What is most satisfying is finding something of old Davao over eBay. I have been doing this for maybe 18 years now. While before I would have done a "Davao" search, it would give me results. But late, I have been trying to broaden my search as I thought I might miss something. Just imagine yourself banging… Continue reading The art of scouring.
For this generation, the most exciting topic is the Samal Bridge. And it would send off a frenzied and passionate defense of the pros and cons. Many would say it is for the betterment of the island, and many would dismiss it as it is bad for Samal and ecology. But how old is the… Continue reading A bridge too far.
If there is anything Davao of the Past has been lucky, it is the abundance of contributions from its members. Members who are unselfish with their own collections, sharing whatever they have to the page, and soon, too will be part of this site. Contributors like Dada Lozano and Vincent Garcia, who are part of… Continue reading Contributions are welcome
The abundance of digital archives is a boon to historians and anybody who is willing to dig deeper in any topic they have an interest on. But, that is not where it ends. Or maybe begins. Digital archives can only store what it can find, on the shallow. As I have been sharing with friends… Continue reading Why we need digital archives
Yes, we need them. Those that are willing to take on the digital age and its challenges, who are willing to spend time, their precious time scouring the internet for anything old Davao. Those that understand the complexities of this generation, those that are willing to be guided by our past. Recently we were floored… Continue reading We need our younger historians
... well, the municipal hall. And it cannot be called a city hall unless the place was called a city, right? While the Davao City Hall is probably one of the most photographed structure in the city, not much is know of the structure before that. The current one has gone through restoration after being… Continue reading Before the city hall was …
Davao's first "highrise" was owned by the Awads.Here is an excerpt from wiki:The Awad family's of Davao forebearer is the Lebanese Maronite Christian John Awad (Juan Awad), who hailed from the Beqaa Valley (In modern-day Lebanon). In the 1880s John Awad converted some Muslims around Davao to Christianity.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs_in_the_PhilippinesThose days, the opening of the building gave… Continue reading Awad Building, Davao’s first “skyscraper”
I was thinking this was the forerunner of the St. Peter's College of Toril. This school was previously located just beside the American Club and back of the San Pedro Convento and Church. I checked the wiki of SPCT, it started in 1948. But this school if I am to base the 1940 yearbook which… Continue reading St. Peter’s High School, Claveria.
This is a repost. The material presented in this paper was obtained, for the most part, during a stay of seven months among the tribes of Davao District in Southern Mindanao of the Philippine Islands. Previous to this I had spent a like period studying the Bukidnon, of the North-Central part of the Island, and… Continue reading The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao by Fay-Cooper Cole
This is a repost. The entomologist Charles F. Clagg was born in Barnstable, Mass., on October 31, 1904 and received his bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1927. Although never able to complete his graduate degree, Clagg enjoyed a long and productive career in entomology. Listed as a graduate student at… Continue reading Charles F. Clagg Photograph Collection
1938 Queen of the Davao Carnival Angela S. Bangoy, thanks to Lowell Chicote. If there is another thing that would make you swoon or envious of any place, it is the beauty of its female specie. Not to be sexist or anything. It just just adds the beauty of any place. Davao has its more than… Continue reading Beauties of the Past
Dabawenyos are probably the most stubborn adjusting to new names of any street. I still call Bonifacio as Cortes, not the former. Bonifacio belonged to the other side of Claveria (sorry, should be C.M. Recto). Pardon my ignorance, but I do not who the person is. Can somebody enlighten us who he or she was?… Continue reading What’s in a name?
All photos credit to the owners be it contributed or ebayfind. Davao is not Davao without this iconic structure of the past, the San Pedro Church. Regardless of whatever religious affiliation you may have, if you were born in the earliest of 70s and before that, then you have seen this church. As long as… Continue reading San Pedro Church.
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… Continue reading Davao City Hall.
ebayfind: Philippines Claveria Street Davao Real Photo Used 1928 If I were to choose my favorite photo amongst the numerous I found over Ebay, the one above would say tops it all. I can see clearly two Ford Model Ts on the dusty Claveria road. Who ever think or imagine the changes this street would go… Continue reading Claveria in the roaring 20s and onwards.