32 Facts About Davao City


Davao City, officially known as the City of Davao, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the Davao Region, Philippines.

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Davao City is the center of Metro Davao, the second most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines.

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Davao City is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

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Davao City Gulf seemed to be a tempting target among Spanish military circles based in Manila for its thriving maritime trade taking place there.

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Period of Filipino revolutionary control of Davao City did not last long as the Americans landed at the town later the same year.

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In just a short period, Davao City changed from a small and sparsely-inhabited town into a bustling economic center serving mainly the Davao City Gulf region, heavily populated alongside natives by tens of thousands of settlers and economic migrants from Luzon, Visayas and Japan.

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All of this led the Port of Davao City to be established and opened the same year, in order to facilitate the international export of agricultural products from Davao City.

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Davao City was incorporated as a part of Moro Province from 1903 to 1914.

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Davao City was subjected to extensive bombing by forces led by Douglas MacArthur before American forces landed in Leyte in October 1944.

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Davao City regained its status as the agricultural and economic hub of Mindanao after the war ended in 1945.

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Davao City was peaceful and increasingly progressive in the postwar period, including the 1950s and the mid-1960s.

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The city of Davao became part of Davao del Sur; no longer the provincial capital, it became a commercial center of southern Mindanao.

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Rodrigo Duterte later ran for Mayor of Davao City and won, taking the top city office from 1988 to 1998, from 2001 to 2010, and yet again from 2013 to 2016, after which he became President of the Philippines.

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Davao City is approximately 946 kilometres southeast of Manila over land, and 971 kilometres by sea.

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Davao City has a tropical rainforest climate, with little seasonal variation in temperature.

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Davao City is the main metropolitan see of the Roman Catholic Church in southern Mindanao.

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

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Davao City serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and is one of the financial hubs of Mindanao.

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Phoenix Petroleum is a multinational oil company based in Davao City and is the first company in the Philippines-based outside Metro Manila to be in the PSE Composite Index.

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BDO Network Bank is based in Davao City and is the largest rural bank in the Philippines in terms of assets.

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Notable tradition brought by the Spanish still celebrated today in Davao City is the celebration of the feast day of each of the barrios patron saints with a festival .

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Davao City is home to Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School, a Japanese-administered educational institution.

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The city government of Davao is proposing two more congressional districts to serve its growing population.

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Davao City has the first taxis in the Philippines to accept payments from BancNet and MegaLink ATM and debit cards.

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Davao 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.

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

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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.

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Jeanette Ampog, the executive director of Talikala, a Davao City-based NGO that helps prostitutes, said in October 2016 that child prostitution had sharply increased over the past two years.

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Davao City's said that children were cheaper and more marketable.

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In 2016 and 2017, Davao City is among the local government units awarded with a "Seal of Good Local Governance" by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

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Davao City government provides free education at the primary and secondary levels at public institutions.

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Davao City Christian Broadcasting Channel and Sonshine Media Network International are two religion-oriented media networks, with the latter being owned by the Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church.

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