of lakeside leisure living through its master planned communities.

A home here at Las Colinas indeed feels like having your very own space in paradise. And with Davao City increasingly becoming a popular business and leisure destination, your own part of Eden makes for a viable investment as well.

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