DAVAO City b-- The Department of Tourism in Region XI is eyeing to market cultural tourism this year particularly during Davao City’s Kadayawan.
DOT-XI Regional Director Robbie Alabado says that the local government of Davao City is identifying and developing different sites in the city as cultural villages.
“Hopefull by the season of Kadayawan, we can have tourists in the sites.” Alabado said during an interview at SM City Davao’s Kapehan sa Dabaw today (May 8).
Among the sites are in the ancestral domain of the Matigsalogs, another site in Carmen Calinan, in Sicao also in Calinan and in Sibulan.
Alabado says the tourists can stay in the village as observers where they can join them in their meals or in going around the communities, however their stay must not be disruptive to their way of life.
“They are treated as guests of the family where they will be staying.” Alabado says.
Presently in the region there is a cultural village in Tibolo, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur which is a community of Bagobo Tagabawa. The cultural village was funded by the DOT’s Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the four cultural villages in Davao City will be constructed as a local government initiative.
Alabado says cultural tourism will let tourists experience the way of life of the indigenous communities. It had been done in countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. (PIA/RG Alama)
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