We made sure to visit Jack's Ridge which is situated on top of Shrine Hills in Matina. It is one of Davao's must-see attractions that offer the best eyeful view of the city and its surroundings.
Jack's Ridge is a 3-hectare portion of land where visitors can also opt to dine at Taklobo Restaurant for a Filipino gastronomic delight that also provides a dazzling view.
In addition, this ridge has a coffee shop, piano bar, amphitheater, swimming pool, park and a play area for children. I felt kind of disappointed as we didn't get the chance to explore the whole place since it was drizzling a little.
One important thing I noticed about Jacks' Ridge is the informative markers and trivia along the way.
As we winds down the hill for a charming stroll, the impressive natural surroundings and bounteous green plants really enthralled us.
Interesting Facts about Jack's Ridge inscribed on a wall:
"The land on which Jack's Ridge now stands once formed part of the headquarters of the retreating Japanese forces towards the end of the World War II. The Americans had landed in Davao on May 1, 1945, forcing the Japanese to beat a path to Matina Hills where they had a commanding view of the Davao Gulf where the American Ships were anchored. Fierce fighting soon erupted between the two forces and as history shown as, the Japanese lost etc."
Since we wanted to see the gleaming Davao at night, we decided to spend our time first at Karlo's Coffee Station while waiting for the sun to fade.
Karlos' Coffee Station
This is a very inviting cozy cafe with a great patio area that has a large screen projector.
Davao is gleaming like a string jewels
Jack's Ridge can be reached in about 10 minutes drive from downtown area. To get there, you'll have to take a taxi cab or a private vehicle. It is advisable to visit the place late in the afternoon or early evening. It's a great choice for families, friends as well as lovers. Highly recommended for nature and panorama enthusiast.