Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Aside from Kadayawan Festival, which is very famous not only in the Philippines but also outside the country, Davao City also celebrates the prestigious “Araw ng Dabaw”. Dabawenyos flock the main thoroughfares of downtown area to witness the parade of different groups, tribes, and some celebrity appearances, to rejoice and commemorate the creation of Davao City. The celebration also highlights the bountiful harvest of our farmers.

Major events also highlight the celebration like Mutya ng Dabaw where talented young Dabawenyas showcase their beauty, talents, and brains to get the crown. As part of the festival, Datu Bago Awards are given to important people who had contributed to the development of Davao City.

Many tourists across the country and “balikbayans” witness the yearly celebration of Araw ng Dabaw. 

The city was joyously inaugurated in March 1, 1937 with Hon. Elpidio Quirino, then the Secretary of Interior as President Quezon’s representative in the celebration program. When the City of Davao began on March 1, 1937, its population was listed at about 68,000. By 1940 it increased to 98,000. By 1945,despite the toll and dispersion caused by the Japanese invasion in December 1941, the city’s population by estimate in 1946 increased to 111,263. In the census of 1960, population figure doubled to 227,635. In 1970, this rose to 750,000. (Population estimates by officials and business sector). - Source: www.davaocity.gov.ph

Davao City today is already changing the landscape in terms of business development. More high-rise buildings were constructed and other businesses. Despite of this development, Davao City retains its reputation to be one of the non-polluted city in the country. Proofs of these are the comments from social networking site and every individual who already visited the city. Fair treatment between tribes is one of the agenda being highlighted by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

This year, Davao City will be in the spot light in celebrating this yearly event. More tourists from locals and internationals will be in Davao to celebrate this event. 

Araw ng Davao 2015 Schedule of Events



ARAW NG DABAW SPORTSFEST
March 1-31, 8am – 9pm | Various Venues

MUTYA NG DAVAO TALENT COMPETITION
March 6, 2pm | Gaisano Mall of Davao

ARAW NG DAVAO SPORTFEST OPENING
March 6, 5:30pm | Davao City Recreation Center

MUTYA NG DAVAO 2015 (Media/Public Presentation of Top 15)
March 9, 1pm | Abreeza Mall

THANKSGIVING MASS
March 9, 3:30pm – 4:30pm | San Pedro Cathedral

ARAW NG DAVAO 2015 OPENING
March 10, 5pm | Rizal Park

CITY HALL EMPLOYEE’S DAY
March 11, 9am – 5pm | Quezon Park

LITTLE MAYOR OF DAVAO ON-THE-SPOT ESSAY WRITING CONTEST
March 12

DAVAO UNPLUGGED
March 12, 6pm | San Pedro Square

ARAW NG DAVAO MUSICFEST 2015 
March 13, 3pm-2am | San Pedro Square

MAYOR RODY INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
March 14, 6:30am onwards | Apo Golf, Bago Aplaya

DATU BAGO AWARDS
March 14, 5pm | Royal Mandaya Hotel

MUTYA NG DAVAO CORONATION NIGHT
March 14, 7pm | Davao City Recreation Center

BANDA HUDYAKA
March 15, 1pm | San Pedro Street

PARADA DABAWENYO
March 16, 7am | Magsaysay Ave., - C.M Recto – Bonifacio St. – Legazpi St. – San Pedro St.

PAHALIPAY CONCERT NI MAYOR RODY UG VICE MAYOR PULONG
March 16, 6pm | Rizal Park

HULAGWAY SA ARAW NG DAVAO PHOTO CONTEST
March 18, 5pm | City Information Office


Source: City Government of Davao



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