here's one Samal Island point of interest that i had almost scrapped off our list... but after talking with our habal-habal driver, we decided to give it a try... it was a really long drive from the bat cave... but it was a good place to end the Samal Island tour... :-)
this had been famous to Samal Island locals as the White House only... but based on our habal-habal driver's story, this was originally owned by Hilario Camino Moncado, who was the leader of a religious cult Moncadistas and the founder and supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Filipino Crusaders World Army (i'm not so sure what that is but that's what is written on the sign above the entrance: "Filipino Crusaders World Army, Inc. National Headquarters")... Well, this American Mindanao blogger has more to say about the place: Bob Martin
the first thing that caught my attention when we got there was this stone-made fence... it was still in progress that time...
we get to talk to these two caretakers of the place. they told us a little about the Moncadistas and our conversation later went to the fence that they were still building and then later to massage service that they were offering... :-)
we asked permission to go inside the house... i've seen photos of what's inside the house from other blogs when i was coming up with our itinerary so i really want to see it for myself... as expected some photos of the moncadistas were on display... and even a photo of Jose Rizal. Makes me wonder, are they related in any way with the Rizalitas? Most parts of the house are already in bad condition, every step you'll make will produce a creaking sound... i was even afraid i might step on a very soft part and destroy it... we tried to went upstairs too... although i think it's going too far already for us... but when we saw one of the caretakers inside he nodded that it's ok... :-) there were spacious rooms... but there's one that is locked and another very dark hallway that we didn't dare explore... we were throwing jokes that this may be similar to the horror movies where we get to be in a house where we can no longer leave (my apologies to the Moncadistas...) so we decided to head home already(we were already starving after the whole day tour...). my camera's battery went off already at this point.... :-)
i almost forgot to mention... the location of the White House is just too perfect for a nice view of Davao City... and according to our habal-habal driver, if sky should have been clearer we can also view Mt.Apo. :-) the first thing that came to my mind is a bed & breakfast place... the location is just to perfect for a chillax escape...:-)
Samal Island, Davao City