Straight from the Pearl Farm Marina, our cab brought us to Ponce Suites in downtown Davao. H picked this place because he thought, being all artsy it was, I was going to love it. It was the weirdest place ever and quite scary to be sleeping in to tell the truth. Or maybe I was not in the proper mindset (I always say that to excuse myself.)
Nevertheless, we sampled their menu, had all our breakfasts at the penthouse resto and even spent some time hanging out, literally, really, as in literally, on a cage jutting out of the building’s top floor, with some drinks.
If it were not for its commercial purpose, Ponce Suites in Dona Vicenta Village, Davao City, could have been placed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most decorated establishment in the world…with artworks from a single artist. Here are a few words from PonceSuites.net about Kublai Ponce-Millan, one of the most prolific contemporary artists in the country.
Kublai Ponce-Millan, who created all these giant works, was born on July 8, 1974 in Cotabato City. He finished schooling at the University of the Philippines with a degree of Fine Arts. After which, he dedicated his life back in Mindanao, sculpting the culture from which, where which he grew up, as a human being and as a soul. The massive pieces magnify calm, passion and grief proportonately in the stone-grain finish accomplished with the five-year technique developed through various weathers accompaning their inceptions and growth, from steel and wiremesh underpinnings above and below ground, to the finishing of the last detail of the gesturing hand. – Click here for the source.
Sadly, my mac would not let me access their website no matter how I tried so I wouldn’t know what’s there. If any of you have any idea, drop me a note. See, I wouldn’t know what Ponce Suites is now, after almost 5 years. Maybe its better? Maybe weirder? Your guess is as good as mine.
Here are some links to learn more about Ponce Suites and its artist:
- Kublai Millan invades Manila
- Kublai Millan on WikiFilipino
- Kublai Millan, southern Philippines most prolific artist
We took a trip downtown using public transportation the entire time. We went to Magsaysay Park and did shopping at the Aldevinco Shopping Center. We also bought a lot of fruits!
The next day was another day for going around Davao. Our first stop was actually a church – The Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague.
And then off to Jack’s Ridge we went for early lunch. The following photo was taken by H as we were going down the hill. Such image of freshness, HAHAHAHA! Poster girl for summer. I wish I was still this yummy, I mean, chummy, no really, I meant chubby.
Food is good here, but not as good as we had hoped it would be. That did not stop us from having our photo taken by one of the waiters though.
After lunch, we went around the complex for nuggets of history and took photos here and there.
Next stop on this city tour is the Crocodile Park, which also had a mini-zoo.
I find it funny that I used to post for photos like this. These days I don’t really do this anymore.
And I wasn’t going to post this photo of H with the crocodile, but then after the biggest saltwater crocodile ever caught in the wild made headlines last week, I thought, “it’s timely, why not?!”
It was one tiring day and a tiring day deserves chilling out at night! Off we went to Matina Town Square. I had a co-teacher once from Davao, he said the MTS is the inspiration for Eastwood…. (Chismis why not! *winks)
How I love it when waiters take photos of people. I was challenged in outdoing the umbrella pole right there.
And even though we went home late, we were up really early the next day to go to Eden Park. Well, we had been fighting, and thus the absence of pictures. (Haha, classic!) The absence of pictures… except this one.
I forget now what we were fighting about but I remember sleeping the entire time in the car from downtown all the way to Eden Park. I also remember how nice the herbs smelled. I had loved that park. It would be nice to come back to it too.
We spent the entire morning in Eden Park and headed to the Philippine Eagle Center where we had lunch and then a little tour.
And I think we we’re still fighting during this time because H took this photo of me, walking far ahead into the garden of Eden…. *winks*
It has taken me years to appreciate this photo. Just like some things in my life…
*Note to reader: This trip was made in November 2006.