Here are quick facts from the Davao City Information Office on the four prominent icons of Davao: the Philippine Eagle, Waling-Waling, Mt. Apo, and the Durian.
Here is an infographic on the 11 Lumad and Muslim communities in Davao City that together with an abundant harvest are the reasons why we are celebrating the 31st Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.
After World War II, the legend of the Yamashita treasure seduced many treasure hunters to Davao, particularly in Mintal, Tugbok District (now declared as the Japanese Heritage Site of the City), where hiding places for the war loots were supposedly buried deep underground within numerous foxholes and crisscrossing tunnels built by soldiers and prisoners of war.
Meet Pangil (local dialect for “fang”) — most likely the country’s oldest living crocodile in captivity at the Crocodile Park here in Davao.
Philippines is one of 15 nations with most number of Miss Universe awards SOURCE: Article by Rose-An Jessica Dioquino from GMAnews online 09/13/2011 After Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup’s fourth-place finish in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant on Tuesday, the Philippines remains one of four Asian countries on the list of top 15 nations with the most number of awards from the prestigious beauty contest. Overall, 16 candidates from the Philippines made it beyond the preliminary round of the Miss Universe pageant, with two of them taking home the title, four years apart: 1954 – Blesilda Ocampo (semifinalist) 1963 – Lalaine Bennett (3rd runner-up) 1965 – Louise Vail Aurelio (semifinalist) 1966 – Maria Clarinda Soriano (semifinalist) 1969 – Gloria Diaz (Miss Universe, ten best in swimsuit) 1972 – Armi Barbara Crespo (semifinalist) 1973 – Margarita Moran (Miss Universe, Miss Photogenic) 1974 – Guadalupe Sanchez (semifinalist) 1975 – Rose Mari Brosas (4th runner-up) 1980 – Maria Rosario “Chat” Silayan (3rd runner-up) 1984 – Maria Desiree Verdadero (3rd runner-up) 1987 – Geraldine Asis (semifinalist) 1994 – Charlene Gonzales …
In my previous blog, I have mentioned that the last time we were able to hype Davao successfully was in 1996 with the tagline “Davao: City in Bloom.” At a young age, I was privileged to have designed the logo which was unveiled at the park by former Councilor Mabel Robillo. Looking at it now, I cringe at the amateurish effort of my skills at that time. Although I already had my PC then (Windows 95, hey!), I still preferred to sketch and paint every design by hand. After that, I had created a few more logo designs for Davao. Nothing spectacular, though. Eek, a young me with my amateurish design back then The design (it was hand drawn and repainted for framing on the wall of the City Tourism Office) and my concept was rather a crude mosaic of all the best things that Davao can offer. By now, Davao has a lot of talented young artists willing to put in their share of ideas for the love of the city.