One of Davao City’s oldest neighborhoods, the place where the young Rodrigo Duterte – the future President of the Philippine – grew up in, is fast becoming a haven for budget travelers.
Juna Subdivision, located on the south side of the Davao River that splits the city in two, was one of the earliest residential developments to spring up after the war. The place where many of Davao’s most prominent families built their homes.
A few streets away from the Duterte ancestral home are the houses of Dominguez, Floirendo, Sarenas, Ayala, Alcantara, Dalisay, Robillo, Santos-Munda, Dela Paz, Lorenzana, and many other families that are part of Davao City’s storied past.
Today Juna Subdivision has been transformed by the entry of many small hotels, inns, and bed and breakfast places – many of which are owned and operated by the younger generation of the original homeowners. This includes Casa Munda, The Big House – A Heritage Home, Jogues Appartelle, Domecilio Lorenzana Appartelle, Rue Mango Appartelle, and many more.
What makes the hotels in the area attractive to travelers, aside from the affordable rates, is the central location of Juna subdivision to many of the places you would want to visit when you go to Davao. It is quiet community that is just a walk or short ride away from malls, supermarkets, and great dining options. It is also located far from the bustle of Davao’s downtown area, and a good jump off point when you want to go to some of the city’s most famous attractions like Eden Nature Park, Malagos Gardens, Crocodile Park, and the Philippine Eagle Nature Reserve, among others.