Davao City Hall.

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First photo: thanks to Denise Arquiza

All photos, credit to the the owners, whether ebayfind or contributed.
Various circa from 1920s to 90s.

Another iconic building the has symbolized the city through the years, the Davao City Hall. While buildings around it has changed, this has stayed faithful in all those times. The only changed it experienced was the addition of the annex behind it. It saw the celebration of the birthday of the city when the charter was signed, suffered shots and destruction during the war, witnessed the changes around it. What is funny is, one picture mislabelled it as Manila when evidently is was what it was, the Davao City Hall. It started off as a municipal hall then later graduated as a city hall upon the signing of the charter. What makes it different from all other government and city buildings is, it is the character and symbol of the city, it is the center of the city where it is kilometer 0 and the start of road markers. Ask anybody, any Dabawenyo can’t point you without batting an eyelash. It is where the true seat of power, the lifeblood of the city.


Manuel Quezon signing the charter declaring the Davao as a city, March 1936. Romualdo Quimpo as the first elected Assemblyman of Davao City. He was one who declared Davao as a chartered city. Thanks to Randy Quimpo.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Bien Banez says:

    Intawun naka sulod ko anang Simbahan balik tu-ig 1970, napugos ko sa mga U.M. Elementary Teachers Grade 2 pako anang tu-ega, nahinumdom ko anang San Pedro Church, dili mam nako gusto musulod anang Simbahan, pero wala ko mahimo ky per ting estrikta among Maestra si Mrs.Montayri bale Auntie sa akon magulang igsoon ko sa Inahan, diha ko gepugos sa mga classmates na e-abre imong baba ky nagtunol ang Pari ug bilog na puti na biscuit daw unya ky first time lagi , unya akon geka-on ug ge-usap.usap.. didto ko gitawa.anan sa mga classmates ko , mao na unang nahitabo …a. Ky nakita ko sulod puro mga kinara-an mga wall painting, statwa, ug mga baho ug kandila. . Kay lahe mam ang pagtoo sa Mama ko. . . Pero usa ka experience bahen sa kinabuhi ning Davao City. . .

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  2. Dane Cubacub says:

    Iyan iyong painting sa loob ng City Hall! Thanks for this. I love looking at old pictures. Are you from Davao?


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