Jack’s Ridge in Davao City

While everyone was busy Google Mapping @ Mam Bebs, we were at Jack’s Ridge enjoying the birds eyeview of Davao City right after visiting the Davao Japanese Tunnel.

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Overlooking Davao City

The area where Jacks Ridge now stands used to part of the Japanese headquarters during the World War II. The Japanese soldiers were forced to retreat to the Matina Hills when the Americans landed in Davao in May of 1945. Here they could secure a panoramic view of the gulf where the American ships were waiting. As history has shown, fierce fighting took place here at this time, ultimately with the Japanese bowing in defeat.

Kool Kats Pool

Today over 60 years later, you can still find reminders of this historic time at Jack’s Ridge. Dugout caves still litter the area and it is not uncommon to find bullet casings and other artifacts in the soil. There is also a local rumor still going around that there is hidden gold in some of these caves that the Japanese had pilfered from other countries and brought into Davao to hide.

A flock of Pigeon

Jack’s Ridge has managed to maintain the reasons why the Japanese found it to be so important which is its vantage point high above Davao city. Thankfully the owners of this area have made sure the region maintained its natural beauty. Today Jack’s Ridge has been developed to offer a new dining experience, with high end restaurants with more plans to expand on the horizon.

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Some of the restaurants now located on Jack’s Ridge include Taklobo, Kai’s Bar and Grill where local bands serenade the crowd all night, Karlo’s Gourmet and Coffee. A great new addition is Kool Kat’s Pool where swimmers can lounge about amidst waterfalls while enjoying the wonderful view. There are also facilities that can be used for weddings and banquets as well as a really cool outside amphitheatre and cottages for those who want to experience a night in this beautiful lush environment.

Before we left the place, we visited the souvenir shop located next to the resort. Its perfect to visit Jacks Ridge in the afternoon so you can play with multitudes of pigeons also owned by the resort.

  1. Micamyx says

    Wah hindi ako nakapunta dito 😐

  2. Harland Sturch says

    We really enjoy what you write on here. We try and visit it every day so keep up the good writing!

  3. aldam23 says

    davao never ceases to amaze tourists. filipinos should include the city in their travel itinerary. looking forward to visiting davao. by the way, any suggestion on affordable hotel in the city, thanks.

  4. cagayan de oro resorts says

    The resort looks nice, and the water slide looks thrilling. Do they have overnight rooms there?

  5. Melissa says

    Jack’s Ridge is one of those great places here in Davao City. “Restaurants plus nice views”, this is one good reason why this place is populated by locals and foreigners.

  6. Lyndon says

    Yeah masarap talaga sa jacks ridge. historical pa ang place. meron pa dito for davao city restaurants

  7. farina says

    i sooo love jack’s ridge! mas enjoy kung marami kang kasama. na-miss ko na ang jack’s ridge eh.

  8. Mia karren escovilla says

    magkanu entrance fee dito ? =)

  9. Boracay says

    This place is cool. A good place for barkada trips and/or family reunions/bondings.. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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