Davao is Mindanao’s hub when it comes to arts and culture. After visiting the Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort, we went straight to Lynda’s Durian Candy Factory for pasalubong shopping. Aside from Pomelo (Suha), Durian is probably Davao’s most consumed fruit.
Since a lot of my friends appreciate Durian in Candy form, I bought several packs of Durian Candy from Linda’s Durian Candy Factory. Other than fruits, durian candy, mangosteen candy and ube candy, Davao is also the market place for Mindanao’s arts and crafts.
Your Davao visit is not complete without visiting the Aldevinco shopping center, a one stop shopping arcade where you can buy Maranao and T’boli brass wares, Maranao Baur (Black Wooden Chest), Indigenous house decors, malongs, batik products and a lot of antiques and other ethnic products. This is a great location for those who love to shop, whether it’s for sweets or for a new chair to sit comfortably on while you play some bingo games at home; the choice is wonderful and there’s always something to see.
This shopping center is one of the oldest landmark in Mindanao with over 40 years in operation. Aldevinco is the shopping center in Mindanao that truly showcases the culture and heritage of the province.
With over 100 souvenier specialty shops, the Aldevinco Shopping Center is conveniently nestled at the junction of Claro M. Recto and Manuel Roxas Avenues.
Right beside the shopping center, several pomelo vendors line up to give you a sample or their product. Among the Philippine Pomelo species, Davao has the sweetest pomelos I’ve ever have tasted. Pomelo’s are priced according to size and variety.
If you visit Davao during the Kadayawan Festival season, you can buy a kilo of Pomelo for Php60.00 – Php70.00.
After an hour of pasalubong shopping in Aldevinco, we went straight to Magsaysay Avenue to buy fresh Durian. Davao has been known as the durian capital of the Philippines. Durian (Durio zibethinus Murr) is an exotic fruit which is popular for its foul smell and deadly sharp thorns which are fully capable of drawing blood. Among the local variety’s of Durian, I love the puyat and arancillo variety for it’s sweetness, soft texture and its mild aroma.
Oh Well, I’m missing Davao as of this writing. I want to go to Lachi’s for lunch and have the “Unforgettable Pork Ribs” and go straight to Magsaysay Avenue to grab a bite of fresh durian. Hell Yeah! I wish!
Where to Shop:
- Davao Shopping Centers
- Aldevinco Shopping Center
- Chimes Mall
- City Triangle
- DAMOSA Market Basket
- Davao Central Warehouse Club
- Felcris Department Stores
- Gaisano Mall of Davao — J.P Laurel Avenue, Davao City
- Gaisano South Citi Mall — Ilustre St., Davao City
- CCC Mall of Davao — corner McArthur Highway and MA-A
- NCCC Mall (Main)
- SM City Davao — Quimpo Boulevard
- Victoria Plaza Mall — J.P Laurel, Bajada
Linda’s Durian Special Candies
Makers of Homemade Quality Durian Candies
#26 San Antonio Village, Matina Davao City
Tel. (082) 293-0404