Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Davao City is the largest city located on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It is also one of the Philippines' most progressive cities. Its international airport and seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the southern part of the Philippines.

Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city serves as the regional center for Davao Region. The City named by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th "Asian City of the Future". In recent years, Davao City has emerged as the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines. 

Brief History

According to historians, the word "Davao" is a result of the phonetic blending of words from three Bagobo sub-groups, meaning "beyond the higher grounds" or "over the hills yonder", a reference to the location of Davao River, a trading settlement. When different tribes went to the area, they would say that they were going to "davoh" (Obo group, considered the earliest tribe to settle in the area), "duhwow" (Clatta group) or "dabu" (Tagabawa group) as the place was surrounded by the hills of Buhangin, Magtuod, Maa, and Matina.

Led by Alvaro de Saavedra, the Spaniards - the first non-natives to visit Davao - arrived in the region in 1528. After the Spanish troops revolted and slayed Moro leader Datu Bago in 1847, a local hero who protected Davao from foreign invaders, Don Jose Oyanguren became the first governor of the undivided Davao province and renamed the place Guipuzcoa.

Way before World War ll, Davaoneos had amicable relations with Japanese. In 1900, a group of Japanese established extensive plantations of abaca around the gulf area and was engaged in logging, fishing and trading. The increase of Japanese residents earned Davao the title "Japan kuo" or "Little Japan."

In March 16, 1937 Davao finally became a city when President Elpidio Quirino formally inaugurated the signing of Davao as a charter city.

Other facts about Davao City


  •  The word Dabaw is pronounced Da’vao with a hard accented a and vao pronounced gently with a downward tone
  • Located in the Southeastern part of Mindanao, is approximately 946 kilometers from Manila.
  • Strategically located in the Asia- Pacific rim, the city serves as a gateway to the world.
  • It is the key player in the flourishing trading club called Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA.
  • Mindanao’s center of commerce, trade and services.
  • Known for the scenic and majestic Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the country at 10, 311 feet above the sea level.
  • Is called the “Durian City of the Country”, as this exotic fruit grows.
  • The Durian, the Philippine Eagle, the Waling Waling, and the Mt. Apo are icons inherently identified with Davao.
  • Land Area: 2, 443.61 sq.km.
  • Ten Tribes: Ovu Manuvu, K’lata, Matigsalog, Tagabawa, Ata Manuvu, Kalagan, Sama, Tausug, Maranao and Maguindanao
  • Major Languages: Tagalog, Cebuano, English, Chinese
  • Climate: Tropical Temperature: 21.0 ° to 34.7 ° C
  • Population: 1,537,981 (2012)
  • Typhoon free, with distributed temperature, rainfall and humidity throughout the year.

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