This Davao trip for work marks my first trip to the island of Mindanao. I thought to myself, what a remarkable time to visit this premiere city notwithstanding the ongoing Martial Law raised throughout the region. I have to give it to Davao, it is clean and orderly – impressive as the showpiece of the current Philippine President’s successful campaign. Davao is a city of superlatives. It is physically big, it is in the shadow of the country’s highest peak, and probably more significant for Davaoenos – the economic future looks bright for the city.