Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#Davao still very provincial compared to other #Philippines cities!

You've painted an overly idyllic picture of Davao's melting pot here. It may be 'peaceful,' but as a foreigner I can't walk down the street without getting a load of 'hey, Joe' cat-calls from all ages and made to feel like an alien in their city.

I haven't experienced that level of harassment (however benign, it's a constant annoyance) in any other country in Asia, not even elsewhere in the Philippines, urban or rural. Foreigners are still something of a novel concept in Davao and they are extremely provincial even when comparing themselves to their countryfolk from Manila and Cebu who they have clear stereotypical views about.

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