Monday, June 21, 2010

My World#75 People's Park, Davao City

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This is the People's Park's visitor's centre. The spiky dome roof looks like the spiky shell of durian fruit which the city is well-known for.

People's Park is formerly the PTA grounds where athletic meets, concerts and huge gatherings were held in Davao City. This was where I jogged with my high school friends years ago but it went into disuse after land squabbles between the local government and the heirs of the donor of the land where it stands started came about. Happily, the issue was resolved and the P75M park project was started with the help of the private sector.

The 4-hectare park was reopened last December 15, 2007. It got its name from a "Name the Park" contest held by the city government.

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The park has become a popular destination among locals and visitors. It has a mini-forest, visitor's centre, a manmade waterfalls, a Green Theatre for concerts and shows, and the most well-loved feature of the park are the sculptures made by a well-known and prolific Davao sculptor, Kublai Milan. The sculptures were of the indigenous people of Davao.

Kublai Milan is also the sculptor of the Overview Park in Bukidnon.



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10 comments:

Barb June 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

Hi Marites,
I love the colors in your photo. Those little people sculptures are fantastic. I hope you post more pics of them.

Sylvia K June 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

Oh, I love the colors, too, Marites! And the sculptures! Looks like such a wonderful place! Would love to see more! Have a great week!

Sylvia

ewok1993 June 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM  

this is a very popular park in that area eh. i have seen bits and pieces of the parks from other bloggers and i think from you too. such a beautifully designed park.

do they have free concerts at that park too.

Rajesh June 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

Interesting. I am glad it is reopened and is in use once again.

J Bar June 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

Great.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Luna Miranda June 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

oh, so the dome is durian!:p i went to the People's Park at night. Kublai Milan's sculptures were fascinating--we also stayed at the Ponce Suites where his works are showcased. at the park, i was entertained by the "warning signs". is it true that there are surveillance cameras inside the park?:p

Ann June 21, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

so funny, there is a people's park and a durian in Sinagpore too. I bet many of the Philiino who have worked in Singapore would tell their family about the Esplanade.

Marites June 21, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

@Luna Miranda: that's what the news said and the park also has 24-hour security.

@ewok: yes, they do have free concerts or free shows at the park from time to time.

Jenn June 22, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

Beautiful sculpture and what a wonderful park. I agree, the colors are great and the durian dome is quite interesting. I love durian!!! :-)

Joyful June 22, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

This looks like a cool place. I love the sculptures out front.

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