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An Expat Talks about Living in Davao, Philippines

Jan 12, 2016


An expat who has lived in Davao, Philippines for 10 years says that life in Davao revolves around socializing, eating, drinking and living a nice and happy life -- in and surrounded by nature. Although there is some work to be found in Davao, he explains that it's best to have remote Internet-based work from outside the country.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Davao

How long have you lived there?

10 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Diving, rotary, NGO like tree planting or animals or street children. Church groups.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

They are diverse and they accept differences. Majority is catholic, then Muslims and Buddhist. Not so much atheist. People pity the atheist over here.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Fruits! Fruits! Fruits! Vegetables! Shipping, tourism, BPO/callcentre, The most people find jobs just asking around.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Socializing, eating, drinking, living a nice and happy life in and surrounded by nature.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

The best is to have some work over internet from outside the country. It is more an investment country over here than a job finding country.

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gelynch52ph
Oct 3, 2017 07:05

I won't argue with the mattress thing, but there are a couple mattress manufacturers (in CDO at least) that will custom make you a very good mattress. You can buy any TV sold in USA or Europe in Philippines and for about the same rice, so leave your old one at home and buy a new one.

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