For a peculiar tourist like me, the Overland Transport Terminal, most popular as Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao City is a haven for an unplanned tour to anywhere around Mindanao. Tourists will be delighted with the tight security and updated list of destinations plus travel time table posted on the board upon entering the terminal. Among the list of destinations, I opted to take the bus going to Tagum City and see what I can find. Tagum City is the capital of Davao Del Norte.
It took me just an hour to get there via Rural Bus and I was very surprised to discover how beautiful the city is. And one will never get lost.
Signage here and there, monuments and landmarks, and the awesome kilometers-long lineup of palm trees along the national highway greet everyone as you approach the city proper. I haven't seen anything like this in the entire country. I was not able to take pictures along the highway but I promise to take some next time.
Tagum is a peaceful city in a provincial setting with almost everything - hotels, malls, cozy restaurants, organized transport, wide cemented roads. There are a number of attractions in Tagum waiting for me to conquer in my second visit.