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A hotel in Davao is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Davao hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Davao are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Davao hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Davao hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Davao have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Davao
An upscale full service hotel facility in Davao that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Davao hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Davao
Full service Davao hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Davao
Boutique hotels of Davao are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Davao boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Davao may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Davao
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Davao travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Davao focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Davao
Small to medium-sized Davao hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Davao traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Davao hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Davao
A bed and breakfast in Davao is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Davao bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Davao B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Davao
Davao hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Davao hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Davao
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Davao hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Davao lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Davao
Davao timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Davao often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Davao on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Davao
A Davao motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Davao for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Davao motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Davao City
Dakbayan sa Dabaw
Lungsod ng Dabaw
Highly Urbanized City
City of Davao
(From top, left to right): Ateneo de Davao, San Pedro Cathedral, City Hall of Davao, People's Park, Skyline of Davao City, Marco Polo Hotel Davao, Davao River, Davao Chinatown
(From top, left to right): Ateneo de Davao, San Pedro Cathedral, City Hall of Davao, People's Park, Skyline of Davao City, Marco Polo Hotel Davao, Davao River, Davao Chinatown
Official seal of Davao City
Seal
Nickname(s):
  • "City of Royalties"
  • "Crown Jewel of Mindanao"
  • "Eco-Adventure Capital of the Philippines"
  • "Durian Capital of the Philippines"
  • "Fruit Basket of the Philippines"
  • "Philippines' Little Japan"
  • "Silicon Gulf"
Motto: Life Is Here
Anthem: Tayo'y Dabawenyo (We are Davaoeño)
Map of Davao City and the province of Davao del Sur
Map of Davao City and the province of Davao del Sur
Davao City is located in Philippines
Davao City
Davao City
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates:  / 7.07; 125.6  / 7.07; 125.6
Country Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao del Sur (geographically only)
Districts 1st to 3rd Districts of Davao City
Founded as a town June 29, 1848
Incorporated October 16, 1936
Cityhood March 16, 1937
Highly Urbanized City December 22, 1979
Founded by Don Jose Cruz de Oyanguren of Guipuzcoa, Spain
Barangays 182
Government
• Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio (HUGPNG)
• Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte (HUGPNG)
Area
• City 2,443.61 km (943.48 sq mi)
• Urban 293.78 km (113.43 sq mi)
• Metro 3,964.95 km (1,530.88 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (22.3 ft)
Population (2015 census)
• City 1,632,991
• Density 670/km (1,700/sq mi)
• Metro 2,516,216
• Metro density 630/km (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)
  • Davaoeño (male)
  • Davaoeña (female)
  • davaeño, -a (Spanish)
  • davaense (Spanish)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8000
IDD:area code  +63 (0)82
Income class 1st city income class
PSGC 112402000
Electorate 873,670 voters as of 2016
Languages Davaoeño Cebuano, Tagalog, English, Davawenyo language and other minority languages (Tausug, Manobo, Chavacano, Maranao, Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Website www.davaocity.gov.ph

Davao City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw, Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw) is the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area and the most populous city in the country outside of Metro Manila. An independent highly-urbanized [[highly urbanized city[*] of the Philippines|highly urbanized city[*]]] on the island of Mindanao with a total land area of 2,443.61 km (943.48 sq mi), it has a population of 1,632,991 people based on the 2015 census. This figure also makes it the third-most-populous city in the Philippines and the most populous in Mindanao.

It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2015 census with a population of 2.5 million, after Metro Manila's 12.8 million and Metro Cebu's 2.8 million). The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center of Davao Region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. The city is also nicknamed as the "Durian Capital of the Philippines".

For geographical and statistical purposes, Davao City is grouped with the province of Davao del Sur but is governed independently from it. The city is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays.

Davao City is constantly described by its residents and the national media as arguably among one of the safest cities in the Philippines, however this has been met with criticism.

Davao City: Etymology

The region's name is derived from its Bagobo origins. The Bagobos were indigenous to the Philippines. The word davao came from the phonetic blending of three Bagobo subgroups' names for the Davao River, a major waterway emptying into the Davao Gulf near the city. The aboriginal Obos, who inhabit the hinterlands of the region, called the river Davah (with a gentle vowel ending, although later pronunciation is with a hard v or b); the Clatta (or Giangan/Diangan) called it Dawaw, and the Tagabawas called it Dabo. To the Obos, davah also means "a place beyond the high grounds" (alluding to settlements at the mouth of the river surrounded by high, rolling hills).

When asked where they were going, the usual reply was davah (pointing towards the town).

Davao City: History

Davao City: Spanish era

Official colonization of the area, however, began in 1848 when an expedition of 70 men and women led by José Cruz de Oyanguren of Vergara, Spain, established a Christian settlement in an area of mangrove swamps which is now Bolton Riverside. Davao was then ruled by a chieftain, Bago, who had a settlement on the banks of the Davao River (then called the Tagloc River by the Bagobos).

After Cruz de Oyanguren defeated Bago, he renamed the region Nueva Guipúzcoa, founding the town of Nueva Vergara (the future Davao) on 29 June 1848 to honor of his home in Spain and becoming its first governor.

Saturnino Urios, who labored among the Moros of Hijo in 1892, divided the population; those who wanted to live among the Christians left Hijo, and were resettled in Tigatto, Mawab and Agdao under the supervision of Francisco Bangoy and Teodoro Palma Gil. These groups generally refer to themselves today as Kalagans.

Davao City: American period

The development of large-scale plantations faced a labor shortage, and workers were contracted from Luzon and the Visayas (including Japanese laborers from the Baguio, Benguet road construction).

Man bicycling down street in old photo, with cars in background
Japan-town, Davao City (circa 1930s)

Because of increasing Japanese influence in the region's economy, on March 16, 1936, congressman Romualdo Quimpo from Davao filed Bill 609 (passed as Commonwealth Act 51), creating the City of Davao from the Town of Davao (Mayo) and Guianga District. The bill called for the appointment of local officials by the president.

Davao was inaugurated as a charter city on October 16, 1936 by President Manuel L. Quezon. The City of Davao became provincial capital of a united Davao Province. It was one of the first two towns in Mindanao to be converted into a city (the other was Zamboanga).

Davao City: Second World War

On December 8, 1941, Japanese planes bombed the harbor and from December 20, 1941 landed forces and began an occupation of the city which lasted to 1945. Davao was among the earliest to be occupied by Japanese forces, and the city was immediately fortified as a bastion of Japanese defense.

The city was subjected to extensive bombing by forces led by Douglas MacArthur before American forces landed in Leyte in October 1944. The Battle of Davao towards the end of World War II was one of longest and bloodiest battles during the Philippine Liberation, and brought tremendous destruction to the city, setting back the economic and physical strides made before the Japanese occupation.

Davao City: Post-war period

In 1967, the Province of Davao was divided into three provinces: Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur. The city of Davao became part of Davao del Sur; no longer the provincial capital, it became a commercial center of southern Mindanao. During the 1970s, Davao became regional capital of southern Mindanao; with the reorganization, it became the regional capital of the Davao Region (Region XI) and highly urbanized city in the province of Davao del Sur.

The conflict inside the city became severe, murders in the streets occurring very frequently. This situation lasted until 1985, when locals formed the vigilante group "Alsa Masa" (People's Rise) to drive the causative elements from the city.

Real social stability in the city, however, began in earnest when Rodrigo Duterte first assumed office as mayor in 1988. Prior to this, the city had a reputation as the country's murder capital.

Davao City: Geography

Davao City is approximately 588 miles (946 km) southeast of Manila over land, and 971 kilometres (524 nmi) by sea. The city is located in southeastern Mindanao, on the northwestern shore of Davao Gulf, opposite Samal Island.

Davao City: Topography

Mouth of the Davao River in Talomo District
Mount Apo is the tallest mountain in the Philippines.

Davao City's land, totaling about 2,443.61 square kilometres (943.48 sq mi), is hilly in the west (the Marilog district) and slopes down to the southeastern shore. Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines, is located at the city's southwestern tip. Mount Apo National Park (the mountain and its surrounding vicinity), was inaugurated by President Manuel Quezon (in Proclamation 59 of May 8, 1936) to protect the flora and fauna of the surrounding mountain range.

The Davao River is the city's primary drainage channel. Draining an area of over 1,700 km (660 sq mi), the 160-kilometre (99 mi) river begins in the town of San Fernando, Bukidnon. The mouth of the river is located at Barangay Bucana at Talomo District.

Davao City: Climate

Davao has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen climate classification Af), with little seasonal variation in temperature. Average monthly temperatures are always above 26 °C (78.8 °F), and average monthly rainfall is above 77 millimetres (3.03 in). This gives the city a tropical climate, without a true dry season; while there is significant rainfall in winter, the largest rainfall occurs during the summer months (see climate chart, below).

Climate data for Davao City
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.9
(87.6)
31.2
(88.2)
32.3
(90.1)
33.0
(91.4)
33.0
(91.4)
31.6
(88.9)
31.4
(88.5)
31.6
(88.9)
31.8
(89.2)
32.1
(89.8)
32.1
(89.8)
31.4
(88.5)
31.9
(89.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.4
(79.5)
26.6
(79.9)
27.3
(81.1)
28.0
(82.4)
28.0
(82.4)
27.2
(81)
27.0
(80.6)
27.1
(80.8)
27.3
(81.1)
27.4
(81.3)
27.4
(81.3)
26.9
(80.4)
27.2
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
22.0
(71.6)
22.3
(72.1)
23.0
(73.4)
23.0
(73.4)
22.9
(73.2)
22.7
(72.9)
22.7
(72.9)
22.8
(73)
22.8
(73)
22.7
(72.9)
22.4
(72.3)
22.6
(72.7)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 114.7
(4.516)
99.0
(3.898)
77.9
(3.067)
144.9
(5.705)
206.7
(8.138)
190.1
(7.484)
175.9
(6.925)
173.2
(6.819)
180.1
(7.091)
174.8
(6.882)
145.7
(5.736)
109.7
(4.319)
1,792.7
(70.58)
Average rainy days 17 14 12 11 15 19 18 17 17 19 20 20 199
Average relative humidity (%) 81 80 78 78 81 81 82 81 81 80 81 82 81
Source: PAGASA

Davao City:

Mount Apo is home to many bird species, 111 of which are endemic to the area. It is also home to one of the world's largest eagles, the critically endangered Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird. The Philippine Eagle Foundation is based near the city. The orchid waling-waling, also known as the "Queen of Philippine Flowers" as well as one of the country's national flowers, is also endemic in the area. Fruits such as mangosteen (known as the "queen of fruits") and durian (known as the "king of fruits"), grow abundantly on Mount Apo.

Davao City: Geology

Despite Davao City's location in the Asian portion of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the city has suffered few earthquakes and most have been minor. Mount Apo, 40 kilometers southwest from the city proper, is a dormant volcano.

Davao City: Demographics

Population census of Davao City
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1970 392,473 -
1980 614,124 +4.58%
1990 849,947 +3.30%
1995 1,006,840 +3.22%
2000 1,147,116 +2.84%
2007 1,363,337 +2.41%
2010 1,449,296 +2.25%
2015 1,632,991 +2.30%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

The population of Davao City is 1,632,991 according to the 2015 census. Metro Davao, with the city as its center, had about 2.5 million inhabitants in 2015, making it the third-most-populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the most-populous city in Mindanao. In 1995, the city's population reached 1,006,840 inhabitants, becoming the first city in Mindanao and the fourth nationwide to exceed one million inhabitants. The city's population increase during the 20th century was due to massive immigration waves coming from other parts of the nation and the trend continues to this day.

Davao City: Ethnicity

A Matigsalug woman in a red decorated tribal blouse making tribal bracelets
A Matigsalug woman

Residents of Davao City and the whole corresponding Davao Region are colloquially known as Davaoeños. Nearly all of local Davaoeños are Visayans (majority are Cebuanos and the native Davaoeño people, with minority are Ilonggos), while others from other ethnicity such as Lumad and Aeta form up the remainder of the local population. The Moro ethnic groups are the Maguindanaons, Maranaos, Iranuns, Sangirese and the Sama-Bajaus. Non-Filipino Asians such as Indonesians, Malaysians, Koreans, the Chinese, the Japanese and Indians have settled and made small communities in Davao City. Non-Asian foreigners such as the Americans and Europeans are also present in the city..

Davao City: Languages

Davaoeño Cebuano, a sub-variant of Mindanao Cebuano, is the most widely spoken language in the city and its satellite cities and towns. English is the medium of instruction in schools and widely understood by residents. Aside from Davaoeño Cebuano, Davaoeño Chavacano and Mindanao tribal languages such as Tagabawa-Bagobo, Manobo-Bagobo and Mandaya are also spoken, as well as a localized form of Tagalog. Hiligaynon is used and understood by residents who mainly came from the provinces of (North) Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato in SOCCSKSARGEN, as well as from Iloilo and Guimaras provinces of Western Visayas and from the Negros Island Region.

Davao City: Religion

The city's San Pedro Cathedral

A majority of Davao City's inhabitants are of the Roman Catholic and Iglesia Ni Cristo affiliations. Other Christian groups, such as the Members Church of God International led by Bro. Eliseo Soriano, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Evangelicals, Lutherans, the Jesus Miracle Crusade, Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) and followers of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, comprise eight percent of the city's religious background. Seventh-day Adventists, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Philippine Independent Church and Baptists are the other Christian denominations. The remaining five percent belong to non-Christian faiths, mainly Islam. Some of the other faiths are Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, animism, Judaism and the non-religious.

The Restorationist Church Kingdom of Jesus Christ had its origins in the city. Apollo Quiboloy, the claiming "Appointed Son of God", was the leader of the movement.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao is the main metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic Church in southern Mindanao. It comprises the city of Davao, the Island Garden City of Samal and the municipality of Talaingod in Davao del Norte; under its jurisdiction are the three suffragan dioceses of Digos, Tagum and Mati (the capital cities of the three Davao provinces). Archbishop Romulo Valles of the Archdiocese of Davao, appointed on February 11, 2012, by Pope Benedict XVI, took office on May 22, 2012, at San Pedro Cathedral. Saint Peter, locally known as San Pedro, is the patron saint of the city.

Davao City: Economy

J. P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City

Davao is part of the East Asian Growth Area, a regional economic-cooperation initiative in Southeast Asia.

According to the foundation, the city has a projected average annual growth of 2.53 percent over a 15-year period; Davao was the only Philippine city to reach the top 100. As the largest economy outside Metro Manila, the city also serves as the largest local economy in southern Philippines.

Davao City: Industry

Agriculture remains the largest economic sector comprising banana, pineapple, coffee and coconut plantations in the city. It is the island's leading exporter of fruits such as mangoes, pomeloes, bananas, coconut products, pineapples, papayas, mangosteens and cacao.

The chocolate industry is the newest development in the city. Malagos Chocolate, developed here by Malagos Agriventures Corp., is now the country's leading artisan chocolate recognized worldwide. On the other hand, Seed Core Enterprises is the country's biggest exporter of cacao to Barry Callebaut. Durians however, which are locally grown and harvested and common in the city, are also notable exports. Banana is the largest exports in the city. Local corporations like Lorenzo Group, Anflo Group, AMS Group, Sarangani Agricultural Corp. and Vizcaya Plantations Inc. have operations and headquarters in the city. Multinational companies like Dole, Sumifru/Sumitomo and Del Monte have their regional headquarters here also.

The Davao Gulf provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include yellow fin tuna, brackish water milkfish, mudfish, shrimp and crab. Most of the fish catches are discharged in the fishing port in Barangay Toril, which are then sold in the numerous markets within the city.

Davao City serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and is also one of the financial hubs of Mindanao. Phoenix Petroleum is a multinational oil company based here is the first company to be in the PSE Composite Index outside Metro Manila. Industrial plants such as those of Coca-Cola Bottlers, Phil., Pepsi-Cola Products, Phil., Interbev Phil Inc. and RC Cola Phil., companies located in the city, as well as fruit packaging-exporting facilities, food manufacturing plants and a large number of business establishments ring the city. There are also construction industrial plants such as those of Holcim Philippines and Union Galvasteel Corporation, and SteelAsia. Then SteelAsia is now the largest and most modern steel rolling mill production facility in the country, completed in December 2014 and was purposely built to increase the national steel production and to reduce the construction costs in Mindanao.

Davao City: Commerce

One Network Bank, based in the city, is the largest rural bank in the Philippines in assets; most branches are in Mindanao (including 17 locations where it is the only financial-services provider). Government social-insurance agencies such as the Social Security System and Government Service Insurance System are also in the city.

Front of large store, with cars in foreground
SM Lanang Premier, the largest shopping mall in Mindanao before SM CDO Downtown Premier open to the public last May 12, 2017.

There are several commercial areas in the city: Downtown (the city centre), Davao Chinatown (Oyanguren), Bajada, Lanang, Matina, Ecoland, Agdao, Buhangin, Tibungco, Toril, Mintal and Calinan, the latter three located at the southwestern part of the city.

There are many shopping centers that dot the city. Notable ones include: Abreeza, which opened in May 12, 2011, is the first and largest Ayala Mall in Mindanao, and SM Lanang Premier which aside from being the first and only SM Premiere Mall is also the largest shopping mall on the island. Other major malls in the city include Gaisano Mall of Davao, NCCC Mall of Davao, and SM City Ecoland, among many others. Victoria Plaza Mall, located on J.P. Laurel Ave., is the oldest shopping mall in the city, established in 1992. Construction of new shopping malls in the city are currently underway. Felcris Centrale is a mixed use Retail Mall, supermarket, and IT office complex located along Quimpo Boulevard.

Davao City: Culture and heritage

Davao City: Foreign influence

Davao City's Chinatown is said to be the Philippines' biggest in terms of land area.

Like most cities in the Philippines, Christians predominate in Davao. Christian churches and chapels dot the city's landscape along with temples, mosques and other places of worship.

Another Spanish tradition is the celebration by barrios (villages) of the feast day of their respective patron saint with a festival (fiesta). In these celebrations, songs and dance become the sights and sounds of Davao. The largest of these celebrations is the week-long Kadayawan Festival.

The Davao Chinatown is the primary residence of the Chinese community in the city. It has its own seaport, the Santa Ana Wharf which is also a part of Davao International Port.

Japanese cultural influence, like that of the Chinese, was also prominent in the city. The concentration of the Japanese Community before was in Mintal in the 3rd District of Toril, Davao City. In fact, a Japanese cemetery and Japanese Shrine is located there in Bago Oshiro in Mintal. It is the Japanese town-like place in Davao, where there are Japanese villages and schools. There are various Japanese-owned businesses in the city. Davao is also home to Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School, a Japanese-administered educational institution.

There are also Indonesians, Malays, and Indians living in the City. English language schools for foreigners, and export-oriented industrial parks to entice Japanese and South Korean firms to set up shop in the city. However, there were also some cultural conflicts in the integration of Koreans in the city, as the then-city mayor Rodrigo Duterte complained about their habit of smoking in public places.

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There are a number of cultural-heritage sites in the city, including the Davao Museum (in Insular Village, Lanang), the Mindanao Folk Arts Museum (Philippine Women's College, Juna Subdivision, Matina), Davaoeño Historical Society Museum (at Magallanes and Claveria Streets) and the Philippine-Japan Museum (Matsuo Compound, Calinan). Japanese historical sites include the Japanese Tunnel (used by Japanese forces during World War II), the 20th-century Japanese cemetery and the Furukawa Fiber Plant (used by Yoshizo Furukawa as an abacá and banana plantation).

Davao City: Cuisine

Four grilled bananas on wooden sticks
Ginanggang, grilled saba bananas with margarine and brushed with sugar, originated in Davao.

The cuisine of Davao City features skewered and grilled meat dishes, but the most common dish served in the city is kinilaw, a relative of ceviche made from tuna, mackerel, or swordfish with cucumber (and sometimes radishes) and chili marinated in vinegar. Sinuglaw, a portmanteau of sinugba (grilled) and kinilaw in the Cebuano language, is also a term for a dish in which diced, grilled pork belly is mixed with kinilaw.

Fruit dishes, snacks, and desserts are also popular, most made from durian and bananas. Ginanggang is a banana dish that originated in this city and spread to other parts of the country; a banana is grilled, skewered, brushed with margarine and sprinkled with sugar.

Davao City: Tourism

Land of Promise, located atop a hill at The Gap Farming Resort

The Philippine eagle, the country's national bird and considered the largest eagle in the world, is endemic to Davao. The orchid waling-waling and fruits such as durians, marang, rambutans, pomeloes and mangosteens are popular and generally cheaper in the city. Tourist destinations in the city include the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, Mount Apo, Gap Farming Resort, the Davao Crocodile Park, Malagos Garden Resort, Eden Nature Park, and People's Park in the city center which is popular for its sculptures of indigenous people and dancing fountain. Samal Island, a part of Metro Davao, is an island city situated immediately off the city's coast in the Davao Gulf, popularly known for its scenic beaches.

Two major annual festivals are held in the city: the Araw ng Dabaw (Day of Davao) on March 16 (The city's incorporation day) and the Kadayawan Festival in August. Also celebrated in the entire month of December, Pasko Fiesta sa Davao is an integration of festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing colorful lightings and array of decorations in barangays, public parks, roads and buildings, and a series of competitive performances. Another annual festival, the Torotot Festival, is held annually every New Year's Eve. First organized in the last day of 2013 during the 2014 New Year's Eve, it was organized as a recompense for the city firecracker-pyrotechnics ban; it includes a number of people simultaneously blowing party horns, locally known as torotots. It recorded a number of 7,568 people participating in the first event, aiming to break the world record set by Japan for the most people simultaneously blowing party horns.

As of 2011, there were 1,075,000 recorded tourist arrivals in the city, totaled from 81,081 foreign travelers, 983,315 local citizens, and 10,604 balikbayans/overseas Filipino workers. Estimated tourist receipts were recorded at 12.81 billion pesos while estimated economic benefits were 28.19 billion pesos.

Davao City: Government

Statue of people and doves
Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity, with the Legislative Building in the background

Davao City has a deputy mayor, designated by the mayor, who is a link to the mayor (especially for those living outside the city). The deputy mayor is the mayor's representative for community events. The position complements the city's vice mayor, given the large geographical area of the city. Sara Duterte was elected mayor in the 2016 general election which also elected her father (and long-time Davao City mayor) Rodrigo Duterte the 16th President of the Philippines.

Davao City has 182 barangays, with three legislative districts. The city government of Davao is proposing two more congressional districts to serve its growing population.

Members of the House of Representatives are:

  • 1st District: Karlo Alexei B. Nograles (National Unity Party)
  • 2nd District: Mylene J. Garcia-Albano (Liberal Party/Hugpong)
  • 3rd District: Isidro T. Ungab (Liberal Party/Hugpong)

Davao City: Barangays

The 182 barangays of Davao City is arranged according to the 3 legislative districts and 11 administrative districts of the city.

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Popular modes of public transportation in the city are multicabs, jeepneys, tricycles, buses and taxis. Multicabs and jeepneys ply 82 designated passenger-vehicle routes around the clock. Tricycles ply routes beyond the main streets of the city. Taxis have several routes in and around Davao City. In mountainous areas, the habal-habal passenger motorcycle is the main mode of transportation.

The city has the first taxis in the Philippines to accept payments from BancNet and MegaLink ATM and debit cards. The black taxis are linked to the Global Positioning System (GPS), and dispatching is done by computer.

The city offers a wide bus network to cities and provinces in Mindanao and as far as Pasay in Luzon, and Ormoc and Tacloban in the Visayas. The city is accessible by bus from several points in Mindanao such as Cotabato, Kidapawan, General Santos, Digos, Koronadal, Isulan, Tagum, Tandag, Bislig, Malaybalay, Mati, Monkayo, Malita, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, and Surigao .

Construction and improvement of roads and bridges in the city are underway. The city's third major road, the Buhangin Underpass, was completed in the first quarter of 2003. The Traffic Management and Computerization Scheme was implemented, considered one of the most modern in the country.

A 28-kilometre (17 mi) monorail project has been endorsed by the City Government to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Philippine National Railways (PNR).

Davao City:

Large ship approaching a wharf
The Port of Davao is the busiest port in Mindanao.

Davao is connected to Manila by roll-on/roll-off inter-island ferries. The city is served by domestic passenger ferries at Sasa International Seaport and Santa Ana Wharf, the international seaports of the Port of Davao, the busiest port in Mindanao. The port is capable of servicing inter-island and international shipments. It is located in Davao Gulf and has two approaches, one at Pakiputan Strait between Davao and western Samal Island.

The Davao City and General Santos to Bitung, Indonesia sea connectivity route has also had just been started very recently. This route will enable traders from Mindanao to easily export goods and commodities like food and beverage, electronics and garments, beauty products, fertilizer, construction materials, agricultural inputs, tin cans and packaging materials up to North Sulawesi in Indonesia. The roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping service which will serve the route is the Asian Marine Transport, a Philippine registered shipping firm and operator of the Super Shuttle Ferry, Super Shuttle Roro, and Shuttle Fast Ferry vessels.

Davao City:

White air-traffic control tower
Davao International Airport's air traffic control tower is considered the most advanced ATC in the Philippines.

Located north from the city center, Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the major airport serving the city and the region. It is the busiest airport in Mindanao and the third-busiest in the country. Around 1966, Philippine Airlines(PAL) the countries largest fleet and flag carrier commenced its first jet service domestically.

The Davao City Government is targeting more international direct-to-Davao flights after there have been additional domestic direct-to-Davao flights that were recently launched. International airline companies and the city government are optimistic to open flights within 3.5 hours to 4 hours travel time from Davao. Whenever this would materialize, it will depend on these airlines. Top of the list are Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. All of which can be traveled to within 4 hours.

Davao City: Utilities

Davao Light and Power Company, an Aboitiz company which is the third-largest electric utility company in the country, serves the city's electricity needs. It had its own gas-operating power plant at Bajada district and 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Toril district.

Davao City Water District is the main water supplier in the city. It taps its water supply from the mountain springs in the city's western portion as well as from underground or surface water sources. The city's water supply runs through the company's production wells, sumps and reservoirs within the city. Its biggest water supply system is located at Barangay Dumoy.

Davao City: Health care

There are 31 hospitals and tertiary centers in the city like the Davao Doctors Hospital, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, Ricardo Limso Medical Center, Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital (DMSF Hospital), Metro Davao Medical and Research Center, Adventist Hospital, MMG Hospital, CHDC Hospital and the Southern Philippines Medical Center. In addition, a non-profit organization that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide, the Tebow CURE Hospital, which is an orthopedic specialty hospital that has opened its first and only facility in southeast Asia located in Davao City, provides elective surgeries to both children and adults. Their primary charitable mission is to heal disabled children with conditions such as clubfoot, bowed legs, other bone deformities, untreated burns and cleft lip.

Davao City is also noted and have been praised by the World Health Organization for its smoke-free policy since 2002. the first in the Philippines.

Davao City: Law and order

Law and order is maintained by the Philippine National Police and a special military group, Task Force (TF) Davao. TF Davao is formed to protect the city from terrorist attacks and other crime and is affiliated with the Philippine Army and headed by an army colonel.

A curfew on minors is enforced. All businesses, especially bars and discos, are mandated by a city ordinance to stop selling alcoholic drinks at 1:00 am (Final approval last July 24, 2013). Motorcyclists without helmets and motorists with defective lights are not legally allowed to enter (or drive in) the city.

Social stability was crucial for the progress of the city. Under Rodrigo Duterte's tenure as mayor from 2001 to 2010, the city maintained its stability. The crime rate dropped between 1995 and 2008. However, the Davao Death Squad gained notoriety for vigilante killings; this earned Duterte the nickname "The Punisher" by Time magazine.

The Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), the first in the Philippines, is located in Sandawa, Matina. It is headquarters for 911 and the center for the 170 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in different strategic areas as of today covering access roads and populated downtown areas, and also including outside the Davao International Airport and six in different bridges to monitor the rise of water level in the city’s rivers. The center also controls traffic signals in the city.

Davao City: Education

The city government provides free education at the primary (grade school) and secondary (high school) levels at public institutions. Currently, as sanctioned by the Department of Education, all primary and secondary institutions in the city use the K-12 educational system.

The city currently hosts five universities. These are:

  • University of Southeastern Philippines, the first state university in the Davao Region
  • Ateneo de Davao University, the Jesuit university in the Davao region
  • University of the Immaculate Conception, the oldest Catholic school in Mindanao, founded in 1905 by the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary
  • University of Mindanao, which is the region's oldest and the first private, non-sectarian university in Mindanao
  • University of the Philippines Mindanao, the country's national university and premier institution of higher learning, serving as the U.P. System's flag-bearer in Mindanao

Other tertiary institutions in the city include:

  • Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, inc.
  • Samson Polytechnic College of Davao, formerly Samson Technical Institute, a TESDA-accredited tertiary institution
  • San Pedro College which is founded on 1956 by the Dominican Sisters of the Trinity from Quebec, Canada
  • Holy Cross of Davao College
  • Davao Doctors College
  • Christian Colleges of Southeast Asia
  • St. Paul College - Davao Campus
  • John Paul II College of Davao
  • St. Peter's College of Toril, a private Filipino Catholic school located in Brgy. Toril, and owned and administered by the Presentation of Mary Sisters (PM)
  • Brokenshire College of Davao
  • Philippine Women's College of Davao
  • Davao Central College Inc.
  • Jose Maria College
  • Assumption College of Davao
  • Holy Child College of Davao, Inc.|Holy Child College of Davao]] formerly Holy Child School of Davao (Holy Child IT Academy)
  • AMA Computer College of Davao
  • STI College of Davao
  • Rizal Memorial Colleges
  • Philippine College of Technology
  • Agro-Industrial College of The Philippines
  • DMMA College of Southern Philippines, formerly Davao Merchant Marine Academy, a tertiary institution in the city which primarily offers maritime courses
  • MATS College of Technology
  • Davao Medical School Foundation, a medical school mainly for students from Southern India and the Philippines.
  • MKD Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (Mindanao International College, College of Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School)
  • Gabriel Taborin College of Davao Inc.
  • Davao Vision Colleges, Inc., founded by Korean missionaries in the city
  • Colegio de San Ignacio Inc.
  • St. Joseph Technical Academy of Davao City, a TESDA-accredited institution
  • Mindanao Medical Foundation College
  • Interface Computer College

Other future colleges and universities to be built in Davao City:

  • The YUCHENGCO-led Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), the country’s largest engineering school, is set to enter a new campus in Davao City by July 2018.
  • The Lyceum University of the Philippines (LUP), the first and only campus outside of Luzon will be in Davao City in which the construction had started last April of 2017 and will have a targeted completion also by 2018.

Davao City: Sports

Sabong or cockfight in Davao City.

Sports facilities in the city include the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras Gymnasium), Tionko Football Field (near Agro College and the Davao River) and the gymnasiums of Ateneo de Davao University, Philippine Women's College of Davao's Rosa Santos Munda Events Center (RSM Events Center), the University of Southeastern Philippines, Holy Cross of Davao College, the University of Mindanao, and Mintal Comprehensive National High School. Major sports centers within the city's metropolitan area are the Davao del Norte Sports & Tourism Complex and Davao del Sur Sports-Cultural and Business Center Complex, respectively located in Tagum and Digos. These are used for regional, as well as national, sports events and other gatherings and public meetings. Sports management group Sonshine Sports Management also based here.

There are locally based sports teams in the city. Davao Football Association, working under the Philippine Football Federation, represents the city and Davao Region for national football events. Locally based basketball teams such as Goldstar Davao and Duterte Agilas work for the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association. Collegiate varsity teams based in the tertiary institutions inside the city also compete in national competitions.

Sabong or cockfighting events are also held in cockfighting arenas within the city. In June 2015, the city held the country's largest cockfighting event, the 6th Annual Thunderbird Challenge.

Davao City: Media

National media networks such as GMA Network, ABS-CBN, TV5, PTV, IBC, and CNN Philippines maintain local stations in the city. The broadcast coverage of these media stations includes all of Davao Region as well as some areas beyond the region.

There are media networks based in the city as well. Davao Christian Broadcasting Channel and Sonshine Media Network International are two religion-oriented media networks, with the latter having a nationwide broadcast coverage as well as news & current affairs programs. The locally based community network SouthSpot broadcasts only on cable television.

In addition to 24 national newspapers, Davao City has 21 local daily newspapers, including the Sun Star Davao, the city-based Mindanao Times, and the Mindanao Examiner.

Davao City also invest in Online Media and has its official online news/media website which is the Davao Eagle.

Davao City: Foreign relations

The influx of foreign visitors and the presence of expatriates and migrants in the city have prompted the governments of Japan, Palau, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United States to open consular offices in the city. Honorary consulates of the Czech Republic and South Korea were recently established.

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines opened a virtual consulate, where inquiries regarding visas, foreign-relations concerns and travel to the United States can be made by e-mail and chat. The virtual consulate is maintained in coordination with Ateneo de Davao University, University of Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Cross of Davao College and AMA Computer College.

Davao City: Sister towns and cities

There are 10 sister cities of Davao, as designated by Sister Cities International (SCI):

Local
  • Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
  • Philippines Cebu City
  • Philippines Bayugan, Agusan del Sure
  • Philippines Cotabato City
  • Philippines Zamboanga City
  • Philippines Legazpi, Albay
  • Philippines Bacoor, Cavite
  • Philippines San Juan, Metro Manila
International
  • China Nanning, China
  • Indonesia Manado, Indonesia
  • Indonesia Pekanbaru, Indonesia
  • Palau Koror, Palau
  • Russia Vladivostok, Russia
  • Taiwan Keelung, Taiwan
  • United States Tacoma, Washington, United States
Friendship cities
  • South Korea Uijeongbu, South Korea
  • South Korea Incheon, South Korea

Davao City: Notable people

Davao City: See also

  • Federalism in the Philippines
  • Rodrigo Duterte
  • Tallest buildings in Davao City
  • Davao International Airport

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