30.7.14

FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES

KADAYAWAN   FESTIVAL - Davao city                       HIGANTES  FESTIVAL -Angono Rizal

SINULOG  FESTIVAL - Cebu city                                 LANSONES  FESTIVAL -Camiguin

ATI - ATIHAN  FESTIVAL - Kalibo                                REGADA WATER FESTIVAL -Cavite

DINAGYANG FESTIVAL - Iloilo                                    PINTADOS  FESTIVAL -Tacloban

MASKARA  FESTIVAL - Bacolod                                 PAHIYAS  FESTIVAL - Lucban

PANAGBENGA  FESTIVAL -Baguio                             PARADA  NG  LITSON -Batangas

LONGGANISA  FESTIVAL - Vigan                               TUNA  FESTIVAL -Gen. Santos

BALANGGAY  FESTIVAL -Butuan                                HERMOSA  FESTIVAL -Zamboanga

SANDUGO  FESTIVAL - Bohol                                     KAGAY-AN  FESTIVAL-Cagayan de Oro



12.5.14

DAVAO CITY

People's Park -Davao                                 Kadayawan Festivals
Beaches & Resorts                                    Mount Apo
Then  &  Now                                            Hotels in Davao city
 Jack's Ridge                                             Tall Buildings in Davao city           
Davao Directory                                         University of Immaculate Conception
Enter Davao                                               Ateneo de Davao University
Welcome Davao                                        Colleges & Universities in Davao
Travel and Tour                                          Durian Fruit Trees
                                                                 Central 911 Davao city
MALLS & SUPERMARKETS                                             
Victoria Plaza Mall
Gaisano Mall
SM City
NCCC  Mall
Robinson
Abreeza
Felcris Supermarket


Davao City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw, Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw) is a city in Mindanao, Philippines which is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2010 Census with a population of 2.26 million, after Metro Manila's 11.86 million and Metro Cebu's 2.55 million). With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers, 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 center for Davao Region. As of the 2010, it had a population of 1,449,296 people, making it the fourth-most-populous city in the Philippines and the most populous in Mindanao.Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

Etymology

The region's name is derived from its Bagobo origins. 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 Tagabawa 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). Dawaw also refers to a trading settlement, where forest goods are bartered for salt and other commodities.

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 the island city of Samal.

Topography

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 km2 (660 sq mi), the 160-kilometre (99 mi) river begins in the town of San Fernando, Bukidnon.

Almost half of the total land area is classified as timberland or forest. Agriculture remains the largest economic sector comprising banana, pineapple, coffee and coconut plantations.

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 precipitation 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, most precipitation occurs during the summer months (see climate chart, below).

Flora and fauna

Mount Apo is home to several 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.
Fruits such as mangosteen and durian (known as the "king of fruits"), grow abundantly on Mount Apo.

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.

Population

The population of Davao City is 1,449,296 according to the 2010 NSO Census. Metro Davao (with the city as its center) had about 2,274,913 people in 2010, making it the third-most-populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the most-populous city in Mindanao. Also as of 2010, the population of the city's agglomeration of local government units (including other LGUs outside Metro Davao, such as Sto. Tomas and Kapalong in Davao del Norte and Bansalan in Davao del Sur) was estimated at 2,854,711.

Residents of Davao City are colloquially known as Davaoeños. Many Davaoeños of Asian descent live and work in the city. Most Davaoeños are of mixed Visayan and Lumad descent. Japanese and Chinese descendants make up the remaining Davaoeño population.

Languages

Davaoeño Cebuano (or Visayan) is the most widely spoken language in the city. English is the medium of instruction in schools, and widely understood by residents.

Religion

The largest religious group is Roman Catholic, comprising about 80 percent of the population. Other Christian groups, such as the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), Evangelicals, the Jesus Miracle Crusade and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) comprise eight percent. Seventh-day Adventists and Baptists are other Christian denominations. The remainder belong to non-Christian faiths (Islam, Buddhism and animism).

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.

CULTURE  AND  HERITAGE

Assimilation is the essence of multi-cultural city of Davao. A chartered city, it appreciates differences in culture and tradition of the ethnic groups which joined the local tribes present during its early history as a city.

Foreign influence

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. 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. There are various Japanese-owned businesses in the city. Davao is also home to Nikkie Jin-Kai International School, a Japanese Educational Institution.

Media

Media networks such as ABS-CBN Corporation, GMA Network, Inc., TV5, PTV, IBC-13, Solar News Channel, Davao Christian Broadcasting Channel and Sonshine Media Network International maintain local stations in the city.
In addition to 24 national newspapers, Davao City has 21 local newspapers, including the Sun Star Davao, the Mindanao Times and the Mindanao Examiner

Heritage

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).

Cuisine

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. Durian dishes, snacks, and desserts include durian ice cream, durian pie and durian shakes.

CITYSCAPE

Davao City is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays.

With an estimated urban area of 293.78 km2 (113.43 sq mi),[8] or about 12 percent of the region's total land area, Davao is the largest city in Mindanao and the Visayas with the population of 1,449,296 and the third most populous metropolitan area after Metro Cebu. .
There are several commercial centres in the metropolitan area: Poblacion (the city centre), Davao Chinatown, Bajada, Lanang, Matina, Ecoland, Agdao, Buhangin and, at the city's southern edge, Toril and Mintal.

TRANSPORTATION

Land

Popular modes of public transportation 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.
Davao 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.
Davao City offers a wide bus network to cities and provinces in Mindanao and as far as Pasay City in Luzon, 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, Malaybalay, Mati, Nabunturan, Malita, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, and Surigao .
Construction of roads and bridges is 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.

Sea

Davao is connected to Manila by roll-on/roll-off inter-island ferries. The city is served by domestic passenger ferries at Sasa Port 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 Port of Davao has two government seaports (Sasa International Wharf and Santa Ana Domestic Wharf) and nine privately owned ports. In addition, the Toril International Fish Port Complex accommodates small and large-scale fishing activities and provides facilities such as cold storage.

Air

Davao City has direct flights to major Philippine cities and Singapore. Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the major airport serving the city. It is the busiest airport in Mindanao, and the third-busiest in the Philippines. On November 12, 2007, Cebu Pacific announced that the airport would be its third hub

ECONOMY

Davao is part of the East Asian Growth Area, a regional economic-cooperation initiative in Southeast Asia. Like the rest of the Philippines, Davao City has a market-oriented economic system.
In 2011, Davao City ranked 87th among the world's fastest-growing cities by the City Mayors Foundation, based in London and Freiburg, Germany. 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.
Davao Light and Power Co., an Aboitiz company which is the third-largest electric utility in the country, serves the city's needs. With Davao Light's Bajada Power Plant and supply agreements with other generating plants, the city has fewer power interruptions compared to other parts of Mindanao during an island-wide power shortage.
Durian monument at Davao International Airport
Davao is a leading producer of mangoes, pomeloes, bananas, coconut products, papayas and mangosteens. Durians are also a notable export.


Davao City is one of the financial hubs of Mindanao. 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 Davao.

Shopping

There are many shopping centers that dot the city but these are the notable ones in Davao City. Abreeza, which opened in May 12, 2011, is the first and largest Ayala Mall in Mindanao.SM City Davao is the 1st SM Mall in Mindanao; and SM Lanang Premier, is the 1st and only SM Premiere Mall, and also the largest SM shopping mall, in Mindanao.
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From 1988 until mid-2010, Davao City had been under the tutelage of two mayors. Rodrigo R. Duterte held two three-term office from 1988 to1998 and from 2001 to 2010. In basketball parlance, it would be refered to as a double ‘Grand Slam’. Benjamin C. De Guzman, then a vice-mayor, succeeded Duterte as mayor prior to the 1998 Elections for whom the latter purposely trained his then trusted lieutenant. De Guzman eventually won the 1998 mayoralty polls and led the city until 2001. The incumbent, Sarah Z. Duterte-Carpio followed her father’s footsteps in mid-2010. Tracing back to the city’s history, one would find out that there were already twenty people who held the city’s leadership prior to the younger Duterte either by election, succession or appointment. Here is the list of Davao City mayors dating back to 1937: (Photos courtesy of the Davao City Council)

SANTIAGO  ARTIAGA -1937-1938
AGUSTIN  ALVAREZ -1938-1940
PANTALION  PELAYO SR.- 1940-1941
ALFONSO  OBOSA  SR.-1941-1942
JUAN  SARENAS -1943-1944
DONATO  ENDRIGA -1944-1945
APOLINARIO  CABIGON -1946
FUNDADOR  VILLAFORTE 1946-1947
LEON  GARCIA -1947-1949
BERNARDO  TEVES -1949-1953
RODOLFO  SARENAS -1953-1954
JULIAN  RODRIGUEZ SR. 1954-1955
CARMELO  PORRAS -1956-1967
ELIAS  LOPEZ-1068-1971--1981-1986
LUIS  SANTOS-1972-1981
ZAFIRO  RESPICIO -1986-1987
JACINTO  ROBILLAR -1987-1988
RODRIGO  DUTERTE-1988-1998 - 2001-2010
DOMINADOR  ZUNO -1990-1991
BENJAMIN DE GUZMAN-1998-2001
RODRIGO  DUTERTE- 2013 - present
SARA  DUTERTE  CARPIO-2010-2013

11.5.14

CAMOTES ISLANDS

Map of Camotes
The Camotes Islands are a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles from Cebu City and part of the province of Cebu.

The Camotes Islands are made up of 3 major islands and 1 minor islet, divided over 4 municipalities. On Poro Island are the municipalities of Poro and Tudela. Pacijan Island's sole municipality is San Francisco. Ponson Island's sole municipality is Pilar. Tulang Island is an islet and part of San Francisco. The main islands of Pacijan and Poro are connected by a causeway bridge. Ponson is separated by the Camotes Sea, lying about four kilometers northeast of Poro. Tulang is located off the northern tip of Pacijan.


The Camotes are low-lying with several hills, some used by a telecommunications company for relay stations. The highest point is Altavista, 950 feet (290 m) above sea level, on Poro. Pacijan has a large lake, Lake Danao,one of the cleanest fresh water lakes in the country. Palm trees are the dominant plant on the islands. There are also numerous native varieties of fruit such as banana, mango, pineapple and other plants. The main port is the Poro Port.


The total population according to the 2010 census is 92,278. San Francisco has 47,357; Poro 23,498; Pilar 11,564; and Tudela 9,859.
It was once known as the "Lost Horizon of the South". Camotes has seen increased visitors and tourism especially over the past 3 years and a growing expatriate community.

HISTORY
The islands were first mentioned in 1521 by Antonio Pigafetta, one of the survivors on Ferdinand Magellan's fateful voyage, as they waited off the islands for several days before going onto Cebu.
When the Spanish first arrived they asked the locals what was the name of the island and the locals thought they wanted to know what they were planting. They said camote. This is how the island got its name and became the Spanish word for sweet potato.

In 1942, Japanese forces occupied Camotes Islands. In 1945, Japanese soldiers massacred almost all of the inhabitants in Pilar which led to a war crimes trial after the war[citation needed]. The liberation of the islands happened soon after the massacre when Philippine and American soldiers landed and fought the remaining Japanese soldiers in the Battle of Camotes Islands.


In the early 1970s, residents unearthed a variety of artifacts dating back to the 16th century. An excavation was done at Mactang, Camotes, revealing spears, daggers, swords, crosses, iron pendants and a skull pierced with an arrowhead. The question arose: Could Mactang, Camotes rather than Mactan, Cebu really be the site of the battle between the native army of Lapu Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan's forces where Magellan was killed?

ECONOMY
The predominant industries on the Camotes Islands are farming (including corn, rice, pigs, chicken and cattle), fishing and tourism.
There are about 20 tourist resorts catering to both domestic and international visitors with many public and private beaches.

Also in the Camotes Islands you can find tourist spots such as Buho Rock Resort, 
Greenlake Park, Mt. Calvary (Kalbaryo), Lake Danao, and the vast Mangrove Plantation along the sides of the road from Pacijan (San Francisco) to Poro.

There are many underground caves such as Bukilat Cave, Timubo Cave and Guadalupe Cave which has a fresh water underground lake. There are also 2 waterfalls, 1 in Poro and 1 in Tudela. There is diving and snorkeling opportunities at some of the resorts.


The major employers are CELCO (Camotes Electric Cooperative), Camotes Hillside Academy and Kinoshita Pearl Farm. There are 2 small colleges and 1 small hospital. A new airport is currently under construction as is Fiesta Mall, the first mall on the island. A new integrated casino resort with condos is scheduled to break ground in September, 2013. 

Tourism in the key economic development for the future of the island with a focus on the white sand beaches, safe and clean environment.

There are two colleges on the island: Cebu Technology University (Camotes) and Mount Moriah College.


LANGUAGES
Bisaya is the primary language with English as second as well as Tagalog, which is a national language. School children are taught all three languages. Porohanon or Camotes Visayan is spoken in the town of Poro only. The dialect is very similar to the language spoken in the rest of Camotes Islands and throughout the province of Cebu, Northern Mindanao and other parts of the Visayas. Porohanon is distinguished by the way the locals substitute the /y/ sound for /z/. Example: Maayong buntag (good morning) in Cebuano would be changed to Maazong buntag in Porohanon. Na-a diha (in cebuano), Ara dira ( in porohanon )
It is a 1.642 kilometer road that is raised above water or marshland or sand built during the 17th century when Sulangan was a “visita” (visitor) of Poro before its establishment as a Parish.

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10.5.14

VACATION CAMOTES

HOTELS  & RESORTS IN CAMOTES

POPULATION  IN THE PHILIPPINES (this time click here )

WORLD POPULATION  (this time click here)

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