Davao

Davao City skyline by Jaysalva

Davao City skyline by Jaysalva

Introduction

The City of Davao (Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw) is the largest city in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and the country’s largest in terms of land area. It has the third most significant metropolitan centre in the country. It is also the center of trade, commerce, and industry in Mindanao.

Its international airport and seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the Philippines. Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city serves as the regional center for Davao Region (Region XI). It has a population of 1,530,365 (2011 census), making it the country’s largest city outside Metro Manila and the second overall with the cities of Metro Manila combined. In recent years, Davao City has emerged as the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines. The City Mayors Foundation ranks Davao City as the 87th fastest growing city in the world, and it has been listed by the FDi magazine as the 10th “Asian City of the Future”.

The city has good beaches and mountain resorts, and is close to diving spots and the highest peak in the Philippines, Mount Apo. It was awarded by the Department of Tourism as the “Most Livable City” in the Philippines in 2008.

People

The estimated population of the city is 1,449,296 in 2010 according to 2010 NSO Census. Metro Davao, with the city as its metropolitan center, has about 2,274,913 people in 2010, making it as the third most populous metropolitan agglomeration in the Philippines and the most populous and cleanest city in Mindanao; also as of 2010, the total population of the city’s local government agglomeration (including other LGUs outside Metro Davao such as Sto. Tomas and Kapalong in Davao del Norte and Bansalan in Davao del Sur) is estimated at about 2,854,711. However, an estimated number of between 2-4 million people are in Davao City during the daytime for work or business activities.

Language

Davaoeño, a dialectal variant of Cebuano, is the most widely spoken language in the city, while the Tagalog itself comes a distant second. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely understood and spoken especially in the business community and for all official documents. Bistaglish, an informal mixing of the above languages, is spoken as well.

Location

Davao City is approximately 588 miles (946 km) southeast of Manila, 971 kilometres (524 nmi) by sea.

As of 2010 built-up areas used for residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial purposes represent about 10% of the total land area. Under the approved land use plan built-up and settlement area will cover 15% of the total area, while agricultural will be maximized with 67.19%. The remaining 17.68 will be devoted to forestry and conservation.

Climate

Davao City is typhoon-free. The city enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. It has no pronounced wet or dry season. Weather predictability makes it highly conducive to agricultural production. Temperature ranges from 21 to 35 degrees Celsius and average rainfall is up to 2,000 mm yearly.

[hide]Climate data for Davao City, Philippines

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Record high °C (°F)

42
(108)

38
(101)

39
(102)

38
(100)

37
(99)

43
(109)

38
(101)

39
(102)

39
(103)

38
(100)

34
(93)

38
(100)

43
(109)

Average high °C (°F)

30
(86)

31
(87)

31
(88)

32
(90)

32
(89)

31
(87)

31
(87)

31
(88)

31
(88)

31
(88)

31
(88)

31
(87)

31
(88)

Average low °C (°F)

23
(74)

23
(74)

24
(75)

24
(76)

24
(76)

24
(76)

24
(75)

24
(75)

24
(75)

24
(75)

24
(75)

24
(75)

24
(75)

Record low °C (°F)

19
(66)

20
(68)

20
(68)

21
(70)

22
(72)

22
(72)

22
(71)

21
(70)

21
(70)

22
(71)

22
(72)

21
(69)

19
(66)

Source: Weatherbase[3]

Airports

Davao City has direct flights to major cities in the Philippines and some Asian cities. The Francisco Bangoy International Airport serves the general area of the city and its surrounding areas.

Shopping

There are several shopping malls located in the city. Notable ones are SM City Davao, Abreeza Ayala Mall, SM Lanang Premier, and Robinsons Cybergate Davao. There are also home-grown and pioneer malls, such as Gaisano Mall of Davao, Gaisano South Citimall, NCCC Mall of Davao, Victoria Plaza Mall, and Chimes Mall.

J.P. Laurel Avenue holds the business and commercial district in Davao City, as well as the shopping district, major shopping malls such as Abreeza, Gaisano Mall, Victoria Plaza Mall and SM Lanang Premier are located here going north. While, SM City Davao is situated on Quimpo Boulevard, going to the Southern Part of the city.

The Abreeza Mall, which opened on May 12, 2011 is the first Ayala Shopping Center located in Mindanao, an upscale shopping destination with high-end retail shops, restaurants, amenities, and leisure. Also a mixed-use property for residential and commercial purposes. Similar to Abreeza, Chimes Mall is a Felcris Specialty Store, it also offers upscale international retail brands, and both casual/international restaurants which is situated in the Chinatown.

SM City Davao, which opened in the year 2001 and its Annex building opened on March 22, 2012 is the first SM Supermall in Mindanao. Prior to this, is the SM Lanang Premier which is one of the largest and premier shopping destinations in the city.

Hospitals

Hospitals in Davao include the Davao Doctors Hospital, San Pedro Hospital, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital, Ricardo Limso Medical Center, Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital (DMSF Hospital), and the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

Tourism

Davao’s topography dazzles with a variety of picturesque landscapes. Fruit plantations and orchid farms, mantle volcano-fed hills and valleys. Virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. Coral islands lie on mirror flat water. And the country’s highest peak, Mount Apo, magnificently lords over the hinterland.

Just as enchanting is its brilliant tapestry of harmony, woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country peacefully co-exist with a sizeable expatriate community and numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago.

Davao is home to the majestic Philippine Eagle, the country’s national bird and considered the largest eagle in the world. It also boasts of the most priced Philippine orchid species like the Vanda sanderiana and some of the most exotic fruits like Durian and Mangosteen. The city also have several tourist destinations, the notable ones are: the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, Crocodile Farm, Malagos Garden Resort, Gap Farm, Eden Nature Park, Jack’s Ridge, Pearl Farm Resort, and etc.

Davao is an anchor tourist destination, a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits. It is the jump-off point to satellite destinations on the island of Mindanao.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

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