By Poyen Ramos on May 5, 2016
Have you ever been to Davao? You should probably visit sometime, and see how great of a city it is. But if you’re lucky enough to live and work in this buzzing hub in Southern Mindanao, we have some serious inggit factor going on.
In 2015, Davao City was announced the second safest city in Southeast Asia with Singapore topping the list. The survey was conducted by Numbeo.com, a user-generated data about cities and countries that collects information from users about the city’s and country’s statistics.
Davao City has gone beyond its famous tourist spots like Pearl Farm Beach Resort, the Davao Crocodile Park, the Philippine Eagle Nature Center, and the DECA Wakeboard Park to a city that's also fast becoming a major hub for top information and communication technology companies.
Its impressive reputation attracts major BPO companies to set up roots here for their medical transcription services, back office outsourcing and more. Apart from the multinationals, there are many jobs in Davao that make the city truly an awesome place for work and play.
In this Wi-Fi dependent day and age, more and more companies are embracing some non-traditional workplace practices. In a FlexJobs study, researchers found that out of 2,600 employees surveyed, 24 percent said they get their best work done during work hours inside the office. The rest? Well, they are more productive (and inspired) elsewhere.
About 50 percent of the employees said they work best at home while 12 percent said they are more engaged when working at a coffee shop or other commercial areas. The other 14 percent said they can be most productive inside the office but only when the rest of the team has gone home.
This is why more companies, multinationals or not, are offering flexible work schedules and schemes for the majority of millennials who are now ruling the workplace. Coincidentally, more and more commercial establishments are offering free Wi-Fi.
If you’re looking for jobs in Davao, check out the cool places below so you can hunt for jobs at your most convenience. If you’re currently working in Davao and you have a flexible working schedule, this is the place where you have to be.
2F, Sky Garden, SM Premiere, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang
Some like it hot. Some like it cold. Some like it with Durian. Whatever you fancy, Blugré Coffee will serve you some fancy Durian-laced coffee. Try the Blugré Durian Cappuccino and the Blugré Durian Arctic Blasts while working on that company presentation. The vibe here is like the province-grown equivalent of Starbucks.
F. Torres Branch, Prime Square Compound, F. Torres Street
Perfect for folks who work in the BPO industry who want a quick caffeine fix. All Green Coffee branches are open 24/7! The rustic, minimalist interior with its “unfinished" brick walls, and the calming coffee music playing in the background at their Torres branch will take your concentration level up a notch. Their must-try items include the Blueberry Ensaymada and the Milk Tea with Fine Salt and Cheese.
Kalakoa Coffee Hut
Urban Turf, 3/F, Abreeza Mall, JP Laurel Avenue
Three words: Very fast Wi-Fi. Unlike most coffee shops who go for minimalism, you might pronounce the name as “Kaloka” because of the shop’s Hawaii-inspired décor complete with beach umbrellas and surfboards. Kalakoa actually means “of many colors” in Hawaiian. Even the food is colorful here. It’s a cool place to hang out if you want to try something…different.
Coffee at Yellow Hauz
V. Mapa, Mabini Streets, Davao
A “home away from home.” Coffee at Yellow Hauz offers such a homey vibe to it that it makes it so easy (or difficult) to focus. Apart from coffee favorites and free Wi-Fi, they also serve refreshing sweet smoothies. Top bets include the Berry Good Smoothie and Snapple Smoothie. Its owner, April San Pedro, also owns the next door Artisan Design Studio which is another awesome place to hangout in.
Chicco Di Caffe Davao
Corner Padre Faura Street and Roxas Avenue
Chico di Caffe’s Coffee Halo-Halo is definitely a surprising crowd favorite. If you think it’s a weird combination, it is. But somehow it works. Regular patrons call themselves “Chiccoholics,” many of whom are students who swear by their durian lattes and smoothies. Their Roxas Avenue branch is a short distance from the Ateneo de Davao’s Jacinto Campus.
Coffee Grounds by Golden Lion
Golden Lion Dormitel, Roxas Extension
If you want to work in style, the best coffee shop to be is Coffee Grounds by Golden Lion. Every inch of the place is Instagram-able! Even the food is trendy. Don’t forget to try to their Seafood Pomodoro Pasta and Trio Formaggio Pizza. Best of all, free Wi-Fi!
Sea Green Cafe and Lifestyle Shop
Circumferential Road, Poblacion District
Foreigners swear by their Malunggay Pesto Pasta. Other favorites include the Cilantro Brown Rice, Seafood Risotto and Thai Fish Cakes. This café is a quaint place to work and take a lot of Instagram photos. They have free Wi-Fi and a very mellow restaurant-by-the-sea vibe.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Abreeza Mall, JP Laurel Avenue
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is one of the most popular coffee companies in the Philippines with three branches sprouting in Davao and more across the country. The atmosphere is very laid-back and they have free Wi-Fi, however, you'll need to get a hold on their Swirl Card to get the password.
The Swirl Card is a good investment if you’re fond of working at coffee shops. You can get freebies and discounts using the card and it’s transferable too. Must try here includes the Hazelnut Frappe and, of course, the Lemon Squares.