Many historians believe that the name "Davao" is actually the mixture of the
three names that three different tribes, the earliest settlers in the region, had
for the Davao River.
The Manobos, an aboriginal tribe, referred to the Davao River as Davohoho.
Another tribe, the Bagobos, referred to the river as Davohaha, which means
"fire", while another tribe, the Guiangan tribe, called the river as Duhwow.
The history of the region dates back to the times when various tribes
occupied the region.
It is believed that the Manobos, Mandayasand the Bagobos actually
occupied the area. These are the same tribes that created the small
settlements and communities that eventually became Mindanao.
Davao Region or Southern Mindanao (Filipino: Kadabawan) is
one of the regions of the Philippines, designated as Region XI.
It is located on the southeastern portion of Mindanao, and
consists of four provinces, namely: Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte,
Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur.
Davao is the Hispanicized pronunciation of daba-daba, the
Bagobo word for "fire" (the Cebuano translation is "kalayo").
Davao City is not only the third largest city in the country (next to Cebu and
The fact that a significant part of the land is perfect for agriculture have
led to the development of plantations and industries dedicated to the
growth and nurturing of coconuts, coffee, pineapple and other fruits
Roman Catholic, comprising about 80 percent of the
Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ),
Evangelicals, the Jesus Miracle Crusade
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (Mormons) comprise eight percent.
Seventh-day Adventists and Baptists are other
Others (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and animism).
The People Major Dialects:
it is now developing into a center for agro-industrial business, trade
Its competitive advantage is in agri-industry as its products, papayas,
mangoes, bananas, pineapples, fresh asparagus, flowers, and fish
products are exported internationally.
The region can be a vital link to markets in other parts of
Mindanao, Brunei Darussalam and parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Other economic activities are mining, fishery, forestry and agriculture.
Both private and foreign investors and businessmen are putting up huge
business centers in the region, fueling up its commercial growth rate.
PRODUCTS AND INDUSTRY
Durian has become almost
synonymous with Davao City
because of its abundance, and
because of its scarcity in other parts
of the Philippines, many have sought
after this exotic fruit.
Durian is widely known as the “King
of Fruits”, and is abundant in Davao.
Davao's rich fertile volcanic soil and
climate make it most suitable for
sustained production of the freshest
and tastiest Durian.
In the entire country, Davao
Region has been known as
the “Banana Capital”, with
the province of Davao del
Norte being the top
producer. Per data of the
Bureau of Agricultural
Statistics (BAS), banana
production in Davao Region
reached 4.3 million metric
tons in 2004.
This is 76% of the total
Davao Oriental is the leading
coconut producer in the
It produces an average of one
billion nuts annually covering a
total crop area of 156,837
The major products exported by
the province through the
International Copra Export
Corporation are crude oil and
Records show that export of
816,863 metric tons of crude oil
and pellets from 1997 to 2001 is
valued at $ 185.7 million.
Among the major fruit crops of
the Davao Region is
Every street corner of Davao
City is abundant of this sweet
"citrusy" fruit that is widely
known for its health benefits.
The fruit is said to be effective
in the treatment of diarrhea.
Cocoa or Cacao(Theobroma
cacao) is an important
commodity in the world today
and offers a good source of
income for small-holder
farmers in the Philippines.
The country has cultivated
cacao since the 17th century.
Per the Department of
Agriculture statistics, in 1990,
the area of cocoa planted was
about 18,377 hectares (ha),
with most of this growing in
Davao is one of the top producers of
pineapples in Asia.
Davao Pineapples are bright orange in
color and not the usual pale yellow.
They are small but sweet, and are
exported in countries such as Japan,
Hong Kong, South Korea, Middle East,
and and New Zealand.
Marang is an exotic fruit akin to a
jackfruit and breadfruit, and is very
abundant in Davao.
While it usually gives off a pungent odor,
especially when ripe, the fruit is
delicious, soft flavoured and is
considered superior in flavour to both
Jackfruit and breadfruit
DAVAO DEL NORTE
Davao del Norte (Tagalog: Hilagang Dabaw), and once known
simply as Davao, is a province of the Philippines located in
the Davao Region in Mindanao.
Its capital is Tagum City. Davao also includes Samal Island to the
south in the Davao Gulf
Davao del Norte was originally composed of
thirteen municipalities, namely: Asuncion, Babak (now in Samal
City),Compostela, Kapalong, Mabini, Mawab, Monkayo, Nabunt
uran, Panabo, Pantukan, Samal, Santo Tomas and Tagum.
Davao del Norte is a primarily agricultural, but also engages
in mining, forestry, and commercial fishing.
Davao del Norte has a population of 910,784 as of 2010 Census. The
population density is 248 per km². Main languages spoken are Bisaya
PEARL FARM BEACH RESORT
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The Kadayawan Festival is an
annual festival in the city of Davao in
Its name derives from the friendly
greeting "Madayaw", from the
Dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning
good, valuable, superior or beautiful.
The festival is a celebration of life, a
thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the
wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest
and serenity of living.
Discover Davao: Kahayag Festival
2012 in Carmen ,Davao del Norte
The Municipality of Carmen, Davao
del Norte is celebrating its second
Kahayag Festival this year.
Participating organizations (LGUs,
schools, etc) showcase their skills
and creativity in the Christmas Tree
and Belen making contest.
Looking at the well lighted festival
area, I felt so proud of my hometown.
Davao del Norte on the other hand
celebrates this event every first week of
July in time for the founding anniversary
of the province.
The festival pays tribute to the largest
economic contributor and the province’s
number one export - bananas.
It showcases the different varieties of
banana like the Senorita, the Latundan,
the Lacatan and the Saba.
It also features a banana cookfest and
a "saba"-inspired street dancing
competition and beauty pageant..
Tabanogan Festival: the feast of St
Peter is celebrated in Davao with a
number of festivities, among the most
notable being the kite flying
competition in which locals showcase
their talents in this age-old activity.
It is a month long
the delectable fresh
durian produced by the
Plant Now Pay Later
(PNPL) beneficiaries and
other durian growers in
The Festival highlights
also include culinary
competitions that feature
durians as the main
The various events
showcase the talents and
creativity of the students
and F&B professionals.
From cakes, pastries and
bread, to coffee,
cocktails and mock tails.
DAVAO DEL SUR
Davao del Sur (Filipino: Timog Dabaw) is a province of
the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao.
Its capital and largest city is Digos City.
The province is bordered by Davao City to the north, the new
province of Davao Occidental to the south and Cotabato, Sultan
Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani to the west
The province of Davao del Sur is
subdivided into 9 municipalities and
1 component city
The early inhabitants of the Davao provinces, particularly the
area now called the province of Davao del Sur, were the Bagobo-
Guianggas who occupied the places at the foot of Mt. Apo, the
B’laans of Hagonoy Valley, the Manobos in Malita and Jose Abad
Santos, and other primeval tribes
Mount Apo is a large
in the island of Mindanao,
With an elevation of 2,954
metres (9,692 ft) above sea
it is the highest mountain in
the Philippines and is located
between Davao City and
Davao del Sur province in
Region XI and Cotabato
province in Region XII
Deeply hidden within the
mountains near the Mount Apo
National Park in Sitio Tudaya of
Barangay Sibulan, at Sta Cruz,
Davao Del Sur lies a towering
majestic beauty called Tudaya
Considered as one of the
highest and beautiful waterfalls in
the Philippines, this single tiered
waterfalls is definitely a most
welcome oasis right in the middle
of thick bushes and huge towering
ferns and cogons amid a trail of
sharp rock formations
CHINA TOWN OF DAVAO
Located on the busy
street of Ramon
called Don Jose
Uyanguren St., it’s
one of the oldest
streets of Davao, also
if you’re looking for
China Town is a wide
variety of dried goods
store for the
consumers to choose,
not only homes for
families but business
PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER
Philippine Eagle Center
The Center is home to 36
Philippine Eagles, 18 of
which are captive-bred. It
also houses 10 other
species of birds, 4 species
of mammals and 2 species
of reptiles. Simulating a
tropical rain forest
environment, the Center
offers the visitor a glimpse
into the country’s forest
ecosystem. Although the
exhibits are used primarily
to help educate the Filipino
people on conservation,
the facility is also
considered a major tourist
attraction in Davao City.
The term ‘Bansaulog’ is a combined
word for Bansalan and saulog, which is
the visayan translation for celebration.
More than a few activities and
programs are annually held by the
private sectors and local government.
These activities and programs consist
of lyre and drum presentation, street
dancing presentation, cheerdance
presentation, Hiphop Dance
Competition, street dancing
presentation showcasing the place’s
cultural heritage, and Agri Day giving
value to the Municipality’s agricultural
Davao Oriental (Tagalog: Silangang Dabaw, Cebuano:
Sidlakang Dabaw) is a province of the Philippines located in
the Davao Region in Mindanao.
Its capital is Mati and borders Compostela Valley to the
west, and Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur to the north.
Davao Oriental is the easternmost province of the country
with Pusan Point as the easternmost location.
The Philippine Sea, part of the Pacific Ocean, faces Davao
Oriental to the east.
Its major industries includes agriculture, fishing, small
and medium cottage industries, and tourism.
This province is famous for waterfalls, white-sand beaches,
historical attractions, and the Mandaya Tribe, whose
unadulterated culture and traditions are still very evident in
their day-to-day lives.
The Aliwagwag Falls is a
series of more than 130
cascading waterfalls located in
Barangay Aliwagwag, about 30
minutes drive from the town’s
It a unique waterfalls blessed
with different rock formations,
shapes and various heights.
It ranges from 6 to 110 feet.
There is one measured at 72
feet and another is at 67.
Overall, Aliwagwag Falls is
1,110 feet of cascading energy
and 20 meters in width.
MENZI CITRUS PLANTATION
Located in Mati, a
citrus plantation within
the 1,000 hectare
They produced fresh
and processed citrus
DAVAO CROCODILE PARK
The Davao Crocodile Park is an
establishment that showcases a ‘state
of the art’ crocodile farming system in
It has the most recent crocodile farm
design equipped with modern facilities
We Educate people about the
natural world of the crocodiles and their
connections with nature, not only the
also the wildl animals inside Davao
We Inspire people to respect and
appreciate nature and share their
knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
Compostela Valley (Cebuano: Kawalogang Kompostela) is a
province of the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao.
The province, called Comval for short, used to be part of Davao del
Norte until it was made independent in 1998.
It is the fourth newest province of the Philippines, behind Dinagat
Islands, Zamboanga Sibugay and Davao Occidental.
Its capital is Nabunturan.
The province borders Davao del Norte to the west, Agusan del Sur to
the north, and Davao Oriental to the east.
The main sources of livelihood are agricultural products such as rice,
coconut, cacao, coffee, papaya, mango, pineapple, durian and banana. It
has been projected that by 2030 the province will be one of the richest
provinces in the country because of its rich natural resources and
Some residents have fishponds and culture their own fish like tilapia and
The province is also rich with gold ore.
Abreeza Mall is a shopping
mall complex located at J.P.
Laurel Avenue, in Davao
City, Philippines. It is the
first Ayala Shopping
Center located in Mindanao.
It opened on May 12, 2011.
It is owned by Accendo
Commercial Corporation, a
joint venture company of
Ayala Land and Anflocor.
SM CITY ECOLAND
Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City
SM City Davao is a shopping
mall owned and developed by
SM Prime Holdings, the largest
mall developer and owner in the
Philippines. SM City Davao, the
pioneer SM Mall in the Mindanao
region, opened to the public on
November 17,2001 with a gross
floor area of 78,735 sqm and a
land area of 132,000 square
designed retail space to relax,
explore and enjoy with the entire
SM CITY LANANG
SM City Lanang or SM City
North Davao is a mall owned
and operated by SM Prime
Holdings, the largest mall
operator in the Philippines. The
mall is located at J.P. Laurel
Avenue, Lanang, Davao City,
and it will be the second SM
Mall in the city. SM City North
Davao will be erected within the
land area of 640,000 sq.m. and
the mall itself will have a Gross
floor area of 175,000sq.m.;It is
twice the size of SM City Davao
which only has a land area of
132,000sq.m. and gross floor
area of 75,440 sq.m. The Mall
is expected to open in 2012.