Ramon Magsaysay Park

Satellite image of Ramon Magsaysay Park in Davao City

I’m no expert in Davao City and I’ve never been there (I’d love to visit it someday) but I think that the Ramon Magsaysay Park is the premiere public park in the city, akin to Manila’s Rizal Park. Well, I think at least before the new People’s Park was opened in 2007.

Ground-level view of the tower with Pres. Magsaysay's statue Photo by Amor Envina Magno. (CC-BY-2.0)

Now I’m not sure what connection the late popular president had with Davao City, but I think that this park is a fine tribute to the chief executive who died in a plane crash en route from Cebu to Manila in 1957. The park is overlooking the Davao Gulf and you can see Samal Island quite easily from the park. Located at the center is a tri-pillar obelisk with the statue of the president beneath it; this can be seen at the photo and as a white circle at the satellite image thumbnail.

The park is also home to various tourism offices, like the regional office of the Department of Tourism, the Davao office of the Philippine Tourism Authority, and the Samal Island Tourism Estate Project. The park also features an 2,000-person open-air ampitheater, a children’s park, and the open-air Our Lady of Fort Pilar chapel.

Check out the official website of the Ramon Magsaysay Park for more information.

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January 15, 2009
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  1. joyce wrote on July 12, 2009 @ 10:00AM

    euge! you should do people’s park, which is the center of the city. now that’s the happening place for locals, right beside it is the apo view hotel, another very popular hotel, that houses a koreans only casino. seriously.

    ateneo may be the supposedly best university in davao, but an important university is the university of mindanao, it has 2 campuses in the city. davao is such a terrific place! maybe the city isn’t the most well laid out, but the people are the warmest, most honest people i’ve met so far.

  2. Eugene wrote on July 14, 2009 @ 02:38PM

    Joyce, sure, I’ll feature People’s Park as the next sight in Davao.

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