For so many years now, Davao has been noted for zero casualty every Christmas and New Year from firecrackers accidents it’s because we have a city ordinance that bans firecrackers during these celebrations, in short if you want to make noise to drive those whatever spirits they’re talking about, there are always democratic arrangements to carry out this tradition … number 1, you can shout your lungs out in the middle of the night. Number 2, grab your ‘palanggana’ and ‘kaldero’ and gong it ‘till it breaks your arm Number 3, the infamous ‘torotot’ is always the preferred choice… just remember to breath in between and for Number 4, sneak out of the city and torch as many firecrackers as you can.
Unfortunately, we did none of the above; we celebrated it quietly by the sea, watching fireworks from the closest island. Actually, we did it on purpose so the kids can see actual fireworks because from the time they were born firecrackers/works had already been banned and they had no idea what these things are all about.
So we trooped to Chateau del Mar, it’s a small charming hotel fronting Samal Island, we have quiet a good view of where fireworks gonna happen by midnight of the 31st, thanks to the generous resort owners at the island my kids enjoyed it a lot, including the mom of course, it's no compare to the ones at Times Square though, but to people where these things are forbidden, it's quiet a view!
But just in case you may want to visit Davao, Chateau del Mar is a nice place to stay. They are located in between Pearl Farm Jetty and Insular Hotel at Lanang of this City. Here, sharing some snapshots of the place... we crossed-over to Insular Hotel to have our New Year's 'media noche' and returned after... it's way to expensive to spend the night there... lol....
|Chateau del Mar's Lobby|
|the ocean front of the hotel|
|ocean view from our room's balcony, the breakwater there is actually the jetty to Pearl Farm|
|Afternoon at the pool, It's kinda cold, me in my robes from the balcony, lol|
|Beautiful New Year's sunrise on this side of town|