43 days to X'mas: Holiday touches in post-blast Davao night market


Posted at Nov 12 2016 07:51 PM

DAVAO CITY -- Christmas lanterns start to decorate a popular night market on busy Roxas Avenue here, showing the resilience of President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, two months after a powerful bomb attack that left scores dead or wounded.

Some 1,000 students, officers and families looking for an affordable but filling meal or a cheap massage flock to the Roxas night market every night, authorities said.

Since September's explosion, police and soldiers have surrounded entry points with steel rails where people are frisked before they are allowed inside.

A memorial was built in the middle of the long stretch, on the exact location where the improvised bomb, believed to have been planted by Islamic extremists, went off.

Halal fare are sold alongside grilled pork innards, underscoring the religious diversity in this city that is home to both Muslims and Christians.