We arrive in Davao (click for map) about 6am after a long trip via Hong Kong and Cebu. Jo and Baby are there waiting. They drop us off at Ken’s hotel for breakfast. On our last trip Ken was just completing his new project, the Viajeros Economy Inn, and it’s now well and truly complete and doing very well. Ken has had the Yellow Fin restaurant around the corner for many years, and now runs a free shuttle bus (a Suzuki multi-cab) between the hotel and restaurant, a distance of about 100 metres by foot!
We are tired from the trip, so after breakfast we head back to Linda’s home to unpack and take a siesta. Ad usual we are staying in the exact room Linda had growing up in Davao.
Kriscia, Carlo and Sabine were already in Davao, having arrived before Christmas, and are staying with Carlo’s family. Kitinn and Gabriela arrived earlier in the week and are staying with us in the adjacent bedroom in Linda’s family home.
Menchu and Frank also arrived before Christmas and unbeknown to us were heading up to the family retreat in Catigan late morning. The Angeles family had donated a meeting place for a purok in Catigan (a purok is a subdivision of a barangay which is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines) and they were attending the formal opening ceremony along with Boy and Ken’s son Pao. The purok was in fact named after the Angeles family as the land was donated by Linda’s father many years ago as part of the government’s agrarian land reform program. Had we known about the ceremony we would have gone no matter how tired we were. The photos on our web site were kindly donated by Menchu.
Feeling rested after the siesta, we have dinner out with the family about 30 in number, hosted by Ella and Carlo on the occasion of their wedding anniversary. The restaurant was Nanay Bebeng where the food was traditional and good.
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