Davao City, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, is a coastal commercial centre near 2,954m-high Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak. In the city centre, People’s Park is known for its colourful indigenous sculptures and lighted fountains. It’s also home to Durian Dome, named after the pungent, spiky fruit that grows in abundance on Mindanao. The Davao River cuts through the city. With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometres, the city is the largest in the country in terms of land area. The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional centre of Davao Region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
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. DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A peek into a city’s culture is an enriching experience for any visitor – the soul of the city is bared through its people and culture. As a city with a vast land area of 2,444 square kilometres, it is no wonder that a multitude of cultures and peoples are in Davao City. Roman Catholic is the most dominant religion in Davao City, comprising around 80% of the population. Other Christian groups such as Protestant churches make up 18%, while the remaining 1.7% belongs to other non-Christian faiths.
Brief City History
Davao City, city, south-eastern Mindanao Island, Philippines. It lies at the mouth of the Davao River near the head of Davao Gulf. The city is the leading regional centre for south-eastern Mindanao and encompasses about 50 small ports in its commercial sphere. Pakiputan Strait, formed by offshore Samal Island, shelters both Santa Ana, an urban port servicing small vessels, and the deepwater port facilities at Sasa, 5 miles (8 km) north. The ports handle interisland passenger traffic and shipment of copra, corn (maize), and rice. As an international port, Davao City ships large quantities of abaca, a natural fibre that is the main product grown in the adjacent agricultural hinterland. Before World War II the city was developed as a Japanese colony, which owned extensive abaca plantations, but it was razed during the war. The rebuilt city is an attractive blend of Spanish, American, and Moorish influences. Largely rural outside its urban core, Davao City is one of the world’s largest cities in land area, sprawling among coconut groves and rice lands. The regional headquarters for commercial and administrative activities, Davao City is served by a major airport and highways. The city’s industries include the production of abaca fibres, textiles, cement, and plywood. Davao City is the site of the University of Mindanao (1946), the Philippine Women’s College of Davao, and other colleges. Talomo Beach, the Bago Iñigo fish farm, and the pearl farm on Samal Island are nearby. Inc. city, 1936. Area 854 square miles (2,212 square km). Pop. (2000) 1,147,116; (2010) 1,449,296.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
Cebuano is the most widely used language in the city and its satellite cities and towns. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely understood by residents, who often use it in varying professional fields.
Important Types of Commerce in Davao
These are banana, mango, coconut, seaweeds, wood, mining, ICT, tourism, livestock and poultry, durian, Bangus, rubber, rice, abaca, cacao, oil palm, renewable energy; adopted by the RDC XI through its Resolution.
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